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April 2018 HELP YOURSELF TO A COPY - THIS PAPER IS FREE!! Great Hockham Defibrillator Great
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Great Hockham Defibrillator

Great Hockham Parish Council and the Community Heartbeat Trust have installed an Automated Emergency Defibrillator in the Telephone Box in the centre of the Village. £175 was raised at last years Horn Fair and £167 from the sale of “Gt Hockham” shopping bags donated by Andrew Gilmoor. A grant of £2,00 was made by the Hockham Townland Charity. This charity manages 14 acres of farming land on the edge of the parish. This land was an Inclosure Award dated 5th April 1798 made in pursuance of Act 35 of George III. The income is to be used for public purposes in Great Hockham or the public benefit of the inhabitants.

in Great Hockham or the public benefit of the inhabitants. The Wayland Players present ‘Kindly Keep
in Great Hockham or the public benefit of the inhabitants. The Wayland Players present ‘Kindly Keep

The Wayland Players present ‘Kindly Keep It Covered’

The Wayland Players present ‘Kindly Keep It Covered’ Roland Dickerby, formerly of the Kindly Mutual Insurance

Roland Dickerby, formerly of the Kindly Mutual Insurance Co., runs a health farm with his wife Julia, bought with the proceeds of a hefty insurance payout on the demise of Julia’s first husband, the charming rogue, Sidney. Life isn’t easy for Roland: a healthy lifestyle is not his cup of carrot juice, his formidable mother-in-law, Olivia, keeps a very beady eye on him and he is constantly

Games Evening at Thompson Community Hall

April 5th 7.30pm Do you like playing Scrabble, or chess, or cribbage, or other board games? Perhaps you have no one to play these games with or would like to learn? We are keen to start games sessions in the new Community Hall in Thompson for players of all levels. Our first event will be on Thursday April 5th at 7.30pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. The aim of this first session is to see what the demand is and whether an evening or daytime session is preferred. Also what types of games we should provide. We will have a selection of

harassed by portly guests manically in search of carbohydrates. Today, fate has something extra special in store for Roland: Sydney has decided to resurrect himself and turns up at the farm, just as Vanessa, the wife of Roland’s ex- boss from the Kindly Mutual, checks in for a health-giving visit. This fast, furious and frantic farce, with a stuffed camel, a dummy and an exotic

games available for the evening but there may be others people would like to play. In time maybe there could be more than one session to meet all needs or levels of expertise. Do come along and have a fun evening as well as help make decisions for the future of games evenings in Thompson. For more information contact 01953 483741 or email

All change for Wayland Quilters

As from April 1st 2018 Wayland Quilters (formerly Hackers Tackers & Stuffers) are changing their meeting

waiter, is at the Queens Hall, Watton from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st April at 7.45pm each evening and with a matinee at 2.30 pm on the Saturday. The cast of the Wayland Players are grateful to Banham Zoo and especially to keeper Dan for allowing them to spend time with Scrummy the camel in preparation for this show. Jenny Mann

venue to Thomson Community Hall, Thompson, IP24 1PY. We will still be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm to 9 pm, except for August, when we do not meet. We are also holding our workshops here as well, as our previous venue is longer available. It is a light, comfortable space with all the facilities we need. So far we have two workshops arranged, Pinwheel in churn dash block and making fabric boxes. Anyone interested in joining the group are most welcome to pop in and join us at a meeting, as we now have space to accommodate more people, with plenty of parking on site. If you are interested please contact Jane 07809702357 or email

with plenty of parking on site. If you are interested please contact Jane 07809702357 or email

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Watton District Guiding have an exciting day!

2018 Page 3 Watton District Guiding have an exciting day! In February Watton District Guiding held

In February Watton District Guiding held a day for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Young Leaders, Leader and Trefoil Guild to celebrate Thinking Day and to take part in Thinking Day On The Air. Thinking Day is when members think about other members in other countries and learn something about the countries they live in. So that we could take part in Thinking Day on The Air the Bittern DX Group, amateur radio operators based in North Norfolk, came along and set up their radios, aerials, computers and other electronic equipment. This enabled us to have the opportunity to try and talk to members in other parts of the world. It was not as easy as we hoped to do this but one member did manage to talk to a radio user in Germany and we also talked to three others via satellite. The Bittern DX group also gave the girls the opportunity to tap out their name in Morse Code for which they received a certificate if they managed to do it. They also provided a fox hunt (no animals were used in this!) where they had to locate the whereabouts of a hidden transmitter by using Radio Direction Finding. They were also shown the paths of satellites that were passing overhead and were sent a special greetings message from one of the amateur satellites

Volunteers wanted for Wayland Agricultural Show

Wayland Agricultural Society are seeking volunteers to run two key sections of the annual Wayland Show; The Home Crafts and Cookery section and the Horticulture section. You don’t need to be an expert, just interested and enthusiastic. If you would like to be part of a friendly local committee working together to help promote our local area and raise money for local charities please contact Claire Bowes 07789796937

Griston ‘Babes In The Wood’ Festival


23rd June will see the second festival take place after the huge success of last year’s event. This year it will all take place on the Saturday and will be in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, First Responders and the village. The ‘Find the Babes’ competition will run all week

operated by Amsat UK. They also practiced speaking on hand held radios and then spoke to a nearby station using VHF amateur radio. While this was going on other groups were ‘visiting’ the five countries where there are the Guiding World Centres. While in Switzerland they have the opportunity make card or peg skiers, design a cuckoo clock and listen to some yodelling. In Africa they made bead necklaces and a brightly coloured necklace from a paper plate. In Mexico they could try making an Eye of God by winding wool around cross shapes made from lollipop sticks. In the U.K. they could make Lollipop stick or Clothes Pegs Guards, Shamrock blessings and design their own tartan by weaving bits of raffia. In India they could try putting on a Sari, making Mehndi hand designs and making peacocks. They had to complete a number of challenges and through doing that everyone received The World Centre Challenge Badge at our Thinking Day Service. Reverend Gerry Foster came along to lead us through the Service and to talk about ‘Candle at our gate’ as the season of Lent was about to start. Each member received a battery operated candle to ‘shine’ on particular days and at particular times. Over 70 Members attended


fun packed day. Our thanks go to the Bittern


Group for making it possible for us to do.

Watton District have recently opened a new Rainbow Group and we are looking for and need

more volunteer Leaders. This voluntary work


be very rewarding and you get to do things


might otherwise not do! We also have room

for Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10years),


Guides (10-14years) in some of our Units. If


are age 14 or over you could join the Senior

Section or become a Young Leader working with any of the age groups. We have Units in Watton, Saham and Ashill but we welcome any girls from Watton and any of the surrounding villages. For more information please visit and follow the links.

from Monday 18th. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, so get your thinking caps on and start preparing! As last year, a dog show will be held on the recreation ground. In addition to a tractor display, there will be a tractor run around the STANTA area at a cost of £10 per entrant. Contact Nicky Ginger on 01953 548375 to book your place. There will again be games, stalls, barbecued food and ‘Ruddy Muddy’, who will bring along his van and give children the chance to draw in the mud on it, as well as show his great artistry. A tea tent, ice cream van,

cake competition and much more will make it a great afternoon – admission FREE! In the evening, the action will transfer to the Waggon & Horses where ‘Mid Life Crisis’ and Tom Bainbridge will provide the musical fare, and Scott will be serving up his amazing burgers and hot dogs – once again, admission FREE! Between now and then, prize draw tickets will be on sale for £1 each with a top prize of £100 – look out for them and dig deep to support all the great causes. Finally, lots of help to run the event will be needed. If you would like to join the merry band organising it, get in touch with Nicky (phone as above) and become part of the action! Keep in touch with updates and all the news at

festival.html or on the Griston Facebook page.

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and all the news at - babes - in - the - wood - festival.html
and all the news at - babes - in - the - wood - festival.html

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The Wayland News April 2018 Page 4 A Quick Look Round by Orbiter Well since last
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 4 A Quick Look Round by Orbiter Well since last
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 4 A Quick Look Round by Orbiter Well since last

A Quick Look Round

by Orbiter Well since last month’s Look Round we were given a sharp taste of winter, and even in mid-March some of our roads were still edged with banks of snow, but hopefully that is now well and truly behind us. The Spring flowers are now in their splendour, and we can settle to the fact that ‘normal service has been resumed’, although some forecasters warn of more snow may well await. Of course one of the worst outcomes of all the adverse weather was the onset of the many ailments that affect most of us when such conditions come along, and the difficulties we experience in trying to get appointments at our local surgeries, in order to obtain the pills and creams we think we need to keep us alive. Unfortunately over the years we have become brain-washed by all the many articles in the welfare pages of our newspapers into thinking that every sniff or twinge presages the arrival of an emergency, whereas in the days before National Health the most we were given was perhaps a dose of Galloways cough mixture or maybe a pad of Thermogene on our chests, and in a day or two we got better. (Or died, the cynic might say). The thought of actually going to the doctor would be the last thing on our minds, except in dire emergencies. But today the N.H.S. is free, (even though we actually pay for in taxes) so we hurry off to seek help, and complain at the long wait for a date to be seen. But to brighter things, and it is interesting to read that Watton now has a Town Crier. Not that his appointment will affect any of us in any way, but it

nice to know that such pieces of Old England are still recognised, even in this

modern world.

Oyez,Oyez !

