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A Peaceful Christmas and a Healthy
New Year from The Wayland News
Picture by Dave Capps

On behalf of everyone associated with The so as we move into the next year . . . It is very tempting these days to pop online, or into a
Wayland News, I wish you all a Happy, Peaceful As I presaged earlier in the year, the future of The major store to buy things, but Watton and the
Christmas and above all a Healthy New Year. Wayland News has been under review. surrounding area would be a very poor place with
Although I am the 'Editor' of this paper, I Unfortunately, no one was found to take it on. This the business that bring you The Wayland News for
generate very little in the way of content. Almost was largely because of my poor management which free.
everything you read here is written by the readers has meant that, by the normal standards applied to Also I must thank the various distributors who
themselves, from the club reporters to the businesses, the paper was not a viable entity. But facilitate the distribution too. I am sure that in
'regulars' such as Lotta Potts, Orbiter & Boy Sid. because it fitted in with what I did, it was always Edwards, sometimes the young people’s hearts must
To you all, I offer a public and hearty thank you just about OK for me. drop when I turn up with a great pile of papers for
for all you have done to make The Wayland My reaching the grand old age that I have, means delivery! If you get your Wayland News from them
News a successful publication over the past that those things are changing, hence the review! please say a special thank you for what they do.
twenty one plus years. Also a big thank you to Cessation of the paper or a marked increase in Lastly a huge thank you to the printers, Sharman
Dave Capps for allowing me to use his fantastic advertising costs were the only options and so I put and Co in Peterborough. They bend over backwards
pictures from time to time. It was Dave who took the case to all my regular advertisers and I am to help me get the paper out in time and I am
the picture of the Robin above. amazed that almost everyone came back saying they immensely grateful for all their help.
I must also thank very much the advertisers who were happy with the new costs in order to publish So there we are. Publication will continue next year
pay for its production. Some of them have the paper that supports the community. So I urge and I look forward to a few more years of The
advertised in the paper from the very beginning! you, if you value this publication, please support Wayland News . . . with your continued help.
They are deserving of your patronage especially those businesses that help you. As always, best wishes, Julian

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Watton Christmas Bingo
Twinning Tuesday 12th December
Saham Toney Village Hall, Bell Lane
Association (Wells Cole Community Centre)
We have recently held two events Doors 6.30pm Eyes Down 7.30pm
the first was our Oktoberfest, this Prizes and Cash Raffle - All Welcome
was held in The Olde Bell at Saham Sponsored by Wells Cole Community Centre (bar)
Toney on Friday 21st and Saturday
22nd of October and was formerly
declared open by Watton Town
Mayor Stan Hebburn. Lederhosen
and Dirndl dresses were worn by
the Twinners and the bar staff. This
is the third year running that we
have held it and it is proving to be
our most successful event of the
year. Landlady Cindy, her husband
Graham and their family really do
pull out all the stops for us with
German beer and a very tasty
German menu which included
Bratwurst sausage, mashed
potatoes, sauerkraut, a German
sweet and many other selections
also, there was music on Friday
night and also Saturday afternoon
and evening, the atmosphere was
brilliant and the pub was absolutely
packed out with people enjoying
everything on offer and having a
thoroughly great time.
Twinning held a raffle, prizes were
mainly of German origin such as 1
litre Steins, half litre Steins, Wine,
Christmas Stollen, Gluhwein, Fruit
basket and other German delicacies.
We would like to say a huge Thank
You to Cindy and Graham for
letting us use their premises every
year for this event and look forward
to holding it again next year.
The second event was a Tombola
Stall at the Watton Town Council
Fireworks event, unfortunately crowd there, a super funfair and selection of family and £7 for a single adult, which isn’t a
although it was a dry day the wind stalls and a lovely fireworks display to huge amount but is necessary to pay our public
was pretty fierce and it was not finish off the day. Well Done Watton liability insurance, stationery costs etc. We also
without a huge effort by many Town Council. hold 5 or 6 events a year some to just socialize
helpers that we had to give up and If you are interested in joining us and together and others such as a Cream Tea,
take our gazebo down before it making a link with a German family in Carnival and Oktoberfest to raise funds for when
ended up in a tangled mess. Weeze or just becoming a member to meet our Weeze friends come to Watton then we
However, the Town Council let us our other members socially please contact have an itinerary of events while they are here.
share theirs so we managed to carry me by telephone or e.mail below for a chat Tel:- 01953 883317 or
on. The weather did not put off the and more information. magsdevine@tiscali.co.uk or visit
people of Watton there was a large Twinning membership is just £10 per year for a wattontwinning.wordpress.com

Christmas NWT Breckland Christmas Alive
On Sunday 17th December 2017, the
Bazaar at Local Group Fountain of life church in Ashill village will
We had a very good turnout last month be staging a spectacular outdoor live nativity
Ovington for our talk on Wayland Wood. This is and carols event. This will be the third year
such a gem and it was very interesting to and it is getting so big, it has outgrown the
Village Hall hear about it’s development and church!
The annual Christmas Bazaar will management. So sad that it is also As you arrive you will enter the atmospheric
take place on Saturday 9 December abused. NWT are of course trying to streets of ancient Bethlehem , in an
between 12 and 2.30pm. There will work out ways to keep it open to all but interactive village experience. There will be
be lunch available (home made protect it too. live animals, birds of prey, costumed actors
soups or filled rolls), plus lots of tea This month we have a talk by Carole and and plenty of activities for the whole family.
and cake. As well as the raffle and Rae Herries about “The Ups and Downs of Visit the village Carpenter and Blacksmith,
tombola, there will be lucky dips for Photography in Equador and the watch the Stone mason and Potter at work,
adults and children plus raffles for a Galapagos”. We are also staging a “for make bread on an open fire, try your hand
hamper and a Christmas cake. The fun” Photo Competition. It’s £1 per photo, at spinning or weaving, stop at the Inn and
craft stalls will have great ideas for bring your photo(s) of Norfolk Wildlife enjoy the aromas and tastes of the ancient
presents, decorations or treats for taken this year and labelled with your Middle East. Watch out for the Roman
Christmas. There might even be the name and where taken please. There will soldiers! The whole event will culminate in
odd mince pie! be a winner and runner-up prize. a live performance of the Christmas story,
It’s at Watton Christian Community where the audience will feel part of the
Centre, High Street, Watton. IP25 6AB, action. Delightful songs, funky dancing
4 Leaf 13th December 7.30pm. Seasonal shepherds, Mary on a donkey, hearty
refreshments will be included in the entry carols, an impressive procession of Kings
Aggregates fee of £2 for members and £3 for non- and their servants, a Roman soldier on
members. horseback and of course a real baby Jesus.
Christmas Times Thanks to everyone who has supported us Watch as the story unfolds around you!
Would you please note that we are this year, we wish you a Happy Christmas And it’s all free.
closed for business on the 21st and hope to see you next year with our 4pm Bethlehem village opens
December 2017. Last day open will new events, starting with:- Breckland 5pm Live Nativity and carols
be 20th December so we are closing Flora, a talk by Jo Jones from Breckland Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
at 3.30pm on 20th December and Flora Group, on 10th January at 7.30pm at Fountain of Life church, Swaffham Road,
will be re-opening on the 2nd the Christian Community Centre, Watton Ashill, IP25 7BT admin@folchurch.co.uk
January at 7am. High Street. 01760 441 902
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marking the opening of the pen- actually make sense when one
A Quick Look ultimate section of the Northern church has now won a battle with
Distributor Road, more popularly the Heritage people to use such
Round called The Northern Bypass, which materials.
By Orbiter is being built around Norwich. It But now to the annual business of
Here we go again, a new month has been a long time coming but eat, drink and be merry, and don’t
and very nearly the end of yet suddenly seems to have arrived spare the horses. Or something.
another year – how time flies quickly, like the dualling of the Best wishes to all my readers (or
when you’re having fun! Presents A11 between Mildenhall and the should that be both?)
time, and something new for big cathedral city. Hopefully the Good afternoon.
everyone, even a new shop for new bit of new road will ease
Watton , though a bit of a change traffic flows, though planning and
from the usual food outlets the site execution do not always tally, as Gt. Ellingham
has accommodated over the years, has been seen with the new re-
the most recent being Budgens, designed roundabout at Mildenhall, & District
whose stay was very short, which was expected to solve all
following the Co-op and problems, but instead caused Flower Club
Somerfields. The Original Factory unforeseen delays, while at the (NB. Date change - due to winter
Shop at least offers the town a Norwich end the increased traffic weather conditions) Floral
variation of products, and flow seems to have caused daily Demonstrations by CLUB
although the odd line may hold-ups at the Thickthorn MEMBERS Stunning Flowers -
duplicate ones that are already junction. 20 arrangements raffled last year!
