FREE - Issue Number 240 - November 2016

for the men of


Mason Foster – a World
Champion in the making

Since May this year, considerable efforts have
taken place to create somewhere for men to
relax, enjoy a chat, or become involved with a
project of their own. Perhaps help another
member to resolve a problem for which they
need help.
The main cause for delay, was to find a
suitable premises in which members could
achieve these things so Wayland's Men's
Shed was formed, (without a shed!) Now we
have achieved this goal and are anxious to
get our new premise, the ex Army Cadet
Headquarters in Church Walk, Watton, up to
We will open on the 2 November 2016 and
new members will be warmly welcomed.
The Men's Shed Association now have
groups all over Britain. Men are popping in
to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, using all
sorts of tools which are available in the
workshop, or just chatting, playing cards,
pool or other board games, away from the
confines of home.
It is a men's group but on occasions ladies
may be invited to visit.
If you feel our Men's Shed is for you and
would like further information, get in touch
with either Richard Adams on 01953 881004
or Robert King 01953 885047


Have some festive fun and enter the Total Health
Pharmacy Christmas Colouring competition.
Collect a form from Total Health Pharmacy at 14
Gregor Shanks Way in Watton, opposite the
Watton Medical Practice.
Entries to be submitted by Friday 16th December

Mason Foster, a 6 year old boy from Watton,
who attends Caston Primary School, has been
achieving great results in his first season
competing in the British Cool Fab Racing
Mini Moto Championship.
Travelling the length and breadth of
the country since March this year and
to date has resulted in 12 podiums!
Mason’s latest round was at the local
Red Lodge circuit where he
amazingly bagged three 2nd places
which honoured him with overall
weekend win!
Mason consequently has been asked
to attend the last round of the British
Superbikes Championship at Brands
Hatch where he will be presented
with his trophy! Mason would like to
say a big thank you to: Anglia

Karting Centre, Sign Box, Jewson, Caston
Primary School, Moto Gear and X-Lite. For
more information on Mason’s progress please
see his Facebook page!

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November 2016

October 2016


The Royal British Legion, Watton &
District branch would like to invite
residents of Watton and district to the
following events to mark the period of
Remembrance 2016.
Saturday 12th November
Laying of crosses at the Commonwealth
War Graves at St Mary’s Church
cemetery, Watton from 12 noon. Cadets
from Watton Air Training Corps and
Army Cadet Force will place poppy
crosses on each of the Commonwealth
War Graves in the churchyard. This is a
poignant ceremony where the youth of
today pay their respects to the fallen of the
Sunday 13th November
Remembrance Sunday
Laying of Poppy Wreaths by Town Mayor
and organisations at Town War Memorial,
Thetford Road and reading out of names
and brief service at 2.15pm (assemble at
2.00pm followed by a service of
Remembrance at St Mary’s Church,
Watton. Representatives from Watton
Town Council, the Armed Forces, civil
and youth organisations have been invited
to lay Poppy Wreaths at the War
Memorial to honour and remember those
who made their sacrifice in the defence of
our country.
Friday 11 November
Armistice Day ceremony at Chaston
Place, Watton at 11.00 am to mark the
anniversary of the cessation of the Great
War with a two-minute silence.
In addition, the annual Poppy Appeal will
take place between 29th October and 12th
November. A number of collecting boxes
have been distributed to various points in
Watton and surrounding villages, you will
see collectors on Watton High Street on
Saturdays 5th and 12th November and
Wednesday 9th November. There will also
be a collecting point in the foyer of Tesco
Superstore on various days during the
period of remembrance.
For more information about the work of
The Royal British Legion please see

Commemorating 141 days of Sacrifice
On Friday 18th November 2016 there will
be a sundown ceremony on the War
Memorial green in Caston to commemorate
the end of the Battle of the Somme starting
at 3:30pm. The ceremony will be attended
by The Phoenix Pipes & Drums led by Pipe
Major Stan Hebborn. Stan said "We are
delighted to be able to perform at and
support such an event and to show our
respects". Ruth Trown will attending to
sound the Last Post.
This is an outdoor event so please wrap up
warm, bring a brolly and if you need to sit, a

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Donald Webster Receives the
Légion d'Honneur

Mr Donald Webster from Ovington recently was decorated with the Légion
d'Honneur medal for his service with the 7th battalion of The Royal Norfolk
Regiment. Don landed on the beaches of Normandy after D Day, to take part in the
battle for France. He and his comrades also fought in the battle for Caen, the Battle
of Villers-Bocage and the crossing of the river Orne at Grimbosq.

Can you
Hello! Next summer, I
have the exciting and once
in a lifetime opportunity to
volunteer in Borneo for a
month with the company
‘Camps International’. I
will be working alongside
surrounding habitats. In
order to do this, I have
been doing lots
fundraising including cake
sales, a bike challenge,
stalls at fetes and a pamper
Following the great success of previous
fundraising, I am now holding a
Christmas Fayre on Friday 18th
November from 7pm-9pm at Northgate
High School in Dereham. Please come
along for a fun and relaxed evening with
family and friends to browse a huge
range of stalls and grab some gorgeous
gifts for Christmas!
Stalls will include: Homeware, Gifts,
Skincare, Jewellery, Decorations, Prints,
Chocolates and Sweets, Chutneys,
Candles and MORE! A range of

Christmas themed refreshments will be
available! There will also be a raffle!
I look forward to seeing you! £2.00 for
adults (16+), £1.50 for children and
concessions, Under 5's free
(If you would like to make a
contribution towards my trip, but cannot
attend the Christmas Fayre, please feel
donations would be greatly appreciated.)
Tabitha Street, Saham Hills

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Diabetes UK

Jennie, one of our members, brought in some cakes she had made at our
October meeting. She explained how they could be made more diabetic
friendly and how she used fresh, tinned or dried fruit to help with the
sweetening of the cakes, so not as much sugar needs to be used. A
couple of the cakes were passed round to taste and Jennie was thanked
for bringing them in. Our next meeting is our A G M and is on Monday
November 14th, 10.15am, at the Pentecostal Church, Watton (who we
thank for the generous use of their facilities).
In December it will be our 10th Anniversary, which we are looking
forward to. I have received most of the responses back from the
invitations sent out, but if you have an invitation that you haven't replied
to yet, please could you let me know by the date of our November
meeting if you are able to attend or not. We need to know for the
catering, so thank you in advance. For any further information about our
group, please phone 01953 884713, leave a message and I will get back
to you, or email

Bingo at Ashill
Ashill Community Centre (ACC)
Tuesday 6th December
Cash Prizes - Eyes down 7.30pm in aid of ACC

November 2016

A Quick Look
Yet again the time has flown, and here
we are on the brink of November, which,
if tradition is observed by the weather
gods, means that winter is here, Though
it may be a bit too much to hope for,
perhaps there will be a repeat of last year,
when the deepest snow- drift was about
an eighth of an inch.
But meanwhile our rulers are at
loggerheads over most things, as usual, and
among the items being argued about is
whether children in their first school years
should be made aware of the evils of the
pornographic world that exists today.
Surely, at such a young age, any such
instruction would have the reverse effect,
making them less able to enjoy their age of
innocence. I know that the world has
changed since my school days, but at no
time were the subjects of sex or politics
ever mentioned, either at home or at school,
But while on the theme of morality, surely
the depths have been plumbed with the bad
language that besets us every day on
television. Words that not long ago would
never have been heard on air are now in
constant use, and possibly the worst
examples are found on the BBC
programme Mock the Week, in which
hardly a sentence is uttered without the use
of expletives that once would have been un
-acceptable even in an army barrack room.
And to make things worse, the women’s lib
movement has ensured that the ladies are
not left behind, as even they contribute
their full share. The pity is that the show is
very funny and the offending words add
nothing, and, in fact, detract from it,
particularly if the viewer has the need to
use sub-titles, which seem to make things
even worse.
I know we all use the occasional swear
word when provoked but common sense
tells us that to ask someone to “shut the
door” is simpler than “shut the ------ing
door”, which is simply wasting our breath.
Here endeth the lesson.
Mention of the BBC reminds me that
several of the old sit-coms have been rehashed, whether or not that is a good thing,
but it does suggest that it is accepted that
there are hardly any really successful
comedy programmes of that ilk today,
which is a great pity. And this applies not
only to television, but to the radio, which
largely seems to have abandoned comedy
altogether. I know it is always easy to think
things were better in the past, but the days
when we would alter our arrangements
simply in order to hear a favourite radio
show, such as Hancock’s Half-hour or
Take it from Here, are certainly past.
I must confess that I am still in a state of
exhaustion as a result of the heavy
programme of the last few weeks, what
with the Olympics, the ParaOlympics, the
Davis Cup and the Ryder Cup, not to
mention the chores set out by Lotta Potts,
in her gardening column. (I am presuming
Lotta is a she. If it’s a man, he deserves to
be shot !). I shall content myself by
pruning a few weeds, which seem to be my
most successful plants, which I manage to
grow in all sorts of funny places, such as in
the middle of my concrete driveway, or
half-way up a brick wall.
I have heard some people moaning about
the delays caused by the traffic lights in
Thetford Road, in connection with the
making of the new footpath leading to
the new Saddlers Rise estate, but surely it
has been rare for anyone to be held up for
more than about three minutes. The
trouble is that we in Norfolk are so used
to un-interrupted travel, apart from
occasional delays caused by accidents,
that the slightest delay seems to be the
end of the world.

In Watton there is a continuous throughput of a great variety of traffic, and it can
be quite interesting watching the giant
articulated lorries being turned from
Thetford Road into the High Sreet, where
the space is so limited that the front cabs
often miss the road furniture by inches. It
can only be a matter of time before the
traffic light pole is knocked down, but
meanwhile the skill of the drivers can
only be admired.
Out in the wide world scientists have
managed to fire a space probe that has
landed a camera on a comet, after
tracking it for over twelve years, which is
a truly amazing achievement. But why?
It is claimed that such exercises may lead
to understanding how it all began, but
can such knowledge be of any use ?
And it seems that we now have a new
style of five-pound note, and already
there have been reports that the new
plastic-based texture is causing problems,
invariably attracts criticisms at first. But
the introduction does serve to remind me
that the fiver, now our smallest note,
used to take its place behind the ten
shilling and one pound notes, and even in
the mid-fifties was rarely handled by
working class people, and I can’t
remember even seeing one before about
1960, except on television. As I recall the
fiver was then in the form of a white
sheet about double the size of the current
one, and were flashed about by bookies
at the races, or toffs going into posh
restaurants. The new ones are quite
small, and incorporate various anticounter-feiting features, such see-through
sections depicting Big-Ben, as well as
pictures of the Queen and Winston
Churchill, all in all quite a work of art.
They say that new tenners will follow
next year, and twenties soon after.
Another currency change may be on the
way, with calls for the withdrawal of the
penny piece. Ever since this coin reduced
in size following decimalisation it has
been more of a nuisance than a help, and
has lost all relevance to modern times,
except as a reduction from round pounds
to make articles seem cheaper, as
opposed to the old penny, which had so
many uses. Ladies still like to refer to
‘spending a penny’, while it was
traditionally the coin used by referees
and cricket captains for the ‘toss’, and
many of us recall when, as children, a
penny Nestles was a chocolate treat.
Your grandparents may remember that
when very young they used to read
‘Penny Dreadfuls’, the very early
precursors of the Wizard or the Dandy.
The penny used to come up in all sorts of
old sayings, such as in reference to the
return of an unwelcome person as being
“back like a bad penny”, or when a
pensive person would be offered “a
penny for your thoughts”, while you
would be urged to turn one in your
pocket whenever you see a new moon.
Of course the old penny would not be
recognised by the modern generation,
and it went the same way as the ha’penny
and the farthing, which was gone by my
time, except in drapers shops, where
cloth and curtains, nominally at four
shillings per yard, would be offered at
“three, and eleven-three”.
Certain sweets might be had at ‘four for a
penny’, but the actual farthing had almost
disappeared by the time of the Second
World War. The loss of the current
penny should not cause much grief,
though charities may suffer, as odd coins
often ended up in collections on their
No doubt as inflation continues, in a few
years more and more coins will
disappear, but that’s progress, so they
Good afternoon.