To the world of television and what appears to me as a great lowering of standards that has come about in the last few months in both the fields of comedy and drama. In the first the over-use of bad language, particularly by women with otherwise ‘posh’ accents, and even, in one case, by a child of about nine years of age, which leaves one with impression that writers feel that they should try to reflect the mores of ‘the common man’, whereas in reality that stratum of society swears far less than is portrayed. And for anyone making use of sub-titles the swear words look even more abhorrent in written form. Perhaps it is thought that to make the women swear more on TV aids their campaign for equality with men. In the drama side of the entertainment on offer, there seems to be a feeling that all the action should be carried out in semi-secret, with most interior scenes taking place in near darkness. Perhaps the directors are under pressure to save on electricity bills ! Out in broad daylight we are approaching the end of another foot-ball season, and as is usual these days most of the managers face the prospect of dismissal because their team has failed to come top of the league. Not many seasons ago supporters thought finishing in the top ten was quite a reasonable outcome, and looked forward to greater future success, but now we read that coming below fourth brings a campaign for the manager to be sacked. Those ‘fans’ should be reminded that they go to games for the purpose of being entertained, and if they don’t like what’s on offer they are not obliged to attend. If they go to the theatre and don’t like the

play they don’t demand the dismissal of the manager ! Of course we all prefer to see our favourite team win, but football is a game, with two sides to each match, and I feel that the fans who do not appreciate that are men who have never played them- selves, and have only watched. The big subject of the moment seems to be plastics, and how it has taken hold of the planet, and it has dominated the scientific world ever since the recent David Attenborough documentary made us all sit up and take notice. The recent storms have underlined the seriousness of the threat to sea-life, by covering our beaches with the remains of packages and plastic bags, some of which have dates printed on them, revealing they have been in the ocean for years, proving that they are virtually indestructible. This confirms that many of man-kind’s ‘triumphs’ are not always the boons they had seemed at first, the use of diesel fuels being a good example. We may be very clever, but nature usually wins in the end. There is good news and bad for us older folks from the experts, who tell us that two cups of coffee a day will help us live longer, and a glass of wine each evening has the same effect, but at the same time more than three cups of tea will hasten our departure. Similar forecasts as to our longevity appear daily, and extend to include almost every kind of food, and are often contradictory, so what should we do? My advice – if you like it eat (or drink) it, we’ll go eventually so we might as well go happy. On that bright note I will say Good afternoon.

Ashill and Holme Hale Garden Club

At our February meeting Kathy Gray

gave an enlightening talk about 'The Plant Hunters'. There has been an interest in collecting plants from other parts of the world as far back as the Queen of Egypt in 1495BC. In this country the Trandescant family in the 16th and 17th centuries were early collectors and gave their name to the tulip tree, Tradescantia virginiana. But Kathy's talk concentrated on four men who, between the mid 18th and early 20th centuries, collected thousands of specimens, many of which are common features of our gardens today. The first of these was Joseph Banks who made several voyages with Captain Cook to South America, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. His finds included the passion flower, gardenia, jasmine, phormium, hebe and leptospermum. He gave his name to Banksia integrifolia, commonly known as coast banksia and persuaded King George 111 to create the botanical gardens at Kew. Francis Masson was a gardener at Kew who made several trips to South Africa in the late 18th century bringing us Erica, protea, amaryllis, aloe and the arum lily among many others. The Massonia lily is named after him and the encephalartos he brought home in 1775 is still thriving at Kew - probably the world's largest pot plant! He also introduced kniphofia, pelagonium and agapanthus from North America where he died in


David Douglas from Scotland did most of his exploration in North

America in the early 19th century. He is known primarily for the introduction of the douglas fir but, as the UK had only three varieties of conifer at that time, most of the species we have today are attributable to him. However, he was also responsible for introducing solidago (golden rod), aster, mahonia, penstemon and lupinus, the basis for all our varieties of lupins today. Kathy's last plant hunter in this talk was Ernest Wilson, who was sent to China in 1899 in search of the hankerchief tree, Davidia involucrata. Along the way his discoveries included acer griseum, clematis armandii, meconopsis, magnolia sinensis and rhododendron, the legacy of which can still be seen at Sheringham Park. In the early 20th century he moved to North America from where he gave us viburnum, daphne and primula. There were so many species mentioned in Kathy's talk it left us with the question 'what on earth is indigenous to this country?' We obviously owe these plant humters a great debt for providing our homes and gardens with such a diverse array of plants. What's on in the next 3 months:

Thursday 26th April Jim Paine 'Plants for Shade' Wednesday 19th May Coach outing to Kentwell Hall Thursday 24th May Tony Goode 'Alpines in the Time Challenge' Sunday 24th June ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW Thursday 28th June Charlotte Philcox 'Getting the most from your Veggie Plot'

Re-arranged Fundraising Coffee Morning

in aid of the Stroke Association My Grandson, Keir Bass, is running the London marathon this year and raising funds for the Stroke Association, in memory of his Grandad - Dick Hardy. Unfortunately the coffee morning arranged to help him reach his sponsorship target in March had to be cancelled due to the snow! It will now be held on Saturday 28th April 2018, 10 - 12 in Ashill Community Centre. Pauline Hardy and her family would be most grateful if you are able to support this event.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Breckland Local Group

Our last talk of the season was the best attendance we’ve had so far, thank you everyone. The story of Houghton-on-the-Hill Church is obviously popular and Dr Sue Gattuso was an excellent speaker. We kick off our Spring walks on Sunday 22nd April at Wayland Wood, guided by Steve Collin, to see the bluebells and anything else we may find. Join us and find out about the management work that Steve and his team have been doing over the winter months. Meet at Wayland Wood at 10am, booking is essential, ring 01953


Look out for details of our other walks at Foulden and Weeting.

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In your garden with Lotta Potts

I started this at the very end of winter. That was the day it started to snow.

A short time afterwards many of the

local roads were impassable and we

had started spring. Or had we? A bit

of research showed that 1st March is

the meteorological first day of spring

but there is an argument for the solstice round about the 20th or 21st. Yet others argue for the last weekend

in March as that’s when the clocks go

forward (hooray!). Then again there are those gardeners who swear that spring begins at Easter (whenever that falls) as it’s the first long weekend since New Year and the weather should be bearable, ie warm, dry and sunny. These are the folk who have missed out on the really early beauties such as crocuses, snowdrops, hazel catkins, not to mention the flowering shrubs of winter. So when does your spring start? It is now coming up to the middle of March with a few mild days, the snow having disappeared as quickly as it arrived but a threat of more in a few days’ time after the deadline so by the time the paper arrives you will know whether that was an idle threat which put us back even further or a bit of a damp squib. Having exhausted the possibilities of the exact start of spring, whatever the weather has thrown at us we can guarantee that nature will catch up. It would have been foolhardy to sow

seeds or young plants outside much before the end of March without substantial protection but holding back merely means that the plants will be a little behind where they are supposed to be but by the middle of the year they will have caught up. Remember a couple of years ago

when we had that horrendously wet winter? We thought everything had drowned but once the weather had improved to almost summer-like very early it all bloomed together – early, mid- and late-spring flowers gave us the most incredible display in May. I doubt that will happen this year as at the moment things are roughly where they should be with more and more in bloom each day. Once plants come

up and buds show there’s no stopping

them. So don’t panic – it took years for me to learn not to panic! So on to April. Assuming that the weather has resumed normal spring service the first thing to do is tackle the jobs that couldn’t be done in March. The repairing, painting, cleaning of paths and patios may well have been achieved at the end of March when things improved and if you did congratulations. If not try and carry out as many of these tasks as possible without standing too heavily on the borders where plants may be forcing their way out of the soil. One thing I am going to leave for a while into April is the pruning that would normally be done earlier. This is because I have a number of plants – hardy ones – that suffered badly in the heavy frosts and snow. Their leaves are obviously dead in places and these will have to be removed but others look as though they might recover so a waiting game into the first week or so of April might salvage more than is lost. There will be losses among the herbaceous plants, but don’t assume, wait a while before re-planting and you may be in for a pleasant surprise. Once it is established that plants are growing and the housekeeping is done we can catch up on the nicer things.

Look at the lawn. Mine is full of moss and weeds and these should be treated with the appropriate chemical or physical means and any bare patches re-seeded. Towards the end of the month mowing should

commence. Have the blades at their highest, gradually lowering them as needed. I can’t be precise as to how often or how low as each lawn is different so take it gently and it should be fine. Having caught up on the pruning from March, this is the month to prune

evergreens as well and it’s the month to plant new ones (pot-grown). Also prune and tie in new shoots on climbing and rambling roses, wall- trained shrubs and newly-planted climbers. Just to keep them in their allotted spaces and tidy. It’s amazing how quickly they can gallop off to take over the garden if not the world once they get going. Please don’t cut back or tie up the foliage of bulbs (mainly daffs) that have finished flowering. The bulbs need the leaves to get the maximum sunlight to feed them for next year’s flowers. By all means nip off the dead heads but the leaves need at least six weeks to do their job. This is one of the reasons to grow shorter varieties of daffs in small gardens as the waning leaves look terrible. The little ones obligingly hide their foliage among other plants. If you have bulbs naturalised in grass then mowing has to wait for the six weeks. If the bulbs are in clumps it can look quite attractive to mow paths between them. Plant perennials and divide summer- flowering ones. The dividing should be done every two or three years, depending on the variety. Some really vigorous ones will probably benefit from an annual split. Dig up the whole clump and separate it into smaller shoots, each with a decent amount of root and shoot. Replant these divisions and throw away to central bit that has ceased to perform. If you have more divisions than you need I am sure you will have lots of friends! Some clumps of bulbs may need dividing and it’s about the same method except there won’t be a central bit to throw away. It is recommended to replant bulbs singly but for small ones like snowdrops this is incredibly fiddly and will take years before they look ‘natural’ so dig small holes and put three or five in each. Seeds can be sown now, the hardy annuals outside and the not-so hardly annuals and perennials indoors. Some need a propagator but this can be a home-made job using clear plastic bags over pots with seeds in. Put a stick in the pot first and hang the bag over it to cover the compost and pot. Stand the lot in a tray on a sunny windowsill. Vegetable seeds can be sown this way as well and even if the packet says sow outside it’s worth trying some outside and some in. Tomatoes are favourites as they grow reliably from seed. These and other frost-tender veg such as cucumbers, sweetcorn, french and runner beans are reliable only in a heated propagator. If you don’t have one and buy seedlings do remember they are not at all hardy and need to be kept warm for a while before hardening off and planting out later in the spring/ early summer. Don’t forget, though, that if you have a propagator or use the mini-greenhouse with a plastic bag, all these seedlings will need to be pricked out and moved on into pots or trays and grown on in slightly

cooler surroundings. This usually means a greenhouse (unheated at this stage) or cold frame or back to the windowsills. Bear this in mind when sowing the seeds or it will get totally out of hand later. We are advised to sow successionally, a few seeds a week for well into the growing season. That way there isn’t a glut or an overwhelming number of seedlings to prick out and that can be disheartening. I’m hoping that April will bring some gentle showers and some warm days so we can get on. Still, a very reliable crop will be flowering and seeding all over the place and yes I do mean keep weeding.

