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Mason's journey
to fame continues
8 year old Mason Foster from Watton has grown
strength to strength this year competing in the Cool
Fab British Racing Championship for Mini Moto’s.
After completing his first season in 2016 competing
around the UK, he has now been recognised by the
Italian Factory Polini Team and was asked to attend
a test in November 2017 in Italy with the possibility
of riding for the Factory Team in 2018.
This test was successful and a contract has now
been signed with the Italian Championship Team,
and Mason will begin in April this year!
This is an amazing
opportunity which will see
Mason receiving the very
best in tuition and guidance
from the Italian Team
Manager Roberto Basso
and his team of mechanics,
still being so young he has
the advantage of training
with the very best in this
field which will provide
him with the knowledge
and race craft needed to
potentially keep achieving
and nurturing the talent
which people see in him.
Roberto Basso has nurtured
vast amounts of riders of
whom have progressed to
the Moto GP paddock such
as Simone Corsi and
Franco Morbidelli to name
a couple.
Mason is attending a 10-
day test in Spain at the end
of February to warm up for Championship which kicks off in continuing help and support and who
the pending season, which March travelling around the country are still maintaining his high level of
includes a 3-day training until the end of October. learning. Pease support Mason by
camp at Cartagena and 7 Mason would like to take this visiting his Facebook page, and if
days at the very demanding opportunity to thank everyone that anyone wishes to help Mason by
circuit of Finestrat, helps him in this incredible journey – form of sponsorship or if anyone can
Benidorm. X-Lite Helmets, Jewsons, The Sign help in anyway in this very expensive
Mason will also be Box, Anglia Karting Centre and sport please get in contact.
competing in the British Caston Primary School for their