catered for elsewhere the But it is good that the authorities SATURDAY JANUARY 20th
existence of a new store will are continually searching for ways Rocklands Village Hall, The
surely help to attract more people to make journeys easier, though we Street, NR17 1TR
to shop locally, which is good for soon forget the changes and take Starts 1.30pm -3.30pm Doors
everyone. them for granted. open 1pm Guests £5 Members
There can be a no more depressing For instance we drive to Thetford Free Raffle/Refreshments We are
sight in a High Street than an and blithely ignore the two turnings a friendly NAFAS affiliated Club
empty shop-front, particularly a signed to Great Hockham, (Fees £25 p.a.) We meet Monthly
large one, such as the BHS completely forgetting that not long for demonstrations, workshops,
emporium in Norwich, but luckily ago our road used to pass through visits & lots of other fun events.
the empty Co-op in Watton was that village. Or that Narborough For more information call
set back and almost hidden by the only fairly recently became a Secretary, Jane Dalton 01953
Boots store, so the effect was lonely outpost that is welcomely 498694 or email
fairly minimal. free from passing traffic. Almost jane.dalton@btinternet.com
But Christmas beckons, with the every village has bends that have AN IDEAL TIME TO JOIN OUR
time to make those Yuletide been straightened out, or junctions FANTASTIC CLUB Just in time
puddings – I am sure that with all improved, but we have usually for the new Programme of Events
the culinary guidance given out forgotten how they used to be. for 2018. and for February!!
during the year by the Delias, With all the different innovations
Nigellas, Marys and so on, that that have arrived over the years,
you will all be bursting to make surely the most useful are the Diabetes UK
your own. Traffic Lights, which day and It was our Annual General
All this recalls to my mind the night sort out our passage through Meeting in November and 23
days of my youth when the end of complicated intersections, and members attended. The group has
November signalled Pudding which took over from the poor old been going from strength to
Making Time and my mother ‘Bobbie’, the point duty strength and we have a regular
would prepare a huge bowl to policeman, who used to have to membership who attend rain or
contain all the ingredients she had stand for hours in all weathers, shine. It really doesn't seem
been amassing for the last few wearing his special long white possible that we have been in
months, and at her giving the nod, cuffs, to make sure we negotiated existence for almost 11 years. We
my Dad and I would partake in the junctions safely. Then there were have had a great many speakers
traditional stir, with a large the hard rubber strips laid in the over the years and we have been
wooden spoon, before the mixture road to activate the light when you very lucky and extremely grateful
was divided into a number of jars drove up on a side road, when the that the Pentecostal Church has
and then consigned to a long lights were set to favour the main opened it's doors to us and been
period of cooking in the ‘copper’ road you were approaching. there for us since we started. The
which was normally used to do Naughty kids used to jump up and committee must also be doing
the weekly wash, aided by a down on them, just to see the something right too, as we were
‘copper stick’. Remember them ? lights change ! all voted back in en masse. Ron
There were always at least a half- Further road news is that three of and myself are so lucky to have
dozen of these puddings, the first the main car manufacturers are such lovely members and an
to be eaten on Christmas Day (this proposing to form an alliance to amazing committee. Without
always contained e few of those site electric charging points all them there would be no group so a
old silver threepenny bits, and I over the country to cater for the big thanks to them all for all their
always seemed be lucky and get enormous demand that will ensue support. After the meeting we
one, surprise, surprise!), one for if all petrol and diesel use is enjoyed a quiz arranged by one of
Easter, one each for Dad and me phased out, as is now on the cards. our committee members, followed
for our birthdays in April and Let us hope some early progress is by a fish & chip lunch.
August, plus a couple of ‘spares’ made regarding the commission of Our December meeting will be
for unexpected occasions, such as some new power stations to cope our Christmas Party. It will be
family visits. with the new demand, as we are held on Monday December 11th,
It may be that I was conditioned to also warned that a harsh winter 10.15am, at the Pentecostal
Mum’s cooking, but her pudds will see outages even in our Church, Dereham Road, Watton,
were delicious, and I have never current situation. who we thank once again for the
tasted better, to my mind knocking Elsewhere we read of yet more generous use of their facilities.
the modern supermarket versions church roofs being stripped of For details of any of our meetings,
into a cocked hat as the saying has their lead coverings, and the please phone Helen - 01953
it. (And, yes, I did once taste one repairs run into thousands of 884713 - leave a message and I
from Fortnum & Masons !). pounds. In this column recently I will get back to you.
But more has happened than suggested the use of polymer- Or you can email me:
cooking Xmas grub, and an based replacements, and I was rjwhrt56@btinternet.com
important day arrived recently pleased to read that my idea did
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There are a few varieties but the best Don’t heavily prune anything that
Poppy Appeal 2017 In your -known ones are hookeriana var will be flowering in spring such as
dygna with purple-ish stems, long mimosa, forsythia, ornamental
During Remembrancetide this year the RBL Poppy Appeal in the
Watton district raised in excess of £9000.
garden with green leaves (it’s evergreen) and tiny
white fluffy flowers. The other
currant as you will remove next
year’s flowers. These shrubs should
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful effort:-
the shops, businesses and schools who displayed a poppy box; the Lotta Potts variety is confusa which has shorter
leaves and is a tighter-growing plant.
be pruned after flowering. Fruit
trees can be planted now and winter-
people who gave up their time to collect from house to house; those So here we are again – well nearly as Both have powerful scent. I had prune standard apples and pears to
who braved the cold and wet to collect in the streets of Watton; this has to be in by mid-November. never heard of it until a few years keep them in shape and allow decent
members and friends of the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel who It makes forecasting about December ago when I bought one in flower in access to the fruit. However this can
manned the stand at Tesco for 5 days, and the Tesco manager and a bit difficult because as we all know December and it is still sitting in a be done any time in winter before
staff for welcoming our collectors onto their premises and keeping anything could happen weather-wise large pot. Another scented shrub in the blossom appears. Maybe
them well-supplied with hot tea and coffee; and most of all, to before Christmas. There, I've said it. flower now is Viburnum. Again, January would be a better bet so I
everyone who gave so generously in support of the appeal. November always seems to me to be there are various varieties but will come back to that next month.
Watton town looked really super bedecked with large poppies in a month of planning all sorts of bodnantense dawn with small pink Keep off the grass unless it’s dry as
many surprising places. This was the clever idea of our mayor, things, none of them gardening. fading to white flowers is, I think, if there’s frost or water-logging the
Councillor Stan Hebborn, and generated much favourable There are endless lists of shopping, the most freely available. The lawn will be damaged and very
comment. mostly to do with what the flowers will spread scent all over the compacted. If it’s dry and mild it
Nationwide last year the Poppy Appeal raised over £46.5 million. supermarkets are pleased to call garden on a still day so it might be as might need mowing and leaves
This money is spent by the Royal British Legion to support serving ‘Festive Fayre’. This brings on a well to find one in flower and have a removing. If you want to repair the
and past members of the Armed Forces of all ages and from all sort of siege mentality and every good sniff. Same with sarcocca. edges by cutting out the damaged
conflicts, along with their families, when they need help most. time you go anywhere near one of The viburnum is deciduous but length and replacing with another bit
2017 lapel badges: We know that some people were disappointed at these cathedrals of consumption might hang on to its leaves in a mild of turf or just turning it round to
being unable to get one of these. We have managed to acquire a you’d think every customer was winter. The flowers will still be make a better edge this can be done
limited supply, so if anyone would like to get one, please contact us running an orphanage. When I was a there on and off until spring. There’s but I think it better to wait until it’s
(details below). child mother had to figure it all out a shrubby honeysuckle, lonicera x all not quote so wet.
If you would like to help with next year’s poppy appeal in any way, well in advance as shops actually purpusii which is a round shrub Christmas excess can be worked off
please contact the Honorary Poppy Appeal Organisers, Pam and Pat closed at Christmas. Workers like about 6 x 6ft with white flowers the with digging or gently forking over
(Murphy) on 01953 498164. my father had a couple of days off same shape as those on the climbing any bare soil. The fresh air will do
Once again, many, many thanks to everyone who made this and that was it. By the time I retired varieties but grow singly. This one’s you good – see the second paragraph
year’s fundraising such a big success. several years ago things had gone fragrance doesn’t travel as well as about ‘nature deficit’ - and if all else
into reverse: shops were (and still the viburnum’s so needs to be close fails take a quick look round and
are) opening for longer, maybe to where you pass it. It would be a you’ll be surprised what’s showing
closing Christmas Day only but mistake to plant all the scented through the surface. Bulbs mainly
everyone else seemed to be off for a shrubs together as they might so it’s an incentive to buy and plant
couple of weeks. You simply combine to something more like a next autumn. Try a walk round an
couldn’t get anything done between smell! All these shrubs will be fine open garden. Quite a few winter
Christmas and New Year. Get off in containers until spring when you gardens are on show, particularly in
the soapbox Lotta, there’ll be letters. can plant them out. very large gardens with the space for
Right, back to the gardening. I just There are climbers for this time of dedicated winter plants such as the
had a quick look at last year’s effort, year as well. Clematis ‘Winter silver birch trees underplanted with
trying not to repeat myself but one Beauty’ is lovely, again with white snowdrops or somewhere with the
bit of it made me wonder. I had flowers and ‘Freckles’ which is as colourful stems of dogwoods and
found that article about the Sheffield described with dark red spots in the some willows.
professor’s theory that we get more cream flowers. These are the small If we get snow all bets are off and all
depressed if we are suffering from cup-shaped ones. There seems to gardens become equal. We haven’t
‘nature deficit’ and are more prone be a pattern that winter flowers are seen a lot of snow for a few years
to depression if we work indoors mainly pale and the ones above as but at the moment some forecasters
with a computer to share our space. well as others with or without scent are going for a long, hard winter and
The upshot being he felt that must be like that to attract the rest for a short, mild one. Take
gardening would stave off this pollinators. Probably the odd bee your pick. Look out of the window
appalling condition. My wonder perhaps? I’m not to well-informed – it’s as good as anything.
was, assuming anyone actually reads on wildlife but it must be So there we are. A very Merry
this, did anyone benefit from that beneficial for such as there is about Christmas to all and don’t forget: if
article? I hope so. to try and cater for them in the there’s soil showing keep weeding.
