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Cheetah Class at Watton Westfield School all dressed up for World Book Day 2019. More news from Westfield on back page.

Birdland), and Professor Stephen

Coffee Morning Great Night for Hawkins. Motor Neurone Disease is a
terminal disease which affects the nerves
at Ovington Darts fans which in turn destroy muscle action.
At Watton Sports Centre with Bob Unfortunately it is difficult to diagnose
Village Hall Anderson and Bobby George because it manifests itself with a variety
in aid of The East Anglian Air Ambulance. On Friday 19th April Watton Sports of symptoms. We will be serving Coffee/
I am organising this event at Ovington Centre welcomes former world No.1 Tea and Cake for which there will be a
Village Hall on Saturday 25th May at darts legend Bob Anderson and two-time box for donations. All profits will go to
10am until 2pm There will be a Tombola, News of the World Champion Bobby the John Garratt Memorial Trust Fund for
Craft stalls and homemade cakes along with George for a great night of entertainment. research into the causes of Motor
filled rolls. The evening will consist of tales from the Neurone Disease.
So, come along and enjoy a cup of tea or ex-professionals playing days, matches
coffee with your friends! against the two ex-professionals with
To help me raise some money for this audience participation (so make sure you Norfolk Wildlife
worthy cause to help them to carry on with bring your darts too!), professional darts
their excellent work they do. Jane Lambert MC Paul Wilson, professional stage and Trust Breckland
lighting giving an arena feel. The evening
will end with a Q&A period for the Local Group
Grand Second audience and a raffle. VIP tickets will In February, we had our AGM followed
also be available for this event offering by a talk by Jonathan Preston NWT
Hand Book Sale the chance to meet the guests for photo Breckland Reserves Manager. He updated
opportunities and signings plus a jug of
13th April
us on the work the trust has been doing in
beer per VIP Table. the Brecks Reserves over the last year,
The first sale of the year is on Saturday Looking forward to the event, Bob clearing and fencing land and making
13th April, at Thompson Community Hall, Anderson said “I am looking forward to habitat to encourage rabbits, as so many
from 10am until 4pm. As you’ve come to our evening at Watton Sports and Social of our wild plants need closely cropped
expect we’ll have a HUGE new range of club, and Bobby and I, along with grass or nearly bare earth in order to
books on offer, with no book costing more professional darts MC Paul Wilson, plan flourish. They are also trialling Bagot
than ONE POUND. There will be hot and a fun filled night of darts and banter. goats grazing, with a view to getting their
cold drinks, cakes, snacks, and hot soup on Hope we see lots of you there! own herd.
sale, with plenty of seating available. In Standard Tickets are £15.00 each VIP As I write, we have yet to enjoy our last
addition, we will have cakes and savouries Tickets are £25.00 each talk of the season, with Martin Hosier, on
for you to take away, along with a choice For further information about the two the wildlife of Hingham.
mixture of both indoor and garden plants, events or to order your tickets, please We now stop our talks to start the Spring
daffodils, and general gardening phone 01953 881281 or feel free to pop and Summer walks. We kick off on
paraphernalia. Our tombola will feature just in and speak to a member of reception at Sunday April 14th, 10am to noon, with a
chocolate as prizes, just in time for Easter. the centre, Watton Sports Centre, guided walk around Thompson Common
There will also be a selection of Easter Dereham Road, Watton, IP25 6EZ and Pingo Trail in hope to discover the
themed items. pool frogs. This will be led by a member
To coincide with a new category of books of the NWT Brecks team.
under “music” we’ll also have on offer Coffee Morning Due to the nature of this walk please
vinyl, audio cassettes, DVDs and CDs. So In Aid of Motor Neurone Disease leave your dogs at home.
plenty to see, plenty of time to browse, Association (MNDA) Venue: Meet at Gt Eastern Pingo Trail,
space to sit and mardle, we look forward to Pam and Roy Challand are putting on a Thompson Common car park on B1111
seeing you all there. Any donations are Coffee Morning on Tuesday 30th April NR17 1DP.
most gratefully received, and collection can 10.30 – 12noon at 10 Mallard Road. This Cost £2 members, £3 non-members.
be arranged, please just give us a call. Keith is to raise funds for MNDA in memory of Booking essential, ring Lesley on 01953
and Caroline 880153. John Garratt (who used to live in 717227.
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them possessed bank accounts to which their machines, light was by the old hurricane lamps. If I had not joined the Women's Land Army I
A Quick Look allowances could be credited directly. All cow's udders were washed in cold water would not have met my Tommy with whom I
Today we are urged to join the cashless society, containing disinfectant, this played havoc with spent many happy years until his sudden death
Round some banks seeming to regard customers as a my hands and in the winter they would crack in 1978. (Below Tom at the Newsagent’s hut
By Orbiter bit of a nuisance, unless they restrict their and bleed, I used the cows udder grease on outside RAF Watton gates)
A lucky change in circumstances enables me to transactions to electronic transfers, even them!!, (no hand cream available then). After
resume my monthly review of the local and cheques now being largely out of favour. the milking machines finished each cow had to
wider worlds, and there has been plenty to grab Fortunately a few organisations still provide the be hand stripped. The herdsman, the girl I lived
my attention. services that have traditionally eased our way with and myself milked around 60 cows and
As is usual with the English climate we never through life, of which the use of cash is still a when one was due to calve we took it in turns to
know what to expect, and this year it was vital part for many. be midwife. You had to be available day or
February’s turn to provide the surprises, with Imagine every child that wanted to buy a 35p night and provided the calf was born fit and well
heavy rains, snowfalls and fogs to start with, but bar of chocolate, or an orange, from a street the reward was an extra 2/6d on your wages
then followed on the 14th. by a temperature of trader, having to use his own credit card ! No, a cheque at the end of the month. Working with
15deg. C (59 F), which apparently was a record completely cashless society is not possible in stock on a seven day week with a half day off
for this part of the country on that date. the present day. each week, the rate of pay was slightly higher
I remember it also as the day that I drove past Good afternoon. than for the general farm worker but without
South Pickenham church down a side road over-time. On Sunday work was cut to a
where the bankings were covered by an amazing minimum, Christmas Day was treated as
carpet of snowdrops, which stretched for over A ‘Families Matter Sunday.
two hundred yards. What a sight! Later on that The yard at the farm was home base for the
same day I witnessed the panicked rush of Keyworker’ for winter months only, in the spring the bail was
husbands to Tesco for flowers and chocolates, moved by tractor on to a field where the cows
as they belatedly realised it was St. Valentine’s Watton were to graze. We would stay on the same field
day! The first Management Committee for the for about a week before being moved to fresh
But in the fortnight following even warmer days creation of this ‘Families Matter Keyworker’ grass. Each time the bail was moved an electric
awaited us, even reaching the seventies (in oldie post will have taken place on 26th March. fence had to be erected to keep the cows away A Quilt is a Hug
language) in the west country, and the high Fundraising continues for this pioneering post, from the milking equipment. Sitting in the
sixties here in Norfolk. As this weather for the Community by the Community. Many middle of a field at 6 in the morning with no you can keep
approached its peak, I was delighted to see, in thanks to the organisers of the ‘Peddar’s Quire’ protection from the wind and rain was a chilly In February Jane Lond-Calk came to talk to us
my garden, a handsome yellow butterfly, ‘Evening of Renaissance Music’ which will experience. After breakfast it was back to the about the Linus Project. Jane, who is a former
presumably a Brimstone, though unfortunately have taken place at St Mary’s on 23rd March, farm to feed the calves and muck out, then on to teacher at Watton, joined a quilting group
there were no blooms for it to visit. Had it sharing proceeds between this post and also the the field to prepare for afternoon milking. formally called Hackers, Tackers and Stuffers.
waited two more days to appear it would have invaluable work supporting the Falconer Before lunch the heifers that were grazing on This group changed its name to Wayland
been spoilt for choice as my flower beds Children’s Home and Orphanage in Zambia. yet another field had to be checked and the Quilters eventually moving to Thompson
suddenly burst into colour. Many thanks to Breckland Funeralcare who are young bulls taken for walks on a halter. Community Hall. They became members of
All these seasons seemingly coming at the holding a Fundraising Car Wash on Saturday TOMMY Norfolk Quilters and joined Project Linus.
