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Be Quick! For One Night Only

Get ready Wayland for a brand new show spent the last 8 years at the end of the pier Olly says: “We are both looking forward
in town. Olly Day, master of magic and in Cromer, starring in their Christmas to our first visit to Melsop Farm. The
mirth and Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer, Norfolk’s show. The show sees him team up with theatre there looks fantastic and it’s been
funniest accordionist, are coming to Norfolk’s funniest accordionist, Nigel putting on so many great shows. We are
Melsop Farm for one night only. Billed ‘Boy’ Syer who has built up a huge very excited to be performing there.”
as ‘The Real Norfolk Show’, ‘If its following all over East Anglia. He will Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer says: “It’s great to get
laughter you’re after’ is a fun filled be performing his own special brand of over to that part of Norfolk as we have so
evening of music, astounding magic and comedy and country music. many fans in that area that don’t get the
great comedy songs as well as a huge Performing with them will be Lisa Marie. chance to see us perform. It will be a real
dollop of Norfolk ‘squit’! Her voice is amazing… Lisa can switch winter warmer of a show with lots of
This year’s extravaganza sees Nigel and between singing the beautiful ballads of laughs too.”
Olly as a pair of musicians. Playing Karen Carpenter and the full range of the If it’s Laughter You’re After, you need to
some great songs and telling a cheeky show stopping songs of Cilla Black! She be at Melsop Farm Park on Saturday 27th
tale or two! has spent the last few years touring with January at 7.30pm!!
Olly Day is a comedian and magician. Olly and Nigel at sell out concerts all over To book tickets, please phone 01953
He has a great singing voice and has East Anglia. 851943 or pop into the farm.

the very worthwhile East Anglian Air
Dance-Away, at Ambulance. Thinking
A new programme of dances, which are
the Queens Hall held on the first Saturday of each Caps on for
The monthly dances, at the Queens month, excluding February, is now in
Hall, Watton, continue to be well
attended for the majority of the year.
place for 2018. Posters are displayed
locally, to advertise the dances, and we
the Ovington
We welcome dances from the local would be pleased to welcome any one
area, as well as regular dancers from who wants to come along and join this Quiz Evening
Dereham, Brandon, Bury St. Edmunds very friendly group of people, who Saturday 3 February, 7pm. Teams of
and Norwich, who all enjoy dancing on have a love of dancing. 4 are invited to take part in a fun quiz
the lovely sprung dance floor, that is a The next dance will be held on in aid of St John’s Church, Ovington.
key feature of the hall. Saturday 3rd March, from 7.30 -10.30 It will start at 7pm in Ovington
We are non -profit organisation, so any pm. The cost is £4 per person and there Village Hall, Church Road IP25 6RY.
profits made, at the end of each year, is is also a raffle and a bar. At each dance Tickets are available from the village
donated to local charities. there is a a good mix of Ballroom, hall any Monday morning between 10
This year we are pleased to be able to Latin and popular Sequence dances. and 12 or from Christine on 01953
make a donation to the Wayland The committee would like to thank all 885848.
Partnership, HAPPY Project, which those who have supported us over the They cost £6 per person and include a
was set up to tackle social isolation in last year and look forward to their ploughman’s supper. There will be a
Wayland. The money will help to continuing support. raffle, but no bar so bring your own
support craft activities for children in Any one who wants to know more drinks please. Space is limited, so
the Wayland villages. about these dances can contact me, Val hurry and book your team in as soon
A second donation has been made to Simpson on 01953 882790. as possible.
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galore, with scant worries about the event was superb. Many thanks to all
A Quick Look light, the distance from the subject or
anything – just point the camera, push
those who helped to make it another
enjoyable afternoon. This year we
Round the button, and Robert is your uncle.
But to more important things. The big
were entertained by Linda Scholes
with her amusing stories of her family
By Orbiter issue of the day seems to be the and Christmases past.
The New Year is now well under way sudden realisation that we are being Looking back on 2017 it has been
and, no doubt, all those good overtaken by waste, which although another successful year. We had a
resolutions have been broken, just as being featured regularly by ecologist seamless change of Chairman as
they always have been after a few over the years, has now really been David Priestley picked up the baton
days. The trouble is we always resolve brought to the fore. The main focus is from David Green and membership
to do things we don’t like doing, or on plastic, which recent storms have still hovers between 80 and 90. The
give up things we don’t wish to give dumped back on our beaches, tons and annual flower show continues to
up, so I’m not really sorry for failing. tons of it. Science is forever bringing thrive, now organised by a small
Looking back on the festive season, I new advantages, but alas many of dedicated group, and, in addition to
must say I do like those E-cards, those these have un-foreseen downsides, and some excellent speakers, we have
Christmas greetings sent on-line, plastics is possibly the worst, since in enjoyed several outings. Our first
which this year seemed to have many forms it is virtually coach trip was to Doddington Hall
become more elaborate than ever indestructible. near Lincoln on a glorious May day.
before, with touches to the screen Previous research brought us the use Then in September we made a return
bringing all sorts of different actions of coal for fires, until it was realised visit to Barnsdale in Rutland, the
and effects. Much more interesting that the world was disappearing under previous home of BBC’s Gardeners’
than the traditional card, though a carbon fog, and recently the use of World when the presenter was the late
difficult to stand on the mantel-piece! diesel fuel was recognised as a serious Geoff Hamilton. We also had two ‘self
Winter, up to the time of writing, has pollutant, and is being phased out. -drive’ afternoon visits, the first being
been fairly kind to us around these Nuclear fission was going to be the to Dale Farm in Dereham. We have
parts, although those storms Bryan, answer to our energy problems, but been here at several different times of
Charlie, Dylan and Eleanor (I think events have shown that things are not year and it never disappoints. The
that’s what they called them) have so simple, and just as every new law second, to The Urban Jungle near
brought all sorts of nasty shocks to that is introduced to improve our lives Norwich, was a new experience. It is
other parts of the country, including is eventually shown to have hidden an unusual and informative nursery
spots not many miles away. And the loop-holes, so nature shows us that aiming to be a real alternative to the
violent storms on the other side of the however clever we may be, things are traditional Garden Centre which
Atlantic are a bit scary, in case they often more complex than we first seems to sell everything but plants
decide to come our way, so fingers thought. these days.
crossed is the watchword. But on a lighter note, I see that golf We now look forward to the New
Most of us will have admired the has been deemed the most boring Year with our annual lunch on 18th
photo that appeared in all the papers, spectator sport of all. At first mention, followed by Ian Roofe talking about
of the Royal party, William and Kate, many of us golfers (or in my case ex- ‘Spring Garden Flowers’ on 25th
with Harry and his fiancée, taken golfers) may cry “foul”, but perhaps January.
during their recent sojourn at there is something in it. Dutiful girl- What’s on in the next three months:
Sandringham, which apparently was friends who accompany their 22nd February Kathy Gray ‘Plant
taken by an ordinary by-stander with intendeds round the course must find Hunters’
her mobile phone. Besides being a real tedium beyond compare, and even 22nd March Graham Benefer ‘Bonsai’
scoop, in-so-far as that all four were televised matches often are bogged 26th April Jim Paine ‘Plants for
all depicted in a natural un-posed down with long periods of nothing Shade’
setting, the surprising thing was that it happening (while players search for
was taken by a complete amateur with lost balls, etc.)
such basic equipment, the result being I suppose bridge would qualify, if it Norfolk Wildlife
a picture as good as any professional can be called a sport, and a spectator
could have produced. William Fox - could certainly manage a good sleep Trust Breckland
Talbot, the inventor of photography, between moves.
would surely turn in his grave if he But, yes, I guess golf is boring. To Local Group
could see that modern technology watch. Our talk in January by Jo Jones from
requires just a touch of a button to do And now, having put all those Xmas Breckland Flora Group was well
what he had taken years to perfect. lunches and all the other annual do’s attended, particularly in view of the
Those of us who knew the days before behind us, we can get back to normal horrible damp evening. But at least It
phones were mobile will remember and – oh, no, there’s weeds beginning wasn’t snowing!
that ordinary folks used to take ‘snaps’ to peep through the flower beds again. Jo told us about the formation of the
on our Kodak Brownie box cameras, No peace for the wicked. group which helps to conserve our
always careful to keep the sun out of Good afternoon. Breckland plants, some of which are
the lens, and when the reel of film was internationally important, growing
used up (usually eight exposures) it here and nowhere else in the world.
was off to Boots for developing and Ashill and This month we have the NWT’s own
the exciting examination four days Jonathan Preston, the Brecklands
later, of the results of your Holme Hale Reserves manager. He will be talking
photographic efforts, often with about the “Back from the Brink”
disappointment to see that the picture Garden Club project and other future projects.
of Auntie Nellie was good apart from At the time of writing this, the 2018 This is on Wednesday 14th February
her head having been cut off, or that programme has not yet started but the on 7.30pm at Watton Christian
there was a double exposure because Christmas party in early December Community Centre, High Street,
you had failed to wind on the film already seems an age ago. As usual Watton. IP25 6AB. Entry is £2 for
between shots. the food was delicious, the raffle and members, £3 non members which
None of that to worry the average Christmas hamper draw were both full includes refreshments.
person today, who shoots off photos of goodies and the organisation of the