Looking ahead to the summer, we

Concerned Griston will be selling toys & games at our
14th July event, so de-clutter now
about Church Book and donate your unwanted items for
a good cause.
Policing? Sales If you have items to donate, or would
Saturday March 17th is the next like to help us in any way, please
Ask the Grand Second Hand Book Sale at contact Keith and Caroline on 01953
Griston Church in aid of our 880153. Thank you and we look
PCC and heating fund. We’ll be open from forward to seeing you there.
10.00 am until 4.00 pm, and as
Chief you’d expect we’ll have a HUGE
Watton Library
new range of books on offer, with
Constable no book costing more than ONE Friends
POUND. There will be hot and
A public Question & cold drinks, cakes, snacks, and hot We are looking for people to
Answer session will be held soup on sale inside the church, with become part of a new group who:
in Watton on 7th March with seating available. Just in time to Support and develop ideas for
the Police and Crime tempt you with Easter approaching, library activities
Commissioner for Norfolk there will be a tombola with just Plan and hold fundraising activities
and the Chief Constable. It chocolate as prizes. In addition, we to fund special projects/events,
will be held at Queens Hall, will have cakes and savouries for such as author visits
Watton, from 6pm-8pm. If you to take away, along with a Act as a link between the library
you have any questions selection of both indoor and garden and the local community and
around policing and crime plants, cut daffodils, and general promote library services.
please come along and take gardening paraphernalia. Donations Socialise and have fun!
this opportunity to speak of cakes and bakes, and any garden Pop into Watton Library or call
directly to the PCC and related items will be most 01953 881671 for more
the Chief Constable. appreciated! information.
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route, though from where or to, we are following joint comments:
A Quick Look never told, though possibly these are “The Watton office is currently open
connected to the repairs now being Wednesdays and Fridays. Of the 12
Round made to the A47 between Dereham and people who attend on average for each of
By Orbiter Swaffham. these days 85% of these customers’
Here we go again, into the merry Additional puzzles are posed by a large enquiries are about Council Tax, Benefits
month of March, with its hares and number of ‘Road Ahead Closed’ and Housing.”
high winds and there is an old term for boards’, once again giving no hint of “In light of the above most popular
the middle of the month (more where the closure is actually located. topics, the vast majority of the customers
precisely the 15th.), namely the Ides, One can ignore the warnings and take a at the Watton office will already be, or
though I used to think that the Ides of chance of an un-interrupted journey will become DWP customers. This is due
March were actually a Cambridge and be lucky or suffer a considerable to the introduction of Universal Credit in
family, akin to the Jekylls of Bedford ! delay. But do not make your decision summer 2018. The Department of Work
No, I didn’t, really. by tossing a coin, for to do so while at and Pensions require them to be seen in
The dreaded February is now behind the wheel is an offence akin to using a person at Elizabeth House or at the
us, thank goodness, as it did its best to mobile phone, and a fine and penalty Thetford office (also to be shared with
live up to its reputation as the Fill- points may result if you are seen by the Breckland), which means customers will
Dyke, with water lying in fields law. Yes,you can rely on the old saying be there anyway for DWP and so will be
everywhere, and flooded roads all “You can always find a copper when able to access Breckland services at the
around the area. Hopefully the damp you don’t want one”. Happy motoring. same time.”
days are behind us and normal service Good afternoon. “Residents quite rightly expect the
may now be resumed. council to be as efficient as possible with
In recent weeks there has been a great public money, which continues to be
emphasis on the fact that plastics are Tha Ovington severely constrained. Breckland Council
polluting seas, beaches, rivers and has calculated that the average cost of
many other sites, and many volunteers Crower seeing a resident at the Watton office is
have been helping to clean up all over That there Boy Sid – he's bin a bit outa almost double the cost of seeing them at
the country, though their efforts are but sorts lately. Reckun he hev got himself the main offices. We can be more
puny, given the extent of the problem. the dreaded lurgy I spect. efficient by delivering the service in other
But what happened to the War on Oi hev his missus we are all wishing ways, so that’s why we’re taking action.”
Waste Paper that was given such him well and are hopin to read sum “It is important to bear in mind that
prominence a decade or so ago ? We more of his old squit again soon. Kip Breckland not just closing offices – this is
were told that the rain-forests were you a’troshin. Boy Julian a reorganisation of the service so it is
being decimated by the annual provided where most customers need it –
increases in the use of newsprint, yet in more self-serve in main offices, online by
recent times our newspapers are Breckland's telephone etc. We are also investing time
wasting more and more on such items and money in creating other options for
as full-page advertisements, often Customer people, such as report it online forms.
containing just a single word. Of Residents can also contact us at any time,
course businesses want to publicise Service Office either by phone (Claire Bowes 07789
their products but blatant wastage 796937; Michael Wassell 07778 491569)
should not be permitted. Or have the in Watton to or by email,
rain-forests made a sudden recovery
that we have not been told about ? close who
will be able to give assistance and
Now we all know that fashions have Breckland Council is reorganising its
always dominated the interests of our guidance.”
customer services in a move which will
female friends, but the men now seem Breckland say the satellite offices are
see the closure of the Watton office
determined not to be left behind, and meaning Wayland residents will now expected to remain open until the
not just in the area of clothing, for if have to travel to Dereham or Thetford for summer.
you ever watch televised football one to one help.
matches you will probably have
noticed that a great proportion of the
The council's own figures show that in an
average day only 12 people come to the
A Glimpse
players are now heavily bearded, most
of them resembling the face that used
Watton office. Therefore in light of the
falling demand at this and their other
Behind the
to adorn the packets of Players Navy sites, together with the increasing
Cut cigarettes. And many of them do demand in the council’s main offices in
look quite manly, and, in fact, the clean Thetford and Dereham, the council has Do you enjoy the Thursford Christmas
-shaven few do sometimes appear decided to consolidate its customer Show? Would you like to know how it
somewhat inadequate in comparison. services teams into the two largest and comes into being every year ? If so come
At one time footballers’ fashions were most-visited offices (Dereham and along to the Christian Community Centre
reflected by the length of their shorts, Thetford), while expanding online on Tuesday 17th April at 2:30pm and
which varied between the ‘Alex James’ options, which are available 24/7. hear the story straight from the Creative
pre-war style of shorts nearly ankle- The council says it will be improving the Director and Producer himself!
length, to the mid-sixties brief, almost support available at the council’s John Cushing has agreed to come to an
‘bikini’ mini-shorts, and back to the headquarters at Elizabeth House in Open Meeting of the Methodist Tuesday
present day knee-length, often with Dereham and at its St Nicholas Street Fellowship to give a talk entitled ‘From
obvious under-shorts included. office in Thetford. This will see the Page to Stage’. It will be a wonderful
This year we celebrate the centenary of offices revamped, more staff made opportunity to hear how the imaginative
the women’s suffragette movement, available to support visitors, and planning, the choices of music, the
and rather belatedly it seems that all additional ‘self-serve’ machines installed scenery, the lighting, the glorious
their efforts are at last bearing fruit, for at these locations. But, the restructuring costume designs, all come together to
we now have female Prime Ministers in of the service will see the closure of the create what is undoubtedly ‘The Greatest
many countries, notably here, in small satellite offices in Watton, Christmas Show on Earth’ year after
Scotland, and in Germany, while they Swaffham, Attleborough and Dereham year.
appear prominently in all aspects of town centre. Tickets are available now priced at £5 per
athletics, have world-class football Cllr Alison Webb, Breckland Council’s person (including light refreshments) and
teams, both soccer and rugby, and are Executive Member for People and may be obtained from Fellowship
even seen competing in boxing and Information, said: “We are making these members, from the WCCC on
wrestling matches. changes as a result of changing trends in Wednesday mornings or by ringing
On radio and television they dominate how local residents are choosing to 01760 441094
news-reading and present many access our services. We have seen falling If demand exceeds the seating availability
programmes in which men have just footfall at our satellite offices, a rise in in the Centre, the event will take place in
minor involvement, so it seems that the people contacting us online, and we the Church (disabled access available in
pendulum has swung completely, and anticipate that an increase in visits to our both venues)
soon it may be necessary for the men to main sites in Dereham and Thetford will After expenses, any profits will be
start campaigning for their rights. continue further when Universal Credit is donated to Action For Children to
Back here in Norfolk the recent plague rolled out later this year. In short, we are support the wonderful work they do in
of temporary traffic lights, affecting so putting greater resources where the helping families and young people to
many of our local roads seems to have majority of our customers need us most.” reach their full potential.
been superseded by an outbreak of The Wayland News emailed all three Let’s make John Cushing feel really ‘at
diversion signs, which are so numerous District Councillors inviting thoughts on home’ by having a ‘Full House’ just
that one gets the impression that every the changes and Councillors Michael like he does at the Thursford
journey we make is part of a diverted Wassell and Claire Bowes gave the performances!
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announcements instead of a bell. The opinion on used pots. Some people insist highly unlikely to do much harm with light
U3A Update Town Crier is appointed by the In your garden that they have to be washed and even then pruning and even drastic pruning can be
In January we were visited by Bob Mayor and wears similar robes to the they can’t agree – some say hot, soapy beneficial in the long run. One rule to
Lloyd, ‘Town Crier to the fine city of Mayor and Lord Mayor. Town with Lotta Potts water and rinsing in clean water is remember is that growth follows the knife
Norwich’. He delighted us in full Criers were phased out with the It’s an odd thing but as we age we think essential, followed by drying in the fresh so be wary about the direction when you
ceremonial uniform carrying a advent of newspapers and television. that time goes more quickly as in ‘time air. Others say disinfectant, Jeyes Fluid remove branches. Roses are probably the
ceremonial staff presented to him by Norwich revived the post in 1984. flies’ you can add ‘when you’re having being popular, for a good soak, then drying most popular shrubs for spring pruning,
the previous Town Crier. Bob was a The post is purely ceremonial. Bob fun’ or not. However this winter has not in the fresh air. I tend to ignore both and down to nine inches to a foot. Ignore
baker for 20 years then employed by was a highly entertaining and flown. It has dragged on for ages, more agree with those people including one or climbers and ramblers unless they are out
the Royal Mail for 23 years. He was interesting speaker. than its allotted three months and now we two experts who say that if you have of their area as they are normally pruned in
not frightened of standing and talking The no 1 pub lunch group will be are out of it. Hooray spring is here. Let us raised plants or seedlings in compost late summer after flowering. As a general
in front of people and was often visiting The Chequers in Thompson hope it does come in like a lion then out (sterile) a quick wipe with a clean, damp rule for shrub roses first of all find any
asked to host parties, so when he on Thursday 8 March. The no 2 pub like a lamb but not too lion-ish as it will be cloth once all the compost is out is dead wood and prune it out to healthy
reached retiring age he applied to go lunch group will be visiting The wonderful to just get out there. Anyone sufficient. It shows good intent if you can wood. If you aren't sure, gently rub a
on a course as a Toastmaster and Windmill at Great Cressingham on else stir-crazy? There were a (very) few do this before you are rooting round to find finger or thumb nail down a bit of bark. If
qualified in 2008. He saw an advert 27 March. days in February that were neither frosty, a suitable pot later as they can be stacked the exposed surface is green it's alive. If it's
for a deputy Town Crier and was Unfortunately, with no notice, we snowy or pouring with rain and it was once clean. I will try this year as quite a lot brown it's dead. Simple as that. So now the
offered the job. Fortunately he took were told by the Sports Centre that great to see them. Despite the miserable of my pots have blown around and are all dead wood has gone, look for any crossing
voluntary redundancy from the we could no longer use the Gallery weather by the middle of February a lot of over the place. branches. If left they will rub the bark off
Royal Mail which gave him enough Bar and they could not offer an plants were starting to show new growth – Then we get to the spring cleaning outside. and cause wounds allowing disease to
money to pay for his own uniform. alternative room that was large a patch of lupins, two or three plants of This is a lot more fun and for the first time enter. Now have a look at the shrub. Don't
He was the deputy Town Crier for 6 enough for our meetings so we will geraniums (the hardy ones, not the in months and months we are gardening. If panic if it looks a bit bare. You have done
years before becoming the official be meeting at the Christian summer pelargoniums) and I wonder if the soil dry or dry-ish and can enough to nothing but good. The aim is to let air and
Town Crier. Bob told us some of the Community Centre on the 22 March. they’ll survive if the forecasters are going be walked on without clinging to the boots light into the middle, vase or goblet shape
history of town criers who were There will be no speaker in March as to be accurate about the weather taking a what's to be done? On empty areas if the if you will. If all the dead, dying and
called Bellmen. They have a long it is the Annual General Meeting. turn for the colder at the end of February winter digging lagged behind then that can diseased material has been taken out it
history being spokesmen for the Please contact our Membership which I assume includes the beginning of be finished. While the soil is still nice and should be fairly easy to spot the desired
King. There are two town criers on Secretary, Anita Taylor on 01953 March. Let’s hope that for once they are fluffy give it a mulch of compost – the shape. Look at each branch and see if
the Bayeux tapestry. Proclamations 881110 if you would like to become way off accuracy! stuff left in grow-bags and pots from last there's an outward facing bud. Cut the
were read outside the local inn and a member of the Watton U3A, or I even got outside a couple of times and year is fine. Otherwise use home-made stem on the slant slightly above the bud so
then nailed to the door. In some would like further details. found a few bulbs, mainly snowdrops, in compost, manure, mushroom compost or that the cut slopes away from the bud to
countries a gong or a drum or a For further details on the National flower and it was encouraging that some bark. The mulch should be 5cm/2ins deep. prevent water getting in. The buds are
hunting horn is used to herald the U3A, go to came in early then went over, giving way This is a good time to tidy the borders as slightly swollen areas on the surface of the
to others so that was a bit of a triumph. well. Start at the back so you don't have to stem or branch. If none are visible it's
Later in February (the middle actually) I fork the soil over twice. Remove any perfectly acceptable to shorten the stems or
EASTER CASH BINGO found a pulmonaria struggling to flower
and some hellebores. The ‘stinking’ ones
weeds you find and loose debris such as
twigs and leaves – beware there are
wait until some leaves appear. If all else
fails there are books on the subject but
Tues 20th March at Wells Cole CC, Saham came late Janury with their green-white possibly slugs and snails lurking. Trim don't be put off by a lot of technical stuff.
Doors Open 6.30 Eyes Down 7.30pm flowers edged with pink and the hybrids back dead stems so you can see how the Some professional gardeners with large
Raffle - All welcome, Charity 272488 mid-month. The ‘stinking’ refers to the plant is doing and the whole border will rose beds sheared the lot with hedge
roots, not the flowers which haven’t got a look a lot tidier. If there's time dig up and trimmers and the shrubs came to no harm.
scent I have found but they are very divide perennials that have grown too This works on a domestic level but only
welcome and show up nicely on dark days. large or look a bit shabby in the centre. for two or three years then they have to be
They are pretty good value as well because Once out of the ground split them into pruned properly. Incidentally the general
once established they seed about like mad. pieces, each having some root and a shoot rule above applies to all shrubs. If you
It gives something green and fresh in or bud. Then replant the best bits, have a neglected specimen that needs a
winter and if you feel there are too many enriching the planting holes with well- radical prune, once the dead, diseased and
you can bin them or give them away to rotted compost as you go. If you have too dying branches have gone remove a third
anyone with a gap in a border. The good many 'best bits', a friend will be glad of of the oldest stems back to the ground.
old Christmas Box is still flowering as is them and maybe you'll get a swap. Repeat next year and the year after and in
the dratted wintersweet. It’s flowered Another bit of tidying that will look three years it will look as good as new.
again but once there was a frost the instantly good (not to mention safe) is to Whilst pruning it is beneficial to add some
flowers looked as though they’d been clear moss and weeds from paths, patios compost round the plants but save feeding
fried. Not an attractive look. The hazels and drives. On gravel use an old hoe to get until next month.
beat me to it again. Every year I look out the weeds out then rake it over and top up This is the last month to plant bare-root
for the catkins and every year they appear the gravel if necessary. On paving slabs trees and shrubs. Start planting
overnight (apparently) looking as though dig out the weeds with an old knife, or a perennials and seed-sowing. Some seeds
they’ve been there for ages. The A47 from proper weeding knife. These methods like sweet peas may already be under
Dereham is alight with them. mean hands and knees. If, like me, your way in pots in the greenhouse or cold-
So what’s to be done? Assuming that the knees aren’t up to it a neat way round frame but save the direct sowing until
weather is going to join in and be spring this weed removal is to use a hoe. Turn the soil has warmed up. This may
there’s lots to do. It is no coincidence that the business end so that it points along happen in March but this is where the
indoors we have, or our ancestors pre the line to be weeded and either push or advice to garden with the weather not
household appliances used to have, spring pull gently along the joints of the slabs. the instructions on the packet or in the
cleaning. Go in the shed and have a look. If the gaps left are to be used for rock book should be taken. We have all heard
Our garage is a shed. Plain and simple. It plants or small flowers put a little the way to check the temperature of the
houses a freezer and heating boiler but compost in but otherwise use a dry soil for seeds. Drop your kecks and sit
otherwise is pretty much shed and it looks mortar mix (1 cement to 5 sand) then on it. This is not recommended for front
as though a bomb went off some time ago. damp down lightly with a slow-running gardens so all round use the test with the
Spring cleaning there. Even if you only hose on a fine spray. That should be elbow or forearm as in the bathwater.
have a bit of tidying up to do I bet you can labour saving for the future. Not as much fun for the audience but
find a few ‘missing’ tools (and their Now is a good time to prune trees and just as effective. This is going to annoy
replacements) that need cleaning and a shrubs. Many people get anxious about Boy Julian as it’s too long so the last
stack of pots. There is a difference of pruning anything, roses in particular. It is thing for now, as ever, keep weeding.