West Norfolk Aviation Society

New-ish member of the West Norfolk Aviation Society, Simon Booth, jumped in at the deep end last month and presented an extract from his film archive which highlighted some of the history of the enigmatic Lockheed F- 104 Starfighter. His fascination for the aircraft started as a result of a family member having had personal associations. Developed in the 1950s this machine had such a striking appearance, with its rocket-like proportions, that that alone should have been enough to deter any would- be MIG15 aggressor. Unfortunately, despite holding altitude and airspeed records, it was bedevilled by a catalogue of misfortune, latterly being described by the press as: The Widow Maker – Simon prefers the expression: Window Shaker. An even newer member to the society, the unassuming Roger Burrows, was next to give the society a talk. On his first visit to our venue, at the Mundford Bowls Club, he was asked by a nosey official what were his personal interests in the society and his response was: ‘Well, I make aeroplanes’; in a tone that was almost an apology. We can be pretty sure that almost everybody in the club has made a Keil Kraft or Airfix model at some time in their lives but Roger’s retort was: ‘No, I make scale models, almost full size’. The nosey official was flabbergasted and took immediate steps to engage Roger as a future speaker; the future, on this occasion, turned out to be Tuesday 6th of this month. To embellish his talk he brought along with him a comprehensive set of slides depicting a multitude of projects and their various stages of construction. He also brought a collection of piece parts which included ribs, spars, longerons and frames. From an apprentice in his father’s furniture workshop to master craftsman this gentleman took the initiative and ventured along a career course most of us humble enthusiasts would have died for. Roger’s expertise has not gone unnoticed elsewhere; he is well known among media figures for restoring their broken Stearmans and Tiger Moths. On the stocks at the moment is his own 7/10 scale SE5 WW1 fighter biplane. He has very kindly invited the society to visit his workshop in the summer for a special viewing of work in progress. Without being too presumptuous, one day perhaps, we may even be invited to a flight demonstration. Who needs Duxford!

Without being too presumptuous, one day perhaps, we may even be invited to a flight demonstration.
Without being too presumptuous, one day perhaps, we may even be invited to a flight demonstration.
Without being too presumptuous, one day perhaps, we may even be invited to a flight demonstration.
Without being too presumptuous, one day perhaps, we may even be invited to a flight demonstration.
Without being too presumptuous, one day perhaps, we may even be invited to a flight demonstration.

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What's on at Ashill Community Centre

Family Coffee Morning on Good Friday 30 th March with Delicious Cakes, Bric-A-Brac, Puzzles, Books and Raffle. Games for the children. Free Entry. Bonmarche Fashion Show Tuesday 3 rd April at 7pm. Tickets £3.50 (inc refreshments) on the door or phone Janet 01760 441 651 Monthly Coffee Morning Friday 13th april 10 - 12 All proceeds for the Community Centre funds

april 10 - 12 All proceeds for the Community Centre funds Ashill Village Aid Lunch Club
april 10 - 12 All proceeds for the Community Centre funds Ashill Village Aid Lunch Club
april 10 - 12 All proceeds for the Community Centre funds Ashill Village Aid Lunch Club

Ashill Village Aid Lunch Club

March 9th saw the start of 'in house' cooked meals once a week . We are hoping to reach people retired people, and people with carers from Ashill who would enjoy a meal in

good company. Transport is available. The AVA Call In has held a lunch club since the late 80's and the black and white picture below is of our first team of cooks and helpers. During later years we have been fortunate enough to continue with the hot meals, these being purchased originally from the local public house and more recently from The Lodge Care Home and delivered to the Call In. The Committee always had a desire to cook and serve meals on the premises again. With recent new residents moving into Ashill we have had the distinct feeling that we were now at the point in time that this had become a possibility. From a meeting of interested people, and sorting out the Health and Food Safety legislation with Breckland Council, we now have started cooking again. We have five cooks also an existing team of people to organise each Friday lunchtime and a load of enthusiasm. If you live in Ashill and would like more information contact Dee, our Lunch Club organiser on 01760


contact Dee, our Lunch Club organiser on 01760 441622. Frances Amys celebrating 97 years Saham WI
contact Dee, our Lunch Club organiser on 01760 441622. Frances Amys celebrating 97 years Saham WI

Frances Amys celebrating 97 years

organiser on 01760 441622. Frances Amys celebrating 97 years Saham WI celebrated the 97th birthday of

Saham WI celebrated the 97th birthday of founder member Frances Amys with cake and flowers at the wells Cole Community Centre Saham Toney 14th February. Frances was a founder member of the Saham women's institute in 1970 under Mrs Gapp's Chairmanship. As a stalwart of the WI she attends most meetings, entering the competitions and is a

regular at our monthly lunch group. She stays active and supports village events. She is also a member of the Samsen Club and was a founder member of this club too. She plays bridge and belongs to St. George's church which is very dear to her. Frances was born on February 14th 1921 in Saham Toney, the only child of Frederick and Anna Canham. She has lived in the village most of

her life spending only a couple of years living in Lincolnshire after marrying her husband Bertie, also born in Saham. Frances shared her father's love of gardening, reluctantly giving up driving her motor lawnmower only last year and regrets she is no longer able to tend her flower beds and lawn. Happy birthday Frances!

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A Jolly Good Read

By Ken Knowles One of the greatest pleasures in life is to settle down with the daily paper and take in all the news and enjoy the articles, and maybe attempt to complete the crossword puzzle. Even better for some of us is to read a good book, and although it is nice to keep a selection of these on our book-shelves, it can be rather expensive to maintain one’s own library. Fortunately, ever since Victorian times the need for everyone to have access to all types of literature has been recognised, and throughout the land local authorities have provided public libraries so that every citizen, old or young, can avail themselves of these desirable facilities. Almost every town has a library, whether big or small. Indeed some, especially in the cities, are quite palatial, accommodating vast departments for fiction, non-fiction, reference and specialist sections, as well as spacious rooms for reading and study. My own involvement began when I was about ten years old and would accompany my mother on her fortnightly visits to our library in north London, and while she was busy choosing her reading matter for the next week or two, I would take a seat in the Reading Room, which was usually fairly empty, apart perhaps for the odd un-employed person seeking shelter from the weather, or just passing the time. This room provided for the perusal of all the daily newspapers, as well as a selection of the leading magazines of the time, and my targets were always Punch, with its infinite selection of cartoons and witty articles, Flight, which contained all the up-to-date news of the aviation world, and the Illustrated London News, with all its pictures and general coverage of the happenings of the time. Later on a new periodical called Picture Post, and another entitled Lilliput appeared, and entered my list of favourites, At about this time in my young life I developed a great interest in railways, and so ‘Bradshaw’, the regular publication containing the time-tables covering every station in the British Isles, became a ‘bible’ to me and all railway enthusiasts. Of course this book was far too expensive for me to purchase, but I realised that every new edition that appeared in our library

Dance Away at The Queens Hall

Ballroom, Latin & Sequence Dancing 7.30pm to


Admission £4

Saturdays April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd

meant that the old one it replaced would be destined for the waste bin, so a polite request to the librarian resulted in this becoming mine. From this I could find my way around all the varied railway companies, and plot, for no better reason than it was an interesting hobby, journeys to and from all sorts of unlikely places, such as from Llandudno to Cromer, or Watton to Birmingham, via St.Neots. (Well, it kept me off the streets !) Actually it did me a good service, as my knowledge of the geography of the British Isles was vastly improved, which has served me well throughout my life, especially when partaking in quizzes. But, like most other boys, the bulk of my reading was concentrated on the “tuppeny bloods” of the day, such as the Wizard, Champion, Adventure and Hotspur, which, each week, provided a wealth of exciting tales of the exploits of the regular characters. Looking back objectively it is obvious that most of these stories were repeated, with similar plots cleverly disguised in different settings, with our heroes always making last-minute escapes from disaster, but despite criticisms from adults, it has to be acknowledged that those magazines were strictly edited and no grammatical or spelling errors were ever permitted.

I am afraid that my reading for pleasure

was rather reduced with the onset of the

Second World War, apart from keeping up to date with the daily news, though one periodical became quite popular during those years – Picturegoer, which kept everyone au fait with the world of the cinema screen, with features on all the famous stars and details on every film release. Books took a back seat, as it were, especially during my army service overseas, where I recall one so-called regimental library, which boasted a total of about twenty books, in a camp with more than two thousand soldiers ! My reading really began in the mid- fifties when I moved from London to Essex, necessitating a daily commute by train, which gave me time to read my newspaper and begin to battle with the crossword on my morning journey,

complete it at lunch-time, and then read

a book on the way home each evening.

For these books I visited the City of London libraries, one of which was situated in Bishopsgate, the other at the

Barbican, both of which stocked thousands of titles, both fiction and factual, ably catering for the hordes of office workers in the area. Among the many items I read there was

one describing the existence and history of the Peddars Way, which meant nothing to me then, but imagine my delight when I moved to Norfolk, and found that famous path almost on my doorstep. Over the years I have visited libraries all over the country (they are welcome havens for husbands while their wives browse the shops) and one of Norfolk’s best must be the one at the Forum in Norwich, but also in the same building is the one dedicated to the airmen of the U.S. air force, so many of whom were stationed locally during the war. This room is a little slice of America, with New York newspapers here daily, shelves of books about the U.S.A and American personalities, and boxes individually containing memorabilia from each of the many Norfolk airfields from which the Americans flew. Sadly many items were lost in the great fire which destroyed the original building some years ago, but there are sufficient left to make a visit there well worthwhile. Libraries come in all shapes and sizes, some forming huge structures, while others may be situated in just one small room tucked away in someone’s private house, but mention must be made of the Mobile Library Service, which tours the villages where there are no such

facilities, nor means for folks who do not drive to visit nearby towns. These books-on-wheels vehicles are extremely well-stocked, and are a godsend to rural readers. Alas the finger of doom has been pointed at them, with impending council cuts threatening their existence, but it can only be hoped that they will be spared. Finally I will pass on a remark made by the lady in charge of the library in the small town of Cinderford, in Gloucestershire, some years ago. When my sister-in-law asked “how many books may I have ?”, the answer came “As many as you like, my lovely – even more if you want ‘em”.