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any that flower early in the year until garden centre and treat yourself to a
In Your they've finished. Tuck in wayward
stems and enjoy the flowers. A word
hardy shrub that's in bloom,
preferably a scented one, that will sit
Garden of warning. Although it's evergreen,
a magnificent plant and some have
in its pot near a window so you have
something to look at.
With (a rather unwell) Lotta Potts scented flowers be careful with the It's really quite astonishing what can
Probably the best thing that can be armandii varieties. In a place they be done in this dreariest of months
said about February is that it’s not like they'll take off and before you but on a fine day it's good to get out
January. By the time you get to read know it they've taken over. I did and look to see what hardy bulbs and
this January will have been a real speak to a breeder once who said the plants are coming through some even
assortment of weather from snow to best thing was to take a chainsaw to a in snow they are so determined to
fog to rain and back again via a few mature specimen once the flowers grow. If your garden isn't yielding
vicious frosts. Nevertheless nature is were over. The clue is in 'mature' but anything then it might be worth
stirring – in my area in the middle of you get the idea. buying some miniature daffs in
January I saw snowdrops, daffodils There's lots to be done indoors. Chit flower so you can plant them out and
pushing their leaves up and daffodils potatoes if you didn't in January. know they'll be along early next year.
in bud on sale. This is the last winter Start sowing seeds, particularly if you Look over the fences into other
month so while anything could have a propagator or a sunny people's gardens. Try not to look as
happen weather-wise we are on the windowsill where the pots will be out though you are casing the joint.
downhill run to spring. At last. So of the way. The thing to avoid is to One last thought, if you just glance
here we go with what may be overdo it on the seed sowing. Again, out there you know what you'll see –
possible. If it doesn’t work keep the from experience, you sow thinly in weeds! So, as ever, keep weeding.
notes for March! pots or trays according to the
It's all a bit 'ifs and buts' and depends instructions on the packet and it
more on the weather now than later in
the year. Let's face it you can always
doesn't look enough. So just to be on
the safe side you do another one. On
Griston
do a bit if the rain is warm in June
than if it's sleet in February. So
to the next packet and so on until you
have no small pots or trays left. Then
Church Book
assuming the soil is workable, finish
off the winter digging or put on a
mulch if you have raised beds and/or
they all germinate and don't they look
lovely, those tiny green shoots? Then Sale
you have to prick them all out. They We’re back! The first Grand Second
a no-dig system. This makes sense to still need a bit of cosseting in the Hand Book Sale of 2018 will be held
me as long as the area doesn't get warm so now you've run out of larger at Griston Church on Saturday 17th
trodden on. The recommendation is trays, larger pots, tried to prick out March, from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.
to make beds no wider than four feet the ones in small pots so those that The books on offer will include
or so you can comfortably reach half need to can go into said pots fiction, reference, children’s and
way from the sides. Don't make them individually. Then have a row with poetry, and still with no book costing
so long that it's too tempting to stride the other people in the house who more than one pound. There will be
over rather than walk round. Come can't get near a window anywhere... refreshments of hot and cold drinks,
on, jumping four feet really isn't on if It's wonderful to sow seeds but take it cakes, savouries and snacks to eat in,
you are of mature years. So we are steady and think about succession and whole ones to take away. We are
left with a maximum four feet wide sowing, particularly with peas and also selling plants, both indoor and
and eight long. As well as finishing beans and carrots and brassicas and garden varieties, to kick start your
the digging or mulching this is the all the other things you don't want a summer bedding display. Entry is free
time to start new beds so this is a glut of. One day you'll be able to say and open to all, so come along to
catch-all job really. you are on top of it and have enough browse through our huge, new,
If the weather is really kind, mild and of everything at the right time. You'll choice of books. We can promise you
dry, you can cut the grass with the be Alan Titchmarsh in no time at all. a warm welcome as the heating is
mower blades on the highest level. I I think it's been said many times, do installed and fully functioning; the
suppose some lawn enthusiasts will only grow the veg you eat. It's no use money from these sales is to pay for
want to do this, but do make sure it's having a huge prize-winning crop of it! We really need more volunteers,
dry. Even I wouldn't want to see something you struggle to get rid of. both on the day and with the setting
muddy stripes. Otherwise keep off This is a busy month for fruit: cut up beforehand, and to make the bakes
the grass and if you do need to cross down autumn-fruiting rasperries to we sell. Please get in touch if you are
it then put in a temporary path. I about six inches and plant new canes. willing to help in whatever capacity.
suppose you could make one but the Soft fruit bushes can still be planted If you have items to donate, or would
ones available make out of plastic as can bare-root fruit trees and like to help us in any way, please
seem to be the best of a bad job. summer-fruiting rasperries. Up to the contact Caroline & Keith on 880153.
Another job to avoid if possible is middle of next month you can finish Many thanks and we look forward to
removing snow from conifers, large winter-pruning standard apple and seeing you there.
evergreens and hedges as they will pear trees. I don't really have
collapse under the weight. You will experience of this and it's like roses,
too if there's a lot of it. This is a job
to be done with a bit of caution unless
the trees in the instructions never, Dereham
ever, look like the ones in your
you have large young athletes to
hand.
garden. I would recommend finding
someone who does this regularly and
Indoor
On the upside bare-root trees and
shrubs can be planted or moved now.
ask for a demonstration.
If you have a frost-free or heated
Bowling Club
The best times are just after the greenhouse you can really get an Dereham Indoor Bowling Club, based
leaves are all down or just before early start with veg. However, if you within Dereham Leisure Centre,
spring starts in early March. You can didn't clean the glass in the autumn Station Road, DEREHAM, will be
still rejuvenate prune old shrubs and now's the time to do it before you get holding Coaching Sessions for
overgrown deciduous hedges and crops in there. The instructions I beginners on Sunday afternoons, for
climbers. Some clematis need regular have just read start off with pick a both Adults and Families with Juniors.
pruning this time of year. These are rainy day. Then clean the inside of This will take place on 6 Sunday
the ones that start to flower in June the glass and wash pots, trays etc. I afternoons starting in February,
and keep going through early autumn. really fancy doing that on a cold wet depending on numbers coming
These should be cut back hard to February day don't you? Still, I forward.
about two feet from the ground. The suppose if you want to plant early Why not come along and give it a try
reason? They flower on the ends of crops either in a soil border or in pots and make new friends? Bowls is a
their shoots so if you leave them the you need to sort the glass out first. very inexpensive sport. Sessions are 2
flowers will be lovely a very long I'll leave that to you, the people who hours long. You bowl approximately
way up with lots of bare stems. If want French beans, baby beetroot, 45 bowls, weighing about 3 pounds
you aren't sure or have lost the label carrots months before the outdoor each. Bowling from each end of a 36
just trim back top growth to a good ones are ready. Stored dahlia tubers metre Rink, therefore walking 533
pair of buds then note when they can be planted in pots or boxes with yards (800 strides). Bending down to
flower to prune next year. The potting compost in the greenhouse so pick up your bowls 45 times is gentle
species clematis that have flowers they can be planted as soon as exercise, which also includes
that are bell-shaped, or flared cups or possible once the danger of frost is concentration and becoming
small saucers don't really need to be gone and has the added advantage of competitive. This sport can be played
pruned at all unless they are really out forcing them to produce shoots for by people of all fitness levels. For
of shape. Wayward stems can always cuttings. more information contact Terry on
be tucked back into the plant or If all else fails and it's really 01362 525 042 or e-mail
trained on to the support. Don't prune depressing go to the nursery or twhunt25@gmail.com
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Santa's Jeep
You May have seen Santa's Jeep just
before Christmas, driving around the area.
On board were Paul Lincoln, Chief Elf
and Front Gunner, Paul's son Scottie
manning the rear Christmas Tree (where
the guns go) and Tim Brown, who was
promoted to Santa recently driving.
Paul explained the story behind the drive:
“We do a drive round in our old Army
Jeeps before Christmas, dressed as Santa
and elves. Not just a bit of fun, but a
subtle reminder that somewhere in
the world a lot of British soldiers are 16 degreees in open vehicles, Roy & Boy
not sitting down to Christmas Dinner modified their vehicles even more by
with their families. They are helping adding a roof, which meant forfeiting the
to keep us safe. Hopefully, people two rear machine guns. They were given
spare a thought for them.” an interpreter, called Johnnie Barignole, a
When asked about the story behind this nom de geurre, but he couldn't actually
particular jeep, Paul explained “There speak English.”
was a lovely man, who lived at North “A few years ago, I had the great
Elnham, called Roy Close. He was a Lt. privilege of sitting next to Roy at a lunch
in C Squadron, 1st SAS Regiment and in London. We got on very well together
went to France shortly after "D" Day. His and he gave me some photos of his Jeep
patrol operated behind the lines for a few (above). I told him that I would make an
weeks, keeping German troops away exact copy of it. Unfortunately, Roy never
from the invasion beaches. The youngest got to see it, as he died just after we
patrol member (who still lives in Essex) started. Alec "Boy" Borrie is, however,
was "Boy" Borrie, at 18 years old!” still going strong. We are now fitting the
“After the initial landings, they drove roof and will be off to Essex to take Alec
back and returned to the U.K. They were joyriding soon. A friend of mine is
then equipped with modified "Armoured" actually building an exact copy of Alec's
Jeeps with 5 machine guns on each. As Jeep to go with Roy's. Hopefully, he will
they were operating in temperatures of - get to ride in that one too.”