wrong time can be a bit unsettling as it is hard to 18th May to coincide with our monthly There were other girls working on the estate but Project Linus started in the USA in 1995 after
plan one’s life when we are not sure if summer Saturday Coffee Morning at St Mary’s (3rd Sats as it was so vast, extending to several adjoining an article appeared in a magazine featuring a
has now been and gone. But March has now of the month) from 10.00am to 12 noon. Please villages, we seldom came into contact with child who had been going through intensive
come, bringing high winds, so perhaps put a note in your diary to bring your car for a them. The occupants of the other cottages in the chemotherapy. The article stated that her
normality is returning. car wash in the St Mary’s car park and come in row where we lived were mainly retired estate security blanket had helped her get through the
Meanwhile life goes on, and once more the for ‘a coffee/tea’ while it’s done! Thank you to workers. The village had one small general treatments. Karen Loucks, who had just learned
authorities have been busy providing reading others planning initiatives too, so we can bring store which also served as Post Office, there to crochet, decided to provide security blankets
matter for drivers, but now the usual red and about this strategic post for such a critical time was no social life at all as the village hall had to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer
white ‘Road Closed’ notices have been joined as this. been taken over by a nearby R.A.F. camp as Centre. Project Linus is named after the security
by scores of yellow ones, which are headed In addition, a Steering Group working on the sleeping quarters for airmen. Imagine the blanket- holding character Linus from the
‘Advance Warning’. I think that is followed by issues we face going forwards for Families is excitement when news came that this R.A.F. Peanuts cartoon comic strip. In March 2000
information of road closures, but I rarely part of the positive ‘Watton Working Well’ camp was sending a lorry to pick up the girls for Project Linus came to the UK. All quilts given
manage to read down as far as the nitty gritty strategy. The third meeting at the Town a dance. Although the camp was one of the by quilt makers in Norfolk stay in Norfolk.
before I am past it. Council Offices for this will be taking place at smaller non operational stations it had a super They are given to children from premature birth
One I did decipher was at the traffic lights at 5.30pm on Monday 8th April 2019. dance band consisting of five very talented to 19 years old. Originally made for paediatric
Watton that announcing the ten mile diversion TEAM…Together Everyone Achieves More …. musicians all serving airmen. This proved to be cancer patients the project has broadened its
that confronted Norwich bound traffic for a And we do this by harnessing the current energy such a great success and so popular the focus towards seriously ill, abused, bereaved or
week or so. It does seem surprising that with our emerging and, joining it with all the past Commanding Officer agreed it should become a traumatised children. Jane eventually took over
local areas seemingly covered with side roads, experience of those who’ve worked so hard in weekly event. I became friendly with the as a co-ordinator for Norfolk for quilts. She
few of them are suitable for use in times of and for Watton Community, go forwards trumpet player, Tommy, who was a Norfolk organises sewing days, people paying £5
emergency. But while it can be annoying to together positively. man and we spent many happy hours cycling in towards expenses, any money made goes
have to suffer delays and diversions, it is good Thank you very much indeed. the woods and surrounding country side. When towards making more quilts. These are made
to see that so much effort is being made to bring Contact: Revd Gerry Foster and Kirsty we could arrange our free half days at the same from 100% cotton back and front, and the
our roads up to the mark. Rutherford, Children’s Centre Manager time and petrol ration allowed, we would go on wadding in the middle has to be machine
Without doubt our main attention at this time his motor cycle to Bury to the pictures. This washable at high temperatures. The quilts are
has been concentrated on Brexit, our secession pattern of life was to continue for sometime. made in different sizes – cot size, lap size and
from Europe, and whether this will actually take Memories of a Land Although the war had come to an end our work single bed size. A small quilt could cost £50 to
place. Our Prime Minister has been working full had to go on until the men returned to replace make. Quilts are always checked for stitching
out for the past few months, but she appears to Army Girl us. I had married Tommy in Elveden Church, or pins and then labelled with Linus Project
be facing as much opposition from within our by Mary Emms (Continued from last month) he was soon hoping to be demobbed and keen to labels. This is insurance cover in case things are
own government as she has from Europe, so it is CHANGES get back and pick up the threads of a business missed like pins etc. The quilt is given to the
anyone’s guess what the outcome will be, or When Eileen and I had been at the farm for over which he had taken on just before being called child ‘in need of a big hug’ for them to keep.
when. two years the herdsman and his family decided up. I applied for release from the Land Army so Jane showed us several of the quilts that had
More important to some is whether Norwich to move. We were informed by the farmer that that I would be able go with my husband to been made. These were beautiful and so diverse
City will manage to maintain their form and he was going to sell the herd but until that time Watton and start yet another new venture as in pattern and colour. Any donations of fabric
gain promotion this year, and if they do, are we had to carry on. This meant we would be wife of a country newsagent. Our home, a three which is 100% cotton, for example men’s shirts
they good enough tp stay in the Premiership, or doing the work of four people and the roomed cottage at the end of a row of four on a or scraps from sewing projects, would be
will they merely be just one of the several ‘yo- herdsman's daughter also worked with us. After main road had a gas cooker and electric light. welcome. This was a very informative talk and
yo’ clubs who prove to be too good for the a few weeks of very hard work the cows The kitchen contained the cooker and a wooden to see the quilts which had been made and the
second tier, but not quite good enough to rival departed and so did Eileen. I could have stayed table covered with lino and that was all. The work involved making these quilts was
the richer clubs.? on and done general farm work but I decided to water tap and drain were in the front garden, all amazing. So very beautiful!
Locally we were all geared up to welcome the stick with cows as I enjoyed the work, this washing had to be done in a bowl on the table The speaker for April will be Gerry Foster
opening of the new Post Office in Watton, only meant a move to another dairy farm. and the dirty water carried through the living Shepherdess – Sheep dog training
to be disappointed at the last minute by a My new place of work was to be a few miles room to the drain. There was no bath or toilet, The No 1 pub lunch group will be going to The
postponement that was described as being from Thetford on the Norfolk / Suffolk border. we had to share a toilet with the occupants of Windmill at Great Cressingham on Thursday 11
caused by ‘telecommunication problems’. Still Guernsey cows but this time far more and the other cottages, this was situated on the end April.
Hopefully these have now been sorted out, as I milking machines. Home was to be a small of the last cottage. My mornings were spent The No 2 pub lunch group will also be going to
am told that the facility is now in operation at cottage which I shared with another girl. Still oil cycling around the country lanes and villages The Windmill at Great Cressingham on Tuesday
last. lamps and oil cooking on a Valor stove but a delivering newspapers in all weathers. 26 March.
The mention of Watton Post Office takes my cold water tap over the sink in the kitchen. Bath The years I spent in the Land Army had been A second group of members visited RAF
memory back about 25 years when ‘pensions night was a tin bath in the copper house filled hard work, the days long. I had achieved tasks Marham on 13 March.
day’ would be signified by a long zig-zag queue with water from the tap in the kitchen. like rolling 10 and 12 gallon churns full of milk A small group visited Lexham Hall in February
of elderly folks all around the inside of the shop Work was to start at 6 a.m., the farm where the and carrying bails of hay and straw on a to see the snowdrops.
and out along the High Street, as folks waited to cows were housed being about 2 miles from the pitchfork, things I would not have thought Please contact our Membership Secretary,
replenish their purses with the cash that was cottage. Milking was done in a bail situated in a possible in my office days. There had been Jacqui Cummings 01953 881716, if you would
vital in those days before credit cards and large yard. It was a mobile bail fitted with a good times, it was an experience I'm glad I did like to become a member of the Watton U3A, or
A.T.M.s were available, and when far fewer of generator providing power for the milking not miss. would like further details.
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Cancer survivor to The D Word!!

