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Geoff is aiming to
beat the camels and
raise £5,000 ! !
Local pharmacist Geoff Ray, of
Total Health Pharmacy in Watton,
will be joining the toughest
footrace on Earth with the aim of
raising money for
Cancer
Research.
The Marathon des Sables is the
stuff of legends and involves
running through one of the world’s
most inhospitable environments,
the Sahara desert. And as if running
through the desert wasn’t challenge
enough, Geoff will have to be self
sufficient and carry all his own
food and equipment for the week
on his back.
The Marathon de Sables website
describes the event as ‘An
extraordinary race for extraordinary
people in an extraordinary place’
With
only
1000
places
worldwide, Geoff is one of 200
people from the UK taking part in
the event which will be the
equivalent of 5 ½ marathons in 7
days (from 9th to 6th April) in

Once Upon a
Time –
Wayland
Book Fest

‘Once Upon a Time’ (Feb 25th to
March 11th) will be the first
exhibition of 2017 in the
Dragonfly Gallery. In addition to a
literature related art exhibition,
there will be poetry writing, life
writing and illustration workshops
in the Wayland House Training
Room and ‘meet the author’
sessions in the Gallery. Although

Children are always welcome in
the Gallery, this event is mainly
aimed at adults and especially
young adults
Calling High Street Businesses
Will you help us to promote our
town during the Wayland Book
Fest? Design a window display
for your favourite, well-known
children’s book. Shoppers will be
able to guess the book title and
they will need to come into your
shop or office to collect a card to
complete. In the next few weeks
we will deliver information to you
so that you can register and later
we will deliver the cards to
participating shops. There will also
be an award for the best window.

For those who love books, those
who have lost the habit of reading
and those who have never found
the time or inclination to read there
will be plenty to see and do.
There will be book swap sessions
– bring books you no longer need
and exchange them for others –
and there will be competitions,
when younger people can certainly
join in. If you have no books,
that’s fine, you can still take a
book and bring it back to swap
when you have read it.
There will be three workshops –
the first on February 25th 10.00 –
4.00 by Writer and artist Sue
Welfare, who is one of our
patrons. This will be Life Writing

temperatures of 50°C plus.
Geoff says, “there are few of us
not touched in some way by the
devastating disease of Cancer,
whether friends, family members
or personally. In my 50th year, I
wanted to mark it by doing
something truly amazing and
raise money for a great cause at
the same time. My target is
£5,000 and to reach it would
make
every
painful
step
worthwhile”.
“I’ve been training hard for the past
year and I am looking forward to
reaching the finish line. The only
thing I need to remember is to keep
ahead of the camel train!”
For more information about the
Marathon
des Sables visit
www.marathondessables.co.uk
To
sponsor
Geoff,
visit
www.justgiving.com and search
Geoff-Ray or find out more from
Geoff at Total Health Pharmacy, 14
Gregor Shanks Way, Watton.
– creative writing focussing on
your own life stories. The second
will be a poetry/creative writing
class with local poet Heidi
Williamson on March 4th from
2.00 to 5.00. The third will be led
by Andy Scordellis, artist, designer
and Illustrator, on March 11th
from10.00 to 4.00. Places on these
workshops are limited and will
cost just £10 thanks to funding
from Breckland Council and
Watton Town Council. For more
information contact Wayland
House.
During the Exhibition, local
writers will join us to meet people,
talk about their work and sign
copies of their books.

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February 2017

From Olympic
Torch Carrier to
Marathon
Runner

In 2012 Gill Smith of Watton was
thrilled and honoured to be given the
opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch.
This opportunity was at least in part due
her on-going charity efforts as she is a
volunteer with East Anglian Air
Ambulance and an active Guider with
the 1st Saham Toney Guide Group.
This year she has been fortunate enough
to secure a Gold Bond place in the
Virgin Money London Marathon,
running and raising funds for the East
Anglian Air Ambulance.
Having not run for a considerable
number of years and having had a
serious foot operation in 2015 this is a
major undertaking involving a training
programme which starts from the most
basic level of fitness.
The training has already begun in
earnest and involves early morning gym
sessions and morning, evening and
weekend training runs around the streets
of Watton and surrounding area. April
23rd will soon be here.
This is not just a personal challenge for
Gill before reaching her 60th birthday,
it’s fund-raising to help save lives!
As well as the considerable challenge of
getting fit for the big day Gill is required
to raise at least £2,500 as part of the
entry commitment. Again, a major
undertaking, which will need the already
generous support of friends, family and
local residents and businesses.
One local business (Fountain Hair &

The HAPPY
Project
Well! Already we are one month
closer to Christmas only 11 months to
go!
The HAPPY Project is busy once
again after a short lull over the Festive
Period.
I am pleased to tell you that there is a
new Family Art and Craft Group
starting in Ashill Community Hall.
The first session is on Saturday 11th
February 2017. There will also be a
session on Saturday 11th March 2017,
so please put the date on your
calendar and come along and join in
the fun.
The group is open to any age group
young and older are welcome. The
sessions are free. All children must be
accompanied by an adult. Tea, Coffee
and soft drinks will be available.
For the first session we will be
offering cup cake decorating, pebble
painting, clay and salt dough
modelling as well as a host of other
activities, come and make what you
fancy. You make the mess, we clear
up!
The Games Group continues to meet
on Fridays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
open to young and old alike. If you
have a game that you particularly
enjoy, bring it along and share it with
others. (I’m not sure about Pie Face
though)!
We are considering starting a
Crossword Group at the Library, if
you would be interested, please
contact me and let me know and we
can arrange it for you.
I can be reached on 01953 880235 or
07856 876920, or call in to Wayland
House, I am usually there Monday to
Wednesday.

Beauty of Watton) has already
committed to a fund-raising coffee
morning and Gill hopes to enlist more
support like this as well as running her
own fund-raising events. The 1st
Saham Toney Guides have also agreed
to help by taking on their own
challenge to raise money towards the
target.
Donations to East Anglian Air
Ambuance for Gill’s marathon event

can be made via Virgin Money Giving
bit.ly/2j4L9FV or by sending cheques
made out to EAAA to Gill Smith c/o
Wayland Partnership, Wayland House,
High Street, Watton Norfolk IP25 6AR
The motto of East Anglian Air
Ambulance is: “Together We Save
Lives”; Gill Smith running in the
Virgin Money London Marathon is
an excellent example of this
togetherness.

The Social Group also known as
Watton
Active
Social
People
(WASPS) meet at The Hare and
Barrel, the next meeting where they
will be planning an activity is on
Monday 13th February 2017 from
7:00pm everyone is welcome.
Activities include Bowling, Cinema,
Theatre and Meals Out or anything
you fancy.
It would be good to see some new
faces and you can be sure of a warm,
friendly welcome.
WASPS recently had a visit to The
Bowling Alley at Dereham. They
reported that they had, had a
wonderful, fun packed evening but
were all suffering from sore thumbs
where they had held the ball!
If anyone has any ideas or activity
groups that they would like to see
happen in the area, please contact me
and we can have a chat and see what
we can do!
Have a Happy month!

about how to create enviable winter
gardens, and the Norfolk Lowland
Search and Rescue; when we will
enjoy an exclusive garden visit to gain
inspiration and ideas for our own
plots; when we will host the Spring
and Autumn Shows, and when
members will enjoy a variety of social
activities to make sure that the year
goes along with a swing. It would be
great to see you at the meetings so do
come along and join us. If you require
further information, please contact our
Chairman, Marianne Kilmartin, tel.
no. 01362 820744.

Bradenham &
District
Horticultural
Society

Happy new year to everyone! I’m
writing this as a blizzard is blowing
past my window, which makes me
glad to be able to look forward to our
next open meeting which will be the
first of 2017, taking place on
Thursday February 16th at 7.30pm in
the Village Hall.
Shelagh Ashe is returning to the
Society to present her talk on
“Perennials”. She will be our first
visitor of the year during which we
will also hear from Barry Gayton

Simply
Breathe at
Watton
Library
A new series of simple breathing
exercises, over 6 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 new sessions are held on
Wednesday evenings from 5.30 pm –
6.30 pm at Watton library and cost £5.
The final session is 8th March.
If you would like to book a session or
have any questions please call Watton
Library on 01953 881671 or email
jillrobertsuk@yahoo.co.uk.