Happenings
had a small party. (thanks to Rosemary
for the delicious food}. Jenny was
three months. This will enable us to
continue to have more creative fun on a
Help needed
where she likes to be too, in the thick of Saturday.
of The HAPPY the paint! The HAPPY Project continues to for Thursday
It is lovely to see the children’s skills support The Babes in the Wood
Project developing and the way that they
gravitate to various members of the
Festival at Griston. Plans are marching
ahead for a much bigger event this year
Club
Watton Thursday club was formed more
As I write this piece, the Christmas team whom they see as their buddy and it all looks very exciting indeed. than 40 years ago to provide a social club
decorations have been taken down and other than their parents. Watch the pages in The Wayland News for local adults with learning disabilities.
packed away safely in the loft and We are in discussion of how we can and Social Media. Put the date in your Meetings are held monthly at Wayland
everywhere seems very bare. By the continue to operate the group, once the diary now 23rd June 2018 and if you Academy and include craft, music and
time you read this piece the Festive funding and support of The HAPPY are interested in helping contact Nicky games. A party is held each Christmas
Season will be another memory and we Project ceases at the end of March. The Hornsey on 01953 548375. and an outing organised in the summer.
will be looking forward to the members of The Steering Committee The Bereavement Café will continue to The committee, which meets about 5
flowering of the spring bulbs. I noticed have said that they will gladly continue meet the last Thursday of the month at times per year, is now in need of some
that half way through January, the to volunteer their time on the second Babaco’s from 4pm to 6pm. If you new members - especially a treasurer to
Snowdrops were almost in flower in Saturday of the month. So if you and have suffered a loss and are finding life take over in May. This is not an onerous
Ashill, so you could say, it is onwards your children are at a loose end and difficult or lonely come and have a chat task - records need to be kept of
and upwards from now on. would like to make playdough, carry and a cuppa. transactions and an annual statement
It is always bright and cheery when we out some gluing and sticking or make The Games Group is thinking how it prepared for the auditor and for
hold the Ashill Family Art and Craft junk models, come along to Ashill might be good to have a designated submission to the Charity Commission.
morning. Over the last weekend we Community Centre on 9th February group. Is anyone interested in playing Thursday club is also registered with the
held a session where we spent the time 2018 from 10am to 12 noon, we will Mah Jong regularly? If we can get a Gift Aid scheme. If you have a few hours
busily planting Anemones (Seth is all be there and it will be FREE for the team together to play on a Friday to spare and would be prepared to help
pictured right with his), it was quite next two months. afternoon that will be arranged, just call out at meetings or could be a committee
difficult to determine which way up the The families and the Steering Group of me on 01953 880235 and it will be member Gay Skipper would be delighted
corms should go in the soil because of The HAPPY Project would like to say arranged. to hear from you on 881588. If you
their shapes but we managed with Thank you for the donation they have That’s about all for now, I hope you are would like more information about the
Steph’s guidance. recently received from a group in all managing to keep clear of the winter role of treasurer please contact Sue
Verity as usual was at the sticky, Watton, it is very much appreciated and coughs and colds and trying to be Baldwin 881372 or email
glittery table making hats because we will enable us to pay the room hire for HAPPY! sue.baldwin@talk21.com
The Wayland News February 2018 Page 6
mark and attract females. They also
Open Day at Bradenham Village Hall Has your risk testicular tumours if they are not
neutered.
There are some myths about
cat been neutering cats. They will breed with
their brothers, sisters and parents and