A Special
On Saturday 3rd December 10am – 2pm &
Sunday 4th December 3pm on the field
next to St Marys Parish Church, Church
Road, Watton there will be Festive and
Seasonal Fun for all the Family in a heated
On Saturday, don’t miss out on a special
visit to Santa’s Grotto. There will be stalls,
hot food and refreshments, crafts and much
more especially for children!
On Sunday join our live nativity event with
animals, to come to the stable at
Bethlehem! You are welcome to come
dressed up as your favourite nativity
character - shepherds, sheep, kings - and
join the choirs of angels singing well
known carols!
If you would like to book a stall, all
charities/local groups are welcome, costs
£5 per stall
For more information/to book a stall, please
email/call the Event Coordinators: or
01953 529138
This event is in Partnership with PACT
animal sanctuary, Weatherill Brothers and
Watton Churches Together.


What a terrific response to date for the
Wayland Partnership/Postcode Lottery
Growing Together Project.
Communities and wildlife will both
benefit alike from this exciting new
environmental initiative, which aims to
breathe new life into green spaces in
Watton and our beautiful Wayland
We shall be working in conjunction with
Norfolk Wildlife Trust who are
supporting the project by taking on the
surveying of all our churchyards in
Spring/early Summer of 2017. Some of
our churchyards have never had a survey
of their wildlife, flora and fauna so who
knows what gems might be discovered!
There is really so very much out there for
communities to ‘tap into’ to help create
wildlife rich environments for all to
enjoy. Expert advice, guidance and ‘free
trees’ are on offer from The Woodland
Trust. Their aim is to provide ‘’a legacy
of memories for future generations by
creating woods and copses which we can
all enjoy for years to come’’. Just think,
if our children get involved in the
planting they can come back in 50 years
and say I planted that!
Various tree packs are available from
small groups of trees or hedges to large
packs designed to provide hedging or
trees for one acre of land. Varieties can
be also be selected such as year-round
colour, wildlife, working wood, wild
harvest, wetland or wild wood.
Community orders need to be submitted
by the end of December for March 2017
delivery. So, if your community group
has not already considered getting
involved with the Growing Together
Project there is still time.
For more information about getting
involved or entry criteria for ‘free tree’
packs from the Woodland Trust please
get in touch with Pam Morgan, Project
Worker at Wayland House, High Street,
Telephone:- 01953 883915
E mail :-

October 2016

In your garden
with Lotta Potts
November already! Remember, remember 5th
November. I forget the rest but one thing to
remember about it is that a lot of people have a
bonfire to celebrate. In areas where such things
are allowed it's a boon to get rid of combustible
rubbish if, for whatever reason, you cannot get
to the local recycling centre (or tip as it used to
be called). It's unfair to call it a tip these days
as most are well organised, tidy and not too
many horrible open stairs to climb. Frequently
there are people around who, if you smile nicely
and have white hair, will help dispose of your
Back to the bonfire.
Foodie mags and
newspaper recipes will be full of parkin, toffee
apples, how to cremate sausages on a bonfire
and other goodies. Gardening mags will, I
hope, be full of advice regarding building
bonfires, how to contact the fire brigade and
most of all the bit I urge you to do is make sure
there are no hedgehogs, toads or other wildlife
that might have decided your heap of debris is a
good place to sleep until March. Once they find
out it isn't it's way too late. Some people will
tell you to move the whole lot the day you are
going to set fire to it but I just read in my newly
-acquired RHS book that if you just shift some
of it the wildlife can stay put and you have a
bonfire a short distance away.
If that's
practicable it is definitely win-win.
There aren't too many flowers out this month
but as it's half-way into autumn the deciduous
trees and shrubs are putting on a fantastic show
with multi-coloured leaves and berries. Even if
you only have a small area to spare there should
be a bush or small tree that will suit. For
instance the Amelanchier is brilliant. It has
lovely leaf colour in autumn, yellow and/or red
depending on the variety and then in spring the
most beautiful white or pink flowers followed
by the leaves which start off bronze-tinged.
Then there are the fruits in summer which are
red and beloved of blackbirds.
allegedly edible I don't think you will lose to the
birds' gain! It will take fairly hard pruning to
keep it within bounds but as it eventually gets
to about 15×15 feet and is a slow grower it's not
difficult. You might think it a bit pricey but you
get a tree for all seasons. It isn't even fussy
about growing conditions – any decent soil
apart from chalk and it will stand all sorts of
weather including strong wind. Another tree for
similar conditions is the Prunus x subhirtella
'Autumnalis'. OK a right mouthful but it's the
autumn-flowering cherry.
Flowers before
leaves on a dainty tree that doesn't seem to get
out of control like some of its spring-flowering
cousins. The flowers on this variety are white
but there is a pink version and a double pink
version and even a weeping pink version. The
original has the most prolific display of autumn/
winter blossom but there's a choice.
An interesting shrub is fatsia japonica, false
castor oil plant. This is an architectural
evergreen with large hand-shaped leaves up
to a foot across then in late autumn these are
joined by clusters of large, cream, fluffy
flowers that are followed by black berries
(not blackberries!), which are similar to those
on ivy. Potentially this is a large shrub but it
can be pruned or trained against a wall or
hedge. Not fussy to conditions but light
shade is best.
Clematis, the queen of
climbers, has a few varieties for this time of
year. Freckles is one, Winter Beauty another,
tanguticas like Bill Mackenzie produce
yellow flowers with bright purple stamens
followed by large fluffy seedheads.
Sometimes the flowers and seedheads are out
at the same time. Spectacular. Then there are
lots of plants that bear berries – more berries
mean harsh winter. Baloney!
So that's a roundup of 'dull' November. Sure
the weather can be a bit disconcerting. We
should be having fog and frost – years ago we
did, usually on 6th November so the whole area
smelled dreadful. We also had coal fires that
didn't improve matters. Nowadays it's a bit of a
toss-up whether it's going to rain or blow a gale.
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happen mainly on the west coast but the east
can be cold with a wind off the continent. Just
about covers it. They go on about snow again
but confine themselves to a forecast for the
North-east of Scotland. They'll get round to us
On a practical note, it's all go believe it or not.
Planting time for deciduous trees and bushes
that come bare root. If the roots are dry when
the package is opened sink them in a bucket of
water for at least two hours. Overnight is better.
Then if you can't plant straight away the trick is
to heel them in. Basically it means just digging
a little trench then put the plant in at 45degrees
and cover the roots with soil. They will last like
this for quite some time but will deteriorate
after a few weeks. The experts will hold up
their hands in horror at the idea of leaving
plants heeled in for a few weeks as they will tell
you to plant immediately on receipt. Of course
they do they don't have other jobs to go to. OK
things will not recover as quickly if left for a
while but plants really take quite a lot of killing.
If you have to work during the week it's
frustrating if the weekend is wet. Once you
have conditions to plant, make sure of a hole
big enough to take the roots spread out, put
mycorrhizal fungi on the roots to encourage
growth. This is fairly recent but is strongly
The next step is to put well-rotted manure or
compost in the bottom of the hole. Or not.
Nowadays it appears to be better to put the
organic stuff around the plant as the hole is
filled in. No idea why but I thing as long as the
plant has a decent hole, is well-drained but
watered and supported by a stake if necessary
you can't really go far wrong. The other
important bit is to make sure the plant is at the
right depth. Roses should be a couple of inches
deeper than the graft but fruit trees should
have the graft above the soil. The graft marks
are really obvious. Clematis should be about
four inches deeper than in their original pot.
This is to get some insurance against clematis
wilt. If you are unfortunate enough for the
plant to get it and all the top growth dies, if
the plant is deep enough it will shoot again
from below the surface.
If you wish to plant at the same depth as the
potted version or spread the roots of a bare
root plant out in the hole, try it for depth by
putting a cane across the top of the hole
which is a pretty foolproof way of getting the
plant where it should be. However, whatever
you plant go by the good advice given by (I
think) Fred Loades on the very earliest
Gardeners' Question Time 'if you pay 7/6d for
a plant make sure you give it a 7/6d 'ole'.
Bulbs can be planted now, particularly tulips
and these should go at least nine inches down.
If in doubt use the bulb as a measure and
plant it three times its height. You can still
catch up with any other bulbs you find that
got lost in the shed. No you should have
done it in September but don't throw them
away. They might be a little later than usual
but the following year will be bang on target.
If you have a lawn and the weather is mild
you'll have to keep cutting it but at least you
can raise the blades and hope for cold weather
to stop it. Otherwise keep off it unless you
have to shift leaves. These should be swept
off the grass and removed from the crowns of
plants or they'll rot. You want the leaves to
rot so either bag them in rubbish sacks, water
and then push drainage holes in the sack or
just put them in the compost bin. Lovely
leafmould in a year or so. This is great for
mulching around trees and new plants as it is
a great conditioner without a lot of feeding
which you don't need at this time of year.
The winter digging can be started or the beds
gently forked over if you have a no-dig
system and the nicest job of all is indoors
with a nice drink and the seed catalogues.
Bear in mind the area available for seeds as
well as the number of pots for the overflow.
In these days of internet ordering it's so very
easy to be carried away with too many seeds
for the space and for the pocket.
If all else keep weeding as they will thrive
even under snow.