December is generally a bit slow garden. The only unwelcome
when it comes to gardening. The wildlife are slugs and snails. They
weather rules even more than during
the rest of the year. If we are
will thrive under pots and heaps of
leaves or other rubbish left lying
Macmillan
fortunate enough to have a mild, dry
day or two there’s lots to be done.
about so if there’s just one job you
can face on a decent day have a
Coffee
Plant the last of the spring-flowering
bulbs. Tulips will be fine and on
pest hunt. Dispose of them as you
will but normally a bucket with a Morning
time but you may find daffs are a bit drop of bleach or maybe a beer if The coffee morning held at 95
later than they should be. They’ll you’re feeling generous. The Nelson Court was a record breaker
catch up in later years. If you want results can be binned. You could, for us this year – a cheque for
winter colour there's a good deal according to one expert, put them £530.25p has been sent to
available. For small areas, in the compost heap where they Macmillan Cancer Care. Many,
containers and hanging baskets you will break down the green stuff via many thanks to all the people who
can’t beat pansies or violas as these the digestive system. All very fine came and enjoyed coffee and cake,
cheery faces will go on and on. and large but like everything else if all those who donated so
They look a bit frazzled after a you have more than one lots will generously even if they couldn’t
heavy frost but will perk up again follow so I can’t recommend this. attend and of course, to our band of
when the temperature rises. All they Salt or bleach water and the rubbish helpers without whom this event
need is water and dead-heading. If bin are my ideas of disposal. could not possibly take place. In
they get leggy just cut them right Most of the work is to do with strict alphabetical order as they are
back and they will recover. Decent planting deciduous trees and shrubs all indispensable, our thanks go to
drainage is a good idea so they don’t and renovating old ones in situ. This Jill Beech, Sue Bunce, Pam and
get water-logged. That actually is is best done by removing completely Roy Challand, Lesley Cowling,
true whatever you have in pots or any dead, dying, diseased or crossing Stella and Bryan Leonard and
containers. branches. After that take out about a Valerie Semlyen. Thank you all
There is a varied choice for winter third of the old wood. Do this every again for a fantastic result.
containers. If you fancy a bit of winter and in three years the whole Jenny and Dave Simons.
scent try sarcocca or Christmas Box. thing is healthy and looking well.
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the brain exercise of grasping a new Christmas you would wish youself
Shipdham & genre. The tips on dress code, should
we ever become wealthy enough to
and the very best of health and good
fortune in 2018.
Watton (Loch Neaton)
District Book make the journey, and the recipes for
a cocktail, one of the dishes served Bowls Club
Group and list of films set in Venice should Ashill &
this never happen were appreciated.
The first half of the meeting on the
18th October took a very different
For the meeting on 15th November
would like to thank everybody at The
Holme Hale
form from usual. For the first time in
12 years we had a visitor, the poet
Golden Dog for providing us with a
space to meet and free afternoon tea Garden Club
Martin Figura who has a residency in in aid of The British Legion. This David Boulton says he is not a
Shipdham during the week beginning came as a pleasant surprise thanks to photographer but a naturalist with an
23rd October, as part of the Silver a member dining there on a regular interest in nature photography.
Social. He has been visiting groups basis, receiving an invitation for Nevertheless, the photographs which
ahead of this. My first duty was to herself and somehow including the supported his talk on 'Wildlife in our
present him with a tank top knitted by whole group. We also welcomed two Gardens' in October were amazing.
the Shipdham Knitters which he had new members. We still managed to Despite living on a housing estate in
earlier rashly promised to wear during contain our excitement to have our Sprowston near Norwich David has
his time in the village. We had been discussion and talk about other books planted his garden specifically to
given copies of a short narrative poem we have read, between eating delicious attract wildlife. Buddleia, Marsh
in Booklet form entitled Arthur. This food and drinking tea. Marigolds and Purple Loosestrife are
is set on the Suffolk coast. It tells of The book discussed was The Daughter favourites of butterflies, especially the
Arthur’s discovery that his silk of Time by Josephine Tey first handsome Peacock butterfly, while
weaving Huguenot grandfather sold published in 1951. A detective with a hoverflies enjoy French Marigolds.
his looms to move to the coast and back injury is confined to bed on Single open flowers attract numerous
paint; of his failure to join the navy traction for many months, as was the insects including bees who love
for WWII through flat feet but to norm in the 1950s. A lady friend Ornamental Poppies and Cosmos in
drive buses instead; his courtship and suggests he researches a historical particular. In addition to the
marriage to a French school teacher character. He chooses Richard III and traditional bird feeders Pyracantha
evacuated to the area but killed when tries to resolve the mystery of The produces tasty berries loved by a
a bomb hits the local school until Princes in The Tower. She sends along variety of birds.
Arthur develops from a strange boy to a young American researcher to help In his front garden David has created a
an equally odd old man. him and he inveigles nurses to provide pond 20 feet in diameter which at one
Martin talked us through the work, him with the school style history books point was home to 230 frogs. Where
telling us of its origin and how the of the period. If nothing else we learned they all come from in the middle of a
ideas came from a variety of sources. some important tips on the most housing estate is a mystery. This in turn
It had been a joint project involved accurate historical sources i.e. bills and attracts the common newt which likes
with art and film. One member of the accounts but are no nearer in resolving to dine on frog spawn. However,
group could not understand it at all, the mystery of the Princes in the Tower David's main interest in the pond is the
having read it as a series of separate although it seems unlikely that Richard dragonflies and damselflies. There are
poems; most admitted to still III was their killer, if indeed thatb is dozens of native species including the
struggling with poetry without rhyme what happened to them. rare Norfolk Hawker which David has
and confessed to a love of the iambic The book was not well received by been fortunate enough to photograph in
pentameter of their school days; the most although all agreed that the his garden. But some of the most
fascinating photographs in the At the Annual General Meeting held the clubs Annual Presentation
background was appreciated; one attitudes and medical treatment
presentation were those taken by David in the club room at the Sports Centre Dinner, held at Broome Hall on
identified with the Hugeunot roots reflected the period when it was written.
one night over a period of several hours. on Tuesday 17th October, the Saturday 28th October.
having them herself and all Criticism included too many facts, too
These were of an Emperor dragonfly, following members were elected Top picture shows Ron presenting
appreciated participating in something much history, condescending and
which was up to 3-4 inches long, onto the new committee: the Club 4 Wood Pairs Cup to John
different. boring. Those who liked it enjoyed the
emerging from the larva stage. Quite President and Chairman John Hunter, Hunter the new President.
In view of the above we had read different view on Richard III, now more
something lighter than usual, A Night extraordinary! Secretary Kevin Simpson, Treasurer Lower picture is Ron presenting
widely accepted, rather than the pro
Finally, just to prove that you don't have Malcolm Hamilton, Club Captain flowers to Glenis Walkling, Pat
on The Orient Express by Veronica Tudor version reflected in the works of
to live in the open countryside to Graham Vellam, Match Secretary Hurrell, Margaret Hunter and Carol
Henry. Described by the title this Shakespeare. We agreed that Richard
witness wildlife, a beautiful fox posed Sandy Vellam. Relf for organising and providing the
involves a disparate group of III had not needed to kill off the
in the garden for his (or her) Ron Hurrell’s last duty as outgoing club refreshments this year.
individuals, couples and a family ‘opposition’ in the form of his young
photograph. President was to present the prizes at
enjoying the luxury of this nephews as he had a more valid claim
experience. We have the background to the throne than the very shaky one of What's on in the next 3 months:
of the characters, description of the the Tudors who succeeded him, Thursday 7th December - Christmas
luxury on board and the beautiful following his death at the Battle of Party (Members only - please pre- What’s on at St Mary’s
scenery. It was agreed that this is an Bosworth. book)
ideal book for escapism, or as one
member said ‘when you’ve read
Our December Christmas meeting Thursday 25th January - Ian Roofe
- 'Spring Garden Flowers'
Church, Watton
will be in the form of reading our own Thursday 7th December 10am Thursday Chat a social coffee morning at St
everything else’ and what we refer to chosen passages of prose and poetry Thursday 22nd February - Kathy Mary’s all welcome
as comfort or ‘drinking chocalate’ whilst partaking of another afternoon Gray - 'Plant Hunters' Mondays December 4th, 11th & 18th 9.30am Story Bags at St Mary’s Church
reading during pain or stress. tea at the Kings Café. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A for parents and preschool children during term time only.