Outdoor Bowls Club looking

for members

Ashill Bowls club looking for new members for new outdoors season weather you are experienced or not we welcome all at our friendly club. please contact Hon Sec Brian Smith 01953 885472

Colin's time to relax

Hon Sec Brian Smith 01953 885472 Colin's time to relax Colin Cater is retiring after fifty

Colin Cater is retiring after fifty years of joint service with Julnes & Sons and Myhills Pet and Garden. He has worked

in the same shop all that time and seen so

many changes and people, in that time he has dealt with all the hardware side and more. Colin will take fifty years of knowledge with him which he has collected over that period of time and has regularly used that knowledge to solve many customers DIY and hardware

Little Acorns Playgroup Open Morning

Little Acorns playgroup are having an open morning on Monday 23 rd April at 9.30am - 11.30am at the Youth & Community Centre, which is situated

in Harvey Street, Watton. If you have

a child aged between 2-4 years please

come and join us for a morning of fun filled activities where your child can

queries. Sadly Colin will leave his post of work on the 28th March. He will be greatly missed

by his work colleagues and customers. We all wish him well on his retirement in which he can relax, go fishing and follow more horse racing. Not many of us can say we have worked at one place for fifty years so well done Colin!

explore and investigate lots of resources from joining in with craft activities, playing with sand, construction, small world, play dough and many more. We are a friendly setting and provide children with a safe, secure, nurturing environment where children can learn. Anyone requiring more information about the open morning

or playgroup please contact us on 07843772712, Angie on 01953 883233 or Dawn on 01953 881382.

about the open morning or playgroup please contact us on 07843772712, Angie on 01953 883233 or
about the open morning or playgroup please contact us on 07843772712, Angie on 01953 883233 or
about the open morning or playgroup please contact us on 07843772712, Angie on 01953 883233 or

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The Wayland News April 2018 Page 8 Watton Rotary Roundup The first of our two 2018
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 8 Watton Rotary Roundup The first of our two 2018
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 8 Watton Rotary Roundup The first of our two 2018
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 8 Watton Rotary Roundup The first of our two 2018

Watton Rotary Roundup

The Wayland News April 2018 Page 8 Watton Rotary Roundup The first of our two 2018

The first of our two 2018 “Jazz at the Queen’s Hall” sessions, featuring DixieMix, attracted 90 enthusiasts from near and far, raising £534 for our charities fund - ‘far’ included Ely & Snettisham, such is the reputation of DixieMix! The winner of this year’s Young Chef Competition at Wayland Academy, Isla Gillespie, attended our meeting of 8th March. Accompanied by her parents, she received her prize and certificate from Vice -president Dr Mike Harvey. The runner-up was Freddie Smith (he was unable to

Consultation on Saham Toney's Neighbourhood Plan

At a meeting of the Saham Toney Parish Council on 5th March the council agreed unanimously to submit the Neighbourhood for a six week public consultation which will run from Monday 12th March until Sunday 22nd April


The consultation is open to everyone who lives, works or runs a business in the Parish. The Plan and documents covering the supporting evidence are available on the Plan's website - - to view and download. A questionnaire and comments form on the website allows responses to be sent online. For those who prefer paper, copies of the Plan are available at the Wells Cole Community Centre, St. George's Church and Penny's Tearoom, and also available on loan from the steering committee; contact Chris on 01953 880915 if you would like to borrow a printed copy of the Plan. Paper versions of the questionnaire and comments form will also be available. The Parish Council has generously agreed to a prize draw for all villagers who return a properly completed questionnaire, with three cash prizes of £50, £25 and £10, to be drawn at the May Council meeting. During the consultation period a series of "drop-in" sessions will take place; at

Broom Hall Hotel between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday 17th March, 24th March, 7th April and 14th April as well as at Penny's Tearoom on Friday

attend). The picture includes Isla’s teacher, Gaynor Evans and the club’s coordinator Rtn Michael Haythorpe.

A new competition sponsored by our

Rotary Club has also just been completed.

It was the idea of Dr Mike. a keen

photographer, and the brief was to produce

a digital picture, using any type of camera and processing tools, based on the theme “Autumn”. Although connected with the curriculum, all the work was undertaken after school hours. There were some 20 entries; the winner was Shanice Brown,

13th April between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Villagers will be able to view the Plan, talk with those who have prepared it, ask questions and complete questionnaires. As you read this we will be about halfway through the six week consultation period. Any villagers who have not yet sent their comments on the plan are encouraged to do so, as this is the last full chance to influence how the village may develop over the next eighteen years. As explained in last month's issue, following the consultation all responses will be reviewed and summarised in a document known as a consultation statement. Another new document will set out how the Plan satisfies all the regulatory requirements it is required to comply with. Once those two documents are ready, providing there have been no significant changes to the Plan's policies, the Plan would normally be submitted for a second and final public consultation prior to its review by an independent examiner leading to a village referendum. The timing of this will depend very much on Breckland Council's Local Plan, with which the Saham Plan must conform. The Local Plan will undergo its own independent examination in April and May and Breckland Council

do not expect it to be approved till late

2018. If changes are made to the Local

Plan as a result of its examination that may lead to changes to the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan, which is why there is some caution about setting

a date for the second consultation.

Much more information can be found at and any queries

may be sent to

with Amelia Lawes and Ryan Kelly as runners-up. More information and illustrations from these competitionswill be

reported on the Academy‘s website and the next edition of their NewsLink.

The tree-planting session at Bullock Park, Swaffham was successful, though it was

hoped there would have been a few more children involved. Visit our website for more details and an overview of all our activities - - the archive pages go back about 13 years! Martin Anscombe

Bradenham and District Horticultural Society

Thursday 15th March, Bradenham and District Horticultural Society met at the Village Hall for the members only Annnual Beetle Drive and Fish and Chip supper. Great fun was had by all members, old and new, and we had a chance to see who had the greatest success in growing their free bulb from last year (and who had forgotten to plant them!). Our eagerly awaited Spring Show will take place on Saturday April 7th. There will be a variety of flowers, produce, cookery, photographic art and crafts from our members. Doors open to the public at 3.30pm. Come and see the exhibits and join us for refreshments. You will receive a warm welcome and can find out more about the benefits of membership – just £10.00 for the year. We are looking forward to Kate and Colin Sayer`s talk on “Honeybees in the Garden” on Thursday April 19th. With the plight of bees much in the news at the moment this will provide important information to all gardeners keen to help these vital pollinators. Bradenham Village Sports Day on Saturday May 28th is fast approaching, where there will be a Plant Stall run by our members with a wide variety of healthy, home grown plants at bargain prices. A great way to fill those gaps in the border! Future dates (all free to members):

April 7th 2018 SPRING SHOW 3.30pm open to the public (members only entries) April 19th Honeybees in the Garden (Kate and Collin Sayer) £1.00 to non-members Look out for our updates on Facebook at Bradenham Community Hub Marianne Kilmartin Chairman 01362


Laurene Henderson Publicity Officer

01362 821164 / 07942 820590

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The Ovington Crower

By Boy Sid How yew orl gittin on tergitha, sorry I hent rit tew yew tha larst cuppla munths, fust time tha owld sugar beet harvester wholly brook an we oonly hed abowt an earca tew git dun. So we cort Horry in a sorft moment an we went owt dewin a bit o knockin an toppin jist like we yewsed tew dew years ago. Owld farmer fownd tha owld lifta at tha back of tha barn an hung it on tha back of tha owld Major an went up an down tha cuppla rows left tew git them owtta tha mowld. Then Horry lifted em owt gi em a bang an I come ahind an cut orf tha tops, I hossed the beet streart inter the trailer so we dint have tew fork em up like we yewsed tew dew. Farmer wos so pleased he reckon he wud searve a bit o munny if we did thet evra year. Itsa gud job he ducked wen he did cos the beet ole Horry hulled at him was a right soola and wud hev near on tuk his hed orf. Larst munth I wos propa poorly an wos laid up fer tha best part o sum time. My missus rang tha Docter and he say “Hev he bruk anything?” she say “Noo” Then he say “Is he breathin?” an she say “Corse he is, or if he woont I’de be phoonin tha under tearka” “Well” sez tha docta “Sounds like he’ll live, give him a cuppla asprin every nite and see how he is next week” Anyway she got sum o Granma’s ole hoom meard linctus an gi me a good rub down, but thet still tuk a week or so afore I cud fearce the world. I’m gittin there if yew arsk. Ole missus P cum rown tew see how I wos dewin an she mobbed abowt the rood past tha willage horl wos bunged up wi snow, an wot wos tha cowncil gooin tew dew abowt it. I say tew hare I say “Why dunt yew arsk them, thas no gud yew cum hollerin tew me. We hent got a snow plow enny more since tha cowncil bruk it up fer firewood, yew cud showt in tha lug o tha cowncil chair mawtha an see wot sheese goonta dew abowt it. “Oh” she say “I dassent dew thet, sheel hev me up affront the beak fer bein ‘stroppolus”

Letter to the Editor

New Road at Town Green

What are the ’planners’ thinking about, allowing the road to an upstart housing estate preference over the road to an age-old settlement? That the old, existing road at Town Green is now a give-way turn off is a travesty made worse by the fact that the new kerbing arrangement has reduced the width of the road to ridiculous dimensions. Two cars may just squeeze past each other but, in this rural county, woe betide a tractor! Yours, Jenny Mann, Road user, dog walker and generally disgruntled citizen.