February 2017

A Quick
Look Round
By ORBITER
And so we pass into February, the inbetween month, or so I like to think
of it, since it comes immediately
after all the celebration parties,
lunches and dinners that hang over
from Christmas, and just before the
regular calendar for the new year
comes into play.
As usual, while we in the Watton
area have been going on more or less
unaffected by national affairs, our
leaders in Whitehall continue to
announce all sorts of measures that
they think will improve our lives,
some of them admirable proposals,
while others defy belief.
One of the latter that has been given
prominence in the national press,
although it seems so improbable that
it may well prove to be a hoax, is for
our schools to adopt the danger-sport
system, known as Parkour, which
involves hazardous ‘free running’,
and in extreme cases, leaping across
roofs from house to house. And this
from a regime that has banned kids
from playing “conkers”!
But more sensible are the measures
to clamp down on the use of mobile
phones while driving, as well as the
habit of casting litter out of car
windows. Obviously the latter is
already covered by the Anti-Litter
laws, but in the absence of adequate
means
of
enforcement,
only
continual reminders can do any good.
With regard to the use of phones
while at the wheel, while this can
obviously be a serious distraction,
what about the many built-in ones
that abound in the modern car ? Yes,
if our car has a manual gear-change,
we manage to use the gear lever and
clutch without giving it a thought – it
comes naturally, as does using the
windscreen wiper or indicator stalks.
But the latest cars have so many
gadgets, and the fascia displays have
so many different lights or signs that
we are supposed to keep an eye on,
that simply driving is, in itself, a
distraction.
In-car entertainment we take for
granted, but we may need to lean
over to switch it on, insert a CD, or
tune to a new radio station, and
although many cars have finger-tip
controls on the steering wheel, even
their use may command the driver’s
attention at a crucial moment.
So it would seem that the much
publicised self-driving vehicles of
the future will be an answer to all the
problems that beset us all today
every time we get in to our cars,
though no doubt others will present
themselves in due course.
Another strange thing that has taken
the eye of the public, and caused
much controversy, is the report of
the increasing number of parents
who escort their children to school
while still in their pyjamas (the
parents, not the children).
At first, to all us old fuddy-duddies,
this
sounds
completely
unacceptable, but is it really so
terrible? Provided that normal
standards regarding nudity are
respected, why are pyjamas any
different to, say, track-suits, cycling
shorts or evening dress ? They are
simply clothes cut in a different
style.
In fact when I see some of the
fashion-wear featured in my daily
paper, some of the so-called dresses

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that bear price tags of a thousand
pounds or more, seem far more less
decent or acceptable than any
pyjamas.
But there are much more important
things to worry us. For instance, at
the time of writing the travel world is
beset by strikes, which on the face of
it seem merely intended to embarrass
the government, as if the Prime
Minister has not already got enough
to worry about, with Brexit
negotiations still taking up a major
part of her time.
What a horrible job being a P.M.
must be, needing to keep every
aspect of running the country under
control, whether on the domestic or
international front, knowing that
every move is under constant
surveillance from both opponents
and supporters, and with the
probability that twenty or so years in
the future his/her shortcomings will
be made more famous than any
achievements.
I am thankful that I am not likely to
be elected to that job, not that the
prospect was ever really on the cards
– I have not even made it to the New
Year Honours list! Again.
Perhaps I had not been paying
sufficient attention, but somehow I
had missed the commencement of the
community radio
station
that
operates in Watton, one of a series of
such broadcasters instituted in East
Anglia in the last year.
Operating under the title Brecks
Radio, it transmits pleasant music
and local information, presumably
from premises in Market Street,
where I first spied the big notice on a
window advertising its presence on
the wave-length of 106.90 FM.
With interruptions from just a few
adverts from local traders, I have
enjoyed listening to music untainted
by the inane chat that pervades some
of the national stations.
I may have been a bit slow off the
mark in recognising its presence, but
I do not feel too guilty, as none of
the people I have questioned were
aware that this facility was available,
and though it does not have the range
of the erstwhile Wayland Radio, the
quality of the reception in Watton
and locally is extremely good, and it
is to be hoped that the venture will
be successful.
Our local leading football team, the
Canaries, seem to have endured a
bad patch in the last few weeks, and
as is usual when a team loses a
couple of games, the spotlight is
turned on the manager. Luckily the
Norwich board have taken a sensible
view, and no axe has fallen so far (at
the time of writing).
Managements so often fail to realise
that games are won and lost on the
field, and opponents are just as likely
to be the cause of apparent failures.
Of course there are times when a
managerial appointment proves to be
ill advised, but the current trend for
blaming the coach for every shortcoming seems the height of folly.
Let us hope the lads on the field can
turn things around, but if not, well as
they say, nobody died.
Finally I hear that a local pharmacy
has been re-named the Wellness
Clinic. Wellness? That’s not in my
dictionary, but apparently is one of
the thirty or so new words that
appear in the English language every
year, which is why a new edition has
to be published annually.
I must try to keep up !
Good afternoon.

Griston's Grand
Second Hand
Book Sale
We’re back! The first Grand Second
Hand Book Sale of 2017 will be held at
Griston Church on Saturday 25th March,
from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm. The books
on offer will include fiction, reference,
children’s and poetry, with no book
costing more than one pound.
There will be refreshments of hot and
cold drinks, cakes, savouries, and
ploughman’s lunches to eat in, and whole
ones to take away. We are also selling
plants, both indoor and garden varieties,
to kick start your summer bedding
display. Entry is free and open to all, so
come along to browse through our huge,
new, choice of books. We can promise
you a warm welcome, if not a warm
church, as the money from these sales is
for new heating. If you have items to
donate, or would like to help us in any
way, please contact Caroline & Keith on
880153. Many thanks and we look
forward to seeing you there.

Will you give an
Ovington
Gnome a home?

If you missed the opportunity at the
Ovington Village Hall Christmas
Bazaar, you are not too late to join in
the fun for this year’s Gnome-Art
Competition. Purchase a gnome for
only £5, paint or decorate it in whatever
way inspires you, then return it to the
village hall for judging on the 5th
August at the Wacky Scrappy Gravity
Races.
The public will vote for their favourite
gnomes and cash prizes will be
awarded. (Your gnome will be returned
to you after the event if you so wish.)
Contact Ed on 885848 to purchase a
gnome – hurry, numbers are limited!
They will also be available at coffee
mornings, every Monday 10.30
onwards.
So, what are you waiting for? Get
creative!

What’s on at St
Mary’s Church

The Winner of the 100 Club January
draw was number 62 Alan Wake
Thurs 2nd February 10-12noon
Thursday Chat a social coffee morning
at St Mary's, Watton. Continuing on 1st
Thursday of each month. All are
welcome.
Sun 5th February 2.30- 4.00pm Super
Hero Sunday at St Mary’s Church Fun,
food friendship and a Superhero Story.
Theme Batman & Robin, optional to
come dressed up!!
Mon 6th February 9.30-10.30am Story
Bags at St Mary’s Church for parents
and preschool children. Continues
weekly on Mondays during term time.
Thur 16th February 3-5.00pm Messy
Church at St Mary’s. All age fun,
friendship, food, crafts and games.
Children please bring an adult.
Sun 19th February 2.30pm-4.00pm
Café Stop at The Blenheim Centre,
Tedder Close, Watton. Crafts for all the
family, free refreshments.
Wed 22nd February 3.30-4.45pm Stop
Gap after school club at The Blenheim
Centre, Tedder Close, Watton
Tues 28th February 12-200pm Shrove
Tuesday Pancakes at St Mary’s Church,
come and enjoy pancakes followed by
tea and coffee. Donations for St Mary’s

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February 2017

your garden
Please Mention In
With Lotta Potts

The Wayland
News
When talking to
advertisers

So will it or won't it? Snow that is. As I write for
the deadline the garden has a pretty white
covering. A covering to me is when footprints
show. I do not like snow. Well, it has two
advantages: all the gardens look equally pretty and
uniformly coloured and Christmas cards just
wouldn't be the same. In some states in the US (or
maybe Canada) you are obliged to clear snow
from the road and footpath outside your house. It
wouldn't work here – no uniform front gardens
without boundary markings and little room for the
snow. I think I mentioned before that I have
shovelled snow from one part of the drive, only to
have to move it a second time as I blocked the rest
of the drive. Nightmare with the bins.
It should be remembered that February is a true
winter month. I am guilty of looking for signs of
spring once the Christmas tree has been consigned
to compost. To try and offset winter a bit I have
planted a couple of scented shrubs. We already
had the usual Vibernum x bodnantense 'Dawn' that
produces pink turning to white flowers from
November and will carry on producing them come
what may with the weather until March. Frost can
turn the older flowers brown but there are so many
of them it doesn't really show. They are scented
and if you like the scent bring some twigs indoors
to enjoy. It's a fairly common plant but will grow
10ft x 6ft if you don't prune it. Ours was out of
control when we moved in so it was a case of
careful pruning and now it's more or less where I
want it. The other one I planted years ago was that
Wintersweet. After seven years it flowered and I
can't say I was impressed. The early flowers didn't
have much scent so it got a bit of a prune and then
it did have scented flowers. I have to say I was
unimpressed. I am sure some people like it – I am
not one of them. I know I have written about my
threat to remove it (probably last year) and now
it's had a severe haircut, no flowers so it's going.
Another experiment has been Christmas Box –
sarcococca. I grow this little shrub in a large pot
but as it doesn't produce a profusion of flower
maybe it needs another home. This does have
sweet scent but outdoors in pouring rain and
howling gale it tends to be missed.
Looking at the borders when snow-free there
should be signs of spring. The early bulbs should
be at least through and clematis may well be
shooting. These will need to be pruned if they are
the ones that start o flower in June and keep going
through the summer. These need to be pruned to
two feet from the ground. The reason is that they
grow vigorously but flower on the ends of the
shoots looking lovely for passing aircraft but just a
mess of stems for you. These are so vigorous that
mine started to shoot in January. I vividly
remember an elderly relative's clematis. Sadly she
was unable to garden for some years and the
clematis that had covered a garden wall and over
the gate had shot up the cable to the telegraph pole
and started off along the wires. It was a wonderful
sight if you didn't mind the crick in the neck but I
guess the powers that be had something to say
about it! Other varieties of this lovely climber
should be treated with a bit of caution when it
comes to the secateurs. If you don't know what it
is, wait for it to flower. You can't do a great deal of
damage if you prune after flowering and quite a lot
don't need pruning at all – the small-flowering
ones that have bell-shaped or flared or wide-open
saucers less than 4cm (1-1/2”) across just need the
shoots that are in the wrong places and can't be
just tucked in removed. The ones that flower after
July, viticella and texensis varieties, should be
hard pruned now, right back to the ground. Others
that should be hard pruned are the montanas but
not every year, let them go a bit for a year or two
then prune hard back. You may lose one year's
flowers but they'll be better for it. The others are
the Armandii varieties that have white or pink
scented flowers in late winter, early spring. Don't
get at these now or you will definitely lose the
flowers but after they have flowered cut back.
These are almost indestructible and it's worth
having some of the shoots as they are evergreen
and make a good backing for other plants.
Generally there's not a lot that can be done [Ed:
Hooray!] unless the weather is mild and dry – dry
is important as trampling on waterlogged soil will