run in memory of We need to talk. We need to talk about
the D word - Deadline - (add your own

friend and neighbour scary sound effects or music here - in your

head, so you don’t frighten your
In the pink on May 12th, a Wretham cancer survivor neighbours! “Dum Dum Dumm” works
plans, after three years walking the course, to try her first quite well.).
run – at the age of 66. Please understand that when setting the
Sheila Mathers will join hosts of others in the annual Race content of the paper, several decisions
for Life at the Norfolk showground to raise money for have to be made well in advance of
Cancer Research. placing the first article on the page. One
She recovered from breast cancer in 2012 and, after of these is how much advertising is there?
walking the course with friends for the last three years, is Determining how many pages I can print
to run the five miles this year -already meaning regular (Adverts pay for the print!). From then on,
training runs around her home village of Wretham. the space is filled up as copy comes in.
Her participation has special meaning. She will remember First come, first served.
a former colleague Sarah Parkinson and, much closer to IF your copy comes in AFTER all the
home, the death from cancer of her Windmill Lane available page space has been filled, then
neighbour Kerry-Jane Whymant Morris, who died just 51. even though it might be minutes, or even
You can support Sheila by going to the Cancer Research hours and days BEFORE the deadline, it
page at: will not get printed. See the bottom of the
race-for-life-3416 or back page for details. Thank you. Julian