Nevertheless, it was enjoyed by the May we wish all who read this HAPPY NEW YEAR The November Winner of the 100 Club Draw Number 2 Alan Wake
majority for a change and as foil to members and non membersd alike the
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For number four, Helen wrapped five sides of a any members requiring chemical modification
The Creation and block of oasis in cellophane, securing it with
gaffer tape to provide a waterproof container.
should bring their own. Exact details are a bit
hazy, but aren’t surprises what Christmas is all
Use of a Cutting The cellophane was disguised with sticks of
equisetum secured with suitable glue. Helen
about?
Doors open at 13:30. Proceedings might start at
Garden described this as a modern arrangement. It
consisted of just three varieties:
about 14:00.

For Great Hockham Gardening Club’s indoor chrysanthemum and aconitum, both with all
meeting this month we hosted Helen Hillier leaves removed from the stems, and then
(right), who gave us a demonstration of flower phormium, curled back on itself and secured.
arranging while giving us tips about the The arrangement was in just two colours: green
cultivation of the varieties employed. and blue.
The first arrangement was a recreation of one Her final display was basically flowers in a
she produced for the royal enclosure at Epsom glass vase. I say basically, but watching her
during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The brief construct it was a revelation as to why my
was to recreate a natural effect as might be attempts at this over the years turned out
found in nature. On leaving the event one of looking so bad. Helen did not arrange them in
the security guards remarked that it ‘just the vase; she first arranged them in her hand, in
looked like a piece of field’. Objective a ring formed by her thumb and forefinger. She
accomplished, then. As Helen assembled her placed each stem ‘spiraling’ one over the other,
creations she named the many varieties of ignoring the varying length of stems. When it
flowers she used. The first arrangement looked right, she tied the bunch with string at
included salvias, lavender, rosemary, atinia, the point she was holding them. Then cut all
hebe, snow berry and many more. In short, this the stems to the required length She finally
was an assembly using a large number of small tapped the bunch on a flat surface and the
blooms. stems became level to the point that the
In contrast to her first, Helen’s second arrangement stood squarely on the base of the
arrangement was of a more horizontal form and vase.
was based on found objects: twigs, crab Helen kindly donated all her arrangements to
apples, moss, hydrangea, huchera and our raffle – except one – which was given on
sarcococca - not always using the blooms, but behalf of the club to one of our members who
sometimes just the leaves. Apparently, to is currently unable to attend due to a serious
enhance the colour of moss, you can pour illness.
boiling water over it. This months competition results
Gourds were employed on the third Floral: First: Eric Rogers. Second: Sue
arrangement. By coring them and inserting Thomas. Third: Sue Cunningham.
water filled vials, flowers can be displayed in Fruit / Vegetables: First: Hazel Dunn. Second:
an unusual container. The gourds were placed Sue Thomas. Third: Jane Dalton.
on a tray, which could also accommodate a Seasonal Photograph: First: Ed Szczepanowski.
couple of Christmas baubles for a seasonal Second: Chris Dalton. Third: Patrick Alzetto.
effect. If the wire hangers of the baubles are Our next meeting will be Wednesday 13th of
removed, they can contain water for added December at Hockham village hall. This is our
blooms. Christmas Social. Food will be provided, but

more than their share to help make WMS a Supportive nature - The first is with other
Wayland Mens success and a special thank you to Jean
Williams at the Happy Project for all her
Trustees, where you will need to build a
working relationship where you can be
Shed Social help and advice.
Very Merry Christmas to You All from
honest with each other. The second form of
support is about being supportive of the staff
Group Wayland Mens Shed Members. Cheers,
Richard Adams. Enquiries Tel:01953 881004
of the Charity. They may be under a lot of
pressure in all sorts of ways. If you can
I suddenly realised early this month that we praise them when they deserve it, support
first open our doors at our meeting place at them when they need it, and know when you
The old School in Church Walk Watton a
year ago, I dont know where the time has
Trustees should get involved and when you shouldn’t:
then ultimately the aims and ambitions of the
gone but when I look back we seem to have
achieved more than we could have hoped for, Wanted – Can Charity are more likely to be fulfilled.
Flexibility - when you first join as a Trustee,
on the first day we opened i think we had 8 you may see very clearly where your skills
members and now we have 50 with a new
enquiry every week. Monday is our most
You Make A are needed. Over time, the organisation will
evolve your fellow Trustees will change, and
popular meeting day with up to 20+
members turning up for a cuppa a chat and or Difference? you will change. Be prepared to help in ways
that you hadn’t envisaged: your Trustee
a game or two of Cards, Rummikub or Pool, Do you have the skills we are looking for to experience will be all the richer for it and it
other members are happy to do some fettling, become a Trustee of a local charity based in can be fun!
chiselling or sawing in our fully equiped Breckland? The Daisy Programme works Focus - Amid an ever-changing list of
workshop or others our "Computer Gurus" with survivors of Domestic Abuse, male and priorities, you need to remember why the
like to fiddle about with their "widgets" in female, aged 16+ who are living or who have Charity was formed and our target audience.
our computer workshop where they will take lived in an abusive relationship. There are Strategic - One of the blessings of being a
on Computer repairs for a small fee all going many people in our local community Trustee is having the time to help the Charity
towards paying our rent. impacted by Domestic Abuse. decide the strategic direction it is going to
Our regular "Quiz & Chips" and "Cheese & We are looking for forward thinking, take. Staff may be tied up in fighting fires
Wine" evenings are proving to be very enthusiastic, positive individuals with one or and in providing much-needed day to day
popular all organised by our very more skills on the list below. services. A Board of Trustees, should have
able Social Secretary Malcolm Trayhorn. The Ability to turn Passion into action - it is the opportunity and skills to think about
Well done Malcolm. of fundamental importance that you care strategy. How is the Charity doing? Could it
Our Bi Monthly members luncheon on a about the aims of the Charity. do other things? Should it stop doing some
wednesday at the "Willow House" is also A Financial Wizard – understand a budget things?
well attended by members who enjoy a pint and to review audited accounts. Budgets Fundraising skills - last, but not least,
as well as the good food. With Christmas could be your thing. especially in the current financial climate.
fast approaching many of us will be going Adding another skill set to the existing This might be anything from providing
away or making festive arrangements most Trustees - a perspective; a willingness to funding contacts and advice to helping run a
of us at "The Shed" are looking foward to tackle a particular part of our organisations cake sale. Again, if you already have
our First WMS Christmas Dinner at Broom development. fundraising skills, you may be able to greatly
Hall on the 13th December followed by our A Fast learner - you may need to hit the help a Charity from the moment you join.
Mulled Wine and Minced Pies event on 20th ground running. You also need to understand For further information and an informal chat,
December. how the Charity works. please contact or call the Project Manager on
Well for now it just leaves me to remind you A collaborative approach – we are made up 07572 654808
all of our opening times: Monday and of beneficiaries, paid staff, Trustees and help@daisyprogramme.org.uk,
Wednesdays 10am to 2pm and Saturdays Volunteers. While there will not be www.daisyprogramme.org.uk
10am to 12pm. Remember the kettle is agreement all the time, you will need to Domestic Abuse Interventions Supporting
always on for a Tea or Coffee, new members understand the priorities of others and to try You
always welcome and last but not least Many to bring as many people together as possible
thanks to those members who have done towards a common vision.
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Watton Society AGM Watton
Evening WI
Well, have you been waiting to see what
our speaker, Sue Dawson ‘Miss
Whiplash’ was about? Was it about the
ongoing trend of suing insurances for
neck whiplash, or manufacture of whips
or even basket weaving with willow
whips. Are you sitting down? Well
never let it be said that the WI is stuck in
the doldrums. Sue Dawson started by
producing a substantial leather whip
saying ‘from bed & breakfast to bed
and bondage’. Miss Whiplash runs a
guest house and out of season it is open
to transvestites. Requests were made to
open for bondage sessions for clients
and so Sue began by collecting dresses
for the transvestites and adult nappies,
maids outfits in the dominatrix line, and
whips, basques, well anything her
clients requested in the bondage line.
This was definitely an interesting insight
and Sue certainly had many stories to
tell of her experiences. Well, at least
that’s one way of getting her housework
done by those clients who dressed as
maids and wished to be dominated and
who paid for the privilege. Definitely
an interesting talk, amid much laughter
and similarities to 50 Shades of Grey.