compact it and make it difficult to work later. Best
wait. However, if possible cut back autumnfruiting raspberries if you haven't already done so
or plant new canes. These are so much easier than
summer-fruiting varieties as all they need is to be
chopped right back to 6” or so (15cm) and given a
mulch. That's it. They should last for years in good
soil so are a really good investment and the fruit
tastes lovely, particulary the end-of-season last
gatherings. If you are really keen you can warm up
the soil by covering it with clear plastic then you
can have slug-covered plastic. I joke of course. I
have no idea if you have or not as I can't be
bothered to try to have veg two weeks before
normal.
All my enthusiasm is indoors: chit potatoes and
keep watching for sturdy shoots to plant out next
month/April. This drives Mr Potts daft. Spuds
should either be in the ground or the veg rack, not
cluttering up windowsills. Sow veg seeds in
propagator pots or Rootrainers. These are not
heated but have long cells that open up like a book
and sit in a plastic frame under a clear cover. They
are brilliant for peas, beans and sweet peas that all
have long root growth and are not keen on being
disturbed. Order snowdrops and aconits 'in the
green'. Gardening magazines will be full of
adverts for them and they will grow much better
than dry bulbs in autumn.
Do have a wander round the garden, keeping off
the grass, to see if bulbs are through and if cut
back perennials are also showing growth. Believe
it or not I have some perennial poppies standing
up before the end of January and those lime-green
flowered hellebores are all over the place so winter
will end. So while you venture out occasionally
don't forget to bend down and do a bit of weeding.

Ashill Clay
Pigeon Club
closing after 53 years
with a charity bang!

The club was founded and chaired by
‘Gentleman’ Jack Sears, himself a keen
sportsman, and well known within the motor
racing world as an ex-British touring car
champion. The club has shot every other
Sunday for the last 53 years on Jack’s farm in
Ashill, with members from all areas of Norfolk.
Although a true sportsman he would never like
to see targets too difficult and said he wished to
cater for all abilities at all times, in order to
encourage younger shooters to better
themselves, should they decide to take the sport
any further.
Indeed, Ashill club was set up and recognised to
international standards and has held British
championships over the past 53 years. The club
is proud that some of its members over the
years have had successes in both regional and
British championships and membership today is
still strong. These successes may not
necessarily have happened if it wasn’t for
Jack’s forethought in allowing the club to be set
up on his land. Sadly Jack lost his fight against
cancer and died last year.
Following Jack’s death, his family have decided
to try and develop the land which currently
hosts the shoot and they do not have any other
suitable area of land to host the club. Although
disappointing to the club, we do understand the
potential value of the land.
Over the last few months we have tried to find
alternative suitable areas for us to host the club,
with no successes, for various reasons, such as
area of land too small or too close to houses,
etc. Sadly the club is therefore ending on the
last day of February 2017.
In memory of Jack, the final shoot of the club
will take place on Sunday 19th February 2017,
this shoot will be open to everybody with all
who participate just being asked for a donation
to a cancer charity of the families’ choice.
The shoot will take place at the current Ashill
ground starting at 9.30am, with the last entry
accepted at 12.30pm and we look forward to
seeing fellow clay shooters and friends and
acquaintances of Gentleman Jack.
For queries please call Paul on 01362 820416

Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe comes from Barbara
Winner who explains: ‘Every year at the
Methodist Church we Gadabout to each other’s
churches to enjoy friendship, fun and FOOD. This
pie used to turn up very often and I enjoyed it so
much that I had to ask for the recipe. This is it –
although I do add lots of chilli and garlic to mine.
Savoury Tuna Pie
Ingredients: 2 thick slices of crustless bread
(white or brown depending on how healthy you
want to be); I cup of milk; 2 tablespoons of
butter; 1 tin of tuna in brine – drained and
flaked. (or the equivalent in cold cooked
chicken or ham); Cayenne pepper or whatever
your spice of the day is (chilli?); 1 medium
onion grated; 3 eggs well beaten ( a good stress
buster); Extra seasoning to your taste.
Directions: Boil the bread, milk and butter
together until well blended. Remove from the
heat. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
Place in a well greased dish. Bake for about 30
minutes at 180c or equivalent. Serve hot or cold
and can be frozen (Not likely as it all gets eaten
pretty quickly) Good served with a crisp mixed
salad.

The Ovington Crower
Har yew gittin on tergitha, corblarst thas tunned
cowld agin hent it, did yew git enny of thet ole snow
yistday? Thet wholly cum down, an I wus reddy ter
git tha owld snow plow owt ter cleer tha ruds, but
thent dint lay fer long an orl we hed wos a lotta
worta.
They allus say thas a small wuld and totha nite on tha
telewision thet seemed abowt rite cos ther wos a
blook on thar wot yewsed tew livin the willage, cor
heeze suffin ‘portant owt in some furrin parts, I bet
his mawtha wos wholly pleased cos she still live
along tha street.
My ole meart Andy went tew see the Doc larst week,
an the Doc say tew him he say “Doont I know yew”
Andy say “I dunt reckon so marsta, dew yew live
rownd har?” “Not now I dunt” he say “But wen yew
wos a werkin at tha skool yew used ter let me cut tha
grass on tha football pitch on yore ole Fergie, an I
wos oonly 14” “Go ter hell” say Andy “Yore dun
well fer yore self” “Yis I spouse so” he say “I’m
cumming up tew retirement in a cuppla years, think I
might give New Zealand a go” Doont time fly, I say
tew Andy.
Horry cum banging at tha door larst week, hollerin
owt “We orta goo tew tha Parish Cownsil meeting
Sid” he say “Thar gooin ter set tha rearts fer nex year
an I hent tew keen on tha ole chairmawtha, cos
sheeze allus on abowt munny an say we hent got
enuff fer wot she wanta dew”
Blarst thet ware suffin cowld in tha horl an I wos glad
I hed my owld army coot on. Cos thars allus sumwun
wots got a sweat on and hefta oopen orl tha winders.
Any owd how, she got tha meetin started and strate
orf she wos on abowt tha cowncil din hev enuff
munny fer tha cowncil tew put on a party fer the
olduns in tha willage. Thas neva bin dun afore, an
then I cort on, hare an har hubby hev jist retired an
wud be in line fer a gud ole feed fer nawthin. I dint
say enny thing cos me an Horry wud be in line fer a
bitta grub if thet wos aprooved. Tha tuk a voot and
thet wos tunned down, orl tha otha cowncillers hent
owld enuff yit ter benny fit.
Then she wos on abowt gittin a bypass rownd a bit of
rud ware she live, Horry thort thet wos a gud idee cos
he live jist up the rud from her, but he wos towld ter
hold his peece cos he wunt on tha cowncil. Anywat
thet wos tunned down anorl.
She give up arta thet an dint say anutha word.
Tha rest onnem jist agreed tew keep tha rearts obowt
tha searm as larst year, so Horry an me dint hev enny
argerment abowt thet.
The Chairmawtha orl she say wos tha meetin wos
closed at half eight an shot owt tha door like a rocket.
Not bad fer sumwun hare aerge.
I rekkun thet’ll be a gud idee ter kip owta har way fer
a wik or tew till she calm down.
Well times a gitten on an I hefta git tha owld bullocks
fed an watered. Thet kin git ter be a problem when
thet kip a freezing hard cos the ole tap an hoose dunt
wuk and yew hefta git a fire gooin an hot em up sum.
I mite hev forgot tew wish yew orl tha best fer tha
New Year larst time, so I’m now a-doin it.
Teark care orl onnya an dew yew kip a troshin.
Boy Sid

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864 Watton Air Cadets’ Catch Up

In the weeks prior to Christmas the Watton
Air Cadets had little time to do their
Christmas shopping as they were extremely
busy attending many fundraising and fun
events. The festive season kicked off in late
November with the Watton Festive Market,
where the cadets assisted with the road
closures and also ran a ‘Human Bauble Fruit
Machine’ which raised £44 for the Squadron.
During the first weekend of December the
cadets attended the Christmas Fair at St.
Mary’s Church and ran the same stall, and
again raised funds for the Squadron (pictured
above). The Live Nativity at St. Mary’s
Church, featuring Cadet Emily Cox as the
Angel Gabriel, was very well attended by the
public and was very enjoyable. The cadets
helped to greet the guests, handed out the
hymn books, took the collection and assisted
with any other jobs as required. The following
weekend the cadets attended and assisted at
the Town Carol Service. Our Squadron Padre,
Rev. Gerry Foster was very grateful for the
help from the cadets and said “the cadets did a
wonderful job and were very much
appreciated.”
In between the community events, the
Squadron held lots of fun evenings leading up
to the holiday break. A competitive theme
was abundant, with a Christmas Quiz, fencing
lesson and an inter-squadron bowling
competition between Watton and other local