(Social,Garden & Workshop) Fridays

Wayland Men’s and Saturdays; 10am to 1pm, ( Social Dereham Indoor
and Computer Group)
Shed Social Any enquiries give me a ring; 01953 Bowls Club
881004 or e mail: waylandmensshed Boston Bowls will be bringing their
Group bowls shop to Dereham Indoor Bowls
With a bit of a lull in activities over the Cheers for now, Richard club on Thursday 28th March from
past four weeks it has given me time to 10am to 4pm
reflect on how far Wayland Mens Shed All items of bowls will be on sale.
(WMS) has progressed, in June this Booked Up Congratulations to our Ladies team who
year it will be three years since a finished runners up in their league.
handful of us first met at the "Hare & and Full Up! The lists are now on the notice boards
Barrel" Public House to discuss the Such were the feelings of those who for entries into our summer leagues.
possibility of starting a local "Mens attended the first Bookfest and Breakfast Leagues will be on Monday am and
Shed" Social Group, thanks to a lot of organised by the Special Events Team at Friday am with roll ups Tuesday and
help from Jean Williams and a lot of Watton Methodist Church. Thanks to the Thursday mornings and Wednesday
hard work by our committee members I Spring Cleaning antics of church afternoons
think I can now say all that hard work members and friends, there were literally The Coaching attracted twenty one new
has resulted in a steady increase in hundreds of interesting books to entice members on the last course. The club
members and as of last week even the most discerning bookworms to will be holding a new session in May or
Membership was up to 72, with a part with modest amounts of cash. June.
regular attendance at our hall in Church Business was brisk all morning as a For more info ring Terry 01362525042
Walk on a Monday or Wednesday of up steady stream of customers took
to 30 members our consumption of Tea, advantage of the bargains available and
Coffee & Biscuits is now reaching the knowledge, expertise and Gt Ellingham &
biblical proportions! recommendations of the booksellers
Without doubt one of our hardest themselves. District Flower
working members is Malcolm Trayhorn And then there was breakfast: a
our Social Secretary who is constantly Continental style Buffet which proved to Club
working to produce a list of activities to be very popular, needing a quick trip to Monday APRIL 15 th A demonstration
keep the members busy, both in house the supermarket to replenish stocks of by Anne Bell, entitled ‘From Me to
and on numerous outings to events or to croissants! Also on offer were cereals, You’ at Rocklands Village Hall NR17
places of interest, probably the most juice, rolls ,a selection of home made 1TR
popular of all is our "Quiz and Chips" preserves and unlimited refills of tea, Starts 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm FREE
evenings the next of which is on Friday coffee or hot chocolate. to members, £7 Guests. Raffle &
31st May, due to the popularity of this There were newspapers for browsing Refreshments
event it will now be held at the Church through and a lively buzz of conversation We are a friendly NAFAS affiliated
Community Centre, High Street, throughout. Many guests asked wistfully Club and meet monthly for
Watton as our hall has now become too if the event would be repeated on a demonstrations, Workshops, visits and
small to accommodate the number of regular basis: commenting that eating lots more!
people wanting to attend this evening of and talking with others was always a Look us up on our Facebook page
fun and corny jokes. treat. (I think the jury might be Gtelinghamanddistrictflowerclub Or for
Our Garden at the rear of our hall is temporarily ‘out’ on too frequent more info call 01953498694
near complete, our shed is now up and repetitions of this event, but it is certainly
ready to use and final touches to the something that the organisers would love
hard standing area should be finished
by the end of March subject to the
to do again – sometime!) However, a
wide range of books are always on sale at
Letter to the
weather being kind to us, a lot of thanks
to Malcolm, Harry and Shaun for their
the weekly Coffee Morning held in the
Centre every Wednesday – do come in
hard work trying to get this work and have a look , we’ll be delighted to
completed. see you. Sutton Family
The workshop has also been busy Thanks to the hard work of the SET and Upon a recent visit to Carbrooke
producing a number of Bird Tables the immense generosity of church folk Church looking for Sutton relatives we
(£30) and Bird Boxes (£10) to meet the and their guests, the Bookfest and were happy to find graves of Albert
demand from members of the public. Breakfast raised the amazing sum of Edward Sutton and Josiah and Maria
Our Computer Group as always are £481.80 This money helps to maintain Sutton and of Sidney Sutton on the War
working to full capacity with all the the ongoing upkeep of the church, and Memorial but sad to find out how and
work that they have to do to keep up also enables the church family to make when he died. We are going to
with enquiries. regular donations to nominated Dernancourt cemetery to see his CWGC
Note: Our Annual General Meeting will charities, which this year are Water headstone in May. Are there any Sutton
be held on 5th June this year at our Hall Aid, Guide Dogs for the Blind and The relatives who live in Wayland area who
In Church Walk, 6.30 for 7pm sharp. Thursday Club. could tell us more of this part of the
Any gentlemen who would like to join Thank you to all who support our family, who has inherited Sidney's war
us are welcome to call in to our hall to events and we look forward to seeing medals. Please contact
see what we are up to, our open times you at the ‘Spring Thing’ on April 6th.
are as follows; Mondays and (Please see separate article.)
Wednesdays; 9.30am to 1pm Lesley Cowling
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'last chance' shelf. These are well worth
Diabetes UK In your garden looking at as most of them will just need Saham Toney
With Lotta Potts a decent drink. It will pay to knock them
In March, the group met twice. At our first meeting the guest out of the pots as they are probably well Neighbourhood
speaker was John Daly, who spoke to us about the Royal British Well March certainly did its stuff! I pot-bound. This will prevent their taking
Legion. John is the Chairman of the Watton branch and his wife suspect we got a bit complacent with up water so if they are badly pot-bound Plan Update
Helen is the secretary. We heard about how morale was very low May’s being in February and expected put them back and sink them in a bucket Shaping the future of Saham Toney!
and much hardship was felt by the returning servicemen from World the warm weather to continue. March of tepid water for a few hours. After that There hasn’t been an update on the Saham
War 1 and many fell by the wayside. There was no welfare state and certainly reminded us not to take the take them out of the pot again and try to Toney Neighbourhood Plan for a couple of
they were blamed for the introduction of Spanish Flu as well. The weather for granted ever. Hopefully pull them apart a bit or remove all the months but that doesn’t mean that the plan
government did not want to know - the returning men had no money, having come in like the proverbial lion it worn out compost. You might have the has not been progressing.
no clothes and were starving. Field Marshall Earl Haigh, together will behave and go out like the lamb and nice surprise of being able to split them As previously mentioned, as part of the
with Lance Bombadier Tom Lister formed the British Legion on 15 April will be wonderful as it should be. into two or three separate plants – a real Neighbourhood Plan, we are including Site
May 1921. It was made up of 4 national organisations that had For all the gardeners who like to start at bargain! Either then pot them up in good Allocations in the Plan. The call for sites
formed after WW1. The first Poppy Day was held on November 11 Easter, this year Good Friday is 19 April compost or plant them out according to that ran from August to October last year
1921 and the legion was granted Royal status in 1971. Anyone can and the Queen is fortunate enough to what they are. resulted in 16 sites being submitted for
become a member, whether they have been in the Armed Forces, or have her birthday on Easter Sunday. The lawn was probably well wet and review and details of these site can be
not - to continue the work started nearly 100 years ago. John was She’ll have a busy weekend if she starts producing lots of moss during the winter. found on our website at
very warmly thanked and left us some leaflets to distribute to our planting the spuds as well. It will also have been growing so once it These sites are being reviewed by an
members. If you have managed to catch up with the dries out a bit this is the month to get independent organisation, AECOM, and
The second meeting of the group was for our annual lunch at the tasks for March by the beginning of April cracking with moss killer, feed, and re- we expect to be reviewing the assessment
Waggon and Horses, Griston. We all enjoyed the sumptuous meal you’ll probably be a bit stir-crazy and seed any bald patches caused by the reports of the sites from AECOM’ as well
and the service was excellent too. A good time was had by all. ready to go. The big ‘don’t’ for early in removal of weeds and moss. It's a good as other agencies by the end of March.
Our next meeting will be on Monday April 8th, 10.15am, at the the month is a visit to the garden centre, idea to rake it over to remove the dead After that we will start a process to select
Pentecostal Church, Watton (whom we thank for the generous use of coming home with trays of tender plants moss and thatch from late cutting last sites from those that the assessment deems
their facilities). Our speaker will be Charles Wardle who will be and putting them in. Guess what you'll year or early this year. If you aren't keen to be either suitable, or suitable with certain
talking to us about Diabetic Retinal Screening. For details of the be doing in May? That's right, replacing on grass and have only a small area why conditions.
group, please phone 01953 884713 and leave a message, or email them. Even the most experienced have not get rid of it and plant something that Three reports form our Landscape done it, sometimes two or three times in doesn't need cutting every week in the Consultant – a Landscape Character
the month thinking that as the weather season? After all, how many other plants Assessment, a Fringe Sensitivity
improves these little plants will thrive. do you prune at least once a week from Assessment and an Assessment of Views
They won’t. Planting seeds, small plants, April to October? have been published and are available on
potatoes: anything in fact, all need warm Once spring bulbs have finished the web site at
soil. This may be good in April but also flowering remove the dead heads to These documents were formally adopted
it might be necessary to wait until May. prevent their seeding but don't remove by Saham Toney Parish Council at the
There’s no need to worry, they will all the foliage as the leaves soak up the February Council Meeting, meaning that
catch up. The best (and least sunshine to make food for the bulb. the documents will carry some weight
embarrassing) way to test the Please don't tie the leaves up in little when reviewing future planning
temperature of the soil is to put your bare topknots either as this reduces their applications.
forearm on it for a few seconds. If you chances and after all you want them to We are just finalising our village Design
can’t leave it a few seconds the soil is too flower next spring. If the sight of the Guide, so hopefully that will be available
cold. Try again later in the week if the ratty foliage offends you either dig up the on our website around the time you read
weather is kind or later in the month if bulbs and replant somewhere out of sight this.
necessary. The old-fashioned instruction or pot up into deep pots or put in annual The Breckland Local Plan was published
was to drop your trousers and sit on the or perennial plants to hide it. Another tip on 18th February for its final 6 weeks
ground. This is the more embarrassing is to plant miniature bulbs so that the consultation before being approved.
way, particularly in the front garden or if dying foliage isn’t so obvious. The small Having attended the hearings last year, we
you have neighbours. At least they will
Dance-Away at The know if the soil is warm enough for
flowers look more in keeping with a
small garden than the very large ones
were not surprised or concerned by the
changes in the new version, so have just
planting from your reaction. unless you are growing for show in submitted a few minor comments.
Queens Hall The second ‘don’t’ for Easter starters is
don’t end up in A&E. There is little
which case you need more space to grow
a selection of large and miniature
Our consultant and the Breckland
Neighbourhood Plan coordinator have
more depressing than the sight of those flowers.
April 6th, May 4th, June 1st who have fallen heavily, stood on the Other maintenance starts off with
reviewed our latest draft policies and given
us some helpful comments on how to
7.30 - 10.30pm wrong end of a rake, got too enthusiastic
with hedge trimmers or anything else
pruning winter jasmine, which will very
rapidly turn into a tangled mess of stems,
further improve them. Most encouraging
was the fact the Breckland coordinator told
Ballroom, Latin & Sequence sharp or emerged in plaster casts for
other mishaps. Anything that gets you
hydrangeas (this is because the dead us our plan is now the most thorough and
flowers are normally left on over winter well justified one she has seen in the
into this situation will probably put you to give a bit of protection to emerging district, more robust than it was a year ago,
off gardening for a long time and let’s shoots in spring), so the pruning consists and "not far away" from what Breckland
not forget that this activity is fun. It is of removing these dead heads. Any wall Council expect and require.
also designed to save you money. That is or support-trained plants will need to The Neighbourhood Plan Work Group
in gym subs not edibles as strictly have new shoots tied in. These include have made strong objections to the
speaking whatever you grow to eat in the rambling and climbing roses, clematis application for 54 houses at Nilefields, as
average garden will end up costing in and other climbers you may have. Don’t have many other residents of both Saham
terms of outlay, fertiliser, time, effort but forget that growth follows the knife so if and Watton and our Parish Council. At our
the advantage is the thrill of pulling or you are renovating a shrub remove a request George Freeman MP has also
picking something you have grown and third of old stems right to the ground but objected. If you agree it's wrong to build 54
eating it. If you don’t believe me try a only trim about a third of the remaining homes on land that regularly floods, would
tumbler tomato plant in a 14” hanging stems. If you repeat for two years your create a dangerous road junction, is home
basket. You can easily buy the plants shrub should be just like new. It is quite to a wide variety of wildlife and would
and baskets at any garden centre since difficult to kill by pruning and if you merge Saham with Watton and you haven't
‘grow your own’ became fashionable and overdo it one year it’s pretty much already objected, please do so. You can
you don’t even have to mess about with guaranteed that if you give the victim a find a link to the application on the
seeds. Go on, give it a go. feed and water regularly during the planning applications page of our website
Perennials can be divided and planted season it will be fine next year. When it If you have any comments or questions on
now. If you divide a large clump of a comes to pruning less can be more and if any of this or anything else to do with the
perennial plant, take the outside young you have a flowering shrub that comes in Neighbourhood Plan, if you would lime a
growth and replant it and throw away the the category of ‘it’s very pretty but no more personal visit to a local group, or if
middle exhausted bit. Too many to re- idea what it is’ prune after the flowers you' would like to be added to our mailing
plant? Find a friend with a bit of space have finished so you shouldn’t lose next list, please get in touch with Chris Blow on
or do a plant-swap or even pot up and year’s buds. All plants want to survive 01953 880915 or at
donate to a charity stall of which there and reproduce. All gardeners want to
will be many over the next couple of keep them restricted to their allotted
months. This may well have been advice spaces. The Ovington
for March but if you missed it don't At the time of writing (mid-March for the
worry as the plants will soon make up the deadline) the weather is truly horrible. Village Hall Quiz
lost time. So far we have been spared another visit Saturday 4th May at 7.30pm. A fun
If you go to the garden centre and from the beast from the east and I evening to stretch the brain cells! Entry
manage to get past the jolly bedding, sincerely hope we don’t get one but £6 per person, includes a ploughmans
look for perennials as this is a good time March will hopefully give us all the supper. Bring your own drink and a some
to plant. They'll need regular watering water reserves we need and here’s to a money for the raffle. Please ring
but it's worth it. You might find some gentler April. But whatever the weather Christine on 01953 885848 to book your
that had been left too long and are on the here we go – keep weeding. team of four in.
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Wretham Church
and former
rectory welcomes
Easter visitors
The small Victorian gem which is the
church of St Ethelbert at Wretham
welcomes Easter visitors on Sunday
and Monday, April 21 and 22 between
11am and 5pm, when the gardens of
the former rectory, now Wretham
Lodge, are open to the public.
The National Gardens Scheme ten acre
site at the Lodge has a spring time
display of tulips, hellebores, fritillaries,
daffodils and narcissi, along with
bluebell and woodland walks, shrub
borders and a walled garden.
Admission is £5, children free,
proceeds to NGS charities.
Across the road in the Grade
II*church, home-made cakes and
savouries and refreshments will be
available throughout both days, along
with a large used book sale.
Proceeds here are for church funds and
visitors can relax in a church notable a Lutyens wall memorial to a fallen Church Road (IP24 1RL), which will
for its wall and other paintings, a WW1 soldier. also be signed over the two days.
Grade II listed James Corps organ and There is ample parking available in