Ashill & Holme
Hale Garden Club

At the 2016 AGM Kevin Taylor-Ward sadly
retired from the committee and was presented
with a gift of a garden voucher in recognition of
his excellent organisation of the flower show.
Kevin has been instrumental in bringing about
various changes to the show and his small team
have agreed to carry on with the good work.
Three new committee members were elected and
David Green agreed to serve one last year as
Chairman. The meeting also agreed to the
creation of the position of President which will be
filled at the 2017 AGM.
As usual, the AGM was followed by the Fruit and
Vegetable Show. There were fewer entries this
year, partly because of the event being a month
later than usual and partly because of the
unseasonable weather. However, David Boggis,
who judged the entries, was impressed enough to
join the Garden Club that afternoon. Richard
Leighton excelled this year winning four of the
classes and was awarded Best in Show. Thanks
go to Jackie and David Priestley for organising
the event.
Events in the next three months
November 24th June Moy Christmas Wreath
January 26th Joe Sharman Snowdrops

Shipdham & District
Book Group
The book discussed on 21st September was
Guernica by Dave Boling, an American sports
journalist with a Basque wife. The novel has a
background of a Basque family living in
Guernica and its envitons before, during and after
its distruction by the German Luftwaffe in The
Spanish Civil War.
This book was greeted with mixed feelings. Some
had read it twice, enjoying it more on the first
occasion. There were mixed views on the
characterisation, excacerbated by the Basque
names and possibly one of the weaker points in
this work whilst several said they ignored this and
just read it as a good story. We all agreed on our
ignorance about the Spanish Civil War and that
originally we’d only known Guernica as the
famous Picasso painting about which a German
official asked of the artist ‘Did you do this? ’ to
receive the reply, ‘no you did.’We now realise
that the mindless, pefectly orchestrated attack by
the German Luftwaffe, with no opposition, was
being used by Hitler as an opportunity for a
rehearsal for his new asset. It struck at the very
heart of the Basque people. If nothing else it
aroused our curiosity and led to the looking at
maps for location. Sadly we could see many
parallels with situations today shown daily on
television news. The novel illustrated clearly how
little information the innocent and ignorant
population had.
Further discussion led to our wondering about the
role of the many British writers who went to fight
against Franco and raised the question about why
there are no contemporay English works of
fiction with this background in consequence.
In October we will discuss The Visitors by Sally

Christmas Wet
Felting Workshop
with Sue Welfare

The morning’s workshop on Saturday 26th
November is informal & fun. Once we've
mastered some basic felt making techniques
we'll be creating some gorgeous Christmas
goodies! The course runs from 10 am - 1pm
and costs £30 per person. It includes all
materials and equipment. No previous
experience is necessary. There'll be lots of tips
along the way as well as information on how to
finish your pieces
To secure your place please contact Susan
Hollingworth @ the Dragonfly Gallery 01953
880205 or email

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November 2016

The Wayland Players Proudly Present
‘The Importance of being Earnest’

One eligible young man about town
pursuing his charming young lady is
faced with a formidable and disapproving
mother. He is aided by his equally eligible
friend, who is himself chasing a
seemingly unobtainable lady. Add in
uncertainty of parentage, assumed
personas, a mislaid baby and a lost three
volume novel and we have the romp
which is Oscar Wilde’s best known and
best loved comment on the Victorian

marriage market.
The Wayland Players are presenting ‘The
Importance of being Earnest at their
home, the Queens Hall, Watton on
Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th
November. The curtain goes up every
evening at 7.45 and for the Saturday
matinee at 2.30. Tickets, priced £7 are
available from our honorary ticket agents,
Adcock Electricals on High Street,
Watton. Jenny Mann, director

864 (Watton) Air Training Corps

Pictured Cadets and staff join forces to commemorate the Battle of Britain
This past month the 864 Watton Air
Cadets have been very busy; with
individual cadets going on a variety of
courses, the Battle of Britain parade and
not to mention the official opening of
our Joint Cadet Centre, it has certainly
been a month to remember!
Cdt Sgt Cox kicked it off with a
weekend of paddlesport on the 10th and
11th of September at Stanta training
area. She joined cadets from across
Norfolk and Suffolk Wing to gain a 1*
qualification in canoeing and kayaking.
Cdt Sgt Cox commented saying “it was
a very enjoyable weekend doing
something I don’t have much
experience in. The instructors were
great, showing us how to execute
different manoeuvres and then playing
fun games that required our new skills.”
On the 18th of September Watton Air
Cadets joined other local units to parade
through Dereham as part of the Battle of
Britain commemoration services. Cdt
Bloor said “I felt really proud to be a
part of the parade and to honour the
brave airman of the Battle of Britain.” A
church service followed in which cadets
were invited to attend to remember
those who gave their lives during the
Battle of Britain. Sgt Roberts
commented on how humbling the
parade was and that it was fantastic to
see so many members of the public out
to watch the parade.
On the 22nd of September our new Joint
Cadet Centre was officially opened in
conjunction with the Army Cadets from
Watton Detachment. The Mayor of
Watton, Beryl Bunning and Officer
Commanding Norfolk and Suffolk

Wing, Wing Commander D K Miller
MBE joined cadets and staff to
officially open the new Joint Cadet
Centre. The evening involved a parade,
the unveiling of a plaque, which is
proudly displayed next to our main
entrance, and the burial of our time
capsule. The capsule is due to be
opened in 25 years’ time, so watch this
The Norfolk and Suffolk Wing
swimming gala also took place this
month and our cadets were against
tough competition from other cadets
from around the Wing. A big well done
to those who took part, it was a tough
competition however several members
made it through to the finals only to
narrowly miss out on a medal. However,
all cadets enjoyed the day and relished
the opportunity to represent the
Special mention should also be made to
Cdt Cpl Reynolds who passed the Drill
Instructors course enabling him to now
teach cadets and help them to progress
their knowledge and ability. He has
already been valuable in helping our
new cadets get up to speed with the
often tricky manoeuvers and no doubt
this extra experience will make our
Squadron look very smart indeed!
Currently, we are recruiting so if you
are between 12 (year 8) and 18 years of
age, then please do come down on one
of our parade nights. 864 Squadron
parades on Monday and Wednesday
evenings 7:00 to 9:30pm at the Drill
Hall, Watton Airfield, Watton. For
further information, please email Flt Lt
Miller at

Caston Annual
Christmas Fayre

Our annual Christmas Fayre this year will be
on Saturday 19th November in the Village
Hall, starting at 2:00pm until around 3:30pm.
There will be raffles, games and a Tombola as
well as Cakes and Bric-a-Brac - all the
traditional Christmas Fayre contents.
In addition, the Hamper Draw will take place a chance to win a wicker picnic basket packed
with many items for Christmas. Why not come
along and have a go at winning one of the
super prizes and enjoy your first mince pie of
the season? We hope to see you there.

Watton Relief in
Need Charity

The Trustees will be meeting early in December
to consider applications from residents of Watton
for financial support this Christmas. Applications
forms for assistance are available as detailed
below and must be returned before the
Trustees’ meeting takes place.
The Charity is an amalgamation of Charities
set up many years ago to support those in need
and the Trustees have a duty to distribute the
income of the Charity ‘to relieve residents of
Watton who are in conditions of need,
hardship, or distress.’ The Charity may make
grants of money, or pay for items, services or
facilities, that will help to reduce the need,
hardship or distress.
In certain
circumstances the Charity can also offer
organisations serving residents of Watton.
In the past few years grants have, in the main,
consisted of support for the elderly to help with
the extra costs of Christmas and/or the ever
increasing costs of keeping warm. In addition,
during 2016 we have made one or two small
cash grants and provided essential items of
equipment. The Trustees are keen to consider
applications from other age groups, provided
they are residents of the Town of Watton and
they are in ‘need, hardship or distress.’
It is important to note that residents in the
parish of Carbrooke, living in many of the
housing developments in Norwich Road, are
not eligible under the terms of the Charity’s
legally binding ‘Scheme of Arrangement.’
No preference is given to any section of the
community but applicants will be required to
give full personal financial details and provide
whatever information the Trustees require
before any decisions can be made. All
information given is treated in the strictest
Application forms are available from; Wayland
Hall, Middle Street, Watton.; Wayland House,
High Street, Watton; The Citizens’ Advice
Bureau, Harvey Street, Watton
By email from
Completed forms can be returned to any of the
above contact points.

News from Steven's

This attractive Grade II listed building is
divided into four small but comfortable
dwellings. They are under the care of Trustees
who are responsible for the upkeep of the
property. Recently the main concern has been
the outside area, where Health and Safety
issues had been of concern for some time.
Thanks to a grant from Watton Town Council,
the front path has been made safe and access is
easy for wheeled trollies or wheelchairs .
The back area has also been completely
transformed, a hazard removed and a new
paved area created. This now looks very
attractive with flower pots tended by one of the
One of the dwellings is about to become
available. They are designated for older, single
members of our community and there are
certain criteria for occupancy laid down by the
Constitution of this Charitable Trust. Enquiries
can be made to the Clerk to the Trustees on
01953 885479.

October 2016

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400 years of
history saved
The Museum4Watton group, which
is working towards opening a
museum in the town, has just
received another major piece of
Watton’s history as part of it’s
collection of exhibits.
Chris Hutchings
(pictured) the
group’s chairman recently saw that a
very large group of documents
regarding Watton was being sold at
Auction and successfully bid for
them. He has generously given them
on permanent loan to the group for
display and research.
The several thousand pages consist
of the records of the Court Baron of
the Manor of Watton Hall from the
1600’s up to 1924 (when Courts

Baron were abolished) together with
many other legal documents
covering the four centuries.
Many of the earlier documents are at
least partly in Latin and possibly old
English and are very difficult to
read. The group would be very
grateful for any help in deciphering
Trustee John Greenbrook said “It is
of the utmost importance that this
sort of record is kept in it’s home
town and is accessible to the public
for both general interest and
research. We are extremely grateful
to Chris for his generosity in
obtaining them for Watton.”
It is hoped that it may be possible to
open a museum in the first half of
2017 when such items can be
displayed and available for research
in a controlled environment.