Air Cadet Squadrons.
You may have noticed that every few weeks
there is a large group of Air Cadets walking
along the local back roads. These cadets are
from all across Norfolk and Suffolk and are
training for the Nijmegen Marches next
summer. From the large group of cadets there
will be a team of about twelve selected. Cadet
Flight Sergeant Helenor Cox is among the
group hoping to be selected again next year.
Please wave if you see them!
After attending the Senior NCO course we
congratulate Cadet Sergeant Reynolds on his
promotion from Corporal. Congratulations
also go to the following cadets for passing
their First Aid Course: Cadet Bloor, Cadet
Sergeant Reynolds, Cadet Cox and Cadet
Dauksa.
January 2017 is off to a flying start and lots of
new activities and events are already being
planned. Please listen to The Brecks radio
station on The Friday Matinee in early
February as Cadet Flight Sergeant Cox will be
a guest and look out for our recruitment
posters around town!
864 Squadron parades on Monday and
Wednesday evenings at the Drill Hall, Watton
Airfield, Watton from 7pm to 9:30pm and
welcomes all young people aged between 12
(year 8) and 18 years. They are currently
recruiting. For further information, please
email oc.864@aircadets.org

Shipdham &
District Book Group

the South. After time in a more liberal New
York Jean Louise revisits childhood
memories and it also leads to her questioning
the values she thought her nearest and dearest
held making her doubt her own assumptions.
The book had a mixed reception. One member
dislikes American writing and vocabulary on
principle. Some loved it and applauded the
characterisation and background while others
hated it or found it boring. Others found
wisdom, humour and a new insight into life in
small towns in the Deep South in the 1950s.
The fact that it was only found and published
the year before Harper Lee’s death, possibly
against her will, roused some suspicion that it
had been pushed by her family and others
purely for financial gain.
There was also the suggestion that this was an
unpolished, unfinished novel of her extreme
youth. Once again we were reminded that we
should not judge life and attitudes of over six
decades ago in a different country by our own
attitudes and standards.

Although somewhat belatedly I wish
everybody a happy, healthy 2017.
As has become our custom the December
meeting took the form of members reading
their chosen passages of prose or poetry. On
this occasion there was a somewhat vague
theme of ‘Politically Incorrect’ with some
hilarious results.
We also indulged in some seasonal nibbles
supplied by several members.
For the meeeting on the 18th January we read
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee who died
in February 2016.
For those who have read To Kill a Mocking
Bird this shows the girl known as Scout now
Jean-Louise aged 26 years living in New
York returning to her roots in the fictitious
town of Maycomb. It is set against a turmoil
of political and civil rights issues changing

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February 2017

Please Mention
The Wayland News

Museum
trustees go
to gaol

When talking to advertisers

Two trustees fom the Museum4Watton
group went (in the footsteps of Oscar
Wilde) to Reading Gaol before
Christmas. Not, they hastened to point
out for any heinous crimes, but to
collect several almost new museum
display cabinets which have been
generously given by a well known art
organisation, whose exhibition about
Oscar Wilde’s stay in the gaol had just
closed.
The Museum4Watton group, which is
planning to open a museum about the
town of Watton and it’s surrounding
villages, has been pleased and excited
by this generous gift.
Trustees Chris Hutchings and John
Greenbrook, who went to pick up the
cabinets commented that they would be
perfect for the museum, being designed
to store and display items in the best
conditions possible. “This generous gift
has come as a great Christmas Present.”
commented Chris Hutchings, group
chairman.
Pictured left: from C Wing to
Wayland Hall. The display cabinets
in their new home.

Friends of the
Forest . . . ?
By C Ameraman

We are fortunate in the Brecks to have an
area of outstanding natural beauty on our
doorstep, namely Thetford Forest. The
area is diverse in its wildlife, flora and
fauna and is there to be enjoyed by all at
no cost , 365 days a year.
The woodlands are managed for us by
Forest Enterprise, who on the whole do a
great job. They have a few rules for those
that choose to use the walks and rides,
these are there to preserve the
environment, protect wildlife and ensure
that everyone gets to take what ever
enjoyment they seek from this natural
environment.
NOW THE RUB A frosty start in the
forest and I am walking the tracks with a
camera looking to capture some of the
wildlife in its natural state. I am
confronted by a number of dog walkers
who have ignored the signs at all
entrances to the forest and are allowing
their precious pooches to run free. when i
pointed out politely that their pets should
be on a lead i was met with the usual
bank of stock replies....
"MY DOG IS UNDER CONTROL”
Clearly not, it just ran a hundred yards to
meet me and proceeded to jump up
demanding attention - muddy paws and
all.
"I LIVE LOCALLY" Sorry, but I was
unaware there was a dispensation to
allow "local" dogs to run free in the
forest....
The excuses/ reasons why their dogs are
not on a lead are endless, but it all comes
down to CONTROL.
Dogs, no matter what breed, are by
nature a predatory animal that hunts by
scent and sight. No matter how
domesticated the animal this is an inbuilt
instinct and cannot be curbed by any
amount of whistling or shouting.
Remember Fenton? Very funny but not to

the animals the dog was chasing, across
roads and paths others were using.
Some animals will lay their young up in
cover whilst they feed close by, a dog has
the capability to do severe damage or kill
these defenceless youngsters.
There are numerous reports of lost dogs
in the forest each year.
"HE
ONLY
WANTS
TO
BE
FRIENDLY" Some wildlife will defend
itself if confronted by a dog, no matter
what its intentions, its called self
preservation. a buck muntjac deer, if
cornered will turn and face its threat,
drop its horns and rip. Several dogs have
been severely injured and some killed as
a result.
"MY DOG WON'T DO THAT” Well
unless your dog is constantly at your side
and you have "eyes on" 100% of the time
you won't know what your dog is doing.
There are those owners who see a walk in
the forest as a reason NOT to pick up after
their pets. yet they complain if they step in
something left by an animal that lives there.
There are a lot of responsible owners
who respect the forest and other users as
well as their dogs. Unfortunately their
reputation is marred by those I classify as
either ignorant or arrogant.
The ignorant user has no idea of the rules
or why they are in place. they have not
seen the consequences or realise the
capabilities or instincts of their pets.
The arrogant seem to think that the rules
don't apply to them, thats someone else’s
dog or really don't care about
consequences.
There would be an outcry if the forest
was turned in to a closed reserve to
protect the environment and its natural
inhabitants, who would be to blame for
this loss of a beautiful area to the public?
Unfortunately in some peoples eyes it
would be everyone but themselves.
A little bit of thought and consideration
for the forest, its inhabitants and other
users is all that is asked. The rules are
there to help keep the balance in nature,
obey them and you can truly call yourself
a friend of the forest.

Diabetes UK

After the fantastic success of our 10th
birthday celebrations in December, we had
a coffee & chat meeting to bring us into
January 2017 gently! We discussed the
party and how it went and the members and
especially the committee were thanked for
all the effort they went to, so that the day
could be a complete success.
Our next meeting will be on Monday
February 13th, 10.15am, at the
Pentecostal Church, Watton.
Our
speaker will be Mike Wabe who will be
telling us about "Life & Death in a
Victorian Gaol" and he will be dressing
for the part as a Victorian Gaoler. Mike
is one of our regular speakers and always
entertains us with his tales.
For details of the group, please phone
Helen, 01953 884713, leave a message
and I will get back to you.

Wayland Mens Shed

With Christmas now behind us we are
looking foward to listing our social
events for the coming months.
We now have an Events coordinator
Malcolm Trayhorn who is now busy
organising all sorts of interesting
activities for us to get involved in so
please let him have some feedback so he
knows the sort of thing you like or have
interest in as it will make his life a bit
easier.
Tea and Coffee always available when
we are open at: The Old School House,
Church Walk,Watton. Open Mondays
10am to 2pm and on Wednesdays 12pm
to 4pm. Enquiries Tel:01953 881004.

Ovington Soup & Sale

In the Village Hall On Saturday 4th
March we will be serving home-made
soups for lunch between 11.30am and
2pm. Come along for a light lunch or
coffee and cake, then pick up a bargain
from the bric-a-brac and gift stalls. There
will also be a large book stall with even
more bargains on offer. All proceeds will
go to village hall funds.

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Watton Rotary Roundup

Our first 2 meetings of 2017 were marked
by an induction and 2 excellent speakers.
On 5tth January we welcomed into the
club Shaun Yeoman. Shaun, who lives in
Bradenham, runs the Salec taxi and coach
services business based in Carbrooke, and
is now one of our younger members.
After the meal we had a presentation by
Suzanne Rhind on the current and
upcoming work of the Wayland
Partnership Development Trust. In the
early days of the Partnership, Suzanne was
employed to help draw down grants,
mainly from the European Union. They
were plentiful at the time but onerous work
due to the various layers of bureaucracy
involved. An example of such grantfunding included the purchase of Wayland
House, which for many years has, through
lettings to a number of small businesses
(and income from the Gallery), provided
the income to sustain the many past,

Spring Ball
The Wayland Show is holding its
annual Spring Ball on 22nd April this
year at Lynford Hall Hotel, Mundford.
The evening includes a drinks
reception, 3 course dinner and dancing
to the Eddie Seales Band
An auction is held after dinner and all
the proceeds of the evening will be
donated to the Norfolk branch of

ongoing and developing community
initiatives frequently reported in this paper.
After a break to start her family, Suzanne
returned to the Partnership in a part time
role. Following the expansion of the EU to
the east, EU grants for the UK have all but
dried up but her expertise in finding and
bidding for the smaller grants is
invaluable.
On 12th January we entertained a Global
Rotary Scholar – Gaelen Stanford-Moore.
Gaelen is on what she calls a ‘gap year’ at
St John’s College, Cambridge, studying
for an MPhil in Public Health. Originally
from South Pasadena, California, she
attended UC Berkeley where she majored
in Molecular and Cell Biology and
minored in Global Poverty and Practice.
Gaelen then went on to medical school at
the University of California, San
Francisco, where she will return to in the
autumn to achieve MD. She told us how

she found Rotary International, and
subsequently a sponsor club (San Marino),
through a friend who had been a Global
Rotary Scholar and realised her goals fitted
perfectly with Rotary's passion for disease
treatment and prevention worldwide. Her
interest in global health has already led to
medical research and outreach work Costa
Rica, Vietnam and Kenya. She said that
her most recent research interests involve
HIV transmission and treatment among
discordant couples in East Africa, and she
hopes to continue working on global
health issues through collaboration with
the Cambridge Institute of Public Health,
with her current studies helping to give her
the skills needed to become a physician
researcher. The picture shows Gaelen
with Rotarian Vic Starkey, from her
host Rotary Club of Cambridge
Sawston, and our President David.
Martin Anscombe

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
which gives lifelong support to those
who are serving or who have ever
served in the British Army,the Royal
Navy and the Royal Air Force and
their families.
SSAFA has been providing this
support since 1885. Every year their
staff and network of volunteers help
some 55,000 people, from World War
Two veterans to the young men and
women recently returned from

Afghanistan and their families. Find
more details of the charity's work at
ssafa.org.uk
Last year's Ball raised £14,000 for
Alzheimers Research in Norfolk. We
hope to have another successful
fundraising evening this year and if
you would like to support us and
arrange a table of friends please
contact
Claire
Bowes
on
07789796937 for details or email
secretary@waylandshow.com.