neutered? can start breeding from just four
months of age. Kittens can be safely
neutered before six months of age
During the month of February, if you
live in areas IP26, IP27 or IP28, and and it is not beneficial for a cat to
have an unneutered cat, you can have have a season or just one litter before
him or her neutered for £5. Just call being spayed.
the number at the bottom of the page, One unneutered female cat can be
and we will send you a neutering responsible for 20,000 descendants in
voucher which you can take to any just five years - unneutered cats are
vet, and you will just have to pay £5. very good at finding each other and
We are hoping to reduce the kitten unplanned, unwanted pregnancies are
population this year, so we are asking all too common. Neutered cats do
for your help. not ‘miss’ their organs or
Female cats come into season during opportunities to reproduce or rear a
the early part of the year, and any litter - they are not people!
kittens will be born in the spring. While the majority of owners do
There are many reasons for neutering neuter their cats, sadly a large number
females. They can become pregnant of owned cats are allowed to breed,
at 4 months of age and have 3 litters a adding to the overpopulation problem
year. This adds to the over and the demand on overstretched
population problem and increase animal charities. Please don’t leave it
Saturday 24th February between parking, we are next to the village the rear of the hall, access from the
costs for the owner. Females will call too late. Speak to your vet and book
10am & 2pm is your chance to green and fenced off children’s play side of the hall.
and wail every 3 weeks during the your cat’s neutering appointment. It
come and see what our modern area and you can hire the hall for a To discover more, come and join us
breeding season, to attract a male should benefit your cat, it may
bright Hall & Kitchen can offer. day, evening, and weekly or over a cup of coffee. Further details
until they are pregnant. Females are prevent your cat suffering and it is the
The Hall can accommodate events monthly at very reasonable rent. from Les Baxter (Secretary) email
more likely to contract diseases most important action you can take to
for up to 125 people for a wedding, Last year, we had a wedding with a bradenhamvillagehalllettings@gmai
spread through sexual contact. help the wider cat population.
all parties, fund raising events. marquee on the village green, and l.com or telephone 01362 820 886
Unneutered females are also at risk of To take part in our neutering
We have disabled toilets, car another wedding had a barbecue at
cancers of the ovaries, uterus and campaign please call Breckland Cats
mammary glands, as well as Protection on 01842 810018.
To Let: Rita Thompson.
Vacancy at local community and the organisation
is not run by St Mary's Church as is
Stevens Almshouses
developing pyometra, a serious
infection of the womb.
commonly thought, although the Male cats need neutering
Steven's Constitution does require the Vicar
and a Churchwarden to be unelected
Charity Watton, for a variety of reasons
too. They are more
Studio Cottage with separate
Almshouses Trustees.
The Trustees are constantly looking Kitchen and bathroom,
likely to end up injured
or catch diseases from
The Almshouses, a Grade 2 listed to improve the property and the most communal Gardens. fighting, with subsequent
building situated between Vincent recent project has been the redesign Would suit mature single suffering and vet bills.
Place and the Junior School, consist of the rear garden which is now a responsible person. They also travel many
of four studio cottages. They are pleasant patio area. miles in search of
Selection Criteria Applies.
managed by a group of volunteer One of the cottages has recently unneutered females,
Trustees who oversee all aspects of become vacant and the Trustees are
References would be required risking road accidents
maintenance and occupancy. The seeking a new resident. Please see For further information please and injury. Male cats
Trustees come from all parts of the right for details: contact the Clerk 01953 885479 spray smelly urine to