Tha ole snow did corse a bit of a panic, but wen yew looked at it it weren’t nowhere near as bad as thet hev bin in tha parst. We hev bin proper cut orf in tha willage fer sum time, tha oonly blook tew git threw wos the milk man, how he did it no wun knew but he tuk his milk tew orl his reglar customers and hed sum milk oova fer them wot coont git tew tha shop. They doont meark em like thet enny more. An he oonly hed an ole pick up truck, wot wos nearly as old as he wos an he wernt no spring chicken. Wen he sed tew me wun day, “I’ve hed enuff Sid” he say “I’m gooin tew retire” I wos took aback cos heed bin bringin us milk for nigh on thutty year. “Cor blarst” I say “Wot are we gooin tew dew fer milk then ole partna” “Tell yew wot” he say “I’ll git orl my regla customers a cow, hows that” I hatta larf , but we niva got wun. When I wos laid up tha ole Parish Chair Mawtha cum rownd cos she rekkuned I’d missed tha larst meetin. So I say tew har I say. “Well missus I doont heft tew tun up cos I hent on tha cowncil, anyhow I hent bin up tew tunnin owt in orl this rum ole weatha” “Thas no excuse” she holler back “Yew allus kip buttin in with your daft idees an this larst meeting we wos orl dun by jist arta ate, an I hatta goo hoom an lissen tew my ole man mobbing on abowt how Norrige City wos gooin down tha drain an thar ent a propa striker among em. So dew yew cum along in footcha an give us suffin tew argew abowt” Yew carnt win can yew? Well thas time fer suffin warm an a trip up wooden hill, so hoop tew see yew agin nex munth. Dew yew kip a troshin. Boy Sid.

tew see yew agin nex munth. Dew yew kip a troshin. Boy Sid. St Margaret's Church

St Margaret's Church Breccles Historic Font

Boy Sid. St Margaret's Church Breccles Historic Font As part of the five year inspection of

As part of the five year inspection of St Margret's Church at Breccles the Font was inspected by a Stone Mason. His conclusion was that the Font is Norman on a Medieval plinth. The bowl, which looks to be of Barnack Limestone, has a lead lined bowl. The carving on the East face is

Watton U3A

visits Watton High Street - Past

Julian Horn came to our February meeting armed with photos and endless knowledge about Watton High Street. We were shown how the town centre has changed going back through time from 2013 back to before 1910. There were photos of Watton railway station and on Thetford Road the cottage hospital. This was opened in 1899 and didn’t close until 1951. Julian showed us maps showing Watton dated 1803 and also 1790 which showed almost no town at all. The photos were an eye opener showing buildings being replaced by other buildings through this time. There was much interaction

of four figures under arches, perhaps the Evangelists, on the North face blind arcading, on the west face two Green Men and on the South face foliate decoration. This font is special and therefore with preserving. The cost of cleaning the font and carrying out minor repairs is £1,674.

with two of the members who could remember lots of the details in Julian’s talk. It was a very interesting insight into how Watton has evolved over time. Julian has agreed to return next year to give us another talk about the history of Watton. I’m looking forward to that already. The meeting started with several group leaders giving reports on the activities of their groups and whether there were any places vacant. The Looking at Watton group have had a book published on their work which concentrated on Watton High Street and are now looking at 1901 and 1911, the two census years. The next meeting on 22 March is the AGM when we will be electing the next committee. New committee members are welcome. The membership fee of £22 is due and will be collected at this meeting.

The PCC would like to undertake this work and has received a £500 grant from AllChurches Trust. If anyone would like to make a contribution towards this project please contact David Childerhouse at or 01953 498079.

The No 1 pub lunch group will be going to The Waggon and Horses in Griston on Thursday 12 April and the No 2 pub lunch group will be going to The Windmill at Great Cressingham on Tuesday 27 March. The visit to Newmarket Stud has been put back to 11 April. Please put your name forward at the March meeting if you would like to go. The cost will be £27 which will be collected then. There is also a visit planned to the Beth Chatto gardens on 18 June. The holiday to Paignton on 9 September has a few places available. Please contact our Membership Secretary, Anita Taylor on 01953 881110 if you would like to become a member of the Watton U3A, or would like further details. For further details on the National U3A, go to

a member of the Watton U3A, or would like further details. For further details on the
a member of the Watton U3A, or would like further details. For further details on the
a member of the Watton U3A, or would like further details. For further details on the

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Happenings of The HAPPY Project

As I write this most of the snow in our immediate vicinity has melted leaving enormous puddles around. I hope none of you were too inconvenienced by the white stuff and that you continue to look forward to the spring and summer and maybe even some sunshine! The HAPPY Project is drawing to a close. You may remember that Suzanne Rhind applied for some funding from The People’s Health Trust in order to set up The HAPPY Project. The specific aims were to meet the needs of isolated and lonely people in rural areas. The areas specified by the funders were Great Cressingham, The Arms and Little Cressingham, Ashill and part of Watton. Because some of those areas are sparsely populated we eventually asked the funders if we could extend the project to include Griston and the top end of Watton near to Carbrooke. My ideas were to start some groups to encourage people to get out and meet up with others. I formed a Steering Committee to enlist some help in starting the groups. Some ideas worked and others didn’t! The groups that we began, needed to be sustainable and self operating by the end of the Project What didn’t work was the Social Group, it was very slow to become established, we found people preferred to have activities organised for them, rather than take the lead and make suggestions, so after a year of fluctuating numbers, we took the sad decision to close the group. The Project tried to establish an Art and Craft Group in Great Cressingham, which was really good fun but was only

Wayland Mens Shed Social Group

On the 1st April it will be a milestone in the short history of WMS Social Group, it is from That date on we take on our own responsibilities and stand on our own feet so to speak. Its been almost two years since a handful of us took up the daunting challenge of trying To establish the Watton based Mens Shed Social Group now called “Wayland Mens Shed” at The old School House in Church Walk, but none of this would have been possible had without the financial backing and help from “The Happy Project” run by Mrs Jean Williams at Wayland House to Jean and THP a big thank you from all of us at Wayland Mens Shed. So with our funding now finished its time for us to start paying our own way. Since our moving in to our base in Church walk we have gone from strength to strength with an increasing membership that gives us a firm base from which to move forward Into the future. Over the past few weeks we have received requests from other local Towns, Dereham & Kings Lynn to visit our band of merry gents with view to starting their own town based Mens Shed Groups, it pleases us very much that we are able to help other potential groups and we wish them all the best for the future. Friday 23rd Feburary was our Cheese & Wine evening organised by our social secretary Malcolm Trayhorn and as we have come to expect it was another great evening with some 35 members and partners attending. Our computer section also seems to be

attended by two families, this was not a viable option for so few children, we were sad to close that group. We have been working in partnership with The Grange in Great Cressingham to set up a Craft group using their wonderful facilities. For various reasons, this has not happened, but I am hoping that later in the year there will be another attempt to launch such a group. Watch out for further information. Another project we attempted was The Bereavement Café, which was held monthly at Babaco’s in the High Street, by kind permission of Sandra and Peter Merry. We joined forces with Breckland Funeral Services and by providing a confidential, listening ear in familiar surroundings, I am pleased to say we helped a few people who had lost family members and were finding life difficult. The Bereavement Café has now ceased to function with the end of The HAPPY Project. What went well! The Ashill Family Art and Craft Group, held in Ashill Community Centre is a big success and will continue to operate on the second Saturday of each month.This has been made possible by two very kind donations one from The Watton Dance Group and one from The Ashill Welfare Trust which has provided sufficient funds to pay for the hire of the hall until the end of the year. Every-one is welcome to join us. The next meeting will be held on 21st April 2018 because the hall was not available on the usual date. Activities include cooking, painting, making things and many varied crafts. We will also be starting a children’s games section within the art and craft

group. The Watton Games Group was set up in conjunction with The Library. It has been successful and given some people lots of fun and pleasure. The group has recently been relaunched and now operates on a Wednesday in the Library from 2pm to 4pm, pop along and join in the fun. You can take your own favourite game and teach the group how to play or use the games that are provided. The Wayland Men’s Shed was set up as part of The HAPPY Project, we didn’t think for one minute it was going to be as successful as it is. That is of course, thanks to the very hard work of the committee and the members who strive to make The Shed welcoming to all who walk in the door! There are lots of activities going on, do go down and have a look. The Shed is open on Monday and Wednesday 10am to 2pm and on Saturday 10am to 12 noon. The Griston Festival has been supported by The HAPPY Project, we have been providing mainly administrative support and advice. The Festival was a huge success in 2017 and plans are well under way for 23rd June 2018. Please put the date in your diary. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shown interest and supported The HAPPY Project. Especially those people who joined the Steering Group, without them activities we have offered would not have happened. I have enjoyed meeting members of the public at the various activities I have attended whilst publicising our activities. Photo: Penny helping two of the children with their art work at the Ashill Family Art and Craft Group

with their art work at the Ashill Family Art and Craft Group gathering momentum and seems

gathering momentum and seems to be busy all the time Refurbishing and repairing and what they cant repair is all broken down and parts sent off to be recycled bringing in useful income to boost our funds, well done Jeff, John and the rest of the group in the computer room. Our Up and Coming events: 16th March, Visit to Fakenham races; 27th March, 10 pin Bowling, in Dereham; 4th May, Video-Film Race Nite; 20th June, Stanta Battle Training Area, Coach tour; 18th September, Coach to

Bletchley, (The Code Breakers) Some more events to come; Quiz & Chips, Cheese & Wine, as yet TBA Visitors always welcome as are new members our weekly opening times are:

Monday and Wednesdays 10am to 2pm and Saturdays 10am to 12pm (times may vary from time to time due to various activities) why not pop in for a cuppa Tea or Coffee the kettle is always on. Cheers, Richard Adams ,Chairman WMS Tel: 01953 881004 e mail:

Watton Society News

881004 e mail: Watton Society News At their February meeting Watton Society was visited by

At their February meeting Watton Society was visited by a group of excited brownies wanting to know the results of the annual poster competition organised by the Society. This time the theme was "Invictus Games". Of course it had nothing to do with the prize money, they just wanted to know who was first, All entries were very good and extremely well done. The Society hope to see more entries next year, once again very well done all of you. The Brownies are Rosie, Freya, Isobel and Caitlin with Leader Rachel.

are Rosie, Freya, Isobel and Caitlin with Leader Rachel. An interesting evening listening to the history

An interesting evening listening to the history of the Thursday Club from Club stalwarts Gay Skipper and Jane Sheldrake (above). The Club is run by volunteers to provide a chance for learning disabled people of all ages to meet socially. To take part in a variety of activities, go on outings, enjoy music/ dancing or simply just chat. For more information contact Jane Sheldrake. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 18th April, at 7.45pm at the Watton Christian Community Centre, when the speaker will be Anne Bridge - "Lost and Found" - the mystery of the Cheapside hoard.