(and brave!) members the chance to shine The following month we meet on Monday
Gt. Ellingham & and demonstrate their skills and my word March 19th starting at 7.30pm, a
what super arrangements they produced! Demonstration by Timothy Green entitled
District Flower 25 arrangements were completed and 'Wedding Bells'. It will be great - I have
raffled and the stage was full to bursting! seen this one - don't miss it!
Club News Brilliant - Congratulations to all - next If you would like more information or a
On 20th January we had our first meeting year perhaps we will get more members to lift to meetings please telephone me on
of the year and it was our first on a enter in the Norfolk Show! 01953 498694. We are associated to
Saturday afternoon instead of our usual Our next meeting is on Saturday 24th NAFAS and we are a very friendly club
meetings held on the 3rd Monday of the February, again in the afternoon at that would love to welcome more
month - this new idea to make it safer than Rocklands village hall 1.30 - 3.30pm. We members. We meet every 3rd Monday,
going out on cold, dark winter nights will look forward to a good turnout as it will be monthly for demonstrations, workshops,
continue next month too. It seemed to go a WORKSHOP, an unusual Table garden visits etc. Membership is £25 per
down well with most members and our Decoration - demonstrated by our year, usually £5 per visit as a guest.
apologies to those of you who had to miss Chairman, Brenda Tubb and is free to We have lots going on!
it through work or family commitments. It members and costs £10 to guests. All We meet at Rocklands Village Hall, NR17
was attended by 28 members and guests. materials supplied - simply bring along 1TR, 7.30pm - doors open 1/2 hr earlier.
The afternoon gave 11 of our own talented scissors and a bag for your rubbish. Jane Dalton.
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Wayland Watton Rotary What's on at Ashill

Mens’ Shed Community Centre
Unlike the weather we have got off to a
Race Night on Saturday 24th March. Doors open
7pm 1st Race 7.45pm Tickets £3.5 inc
good start this year with our activities Following our report in the January edition of the refreshments. Deb 01760 722 235
still proving to be popular, Friday 2nd Wayland News of the passing of Richard Crabtree, Family Coffee Morning on Good Friday 30th March
february was the first of our Quiz & we lost two more past presidents of the club in that with Delicious Cakes, Bric-A-Brac, Puzzles, Books
Chips evenings with another full turn month. Vernon Brodie (pictured right) passed and Raffle. Games for the children. Free Entry.
out of 36 members and friends away peacefully at home after a long illness. Bonmarche Fashion Show Tuesday 3rd April at
attending, with the fish and chips from Already a Rotarian of some standing, Vernon 7pm. Tickets £3.50 inc refreshments on the door
middle street chippie enjoyed by all and joined Watton Rotary Club having been a member or phone Janet 01760 441 651
a few corny jokes from our master of of the King’s Lynn Club for about 5 years. A All proceeds for the Community Centre funds
ceremonies Malcolm Trayhorn. primary school teacher his move to Watton was to
Tuesday 6th February was 10 Pin take on the headship of Watton Junior School, a
Bowling afternoon at “Strikes” in position he held for about 10 years before taking
dereham with 10 members And 2 guest early retirement and concentrating his efforts of
ladies attending for what turned out to community and church activities. He was president
be a battle of the sexes! The gentlemen of the club for the Rotary year 1996/97 and was a
won the afternoon the ladies stalwart member until illness overcame him a
complaining they had an off day! (No couple of years ago.
comment) but the afternoon was Ian Shaw (pictured right lower) joined Rotary in
finished off with a bacon buttie and a 1995 and spent some 9 years with us including
coffee or tea and was enjoyed by all, holding the presidency for the year 2000/01. In
and a rematch is on the cards for later in 2004 Ian pursued a long wanted ambition and
the year. Interested? Why not come and emigrated to France, settling in Burgundy near
join in. Chalon-sur-Soane.
Friday the 23rd is our next “Cheese and But the work of Rotary goes on. The latest venture is
Wine” evening, its just a fun evening an international ecological drive to plant a tree for
with a few Wines to try and help wash each member of Rotary International. After quite a
the cheeses down it starts at 7pm, £4 per lot or research, we found a suitable area for planting -
head for members and guests so it Bullock Park in Shipdham, where they will be
should be another good evening. On the managed and looked after for the foreseeable future.
horizon for the future is more of the Young and old are invited to take part in the planting
same plus a “Video Horse Racing” and associated activities (see ad), which are taking
evening the date as yet to be arranged place at Bullock Park Pavilion on Saturday 10th
but most likely in the next few weeks. March from 10am to midday
Our membership continues to increase, During March we have major fundraising events.
as most of our membership is of On Friday 9th March, we have the first of our
retirement age I am now pleased to see biennial “Jazz at the Queen’s Hall” sessions,
we have some younger gentlemen featuring DixieMix. East Anglia’s leading Jazz
joining reminding us of what its like to Sextet. Tickets at £12, including a light supper, are
be 40 again and hopefully bringing available from Adcocks in Watton High Street. On
some new ideas and suggestions for the St Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17th March our Pat
future as we must remember that Murphy is running a Grand Quiz Night at the
Wayland Mens Shed is for any Wells Cole Community Centre, Saham Toney.
gentleman over 18yrs of age not just us Teams of 4 (max) are invited to book a table
old pensioners. (01953 498164); the cost is £8pp, including a
Well that’s it for now Remember new supper of fish, chicken, sausage or veggie wrap, &
members are always welcome so call in chips. Places are already limited at the time of
to Church Walk, Watton, IP25 6ET and writing. There will be a raffle and full bar service
say hello and have a cuppa the kettle is at both events. Martin Anscombe
always on, we ore open: Monday and
Wednesdays 10am to 2pm, and
making you believe that what they are saying is true.
Saterdays 10am to 12pm, Saturdays are
our Computer Day when our computer Diabetes UK Basically just be very careful and if you think you have
boys like to pull them apart but Our February meeting was an extremely interesting been scammed, please get in touch with Norfolk
everyone is welcome. Please note that one. Our speaker was Stephen Maunder from Trading Standards.
some closing time may vary slightly Norfolk Trading Standards. He took us through the Our next meeting will be on Monday 12th March,
due to activities going one elsewhere. different types of scams that were happening not 10.15am, at the Pentecostal Church, Watton (whom we
(we may Close at 1pm-1.30pm instead only here in Norfolk, but throughout the country. thank for the generous use of their facilities.) This is
of 2pm) Phone, Online, Postal and Doorstep scams are all our annual lunch meeting, so will be shorter than usual,
Any Enquiries e mail: very common. but we will be at the church until 11.45. For details of or Many people get taken in by these, including people any of our meetings please phone Helen, 01953
Tel:01953 881004 Look forward to who say they would never be! The people who do the 884713, leave a message and I will get back to you. Or
seeing you all Cheers, Richard scamming are very clever in the art of persuasion and you can email
The Wayland News March 2018 Page 6