February 2017

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History Beneath
Your Feet

The first Great Hockham Gardening Club
indoor meeting of 2017 saw twenty-two
members welcome our speaker, Graeme
Simmonds (right). This is the third time
Graeme has presented this subject to our club
after gaps of two and five years. With new
finds coming to light, and the many items he
had on display being only a fraction of his
‘reserve stock’, very little of his previous
presentations were included this time. From
past experience we anticipated an interesting
and informative talk: we were not
disappointed.
In fact, there was a seemingly constant supply
of new finds coming to light: 15,200 recorded
finds in Norfolk alone. There were more finds
in Norfolk than in any other county, possibly
due to having an extensive coastline
facilitating trade with Europe. Graeme went
on to point out that finds need not be in
pristine condition, but even fragments were
important – not necessarily from the point of
monetary value, but for the information they
might provide as to the history of the region.
Even if a find looked unimportant, it was
worth getting it checked by an expert.
Graeme then handed out a selection of
spherical stones of various sizes and invited
members to deduce for what they might have
been made and what purpose they served.
Suggestions included ammunition for a
slingshot, fishing weights, even baking
stones. Whether or not these items were used
for
the
suggested purposes,
their
‘manufacture’ was, in fact, by the action of
glacial movement during the last ice age. He
then handed round a stone hand axe, a very
impressive artifact. Graham impressed on us
that although the axe was visually impressive,
that was no substitute for actually handling
the object, to feel how we might actually use
it, to think of the person who made it and last
used it, to think how such a valuable item
came to be lost. The axe was obviously – an
axe, but many stone tools do not immediately
look as if they have been fashioned in any
way. Small pieces of stone might be given a
useable edge for immediate use and then
discarded. The identification of these tools is
not an exact science, but if, on examination, it
has one sharp, flaked edge, and feels useable
when held, the chances are it has been made
and used for a purpose. Again, think of who
made and used the item.
We then moved on to pottery. Should you
have a patch of elder and nettles in your
garden, this may be an indication of a
Victorian rubbish dump, a good source of
artifacts. Graeme related the story of a field
that was deep ploughed in preparation for an
extension for a cemetery: this yielded twelve
bags of Roman pottery. He then handed
round various examples of pottery – for us to
get a feel for the object.

Song of the
West End
Waiters Part 2

Bronze axes, an example of which we were
able to handle, are usually found in groups
and in rivers. There are various theories as to
the reason for this pattern, but none are
conclusive. Bronze axes are extremely rare
and important. Few were used as weapons,
some made aboard, possibly traded – by
whom?
Graeme then showed us a small bronze
pendant. It was double sided with a molded
depiction of Mary and Jesus on one side and
on the other, an impression of a lady with a
stick standing beside what looked like a
cannon or tower. The lady who showed the
item to Graeme thought it was Victoria, but it
turned out to be a depiction of Saint Barbara,
who was popular around 1600. In a time of
superstition, where uncertainty was ever
present and the wearing of an item like this
might provide some protection, the loss to the
owner must have been catastrophic.
In a field close to the A47 at Acle, an item
was found that appeared to be a half-crown.
On cleaning it was found to be a medal with
the suspender missing. The Obverse depicted
King Edward VII, while the reverse bore an
image of Britannia and the words, SOUTH
AFRICA. The medal was awarded to solders
that had served 18 months or more in the
Boer War. But to whom was it awarded? The
edge bore the name, Walter Lack. Today it is
possible to trace the records of people,
particularly those who have served in the
military. Walter Lack was born in Wells in
1873. He joined the Rifle Brigade on the 14th
October 1891. He served in East India, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Malta, Egypt, Crete and
South Africa. When he left the army he
returned to being a farm laborer and died on
the 17th of May 1935 of a heart attack after a
fall. He left no direct decedents. There is
indeed, history beneath our feet.
This months competition results
Floral: First: Sue Thomas. Second: Jill De
Ruyter. Third: Hazel Dunn.
Fruit / Vegetables: First: No first prize!
Second: Patrick Alzetto. Third: Hazel Dunn.
Seasonal Photograph: First: Hazel Dunn.
Second: Prue Szczepanowski. Third: Patrick
Alzetto.
Our next event is our annual lunch. Our next
meeting will be Wednesday 8th of February
at Hockham village hall. This will be a
“Home Grown Surprise”.
Doors open at 13:30 – proceedings will
commence at about 14:00.

(Tune: Come Landlord
fill the flowing bowl)
1. The West End Waiters set off to
some winter destinations
An audience fifty miles away is full of
expectation
Its pitch black and the hall unsigned,
There’s rain and fog and icy wind
But do those sturdy fellows mind?Hooray for those old codgers
2. At Sutton out beyond the Broads the
WI are charming
We found some programme snags in
time – they might have proved
alarming
Some ad-libs blew all harm away,
They chuckled in an easy way
And warmth and laughter won the day,
Hooray for those old codgers.
3. One freezing Thursday afternoon, in
Drayton in November
We found a club whose caring ways
supported every member
The hall was neat, in good repair,
There were a goodly number there
Two ladies fought to take the chair, Hooray for those old codgers
4. To Rollesby via Hemblington and
Panxworth was exciting,
A traffic jam escaped, we found their
buffet so inviting
Pitch black and rain outside the hall
But so delightful with them all\That in
the end we had a ball!
Hurrah for those old codgers!
5. Another audience elsewhere were
not so sure about us,
They might perhaps have celebrated
Christmas more without us,
A heavy atmosphere like lead
Made all our jokes appear half dead,
But soonest mended when least said –
Hurrah for those old codgers.
6. The Bradenham Gardening Club
prepared a special Christmas Party
No welcome for the Waiters was so
gloriously hearty.
A sherry! All reserved was trounced!
Gifts food and laughs in such amounts!
We sand our hearts out in response!
Hooray for those old codgers!

February 2017

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Watton Churches Together
St. Mary’s Church, Watton
www.stmaryswatton.org
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 - 10.00am Parish Prayers, 5pm - 6pm Pray & Praise.
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252 margaret@churchadm.freeserve.co.uk
Sun 29th January
8.00am
Holy Communion
10.30am Group Service of Holy Communion
at St John’s Church, Ovington
4.30pm
Choral Evensong
Sun 5th
8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
2.30pm
Super Hero Sunday
Sun 12th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 19th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
2.30pm
Café Stop at The Blenheim Centre
Sun 26th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
Wed 1st March Ash Wednesday
7.30pm
Group Service of Holy Communion
& Imposition of Ashes
Watton Methodist Church
www.wattonmethodist.btck.co.uk
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet place. At
10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Vestry
led by the Minister or a Church Member.
Sun 5th
10.30am Rev E Reddington
6.30pm
Local Arrangement
Sun 12th 10.30am Mrs E Warby
6.30pm
Mr & Mrs M Cook
Sun 19th 10.30am Local Arrangement
6.30pm
Rev E Reddington
Sun 26th 10.30am Mrs J Roebuck
6.30pm
Rev A King
Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 5th
9.30am
Lay Led Worship & Sunday Funday
for school age children
Sun 12th 9.30am
Family Holy Communion
Sun 19th 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sun 26th 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sun 5th
Sun 12th
Sun 19th
Sun 26th

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

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 5th10.30am Family Holy Communion
Sun 12th 10.30am All Age Worship
Sun 19th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 26th 10.30am Lay Led Worship
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 29th Jan
10.30am Group Service of Holy Communion
Sun 5th
9.30am
Holy Communion
Sun 19th 10.30am All Age Worship

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our next service at All Saints Church Threxton will be
on Sunday 5th February at 10.30a.m.
A warm welcome to all at our new time of 10.30a.m.