The Watton Society held its AGM came to the UK from USA, at July of Following on with other activities
meeting, when the mayor Stan Hebborn this year, 313,564 quilts and blankets within our WI this month leads us to
officiated over the election of officers, have been delivered to children in the the Walking Group where several
all were re-elected for a further year UK. The local group work on a totally members enjoyed a stroll around the
with a new member joining the volunteer basis, meeting at Wayland countryside of Hingham stopping off
committee. This was followed by a talk Quilters. For further information contact at Chalfonts for bacon rolls before
about "Project Linus" - the making of Jane Lond-Calk 07809 702357 who is a catching bus back to Watton. A
quilts for children in hospital suffering local co-ordinator. Facebook & Social Media workshop
from illness and traumatised. "A quilt is The Society's next meeting is on was held by Verity one of our
a hug you can keep" is their motto. Wednesday 20th December at 7.15pm members with instruction as to how to
The quilt is something that is given to at the Watton Christian Community protect themselves against
each child or young person to keep Centre. "Three's Company" will present cybercrime. The Lunch Club met at
forever. They can be made to suit each - "A Countdown to Christmas". Festive the Windmill, Necton and enjoyed a
person i.e. baby style for the neo-natal refreshments will be served. Members delicious lunch, the next meeting will
ward, girl or boy and even young adults £4. non-members £5. Everyone be at the Kings Arms, Watton. We
up to the age of 19. Since 2000 when it Welcome. Watch out for the posters. await our Groups ‘Carols for
Christmas’ (for members only) with
seasonal poems, readings and music
Watton Country Market provided by Attleborough Ukulele
Band. A visit to Thursford Christmas
Spectacular is also planned, along
with the Winter Wonderland trip to
London. It seems Christmas is fast
approaching and we hope to see many
of you at the Festive Market where
our stall will have a tombola, bran
tubs for children and gifts made by the
Craft Group. Menus have been
circulated for our Christmas Meal at
Broom Hall (members only) which
will be in place of our December
meeting.
We also held our AGM and thanks and
gifts were given to last year’s committee
who were all re-elected. Verity Pedlar
was also welcomed onto the new
committee. Congratulations to Sally
Blain who was overall competition
winner for the year and was presented
with a potted plant and a WI Spoon in
Another busy month for everyone at crafted items. We also have a great recognition of her achievement. A
Watton Country Market Including a variety of unique hand-made greeting Bylaw was duly passed by the Members
visit from our Mayor, Stan Hebborn. cards, including locally themed ones. as follows – ‘Due to hall restraints the
We thoroughly enjoyed telling him all We also have a range of knitted and membership of Watton Evening WI
about our market and hope we have crocheted goods and a selection of should not exceed 50. Once this
secured his custom for further visits, plants that will make lovely gifts. number is reached a waiting list be
with or without his full regalia! If you are leaving it till the last minute, started and membership offered when
With thoughts turning to Christmas our last Market before Christmas will vacancies occur’. This was a decision
baking, don’t forget that we have a be on the 20th December, refreshments made with mixed emotions as we have
ready supply of beautiful freshly laid, will be served as usual so come in and had 20 new members join us this year
local eggs available every week. Of shop and revive yourselves! but safety has to be paramount.
course you may not want to bake with We will reopen the Market on Please contact Carol our Secretary for
them, and we could hardly be surprised Wednesday 7th February 2018 so if any further information you may
when we have already done that for you have not made it this year come require on 01953 881006.
you with our delightful and delicious and see what is going on at the All in all another packed programme
selection of savoury and sweet treats Christian Community Centre, every this year.
available, but you will have to cook Wednesday 8.30 am – 11.30 am. May we take this opportunity of
your own eggs and bacon for breakfast! We wish all our friends and Customers wishing you all a Merry Christmas
Don’t forget that we have a great a Very Happy Christmas and a and a Happy New Year.
selection of unusual and beautifully Peaceful New Year.
The Wayland News December 2017 Page 11
french cheeses the sum of £266 was raised
Breckland Cats Inner Wheel News for The Nook which is President Lesley's
In November the Inner Wheel club were charity this year.
Protection pleased to purchase a Shelter Box to be sent Our Club meeting followed on November
Are you planning on giving the gift of a kitten in response to the need in the Caribbean 9th when all the plans for the Christmas
this Christmas? You might want to re-think, as following the hurricane disaster. We were events were finalised.
Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare also able to contribute through an Inner The Christmas Coffee morning in the
charity, is urging people not to give kittens as Wheel club in Havering towards the Queens Hall on Saturday, December 2nd and
gifts at this time. A cat is for life, not just for replacement of a nursery at the Grenfell the Christmas Lunchtime Concert when the
Christmas and Christmas can be a stressful time Tower and we shall soon be making a ladies are joined by The Westend Waiters on
for a pet. While Christmas is a time of fun, number of contributions to the charities we Wednesday 6th are always popular events.
family and lots of wonderful memories, it may particularly support at Christmas time. Tickets for the concert are now available
not be the ideal time to bring a cat home. Your We hold a number of fundraising events to from Mullengers in Watton High Street and
home will likely be busy, full of strangers and enable us to do these things and one of those are selling fast! Make sure you get yours!!
your new cat will find this experience quite events took place on Friday, October 20th We always enjoy seeing our many Watton
alarming - making the transition to a new home when MARKO, alias Mark Reynolds came friends at our events and will be wishing
much more difficult. to the Queens Hall to present his Life in everyone a Very Happy Christmas and New
While a kitten may appear to be the perfect Cartoons. He both amazed and amused a Year.
present for a loved one at Christmas, pet large audience with his ability to draw a
ownership shouldn’t be taken lightly. Kittens figure and with a few strokes alter it's
don’t stay kittens for long, and with cats often expression from happy to sad, cross to
living into their late teens and over, a cat owner fearful, surprised or annoyed! There was the
will need to provide for them, whether that’s opportunity for all to have a go and some
food or vets bills, for the duration of their extraordinary results were achieved!
lifetime. A splendid tea provided by the ladies
So while cats do make wonderful additions to followed ,the sandwiches, scones, sausage
many homes, the decision to become a cat rolls and cakes were thoroughly enjoyed.
owner is a serious one, and you have to be sure The result was £688 to our funds.
that you can commit your time and money to On Friday, November 3rd Inner Wheel
your new feline friend. members and their husbands gathered to
Cats Protection has between 5,000 and 6,000 enjoy a French evening at a suitably
cats in care across the UK at any time, some of decorated member's home. Treated to a
which were given up due to a lack of time, lack typical french menu of onion soup, roast
of funds and lack of thought when initially duck and chocolate mousse or apple tart
homing the unfortunately cats. followed by some wonderfully fragrant
We are urging people to take a little time, and to
not rush into the decision. If you still want a cat Wretham’s foreign war dead remembered
in the New Year, come and meet one of the
many cats in our care. The Breckland branch of
Cats Protection do not home cats or kittens
between 18th December and 2nd January. You
are welcome to come and reserve a cat or kitten,
pending a home visit, but he will stay with us
until the festivities are over.
If you happen to have a new kitten in your
household before Christmas, please be careful
where you place your Christmas tree, as kittens
will think it is there for their amusement and
will attempt to climb it. They can then become
tangled in the decorations and lights, with
disastrous results. The tree is best placed in a
room that the kitten can be shut out of when you
are not around to keep an eye on him.
And don’t forget that some things which appear
at Christmas such as Poinsettias are poisonous
to cats, so make sure they are well out of reach.
For help or advice or it you need help with the
cost of neutering, please call us on 01842
810018. Rita Thompson.

The importance of service to others, even to Honington, military staff from the Czech,
the extent of offering it in another country, Polish and Slovak embassies in London and
was stressed by the Rev Helen Jary as she and number of Czech and Polish
spoke to a gathering of about 80 people organisations.
outside St Ethelbert’s Church. She was leading After The Last Post was played and silence
the annual ceremony to honour the Czech and kept, people walked into the chuchyard to
Polish aircrew who flew from East Wretham plant poppy crosses at the war graves in its
West Norfolk airfield and gave their lives. north east corner, led by standards
The occasion was again organised by Thetford representing Royal British Legion branches
Aviation Society Royal Air Forces Association and some 13
wreaths were laid on the memorial outside the
from Wretham and Hockham, Thetford and
Stanton, RAFA branches at Thetford,
After months of globe-trotting our estranged
member, Steve de Roeck, photographer church gate, including those of RAFA and Dereham and Swaffham, Bury St Edmunds,
extraordinaire, turned up at the meeting of the Royal British Legion branches, Wretham Diss and Wymondham and Thetford (1109
West Norfolk Aviation Society on 7th Parish Council, Thetford Town Council, RAF Squadron) ATC.