Museum for Watton

opening to the public in March

After several years of negotiation, fund- collection of local artifacts. Chairman of museum. Anyone wishing to find out more
raising and hard work, the Trustees of the Trustees, Chris Hutchings is keen to about this interesting work will receive a
Museum 4 Watton have announced that stress that they are always seeking warm welcome to the museum and should
the Museum will finally be opening on additional items, either as gifts, on loan or contact Jackie Greenbrook, the Volunteer
Friday, 16th March at 10.00 a.m.. just so that they may photograph and Co-ordinator by email, phone or at the
Everyone will be welcome and admission return them so that they may be recorded. museum.
will be absolutely free. The items on display range from an early Normal times of opening will be:
The whole group are very excited that they Paleolithic hand axe of roughly half a Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00
have reached this point so soon after being million years old up to items from the last p.m. and there will be a programme of
granted funding by The Heritage Lottery twenty years, and from seventeenth talks at the museum and a Saturday
fund – thanks to all those who bought century documents to a full size replica of children’s club – details to be announced
lottery tickets! There has been a great deal a Roman skeleton found in Watton. There later.
of work done to reach this point, with will be a children’s corner for The group may be contacted on
much renovation and decoration of the accompanied children with various or
building by volunteers and local activities for added interest. @MuseumForWatton. Or on 01953
tradesmen. Although the group has an enthusiastic 797060, or by visiting the museum. Until
Work is currently under way to display band of volunteer helpers, they are looking the opening there will generally be
items from Museum 4 Watton’s growing for more volunteers to help man the someone there during the day.

occasionally we buy copies where the dropped the word ‘Women’s’ from the
Shipdham & library has insufficient or there is too
high a demand. In addition to the book
title, as it has been seen as a possible to
barrier to involving younger women and
District Book discussed we have a session of 'I've been
reading', following a break for
encouraging men to attend the services.
The National Committee are asking us to
Group refreshments. This is very useful for
ideas for personal and group interest and
consider prayerfully and thoughtfully
whether or not the time has come to
The group continues to meet and thrive. many copies are passed around. follow the rest of the world and drop the
Unfortunately as our meetings are on the Good reading to all those who love it as word ‘Women’s’ from the title. If this
Third Wednesday of each month they are much as we do. Sue Hart. were done the Movement would still be
often too late for publication in The entirely women-led and our branches and
Wayland News thus the report committees would still consist only of
sometimes appears in the following
edition and occasionally there are two
Women’s women.
We wanted to make sure that everyone
together. The meetings for February and
March are both on the 21st. In February
World Day of who has an interest in this is informed
before the service day on Friday 2nd
we will be discussing Gallows End by
Peter Robinson and in March The Prayer March and if you have an opinion and
would like it to be known please be in
Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. We have received a letter from the touch with Margaret Cator 01953
Where possible we try to obtain copies National Committee for England, Wales 882187 or
from the library and are very grateful for and Northern Ireland detailing the Watton Branch will be considering our
the support from the Dereham Branch possibility of a name change for this response when we meet up after the
over the years. Some members choose to organisation. service.
read the books in electronic form and Many countries have never had or have
The Wayland News March 2018 Page 7

Consultation on Saham Toney The Watton Society Quiz Nights at

Neighbourhood Plan Opening Scoulton Village Hall
February 17th, March 31st
A six week public consultation on Saham policy. From 12th March, both the Plan
April 28th & May 26th
Toney's Neighbourhood Plan will begin and those supporting documents will be
on Monday 12th March 2018. available on the Plan's website - Quiz and Chips £7.50 Quiz only £3.50
It will be open to everyone who lives, - to view and
works or runs a business in the Parish. download. A questionnaire and Call Roy Potton on 01953 852337
It is the first of two public consultations comments form on the website will allow Tony Grover on 01953 483654 or
on the Plan. The second will concentrate responses to be sent online. For those Roy Gutteridge 01953 850096
on legal compliance of the Plan with the who prefer paper, copies of the Plan will
regulations, so this is the main chance for be available at the Wells Cole
people to influence the final version of Community Centre, St. George's Church
the Plan. and Penny's tearoom, and also available
Neighbourhood Plans are the central on loan from the steering committee.
feature in the Localism Act of 2011, Paper versions of the questionnaire and
which aims to devolve decision making comments form will also be available.
to individuals and communities. The Act During the consultation period a series of
says that Neighbourhood Plans are "drop-in" sessions will take place at
intended to allow everyone with a stake Wells Cole Community Centre, Broom
in an area's future to say where they think Hall Hotel and Penny's tearoom, where
new houses and other development villagers will be able to view the Plan,
should go and what they should look like. talk with those who have prepared it, ask
The Plan has been prepared on behalf of questions and complete questionnaires.
the Parish Council by a small group of The Parish Council has generously
parishioners, based on feedback villagers agreed to a prize draw for all villagers
gave earlier in response to a series of who return a properly completed
questionnaires. It sets out rules for questionnaire, with three cash prizes of The members of Watton Society queued up on the landing
development in Saham Toney up to 2036, £50, £25 and £10. jetty with nervous apprehension, ready to board the ship.
and if later accepted by villagers at a Following the consultation all responses The Titanic? As it turned out, we should not have been
referendum, it will become part of will be reviewed to determine how each nervous. The evening's talk by Genista Davidson was
Breckland Council's development plan should be addressed. A document known about Ocean Liners especially those of the Art Deco period.
for the district. as a consultation statement will then be The history of Cunard ships specifically, the different class
The Plan sets out a vision for the future prepared giving details of comments of travel, dressing for the occasion i.e. ball gowns and
of the Parish. It's most important aspect received and describing what has been dinner suits, and quality of service. So after a very stable
is the thirteen policies, which deal with done about each. Another new document crossing and a most enjoyable trip it was bon voyage and
housing allocation, the size and location will set out how the Plan satisfies all the hope to see you all at the next meeting which will be on
of new developments, the type of houses regulatory requirements it is required to Wednesday 21st March at 7.45pm in the Christian
to be built, business and tourism related comply with. Community Centre. Watton, when the speaker will be
development, keeping Saham separate Once those two documents are ready, Simon White talking about "Gardens of East Anglia"
from Watton, safeguarding the area's providing there have been no significant
historic buildings, green spaces, best changes to the Plan's policies, the Plan
views and wildlife, and preventing new
developments from adding to flood risk.
would normally be submitted for a
second and final public consultation The Wayland
The Plan does not aim to stop prior to its review by an independent
development, but instead to guide it
towards the most appropriate locations
examiner leading to a village referendum.
This will happen, but the timing will
Players get The
and to ensure it is on a scale that is
sustainable and fully respects the
depend very much on Breckland
Council's Local Plan, with which the Health Bug!
character of the village and its Saham Plan must conform. The Local New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym, lose weight or
surrounding countryside. Plan will undergo its own independent get fit may be a remote memory for some of you but the
Publication of the Plan will be discussed examination in April and May and Wayland Players would like to take you to a health farm
at the Parish Council meeting on 5th Breckland Council do not expect it to be for their Spring production.
March and if Councillors approve it, approved till late 2018. If changes are ‘Kindly Keep It Covered’ is a frenetic farce in which a
consultation will commence on Monday made to the Local Plan as a result of its mannequin, a stuffed camel and a guest driven to
12th March. examination that may lead to changes to distraction by his manic search for food are just a few of
The Neighbourhood Plan Committee the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan, the challenges facing the owners of the establishment.
encourages all Saham villagers to which is why there is some caution about So get set to book into the Farm on April 19th to 21st at
participate in the consultation to ensure setting a date for the second consultation. 7.45 each evening or at the 2.30 matinee on Saturday.
the final Plan best represents their Much more information can be found at Tickets, at just £7.50, will go on sale at our honorary
wishes. and any queries may ticket agents, Adcocks of Watton on 19th March.
The Plan is supported by a series of be sent to Jenny Mann, Chairman and Director of ‘Kindly Keep
documents that set out to justify each It Covered’
The Wayland News March 2018 Page 8