Feasts and Fun at
Inner Wheel
Regular followers of Inner Wheel fortunes ,
as reported in this paper, will remember that
I am fond of saying ‘the Inner Wheel keeps
turning’ And it does. Relentlessly.
Sometimes straying into unfamiliar territory
and sometimes, as recently, it takes a well
known and well loved path. On Wednesday
12th October Queens Hall saw the first of a
new season of the ever- popular Lunchtime
Concerts. Eagerly the people arrived,
wondering what was in store, and they were
not disappointed as the entertainment ,
provided by The West End Waiters, got
underway. Sporting various hats, and with a
programme which contained a lot of new
material, the six gentlemen – and three ladies
– sang, spoke, joked and played their way
through a veritable feast of entertaining items
from Musical hall to Gilbert and Sullivan.
After this, a feast of a different kind was
served in the form of lunch. And all for a
fiver! As a result of this event £277.78 was
added to the Club’s Charity Fund.
The monthly Club meeting also had
feasting elements about it as members
enjoyed a cookery demonstration by Susan
Watson, President of Thetford IW. Billed
as a lesson in making pasta, it certainly
fulfilled this brief, but
also strayed
charmingly from pasta to pineapples, from
pancakes and waffles to juicers and quirky
gadgets all interspersed with handy hints
and amusing anecdotes. Afterwards the

Great Market - Great
Bacon Butties!
Where? At the Christmas Market on 19th
November. Come and meet "Home Maid"
and "The Candy Man" or warm up with the
"Blanket Box". Get your puzzles and cozy
up with your friends in "Bob's Caff" bacon rolls, soup, baked potatoes for lunch,
coffee, tea and homemade cakes.
Lots of treats from "Beauty Box" to
Christmas decorations to tempt you and
friendly service too. Something for all the
family. All at the Watton Christian
Community Centre on 19th November
from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for printing my letter of thanks
in last months copy of the Wayland News
following my husband John’s stroke.
Sadly I have to report that John died
suddenly on Sept. 20th. Please can I say
now through your paper a sincere thank you
to neighbours, friends and especially the
people of the Methodist Church in Watton
and surrounding villages for their kindness
and support. It has all been quite
overwhelming. Watton is a good place to
be! Barbara Winner
I would like to publicise the fact that

ladies were pleased to sample some of the
goodies which Susan had produced. Carole
Haythorpe expressed the thanks of the
meeting observing that we had all enjoyed
an informative and fun evening.
A short business meeting followed, at
which plans were laid for forthcoming
events – most especially those associated
with Christmas. IW will have a Pretty
Parcels (and cakes) stall at the Town
Festive Market on November 27th , there
will be the usual Coffee Morning at Queens
Hall (in aid of the Maintenance Fund) from

9:30- 11:30 on December 3rd. And
then…..the highlight of the year, the
Christmas Lunchtime Concert with
entertainment provided by the ladies
themselves and the West End Waiters. This
will be followed as usual by lunch with a
seasonal twist, including mince pies.
Tickets £5 from Mullengers will be
available soon and please note change of
starting time – 11:30
Thank you for your continued support and we
look forward to seeing you at these events.
Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent

anyone wishing to travel by bus with a
small invalid carriage needs a permit to do
so. I discovered this when I was refused
entry to a Konnect Bus at Norwich Bus
Whilst I understand that this is a reasonable
regulation for Helath & Safety purposes,
why is there no publicity?
Noe, on either timetables or at bus stops
and it would be useful if vendors of of the
invalid carriages knew this requirement and
were able to inform their customers.
I hope this letter may prevent anyone else
having the same horrid experience I had
with Konnect in Norwich.
C Hankin, Watton.

Helier, Jersey. Mr Cawte brought a wonderful
display of Post Office memorabilia ranging
from old date stamps and uniforms to
Postman Pat and his black and white cat toys.
He was thanked sincerely for the very
enlightening talk and display.
After a very welcome cup of tea and biscuits
the raffle was drawn. The letter competition
was won by Therese Sills for her lovely
marmalade jar.
Our next meeting is Wednesday 9th
November 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m.and the
competition letter will be “N”.

Shellrock Circle

For Rocklands And The Surrounding
Districts. Venue: The Village Hall, The
Street, Rocklands.
(Contact Margaret English 01953 457890.)
Our October meeting was reasonably well
attended. We had a visit from Mr Jim Cawte
who gave a most interesting talk about the
history of the Royal Mail. Who would have
thought that it started in the time of King
Henry VIII when the Royal Messengers wore
red cloaks to identify themselves?
The first post box was installed in 1852 in St.

October 2016

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Watton Rotary
Rotary International is just that. A
member is entitled to attend any club
anywhere in the world – that gives
every Rotarian the choice of over
35,000 clubs1. There are many formal,
informal, organised or casual means of
visiting other clubs. Recently, the
author visited the Rotary Club of
Sturbridge in Massachusetts, USA,
where he and his partner were
accommodated and hosted for 2 nights,
which included a Club meeting and a
house party given by another member
the next on the second evening. The
Sturbridge club (in New England) has a
‘sister’ club in old England – the
Rotary Club of Stourbridge in the west
Midlands. The picture shows the author
exchanging banners with the President of the
Sturbridge Club, Otto Prohaska. On our way
back to Boston we visited the towns of
Wayland and Hingham!
Back in UK in early October we were in time
to prepare for our annual Charter Night Dinner
on 20th October. The 62nd anniversary of the
formation of the Watton & District Rotary Club
was celebrated with a formal dinner at Broom
Hall Hotel. Guests included District 1080
Governor, Derek Rothwell, from Woodbridge
Deben Rotary Club, the Mayor of Watton,

Watton Festive

Watton Town Council are hosting this years
Festive Market on Sunday November 27th in
Watton High Street between 1-4pm. As usual the
High Street will be closed to Traffic from 11am5pm in the evening.
Entertaining us this year is the very popular City
of Norwich Pipe Band, and Dereham Town
Band, Childrens Entertainers Uncle Razz and
Aunt Pearl who will delight children with their
Balloon Modelling and Bubble Machine. DJ Tim
will keep us up to date with his PA system.
Fairground rides will again be in Middle Street.
Scratby donkeys will be bringing their lovely
Reindeer/Donkeys for Children to have rides on.
Also in town will be some of your favourite
Children's characters, it could be Peppa Pig, Elsa,
Mickey Mouse we don't know till the day.
Best of all we have had a word with Santa and
despite his VERY BUSY work schedule at this
time of year, he will be delighted to bring his
Little Elf helper and himself, to meet and greet
Children in his Grotto in Wayland Hall from
1pm. Every child receives a small gift.
Many High Street shops will be open and Festive
Christmas Stalls will line the High street, and at
3.45pm we will sing Carols round the Christmas
tree as we await the SWITCHING ON OF OUR
enjoy the atmosphere as Watton awaits
Not booked your stall yet? It's not too late

Hey’s Yard
Streetwise by Lesley Cowling
Even as a long-time resident of the town, you
could be forgiven for asking ‘Where’s that?’
because Hey’s Yard is a relatively recent and
quite small development off the Swaffham
Road. Given the prominence of Christopher
Hey, after whom I am assuming it is named, it
seems to me surprising that a more ‘obvious’
road was not chosen to commemorate him.
Christopher Hey was a Watton man through
and through, and before his birth his family had
been trading in the town for many years. His
parents were John and Ann but his father died
in 1617 when Christopher was not yet two
years old. There is no record that Ann, the
widow, ever remarried and since a woman
surviving on her own at that time was unusual,
this probably suggests that the family enjoyed a
certain amount of wealth. John Hey provided

Beryl Bunning, and the President of the Inner
Wheel Club of Watton, Heather Hewson.
Representatives of the neighbouring clubs of
Brandon, Swaffham and Thetford also attended
together with speakers from the Dads Army
Museum. A very good evening.
At the end of the month we will have a stall on
the Town Council’s Christmas Market. It will
include a straw draw, Christmas decorations
and a special Christmas Game of Squares. The
latter will punters the opportunity to win £50
cash prize on the day. Martin Anscombe
for his only son in his will by ensuring that
funds were invested to be paid to Christopher
when he reached the age of 21. Christopher
himself was a mercer – a merchant in wool and
other fabrics. There is evidence to suggest that
his shop was part of or near to where Adcocks
shop now stands. He issued his own trade
token – now known as a Watton Farthing –
another sign of Christopher Hey’s standing in
this 17th century society. He was clearly one of
the most prosperous traders in Watton and, as
the Town Book records, having made his home
and secured his own prosperity he ‘devoted
himself to the service and welfare of his fellow
townsfolk’ He was a Church Warden for many
years, a juror and Overseer of Highways and
the Poor.
Christopher Hey’s lasting legacy to Watton is
of course the Clock Tower which he had built
in later life (despite the date of 1679 on the
tower, there is some conjecture as to whether
this is actually accurate). The Town Book
records that a clock was fitted when first built,
and this must have been unusual and it is
thought that, including Watton's, there were
only 3 public clocks in Norfolk at this time.
Christopher and Mary his wife had 12 children
though most of them did not survive to
adulthood: as far as is known only one,
Thomas, who left Watton and became a
Clergyman after his father's death, ‘made old
bones’ dying at the grand old age of 79. Mary
died in 1673 and Christopher remarried (to
Alice) in 1674. At present, it is not known
when Alice died but Christopher himself died
in July 1682.
Sources: Watton Through the Ages, George
Jessop; The Town Book – online; Watton – some
snapshots of its history – Julian Horn

Simply Breathe

Is a series of simple breathing exercises, over
12 weeks, which have had the following
benefits and have helped participants in the
following ways:- Improve wellbeing, Relax the
mind, Reduce anxiety and stress, Improve sleep
The sessions are being run in association with
the Watton Library to run alongside the
Healthy Libraries project, to help people lead
healthier lifestyles.
The sessions are held on Monday mornings
from 10.00 am – 11.00 am at Watton library
and cost £5. The final session is 21 November.
If you would like to book a session or have any
questions please call Watton Library on 01953
881671 or email

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Great Hockham
Gardening Club

October: Protected Cropping and
Allotment Gardening. Nineteen of us
welcomed two new members; Kathy
and Patrick. (Previously unknown to
each other).
For our first meeting of the season we
were given a talk by Ric Staines (right)
on the intricacies of using glass houses
and polytunnels.
Ric Staines, Higher National Diploma,
Certificate in Education, has been a
professional horticulturalist all his
working life. This has included time at
leading tree and shrub nurseries, He has
his own holding and has spent a
number of years passing on his skills,
knowledge and enthusiasm to students
of all ages. During this time he
developed courses in Commercial
Organic Production and Holistic
Horticulture. Most recently he worked
as a consultant helping the BBC set up
local community-based gardening
groups. He is currently running his
own consultancy business – Gardening
Solutions. He has written a book on
Market Gardening, a regular gardening
column and since May 1990 has been a
regular gardening expert on BBC Radio
Suffolk. He has appeared on Gardeners
World with Chris Beardshaw, regional
TV, BBC Radio 4 and worked with
Monty Don and Jo Swift. He is