Watton Pentecostal Church
Old Dereham Road
February Services Sundays at 10.30am
“Foundations of our Faith” Everyone Welcome

Dance Away at The Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing
8pm - 11pm Admission £4
No Dance in February. March 4th, April 1st

Thought for the Month
By Rev Gerry Foster, Vicar, St Mary's Church Watton
Either we can think of February as a dark, dingy month waiting
for the light and life of Spring, or we can think of the
opportunity to do some of the jobs indoors that have been
pushed back by work outside.
Either we can think of February as a time when nothing
happens, or we can look for the chance to do something new,
visit a place we’ve been meaning to do, write a letter, or
telephone someone we haven’t heard from over Christmas.
Perhaps we’ve had illness or some loss over the last month,
which has hit us and hurt us, or maybe a painful anniversary or
reminder of an accident or break up. While these hard things
do happen as part of life, so does good, in the midst of it all.
We can pause and give thanks for all we do have; all we can
share; all we can do; all we can join in and be reassured that
God understands and loves us and wants us to know He is
always listening to our prayers, as we have a conversation with
him about it all. Jesus said “Come to me all you who are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11: 28).
And, in 2017 we hope all those living in and coming to Watton
can more and more discover what an encouraging place Watton
can be, as we try to promote in a joined-up way what is
happening where and when, so we can enjoy being together.
This afternoon I’ve just returned from Café Stop at The
Blenheim Centre, Tedder Close, Watton, where 34 of us
gathered from a crawling baby to people in their 80’s. Some
were knitting or crocheting or lacemaking, some were chatting
over 3D puzzles, some were doing craft, some were playing
with children and all with tea, fruit and homemade cake.
Why don’t you join us at The Blenheim Centre on Sunday 19th
February 2.30 – 4.00pm for the next one? We can find that
the dark, dingy feelings are actually more inside than outside
us. We can find ourselves encouraged and our spirits lifted
when part of being with others of all ages. And actually we can
find we get a ‘Spring’ in our step…..

The Royal British Legion
Watton & District Branch (BR0714)
The Royal British Legion (RBL) was established to help serving
and ex-servicemen and women, along with their dependants, if and
when they required it. It is NOT just to help anyone who took part
in the First or Second World War. It is now there to look after
anyone, whether serving or retired, who took part in any conflict or
those who served but did not go to war and their families.
By providing things such as financial support, community support,
help with physical health and many other things (which are all
listed on their website) to the Armed Forces Community the RBL
plays a vital role in the life of ex-service people who are in need.
In addition local branches of the RBL can offer simpler things like
telephone buddies, bereavement support, home and hospital
visiting. Today many other organisations also help servicemen
and women and they all have a role to play.
You do not have to be a serving or an ex serving member of the
armed forces to join the RBL. ANYONE can join and help.
We at the Watton and District Branch are looking to be able to
provide some of these services to our local military community
and are looking for new members. You don’t have to become
part of the committee you just have to come along and make
our social nights more enjoyable. Just by joining you will be
helping the RBL. So if you appreciate the freedoms our
military have preserved for us, come along and help us in this
worthwhile endeavour.
Our branch of the RBL meets at The Hare and Barrel public house
on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month. The next meeting is on
Tuesday 21 March at 7pm. If you require any information contact
Helen Daly 01953 885124 or 07999 598 691

Watton Country Market

We reopen on 1st February 2017. 8.30am - 11.30am. At
Methodist church hall, Watton High Street, with all the usual
producers, knitters, card makers, sewers, jewellery makers and
of course our bakers and local egg producer.
Not forgetting we have homemade jams and locally produced
honey. We look forward to seeing all regular customers and
hope to meet some new ones, everyone welcome with no
obligation to buy, just come and take a look at what we make
and sell.
Everything we produce is made, cooked and grown by us. We
would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your
support in 2016. We would like to wish everyone a Happy
Healthy New Year.

The Watton Society
7.45pm Watton Christian Community Centre
Peter Walmsley "The Falklands - West Coast of Scotland is it?"
More information John & Judy Kerr 01953 882613

Councillors Chat
With Cllr Claire Bowes
It’s a frosty January morning as I write and as I have just come inside
from de-icing my chickens’ water drinkers I thought I should firstly
mention road gritting!
The County Council currently has around 13,000 tonnes of salt stocked
in the county. This is replenished throughout the winter as needed
through a long-term contract the council has with its supplier Compass
Minerals.
More than a third of Norfolk’s roads totalling over 2,000 miles are on the
council’s 49 regular gritting routes, including all A and B-class roads and
some C-class roads, and each route takes around three hours for a gritter
lorry to treat. The A11, A47 and A12 are gritted by Highways England.
You can check which roads are on the council’s gritting routes by
looking at the map at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting. On the same map
people can find the locations of the more than 1,800 grit bins in the
county that are filled by the County Council and which people can use
on public pavements, cycle paths and roads.
On another weather related issue, I am a member of the County
Council’s cross party Flood and Coastal Management working group.
At a recent meeting we were advised that the Council’s Flood
Investigation Report is currently being collated. 680 reports of flooding
were received by officers in 2016. 400 of those related to the events of
June and July last year. The Watton and Saham areas affected are very
much on officers’ radar and follow up site visits will be carried out in
Jan/Feb. A draft report will be completed by the end of February and will
be presented to the Environment, Development and Transport
Committee, of which I am also a member. The County Council will also
be applying for grant money of £76,000 to go towards flood risk
management. This has been made available by the Department for
Communities and Local Government. Hopefully the bid will be
successful.
County Council Budget Setting.
Norfolk County Council has a medium term service and financial
strategy for 2016/17 to 2019/20. The Council consulted extensively on
this with Norfolk residents and gained their views on overall priorities,
approach to re-designing services, and specific proposals for making
savings over the life of this strategy. Full Council then agreed a range of
savings totalling £115m, which broadly balanced the budget over the
four year period to 2019/20 but with a gap still to be found for 2017/18.
In October 2016, Committees considered proposals to help bridge the
gap. The majority of these savings will be achieved without affecting
service users, but there are some which will have an impact and where
necessary the Council has consulted on these. As part of the 2016/17
grant settlement, the Government set out how much grant it expects to
give the council over the period to 2019/20. This was subject to the
Council accepting the four-year offer by submitting an Efficiency Plan to
Government.
The Council’s government grant for 2017/18 had been calculated by the
Government on the assumption that councils with responsibility for
Adult Social Care, such as County Councils, will increase council tax by
2% to meet rising demand for social care, and a further inflationary
amount (1.8% in 2017/18) for the increased costs of delivering services.
Norfolk County Council reflected this in it’s own planning and it’s
proposals for 2017/18 were based on the assumption that council tax
would increase overall by 3.8%. If there was no increase in council tax,
then a further £12.7m in savings would have to be found.
On 15 December 2016 the Government announced that the provisional
settlement for Norfolk would also include £4.2m for adult social care as a
one off grant in 2017/18. This has been funded from reductions in the New
Homes Bonus – a grant the Government pays to local authorities for new
home building in their areas. The Government also announced that it was
going to let councils raise council tax by up to 3% in 2017/18 specifically
to help fund adult social care (last year it was 2%) in addition to the 1.99%
we are allowed to raise council tax by without a local referendum.
Although the current budget planning assumes a rise of 3.8% (1.8%
general council tax and 2% precept) council members will consider the
full amount of council tax increase available to them (4.99%) in their
meetings in January and February.
Full Council will meet to consider and agree the budget for 2017/18 –
including levels of council tax – at its meeting on 20 February 2017.
Claire Bowes, County Councillor, Watton Division. Please feel free to
contact me at Claire.bowes@norfolk.gov.uk or 07789796937

Watton Society's
December Meeting

The end of year show was tremendous, it started with hot mince pies,
mulled wine, gaily decorated tables with holly and mistletoe and a
crowd of very happy people.
Entertainment was provided by Annette Jude and Susie Turner. They
started with songs by Noel Coward followed by Irvin Berlin, Rogers
and Hammerstein interspersed with well known Christmas songs,
ending with a selection from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which
guaranteed the night was a smash hit, wishing everyone a happy
Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
On 15th February at 7.45p Peter Walmsley will be speaking to us:
"The Falklands - West Coast of Scotland is it?"
If you have not joined us before, you will be made most welcome.
We meet at the Watton Christian Community Centre. For further
information ring John and Judy Kerr on 01953 882613

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February 2017

More memories
of Watton

Watton to play on.
Our family would go to the Wesleyan chapel in
what was then Clay Lane, Hubert Adcock (shop
owner) was married there, I also remember
Ernest Adcock - Hubert's father. The Methodist
chapel was built later in the High St I attended
Sunday school there.
I remember the "night cart man" Mr Sharp,
would come around the houses at night with his
horse and cart to collect toilet waste that was in
big zinc buckets from the outside toilets.
Maria Rose lived opposite us, she used to help
Mr Tennant the undertaker to lay out the bodies.
Ted Houchin was our chimney sweep, he
charged 6d, he used to carry all his brushes etc.
around on a trolley.
My father often frequented the Black Horse pub
which was opposite the primary school. Other
pubs I remember were:- starting from the
Threxton Boundary - Dog and Partridge, Jolly
Farmers, Carpenters Arms, Black Horse, then
several already mentioned including the New Inn
owned by Mr Mussel, and up to the Railway
Tavern.
Some shops and businesses I can remember that
haven't been mentioned are:Abbeys engineering, Brandon Rd. Peek-Vouts
the builders (where Vincent Place is now), Mr
Snare the taxi driver. Bob Kittle cycles (now
Lings). Mr Stanley second hand furniture. Mrs
Moore's bakery, she had a cat that sat in the
window. Cyril Downs shoe repairs. Stebbings
the butchers. Mr Rowe men's outfitters. Miss
Pearson haberdashery. MacLarens where I

bought my wedding dress for £9. Sharman the
butchers. Jack Cross cycles. Vic Woods
opticians. Donny Moore bakery. Collins chemist.
Harvey's printers. Bob Garner betting shop. Mr
Golding ironmongers. Ridouts garage. Frank
Cross the bakery on Thetford Rd where I worked
for a while.
There was a question about Willow House. My
first memory of it was as a dentist, Mr Pritchard
who was the father of my friend Billie Bullet
(Dorothy Pritchard), his other children were Ted,
Jean, Henry who was killed in the war, and then
Billie. Tony Leggett was the last person I
remember living there. I am still in touch with
Ted's daughter Diane Ingles, and Jean's son
Terry Lincoln.
There was a small cinema at the Wayland Hall,
they charged 2d. When we wanted to see Top
Hat, Eileen Haylett and I cycled to Swaffham to
see it. As a teenager I remember the weekly bus
service to Norwich, this was the only transport
unless you hired a bus from Mr Peek-Vout of
Caston, who would take us out on trips to the
seaside etc.
Later when I lived in Stokes Avenue with my own
family, Archie Manning was our milkman, he
delivered by horse and cart (which was used in an
episode of Dad's Army). Our house we lived in at
Buckingham Tofts was also seen in Dad's Army.
Apart from a period during the war, I lived most
of my life in Watton. I have seen many changes
not all good, it was once a bustling friendly
community where we had everything we needed,
and NO charity shops or estate agents.