Dereham Indoor Watton Wretham to welcome

Bowls Club Evening WI Easter visitors
The Club has seen a dramatic increase in membership of late, terefore it Although it’s still winter, the spring bulbs are
you are interested in learning to bowl contact Terry on 01362525042 or appearing and with them starts a new programme
visit us at Dereham Leisure Centre Tuesday's or Thursdays from 10.30 to of events. The first of these was a fascinating and
12 noon for further information. The club is open all year round and informative talk by Martin Kay of the East Anglian
leagues plus roll ups are organized during summer months. A short mat Air Ambulance service from its humble
club has opened at the centre on Friday mornings run by the centre. For beginnings to the present day. Martin then
more information telephone 01362 693 419 introduced Jane a trauma victim who had been
helped by EAAA. Jane, a most courageous lady
spoke candidly of how, on a beautiful summer
day, she became engulfed in flames when her skirt
caught light from a candle and how the EAAA
were called and took control of the situation which
ultimately saved her life having had 45% burns
and spent 6 weeks in hospital recovery from this
ordeal. Jane is now an ambassador for the EAAA
supporting and promoting them and travels around
telling her story and reliving those memories to
help others which is obviously not easy. We
commend her courage, and those supporting her,
as she comes to terms with her dramatic lifestyle
changes. The EAAA was in the news recently
when Prince William flew the helicopters for a
while and saw first-hand the job the dedicated
pilots, ground staff, paramedics and drivers of the
Rapid Response vehicles perform. It is amazing
that this much needed service is resourced solely
from donations and various fundraising activities.
During our meeting we voted which organizations
should be in receipt of money collected in lieu of
sending Christmas cards. It was decided we should
split this between Little Lifts (offering cancer
patients those little extras to cheer them) and
We also presented a card and a ‘Diamond Day’
rose to Pat in recognition of her
60th wedding anniversary to Michael. Grateful
thanks were also received from our member
Chrissy for the donations of items to be included in
washbags for homeless women. Refreshments The Easter weekend will see with small forest walk, walled
were enjoyed and names were collected for a volunteers at Wretham prepare to gardens and herbaceous borders.
group visit to Watton Cinema, this is a new event welcome visitors from near and far Admission is £5 with children free
for us and many readily signed up. Many as both gardens and church open for all proceeds going to NGS charities.
members enjoyed a nice lunch at Lincoln’s on the them. On both Easter Sunday and Across the road the church of St
Green at Hingham. All in all a good start to the Easter Monday, April 1st and 2nd, Ethelbert will be open over the same
year. the National Gardens Scheme times, offering refreshment and
We hold our meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the gardens of Wretham Lodge will be cakes, with a big second hand book
month at 7.30pm in the WCCC. If you would like open to visitors from 11am to 5pm. sale.
more information please contact Carol, our On show in the gardens of the former There is ample parking at the spot, to
Secretary, on 01953 881006 who will be pleased to rectory will be tulips, hellebores, be found off the A1075 Thetford to
speak with you. fritillaries, daffodils and narcissi, Watton Road at IP24 1RL.

about the general work of the NWT and On 14th March 7.30pm in the Christian
Norfolk also the work ongoing in the Brecks. The
Brecks is a very special area with
Communty Centre, High Street, Watton,
IP25 6AB, we will be hearing “The story
Wildlife Trust wildlife flourishing here which in some
cases lives nowhere else. There is much
of Houghton-on-the Hill Church”. Dr Sue
Gattuso will speculate on the whats and
Breckland work to do to protect it, but Jonathan is
very keen and although he has only been
whys , follow the history of the parish
and describe the re-emergence from an
in this role 7 months, he really has got ivy-ridden, roofless, windowless shell to
Local Group down to what is needed to do just that. a church of almost secret charm.
We held our AGM in February ahead of We are very grateful for those that turned We hope you’ll join us.
a very interesting talk by new Reserves out on a horrible evening to listen to him Cost is £2 members, £3 non-members
manager, Jonathan Preston. He told us and support us. and includes refreshments.
The Wayland News March 2018 Page 9