Greetings Cards no larger than May 28th Plant Stall at Bradenham

Bradenham and 15cmx15cm (6”x6”). Come and see Village Sports Day
the exhibits and join us for June 20th Annual outing
District refreshments. You will receive a Look out for our updates on Facebook
Horticultural warm welcome and can find out more
about the benefits of membership –
at Bradenham Community Hub
Barbara Steward Chairman
Society just £12.00 for the year.
We are looking forward to Frank Laurene Henderson Publicity Officer
Thursday 21st March, saw Lambert`s talk on “How to Raise and 01362 821164 / 07942 820590
Bradenham and District Horticultural Nurture Fuchsias” on Thursday April
Society meet at the Village Hall for 18th. These beautiful gardens
our first Punch, Starters and Puds favourites come in all shapes and Griston Parish
event. Great fun was had by all sizes, including climbers, tender and
members, old and new. Delicious tough. Come along for a friendly and Council AGM
food, convivial company and great informal sharing of knowledge. The date for the Parish AGM and the
music from the Shipdwrecks. This has Bradenham Village Sports Day on Parish Council Meeting has been
been a hugely popular event and we Saturday May 27th is fast changed due to the Local Elections
hope to repeat it (or something very approaching, where there will be a taking place.
similar!) in the future. We have made Plant Stall run by our members with a The new date is Wednesday 15th May
a great start to our new shed wide variety of healthy, home grown 2019.
fundraising. plants at bargain prices. A great way The Parish AGM will start at 7pm and
Our eagerly awaited Spring Show will to fill those gaps in the border! the parish Council Meeting will
take place on Saturday April 6th. Future dates (all free to members): follow on.
There will be a variety of flowers, April 6th 2018 SPRING SHOW Both meetings will take place in St
produce, cookery, photographic art 3.30pm open to the public (members Peter and Paul’s Church, Griston.
and crafts from our members. only entries) If anyone resident in the village is
Doors open to the public at 3.30pm. April 18th Fuchsias £2.00 to non- interested in becoming a Parish
Two Sections are available for non- members Councillor, please contact the Parish
members to enter: a maximum 50cm May 16th Photography Workshop Clerk, either by email
x50cm (20”x20”) cushion cover May 27th Flower Arranging (Sandra or by phone,
created in any medium and Handmade Howard) £1.00 to non-members 01953 884082
The Wayland News April 2019 Page 7
decaying substances. The Purple and protect them. At night the ants take Competition results for March. possibly it was an attempt to explain his
Great Hockham Emperor is a particularly fine creature: the caterpillars out for a feed and look Flowers. 1 Sue Thomas. 2 Chris Dalton. strangeness. We felt sorry for his middle
there are groups of people known as after them, then take them back again to 3 Val Long. class father left with this strange finicky
Gardening Club Purple Emperor Fanatics, who have a the nest the following day. Fruit/Veg. 1 Jane Dalton. 2 Sue Thomas. little boy whilst not having had much
Butterfly Gardening special interest in that particular In another example, Ian noticed a Holly 3 Chris Dalton. experience with child care and dealing
For our March meeting we welcomed butterfly. In a kind of sport they concoct blue flying around his garden. From Photos. 1 Ed Szczepanowski. 2 Eric with his own grief. The stepmother,
Doctor Ian Bedford. Ian has worked at various ingenious attractants to lure the time to time it was landing at various Rogers. 3 Sue Thomas. Auntie Joan, obiously came from a very
the John Innes Centre at Norwich for males. These have included a variety of places on the grass. On inspection, at This was the last indoor meeting of this different background and was such a
42 years and now heads the dead animals, fox poo and the contents every spot where it had landed, there was season. Our next meeting will be on good cook that she probably fed her new
entomology department there. His of a baby’s nappy – matured for a an ant. The reason for all this behavior, Wednesday 10th of April and will be to husband into an early grave. We all
interest in insects started when he was a suitable period. as with so much else regarding Didlington Nurseries. Leave Hockham agreed that it is never easy to take on
child, collecting butterflies. There are 58 British butterflies plus some butterflies, is not known. village green at 13:35 for a 14:00 somebody else’s children, even when
migrants. Groups include, swallowtails, Butterflies are having problems. arrival. Having stocked up with copious your motives are probably less than
skippers, whites and yellows, browns Numbers have halved over the last 40 amounts of reasonably priced plants we altruistic.It was noted that we only have
and fritillaries, metalmarks, and coppers, years and the White Hairstreak has will travel on to the Bonsai Garden at Slater’s views on the subject. Some
hairstreaks and blues. One of the declined by 96%. To thrive they need Breckles; tour, talk and refreshments. found the workings of a little boy’s mind
migrants, the painted lady, starts the nectar rich plants, warmth from Edward Szczepanowski, as he grows into adolescence sordid and
breed season in North Africa, then, by a sunshine, shelter from storms, caterpillar distasteful whilst others with experience
series of breeding cycles, migrates food plants and a safe place to Shipdham & of the boy of the species found it fairly
northwards through Europe into the overwinter. They have natural enemies typical with some agreeing there are
arctic. Towards the end of the year like predators, parasites, fungi, bacteria, District Book Group males who never outgrow the lavatorial
kaleidoscopes of the species have been viruses and bad weather. Unnatural The book discussed on 20th February ‘humour’ or obsession with body parts
tracked by radar travelling in a southerly problems like habitat loss, climate was Toast by Nigel Slater.This is an etc.
airstream at altitudes of between 3,000 change and pesticides. Neonicotinoids, early memoir, covering his life from The book for discussion on 20th March
and 5,000 feet back to Africa ready to being systemic, are particularly boyhood to early adulthood showing is Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce.
repeat the cycle. problematic as the plant retains them for how his interest in and love for food
With regard to habitat there are extended periods. Most chemicals are developed through or perhaps, despite, Harriet Martineau
Butterflies, together with moths, are generalists and specialists. Specialist non-selective killing or affecting the life the experiences of his family life. It
members of the family Lepidoptera, habitats include meadow, heath and cycle of both good and ‘bad’ insects. begins with his mother who always burnt
Speaks to
insects having scaled wings. Fossil grassland, woodland glades, mountain, Traces of neonicotinoids have been the toast and describes her often Watton Society
evidence reveals that they originated and wetlands. The balance of a habitat found on garden centre plants sold frustrated efforts at cooking an Watton Society's speaker in February,
about 200 million years ago. Their life can be complex and delicate: ants look specifically to benefit butterflies. Some appetizing meal. There are details of the Harriet Martineau (AKA Georgette
cycle is from egg to caterpillar, then after the caterpillar of the Large Blue. chemicals will eventually end up in foods which the author liked and disliked Vale), was born in 1802. A social
chrysalis, and finally to adult. While in The caterpillar secretes a sticky rivers. Apparently, two of the most as a child with descriptions so detailed theorist and Whig, writer, the first female
the chrysalis stage, true metamorphosis substance and makes a vibration, which affected in the country are the Wensome the reader can almost taste the food. The sociologist. Although profoundly deaf
takes place where the cells completely is thought to trick the ants into thinking it and Waverny. innovations of 1950s and 60s modern from birth, she wrote books enough to
disassemble and are then reformed into has something to do with their queen. So how might we make our garden convenience foods met with mixed earn a good living at a time when
the adult. The caterpillar can eat between The ants feed the caterpillar, sometimes butterfly friendly? The planting of nectar results under the hands of his mother and women were treated as second class
27 and 29 thousand times its own with their own young. The ants know producing plants is well known, but to the author's finicky palate. After his citizens. She travelled to America giving
weight. when the caterpillar is about to pupate provide for a range of butterflies with mother's death when he was still young, lectures on freedom for women. A very
What is the difference between and look after it underground during that their differing breeding seasons there the Slater found comfort in food since interesting and enlightening evening
butterflies and moths? Butterflies have period. When the butterfly hatches the needs to be a variety of plants coming his father was emotionally distant and presented by Georgette Vale. Nothing
club antenna, moths antenna are ants guide adult out of nest. During the into flower throughout the year. Spring sometimes abusive. His father soon less than fascinating.
branched and feathery. Other process of pumping up its wings, the flowering: aubretia, cowslips and violets. married their cleaning lady, creating a rift Our next meeting is on Wednesday 17th
differences: fly by day/fly at night; wings give off a sugary substance. While For summer: honeysuckle, buddleia and with extended family members and April, at 7.45pm at the Watton Christian
usually colourful/usually brown; lay the ants clean this from the wings they lavender. In autumn: goldenrod, doing nothing to provide the author with Community Centre. when the speaker
eggs singly/lay eggs in groups; wing are also providing protection from rudbeckia and sedum. There are many a nurturing home life. However his will be Shaun Jeffrey who will talk about
resting position folded above their backs/ predators. The ants build their nest on the others. Stinging nettles are essential for stepmother could cook, sometimes over "The Burston Strike School." The
open at the side of the body; chrysalis ground at the base of grass. If the grass is some species. Your patch should be doing it with a table groaning under the longest school strike in English History.
hangs from a thread/spins a cocoon; too high the humidity is not right and the fairly large, in a sunny position and will weight of so many rich dishes. Chapters
bodies slender and smooth/stout and ants will not survive. When rabbits got require feeding from time-to-time. In also abound with hilarious incidents such
hairy. Just when you thought you’d myxomatosis and died out, the grass winter? Over ripe fruit will be very as his nightly walks with the dog and a
cracked it – there are exceptions to all grew, the ants died and in 1979 the Large beneficial. Avoid cutting down last candy bar to observe couples having sex
these comparisons. Blue became extinct in Britain. In 2000 year’s dead plants until spring so as to in the back of cars, until his father
It difficult to breed some species in the rabbits, ants and butterflies were re- provide shelter. discovers what he is doing. He
captivity, but Ian mentioned that pushing introduced into the Southwest of Britain A few years ago Ian decided to plant a eventually finds a substitute family
them together had achieved encouraging from European stock. All are now doing dedicated butterfly garden. His wife was working after school in the kitchen of a
results. well. One of our members remarked that not keen on the idea as she has a dislike hotel restaurant. The memoir ends as the
Butterflies communicate using visual at a SSSI in the forest near Hockham, a for all things creepy-crawly. Another author, just out of college, has found
and chemical signals. They see well in similar re-introduction project was being wildlife essential his wife was not keen employment in a restaurant in London.
ultra violet and can signal by flashing carried out using highland cattle to on was a water feature. In spite of The book had a very mixed reception but
their wings. The chemical pheromones maintain the habitat required for certain differences of opinion both have now provoked some interesting discussion.
can be detected by the antenna of the species of dragonfly. been built and have become a serious There was a big question about why
male from distances of up to six miles. Still in Thetford forest, there is a colony alternative to television. A most Nigel Slater wrote it with varied
Having mated, the female lays her eggs of butterflies, the Silver Studded Blue. informative and entertaining suggestions including a need to get it out
and then dies. In order to synthesise During the day the common black ant presentation, accompanied by a of his system and had nobody to tell; he
pheromones the butterfly needs to collect collects the caterpillars from wild wonderful slide show, ended with a was angry as well as grief stricken by the
certain precursor chemicals, usually from legumes, take them down to their nest question and answer session. loss of his mother; he was lonely and
The Wayland News April 2019 Page 8