Centre, when the speaker will be Anne Bridge - "Lost and Found" - the mystery of
Centre, when the speaker will be Anne Bridge - "Lost and Found" - the mystery of
Centre, when the speaker will be Anne Bridge - "Lost and Found" - the mystery of

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The Wayland News April 2018 Page 12 Viribus Vincimus (By Strength we Conquer) 21 Squadron, Royal
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 12 Viribus Vincimus (By Strength we Conquer) 21 Squadron, Royal

Viribus Vincimus

(By Strength we Conquer) 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force

Stow Bedon, 7th July 1942

It had been a very warm start to July in 1942 but on Tuesday 7th, the weather turned and became cooler, overcast and windy. Three young men from RAF 21 Squadron took to the air from RAF Watton on board a war weary Bristol Blenheim V5851. (MkIV). This was one of three Blenheims left with 21 Squadron and were generally used as squadron “hacks” meaning that the aircraft might be used for continuation training, instrument training, transportation of personnel or spares and visits to neighbouring units. The Blenheim usually carried a crew of three, the pilot, navigator and Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner. The area allocated to the pilot on the left side of the nose was cramped and engine instruments eliminated the forward view on landings. The navigator was seated alongside the pilot. The wireless operator/air gunner was located alongside the aircraft's dorsal gun turret. Records indicate that this is likely to have been a training flight. Shortly before 17:00 the aircraft is reported to have collided with trees at Spinney Farm Stow Bedon 3 miles South of Watton, ripping the tail off. Eyewitnesses described that the aircraft then zoomed skywards before crashing into the field adjacent to Sandy Lane in Stow Bedon and a short distance from Breckles House. During the descent, it was observed that the legs of one of the crew were dangling and waving as if struggling to escape from the camera hatch in the aircraft during the final descent. If this memory is correct, this would have been the escape hatch for the Wop/AG (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner). Sadly he didn’t make it out of the aircraft. Another eyewitness recalls that the plane was limping home (after a local accident) and flying very low. She writes that as the pilot saw the plane was on a collision course with Breckles House he responded by putting the nose down so that the aircraft crashed, burying itself deeply in the field and exploding into a ball of flames upon impact. She adds; “But for the courage of these men, everyone in the cottage

would have died. To my mind, no windows were broken but the flames were so fierce that the trees burnt, the honeysuckle on the front porch was burnt up and the paint on that side of the cottage was blistered and peeled off. My eyelashes and eyebrows were singed when I went outside from the kitchen to go to the stable to let out our rabbits that were in hutches inside. I then ran to the post office to ask them to phone the police and my father who was working in Attleborough. My sister was delivered of her baby a few days later and for years he used to cling and scream when he heard an aeroplane. " All of the crew were killed and later buried at St Mary’s Church in Watton. Pilot: R/93513 Sgt Frank Brown Graham Heron Royal Canadian Air Force - Watton (St Mary) Churchyard Row C. Grave 63. Observer: R/687000 Flt Sgt George Douglas (Bucky) Maluish Royal Canadian Airforce - Watton (St Mary) Churchyard Row C. Grave 62. Air Gunner: 1067562 Sgt George Edward Step - Watton (St Mary) Churchyard Row C. Grave 61. Sgt Frank Heron and Sgt George Step were only 20 years old. Sgt George (Bucky) Maluish was only 23. Sgt Frank Heron joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in March 1941 in Edmonton. Training in High River, Regina, and Dauphin, Manitoba. He was posted overseas in December 1941. Was born on 7 July 1922 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, his father, Frank, was 21 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 24. He had three brothers. Sgt George Step was born in Ulverston in Lancashire and was the only child of Percival and Fanny Step. It is possible that it is George Step’s family seen here attending his funeral at St Mary’s Church Watton. Sgt George (Bucky) Maluish has a surviving second cousin who tells me that Mr. Maluish was called by all who knew him by the nickname "Bucky". The Maluish family was from Kenora, Ontario, Canada. He had two brothers, Ted and Tom and one sister Evelyn. All the sons in the family served in WW2. The cousin relates “My mother once told me that the day the family was informed of Bucky's death you could hear his mother screaming four blocks away at my mom's house.” She adds that “Bucky was handsome and a very good athlete and of course his death was a huge loss to our family. His father and my grandfather both served in WW1.” Unknown to individuals

my grandfather both served in WW1.” Unknown to individuals researching this story, the Maluish family have
my grandfather both served in WW1.” Unknown to individuals researching this story, the Maluish family have
my grandfather both served in WW1.” Unknown to individuals researching this story, the Maluish family have
my grandfather both served in WW1.” Unknown to individuals researching this story, the Maluish family have

researching this story, the Maluish family have regularly made trips from Canada to visit Bucky’s grave and hope to visit again this year. It has taken me many years to discover the circumstances around this crash and references and accounts are as accurate as I can ascertain. It would seem that the last action by the pilot of the stricken Blenheim was to try and save the lives of those living in Breckles House by crashing the aircraft nose into the field. Everyone in the house survived. Now that this information has been collected and with the assistance of the surviving relatives of the crew, it is planned that a small memorial stone will be erected off Sandy Lane in gratitude and in memory of Sgt Frank Heron, Sgt George Step and Sgt Bucky Maluish Many thanks to Mr. R Childerhouse for pointing me in the right direction. The photos below are from the hometown papers of the two crew members, Heron and Maluish. And lower left show the funeral party arriving at St Mary’s, Watton. The lower picture shows the volley of shots fired as a salute to the fallen airmen. (St Maty’s pictures form the Wartime Watton Collection and visible on

a salute to the fallen airmen. (St Maty’s pictures form the Wartime Watton Collection and visible
a salute to the fallen airmen. (St Maty’s pictures form the Wartime Watton Collection and visible

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Watton Churches Together - April

St. Mary’s Church, Watton Follow us @StMarysWatton

If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, on 01953 881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 12 noon—–Gerry Foster Commencing Wed 19th April, the Church will be open Wed 10.30-3.00pm & Thurs 10-12.30pm. You are welcome to come into church to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, say a prayer & light a candle, or just to look round. Church members will welcome you and serve refreshments. 1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion 2nd Wednesday Morning Worship Thursdays 5.00pm—5.30pm Parish Prayers Saturdays 9.30am—10.00am Parish Prayers 5.00pm—6.00pm Prayer & Praise Sundays 10.00am-11.30am ADventure-free for 0-16 yrs Breakfast—Crafts—Games—Faith in Jesus Teaching Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm Tel: 01953 881252

Sun 1st

Sun 8th

Easter Day




10.00am Informal Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Sun 15th


Holy Communion


Holy Communion




Café Stop at Blenheim Centre

Sun 22nd


Holy Communion


4th Sunday at 10

Sun 29th


Holy Communion


Group Service at St John’s Church, Ovington

Watton Methodist Church Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet place.

At 10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member.

Sun 1st

Easter Day


Revd E Reddington


Revd B Trinder

Sun 8th


Section Service at Great Ellingham


Rev E Reddington

Sun 15th


Local Arrangement


Rev A King

Sun 22nd


Mr S Lynn


Mrs E Warby

Sun 29th


Rev B Winner


Mrs A Fox

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

Sun 1st

Easter Day 8.30 & 10.30am Mass of Easter Day at Our Lady of Pity Church, Swaffham

Sun 1st

St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill Easter Day


Holy Communion & Sunday Funday

Sun 8th


Family Holy Communion

Wed 11th



Sun 15th 9.30am

Morning Worship

Sun 22nd


Holy Communion

St. George’s Church, Saham Toney Sun 1st Easter Day


Holy Communion

Sun 8th 11.00am 12 noon Sun 15th 11.00am Sun 22nd 11.00am

Family Holy Communion APCM All Age Worship Holy Communion

Sun 1st

S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke Easter Day



Holy Communion

Sun 8th


All Age Worship

Sun 15th


Holy Communion followed by APCM

Sun 22nd


Lay Led Worship

Sun 1st

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington Easter Day



Holy Communion

Sun 15th


All Age Worship

Sun 29th


Group Service - Re-opening Celebration

All Saints Church, Threxton

Our next service at All Saints Church Threxton will be on Easter Day, Sunday 1st April at 10.30am A warm welcome to everyone

Thought for the Month

Rev Eleanor Reddington Dear friends, Quite a few years ago now I was in a small village Primary School as the children came in for the start of a new day. The Headteacher gathered them all together and said that a new government directive had come out saying that all schools had to start the day with some exercises for the children. Then she looked at me and said “that’s right, isn’t it Eleanor?” Thankfully, by this time I had realised what was going on, and agreed, so all the children trooped out to do some exercises led by the other teacher. Once the children were all back in their places, and ready for me to lead assembly the Headteacher said “April Fool”. I’ll leave you to imagine the reaction of the children! Why have I told you this (apart from giving you a smile)? Well April 1st falls on a Sunday this year, and Christians will be celebrating the most incredible event – the resurrection of Jesus. Yes, Easter Sunday also happens to be April 1st. I suppose some people do regard the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as just stories – but there’s nothing April Fool about Jesus’ resurrection, even though the Jewish religious leaders tried to claim it hadn’t happened. It did, and it’s the most incredible news. God loves us so much he sent Jesus, his son, to earth, and Jesus died the most horrific death to show us both how much He loves us, and how much he wants us to know and love Him. Then God raised Jesus from the dead, and in doing so promised new life to all who believe. Down through the years millions have found strength and comfort in Jesus’ death and resurrection. I love this time of year, and never ceased to be amazed at the strength and depth of God’s love, and of Jesus’ love. The knowledge of that love, and of God’s presence with me day by day, has kept me going through some difficult experiences. As you look forward to those chocolate eggs (themselves a reminder of new life) on Easter Sunday, why don’t you join us for worship, and find out how much God loves you for yourself? Have a truly happy and blessed Easter. Eleanor


By Fr Gordon Williams (Roshi) Japanese researchers have discovered that the ancient practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or ‘Forest bathing’ can help reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and even help with depression. Forest bathing refers to allowing the forest to envelope you with its energy. We all know how lovely it is to walk in the woods, breath the woodland air, smell the wonderful fragrances, listen to the birds and feel the gentle breeze. The Japanese put great emphasis on the presence of great trees especially the very old ones. In Japan there are forty four accredited Shinrin- Yoku forests. But we do not need to travel to Japan to seek out such a forest. There are little oasis’s near to all of us. It might even be your back garden if you have one. Nature’s beauty and energy are all around us, but we often pass it by without appreciating it. Even very populated areas have their share of trees. Take a leisurely stroll and you soon realise they are there. If I have something that is troubling me or I just feel out of kilter, a walk to the duck pond will often put me right. There I find still water, waving reeds , Willow trees and ducks of course! It’s hard to be obsessed by the modern world when we are surrounded by the ancient one. The natural world has great power to lift your spirit. It reminds us that we are part of it all, not separate from it.