Polydactyl cats Ashill and Holme Letter to the Editor

Polydactyl cats are cats that have extra toes on A Grave Concern for Watton.
either their front and/or hind feet and the Hale Garden Club Councillors` inactivity over advancing a
condition has been seen in many breeds of For our first meeting of 2018 Ian Roofe made a neighbourhood plan for Watton's growth has
pedigree and non-pedigree cats. welcome return to talk about 'Spring Garden enabled opportunist developers to get permission
Polydactyl comes from the Greek words for Flowers'. His presentation included photographs for unwelcome and excessive housing
many (poly) and fingers (dactyl), and is inherited from some of the many gardens he is involved with development. Now our Town Councillors have
as an autosomal dominant gene defect. Cats including Alan Gray's Old Vicarage Garden at East decided that they have no public duty to make
should have 18 toes, five on the front feet, which Ruston. provision to provide for needed additional burial
includes the dew claw and 4 on the back feet. While hellebores, snowdrops, aconites and even space when in a few years time no space will
Often the early clematis can be considered late winter flowers, remain at St. Mary`s Churchyard and Cemetery.
positioning of an the real heralds of Spring are the crocus and We must hope that sufficient public outcry may
extra toe gives daffodils. The miniature narcissi are now very lead to the overturn of this disgraceful decision.
the appearance popular as their diminutive height is better for Can we believe that the majority will not support
to the cat having withstanding the windy weather. Tete-a-tete is still the comment of one Councillor, “you're wasting
four fingers and the best known but Jet Fire with its multiple flower your time, it's all been decided" !
a thumb. The heads is worth a try. Iris reticulata 'Harmony' is a This problem does bring to light an important
‘thumb’ lovely scented perennial but to ensure its survival aspect never so far as I recall considered when
however, is not plant the bulb 6 to 7 inches deep. Another bulb to be deciding Planning Permissions. Adequacy of
truly opposable, and polydactyl cats are not able planted deeply is the Crown Imperial which should local infrastructure, traffic, roads, schools,
to open their own tins or perform any other very be planted on its side and up to 12 inches below the medical and other support is discussed, so often
un cat-like feats! ground. By contrast, the crown of the peony should ignored, but never a thought to provision for
The extra digits vary in number and also in not be planted too deep. Other problems to be aware burial when appraising needs or essential
structure from being small pieces of soft of are hellebore black death (destroy stem or leaves contribution to costs when awarding approval. A
tissue, through to being complete functioning which show any sign of blackening) and Lily Beetle significant omission by Planning Department,
digits. Polydactyl cats generally have just one on the Crown Imperials. Councillors and we must admit, by such as the
extra toe per foot and on the front feet only. Ian has a particular fondness for primroses and now sadly defunct W.W.W. who so valiantly
Although additional toes on the rear paws and showed us many different varieties. Primroses opposed unjust excess of housing. Surely this is a
as many as three additional toes per paw is not which bear one flower on each stem are provision that should be considered.
unheard of either. distinguishable from polyanthus which have flower Now a further thought; for many wishing to
Generally having extra toes poses no problem to the clusters on a single stem. These are not as hardy as delay the inevitable, use of good local provision
cat in question at all, and may even give him the the primrose which will naturalise readily and for sport, gymnasium and social facilities is
edge in climbing and hunting when compared to his benefits from regular lifting and dividing every one important. Over recent times many users of our
18 toed counterparts. It is a condition in and of itself or two years. "Sports and Recreational Centre" have been
and is not indicative of any other underlying Of the tree family, magnolias can look spectacular denied proper social use of the facility and faced
problems. However, sometimes the additional toes but need plenty of space as they don't like to be an aggressive management. Knowledge of
are located in such a way that the claws are not pruned. They also need water in the dry summer confirmed long term bookings denied by the
naturally worn down by walking or scratching and months. However, there are now some very manager; attempts to gain facts by seeking
so may grow overly long and cause problems if left compact Prunus (flowering cherry) which are information on line reveal only a grotesque page
unchecked. The extra claws may need to be suitable for smaller gardens. These should be and "website coming soon", not even brief detail
trimmed down to avoid problems. pruned in the summer to allow time for recovery of management team and contacts.
We have in our care at the moment, a kitten who before early flowering the following Spring. Persevering by searching the Charity
was born with less that 5 toes on both her front While many early flowers, like tulips, are relatively Commission site reveals limited detail of
feet. She has the dew claw, but only two toes on short lived there are some which will carry on Trustees and officers and Statutory information.
each front foot. Although she has a claw on each flowering through the summer, such as erysimum, What is significant is that the excuse given by the
toe, one claw on each foot is pointing upwards the perennial wallflower. Bowles Mauve is manager when denying bookings, that the
instead of downwards. So the vet has decided probably the best known variety but Winter Orchid decision has been taken to refuse social or private
that she needs to have those nail beds removed, is a great alternative. These are tough plants which useage so as to convert areas thus used, to be
to avoid them being caught on something and don't need or want any pampering. Ian's advice is exclusively for sports use is in contravention of
getting torn. With just one claw on each front "treat them mean". the wide "Charitable Objects", an essential part
foot she may not be able to climb to get away Earlier in January 38 members enjoyed our annual of the Centre`s constitution. It is unwise to
from danger, and it maybe that she will have to lunch at the Necton Windmill. Our thanks to Jackie comment upon rumour but the lack of control
be an indoor cat, to keep her safe. And being a and David Priestley for another well organised and of overall management and direction by the
little black girl, it maybe difficult to find event. Trustees and appointed officers are the main
someone to adopt her. She is a very sweet girl What's on in the next 3 months: Thursday March cause of concern. It is recalled that last year there
who has no idea that she is different, and gets 22nd Graham Benefer 'Bonsai'; Thursday April were alarming reports as to the future prospects
around perfectly well with just two toes. 26th Jim Paine 'Plants for Shade'; Thursday May of the Centre. In the light of the failings over
You maybe interested to know that we have had 24th Tony Goode 'Alpines in the Time Challenge' recent months what confidence can there be in
a massive response to our neutering campaign, of those responsible having any ability or skill at
having any cat neutered for just £5. As I write making a reliable long term plan for the future of
this, we have arranged to neuter over 100 cats in
the Breckland area, so thank you to all those who Lunching Club an essential facility for the Town. Will any
initiative come perhaps from our Town Council,
have taken advantage of our offer and in helping A message from Christina & Paul Weatherill. the Wayland Partnership or the Chamber of
to keep the cat population down. Lunching Club will be starting again on the 1st Commerce to take to task those failing at
For help or advice, call us on 01842 810018. Wednesday of March at the Sports Centre. For managing the Sports AND RECREATIONAL
Breckland Cats Protection, Rita Thompson. further details please ring 01953 884 213 Centre? Don't hold your breath . Keith Taylor.
The Wayland News March 2018 Page 10
Watton Churches Together - March Sat 31st 7.30pm Easter Eve Group Service of
Light with Renewal of Baptismal Vows The HAPPY Project
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Sun 1st Apl 11.00am Easter Day Service Follow us @StMarysWatton The HAPPY Project is coming to the end of its pot of money that was very
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke kindly awarded to The Wayland Partnership Development Trust by The
on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays Sun 4th10.30am Family Holy Communion Peoples Health Trust, which in turn is funded by The Health Lottery.
between 10.30am and 12 noon - Gerry Foster Sun 11th 10.30am Mothering Sunday Service Many people have asked if The Partnership will be applying for more
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion Sun 18th 10.30am Holy Communion funding to keep the Project going. The idea of HAPPY, as we call it in the
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship Sun 25th 10.30am Palm Sunday Lay Led Worship office, was to start groups that would, once established, become self-
Thurs 5pm - 5.30pm & Sats 9.30am - 10am Parish Prayers Mon 26th 7.30pm Said Compline sustaining. We have managed to achieve that with The Wayland Men’s
5pm - 6pm Prayer & Praise Fri 30th 2.00pm Good Friday Meditation Shed, The Games Group, The Ashill Family Art and Craft Group and The
Sundays 10.00am-11.30am ADventure-free for 0-16 yrs Sun 1st April 10.30am Easter Day Holy Communion Griston Babes in the Wood Festival. There is also a craft group taking place
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching at The Grange in Great Cressingham which could be very successful if
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington people participate. That too would be self-sustaining, but it is struggling to
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Sun 4th 9.30am Holy Communion get off the ground.
Tel: 01953 881252
Sun 11th 10.30am Mothering Sunday Service I began the project without any real idea of what I would like to see happen.
Sun 4th 8.00am Holy Communion
Sun 18th 10.30am All Age Worship My only aim was to start groups to encourage people, who may feel lonely
10.00am Holy Communion
Wed 28th 7.30pm Said Compline and isolated, to join in with activities. I knew what I didn’t want to do, and
Sun 11th Mothering Sunday