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Aviation Society
Never to be foiled in the face of adversity the West Norfolk
Aviation Society triumphs again at its Mundford Bowls Club
depot. When a scheduled speaker fails to appear, external
resources run dry or, are too expensive, the society turns to
its own crew for monthly enlightenment. Our very own
master techie, Fred Miller, rose to the occasion and delivered
a compendium of photographic phenomena dredged from
that wondrous archive: the internet. The programme started
with a collection of slides depicting the irony of ‘Nose Art’;
those zany pinups that emblazoned the front end of the war
machines; the ones that belied and understated the
apprehension and emotions of the sometimes adolescent
aircrews. Our audience wasted no opportunity in punctuating
the presentation with its own bawdy comments; even an
emancipated lady listener felt cheated by the fact that the
caricatures were exclusively female . .
There came next the thrilling spectacle of a somewhat over
restored WW2 fighting machine being put through its paces.
The image of the Lockheed P38 Lightning conflicted,
somewhat, with the sensibilities of the purist. The machine
gave no impression of having been a war machine with its
polished aluminium skin and Red Bull livery; the latter pales
into insignificance when compared with period nose art.
The next few clips in Fred’s eclectic repertoire focussed on
the engineering aspect of aviation; more specifically, the
versatility of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine which was used
to power numerous WW2 bombers and fighters. Adapted
versions were also used on American aircraft; one even
found its way into the garage of Jay Leno, the famous
American TV presenter and collector of other exotic, period
transport machinery. Jay uses his Merlin engine as a
stationary standby generator . . . for moving air around.
The evening ended with a hearty round of applause for Fred
and, the catering crew, Val and Len.
There’s more at: www.westnorfolkaviationsociety.org.uk
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Inner Wheel In Action – Again! It’s all going on at the Watton Evening WI

Having recovered from a very event but donations were
busy Christmas period the ladies welcome in the boxes on display
of Watton Inner Wheel gathered and the amazing sum of £500 was
in the Christian Community donated. £400 of this will be Well, we hope you all had a great of our traditions came about and great time and our thanks go to the
Centre on January 10th to donated to The Nook Appeal Christmas, starting the festivities with seasonal poems were read. Yvonne Committee who had worked hard to
celebrate International Inner which is President Lesley's the Watton Festive Market (above) and from Saham Toney WI read ‘The make this a memorable night.
Wheel Day. Inner Wheel is an charity this year and £100 will be it was delightful to see so many of you Messiah’ from an Alan Titchmarsh Our first meeting of the year will
International organisation with donated to the maintenance fund there. We had fun at the Craft meetings autobiography ‘Fill my Stocking’ which hear Jane Gutteridge speak on her
3,895 clubs in 103 countries at the Christian Community throughout the year making all the items she read in a very comical way which first-hand experience of the work of
worldwide.. In the UK there are Centre. We say a huge 'thank you' which were on sale and of course our delighted us all and invoked much the East Anglia Air Ambulance.
611 clubs with some 15.300 to all those people who attended renowned Tombola and children’s Bran laughter. This was then followed by This will be the start of the new year
members. We meet to enjoy for their very generous help. Tubs. All in all a magnificent £381 was refreshments and a donation from this for the WI and we will also be
taken on the day. So a big ‘Thank You’ evening will be sent to ‘First discussing the five proposed
working together to make new At our club meeting the following
to all those that visited our stall. It was Responders’. We all went home full of Resolutions which the WI will be
friendships and to offer voluntary day we were delighted to
such an enjoyable day and the weather festive cheer after having a great time. actively leading a campaign to bring
service in our local communities welcome Councillor Beryl was fine which was an added bonus. The Christmas spirit continued when we to the attention of Government. Also
as well as doing our best to help Bunning, with Peter Cowling as Festivities had started with our trip to met for our December meeting held at at this meeting the Members will also
with overseas projects for those presenter, she took part in our Thursford Christmas Spectacular which Broom Hall where notices were read receive the new 2018 Programme of
in need. own Radio Desert Island Discs many Members attended and what a and then we had a delicious meal served Speakers and exciting events for the
January 10th is the special day sharing stories of her life in superb visit, definitely one to repeat. by very attentive waiter and waitresses. coming year which the committee
each year when every member Watton interspersed with Our Wayland Group Meeting with All members brought a ‘Secret Santa’ have arranged.
tries to participate in some event favourite music. From Saham Toney had us being entertained gift and these were distributed along Should you wish to find out more about
which will be of benefit to their remembering her time as a very by the Wymondham Ukulele Band with a free raffle. The prizes were a the WI or our meetings, please contact
local community. Our project was young Brownie singing 'Run, where we all sang along to Christmas great many hampers and other gifts. A Carol our Secretary on 01953 881006
to hold a coffee morning followed Rabbit, Run' in a Pack show to 'A songs and carols. History of how some wonderful evening, everyone had a who will be pleased to speak to you.
by a soup lunch for those who Wonderful World' which
wished to support us. The reminded her of all the good Queens Hall, firstly our usual 'KYLE' performing a variety of Morning with our usual offering
Christian Community Centre had things there are about living in February Barn Dance on Friday, songs from pop to country to of homemade cakes and other
a very busy morning as cakes and this County and of all the good 9th with Shinanikins playing and Music Hall. Again the ticket goodies, - we hope to see you at
scones were consumed in some work done by all the doing the calling. This includes a price of £6 includes lunch. all these events.
numbers and when, at 11.30 the organisations in the town which ‘Ploughman’s supper and costs Tickets for these 2 events are Should you wish for any more
soup in slow cookers arrived all she had visited as Mayor last £8.50. available from Mullengers in information about Inner Wheel
present enjoyed a wonderful year. This was a very happy On Wednesday, February 21st Watton High Street. please ring me, Brenda Davis, on
variety of homemade soups. evening enjoyed by all. the first of our popular On Saturday, March 3rd we shall 01953 881792.
There was no set charge for this February brings two events in the Lunchtime Concerts will have be at the Queens Hall Coffee
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another. This giving recognition also below). Paul’s father, Ivan, also a
Watton Rotary applies to Club giving from fundraising.
In RIBI we are a bit more circumspect
Watton Rotarian had received a PHF
some years ago. The next bit of
Roundup about awarding fellowships; we regard
the PHF as something special in
excitement was our half year 50/50
club draw, with total prize money of
The final meeting of 2017 proved recognition of particular and exemplary £375 being won by many delighted
something of a watershed for Watton service to the club or the community. winners. DG Robert gave us the
Rotary Club. Firstly, it was planned as Somewhat appropriate that a Paul in our wisdom of his words and we all went
the official visit by DG Robert Lovick club should be cited for a PHF - Paul home with a rosy glow after a
and for reasons that will become clear, Chubbock was called forward and thoroughly enjoyable evening and
we invited, the DG’s wife, Roberta, to received the Fellowship citation, pin and looking forward to a new era of being
come, too. necklet from DG Robert (Pictured a dual gender club.
The evening was declared a ladies night
with Rotarians partners invited. There
was another reason for this; President
Martin inducted our first married couple:
Vivian and Mike Gicquel (pictured
above), on transfer from the Rotary Club
of Shepparton Aurora. So, after 63 years,
Watton Rotary Club is now dual gender!
It is the centenary of the Rotary
International Foundation. In 1917, 12
years after Paul Harris founded Rotary,
the 6th President, Arch Klumph, set up
‘The Foundation’ as an endowment fund
for Rotary "to do good in the world"; it
all started with a single donation of
$26.50. Later came the Foundation
giving recognition scheme and the Paul
Harris Fellowship, whereby anyone
donating $1,000 can become a Paul
Harris Fellow or confer the award to
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History Beneath Your Feet at Great Hockham Gardening Club
At the turn of the year Graeme Simmonds (right)
returned to show us and discuss some of the
many items that have been found buried in the
ground. This was the fourth occasion we have
had the pleasure of a visit by Graeme and there
were the usual collection of battered old relics
from a forgotten age. But on this occasion the
members had been asked to bring along their
own finds for identification and comment.
Graeme started by reminding us that here in the
East there are an above average number of finds,
largely resulting from trade with Europe. Also,
with the releasing of some green belt land to new
building, fresh areas of undisturbed land are now
being excavated revealing new finds.
Unfortunately, when sites of interest are
developed, the building usually goes ahead
before the site can be fully excavated and
recorded. He pointed out that what was important
was not the finds, but what you find out from
those finds. Ordinary items were often more
valuable for the knowledge gained than for their
market price. The terms ‘price’ and ‘value’
should never be confused. A lot of the pleasure
of finding items of practical use, like tools, was
in imagining yourself using them. The notion that
old implements were by definition
unsophisticated was often a delusion as the item
had been made especially for a purpose and was
very effective at carrying out that task. As an
example Graeme handed round a 5,000 year old
Stone Age hand axe, an item often requested
when he makes return visits to a club.
We were shown part of a horse harness with the
initials of the owner of the horse: probably not
the farmer as that work was usually carried out
by ‘contractors’. Finds like this turn up quite
often, as there was a tradition of burying the tack While getting us to try and identify a couple of Photos (8 entries). 1 Patrick Alzetto. 2 Prue
along with the dead horse. We saw a newspaper mystery items, Graeme concluded by showing us Szczepanowski. 3 Jane Dalton.
cutting from the EDP from 2016, a reprint of an a collection of coins. These ranged from around 9 Our next event will be our annual lunch. It will
earlier report. It was about a man by the name of BC to one dated 1663. They were various be at the Thomas Paine Hotel, arrive at 12:30.
James Grimmer who had looked after fourteen denominations from England, Scotland, Ireland, Our next indoor meeting will be on Wednesday
horses, but in 1955, then aged 79 and still Belgium, Spain and Rome. By themselves they 14th of February. Guy Barker will be talking
working, now had only four. were nothing particularly rare that had not been about ‘Snowdrops and Other Spring Treasures’.
Graeme showed us a bottle Right previously found in reasonable numbers. But
given to him by a woman who in her advanced they were all recently found at a single location, a
years wanted to share it with others. When her field showing no particular topographical
mother was a child she had been playing near a features. Obviously this had been a destination of
stream and had found it sticking out of the bank. some importance and visited continuously over a
The bottle was handed down to the daughter who considerable period.
did not want it to just ‘disappear’. This was an The mystery items were a kind of swivel to
item, which at its time of manufacture was attach a purse to a belt and part of the suspension
disposable and of little value, but today could be fittings of a swinging incense burner. Graeme
appreciated as an item of interest and beauty – ended his discussion by showing us two
and with a family story connecting generations. collections of objects: first a collection of lead
Bottles like this were called Bellarmine ware. shot. These were about the size of hazel nuts,
They were made in the Rhineland throughout the clearly not to shoot birds, but what? The second
16th and 17th centuries. By coincidence one of was a container full of thimbles of very varied
our members had bought in a similarly sizes. They had all been found around the edges
manufactured item but of a slightly later date. of fields, but what could have been happening for
During the refreshment break we discussed the those items to have been used – and lost in that
items bought in by members. There were localised environment?
bottles, coins, fossils, military buttons, pottery, Competition results for January.
a cowbell and a large Victorian key. A Flowers (7 entries). 1 Sue Cunningham. 2 Val
traditional key will have a bow, a shaft and a Long. 3 Hazel Dunn.
ward, hence warder and warden. Fruit/Veg (1 entry). 1 Hazel Dunn (Leek).