BEAT THE DEADLINE! Saham WI News The Hidden

Wildlife Gems
SEE THE BACK PAGE of mid Norfolk
Wildlife in Norfolk is diverse and
exciting. Our talk tonight, given by
Mark Webster, of the Mid Norfolk
Conservation Volunteers led Watton
Evening WI through some of the
aspects of plant and animal life that we
can now look out for.
It is always exciting to search for and
find anything new from the natural
world and we were given an insight into
doing just that. We were taken on a
journey around places we may have
heard of but not yet visited and
discovered just how many hidden gems
there are.
Most of us have heard of Foxley Wood
but nearby Mayfields Farm run by a
Photo shows (L/R) Patricia Warwick, Gerry Daisey (President of Saham Wl) tenant farmer who trains sheepdogs was
and Phyllida Scrivens. new to many. Here you can see claypit
ponds where there are great-crested
Saham Women's Institute welcomed the strive to have interesting and newts, bird hides and a captive red
Deputy Mayor of Watton, Councillor informative speakers and activities. As squirrel breeding programme.
Patricia Warwick to their February well as our monthly meeting there is a This is a good resource for local
meeting for a presentation on the Lady luncheon group and craft group, a darts schools, once an agricultural waste
Lord Mayors of Norwich (1923 - 2017) by team and scrabble group. We have ground where a hand grenade was
award winning author Phyllida Scrivens. occasional outings and fundraising found. It turned out to be a plastic
Saham Wl meet on the second Wednesday events.Visitors and new members are child's toy but undoubtedly caused
of each month at 7.30pm in the small hall always welcome. concern for a few moments!
at the Wells Cole Community Centre, Bell Further information from Gerry on Around the Dereham area is Neatherd, a
Lane, Saham Toney. 01953 882767 or Angela on 01953 region of meadow grassland, Scarning
We are a small group of ladies who 885978 Watermeadow a beautiful greenspace
with kingfishers, sighted if you are very
fortunate. At Scarning and Potters' Fen
are stunning damselflies and if you are
lucky, the small red damselfly.
Mark spoke of so many stunning areas
and we were shown some beautiful
pictures of wonderfully named
Honeypot Wood, Lolly Fen and so
many others.
If you journey to Guestwick Church
there is a most decorative and unusual
stained glass window of aspects of the
local flora and fauna.
To find more information on all these
places the Mid Norfolk Conservation
Volunteer website is well worth a visit.
Varieties of all animal and plant life are
there in abundance and it certainly made
our members ready to get out their
walking boots and cameras. A most
enjoyable and informative evening.

if the crop is good, but our speaker,

Jane Steward, was extremely
knowledgeable about the history of the
trees in this country. She told us that
they originated on the shores of the
Our speaker Jane Steward with President Val Semlyen holding some medlars. Caspian Sea and first came to England
probably in the pockets of Roman
The club has been involved with Inner soldiers who thought them a delicious
Inner Wheel Wheel matters of late, eight members and nutritious fruit which would last
attended the District Meeting at Sapiston them through the winter!
Club of Watton Village Hall on March 13th where members Jane Steward told us that she is
get together to meet members from other establishing an orchard of trees of
We have had a quieter month in March clubs and to hear the news from the several varieties at her home at
although the ladies were busy providing National Organisation. There was also an Eastgate. She hopes this will become a
many delicious goodies for their Queens interesting talk from a representative from National Collection and she currently
Hall Coffee Morning at the beginning of the Asperger's East Anglia which is the charity uses the fruit to make both medlar jelly
month. The club is very pleased to support Inner Wheel nationally is supporting this and medlar cheese under the Eastgate
the Queens Hall Maintenance Fund with year. Larder label which is sold through
these events and we were again able to Five members will make the journey by farmer’s markets and specialist shops.
make a donation of £200 at the end. We are train to Cardiff at the beginning of April to We all enjoyed tasting her products
very appreciative of the help and support attend our Annual National Conference. which are especially delicious served
from the Hall for our many events and in Again this is a wonderful opportunity to see with cheese or game and I hope some
our turn like to support it in as many ways Inner Wheel in action throughout the members may be persuaded to use the
as possible. country and reminds us all that we are just prolific crop of fruit from my tree at the
I should like to report here that the total one part of a much bigger organisation. The end of the year to make some jelly of
raised from our two February events, The inspiration for service and fund raising their own or even to eat some in their
Barn Dance and the Lunchtime concert opportunities demonstrated at these events natural state which is definitely an
totalled £694.66 which will be added to our is always an inspiration. aquired taste!
charity funds for distribution at our June The club meeting this month had a Both myself on 01953 881792 and our
meeting. speaker to talk to us about 'Medlars and Secretary Pam on 01953 880904 are
Tickets for the next Lunchtime Concert on things.' I thought I knew a lot about very pleased to welcome enquiries
March 27th with popular singer, Kyle, are medlars because I have a tree in our about Inner Wheel events or enquiries
going well and we hope to see you there. garden and sometimes make medlar jelly about membership.
The Wayland News April 2019 Page 9