Fri 30th 10.30am Good Friday Meditation that was tread on anyone’s toes! I met with lots of people involved in
8.00am Holy Communion
Sun 1st April 10.30am Easter Day Service operating established groups to find where the gaps in provision were. We
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 18th 8.00am Holy Communion had a launch event for the Project which lots of people attended, little did
10.00am Holy Communion some of them know but I was hoping they would join the steering group to
Sun 25th Palm Sunday
Café Stop at Blenheim Centre All Saints Church, Threxton help run the Project….and some of them did, others I recruited along the
way and what a wonderful team they are! Everyone I have met have been
8.00am Holy Communion Our next service at All Saints Church Threxton so helpful and supportive of the Project and I have made lots of friends.
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10 will be on Sunday 4th March at 10.30a.m. The main problem in our area that prevents some people from participating
4.30pm Choral Evensong A warm welcome to all. in activities and joining groups is the lack of transport, especially in the
Wed 28th 6.00pm share a light supper before the evening, but you know, there are ways around it.
7.30pm Sung Compline So, what worked with The HAPPY Project? By far the biggest success is
The Wayland Men’s Shed. The first meeting took place in a room in The
Thur 29th 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Group Service
of Holy Communion & Stripping the Altar followed by Vigil
Thought for the Month Sports Centre, ten men attended with Suzanne Rhind and myself. We were
Fri 30th Good Friday Revd Barbara Winner Watton Methodist Church so thrilled that so many had made the effort to come and see what it was all
10.15am Procession of witness from St Mary’s for Last October I visited my son and his wife in Houston Texas with one about. From the Sports Centre we gravitated to The Hare and Barrel, all the
11.00am Service at the Methodist Church of my granddaughters. Not many weeks before our visit, Houston and time talking about finding premises and where they should ideally be
Sun 1st April Easter Day many other parts of Texas experienced floods the like of which had situated. Eventually after lots of highs and lows (and a bit of bullying from
8.00am Holy Communion not been seen in living memory. My daughter in law Sam volunteers me), the men found the current premises in Church Walk and the rest is
10.00am Holy Communion at a Horse Rescue Ranch and I went with her one day to help out. The history. Well done, guys!
Ranch is typical of those seen on Western films – real cowboy The Games group is currently re-inventing itself! From 7th March 2018 the
Watton Methodist Church country! The markers for the depth of flood water were frightening – group will now meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. There over 10 feet. I asked what had happened to the horses during the will be an opportunity for refreshments and social time as well as game
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and floods. I was told that all 80 had survived. They survived because they playing. Look out for the posters around the town and in the library.
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am It’s your quiet place. At had been set free and being able to swim had made their way to Thanks go to the library staff for their support and help with this group.
10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large higher ground. Sadly this was not the case for all horses in the area as The Ashill Family Art and Craft Group will continue to meet on the second
Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member. some owners unaware of what they were doing, had left their horses Saturday of the month at Ashill Community Centre from 10am to 12 noon.
Sun 4th 10.30am Mr R Cunningham stabled thinking this was safer. At the time of writing we have sufficient funding to pay for three months
3.00pm Songs of Praise at Thursford The good news we celebrate in the church calendar at this time of hire charge for the hall, and I am currently seeking funding to enable us to
Sun 11th 10.30am Mrs E Warby year with Lent, Holy Week and Easter is one of being set free continue using the premises. We will be asking for a small contribution
6.30pm Mr A Warby from those things which restrict us from being the people God towards the cost of materials. We have a lovely, fun morning each time we
Sun 18th 10.30am Revd B Winner created. Often we set limits on ourselves and on one another meet. Why don’t you give us a try? It is for everyone!
6.30pm Revd E Reddington instead of celebrating all that God’s love encourages us to be. The Griston Babes in the Wood Festival will take place on 23rd June 2018.
Sun 25th 10.30am Mr A Warby There are two verses in one of our hymns written by Frederick This year it will be a one-day Festival with the Dog Show and a Tractor
6.30pm Mr & Mrs Cook William Faber which I find helps me Display with a run to Stanta, which is very exciting. There will be more
Fri 30th 10.15am Good Friday Procession of Witness stalls and attractions this year, should be a good day! Oh! and this year
from St Mary’s Church for For the love of God is broader there will be a tea tent with cake! There will also be evening entertainment
11.00am Service at Methodist Church than the measures of the mind; at The Waggon and Horses with BBQ food.
Sun 1st April Easter Day and the heart of the Eternal The Bereavement Café has been meeting at Babaco’s on the last Thursday
10.30am Revd E Reddington is most wonderfully kind. of the month from 4pm to 6pm, by kind permission of Sandra and Peter
6.30pm Revd B Trinder Merry. I am not sure if this will continue, watch out in the Town for posters
But we make his love too narrow
Roman Catholic Community by false limits of our own; advertising the event.
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church and we magnify his strictness Other ideas we have tried have been The Social Group. Attendance
Sat 24th Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday with blessing of palms with a zeal he will not own. numbers were always low, and members were reticent to share the load so
at Watton Methodist Church. eventually it folded. The lovely thing that materialised from that group was
As we approach the wonderful celebration of new life this two members have set up home together and are living happily ever after!
All Holy Week Services at Our Lady of Pity Swaffham
Sun 25th Palm Sunday Easter why not come and find out more at one of your local So, The HAPPY Project will live on in the form of the groups that it
churches. If time is short we do have a half hour service each successfully leaves behind.
8.30am & 10.30am Mass & blessing of palms
Wednesday 10.30-11am in the vestry at the back of the church. There will be one last epistle from The HAPPY Project next month when I
Thur 29th Maundy Thursday
Don’t just give up something for Lent – do different. ALL are may recall some of the other activities we have been involved in!
7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Fri 30th Good Friday invited – and YOU will be very welcome.
10.00am Children’s Stations of the Cross
3.00pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
What’s on at St Mary’s Dance Away at The Queens Hall
Sat 30th Holy Saturday
8.00pm The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night Ballroom, Latin & Sequence Dancing
Sat 1st April Easter Day Church, Watton 7.30pm to 10.30pm Admission £4
8.30 & 10.30am Mass of Easter Day Thursday 1st March 10.00am Thursday Chat a social coffee morning
at St Mary’s all welcome Saturdays March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill
Sun 4th 10.00am Lay Led Worship & Sunday Funday Mondays 5th, 12th 19th, 26th March 9.30am Story Bags at St Mary’s
for school age children Church for parents and preschool children during term time only.
Sun 11th 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service Mon 5th, 12th 19th 26th March 4.30-5.45pm 1st Watton Rainbow
Sun 18th 9.30am Morning Worship Brownies at St Mary’s Church Rooms for girls aged 5-7 years. The
Sun 25th 9.30am Palm Sunday Holy Communion Rainbows will be meeting each Monday at St Mary’s Church during
Mon 26th 10.00am Celtic Holy Communion at Ashill Rectory term time. or look on Facebook
Tues 27th 10.00am Celtic HC at Ashill Rectory Wed 7th March 3.00pm The Third Agers Ukukele Band “Singalong”
7.30pm Said Compline in Church at St Mary’s Church, Watton Free admission, raffle, tea & cakes.
Wed 28th 10.00am Celtic HC at Ashill Rectory Bucket collection for Church Funds.
Fri 30th 2.00pm Good Friday Meditation The February Winner of the 100 Club Draw No 55 Mr Galen Baldero
Sun 1st April 9.30am Easter Day Holy Communion Friday 23rd March 2.15pm, & Saturday 24th March 7.15pm Watton
Community Cinema at St Mary’s “Murder on the Orient Express”
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney Refreshment Café opens one hour prior to screening. Tickets
Sun 4th 11.00am Lay Led Worship available at the box office on the day.
Sun 11th 11.00am Mothering Sunday Service Sat 24th March 9.30am – 12 noon Easter Coffee Morning at St
Sun 18th 11.00am All Age Worship Mary’s Coffee/tea hot cross buns and cakes. Easter crafts for children,
Sun 25th 11.00am Palm Sunday Holy Communion table competitions, cakes to buy, raffle. All welcome to come along
Fri 30th 10.00am Procession of Witness leaves Wells with family and friends. Proceeds to Church Funds.
Cole CC for 10.30am Good Friday Meditation
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Snowdrops and Other flowering honeysuckle, the point being to Bradenham & District Kilmartin Chairman 01362 820744 review, saying ‘These are
highlight the wonderful variety of plants Laurene Henderson Publicity Officer conspicuously skilful performers –
Spring Treasures available to tempt you out into the garden Horticultural Society 01362 821164 / 07942 820590 everyone is exhilarated on stage and
On a cold, dull, windy, rainy day, when at this time of year. On Thursday 15th February, Bradenham off!’ Tickets, costing £10 each, are
the last thing on your mind is gardening, There are, apparently, something like and District Horticultural Society were available from the village hall any
we had the pleasure of basking in the around two and a half thousand varieties privileged to meet at the village hall to Project Linus Monday between 10am and 12 noon,
sunshine smile of Guy Barker. Otherwise of snowdrop. Guy began by discussing hear Ralph Kinsley share his expertise on Fifteen quilters attended the Project Linus or ring 01953 885848 to book.
known as the Naked Gardner Guy gained some of the more usual and available “Growing and Preparing for Show”. Norfolk workshop in February, at the