Future dates:
Bradenham and District March 15th Members Only Social Evening Save The Date –
Horticultural Society April 7th 2018 SPRING SHOW open to the
Griston Festival 2018
February – and although Winter is still upon public (members only entries)
us, it is time to start thinking about the garden April 19th Honeybees in the Garden (Kate and After the success of last years Griston Babes
in Spring. What better place to do so than the Collin Sayer) £1.00 to non-members in the Woods Festival, the Committee have
Bradenham and District Horticultural Society? Look out for our updates on Facebook at been working hard to put together a full days
Come along to our February 15th meeting at Bradenham Community Hub . Marianne programme for this years event which will
Bradenham Village Hall 7.30pm. You will get Kilmartin Chairman 01362 820744 take place on SATURDAY THE 23RD OF
expert advice from Ralph Kinsey on “Growing Laurene Henderson Publicity Officer 01362 JUNE 2018! This year the charities we will
for Show”, meet members old and new, make 821164 / 07942 820590 be supporting are the East Anglian Air
new friends and receive a warm welcome. Ambulance and the Wayland First Response
Free to members and just £1.00 for everyone team. Put the date in your diary! We look
Memory Cafe unclaimed forward to seeing you with a day full of fun
else.
Our April 7th Spring Show approaches with a raffle prizes for old and young alike! If you would like to
huge variety of flowers, produce, cookery, We have four unclaimed raffle ticket prizes volunteer to help or would like information
photographic art and crafts (entries are for from the Memory Cafe big raffle before regarding renting a pitch for a stall please
members only). The Autumn show will Christmas. If they are not claimed we will put contact Nicky Hornsey (Chair)
include entry categories for non-members them in the next fund raiser. Numbers are : nickyhornsey@hotmail.com Tel: 01953
including exciting new categories for children, PINK 324 and 325 and YELLOW 81 and 262. 548375. Watch this space for further updates
so our Spring show may give you some If you have a winning ticket, prizes can be coming soon . . .
inspiration and ideas… collected from Wayland House Watton
The Wayland News February 2018 Page 10