What’s on at St Mary’s Church, Watton

Thursday 5th April 10.00am Thursday Chat a social coffee morning at St Mary’s Church, all welcome Mon 9th April 10-2.00pm Messy Church at St Mary’s Church, Theme “Caring for our World” Free Fun, Food and friendship, children please bring an adult with you. Mondays 16th , 23rd, 30th April 9.30am Story Bags at St Mary’s Church for parents and preschool children during term time only. Mon 16th , 23rd, 30th April 4.30-5.45pm 1st Watton Rainbow Brownies at St

Mary’s Church Rooms for girls aged 5-7 years. The Rainbows will be meeting each Monday at St Mary’s Church during term time. or look on Facebook Friday 20th April 2.15pm, & Saturday 21st April 7.15pm Watton Community Cinema at St Mary’s Film to be advised. Refreshment Café opens one hour prior to screening. Tickets available at the box office on the day. The March Winner of the 100 Club Draw No 24 Eleanor Nethaway

Shipdham & District Book Group

The book discussed on 21st February was Gallows View the first in the Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks series by Peter Robinson, first published in1987. Banks has moved from London to Eastvale in the Yorkshire Dales with his wife and two children. He has three major enquiries on his hands: a Peeping Tom with a preference for blonde ladies including his wife, Sandra; a series of burglaries often involving meaningless vandalism and the mysterious death of a frail elderly lady. The general opinions expressed were favourable although all those present found the style of policing, attitudes and writing understandably dated. Examples quoted included expressions such as 'bobby dazzler', 'a nice pair of knockers' and the description of a smoke filled, greasy carpeted pub. Members thought the characters believable and well portrayed. The descriptions of the rural small town background evoked the time and place. We commented on the changes in police work since the introduction of modern communications and surveillance methods including CCTV and mobile phones plus the development of DNA evidence. Overall it was felt to be very readable and enjoyable, some have read other titles in the series, at least one on the strength of this first one. The solving of the old lady's death kept us guessing to the end whilst the burglaries were described as they happened and the Peeping Tom was fairly easy to identify. For our meeting on 21st March we are reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Peeping Tom was fairly easy to identify. For our meeting on 21st March we are reading

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The Wayland News April 2018 Page 14 Watton Twinning Association shall have a guest speaker Jane
The Wayland News April 2018 Page 14 Watton Twinning Association shall have a guest speaker Jane

Watton Twinning Association

shall have a guest speaker Jane Fountain leader of the Watton Neighbourhood Plan Working Group

to explain to us what the groups plans are for the

future of Watton, ie: Housing, Schools, Transport,

soon for this visit. When you have been twinned for 31 years it is sometimes difficult to think of places in our region and beyond that they haven’t already visited. We do have one dilemma though, we have a young family with 2 children a boy and girl who would like to twin with a young family in Watton or one of the surrounding villages. If you or anyone you know would be interested in hosting this family please let me know by telephone or e.mail and I will tell you anything you need to know, my information is at the bottom of this letter or you can come and see me at the meeting above. If you are interested in joining us and making a link with a German family in Weeze or just becoming a member to meet our other members socially please contact me by telephone or e.mail below for a chat and more information. Twinning membership is just £10 per year for a family and £7 for a single adult, which isn’t a huge amount but is necessary to pay our public liability insurance, stationery costs etc. We also hold 5 or 6 events a year some to just socialize together and others such as a Cream Tea, Carnival and Oktoberfest to raise funds for when our Weeze friends come to Watton then we have an itinerary of events while they are here, always a most enjoyable time is had by all whether you have guests staying with you or just joining in the whole event. Tel:- 01953 883317 or or visit Margaret Devine (Chair)

visit Margaret Devine (Chair) Our Twinning year started with a New Year Get - together,

Our Twinning year started with a New Year Get- together, which was a very enjoyable evening. Recently we had our 31st Anniversary Meal, which was held at the Olde Bell Saham Toney. The picture shows just some of our members with our guests the Mayor of Watton Stan Hebburn and his wife Sue. Our A.G.M. is being held on Wednesday 28th March at 8pm in the Pentecostal Church on Dereham Road, Watton. During the evening we

Health facilities, Roads, Youth centres and Village halls etc. If you are interested in hearing what is being said then you are more than welcome to come to our meeting, it will also give you the opportunity to meet some of our members and an insight into Twinning. The meeting finishes with tea, coffee and biscuits and a friendly chat. On May 19th until 23rd our twin families are visiting Watton so we will also be making plans

Watton Evening WI

What with Brexit negotiations continually in the media it was good to remember that women took on the government and won the equality of the vote. In our February meeting, Hazel Gillingham (our own Vice President) suitably attired in Suffragette fashion told the fascinating story of Millicent Fawcett. Millicent was a Suffragist who campaigned peacefully and tirelessly for votes for women. As you may have heard in the media, Suffragettes took a more militant route and between both the Suffragists and Suffragettes fight, some women were given the vote but only those aged over 30 and who owned property. Millicent was from Aldeburgh, Suffolk born in 1947 and died in 1929 but not before she founded Newnham all women college still going today and was honoured by becoming a Dame in 1924. Her pioneering attitude is evident in the WI today in the campaigns and lobbying of the government on many issues to improve our environment both worldwide and at home. A little known fact about Millicent is that her

sister was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson who is reported to be the first women doctor. Millicent’s daughter, Phillipa was determined to continue her mother’s fight for equality and went to college

although, women at that time, were unable to be presented with a degree, unlike her male counterparts even though she was top of her class. Phillipa went on to form the Fawcett Society which still fight for equal rights for women. Formidable women to whom we are eternally grateful. In recognition of her achievement, a statue of Millicent Fawcett is to be erected in Parliament Square. During the meeting notices were read along with

a short statement given by Pam focussing on the

plight of our community of the influx of continually building many more properties and draw our attention to the CPRE/Norfolk/ Campaign to Protect Rural England project and the potential threat to our community and landscape with regard to future Development Planning. Many views were voiced including that the Town Council is now in the process of drawing up a Development Plan for this area. Pam sought our support in this and other agencies efforts as best we can. As usual the WI members have been busy and the Craft Group have been focusing on producing ‘fidget quilts’. These are lap quilts which provide sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless hands of those suffering with Alzheimer’s or

the restless hands of those suffering with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Our Lunch Club

other forms of Dementia. Our Lunch Club enjoyed a delicious meal at Waggon & Horses, Griston, a favourite venue. We also enjoyed joining with other Watton residents at Watton Cinema held in St Marys Church to watch the film ‘Victoria & Abdul’. If you would like to know more about WI or visit as a guest please telephone our Secretary, Carol Robeson on 01953 881006 who will be pleased to speak to you.

What's New at Watton Sports Centre?

In recent times there has been a lot of opinions and out pouring of unhappiness about the Sports Centre and its management. Where had this all come from? In recent years the facility has not kept pace with the growth of the town and to a great extent had become elitist, serving the few, not the many with its ethos. Some residents of Watton have voiced their dissatisfaction loudly and some also making assumptions as to what had gone wrong. Following the AGM in September it was blatantly obvious that to move forward we had to modernise in attitude, as people had stopped using the Centre, the council had stopped listening and generally it was time for change, financially it was very apparent that a different approach was essential for survival. We needed to provide a facility that would be inclusive of all ages and abilities, for Social and Sports and so we have begun on that long and difficult road!

So what is new at the Sports Centre? There is a new inclusive facility emerging run by the committee, where team work and volunteering of time and expertise is allowing the Centre to come alive again! New memberships for all ages, concessions for public services and students, squash and badminton courts ready for hire and a new improved gym and fitness studio with fantastic views. Bowls, tennis and numerous exercise classes now on timetable and we are adding more options daily. Children’s holiday clubs will be up and running in time for the summer holidays. We have plans to renovate the kitchen and extend the bar with an upstairs Sports Lounge and provide a Social Membership with benefits in the bar including members lunches. Available to hire for functions such as children's parties, weddings and corporate functions etc. It has become a home for Slimming World and the Learning Centre for Children's University to name a few. There is a lot to achieve with ageing infrastructure but we are positive in our task to keep the Sports Centre legacy as a charity alive and working in the community. Please feel free to come and have a look around! Grant Harwood WSA Trustee & Secretary

and working in the community. Please feel free to come and have a look around! Grant
and working in the community. Please feel free to come and have a look around! Grant

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On and off And on again with Inner Wheel

The snow did play havoc didn't it?


this year on March 23rd was ON, unaffected by weather and a large audience gathered in the Queens Hall to be entertained by KYLE, only it turned out that poor KYLE had woken the day before with a bad attack of laryngitis and no voice! Thankfully she had two marvellous friends and fellow musicians, Roger and Colin who were able to join her at short notice and we were treated to a great programme of foot tapping songs from the era of Elvis Presley and rock and roll. We

might not have danced in the aisles but

if they come again next year I think

some people will! Despite having very little voice KYLE was able to harmonise and her lively, bubbly personality shone through as she encouraged everyone to sing along. It was a great morning and added £332 to our charity funds.