Royal British 7 days’ pay from the government for for 149 cats to be neutered. Let's hope Wretham Village Hall’s Jubilee!
military service, at any time, their spouse they are all neutered, to help keep the cat
and their children (under 18) can apply population down. If you still have not
Legion for assistance from TRBL. Anyone who returned your Proof of Neutering
The latest news from the branch is thinks they may need should contact our Certificate, I would be grateful if you
predominantly social after last month’s help line on 0808 802 8080. would return it. I have only received 26
formal events at the county conference. If you would like to join Watton branch back so far!
On the 16th the RAF families club were or TRBL in general please visit our For advice or information, or if you
holding a pub night for which we website for details require help with the cost of neutering,
provided, apparently, the hardest quiz or contact the please call us on 01842 810018, Rita
known to mankind. The quiz was vice Chairman 07728 406311. Thompson.
delivered expertly by our very own Bill
Noble as quiz master and questions
supplied by John Daly. There were Breckland Cats The Ovington
prizes awarded for best and worst,
although there wasn’t a very big chasm Protection Crower
between the two at the end of the Did you know that cats and dogs can be Well thas bin a bit breezy tha larst week,
proceedings. The festivities carried on blood donors to other cats and dogs? For lost a few tiles orf tha old barn, but hent
for the rest of the evening and a good cats the criteria to be a blood donor is gooin up tew put tha blighters back till
time was had by all. that the cat must be between 1 year and 8 thet carm down a bit.
A couple of days later was the scheduled years old, and weigh at least 4kg. They Thas bin a bit kwieta inna tha willage tha April 19th 2019 sees the Golden Jubilee of a village facility still an
branch meeting when we had invited a should preferably be in indoor cat, larst cuppla weeks, but afore thet dew important part of activity in the centre of Wretham.
member of the Norfolk Constabulary to otherwise they must be Feline Leukaemia tew tha rood bein closed in Watton, thet The present Village Hall replaced an old army hut, a relic of the First
come along and meet the gang and speak and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus wos suffin mad wi orl tha mootas gooin World War, after local people set about fund raising from 1960.
to us about modern policing. PC Paula negative, be up to date with their thru tha willage, an moost onnem wos in By 1966 a public meeting agreed on the scheme and by 1967 work could
Gilluley, who is the local Engagement vaccines and flea and worm treatment. a tearin hurry cos they hed tew goo tha start after about £1000 was raised by villagers, with a donation of £500
Officer based at Dereham, was the They must never have been outside the long way rownd. and Norfolk Education Committee grant of £3891. Total cost was
person selected to come along to meet us. UK and not be on any medication. They Old Missus R from up tha rood she sat £82000 and £7000 had been raised when it was officially opened by
It was all very informal, apart from must be of good temperament and be down an cowntid oova thutty mootas Lord Fisher of Kilverstone. W. and J.B. Eastwood, who established a
having a uniformed police officer in our easy to handle. atween tew an tree one arternoon. Tha chicken rearing business in the village, made a seven year cash
midst. But I like to think that the They will undergo health checks for ole cowncil chairmawtha stood owt in contribution.
majority of us are of a generation where heart murmurs and haematology and tha rood waving suffin red oova har hid Since then, the hall has been extended and improved, with catering grade
the police are our friends; maybe I am biochemistry blood samples will be taken tew try an slow tha mootas down. Horry kitchen and storage, new toilets and disabled facilities. Most recently,
biased having been a Special Constable for analysis to make sure they are sed thet wos a pair of har exercise equipment has been installed in the grounds and the first stage
in Watton for a few years in the days completely healthy. unmenshunables, but I niva got close of car park resurfacing completed.
when we had a police station which had In cats there are 3 different blood groups enuf tew see. Enuff tew send them orl There are no plans to have a special anniversary celebration –the hall is
more than a phone. Paula gave a very – A, B and AB. Most domestic cats are inta tha hidge I’de a thort, but thar wos busy enough with major village events throughout the year, private
good explanation of how the different group A, along with all Siamese cats. hossin alonga tha rood tew farst tew bookings and regular functions, including Tai-Chi, bowls, lunch club,
departments work in conjunction with Pedigree cats are predominately group B. nootis wot thar were. Pilates, Keep Fit, art and craft clubs and pastel art sessions, as well as
each other and how they relate to our To take the blood, the cat will be sedated Farma say tew me he say “Dew yew Parish Councl meetings.
community policing. There were some and the blood will be taken from a vein teark a lood of bales tew my ole meart IF you want to know more, Wretham Village Hall has its own website,
lively discussions, as you might expect in the neck. About 55ml of blood is oova tew Carbrook Sid” well I say “I at and our bookings officer is Diana
and plenty of good humoured banter. taken, and then exactly the same amount hent dun plowin tha twenty aerca yit an Brooks-Smith on 01953 498 320
The evening concluded with a question of electrolyte solution will be thet orta git dun cos we shell hefta git tha
and answer session and Paula trying to administered to the cat, to protect its spring barley in afore long” Horry wos
recruit the president and ex vice blood pressure. standin cloose by an he sed.
chairman for neighbourhood watch For dogs the same criteria as for cats “ I’ll teark tha bales for yew guvna, if
duties. To top it all off a few ales were apply for them to become blood donors. thas orlrite” “Yis” he say “ Thas orl
quaffed before closing proceedings of the 1 – 8 years old, weigh more than 25kg, looded up, so jist hitch up tha tracter an
meeting (obviously no drink driving was be up to date with their vaccinations and get gooin” Well Horry looked at orl the
carried out at then end). flea and worm treatment, not be on any traffic hossin parst an he gi me a wink an
The end of the month saw about 20 medication and never to have been went an got tha owld Fordson owt o tha
members, their friends and relatives outside the UK. shid, thet hint bin run fer sum time but he
attending a Sunday lunch at Richmond There are 2 blood groups in dogs - DEA1 gottit gooin, hooked up tha trearla a
Park golf club. As has happened in the Negative and DEA 1 Positive. 30% of pulled owt onter tha rood, thet corsed a
past we were looked after extremely well dogs are negative so they are the bitta trubble fer a start, but wen he got
and professionally by the kitchen and bar universal donor as negative blood can be gooin along tha rood he kept ha owld gel
staff. The weather was glorious and the given to positive dogs, but not the other in second gear, yew cud hev walked
sun streaming into the conservatory was way round. Large dog breeds are used, quicker. I rekkun tha mootas wos backed
particularly cheering while we tucked especially Greyhounds. Other breeds up inta Watton, cos he driv up the middle
into our roast chicken dinners. The used are Dobermans, Boxers, German of tha rood so nun of em cud git parst. He
atmosphere was friendly with a constant Shepherds, Retrievers, Airdale Terriers, cum back the searm way so it slowed
buzz of conversation and laughter, and Weimaraners, Lurchers, American moost o tha traffic down fer a while.
you know what it’s like, there is always Bulldogs, Pointers and English Bull It seems as if the Paris Cowncil
one voice heard above all others, but my Terriers. Chairmawtha is still set on Horry cumin
lips are sealed! Anyway sometime about The reason a cat or dog may need a ontew tha cowncil, cos har bike was
mid-afternoon, whose checking the clock transfusion are numerous. Some of the owtside o hissen wen I cum hoom from
anyway, we all supped up our coffees more common needs for a transfusion work last week, an wen I went rownd his
and went our separate ways until the next are, anaemia, ruptured spleen, surgery learta in tha evenin tew see if he wos
time. when there is a large blood loss, rat cumin up the pub thet wos still thar. So I
The final event this month was an poisoning, as this causes internal went on my own, an it wos near on
invitation to speak at the monthly bleeding, trauma, such as road traffic cloosin time wen he crep in, he dint say
meeting of the Watton Diabetes Society accidents, sepsis, cancer, kidney disease, northin, but hed a darft luk on his fissog.
who congregate at the Pentecostal infections and auto immune problems. Wen we went up tew tha Cowncil meetin
Church on Dereham road. I was plied The red cells of blood cannot be stored jis arfta thet, she giv tha gearm away wen
with plenty of tea and biscuits and even for longer than 35 days, and then in a she sed “Cos in May we gooin ter hev a
won a prize in the raffle, though to be temperature controlled fridge. However, new memba cumin alonga us, hees wun
fair I think there was a prize for every the plasma part of the blood can be taken of tha moost uprite citizuns of tha parish,
ticket. The talk consisted of a little off and stored in a deep freeze for up to a an I rekkun heel be a asset tew the
background on how the British Legion year. The plasma contains all the clotting cowncil” She niva give owt a nearm but
came about, how it compared with the factors and is used for animals who have she did give Horry a gret owl grin, he jist
American Legion, what the aims have a problem with their blood clotting. sat thar an kep lookin at tha floor. Cor I
been over the years and what the poppy There are few transfusion centres in the give him an earful on the way hoom, but
appeal money is spent on in the 21st UK for animals, so most vets keep a list he jist kept kwiet. I shell still goo up tew
century. It suffices to say many of the of dog or cat donors, and call on them tha meetins an shell give him sum stick
assembled group were amazed at the when there is an emergency, As in iffen he dunt git things dun as thar ort
range of things the RBL will actually humans,dogs and cats can give blood tew be.
help with and who is eligible. I would every 3-4 months. If you would consider Thas abowt time tew goo an hev a pint I
like to thank Helen and Ron for giving your dog or cat to be a blood donor, rekkun, I hent sure abowt corlin on Horry
me the opportunity to spread the word speak to your vet. cos heeze probly dewin suffin else ternite
and to all those attending for not asking Thank you for all those cat owners who and I dassn’t git him orl riled up.
too many difficult questions. To sum up took part in our neutering campaign So cheerio tergitha an dunt fergit, dew
I reiterated that anyone who has received during February. Vouchers were sent out yew kip a troshin. Boy Sid
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Watton Churches Together Good Friday