his alias by advocating a pared down varieties: Charlotte, S Arnott, and Ralph is an inveterate winner of show lovely new venue of Thompson
approach to the subject free of, as he sees prizes for both fruit and vegetables so his Community Hall. Another part of the
Magnet, among others, were quite
it, unnecessary complications. Guy inexpensive and readily available. was the voice of experience after years of We had a fun filled day making and Saga of the Old Codgers
trained to be a garden designer at the Surprisingly there are varieties originally trial and triumph. Preparing plants for finish quilts with coffee, cakes and a When Morag saw the Waiters’ Show
Otley College of Agriculture and discovered in this area: Wendy’s Gold, show requires time, effort and attention to lovely lunch from Thompson Chequers. She booked without delay,
Horticulture. Rather than designing from Lynford Titan, West Harling, and Moby detail and Ralph`s interactive presentation It was such a good day that we have two For us to help her celebrate a special
behind a computer he prefers to work ‘in Dick (found in West Acre). These gave tips on varietal selection and more workshops booked at the same day,
the field’, tracing his designs on location varieties have been the result of natural selective pruning. Whether the venue, on Monday March 5th 2018 and With Irene too, the birthday girls just
with an aerosol. As well as designing, cross-pollination and are only known to Horticultural Society members, taking April 23rd 2018. laughed the time away,
Guy currently has four gardens where he have originated in those locations, Ralph`s advice, can begin to meet his Places are limited! If you wish to join us As we did our best
works on a continuing task of perhaps just a single clump in an out-of- amazing track record for prizes remains please contact Jane by email - In song and jest
development and maintenance. the-way place. Some of these crosses, if to be seen... or 07809702357. Our talents to display.
Guy is redesigning the rose garden of they turn out to be of a desirable Our April 7th Spring Show at Bradenham We have also arranged another coach trip
Breckles Hall, a 16th century grade I Village Hall is rapidly approaching and to the Fabric Guild, Leicester on The 31st of January was cold and
character, can command high prices. In
listed building, with varieties eagerly awaited. There will be a variety Thursday 13th September 2018. If you dank drear,
the case where a cross produces a non-
contemporary with the original date of the of flowers, produce, cookery, would like to book a place on this very Our welcome from St Helen’s group
fertile plant, propagation requires tissue
hall. The vegetable garden is also being photographic art and crafts from our poplar day out to buy fabric and other was friendly and sincere
culture and the price can increase
developed. He has worked at Great members. Doors open to the public at sewing notations. The power went off – the keyboard
accordingly. Prices for rare varieties can
Hockham Hall, 18th century grade II 3.30pm. Come and see the exhibits and Please contact Pat on 01953 882966. died – and a capella loomed
command very high prices. In a reflection
listed, for about three years. Alterations join us for refreshments. But – ‘It’s back!’ – who’d guess
of the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th
include the conversion of five ponds, Keep a date in your diary for Bradenham At our success –
century, a cross between the varieties Mission Improbable at
which reminded Guy of the Village Sports Day on May 28th where When everything seemed doomed!
Wendy’s Gold and Trumps took 10 years
sedimentation tanks of a sewerage plant, to develop and one galanthophile paid there will be a Plant Stall run by our Ovington Village Hall Peter Cowling
into just one. Reshaped and planted with over £1000 for just one plant. members with a wide variety of healthy, Following the success of ‘Rubber
water lilies to maintain the quality of the We emerged from an extremely home grown plants at bargain prices. A Ring’ at the end of January, Creative
great way to fill those gaps in the border! Arts East are bringing us another
Coffee Morning in aid of
water, the pond is now a haven for newts. interesting and informative presentation
In a quite different concept he maintains Future dates (all free to members): lively show on Friday 16 March at the Stroke Association
to find that the weather had deteriorated.
the garden of Wilby Hall, a 17th century March 15th Members Only Social 7pm. This time it is musical My Grandson, Keir Hardy, is running
Competition results for February.
grade II listed building near Eccles. After Evening; April 7th 2018 SPRING entertainment in the form of The the London marathon this year and
Flowers (8 entries). 1 Sue Cunningham. 2
a death in the family, for the past 12 years SHOW 3.30pm open to the public Opera Dudes – super slick raising funds for the Stroke
Chris Dalton. 3 Jane Dalton.
the garden has been preserved as the (members only entries); April 19th performers, yet determinedly silly! Association, in memory of his
Fruit/Veg (4 entries). 1 Jane Dalton. 2
person would have known it, wild and Honeybees in the Garden (Kate and Find out how a classically trained ex- Grandad - Dick Hardy.
Hazel Dunn. 3 Sue Thomas..
informal. The garden of the grade II Old Collin Sayer) £1.00 to non-members; brickie and an ex-Cambridge scholar To help him reach his sponsorship
Photos (7 entries). 1 Patrick Alzetto. 2
Vicarage at Shropham is also under his May 17th Flower Arranging Sandra can entertain you with singing of the target a coffee morning will be held
Chris Dalton. 3 Jane Dalton.
care. Howard £1.00 to non-members; May highest quality: grand opera, on Saturday 3rd March, 10 - 12 in
Our Next indoor meeting will be on
Guy continued his talk by showing us the 28th Plant Stall at Bradenham Village showstoppers, heart-rending ballads, Ashill Community Centre. Pauline
Wednesday 14th of March. Abi Bell will
cuttings he had bought along. There were Sports Day plus classical piano, ridiculous and her family would be most
be giving us some advice on ‘ Integrated
examples of arum, cornus, hamamelis, Look out for our updates on Facebook at impressions and slapstick humour to grateful if you are able to support this
Disease Control’.
hellebore, iris, viburnum and winter Bradenham Community Hub. Marianne boot! The Guardian gave them a 5* event.
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Events in aid of Friends of
St Andrew’s Church, Votes For Women - By Women !
On FRIDAY 20TH APRIL 2018, we will
be holding a FASHION SHOW, BY
It will be held in BRADENHAM
VILLAGE HALL, starting at 7.00pm.
TICKETS are £7.50 EACH; included in
the price will be a GLASS OF WINE
At the event, there will be a wide range
of smart and casual, well priced clothing
for ladies (size 8 to 22) and gents, with a
variety of footwear, bags and accessories
to see, try and buy. In addition, there will
be a SALE RAIL and a raffle with
excellent prices. So why not bring along
your family and friends for a jolly
If you are interested in coming, please
ring Lavinia Rix 01362 820349 or Diana
MacMullen 01760 440571
At a time when the National news has Also at our meeting, the last details of
been full of the celebrations our plans were finalised for the next
2018, you are warmly invited to a
commemorating the achievement of the two events, The Lunchtime Concert
PLANT SALE at BRADENHAM right to vote for women it was, perhaps, with KYLE on February 21st and the
VILLAGE HALL. Further details
appropriate that the greater part of the Coffee Morning at the Queens Hall on
regarding this will be given nearer the
February meeting of the Inner Wheel March 3rd .
Club of Watton was devoted to voting. Then it was on to the next big event in
Every third year a Convention (this the Queens Hall on Friday, March 23rd
Petal and Purl in year in Melbourne) is held at which the when our ladies will be 'strutting their
President and Officers of The stuff ' as they model spring fashions for
the Forum Norwich International Committee are elected, dress shop Artichoke. There will be a
Petal and Purl is a new Crafting Group The National Committees and the wine reception from 7.0p.m., tickets
in Caston – it is an offshoot of Blossom District Committees come up for cost £7.50 and as usual will be
& Yarn. We are planning an election at the same time as do those of available from Mullengers in Watton
extravaganza in Caston in 2019 but each individual Club. There are also High Street. An event not to be
meanwhile we have been invited to Motions to be discussed for both missed !
take part in Makers Month in the Convention and the National Our photograph this month shows
Forum Norwich want to know more?: Conference. dancers at our popular Valentine's Barn All this activity was preceded by a Dance held on February 9th, member
We are busy creating a doppelganger of glass or two of wine and some delicious Stella Leonard reports that this was
the young Queen Elizabeth on her “nibbles' after which the voting was another very successful evening
Coronation Day (65 years ago). She completed in record time and the enjoyed by all. There was non stop
will take centre stage in the Forum for motions discussed with enthusiasm. dancing from 7.30 until 11.00p.m. to
the whole month from Monday 12th The results will be forwarded the music of Shinanikins, a very
March until Sunday 7th April. On appropriately by Secretary Pam popular band. The evening was well
Monday 19th March until Sunday 25th Challand and President Lesley Cowling supported by dancers from the town
March Petal and Purl will have a stand will record our votes at the National and surrounding area, all enjoying the
with more handcrafted items on Conference in Bournemouth from fun and the happy atmosphere and the
display. You will be able to learn how March 19th to 21st. Although this need supper buffet was well received. People
to knit and crochet and chat with us or for our participation is sometimes left in a lighthearted mood on a very
help us craft towards our next big thought of as rather “boring” it is a cold winters night.
event. You don’t have to live in Caston necessary part of belonging to an If you think you may like to join Inner
to be part of it so come and join us International Organisation and those of Wheel or would like any further
now. More information from Lois Gill us who have been lucky enough to go information on any of our events please
01953 488157 or to an International Convention have contact our secretary, Pam on or follow us on seen at first hand how important it is 01953880904 or me, Brenda, on
Petal & Purl Facebook page. that the views of individual clubs and 01953881792.
members are taken into consideration.


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