The next events had to be called OFF,

a group of members had planned to

visit the new restaurant at Thetford Garden Centre for lunch but heavy

snow deterred us, then on March 3rd

the coffee morning in the Queens Hall had to be cancelled as was the craft market. We do apologise to anyone who did come along hoping for a slice

of cake and a cup of coffee and finding

the doors shut. And then, it was back to ON with our

club meeting on March 7th when local author Joan Khurody came to talk to us about her life which has been a rather unusual one. She met her Indian husband, Phi, when they both went to Reading University but not to do the same courses. Overcoming the social, cultural and religious differences at the time they married and moved to a rural part of northern India for Phi's work. Seven years of relative privation and then a move to Bombay followed by years in Iran, Indonesia ,Lebanon and Yemen. (Pictured top right are Inner Wheel President Lesley Cowling with Joan and Phi Khurody) An ailing mother brought them back

our first lunchtime concert of


Watton as retirement beckoned but


the age of 80 Joan decided that it

was time to put her experiences into words and started to write. She has so far written two accounts of her life and two novels and told us that as she woke the other day a story flashed into her mind and thus another book will soon

be born. A truly inspirational talk and a

reminder that it is never too late to start

on a new career! Also ON on 23rd will be our Fashion Show with Artichoke, if you haven't got your tickets yet they are still available from Mullengers in Watton High Street. Tickets are also available for our next Lunchtime Concert on April 25th when the Senior Moments Jazz Band will be entertaining with their mix of Jazz, Swing, country waltz and ballads, tickets are still at £6 including a light lunch. And, for your diaries, our renowned and popular Strawberry Tea will be on Tuesday, June 21st as usual at the pink house, 30, Thetford Road from 2.0-4.0 We look forward to seeing you at all our events. More information about events and Inner Wheel from me, Brenda, on 01953881792 or from our Secretary, Pam, on 019533880904

on 01953881792 or from our Secretary, Pam, on 019533880904 Great Hockham Gardening Club Integrated Disease Control

Great Hockham Gardening


Integrated Disease Control

Our speaker for March was Abi Rayment, BSc, MSc, MBPR (Hort). Abi works for Dove Associates and undertakes regular crop walks for a range of nurseries

in the UK. She studied at Hadlow and Writtle colleges, and is an active member of the International Plant Propagators Society. As well being able to set up and monitor trials, carry out full nursery audits and run workshops, she has a keen interest in biofumigation and compost tea. Abi returned to our club after her visit of a year ago when she talked about integrated pest control. This time the subject of her talk was ‘Integrated Disease Management. Abi opened her talk by outlining the main approaches taken to control diseases: Chemical, cultural, environmental and biological. Chemical: the use of chemicals has been falling out of

favour in recent decades due to the

indiscriminate killing of the insects that might actually be beneficial. Also, the cumulative effect of the chemical on other wildlife, directly or indirectly, has become unacceptable. As a result of these problems many previously commonly used chemical controls are now banned. Cultural: by using preventive practices including using plants that are resistant to pests and creating conditions that produce healthy plants. A healthy plant is less susceptible to attack. Environmental: by changing the

conditions around a cultivated plant some pests will find it difficult to survive. Red spider mites do not like moisture, so by keeping the humidity high they are deterred. Companion planting falls under this heading. Biological: this is the control of harmful organisms by the

introduction of predator species that

do not have negative consequences

on the remaining ecology. Indecently, it seems that Dutch elm disease is only a problem once the tree becomes six feet high. At that height its smell spreads easily enough for the beetle to detect it. Abi illustrated her talk with affectionate descriptions of diseases like powdery mildew, botrytis, peach leaf curl and cankers,

whereas silver leaf, leaf spot, white blister and various rusts, prompted words of pure admiration. Now, with increasing reverence, she talked of early blight, fire blight, box blight, tip blight, potato blight and cane blight, while club root, root rot, honey fungus clematis wilt were described in terms bordering

on love. By the time we got to scab, brown rot, blossom wilt, blossom end rot and blossom dearie, she began to sound as though we should be singing their praises.

In the unlikely event that you might

want to eradicate these beautiful biological blooms, then there

seemed to be little chemical remedies still permitted or

available. Firstly your plants should

be obtained from reputable sources.

Next is to find what the organism thrives on – and supply the opposite, see above. There was one thing that came up on several

occasions during her talk: compost tea. Compost tea is something you can make and can be effective at

tea is something you can make and can be effective at controlling a range of problems.

controlling a range of problems. First because the disease doesn’t like it and secondly the nutrient supplied to the plant allows it to thrive and therefore better resist attacks. There appear to be various articles on making this potion on the web. The competition results for March:

Flowers. 1 Hazel Dunn. 2 Matt Cunningham. 3 Val Long. Fruit/Veg 1 Jane Dalton. 2 Hazel Dunn. 3 Only two entries. Photos 1 Prue Szczepanowski. 2 Ed Szczepanowski. 3 Hazel Dunn. Our next club event is a visit to Anglesea Abbey. This is an ‘unorganized’ event that members can simply arrange among

themselves so as to all turn up at the same time and thus share the experience with friends. Our next, and last indoor meeting of this season will be on Wednesday 11th of April. Roger Jones from Norfolk Wildlife Trust will be informing us about the ‘Wild Orchids of Norfolk’. After that the summer will be here and we will be sunning ourselves at an outdoor venue. Edward Szczepanowski.

Diabetes UK

The March meeting was shorter than usual, because we had our annual lunch get together. We did welcome a new member, though and a couple of arising matters were discussed. Our next meeting will be on Monday April 9th, 10.15am, at the Pentecostal Church, Watton (whom we thank for the generous use of their facilities). Our speaker will be John Daly and he will be speaking about "My life as a Paramedic". For details of this or any of our meetings, please phone

Helen 01953 884713, leave a message and I will get back to you. Alternatively you can email me

Griston Yard Sale Monday 7th May

A chance for you to turn your

unwanted items into cash! Bank Holiday Monday should see plenty

of folk in the village so book a

reservation now with Nicky on 01953 548375 at a cost of just £5.

All taking part will be included on

a map of the village which will be sold on the day for £1.

Christian Aid Week

May 13th-19th

Watton Churches Together are holding a Big Soup Lunch during Christian Aid week. This will be

on Wednesday 16th May between 12pm and 2pm at the Watton Christian Community Centre. All

welcome. Donations to Christian Aid. We are holding a street collection on that day, and there will be donation envelopes in all

churches also.

Christian Aid. We are holding a street collection on that day, and there will be donation
Christian Aid. We are holding a street collection on that day, and there will be donation
Christian Aid. We are holding a street collection on that day, and there will be donation

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Richmond Park Golf Club – Ladies Section

2018 Page 16 Richmond Park Golf Club – Ladies Section On Monday 12th March, following the

On Monday 12th March, following the heavy snow and recent rainy days, the ladies of Richmond Park Golf Club were finally able to get out onto the golf course. They played a social 9 hole Texas Scramble Competition and despite some wet areas on the course, enjoyed a mild morning which

stayed dry until everyone was back in the clubhouse. The winners of the team competition, with a score of 25.3, were Margaret Middleton, Chris Bailey and Dilys Gibbs who were presented with their prizes by Ladies’ Competition Secretary, Linda Hewison.

Following the golf the ladies held a Bring & Buy sale and Raffle. As always cakes and home produce proved popular and £154.50 was raised for the ladies section. Pictured from L-R Linda Hewison, Margaret Middleton, Chris Bailey and Dilys Gibbs

Fundraising for Cats Protection

Our branch of Cats Protection which covers all of Breckland has to be self sufficient in supporting ourselves. This includes very large vet bills - between £1500 and £2000 a month, at our vets in Thetford, and we use lots of other vets as well. We have a neutering budget every year from our Head Office, so the vet fees do not include the cost of neutering. All the cats and kittens we take in are checked over by the vet, flea’d and wormed, vaccinated, microchipped and where necessary, neutered. Some cats or kittens come to us with other problems which require veterinary treatment, which costs more money. Of course, all the cats in our care have to be fed, sometimes on specialist food whichcan be exprensive. And we get through a large amount of litter too! We have various collection bins around - one in Tesco’s at Brandon and one in Pets at Home in Thetford where kind people can donate cat food. We also feed 3 colonies of ferals cats twice a week on an industrial estate in Thetford. All these cats have been neutered by us so they can’t reproduce. Our adoption fees for cats and kittens is £60 each, which also helps towards our vet fees. As an animal charity we are always at full capacity, and can only take in another cat, when one has been homed, freeing up another space. We go to great lengths to raise money. We have a sale about 6 times a year at St. Cuthbert’s church hall in Thetford, where

Dereham Indoor Bowls Club

Dereham indoor bowls club based within the leisure centre will be open throughout the summer. Leagues will be run on Monday and Friday mornings with roll ups Tuesday and Thursday. A singles knock out will be organized Wednesday

Thursday. A singles knock out will be organized Wednesday we sell, jumble, bric - a -

we sell, jumble, bric-a-brac, books, toys, tombola and lots more. And we have two lovely ladies who give up their Saturdays to set up stalls outside St. Cuthbert with tombola and anything else that they think they can sell. They can raise as much as a couple of hundred pounds each time, which goes a big way towards our vet fees. We also have a bingo night once a month in Brandon, which brings in quite a lot of money and some of our ladies knit various toys to sell which are always very popular. We collect any sort of metal, from tin cans and aluminium cans which we make money on at the recycling centre. The amount we make

mornings Coaching for beginners will continue throughout the summer run by qualified national coaches. The club will also exhibit once again at this year's Dereha m Carnival. Interested people can speak to a committee member of the club Tuesday or Thursday mornings 10.30 til 12 noon

depends on the weight of the metal. We accept anything that we can sell to make money. If you have unwanted items, whether it is clothing, books, Bric- a-brac, we are always very grateful. However, we cannot accept furniture as we have limited storage space. Just give us a call on the number at the bottom of this page and we will get back in touch with you. We are always looking for new ideas on how to raise money, so if you can give us any pointers, we will be very grateful. For advice or information , or if you need help with the cost of neutering, please call Breckland Cats Protection on 01842


Griston Yard Sale

Monday 7th May A chance for you to turn your unwanted items into cash! Bank Holiday Monday should see plenty of folk in the village so book a reservation now with Nicky on 01953 548375 at a cost of just £5. All taking part will be included on a map of the village which will be sold on the day for £1.

a map of the village which will be sold on the day for £1. THE WAYLAND
a map of the village which will be sold on the day for £1. THE WAYLAND
a map of the village which will be sold on the day for £1. THE WAYLAND
a map of the village which will be sold on the day for £1. THE WAYLAND


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