Streetwise:
Wodehouse
Court & Fleming
Court

seventeenth centuries. However the links
between this family and Watton are a little
tenuous to say the least.
In those days most of the area was owned by
various land owners who inhabited the Halls or
Manor Houses around Watton. There was for
example, Watton Hall, Curson’s Manor and
Rockles Hall, the most important of which was
Watton Hall. This was passed down through the
generations, changing hands at various different
times until 1660 when it was bought by one Mr
William Samwell of Deans Yard, Westminster.
He was married to Anne the daughter of Sir
Denner Strut of little Warley in Essex and they
had a daughter also called Anne. When William
died in 1676 surprisingly Anne (his widow)
inherited the estate and in time she married John
Wodehouse, the third son of Sir Philip

Wodehouse of Kimberley. After Anne’s death in
1720 the estate then passed to her daughter,
Anne who married William Henry Fleming: he
became High Sheriff of Norfolk in 1736.
There seems to be little information regarding
the contribution made by the Wodehouse and
Fleming families to the work of the town but
their lives are recorded for posterity in
memorials on the walls of St Mary’s Church one
of which reads:
‘Sacred to the memory of Anne Wodehouse,
daughter of Sir Denner Strut of the county of
Essex. Widow of William Samwell Esq. Lord of
this Manor and patron of this Living, and also of
John Wodehouse Esq. of this county…..and lyeth
interred underneath.’
Sources: Wikipedia, Hundred of Wayland,
British History online.

Watton
Community
Cinema has
Arrived!

information is available on Facebook - search for
Watton
Community
Cinema
or
at
www.StMarysWatton.org (our website), queries
to
Revd
Deborah
Hamilton-Grey,
deborah.hamiltongrey@gmail.com (Tickets are
currently on sale at The Village Florist on the
High Street and tickets will be available on the
door at the event.NB there are no debit/credit
card facilities on site)
Future Screenings:
Saturday 18th February - Hunt for the Wilder
People - 101 mins (12A Certificate Family Film /
Comedy/Drama) doors open 2.00pm, screening
at 3.00pm
Saturday 18th February - Bridget Jones Baby 123 mins (15 Certificate - Comedy/Drama) doors
open 6.15pm, screening at 7.15pm.

will be based on Art Deco. So you can see the
diversity of speakers we have lined up for this year.
We had our Bring & Buy stall and the usual
delicious cakes ready for our tea break and although
we all thought of new year resolutions of diets
many of us just couldn’t resist.
There were many notices to be given and reminders
to resume our different gatherings throughout the
month with the Lunch Club meeting at Babaco, the
Walking Group up and running, or rather walking
to shed some of the extra pounds we put on over
Christmas, and the Craft Group to learn new skills.
Help and cakes were also requested to support the
community run Acorn Fair on 21st January at
Queens Hall as we have been requested to supply
the refreshments at this event.
If you interested to find out more about our Group,
please contact our newly appointed Secretary,
Carole Robeson on 01953 881006 or come to our
next meeting as a visitor (visitor fee £3.50) which
will be held on Thursday, 9th February at 7.30pm in
the Watton Christian Community Centre where you
will be made very welcome.

Olive Salter has sent via her daughter, Myra,
some of her memories of the Watton she grew up
in . . .
It is so good to read of so many memories of
Watton, and to know that people I know have
read them. I am 95 yrs old, I was born in the
little cottage opposite the end of Mill Rd, the
photo of my grandad Robert Couzens previously
put on here was taken outside that house. I lived
in that house with my grandad, mum Florence
Buckle, dad Jacob Buckle and older brother
Walter Buckle. Dad worked for a farmer, he was
offered a job as teamman in Buckingham Tofts,
so we left Watton for a few years. My brother
Sidney Buckle was born there.
After my father had an accident at work, we all
moved into a house at the top of Mill Rd,
Watton. I had to collect water in a bucket from a
pump at the bottom of Mill Rd. There was also a
larger water pump outside the old flint school, as
well as the one by the clock tower. My mum was
a tailoress and took work in at home as dad
couldn't work. She use to make rug mats from
old clothes, I used to cut the pieces for her. She
also grew flowers and lettuces which Walter and
I used to go around the neighbours to sell.
As children we used to go to the "playpiece"
which was a large field next to the gasworks, it
was donated by Miss Harvey for the children of

These two small roads are part of the large
residential area lying to the south of the town on
the Wick Farm Estate.
Did you know that the character ‘Jeeves’ has a
connection with Watton? His creator PG
Wodehouse was a descendent of a very
prominent Wodehouse family who lived at
Kimberley Hall during the sixteenth and

By the time you read this we will have had our
first two film screenings, Absolutely Fabulous
and the amazing gritty Ken Loach film, I,Daniel
Blake. Our thanks must go to the community of
Watton for supporting the community cinema.
We hope that as the Watton Community Cinema
gathers momentum that it will become a great
opportunity for everyone to enjoy. It is a great
social opportunity for the Community and we
hope that people in Watton and the surrounding
areas will want to be involved in other ways.
Volunteer with us! Do you have skills in
technology? Could you be an usher? Do you
have a heart for helping in the community? We
would welcome all interest in volunteering with
Watton Community Cinema. The benefits are:
you will learn new skills or enjoy blessing us
with your experience on the technology side, as
an usher, or as a welcomer and looking after
guests. Watching the films is of course one of the
perks whilst you will also get experience for your
CV, and/or enjoy meeting other people with the
same interests. If you would like to be involved
as a volunteer, application forms and the
volunteering process will appear in the coming
weeks online/and be available at St Marys
Church Office. A huge thank you to all for the
great interest in the Cinema thus far and we look
forward to seeing you at the movies! Further

Watton Evening WI

A New Year, new members joining us, new
committee and a new programme of speakers. We
started with Simon White from Peter Beales Roses
giving us an insight to exhibiting at Chelsea and
Hampton Court Flower Shows. Simon presented a
slideshow with much humour and since the
beginnings of Peter Beales, the sad loss of Peter,
they still carry on his tradition of winning Gold
Medals, 23 in all. All the staff are now working
towards this year’s exhibits with their eyes firmly
set on the prestigious Gold medals. They also
produce roses for the larger Show Gardens too and
the designers are eagerly awaiting the beautiful
roses that Peter Beales produce year after year.
Simon also brought along some bare root and
container grown roses for sale at a discounted price
for our members along with items from the Garden
Centre. All enjoyed Simon’s most interesting talk.
Our next speaker in February, Genista Davidson

Indoor Bowls –
Learner sessions

Dereham indoor bowls club will be holding
learner sessions for beginners every Thursday
from 4pm till 6pm
The successful junior section will hold their
learner sessions from 4pm til 6pm every Friday.
The sessions will be run by fully qualified
coaches, equipment is supplied with a free cuppa
during lessons.
For more information contact Terry/Yvonne
01362525042

February 2017

Watton U3A
is asked ‘Why do we say that’?
A question asked by the speaker, John
Newmeir, at the November meeting of
Watton U3A. John gave an interesting
and entertaining talk to the members
about different sayings and their origins.
He told us that 90% of the sayings don’t
make sense because centuries ago
illiteracy meant that phrases were passed
on by word of mouth so creating a
’Chinese whisper’ effect. For example
cap became cape - ‘if the cap fits’
originally was ‘if the cape fits’. ’Saved
my bacon’ originated from the days
when peasants kept pigs in barns and
shared with families less fortunate that
didn’t have any. ‘All fingers and
thumbs’ meaning clumsy came from the
time of Henry V111. It was ‘all fingers
are thumbs’ which became changed over
the years. Another phrase ‘Hook or by
crook’ came from the 13th century when
windfall apples were free to be picked up
by everyone and not considered to be
poached. So enterprising individuals
used a hook or crook to shake the
branches causing the apples to fall to the
ground!
The speakers for February will be John
and Chrissy Drury (1940’s entertainers)
with a Sentimental Journey of Songs.
In December U3A members enjoyed a
Christmas lunch at The Richmond
Park Golf Club and a week later a
Christmas party in the Sports Centre
where we were entertained by the 3rd
Agers, our ukulele band. Our quiz
teams took part in two quizzes in
December.
The No 1 pub lunch group will be
going to The Chequers at Thompson
on Tuesday 14 February.
The No 2 pub lunch group will be
going to The Waggon and Horses at
Griston on Tuesday 28 February.
We will be holding our Annual
General meeting on Thursday 23
March when we will be nominating
the committee for the coming year.
Copies of last year’s minutes and
budget details will be distributed at
the meeting. We will also be
collecting membership renewals at
the March meeting.
At the February meeting we will be
taking names for the visit to the
Gasworks Museum at Fakenham
followed by lunch at the Bawdeswell
Garden Centre. This will be on
Thursday 9 March.
Please contact our Membership
Secretary, Anita Taylor on 01953
881110 if you would like to become a
member of the Watton U3A, or
would like further details.
For further details on the National
U3A, go to www.u3a.org.uk