November 2016
President of Wenhaston Gardening
Club and regularly gives talks to
organisations. His other interests, when
he is not working on his own 2-acre
garden, include sailing and driving kit
Ric started by asking us precisely we
were hoping for by way of this talk,
giving the impression that he had a
wealth of knowledge to draw upon.
This definitely proved to be the case.
As a result he concentrated his talk on
the edible plants that can be grown
under cover rather than the ornamental.
Ric’s first advice was to get the biggest
greenhouse or polytunnel you can
afford or accommodate - and the tallest.
The structure of the building should be
east-west to receive the maximum light.
Roof ventilation is the most important
and should be a sixth to a quarter of the
floor area. Polytunnels do not have roof
vents but are ventilated at both ends,
preferably with doors that fold down to
exclude rabbits coming in at the
bottom. If they are on a slope the vent
should be at the high end as the hot
rises and escapes. It is possible to have
frost on the inside while not on the
outside. This is due to the fact that air
movements can mix cold air near the
ground with warmer air higher up. A
fully closed tunnel will have little or no
air movement, so you might want to
open the vents under these conditions.
Glass, particularly with a timber frame,

suffers much less from this problem.
Roof windows work differently
depending whether they are on the
windward or lee side by either sucking
air in at the bottom or ducting it in at
the top. Any shading on a greenhouse is
best provided using external blinds.
Our talk then moved on to the ways we
might use these devices to maximize
their usefulness. Prompted by one of
the members passion for potatoes, Ric
suggested sowing them in February for
harvesting in May. Then in May plant
tomatoes, usually finished by mid
September. Then replace with lettuce
for a winter salad crop, but this must be
of the correct variety – not the normal
summer lettuce types. Obviously, more
than one crop can be grown at a time,
but care should be taken with
positioning. Tomatoes are better nearest
the door for better ventilation, while
cucumbers will prefer a more humid
environment at the opposite end. Plants
need to transpire and therefore on a
sunny day there must be good
ventilation to lower the humidity.
The talk is guaranteed to be well
received when, instead of following a
prepared content, it is driven by peoples
particular interests. Pollination is
important and spraying the foliage with
slightly sugared water can attract
insects. The wrong kinds of insects are
best dealt with by a specific biological
control, for example, a parasitic wasp
for whitefly. Other remedies might be

to adjust the conditions to
discourage the pest. Only
trouble is that the new
conditions will probably
suit a different organism.
Red spider mite don’t like
high humidity, fungal
diseases do.
Ric listed a variety of
crops, mostly grown
outside, that can be grown
under cover enabling
crops to be harvested
earlier – essentially, not
much that can’t. He then
discussed in detail how
more specific crops could
be grown: strawberries,
melons, sweet potatoes
and Chinese cabbage.
Apparently, the way to tell
if your Chinese cabbage
has hidden rot inside is to
offer it to a goat; the goat
will only eat the good ones. Ric did not
explain how you ended up with any
good ones to eat yourself.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable talk
given by a knowledgeable and
entertaining presenter. Think we might
have to ask him again.
This months competition results
Floral: First: Sue Cunningham. Second:
Patrick Alzetto. Third: Chris Dalton.
Szczepanowski. Second: Eric Rogers.
Third: Sue Thomas.

Seasonal Photograph: First: Patrick
Alzetto.. Second: Sue Thomas. Third:
Ed Szczepanowski.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday
9th of November at Hockham village
hall. Tom West will be giving us a talk
on arboriculture. New members are
welcome: just turn up. More details are
available on our web site at
Doors open at 13:30. Proceedings start
at about 14:00.

Challenge met!

Challenge 2016 has been met!
More than 30 entries have been
displayed in the Dragonfly Gallery
at Wayland House in Watton
throughout August and more than
200 people voted for the people’s
invited to submit photographs of
Norfolk, preferably in Wayland or
the Brecks and we were rewarded
with some stunning landscape and
wildlife pictures.
of the
category (those photographers
who sell their work) was Neal
Trafenkowski with his ‘Wayland
Harvest’ picture (above). The
judge, Graham Porter, a retired
wildlife photographer who was
visiting from his home in Spain,
said that the picture really caught
the essence of Wayland – the
wonderful sky, the background of
trees, the golden corn and the
modern harvester. He was very
impressed by Neal’s technical
skills. Mr. Porter said the standard
of all the entries in this category
was exceptional.
Winner of the amateur category
was a delightful little picture “Eyes Wide Shut” – of a baby

field mouse found in the
garden. The Judge was impressed
with the composition and focus as
well as the attraction of the
We were delighted that some of
the students from the Wayland
Academy’s Photography class,
tutored by Mrs Katie Allott,
submitted some entries, and even
more pleased that one of them,
Jade Campbell who was 15 years
old and in year 10 at the time of
entering, won the People’s Choice
Award with 60 votes, almost a
quarter of those cast, with her
seascape study. This copy of
Jade’s picture does not do justice
to the original.
In 2017 the Challenge will be a
little narrower. We will ask
photographers to submit up to
three pictures of the Norfolk
landscape or seascape (no people
or buildings as the main focus of
the picture). Once again the
entries will remain in the Gallery
throughout August and there will
be again be professional and
amateur categories and a People’s
Choice competition.

October 2016

Wretham “A
special place” for
retiring Rector
The congregation at St Ethelbert,
along with other villagers, paid a
fond farewell to retiring Rector (the
Rev Canon Bob Baker) and his wife
Glynis at his last service of Morning
Wretham, he said at the start of his
last sermon, had been a very
important part of his 11 year
ministry in charge of the Thetford
benefice, which includes, Wretham,
Croxton and Kilverstone as well as
the churches in Thetford.
“We are immensely grateful for the
time we have spent in these parishes,
especially Wretham”, he said as
presentations were made. “This is a
special place for us and you have
made us very welcome and it has
been such a joy living and working

All I Want For

Celebrating the Christmas Season
Mixed Media Art Exhibition
Our Christmas Exhibition is going to
run from the 19th November through
to the 17th December from 10-4.00
weekdays and Saturday 10.00 –
1.00pm closed Sundays. We will
have original art, ceramics, jewellery,
glass, mosaics, textiles and many
more interesting items.
For all your unique Christmas gifts in
one space. Call in and enjoy coffee &
mince Pies, whilst you browse. Join
us for the Preview coffee morning
with seasonal refreshments on:
Saturday 19th November 10 – 1 A
warm welcome awaits you.
The Dragonfly Gallery, Wayland
House, High St, Watton IP25 6AR
Contact Susan Hollingworth 01953

Nelson Court
Macmillan Coffee
The annual Macmillan coffee morning
at 95, Nelson Court, will be on Tuesday,
1st November from 10.30 till 12 noon.
As usual, there will be a Bring and Buy
stall and a raffle, as well as other
competitions to encourage you to donate
to this worthwhile charity. Everybody
very welcome. Dave and Jenny Simons.

Do you remember
a balloon race at
Wayland High

Sometime between 1991 and 1996
there was a balloon race held at
Wayland High School. Do you
remember and can you remember the
date? Please contact Julian on 01953
858 908 if you do.

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with you”.
The church was decked with blue
and white flowers and ribbons for the
day and church warden Eileen
Kitson remarked that Canon Baker
had been in post not quite as long as
his favourite Ipswich Town football
team had spent in the Championship!
He had left an indelible mark on the
life of the church and benefice and
she thanked him for his Christian
witness, preaching, good humour
and unfailing kindness and generous
spirit. She also thanked Glynis for
her years of service on the PCC –
and for being the most prodigious
raffle ticket seller the church had
ever seen!
The Bakers received a bound copy of
pictures taken at this year’s Summer
Party, the gift of Jon Ford, a
Wretham rose from churchwarden
Ian Salter, flowers from church
secretary John Kitson, and National
Garden Scheme tokens for £850, the

Tha Ovington

Evenin tew orl onya, har yew gittin on
Sorry I dint git ter rite ter yew larst
munth, cor blast we wus flat owt gittin
tha owld filds reddy fer tha winter
wheat, glad ter say thas orl gorn in
Sune be toim fer tha beet harvist tew
start, corse thet’ll start tew rearn cats
an dogs wen we start an tha owld
Chairwummen’ll git onta me fer
leavin wet mowld up the rud. Thas a
rumen how tha owld Massy hull orl
tha mowld offer tha wheels wen we
goo parst her plearce. She’ve bin
whooly quiet leartly, even Horry wos
gittin consarned thet she wos cumin
down wi suffin thas allus gooin abowt
tha toime o year.
She hed her wuk cut owt at tha larst
Cowncil meetin, tha yung mawtha wot
dew orl tha scribblin wunt thar, an orl
tha otha cowncillors sed thar wunt noo
gud at riting, cos thar hent bin tew
skule or hatta leave arly cos tearta
picking wos on. So pore ole gal haddta
dew tha minnits as well as kip orl tha
otha cowncillors in orda, rare job an
Horry sed thas tha best meetin he hev
bin tew for menny a year.
Thas gitten thet thar sune ont be enny
howses left in tha willage afore long
moost onnem are up fer sale, the corst
of buyin wun mearks my little ole
hoom look cheap, I should think thet
only corst twenty quid tew bild it in
tha fust plearce.
Thars suffin gooin on in tha Horl
cum Satdi, I shall hafta tell yew
abowt it nex time cos I hent cort tha
drift onnit yet.
Hed a corl from the wummen from
No 51 larst wik, cor she’s a
slummocking gret mawtha, sed did I
know what tew dew cos tha hens o

gift of local people from in and
outside the church family.
Pictured Front - left to right are:
Churchwarden Eileen Kitson, Rev.

Canon Bob Baker, Glynis Baker
Back: Jon Ford, John Kitson,
churchwarden Ian Salter

hern wunt layin enny eggs. I hed sin
the buds wen I driv parst, an they
wunt hens attorl, but thar wos fower
grettest ole cocks I’d ever sin. I thort
abowt it an rekkuned a few cocks
wud dew orlrite fer a dinna or tew so
I sed tew har I sed, “ Thar hent no
call fer hens terday, orl tha people
git thar eggs fom gal Sally or
Tekso’s” “Oh dear” she say “I cant
kip giving them tha best layin pellets
if thar hent gooin tew lay, wot shell I
“I dunno” I say “But yew might
meark a meal owt o ‘em” “Oh” she
say “I coont dew that, theys my
pets” “Well” I say
“If yew want rid I ken teark them orf
yor hands, cud give em a gud hoom”
So I got a few roast dinnas a
cummin up afore Chrismus, mite
even gi Horry wun.
Tha owld Highways department hev
bin gitten crarfty o leart, we hev a
lot of potholes in tha Street, so the
man from highways cum arownd an
sprayed sum white paint around
‘em. Cos thar paint git washed away
with thar rearn an wore up by tha
traffic, so wen tha gang cum rownd
with tha barrer lood o tarmac, the
paint hev gone, so nuffin git
mended, searve loods o munny this
Horry sed he wud mend tha holes fer
a quid or tew, but he hent got a
sustificaert tew wuk on the ruds, so
thas not gooin tew git ‘em mended.
Hev yew sin tha owld nites are
drawin in, sune wunt dew any thin
owtside afore long, wot a pity, shell
heffta goo down tha pub an sit
affront o thar fire.
Torkin of thet, I’m gitten rare thusty
so I’ll goo an whet my wissle.
My missus she say “It’s a
pity we carnt live in the parst,
thas soo much cheapa”
Dew yew kip a troshin.
Boy Sid

West Norfolk
Aviation Society
On Tuesday 5th October the West
Norfolk Aviation Society met for
the second time at their new venue,
where a buffet was very kindly
provided by the Mundford Bowls
Club. The bequest of several
hundred vintage photographs from
a now deceased donor allowed
WNAS member, Ross Phillips, an
authority on aircraft recognition, to
ad-lib the presentation of a very
interesting slide-show.
Next month, 1st November, the
guest speaker will be Richard
Dawson who will talk about his
service career in two gulf conflicts
and also his considerable interest in
music. He is going to demonstrate
the benefits of the bagpipes; not
necessarily as a military threat but
also, to show how the manipulation
of air can be used to achieve many
desirable effects.
Guests are always welcome to
sample our wares. For more
information see our website:

End of Pier
Christmas Show
Coach Trip

There will be a coach trip leaving
the Queens Hall on December
17th at 10am for the Christmas
Show at Cromer Pier.
For tickets please phone Christina
& Paul Weatherill on
01953 884 213

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November 2016

50 Years Ago at RAF Watton

and air forces in Electronic
Warfare (EW) techniques.
When RAF Watton designated
for closure, the Squadron moved
to RAF Cottesmore (Rutland) in
April 1969, and it was again
(Cambridgeshire) in 1975. In
1991, having achieved 25 years
in service, the Squadron was
awarded a Standard but 3 years
later it disbanded.
The official squadron crest
shows a Trident, representing
the Royal Navy’s involvement,
surmounted by a moth. Why a
moth? This particular moth is a
Melese Laodamia, which has the
ability of avoiding predatory
bats by ‘jamming’ their preyfinding 'radar' system - precisely

depicting the Squadron’s unique
role. The motto “Confundemus”
roughly but aptly translates as:
"We shall throw into confusion"
Crews for a sister squadron –
designated No361 [RN/RAF]
Squadron – were also gathering
at RAF Watton during 1966
destined to be deployed to the
Far East but the Defence Review
of 1967 heralded the withdrawal
of British forces from the Far
East, and the formation of 361
was cancelled.
The picture above shows the
personnel allocated to 361 at RAF
Watton in early 1967. Can you spot
the author? (Answer below!)
Martin Anscombe
Answer: 2nd row seated 3rd from right

In 1966 an unusual birth
occurred at RAF Watton - No
360 Squadron RAF. It was
unique in several respects: it was
the first truly joint Naval/Air
Force unit with air and ground
crew personnel provided by both
Services. Because of this, the
unit was permitted to be referred
to as 360 [RN/RAF] Squadron.
The number had not been used
before, thus there was no history
to cause inter-service rivalry.
Another first is that is the only
new RAF squadron to have been
formed in Her Majesty’s reign
The Squadron was equipped with
Canberra T17 aircraft; it was not
a new plane but a specially
rebuilt B2 to provide an airborne
platform for training ground, sea

Royal visitors to
Stow Bedon
During his period of residence in
Stow Bedon, Prince Frederick Duleep
Singh had many interesting visitors to
his home, recorded in pages from the
Breckles House visitor’s book 1907 to
Prince Frederick’s sisters, the
Princesses Sophia, Catherine and
Bamba remained in contact with
Prince Frederick and visited regularly.
For a period of time they lived at the
Manor House in Old Buckenham.
Prince Frederick moved from Stow
Bedon to Blo Norton and purchased a
cottage in Blo Norton for his sisters,
which was renamed Hampton House,
a reflection of the London Residence,
which was close to Hampton Court.
Princess Sophia was the youngest of
the three Princesses and was born on
8th August 1876 she was brought up
among the British aristocracy and
Queen Victoria was her godmother.
Her father, the Maharajah Duleep
Singh presented Queen Victoria with
the famous Koh-i-noor diamond now
part of the Crown Jewels, set in the
crown made in 1937 for the
coronation of Queen Elizabeth (the
Queen Mother).
Maharaja Duleep Singh was 10 years
old in 1849, when he was removed
from the Punjab with his title and
power effectively removed. In 1864,
the Maharaja married Bamba Müller
in Cairo and then established his
family at Elveden Hall in Suffolk.
Princess Sophia spent her childhood
at Elveden Hall in Suffolk. The Hall
had been remodeled by her father with
the lavish and spectacular interior
reflecting influences of grand Indian
palaces. Leopards and cheetahs lived
in cages in the garden.
When adult, Queen Victoria gave
Sophia a grand house close to
Hampton Court on a “grace and
favour” basis. For a while Princess
Sophia enjoyed attending society
parties and fine clothes. Along with
her sisters she was also presented at
Court. Princess Sophia loved her
dogs and was a devoted member of
the Ladies' Kennel Association and
had many dogs, including Borzois,
French Poodles, a Fox Terrier and toy
Princess Sophia might have decided to
continue with this life but prior to the
First World War became attracted to
the suffragette movement and became
a prominent and active member,
associating with the Pankhurst sisters.
Princess Sophia stood alongside
Emmeline Pankhurst during the
Parliament on 18th November 1910,
which became infamous for the

demonstrators. She was also a
member of the Women’s Tax
Resistance League, refusing to pay
taxes if she was not allowed to vote.
As a consequence, she appeared in
court and was fined. Refusing to pay,
her jewellery was seized by bailiffs
but when sold at auction the items
were purchased by sympathizers and
returned to her.
Once war was declared however in
1914 the Princess became involved as
a nurse and visited Indian soldiers at
many of the south coast hospitals.
At the end of the First World War,
Princess Sophia joined the Suffragette
Fellowship led by Mrs. Pankhurst.
After Mrs. Pankhurst's death in 1928,
she was appointed President of the
Committee. The Princess remained a
member of the Suffragette Fellowship
to the end of her life
After Mrs. Pankhurst's death in 1928,
Princess Sophie was appointed
President of the Committee.
Princess Sophia made two visits to
India, the last being in 1924 with her
sister Princess Bamba. The crowds
are reported to have welcomed them
but sadly neither of the sisters could
speak Punjabi and police subsequently
dispersed the crowds. It would seem
that such attention again caused
unease amongst the authorities.
In 1926, Prince Frederick became ill,
suffered a heart attack and died
without issue, at Blo Norton, with his
sisters close by. His death as the last
male descendant of the Maharajah
marked the end of the linage of the
Sikh Kingdom. He had never visited
India or his family’s former Kingdom
in the Punjab. He did however leave a
great impression upon local people in
Norfolk and Suffolk as well as his
wider friends and acquaintances for
his kindness, generosity and interest
in local antiquities and Churches. He
was instrumental in saving many
buildings and Churches including St
Martin’s Church, Thompson from
closure, using his own funds to
finance discreet but significant repair
work. It is sad to note that much of
Prince Frederick’s work and legacy
has now faded from memory.
Princess Sophia died as did all of her
siblings, without issue, on 22nd
August 1948 her ashes were taken to
India for burial as she had requested.
Recommended further reading:
Squire and Rebel,
Maharajah Duleep Singh by Peter
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, and
Revolutionary by Anita Anand
Photograph, Princess Sophia and her
dogs 1900 (Permission Peter Bance)
Pictured below is a copy of pages
from Breckles House visitor’s Book
1907 to 1908.

October 2016

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Watton Churches Together
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Follow us @StMarysWatton
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me,
on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays
between 10.30am and 12 noon - Gerry Foster
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship
Tuesdays 7.30am - 8am, Thursdays 5pm - 5.30pm Saturdays
9.30am - 10am Parish Prayers 5pm - 6pm Pray & Praise
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252
(Sun 30th Oct 8am Holy Communion & 10.30am Group
Service of Holy Communion at St Nicholas’ Church, Ashill)
Wed 2nd 7.30pm
All Souls’ Day Solemn Requiem Mass at
St Mary’s Church. Faure’s Requiem sung by The Horatio Singers,
Organist Peter Beaven.
Sun 6th
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
All Saints Tide Service Followed by tea
Sat 12th 12 noon Remembrance in the Churchyard
Sun 13th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Act of Remembrance at
The War Memorial
Service of Remembrance
at St Mary’s Church
Sun 20th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Café Church at The Blenheim Centre
Sun 27th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
12 noon Holy Baptism

Watton Methodist Church
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am It’s your quiet place. At
10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Vestry
led by the Minister or a Church Member.
Minister Rev E Reddington 01760 720858
Sun 6th
10.30am Rev E Reddington Holy Communion
Mr A Warby
Sun 13th 10.30am Mr A Warby
Act of Remembrance (War Memorial)
Service of Remembrance St Mary’s
Sun 20th 10.30am Local Arrangement
Rev E Reddington, Holy Communion
Sun 27th 10.30am Section Service at Hingham
Local Arrangement

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

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 30th 10.30am Group Service of Holy Communion
Sun 6th
Lay Led Worship
Sun 13th 9.30am
Remembrance Day Service
Sun 20th 9.30am
All Age Worship
Sun 27th 9.30am
Holy Communion

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
Sun 6th
Sun 13th
Sun 20th
Sun 27th


Lay Led Worship
Remembrance Day Service
All Age Worship
Holy Communion

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 6th10.30am Family Holy Communion
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 6th
10.30am Family Service (All Saints' Remembered)
Sun 13th 10.30am Morning Worship
Remembrance Day Service
Sun 20th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 27th 10.30am Lay Led Worship
Group Advent Service
Darkness to Light

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 6th
Family Holy Communion
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 13th 10.30am Morning Worship
Remembrance Day Service
Sun 20th 10.30am All Age Worship

Stow Bedon’s Indian Prince

H.H. Frederick Victor Duleep Singh (Prince Freddy) was a
devout Christian and was instrumental in saving several Norfolk
Churches. In 1906 Frederick
took up residence at Breckles
Cottage (renaming it Breckles
House), Stow Bedon as a tenant
of Charles Bateman Hanbury.
He was often referred to locally
as “The Black Prince”. Prince
Frederick lived at Breckles
House until 1909, when he
secured a long lease for the
larger Blo' Norton Hall, where
he spent the rest of his life until he died in 1926.
The fascinating history of the Last Maharaja of the Punjab and
his children is detailed in two books written and compiled by
historian Peter Bance Sovereign, Squire and Rebel Maharaja
Duleep Singh and The Duleep Singhs, the Photograph Album of
Queen Victoria’s Maharaja .
In this, the 90th anniversary year of Prince Frederick’s death,
we are extremely fortunate to announce that Peter Bance who
has written and lectured extensively on the Duleep Singh
Family will be giving at talk at St Margaret’s Church, Breckles
at 2.30 pm on Saturday 12th November. Copies of Peter
Bance’s books will be available for those wishing to buy a copy
and he will be signing copies after the talk.
Saturday 12th November, 2.30pm at St Margaret’s Church,
Breckles, NR17 1ES A talk by Peter Bance, Historian on
the Last Maharaja of the Punjab and the Duleep Singh
family. Tickets at £5 are limited. Please telephone to reserve
a ticket as soon as possible: Karen Allen 01953 498 408 or
Ann Cuthbert 01953 483 128

Letter from Australia
Hawaii the pearl Great Britain missed by Chris O'Connor
I have just returned from a pearl of an island in the Pacific Ocean.
Hawaii. I say that with a smile on my face because this magnificent
gem – bombed by the Japanese thus heralding US intervention in
WW2 could have belonged to the British Empire.
I hear you shudder with disbelief.
When my hero, Captain James Cook discovered the Island nation
he and his crew suggested it was ‘paradise’ and he was not wrong.
One moment you can be looking at a lush rainforest with waterfalls
hundreds of feet high and the next moment, if you are on a
helicopter, look down upon an active volcano as it spew’s it road of
destruction before ending up in the Pacific Ocean and amazingly
giving back to the island but creating an even larger land mass. Not
much of that happening these days.
(Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three
voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first
recorded European contact with the eastern coastline
of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first
recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook was attacked
and killed in a confrontation with Hawaiians during his third
exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of
scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his
successors well into the 20th century, and numerous memorials
worldwide have been dedicated to him. – Wikipedia)
You will be familiar with King George III who went slightly mad
toward the end of his reign, a sad reflection that he lacked the
vision to enhance the British Empire.
The then King of Hawaii and his wife visited dear old George in
London and they were so overcome by the hospitality and the
accidental killing of a man they admired, Cook, they offered to
cede the island states to Great Britain. George with all the aplomb
and insecurity of British monarchy at the time is alleged to have
said it did not ‘fit’ in with British expansion plans. Oh dear.
As a result the United Kingdom now misses out on a wealthy,
healthy and inviting nation where people smile, welcome you with
open arms (ironically 2-million Japanese visit the island each,
mainly to get married) and the Hawaiian state flag proudly displays
in the top left hand the Union Jack!
However, there is some comfort for those in dear old Blighty. A
small tract of land on the Big Island of Hawaii has been ceded to
Great Britain. I wouldn’t try and make a claim on it. There are
100,000 military personnel based in Honolulu and they might not
take too kindly to an invasion just at the moment.
Good luck.