November to deliver what could be described
as a variety show. Held at our new venue, the flight type tally and bulging log book. of survival states: ‘Know your aeroplane’;
Mundford Bowls Club where the hospitality He then gave the gathering a sample from for a pilot/engineer the odds were
and fare is second to none, Steve introduced his movie library showing B-24 Liberators significantly better.
his dissertation in the form of a quiz: going of WW2 and their teenage crews departing Steve’s last act brought into focus, the
through the alphabet he invited members of for the unknown. engineers, the people that make the
his audience to associate each letter with an There then followed the evidence of the machines that make flight possible.
aeroplane having that initial. unknown; the return of the few; the He had a fine set of film illustrations which
His archive depicted most of the solutions but, survivors making miraculous and allowed him to define the subtle differences
he disguised his mild discomfort well after spectacularly lucky landings despite the between jet engines and gas turbines.
realising that his audience was better condition of both crew and aeroplane. The Good bit of gassing, Steve, well done.
informed than he was himself despite his own maxim held in hindsight for a better chance
The Wayland News December 2017 Page 12
down to the Cross (as the London terminus in tha willage this yare, but thar ware sum
Billy's Last Day Out was generally known to railwaymen) it wholly lowd ‘ploshuns from up tha rood
GCSE Level By Ken Knowles
It was 1937 and for nearly two years Billy
could be noticed that on every station on
the way there were groups of men and
an tha owld sky wos orl lit up so suffin
wos gooin on. Horry sed he wos gooin
had been ‘confined to barracks’ for nearly schoolboys, all with notebooks, all avidly tew bun orl his owld hidge trimmins an
Maths Tuition two years – his ‘barracks’ being the grimy
engine shed, at the back of which he had
scanning the passing locomotives to see if
they were ‘cops’ i.e. ones they had not seen
sum ole bitsa wood heed got alonga his
shud. Trubble wos wen he hossed tha
Available in Hingham been confined since his number had before. Loco spotters, later to be known as wood owta the tha weeds, his shud fell
appeared on the railway list of condemned ‘anoraks’ were the equivalent to the down cos thet wood wos howldin tha
Contact: Trudy Winfield (BA) engines that was issued periodically as the ‘twitchers’ who rush all over the country to whool thing up. Thet tuk orl Satdi fer us
company pursued a policy of keeping the see rare birds. ter tricoleart thet ole shud, tho iffen we
01953 851966 stock up-to-date. Billy was the affectionate
name given to him by the drivers in the
Cup Final days always brought out special
trains, headed by rare engines which had
git harf a gearl agin thet hent gooin tew
larst long.
Heyton shed, attached to the small station strayed far from their usual operating areas, We hed anutha parish council meetin just
in the north of England, where he had and often offered the extremely exciting afore bomfire nite an thar ware a fare
worked ever since he had first arrived back sight of an obsolescent loco, of which Billy owld crowd wot cum along cos tha
in 1864, when as a 2-4-0 mixed traffic was a prime example. chairmawtha hed towld us she ware
engine he had been a top of the range Eventually Billy’s memorable trip ended at agooin to set tha budjit fer nex year.
locomotive of the period. Unfortunately Platform 1 at King’s Cross and the Horry say iffen tha rearts are gooin up
changing times saw his importance delighted passengers alighted to start their nex year I shell hev suffin ter say abowt
gradually diminish and after his long awaited tour of the capital before making it, my penshun hent chearnged fer tha
service proudly heading the local passenger their way to the match. betta fer sum time an if I hev tew kip
trains, he was demoted, first to humble Meanwhile Billy’s big day was really gitten them in down the pub, (he got wun
shunting duties, then to being reduced to taking shape, when after the carriages had pint in fer me cos thet ware my buthday
being a ‘stand by’ in case another engine been removed to nearby parking sidings, larst year) I shell goo ban krupt.
broke down, until the final ignominy of and he had been admired by scores of We wos lucky, cos dew tew tha finanshul
being relegated to an out of the way end of enthusiasts, a local driver escorted the sitwashun, tha cownsil hent gooin ter
the shed. humble loco to the famous King’s Cross splash ower munny abowt enny more an
Then, one day at the end of May, the engine depot, known to all on the L.N.E.R thet meens thar hent gooin ter gi us orl a
F.A.Cup semi-finals resulted in wins for as Top Shed, where he was soon ensconced cuppa tea an a biskit at next years anyuel
Sunderland and Preston North End, which among various express engines of the meetin. Tew my mind thas tearkin things
meant that the final, at Wembley would Flying Scotsman class, such as Sansovino, a bit tew far. Tha owld chairmawtha ran
feature two teams from the north of Blink Bonny, and Pretty Polly (named after on fer a gud time, wornin us orl tew not
England. Besides being exciting news for famous Derby winning racehorses) as well put mud on tha roods and we dussent dare
all the northern football fans, this also as the streamlined Silver Link, enjoying a set bangers orf owtside har door cos it
brought good news for Billy, because couple of day’s rest from hauling the crack gits har dawg orl upset an heese libble
Wembley finals meant allocations of Silver Jubilee express. tew hev yare leg orf if hees let owt. Thas
20,000 tickets to each of the competing While Ted, Eric and Joe snatched a few a bit like a red rag tew a bull as far as boy
clubs, which this year meant 40,000 men hours sleep, some local men raked out the Willy wos consarned an I cud see him
(hardly any women in those days) from the fires, relit them in due course, reloaded the gitten orl inna muckswet wukkin owt how
north would be travelling to London for the tender with coal, replenished the water he cud git away wi corsin a gret ole
occasion, and such an increase in passenger tank, until just before ten p.m., Billy ‘ploshun an not git chewed up. Tha owld
numbers would mean that normal rail experienced the greatest thrill of all, when chairmawtha cud see his little owld mine
services would not be able to cope, so he was coupled to Papyrus, another famous a wukkin an she bort har woodin hammer
special trains would have to be run. At such loco, and together they made their way to down on his hid wi a fare owld crack, she
times the normal locomotive numbers the main station in preparation for their say “Yew jist dare yung William, an
would not be sufficient so every available respective journeys back to the north. As yew’ll ont be able tew sit down fer a wick
‘spare’ would be pressed into service, and both engines steamed backwards out of the or tew”
Billy stood a fine chance of being called Gasworks Tunnel, there was a cheer for ‘Part from thet tha meetin went orf
upon for one last trip. from the large crowd that had gathered at orlright, ‘cept fer people gitten orl het up
In due course the emergency rosters were the end of platform 10, for they presented a cos sum mootas hev bin hossin threw tha
compiled, and, yes, Billy was included, and fine contrast between the ancient and willage leartly, gooin tew farst. Tha
his old friend Fred would be driving¸ the modern, the humble 2-4-0, almost dwarfed cownsil arsked fer wollonteers tew dew a
fireman duties handled by Joe and Eric, two behind the stately 4-6-2. bit of speed chekin, but no one jumped up
men detailed to share the hard work of As they coupled up to their respective and sed yes.
coaling throughout the journey to King’s trains, their passengers retired to their seats, We nearly got orl tha beet up an moost of
Cross, which might take up to nine hours, probably to sleep on their way home. But it hev gorn orf tew Wissintun ter be
or even more since the distance from there were another eleven hours before tunned inta sugar, so I shell be able tew
Heyton was over 260 miles, and even to Billy and his crew would finish their shift, shuv a spoonful or tew intew my arly
average 30 m.p.h. would not be easy, for to and he would be retired to his lonely corner morning cuppa, thas gud ent it.
find paths for ‘specials’ in between existing at the back of the shed, to await the final Well thas time ter git my missus her
services was no easy task for the planners, journey, when he would be towed cuppa cocoa an goo an git har bed orl
and hold-ups would almost certainly occur. ignominiously to the breakers yard. warmed up afore she cum an stick har
In order to reach London in mid-morning A sad end to his eighty year career. cowld feet on my backside. So fare yew
meant a departure late on the Friday night, But Billy had had his big day. well tergitha an dunt fergit, dew yew kip
which in turn meant Billy had to be fired up a troshin.
early in the evening, but on Cup Final Day My missus she say “Yew dorn’t help
everyone was prepared for any Tha Ovington people if yew dew for them wot they
inconvenience, since in those pre-war days shood be dewin fer thar selves”
the event was regarded almost as important Crower Boy Sid
as Christmas Day by all football By Boy Sid
enthusiasts, whether or not their own teams Well thas a rumen, jist when I thort we
were involved, and fans from the provinces wus goonta hev gud weatha orl tha way
regarded a visit to the capital an integral tew Chrismus, thet tunned preshin cowld
part of the day. this larst week. Niva yew mind, jist as
In due course Billy’s long journey began, long as yew dew fare well and hent cort
and after a few stops and starts he pulled his wun o them corfs an cowlds wot seems
train to a halt at Peterborough, for a well- tew hev cort moost folk in tha willage.
earned ‘drink’, which necessitated Eric We’re hed sum new peepal move inta
climbing on top of the tender to feed in the Ovinton leartly, seem nice an friendly so
long thick pipe (which resembled an we orl hoop we shell see them at sum o’
elephant’s trunk) from the water tank at the ower big doo’s.