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Breckland Cats
Protection

we will be well into the New Year. You
maybe interested to know that our small
branch of Cats Protection which covers
mainly IP24, IP26, IP27 and IP28, and
sometimes other areas too, last year
homed 43 adult cats and 78 kittens. We
also helped 131 members of the public
who needed assistance with the cost of
neutering. And we neutered 197 of our
own cats and kittens including very
many feral adult cats who were
neutered and returned, thus helping to
keep down the cat population.
We always hope that by spending over
£8,000 each year on neutering alone,
we will have less cats and kittens which
need to come into our care in the
coming year. But this is never the case there always seems to be lots of
unneutered cats out there.
Once again, I am asking for your help
to help us. If you have an unneutered
male or female cat that you cannot
afford to pay the vets for neutering, we
are here to help you. The main criteria
is that you are on one of the following:
Income support, Employment and
Support Allowance, family credit, tax

credits etc.
On a Pension or Disability Living
Allowance, also known as Personal
Independence Payment. On a low
income of less than £15,000 a year.
However, if you feel that you do not
fall into any of the above categories,
but still cannot afford to have your cat
neutered, please get in touch with us, as
there maybe something we can do to
help you.
For help or advice or assistance in the
cost of neutering, please call us on
01842 810018. Rita Thompson.

Letters to the Editor

while nightly doses of Cod Liver
Oil and Malt would hopefully ward
off any lurking germs, while cuts
and grazes were treated with iodine
and Germolene, or boracic
ointment, covered with bandages.
In those day adhesive strip was not
yet in vogue, so the final foot of
the bandage used to cut
longitudinally in half, the two sides
then being used to form a retaining
knot.
Mum’s efforts, just like today’s
anti-biotics, were not really cures,
but offered relief from all sorts of
ailments, and kept us out of the
way of the doctors, and I’m still
here, so they must have worked.
Yours, John Egerton.

the added safety of a back rest a
fun time was had by many.
Thank you to Carol and her
welcoming volunteers for a
fantastic day to remember.
Angela Blackburn, on behalf of
Attleborough Community Hub

‘Hello, my name is Lady and I wonder
why no one has called about adopting
me? Is it because I am nearly 9 years
old? It can’t be because I am not pretty,
as I am a beauty!! Still active and in
fantastic shape and health, as I have
been well looked after by Cats
Protection fosterers for 11 months now.
But they have their own felines and I
would really love to have my very own
perfect forever humans. For 8 years I
had the same humans but then they had
a baby who was allergic to me, so I had
to be moved on. I was nervous for a
while, in fact a lost soul, but with the
TLC I have received, I have shown that
I can adapt. I love being in contact with
humans, yet I am a lady that likes
things on her own terms. If you are
interested in adopting me, please call
Ann on 01953 681092. I am fully
vaccinated, neutered and micro
chipped.’
By the time you are reading this article

Orbiter and Brexit
Orbiter's usually fair comments
appeared to been missing in
January's “The Wayland News"
True, more information may have
resulted in more votes for leaving
EU, but the same could be said for
remaining.
For example, had we been told that
last time Britain tried to go it alone
(along with some others, in I960,)
three years later, (having failed),
first applied to join in 1963, and
that took ten years. This might
answer Orbiter's point "No-one
really knows" BUT.... History does
have a habit of repeating itself!
Yours
faithfully,
"Annie
Storion" (Full name and address
supplied)
Orbiter's Curealls
Sir, I read Orbiter’s comments to
the effect that in the old days,
Mum always had a ‘ cure’ for
whatever ailment attacked the
family, and this reminded me of
how true this was.
If I suffered from anything to do
with my chest, I was compelled to
wear, under my vest (all boys had
to wear vests in my day) a pad of
Thermogene, and suffer the agony
of being held with my head under
towels, above a bowl of boiling
Friar’s Balsam, the fumes of which
would hopefully cure my illness,
while coughs were treated with
spoonfuls of Galloways Cough
Syrup or Jeyes Linctus.
Digestive
problems
invoked
Seidlitz or Beechams Powders,

Independence Matters
We are a large group of adults with
supporting staff who were
struggling to find a large enough
venue for a Christmas Lunch
within our price range.
We had heard about the good
service that John and Carol Hagan
provides for the community at
Wells Cole Community Centre at
Saham Toney.
Carol with her team of volunteers
laid on a wonderful winter
wonderland Christmas Lunch for
70 of us. The food was glorious
and catered really well for our
needs.
The decoration of the hall had a
WOW factor to be remembered for
a long time.
With the surprise of a large
wooden swing which was solid
enough to seat us and our staff and

Women's
World Day of
Prayer

(International and
Interdenominational) Friday 3rd
March At 10.30am at St Mary’s
Church, Church Road, Watton
Am I Being Unfair to You?
On Friday 3rd March over 5,000
services will be held in the
British Isles on the theme of ‘Am
I Being Unfair to You?’ The
Christian
women
of
the
Philippines wrote the service and
it has been translated into 1,000
different languages and dialects,
to be used, throughout the whole
world, on Friday 3rd March,
starting at sunrise over the island
of Samoa and continuing until
sunset off the coast of American
Samoa.
Why not find out more about the
theme, the Philippines and the
service? The Day of Prayer is
not just for women. Everyone is
welcome to attend the service
and
enjoy
refreshments
afterwards.
Contact: Margaret Cator 01953
882187/881252

The Wayland News Page 12

February 2017

Singing to
celebrate and
welcoming a
visitor

The ladies of the Inner Wheel Club
have had an exciting week celebrating
World Inner Wheel day on Tuesday
10th January and two days later
welcoming the District Chairman to
their monthly meeting.
As the name suggests, Inner Wheel day
is celebrated all over the world
doubtless in a wide variety of different
ways. This year the President of Watton
club, Heather Hewson, chose to involve
members in a community activity with
14 people spending the afternoon at
Linden Court entertaining the residents
with songs and poems mostly from
times gone by. Beryl Brannan
accompanied the group on the
keyboard and, despite some fairly dire
attempts during practices, it could be
said that the singing all ‘came good’ in
the end. The audience was most
appreciative and joined in with gusto.
After the performance tea and cakes
(made by the ladies of course) were
served and the IW members enjoyed
chatting to the residents renewing old
acquaintances and making new friends.
Two days later and despite the threats
of snowfall, a goodly number of
members met for the monthly meeting
and welcomed the District Chairman
Jenny Childerhouse as guest speaker.
During the business meeting plans were
laid for events during the coming two
months: a Barn Dance, Lunchtime
Concert,
Flower
Arranging
demonstration and a Coffee Morning.
Members also heard that thanks had
been received from The Thursday Club,
St Martin’s Housing Trust and Wayland
Academy these organisations having

West Norfolk
Aviation
Society

The West Norfolk Aviation Society
held its January meeting on the tenth
of the month, again, at the Mundford
Bowls Club. There was no speaker
on this occasion but members
enjoyed a film showing the comings

benefitted from donations made by the
club at Christmas time.
After the coffee break Mrs Childerhouse
spoke about her Norfolk roots, her
education and working life and her
considerable involvement with Inner
Wheel. She also disclosed that she has a
passion for genealogy discovering that
some of her ancestors were amongst
those who emigrated to the New World
following the voyage of the ‘Mayflower’
and finding that there is a family
connection to George W Bush and
Barack Obama! Mrs Childrerhouse was
thanked by the President who presented
her with a cheque for her chosen charity
(East Anglia Air Ambulance) and a gift
of an orchid.
Now, as mentioned earlier, it is on to the
next events. The Barn Dance on
February 10th will once again be a
celebration of Valentine’s Day with
dancing to Shinanikins and a
‘Ploughman’s’ supper included in the
ticket price of £8:50.
Entertainment at the Lunchtime
Concert on February 22nd will be
provided by a group intriguingly

called ‘Pearl in the Egg’. In costume
they present a musical look at the
Victorian Era. Tickets, price £6 are
available – this is the first price
increase in 10 years but we hope you
will continue to support the concerts
and agree that they are still excellent
value for money. On these occasions
the proceeds will be for charities
supported by Inner wheel. We also
look forward to seeing you for coffee
and cakes at Queens Hall on March
4th in aid of the QH maintenance
Fund. On the previous day, March 3rd.
you are invited to ‘Jump into Spring’
with a demonstration of Flower
Arranging by Brenda Tubb. This will
be held at the Christian Community
Centre at 2:30pm and the ticket price
of £8 will include a delicious, Inner Wheel -style Afternoon Tea. Proceeds
from this will support the President’s
Charity, the Norfolk & Norwich
University
Hospital.
There’s
something for everyone so please
make these events known to your
friends and do come along and join in.
All tickets available from Mullengers.

and goings of various commercial
aircraft at Manchester International
Airport in the 1960s. After the
interval, which included a raffle and
a sumptuous table of fine fayre, we
had another film showing the
valuable contribution the Blenheim
made to the war effort. Although
there was a minor sound issue with
the projection media, the hard of
hearing were helped along by the
less aurally challenged; they gave
their
support
with
musical

accompaniment. Before the meeting
closed,
Tech.
member
Fred
‘Magician’ Miller, took to the floor
and gave a demonstration of how a
micrometer can also be used to
induce lift.
The next meeting, on Tuesday the
7th February at 7-30pm, welcomes
long standing member Andrew
Barnes who will present his own
photo show: Aviation Years 2000 to
2016.
www.westnorfolkaviationsociety.org.uk/

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