Dance Away at The Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing
8pm - 11pm Admission £4
November 5th, December 3rd

All Saints Church, Threxton
We will be holding a Service of Remembrance at All Saints
Church Threxton on Sunday 13th November at
10.30am with Watton Silver Band. Everyone welcome.

Watton Cinemas By Julian Grover

Further to the article in the September issue of the Wayland News on
cinemas in Watton, my research in the Thetford and Watton Times during
the years of the Great War has revealed that there was a cinema in the town
as early as 1914. In 1915 the owner proposed that the proceeds of some
evenings should be given to the Red Cross, and later in the year the troops
billeted in the town were offered half price admission on Tuesday and
Friday evenings. The notice stated ‘Come along and Fall In!’
On April 23rd and 25th 1914 a notice in the newspaper announced that The
Royal Electric Picture Palace in Watton and was to show a film of the
Grand National on April 23rd and 25th . The next year, on March 27th it
opened for a short season on Saturday April 3rd announcing that there
would be ‘A good programme for the holidays. Easter Monday at 8 o’clock
and each Thursday and Saturday until further notice, and a change of
programme every Thursday.
On May 1st 1915 there was a change of ownership. It was bought by
Gordon Fickling, who also had a business called the Belleview Nursery
in Dereham Road which sold flowers, wreaths and bouquets. The risk
of fire in early cinemas seems to have been a concern, as he announces
to prospective customers ‘The projector has already been fitted with
fire-proof spool boxes for films, whereby the safety of visitors will be
further assured.’ A notice in the paper announces ‘The Palace will be
opened on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Come
and invite your friends to spend a pleasant evening. No extra charge for
laughing. Free from all vulgarity. Popular prices as usual 3d, 4d, 6d.’
In June of that year a ‘new and up-to-date’ bioscope was installed and
in July a new electric plant provided an extra 5 volts of electricity for a
more brilliant light. Films shown included Keystone Comics, Pathe
War Pictures and tales such as ‘The Vampire of the Desert’, Broncho
Billy and the Claim Jumpers, and ‘In the Midst of the Jungle’ (to thrill
the people of Watton?)
In August and September of 1915 the cinema was closed for further
improvements. Mr Fickling announced ‘The whole of the floor space
will be gradient, the seating extended and a heating apparatus installed.
There will be a new first class piano with Harp pedal combination. The
wall at the back will be removed and a transparent sheet substituted.
There will be a drop advertisement sheet with adaptable wings. Larger
facilities will be given to the operator for the freer working of the
bioscope by the removal of the present operating box to a more
commodious room at the rear.’
Notices of programmes at the cinema continued in the newspaper until the
end of 1915. After that there is nothing. Did it close due to fire or financial
problems, or was there less advertising of such things later in the war?

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November 2016

Lancaster House opens 14
bed specialist Residential
and Dementia Wing

Get the children
in the Christmas
Spirit with Alex!
As Christmas fast approaches the
preparations for Alex's Festive
Experience, the area's biggest festive
event, are well underway.
Alex's Festive Experience is being
staged at Melsop Farm Park in Scoulton
and is the idea of local clown and
entertainer Alex Morley. He saw a great
opportunity to use the venue during the
off peak time to its full potential.
A spectacular Christmas show is to be
housed in one of the barns which will
be heated and transformed into a
magical Christmas Theatre adorned
with masses of seasonal lights and
Alex said “This really is a wonderful
Christmas event for the whole family.
The show will appeal to all ages, not
only children, and we really want to see
as many people as possible down on the
farm celebrating Christmas with us as it
really will be magical and enchanting
for children to come and enjoy.”
The show will feature a wealth of
performers with circus skills and our
glamorous Showgirls, Singers, mind
blowing magical illusions and, of
course, hilarious comedy from Alex
Alex said “As a child I was always
entranced by the magic of Christmas,
the lights, the music and of course the
thought that Santa himself would soon
be calling! I want to bring that feeling
of the magic of Christmas that I am sure
we all remember to all the children of
There will be many other festive
attractions on the site including a
Santa's Grotto, indoor and outdoor play
areas and a chance to feed Santa's
reindeer. All of this is included in the
one admission price of £9.95 for adults
and £11.95 for children!
But that's not all! There are many other
attractions on offer including Face
Painting and you can even give your
youngsters a very special treat and let
them have 'Breakfast with Santa'!! A
unique opportunity to come along and
enjoy a cooked breakfast with the man

Watton U3A
Meets the Red Dragon
Our speaker for October was Jon Read
who took us on a journey to North
Wales where we learnt about the
mountains and lakes and the mines of
the area. He told us about the
LLanberris Electric mountain, a turbo
electricity station with a lake at the top
and also at the bottom. Mega watts at
the push of a button at peak times. Jon
told us of the railways and bridges of
North Wales using a selection of slides
to aid his talk. This brought back
memories for one member who grew
up in that region.
The speaker for November will be John
Newmeir “Why do we say that?”

himself. Advance booking for this
separate and very special Christmas
Breakfast experience is essential –
please contact the Booking Line on
01953 851 943 or 0771 7771 333 for
full details.
This is sure to be a sell out and as
seating numbers in the Christmas Barn
are limited you are advised to book as
early as you can to avoid
disappointment. The booking lines are
open now on 01953 851 943 or 0771
7771 333 so don’t be slow and miss the
Showtimes are:
12.30pm and 3.30pm on the 26th & 27th
November (Farm access 10am till 5pm)
7pm on 2nd December (Farm access
5pm till 8pm)
12.30pm and 3.30pm on the 3rd & 4th
December (Farm access 10am till 5pm)
7pm on 9th December (Farm access
5pm till 8pm),
12.30pm and 3.30pm on the 10th &
11th December (Farm access 10am till
7pm on 16th December (Farm access
5pm till 8pm),
12.30pm and 3.30pm on the 17th until
23rd December (Farm access 10am till
We look forward to seeing you there for
a brilliant Merry Christmas!!!
Watton U3A entered a team for a quiz
at Ashill Community Centre on 17
September and through the speed of
mathematical skills of one member in
the tie-break came first. A very
enjoyable evening.
The No 1 pub lunch group will be
visiting the Windmill at Necton on
Thursday 10 November and the No 2
pub lunch group will also be visiting the
Windmill at Necton on Tuesday 29
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

Watton Town Mayor, Beryl Bunning opened
the new specialist dementia wing at Lancaster
House, Watton. The Mayor was supported
cutting the ribbon by the residents, the manager
and staff of Lancaster House who provide
residential and longer-term care, as well as
specialist support for people living with
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Short
- term respite care is also available.
From the design, to the members of the care
team you will find every thought has been
given to ensure the residents enjoy the best care
while getting the most out of everyday life.
The new wing has been designed with large
windows that fill the home with light. There is
a large lounge and dining area to create the feel
of a small community and the home is fully
accessible for wheelchair users with all rooms
on ground floor. Some rooms can directly be
accessible to the special dementia garden. All
bed rooms are large and furnished to the
highest standards, with luxurious furnishings
and fittings. Each has an en-suite.
The manager and the care team at Lancaster
House are highly qualified and experienced.
Above all their excellent standards of care are
underpinned by a level of warmth and
compassion that truly impressive. Your loved
one will instantly know they’re in the safest of
hands. Lancaster House start by doing simple things well! Everything else follows.

Norfolk's First
Frost Fayre is to
take place in
The first recorded Frost Fayre was in
1608, in London, on a frozen River
Thames. The most celebrated Fayre
occurred in the winter of 1683 -84 and
was recorded by John Evelyn.
In more recent years, prior to
Christmas, winters’ have been
generally milder, so I am afraid we
cannot guarantee frost, ice or snow for
Norfolk’s first ever Frost Fayre. This
will take place on Saturday 3rd
December in Caston - at the Church of
the Holy Cross and the Village Hall
between 11.00am and 6.00pm. But
what we can promise is atmosphere
with a capital A.
Just to get you in the mood for the
season ahead you will be able to visit
both venues for free. What can you
expect to see? we hear you ask…..
Both venues will be decorated in
keeping with a frosty theme – prepare
to be amazed! (those of you who
visited the Blossom & Yarn Festival
in 2015 will know what we mean).
Refreshments to tempt you - will be
available in the village hall –
homemade hot soups and savoury
pastries, mince pies and Christmas cake
are just a small selection of what is on
the menu. There will be live
demonstrations of some of the crafted
items – see how they were made.
The church will continue the theme of

decoration and although it may look
like an ice palace – a warm welcome
awaits you inside.
Beautifully handcrafted goods (not
available on the high street) alongside
pre-loved items will be on sale in the
church. For the collectors of nativity
sets, there will be some sets (donated
from an extensive private collection)
available for purchase on the day.
Why not stay until it is dark-and
although we cannot guarantee it – we
are hoping that Caston will be lit up in
advance of the Christmas Celebrations.
There will be limited parking at the
Village Hall and opposite the Church.
But why not park somewhere in the
village (safely and courteously please)
and enjoy the walk between the two
We would so love to welcome you here
in Caston – it will be unmissable.
For further information: contact Lois
Gill 01953 488157 or Margaret Brown
01953 488111
Facebook community page – Caston’s
Frost Fayre

Ishin Ryu Ju

The month has flown by for Caston
Martial Arts club, all the kids are back
at school and the classes have settled
down to normal numbers. Along with
Bethany, Jessica and Emily who have
all joined after seeing us at the
Wayland show, we also welcome
Carter to the Friday junior class.
Also, since the end of the summer
holidays, a few of the infants have