side of the track. Did yew hev a bomfire and sum farwuks
As the journey resumed on the last section larst wik? We dint hev ennythin leard on
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Mon 25th Christmas Day
Watton Churches 9.30am All Age Worship

Together - December St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
Sun 3rd 11.00am Lay Led Advent Service
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Sun 10th 11.00am Family Holy Communion
www.stmaryswatton.org Follow us @StMarysWatton Sun 17th 11.00am All Age Worship
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact Sat 23rd 3.30pm Christingle & Crib, and Family
me, on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Carol Service
Tuesdays between 10.30am and 12 noon—–Gerry Foster Sun 24th Christmas Eve
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion 9.30pm Holy Communion
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship : Thursdays 5pm - There will be no service at
5.30pm Parish Prayers: Saturdays 9.30am - 10.00am St George’s on Christmas Day
Parish Prayers : 5pm - 6pm Prayer & Praise : Sundays
10am-11.30am ADventure-free for 0-16 yrs S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching Sun 3rd 10.30am Family Holy Communion
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm 6.30pm Group Advent Service ‘Darkness
Tel: 01953 881252 email:wattonchurch@gmail.com to Light’
Sun 3rd 8.00am Holy Communion Sun 10th 10.30am All Age Worship
10.00am Holy Communion Sun 17th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 10th 8.00am Holy Communion Thurs 21st7.00pm Carols with Chanter’s Jigge
10.00am Informal Holy Communion Mon 25th Christmas Day
3.00pm Town Carol Service at the 10.30am Family Holy Communion
Queens Hall
Sat 16th 6.30pm Carol Service
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 3rd 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 17th 8.00am Holy Communion
Sun 17th 6.00pm Carol Service
10.00am Holy Communion
Mon 25th Christmas Day
Sun 24th Christmas Eve
10.30am All Age Worship
8.00am Holy Communion
Sun 31st 10.30am Group Service of
10.00am Said Holy Communion
Holy Communion
(No ADventure)
4.00pm Christingle Service Especially for

11.30pm
children and families
Holy Communion
All Saints Church, Threxton Dance Away at The Queens Hall
Mon 25th Christmas Day All Saints Church Threxton invites you to join us for Ballroom, Latin & Sequence Dancing
10.30am Family Holy Communion Christmas Carols with Watton Silver Band
at 3p.m. on Sunday 17th December. 8pm to 11pm Admission £4
Sun 31st 10.30am Group Service of Holy
Communion at St John’s A warm welcome to all. Saturday December 2nd
Church, Ovington
Christmas trees and if you have time
Watton Methodist Church
www.wattonmethodist.btck.co.uk Thought for St George's take part in voting for the best ones.
There will be mulled wine and
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection nibbles in the interval plus tea and
and prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet
place. At 10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in
the Month Christmas coffee for those who are driving. As
with any good church event there
the Large Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member. Rev Eleanor Reddington.
Sun 3rd 10.30am
2.30pm
Mr M Reddington
Section Service at
Watton Methodist Church Tree Event will be the inevitable raffle and
tickets for this event are only £5 as
Dear Friends, St George’s Church, Richmond we appreciate this is a very
Great Cressingham Some years ago I attended an Road, Saham Toney, IP25 7ES expensive time of year.
No Evening Service afternoon school Christmas December 2nd - 3rd Running alongside all this is the
Sun 10th 10.30am Rev’d E Reddington production, and during her solo Come and join us for our Christmas Painted Stone Competition with a
3.00pm Town Carol Service at The item one child forgot her words. tree, Christmas market and theme of ‘What is Christmas’ This is
Queens Hall, Does that sound familiar? I wonder Christmas Concert weekend and if open to 15 and under and 16 to 120
No Evening Service how often you did that, or perhaps that was not enough have a go at years and there will prizes for the
Sun 17th 10.30am Church Carol Service with the still do – I know I could always paint a stone to display in the church winner in each category. Judging
Singing Group remember everyone else’s part as well. will be carried out by visitors to the
6.30pm Mrs E Warby rather than my own! At the end of The Christmas Tree Event takes events over the two days and the
Sun 24th Christmas Eve the production the Headmaster place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday Breckland Harmony concert on
10.30am Mr A Warby singled out that child for a special 3rd of December. The Theme for the Saturday evening. Again, this is free
7.00pm Carols by Candlelight mention, and told us that she had tree is The Nativity and there are 4 to enter and for more information
Mon 25th Christmas Day volunteered to sing the solo when classifications – School, Business, please use the contact details below.
10.30am Christmas Morning Service the child who should have been Personal and Clubs and Groups. We We are encouraging children to take
Rev’d E Reddington singing it went home ill at set up on Friday 1st and are open to part in this activity and would
lunchtime – needless to say she got the public from 10am on Saturday. therefore suggest that as you must
Roman Catholic Community carry your stone into church please
a rousing round of applause from If you would like to enter a tree, for
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
the audience and her school further information please use the do not make it to large.
Sun 24th Christmas Eve
friends. contact details below. In past years the Christmas Tree
4.30pm First Mass of Christmas at
One line from that song has stuck Christmas Market – Our market Event and Market have proved
Watton Methodist Church
in my mind ever since – “He’ll ask starts at 11am on Saturday Dec 2nd extremely popular and we look
At Our Lady of Pity Church at Swaffham
you to finish the work He began.” until 2pm. Stalls, tombola, forward to welcoming you and your
11.30pm Midnight Mass with Carols
Jesus came into our world to show children’s bran tub, games, guess the tree/stone in to our church.
Midnight Mass of the Nativity
us how much God loves us, and to weight of the cake, books, lots of For further information on any of
Mon 25th Christmas Day
teach us how to love each other. homemade cakes and goodies to the above or to book tickets for the
9.30am Mass of Christmas Day
We may not always have been very purchase, plus a very popular jig concert please contact Mrs B
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill good at loving other people, but saw puzzle stall, a raffle and Harrold on 01953 883394 or by
Sun 3rd 10.00am Lay Led Worship & Sunday each Christmas is a reminder of refreshments. Free entry and parking email on
Funday for school age children God’s love, and of our world’s at the rear of the church. barbara@harrold1.plus.com
Sun 10th 9.30am Family Holy Communion need for that love today. Christmas Concert – Breckland
Sun 17th 9.30am Morning Worship As you prepare for Christmas, take Harmony will be entertaining us on
Tues 19th 7.30pm Carol Service a few moments to think about December 2nd at 7pm with songs
Sat 23rd 3.30pm Christingle, Crib & God’s love for you, and ask him to readings and poems, all with a
Carol Service show you how to share that love Christmas theme. The Church will
Sun 24th Christmas Eve with others. be open from 6pm which will give
11.00pm Holy Communion God bless, Eleanor those attending a chance to view the
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musculoskeletal issues that can all impact on your
Watton Rotary daily activities. The podiatrist can also advise on
appropriate footwear and whether orthotics may be
Roundup beneficial.
Podiatry services are available from the private foot
If anyone noticed that some buildings in Norwich, for health clinic at Wayland Wellness Clinic in Watton
instance the Castle and City Hall, or elsewhere were where HCPC registered Podiatrists Alison Sandles-
floodlit in purple in late October and wondered why, Bowles and Alistair Bielby provide professional
it was because October 24th is designated as World treatment and advice 5 days a week. Clinic manager
Polio Day. It celebrates the co-operation between the Maureen Selvester said “the one common remark that
Bill & Melinda Gates and Rotary International I hear from people after their foot appointment is – I
Foundations in the quest to finally eradicate feel like I’m walking on air – and the relief on people
poliomyelitis from the world. Rotary Clubs faces after treatment is wonderful to see”.
everywhere use the occasion to raise awareness and Two issues that people commonly enquire about are
fundraise. Rotarians in GB opted to wear something verrucae and ingrowning toenails. Verrucae are due to
purple and/or to illuminate a public building in purple a viral infection and often may disappear over time.
on or near the date. We did both at our meeting on the However there are simple steps that could be tried to
Thursday following at the Hare & Barrel Hotel. speed up that process and the Podiatrists are able to
Watton Rotary Club has been involved in the End advise about this with a verrucae treatment plan.
Polio Now Campaign since its inception in 1988, Ingrowing toenails can be very painful and may
during which time the massive World immunization become infected if they are not dealt with, as well as
programme has achieved a 99.9% reduction in the severely affecting your ability to wear certain
number of cases and last year saw cases of wild polio footwear or move about with ease. A simple surgical
in just 3 countries. Why is the colour purple procedure to remove the offending part of the nail or
associated with the campaign? Simply, it is the colour in some cases the entire nail, can be carried out under
of the dye that a child’s finger is dipped in having just local anaesthetic to provide a solution. Contact the
been immunized to obviate joining the queue for clinic to find out more about these procedures.
another dose! Wayland Wellness Clinic can be contacted on 01953
Apparently there are still 10s, if not 100s, of millions 886860 or during opening hours 9am to 5.30pm at 8
of pounds worth of old £1 coins ‘out there’. As a Thetford Road, Watton, IP25 6FA
charity we can accept them and pay into our charities
account. In the Atlantis Fish & Chips/Kebab shop in
Middle Street, the coin can be exchanged for a purple
‘End Polio Now’ crocus lapel pin, and Adcocks will
Painted Stone
accept them as a donation or for a payment, which we
will refund. Competition
At our meeting of 9th November, Andrew Natrass, a Painted Stone competition open to all in two
Police Officer with the Norfolk Constabulary for 30 categories- Under 16s and 16-120 years.
years, 25 of which were in the Traffic department, St George’s Church invites you to enter its PAINTED
gave a most interesting dissertation on the causes of STONE competition. The theme is ‘WHAT IS
road traffic accidents. CHRITMAS’ and you should be able to carry the
No longer referred to accidents but incidents, he still stone comfortable into church by yourself. We will be
works part time for the Norfolk Police going into asking all those who attend the concert and Christmas
schools, colleges and other places where there are, in tree event and market to judge the stones and prizes
particular, young people at or around the time of will be awarded to the best one in each group. Please
taking their driving test. He highlighted the 4 main bring you stone to the church on December 1st
causes of injury through loss of control of vehicles: between the hours or 10am to 4pm. For more
Alcohol/drugs; speed; mobile phone/texting; seat information please contact
belts. He was well-versed in the detail and statistics, barbara@harold1.plus.com or ring 01953 883394.
which clearly showed why, for instance, insurance
premiums were so high for young drivers.