Watton Churches ‘A Candle sees it too . . .
Every Blessing on you this Lent . . . may
your light shine:
Remember the Kettle is always on for
Tea & Coffee our opening times are:
Monday and Wednesdays 10am to 2pm
Together - February at the Gate’ Your Vicar Gerry and Saturdays 10am to 12pm our
Thought for the month by Rev Computer Boys are always there on
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Saturdays so if you have any questions
www.stmaryswatton.org
Gerry Foster, Vicar at St. Wayland just pop in and see Jeff or John im sure
Mary’s Church Watton. they would be pleased to see you.
Follow us @StMarysWatton
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me,
When we grieve, when we celebrate, when Men’s Shed Cheers, Richard, Chairman WMS
we mark an event in our families or faiths, Well doesn’t time fly and here we are Tel:01953 881004 e Mail:
on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays
or when the power fails, we light candles. well into january 2018. Time yet again waylandmensshed@gmail.com
between 10.30am and 12 noon - Gerry Foster
When it’s dark, we light candles. We may for our social secretary to start listing
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion
use torches, mobile phones, matches and our activities for the coming year, last
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship
Thursdays 5pm - 5.30pm Parish Prayers
the light of street lamps to guide us, but year our "Quiz and Chips" and "Cheese Ovington Village
candles have a special significance. Over and Wine"evenings proved to be very
Saturdays 9.30am - 10am Parish Prayers
5pm - 6pm Prayer & Praise
300 of us gathered on Christmas Eve at the popular with our members so those will Hall Musical
annual Christingle service to hold a glow be on our list, in addition we will be
Sundays 10am-11.30am ADventure-free for 0-16 yrs
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching
stick (for safety reasons rather than actual
candles), in our orange to remember the
having a "Horse Racing" evening using Show
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm the latest Digital Video Tech so we wont Next month we will be having a musical
light of Jesus coming into the world. The have to go to Newmarket and stand out show from the Opera Dudes, entitled
Tel: 01953 881252 email:wattonchurch@gmail.com
Children’s Society had the idea and the in a wet field (that’s a relief!) and for ‘Mission Improbable’ on Friday 16 March.
Sun 4th 8.00am Holy Communion Christingle Service collections go to help those who are so inclined can have a Supported by Creative Arts East, the two
10.00am Holy Communion children and teenagers who are struggling little wager on who will win and who tenors will entertain with a variety of
Sun 11th 8.00am Holy Communion in all kinds of difficult and sometimes dark will be placed 2nd or 3rd all for a bit of popular and classical numbers, with some
10.00am Informal Holy Communion situations. fun. comedy thrown in. Ring 01953 885848 to
Wed 14th Ash Wednesday So, this Lent, I’m going to invite you to The 20th of June will be our escorted reserve your tickets.
7.30pm Group Service of Holy Communion join me in a dream I’ve had over and over tour of the "Stanta Battle Area" that all More details in the March Wayland News.
& Imposition of Ashes again. Imagine an airial view of a locality of us who live in Watton area hear so
Sun 18th 8.00am Holy Communion or a drone going over and photographing often during the year with the noise of
10.00am Holy Communion lots of lights being held in the hands (or in
the front windows of dwellings), ‘at the
the Guns, the drone of the low flying What’s on at St
2.30pm Café Stop at Blenheim Centre aircraft and the bright yellow light from
Sun 25th 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
gate’ or on the pavement of the street
where people live? Imagine it’s us in
the flares or starshells at night. Mary’s Church,
Later in the year we are planing a trip to
Watton Methodist Church
www.wattonmethodist.btck.co.uk
Watton joining together in a symbolic act
of lighting up our part of the community
Bletchley the home of the WW2 code Watton
breakers, I will give out more Thursday 1st February 10am Thursday
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and for the sake of the whole and indeed, information regarding this when the Chat a social coffee morning at St Mary’s
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet place. At sending a signal to the world that we stand arrangements have been finalised. all welcome
10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large together; we unite for there to be justice, With hopefully brighter weather on the Mondays 5th, 19th, 26th February 9.30am
Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member. peace and light shared amongst us….even horizon I know some of our members are Story Bags at St Mary’s Church for parents
Sun 4th 10.30am Mr J Hull call it love? itching to continue on with clearing up and preschool children during term time
6.30pm Rev B Winner Jesus said “I am the light of the world. the garden area behind our meeting hall only.
Sun 11th 10.30am Local Arrangement Whoever follows me will never walk in in Churches Walk and laying down Mon 5th, 19th 26th February 4.30-5.45pm
6.30pm Mr & Mrs M Cook darkness, but will have the light of Gravel or Paving for a BBQ area and 1st Watton Rainbows at St Mary’s Church
Sun 18th 10.30am Mrs K Cutter life” (John 8: 12). He gives us his light leisure Rooms for girls aged 5-7 years. The
6.30pm Mr A Warby and life and, yes, his love to share. Will garden area ready for the summer. Last Rainbows will be meeting each Monday at
Sun 25th 10.30am Miss J Woor you stand at ‘your gate’ this Lent and Holy year I was pleased to see some of our St Mary’s Church during term time. email:
6.30pm Rev A King Week for the sake of bringing your light to members Wives, Partner & Friends join Rainbows1stwatton@hotmail.com or look
shine together? us for our evening events and look
Roman Catholic Community on Facebook
Dates: Saturdays 17th, 24th February, foward to seeing this again at our events
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church Friday 23rd February 2.15pm, & Saturday
3rd ,10th, 17th , 24th, 31st March at for this year, their company and help is 24th February 7.15pm Watton Community
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill 6.00pm – for 3 minutes? The 31st is much appreciated. Cinema at St Mary’s “Victoria & Abdul”
Sun 4th 10.00am Lay Led Worship & Sunday Funday Easter Eve and the next day we celebrate Another two new members have joined Refreshment Café opens one hour prior to
for school age children the full light of Jesus Christ’s rising from us in the last week and we have had
Sun 11th 9.30am Family Holy Communion screening. Tickets available at the box
the dead that first Easter. You can buy in several more enquiries, so I am hopefull office on the day.
Sun 18th 9.30am Morning Worship Watton battery t-lights which therefore we will be able to have 60 paid up The January Winner of the 100 Club
Sun 25th 9.30am Holy Communion won’t blow out. I’ll imagine the aerial members by the end of March this year. Draw was No 18 Miles Conie
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney view, as I stand there . . . knowing God Well that enough from me for now.
Sun 4th 11.00am Lay Led Worship
Sun 11th 11.00am Family Holy Communion
Sun 18th 11.00am All Age Worship
Sun 25th 11.00am Holy Communion
S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 4th 10.30am Family Holy Communion
Sun 11th 10.30am All Age Worship
Sun 18th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 25th 10.30am Lay Led Worship

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Services will be held in the Village Hall
Sun 4th 9.30am Holy Communion
Sun 18th 10.30am All Age Worship

All Saints Church, Threxton
Our service at All Saints Church Threxton is on
Sunday 4th February at 10.30a.m.
A warm welcome to all