Picture by Mark Bunning Photography
moved up to join their older siblings
and Persephone has made the brave
step up to the teenage class – well done
all of you.
This month has also seen a gruelling
Senior Grade Training day, with a great
turn out from our adults. As usual,
fabulous to see all the guys, both local
and up from London for a technical
training session followed by a few
isotonic beers and an evening meal.
After a quick kit inspection “errr,
where’s my first aid kit” followed by a
kit check “errr, where’s all my Kit!!”
we were straight into some heavy
squad training. A speedy warm up was
followed by some basic throws, mixing
up the belts to really keep us on our
toes. This is great practice for everyone,
especially Lou and Richard – who have
both submitted their applications to
attempt their Black Belt grading
sometime next year.
For the first time ever the Black Belts
actually out-numbered the adult
students on the matt, with seven
(including the big fella) to five. We
were only missing the effervescent
Sensei Andy T from the London club
who was off to sunnier climes!
All in all, another great month for
Caston’s very own Martial Arts club
as we steam ahead towards
If you are interested in learning the art
of Ju Jitsu, adult or child, or fancy a
new challenge, please contact Kevin
Pell at our Martial Arts Centre located
in Caston on 01953 483795 or visit us
Kevin Pell – National Coach GB &
Sheila Eglen Club Instructor

October 2016

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Watton Country Market

Watton Evening WI

This month we were delighted to welcome several
visitors to our meeting. The speaker this month
was Sian Hogarth who spoke on the Victorian
butterfly collector and explorer, Margaret
Fountaine. This lady having grown up near
Swaffham became bored with rigid Victorian life
and travelled to many parts of the world collecting
and painting butterflies and acquiring a massive
collection which is now housed in museums.
Her many men friends caused quite a scandal
until she settled down and spent the last twenty
five years of her life with a man many years her
junior but she out lived him!
There was lots to recall over the last month, the
fun rounder's match with Thompson WI, an
interesting tour of the Maddermarket Theatre in
Norwich, and of course Watton Carnival. We look
forward to the Festive Market, no sunflowers this
time but lots of good prizes and Christmas spirit.
On November 25th at the Forum in Norwich a 10
ft high tower covered in white ribbons each

The HAPPY Project

Watton Country Market is held at Christian
Community Centre, High Street. Watton.
8.30am to 11.30am every Wednesday. Today
we had a visit from Watton's Lady Mayor Beryl
Bunning, Beryl came to see what we grow and
make. She spoke to all members about what
they make, bake and sew.
She kindly had her photograph taken with some
of our members, front row from left to right:
Margaret who is one of three members who
make hand crafted greeting cards, June who
knits children's jumpers, hats, gloves and tea
cosies. Back row from left to right we have

Maureen who knits and crochets, adult sizes as
well as children's. Then we have Diane who is
our newest member, she is one of our bakers.
Veronica comes next she specialises in card
making and also knits scarves. Then we have
the Mayor Beryl. Next to Beryl we have Joy she
has been baking for the country market for a
long time. Why don't you come and take a look
at what we have to offer? We still have some
home grown vegetables available. Also we have
had some winter/spring plants. Everybody is
welcome to come and browse no obligation to
buy. We have lots of Christmas gift ideas.

Griston Church
Book Sale

children’s, special interest, and a bargain
corner. There will be cakes and refreshments
to tempt you, along with seating so you can
take your time over your choices. All proceeds
are going to the Griston Church Heating Fund.
We look forward to seeing you then.

The last Grand Second Hand Book Sale of
2016 was held at Griston Church on 1st
October, and what a fantastic finale! We took
a wonderful £508.38 in total with sales of
bakes and cakes, plants and produce,
refreshments, and of course the books.
you enjoy your purchases!
Next year the sales will be on 25th March,
29th July, and 7th October, from 10.00 am
until 4.00 pm each day. Remember, we have
a different selection of second hand books
every time, with no book costing more than
one pound. We will have fiction, nonfiction,

Threxton Coffee
It was a lovely sunny autumn day when we
held our coffee morning at All Saints Church
Threxton. We would like to say a big thank
you to all our visitors and supporters, it was a
pleasure to welcome so many people who
came to enjoy our homemade bakes etc. and
help us support and care for this special
village Church.

Another month has flown by and I am pleased
to be able to tell you that The HAPPY Project is
beginning to thrive. The Games Group that
meets on a Friday at The Library is growing
and members are bringing some interesting
games to play. Have you ever played Skip Bo?
It is a card game sequencing numbers, gets the
old grey matter going and we had fun playing
once we had worked out the rules. Members are
very kind and help one another and up to now I
haven’t seen anyone cheat!
The Social Group had it’s first meeting at The
Sports Centre at the end of September, there is
a lot of interest from people who would like
company to attend Theatre performances or
outings to the Cinema or maybe a walk to blow
the cobwebs away on a bright day.
The group decided that they would like to meet
twice a month, once on an evening and once
during the day. By the time you read this they
will have met in Babaco’s on an afternoon and
then the next evening meeting is on Thursday
27th October at 7:30 at The Willow House. If
you are unable to attend and would like more
information about the next meeting, please ring
Jean on 01953 880235 or 07593 989296. Watch
for posters around the town and keep watching
social media for any information, as well as
notices in the press.
There have been two events at Great
Cressingham village hall, where we have held a
Family Craft and Art activity. The first was The
Great Cressingham Bake Off which was won by
Alfie. The second event was a general art
activity where we painted pebbles, made dream
catchers and modelled clay.
Unfortunately, these sessions have not been
well attended and we will have to think again
about how best to meet people’s needs. We
have one more session booked at Great
Cressingham which will be a Pumpkin Festival

containing a message, will be unveiled during a
meeting showing concern and support for women
who have or are suffering domestic abuse, this
will be followed by a candlelight vigil. The
Norfolk Federation of WI s has been very
involved and two of those white ribbons have
come from Watton Evening. The meeting is open
to all. Staring at 3pm with the vigil from 5.30 to
Members are also taking part in a food survey
following the National resolution on food waste
passed in the summer and will be visiting a
supermarket to record trends in selling and special
We look forward to our Annual Meeting next
month starting with a fish and chip supper when
we will look back at this busy year and forward to
the year ahead.
New members and visitors are always welcome to
our meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month
at the Watton Christian Community Centre.
Contact Hazel Gillingham 01953 881510 for
latest details.
where we will be carving pumpkins ready for
Halloween. Those attending are invited to dress
up if they wish and we will have one or two
other Halloween related activities on the go. If
you would like to attend please contact Jean on
01953 880235 or 07593 989296 to check that
there are spaces available.
The HAPPY Project is funded by The People’s
Health Trust and it aims to meet the needs of
isolated and lonely people.
At the current time we have funding for people
living in Ashill, Great and Little Cressingham
and Watton. If you have any ideas of any
groups or activities that you would like to see
happening please contact Jean on the numbers
already given in the article.

What’s on at St
Mary’s Church,

The Winner of the 100 Club October draw was
number 10 Irene French
Wed 2nd November 7.30pm All Souls’ Day
Solemn Requiem Mass. Faure’s Requiem sung
by The Horatio Singers, organist Ben Miller
Thursday 3rd November 10-12 Noon Social
coffee morning at St Mary's, to be called
“Thursday Chat”. Continuing on 1st Thursday
of the Month, 1st December and 5th January
2017. All are welcome.
Saturday 19th November 7.00pm Jill & Vernon
Conie will be running another quiz. (10 rounds
of 10 questions) and a raffle. Tables of 4 - £10,
bring your own drinks and nibbles. To book a
table please contact the Parish Office 01953
Wed 23rd Nov 3.30-4.45pm ‘Stop Gap’ at the
Blenheim Centre, Tedder Close, Watton. An
after school Club for all the family.

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Recipe of the
From the Tuesday Fellowship at
Watton Methodist Church.
Brrr…..the Autumn is here and it’s
time for more soup. This recipe
comes from Georgina Manning who
says it is dead easy to make and
deliciously warming on cold days:
full of goodness too! She makes it in
batches for her family who always
love it.
Easy-peasy Carrot Soup
Ingredients: ¾ lb carrots, ½ small
onion, 1 large potato, 1 oz butter, 1
pint chicken or vegetable stock
1.Shred or grate carrots, chop potato
and onion, 2. Place in pan with butter
3. Season well
4. When butter has melted cook
gently over a low heat for 10 minutes
5. Add stock to other ingredients and
bring to boil
6. Simmer for 15 minutes
7. Blend well and serve with warm
crusty bread or toast.
Tune: ‘Come Landlord fill the
flowing bowl’
The West End Waiters once again have
set off on their travels,
There’s sauciness in all their songs and
mischief in their revelsYou ought to see their fixture list –
Not much of Norfolk will be missed –
Sweet fortune has their efforts kissed!
Hurrah for those old codgers!
At Taverham the WI is 60 strong and
A mix up meant that some of us were
nearly late arriving
Our compere got herself locked out,
There loved the show without a doubt
With laughter they all fell about!
Hurrah for those old codgers!
Old Lak’nham Church had booked us
for their Harvest celebrations;
The supper done, the Waiters gave
their risqué ministrations
Their Magic Circle Bishop led
Their generous giving when they’d fed
They passed his top hat round instead –
Hurrah for those old codgers!
Our trip to Amner WI we viewed with
With royal stardust flung about we felt
out of our station
Our worries soon were put to rest
We think the ladies were impressed
The food laid on was of the best –
Hurrah for those old codgers.
Peter Cowling (One of the old codgers)

November 2016

Thursday Club Fundraiser

Owners of The Village Florist, Sarah and Mag's, Rosemary Postlethwaite, Mayor Beryl
Bunning with husband John and in front Alison Dickson & Sheila Wood
After a lot of preparation we have
managed to raise £108.00 after expenses
for Watton Thursday Club this is a local
group meets once a month for adults with
disabilities it's self funded and been
running in the town for over 40yrs, I

have been involved with the group for 25
yrs. A big thank you to all involved
especially our transport Paul Adcock,
Mags and Sarah for the loan of the shop.
Well done everyone
Regards to all Alison Dickson

Wayland Lacemakers
Open Evening
As winter approaches, have you considered
a new hobby?
Wayland Lacemakers are inviting you to
come along to the Watton Christian
Community Centre to see and dispel the
mystery of bobbin lacemaking. This will be
our normal meeting with all types of lace
being made by raw beginners to competent
We look frward to seeing you on Monday
21st November at the Methodist Church
Hall, High Street Watton (car park on site)
between 8pm and 9pm.

What Watton Wants

What Watton Wants are looking for some new
proactive members to join our Committee to try
and help us to protect Watton from the
unsustainable and inappropriate developments
which are coming to the town. If you are able
to spare some time to help us, then please do
contact us via private message on our Facebook
or through our website or email: We really do
look forward to hearing from you.
Update on application for Land South of
Mallard Road, Watton (177 dwellings) is due to
be heard by the Planning Inspector at the
Planning Appeal Inquiry in June 2017.

We’re starting
‘Thursday Chat’ at
St Mary’s Watton
An opportunity to meet on the first
Thursday of the month between 10am and
12 Noon to have a coffee or tea and – a
No charge (only voluntary
All are welcome to come along, starting
Thursday 3rd November and then 1st
December and recommencing 5th January

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