We thank everyone for their support of our
fundraising activities throughout 2017 and wish you
Watton U3A
At our October meeting we were entertained by Len
all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Priestley who gave us tales of a removal man. Len
Martin Anscombe
told us how he worked for his parents who owned a
village shop near Wisbech. He drove one of their
My Feet Are mobile shops whilst his mother drove the other one.
He decided he wanted to be a lorry driver and went to
work for Smedleys driving a 10 ton Thames Trailer.
Killing Me! His work was making small deliveries to various
How often do you utter those words? places and in 1971 Len was made redundant because
We take for granted the fact that our feet will carry us small deliveries were not a viable proposition. So he
where we need to go each day but did you know went to Sunblest and bought a delivery van going to
(according to The Society of Chiropodists and local flower farmers to deliver flowers to Brighton
Podiatrists); markets three nights a week. On these journeys he
* The average person uses their feet to walk 150,000 was often asked to transport furniture on his return
miles in a lifetime (equivalent to walking around the trip by friends and acquaintances. This proved to be
world five times) more lucrative than delivering flowers so his removal
* The foot is one of the body’s most intricate firm became established, buying a 7 ½ ton lorry and a
‘machines’- with 26 bones warehouse for furniture storage. After retiring from
* Running increases the pressure on the foot by up to the removal business he bought a 16 seat luxury bus
seven times that of the body weight for excursions. Len told a variety of amusing
* Footwear is the biggest cause of foot problems in anecdotes throughout his talk and had our members
the UK, say podiatrists laughing all through the presentation. A thoroughly
*As you get older, you are more susceptible to entertaining speaker.
suffering with foot problems In November the speaker is from Greensted
Leonardo da Vinci is quoted as saying “The human Hedgehog Rescue. They would be grateful for
foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of contributions of old towels and tins of cat food.
art” so it makes sense to look after this precious part The No 2 pub lunch group will be going to The
of your body. Good foot health is essential to stay Windmill at Necton on Tuesday 27 November.
mobile and independent and many people will seek There won’t be a speaker in December. Instead there
the help of a professionally qualified specialist. A will be a Christmas party on Friday 8 December when
Podiatrist can help you to ensure that your feet are in we will be entertained by the U3A ukulele group. We
the best working order. You may be more familiar are also hoping to show a film of the refurbishment of
with the more historic term Chiropodist, but there is St. Mary’s church organ.
actually no difference between the title Chiropodist On 1 December we will be having Christmas lunch at
and Podiatrist with both titles referring to a the Golf Club. Money for this will be collected at the
practitioner who specialises in diagnosing and treating November meeting.
foot problems and pathologies. Please contact our Membership Secretary, Anita
A podiatrist will diagnose and treat a wide and varied Taylor on 01953 881110 if you would like to
range of issues such as nail pathologies (thickened, become a member of the Watton U3A, or would
fungal infections, ingrowing nails), skin problems like further details.
(corns, callus, verrucae), heel and other foot and For further details on the National U3A, go to
lower leg pain, diabetic foot care and biomechanical/ www.u3a.org.uk
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Ashill Events
Ashill WI Carol Concert
in the Community Centre on Sunday 3rd
December. At 3pm with Watton Silver
Band & Ashill Harmony Choir. Adults
£2.50 Children £1.50. Homemade
cakes. In aid of Swaffham & Litcham
Hospice. Raffle.

Festive Cash & Prize Bingo
Tuesday 5th December Eyes Down 7.30
in aid of Community Centre

Carol Service at South
Pickenham Church
Sunday 17th December 11.15am. Mince
Pies & Coffee after the Service!
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Richmond Park Golf Club Ladies Section

Richmond Park Ladies held their Annual receive the Heather Piper Trophy from the Chard; The Secretary’s Salver Dilys
General Meeting and prize presentation on new Handicap Secretary, Margaret Gibbs; The Combination Cup Hilda
Monday 6th November. The prizes were Broadbent. This trophy is awarded to the Whitmarsh and Eileen Chard; Singles
presented by Elaine Aberdeen the retiring lady who has shown the most Knock-out Margaret Middleton; Singles
Chair of the committee, several of the improvement over the year and Hilary Knock-out Runner Up Claire Carney;
trophy winners have already been reported reduced her handicap by 4 shots. Doubles Knock-out Ann Achilles and
throughout the year. Unfortunately not all Congratulations to her and all the other Margaret Broadbent; Doubles Knock-out
ladies were able to receive their prizes on winners throughout the year. Runners Up Anne Bell & Mary Wakeford;
Monday but the majority were present as (In order from left to right). Singles Plate Margaret Broadbent;
the photograph shows. Diana Davies Cup Rosie Sutterby; Curtis Shirley’s Shield Cherrie Lawn
The larger picture in the collage is of Cup Claire Carney; The Windfall Trophy The Heather Piper Trophy Hilary Prosper
Hilary Prosper who was surprised to Anne Bell; The Granny Trophy Eileen

News from Caston Festive Coffee Morning
At Caston Church on Friday 15th December 10 am - 12 Noon.
The HAPPY Project Seasonal cakes and savouries and a Christmas Bring & Buy table
The Church will be decorated for Christmas so do come and have
As I write I am surrounded by felt, sparkly pipe cleaners, card and a look!
stickers as well as glue, all items I have gathered together for the Profits from the morning will be shared between Caston Church
Family Art and Craft Group that takes place in Ashill Community and Caston Village Hall. A prize for the Best Ladies and
Centre. By the time you read this they, along with other items, will Gentlemens Christmas Hat – and don’t worry the heating will be
have been transformed into some wonderful creative decorations to on in the church! Parking at Church Farm.
hang on family Christmas trees by the young people who attend the
group. I will endeavour to take some photographs for you to see, to
cheer you up in January!
The HAPPY Project has begun a new craft group at The Grange in
Great Cressingham. We need to confirm which day it is going to
take place and if mornings or afternoons would be preferable. Up
to now we have met on a Thursday afternoon, some trains of
thought think mornings would be better.
So, if you would like to learn a craft or join a group for some
company whilst you knit, crochet or the like, please let me know
what day would be preferable and what time. We are unable to meet
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on Wednesdays because the Grange is busy then, but any other Page space is allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis. Deadline
is 12 Noon on 16th of the month preceding publication and that is the last
weekday should be fine.
date and time that copy will be considered for inclusion. Arrival of copy
Plans are going ahead to hold the second Babes in the Wood
before deadline does not guarantee inclusion, if you wish to be certain
Festival in Griston. The HAPPY Project is supporting this event. your entry gets published, then please make sure it arrives in plenty of
Looks like it is going to be exciting, make sure the date is in your time otherwise you may still be disappointed. If you are submitting on
diary 23rd June 2018. paper you MUST sign and include your contact details with each item.
The Games Group is looking for more members, do pop along to If you do not, the item will NOT be published.
the library on a Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 and join in with some fun. You can contact Julian by ringing (01953) 858908.
If you have a favourite game, you can always take that with you and You can write to 8 Princess Close, Watton IP25 6XA
invite others to join in with you. The e-mail address is julian@waylandnews.com
Remember all activities offered by The HAPPY Project are free! Views expressed in articles in The Wayland News are those of the
We are beginning to see the signs of Christmas in the High Street. contributors and may not reflect the
The television is full of adverts with Monsters under beds and views of the publisher or printers.
goodness knows what. While every care and effort has been taken to ensure accuracy,
As we creep ever nearer to the festive period we need to think of
the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions.
isolated and lonely people in our locality and encourage them to
join in some of the activities that are happening around us. You will This issue of the The Wayland News was published by:
be always welcome at one of the events mentioned above. Or if you Julian Horn, 32 High Street, Watton IP25 6AE
have any ideas of what you may like to do, please contact me to and printed by:
discuss and we will see if we are able to help.
I can be found at The Wayland Partnership, 01953 880235 or Sharman & Company Ltd, Newark Road
jean@wayland.org.uk Peterborough PE1 5TD. Phone: 01733 424 949

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