Dance Away at The
Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latin
& Sequence Dancing
8pm to 11pm Admission £4
No Dance in February : Saturday March 3rd
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Fun and laughter followed by a Community Centre at 7.45pm when
A Watton Society programme of "A Countdown to our speaker will be from Watton
Christmas", poems, rhymes, songs and Thursday Club.
Christmas funny stories filled the room with Pictured left Three’s Company - Left to
Watton Society celebrated the start to laughter. A perfect evening to start the Right Leah Spencer, Irma Fowler and
Christmas with mulled wine and hot Christmas holidays. Wishing all our Lesley Mardle.
mince pies. Not a bad start to the followers Best Wishes for the And above: finishing off the mice pies
evening, but with a full house and forthcoming year' and wine!
entertainment from "Three's Our next meeting is on Wednesday
Company" it could only get better. 21st February at Watton Christian

everyone is welcome to attend and time was had by all, with take includes Harry’s dilemma over read and suggestions for the group.
Women's enjoy refreshments afterwards.
Contact details: Margaret Cator
away teas purchased and delivered
to two members unable to attend.
taking up a scholarship to Oxford
or joining the navy to fight against
The book for 21st February will be
The Miniaturist by Jessy Burton
World Day Of 01953 882187/881252 Women’s
World Day Of Prayer (International
The book for discussion on 17th
January 2018 was Only Time Will
Hitler at the beginning of WWII.
The book inspired a very
Prayer and Interdenominational) Friday
2nd March, At 2pm At Watton
Tell, the first of the Clifton
Chronicles, by Jeffrey Archer. It
interesting discussion for our
meeting on 17th January.
On Friday 2nd March over 5,000 Methodist Church, High Street, begins in 1920 with the story of Those who didn’t like it found it
services will be held in the British Watton. Harry Clifton son of a dock worker predictable; the characters one
Isles on the theme of ‘All God’s he never knew. Harry learns about dimensional; lacking in depth and
Creation is Very Good.’ The the docks from a less than reliable in one case had no compulsion to
Christian women of Suriname, in
South America wrote the service
Shipdham uncle who expects Harry to follow
him into the same work.
finish reading it. Those who like it
welcomed a straightforward read;
and it has been translated into 1,000
different languages and Book Club Unexpectedly Harry wins a
scholarship to an exclusive school
enjoyed the different perspectives
built into the story and admired the
dialects, to be used, throughout the Our Christmas meeting on 20th and life is never the same again. plotting and ease of writing.
whole world, on Friday 2nd March, December 2017 took the form of Eventually he learns how his father Several have read more in the
starting at sunrise over the island of an afternooon tea party at The really died, that there is a question series and admired Archer’s cliff
Samoa and continuing until sunset Kings Café. Members read a of whether he is the son of Arthur hangers, which no doubt prompted
off the coast of American Samoa. wonderful variety of prose and the dock worker or the firstborn of them to do so and thus sold more
Why not find out more about the verse, serious and humorous, a wealthy Weat Country gentleman books. It led on to a discussion
theme, the beautiful country of which included one singing her whose family owns a shipping line. about the author and aspects of his
Suriname and the service? hilarious contribution complete The story moves from the docks of life and background. As usual we
This Service is not just for women; with suitable headgear. A good Bristol to 1940 New York and talked about other books we have
The Wayland News February 2018 Page 12
Thompson Community Hall finally open for business

On December 8th, with great excitement, We have since held an open afternoon for large foyer with seating and a coffee
we got the keys to the new Community Hall people interested in hiring the hall and are servery. The smaller hall seats approx. 40
in Thompson from the builders. Christmas open for business from the beginning of and the larger hall approx. 80. Both halls
and New Year has meant a slight delay in February. We are planning a series of such will have an up to date audio visual system
the process of equipping the hall but we did as coffee mornings, light lunches and so on, available. We plan that it will be a flexible
manage to spring a small surprise during in the first weeks so look out for publicity location for all village events, clubs,
the village carol singing on December 19th. or contact us for information. Our official meetings, parties and even weddings.
Before the event, members of the church opening will be in the spring when we are If you are interested in attending events at
secretly put up a tree with lights in the sure we are fully equipped and running the new hall or hiring it for your own please
foyer. The carol singers met at the old smoothly. look at more detail on our website:
village hall and were led to the new hall The hall is in a beautiful location with a www.thompsoncommunityhall.co.uk
where one of the trustees waited in the dark large area of glass facing across our There is a contact page where you can
for a surprise switch on. We then enjoyed Millennium Green. Doors from both rooms email us and we will respond as quickly as
showing everyone round, accompanied by access a patio area with a cantilevered we can. We can also arrange to meet you if
mulled wine and mince pies followed by canopy to enable events and visitors to take you wish to see the facilities and discuss
more carols. It was a lovely start to full advantage of the view. In addition to your needs. If you do not have access to
Christmas as well as a way of celebrating the two halls which can be opened out into email please phone 01953483741
many months of hard work. one, we have a fully equipped kitchen and a

Project Linus Norfolk hard work in that time.
Diabetes UK
Update and Workshop On Monday 5th February 2018 at Thompson Our first get together of 2018 was a Coffee
After a busy year in 2017, 425 quilts were Community Hall, an all day workshop is and Chat meeting. Among items discussed
made and received from the lovely quilters being held to finish quilts and make quilts up were our Christmas party, forthcoming
who support us. These 425 quilts were given from fabric panels. It is taking place from outings, speakers and our annual lunch in
out to seriously ill, bereaved or traumatised 9.15 am until 3.45pm. March. It was good to see our members
children, via Norfolk & Norwich University Places are limited! If you wish to book a back after the Christmas holiday and just to
Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Kings place or require more information please have a catch up.
Lynn), Nelsons’ Journey, Regional Foster contact Jane by email - At our next meeting our speaker will be a
Placement and to individual children in plnorfolk@yahoo.co.uk or 07809702357. representative from Norfolk Trading
Norfolk in need of a hug. You may also use this email address or Standards, speaking about Friends against
Suzanna Wright, who has been a coordinator phone number if you wish to donate any Scams.
in Norfolk for Project Linus for several years, quilts or quilting fabric that is 100 % cotton, For details of this, or any of our meetings,
retired from the position at the end of 2017. suitable for making quilts for children from 0 please phone Helen 01953 884713, leave
(Although Suzanna is still happy to pass on -19 years. a message and I will get back to you. Or
any quilts given to her at the numerous Happy quilting. Jane Lond-Caulk, you can email me
groups she attends.) Thank you for all your Coordinator Project Linus Norfolk rjwhrt56@btinternet.com

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