Fri 19th
Easter Day
2.00pm Meditation You're All Invited!
Sun 21st 10.30am Holy Communion The Wayland Players have their 70th Anniversary this year and to help us celebrate we
St. Mary’s Church, Watton would like to invite you to our special Open Evening on Thursday 4th April between Follow us @StMarysWatton Sun 28th 10.30am Lay Led Worship
8pm and 10pm at the Queens Hall, Watton.
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, on 01953 St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington Does anyone out there remember any of the people who autographed this programme
881439, I shall be available at church on Tuesdays between 10.30am Sun 7th 9.30am Holy Communion from the very first production by the Players back in 1949? We'd love you to come and
and 12 noon - Gerry Foster Palm Sunday reminisce with us! Are you a Friend of the Wayland Players? Come and join us for the
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion Sun 14th 9.30am Morning Worship evening so we can thank you for your support over the years. Or perhaps you've been to
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship Wed 17th 7.30pm Holy Communion one of our productions and wondered how it's all put together. There will be costume and
Thursdays 7.30-8am, 5pm - 5.30pm Parish Prayers Good Friday make-up displays, set designs and archive materials, the chance to see back stage and the
Saturdays 9.30am - 10am Parish Prayers 5pm - 6pm Prayer & Praise Fri 19th 10.30am Meditation Green Room and, of course, refreshments!
Sundays 10.00am-11.30am ADventure-free for 0-16 yr term time only Easter Day But even if you've never considered amateur dramatics before, do come and see what
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching Sun 21st 9.30am Holy Communion we're all about. We're a friendly group and you don't have to be an actor. There are
Please note change in office opening hours plenty of other things that make a play come together from building the set to greeting
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-12 noon The Wayland Group of Parishes – April Services people front of house. We welcome anyone aged 18 and over into our company and
Tel: 01953 881252 7th April Fifth Sunday of Lent: 10:30am United Holy Communion. St should you decide to join us on the night there will be a specially reduced membership fee
Commencing Wed 24th April, the Church will be open Wed 10.30- Peter & St Paul, Griston for the year. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 4th April!
3.00pm & Thurs 10-12.00 noon. You are welcome to come into church to 14th April Palm Sunday. 10:30am United Holy Communion. St
enjoy the peace and tranquillity, say a prayer & light a candle, or just to Botolph's, Stow Bedon
look round. Church members will welcome you and serve refreshments. Monday, 15th April 7:00pm. Compline. Holy Trinity, Gt Hockham
Sun 7th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP Tuesday, 15th April 7:00pm. Compline. Holy Trinity, Gt Hockham
10.00am Holy Communion Wednesday, 16th April 7:00pm. Compline. Holy Trinity, Gt
Sun 14th Palm Sunday Hockham
8.00am Holy Communion BCP 18th April. Maundy Thursday 7:00pm. United Holy Communion.
10.00am Informal Holy Communion Holy Trinity, Gt Hockham
Wed 17th 6.00pm Share a light supper before 19th April. Good Friday 12:00 Good Friday Procession around the
7.30pm Sung Compline churches departing from St Martin's, Thompson. ( To be confirmed )
Thurs 18th 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Group Service of 21st April. Easter Day 10:30. United Holy Communion. St Martin's,
Holy Communion & Stripping the Altar followed by Vigil Thompson.
Fri 19th Good Friday April 28th. Second Sunday of Easter 10:30. United Holy
10.15am Walk of Witness from Watton Methodist Communion. St Margaret's, Breckles
Church. Stations of the Cross down Church Walk for
11.00am Taizé Service at St Mary’s Church
Sun 21st Easter Day
6.00am Sunrise Service on Church Green All Saints Church, Threxton
followed by (cold) buttered hot cross Our next service at All Saints Church Threxton will be on
buns tea & coffee in the Church
8.00am Holy Communion BCP
Sunday 7th April at 10.30a.m.
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 28th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP company. Their show ‘Licensed to Trill’
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10 Licensed to Trill is being performed as part of The Silver
What’s on at St Mary’s
Watton Methodist Church Free transport for Social Project, which offers exciting Church, Watton. April local Opera spectacular! daytime arts events in the heart of Mondays 1st & 29th Story Bags 9.30am at St
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and prayer Opera and musical theatre lovers will be Norfolk, promoting engagement and Mary’s Church for parents and preschool
between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet place. participation among older residents in
entertained throughout Breckland when the children each Monday term time only.
At 10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Vestry
led by the Minister or a Church Member. Opera Dudes tour with The Silver Social rural communities. Talking at the launch Mondays 1st & 29th 4.30-5.45pm Watton
Sun 7th 10.30am Revd B Winner from 8th April to 12th April. Described as of the tour programme, the Opera Dudes Rainbow Brownies at St Mary’s Church
6.30pm Revd A Fielding two modern day Mario Lanzas, the duo stated “We will be offering a unique Rooms for girls aged 5-7 years. The
Sun 14th 10.30am Mrs S Mann perform some of the world’s most loved cocktail of funny stories, singalongs and Rainbows will be meeting each Monday at St
6.30pm Revd B Winner operatic and musical scores in their own heart-rending music that will leave the Mary’s Church during term time.
Fri 19th Good Friday unique vocal arrangements with a dose of audience both shaken and stirred.” or look on
10.15am Walk of Witness from Watton Methodist comedic edge to ensure the audience are Paul Claussen, Executive Member of Place Facebook
Church. Stations of the Cross down Church Walk for commented "The Silver Social is nationally
both clapping and laughing down the Thursday 4th 10am – 12noon Thursday Chat
11.00am Taizé Service at St Mary’s Church
Sun 21st Easter Day aisles. The duo, who will be performing recognised programme which offers a social coffee morning at St Mary’s Church,
10.30am Revd B Winner their fabulous James Bond inspired show something a little different to daily life in all welcome
6.30pm Mrs E Wright will be visiting Ashill, East Harling, Breckland. Not only does it help bring Sundays 7th, 28th ADventure 10am-
Sun 28th 10.30am Revd B Winner Attleborough, Shipdham, and Necton. people together to socialise in their local 11.30am free for 0-16 years. Breakfast -
6.30pm Revd A King Transport can be arranged as required for community, but it's an excellent Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching
local residents in Watton without access to opportunity to meet new friends and term time only.
Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.00pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church a car or public transport by contacting the neighbours within their local area. I would Monday 15th 10.30am - 12.30pm Messy
Sat 13th 5.00pm Vigil Mass of Palm Sunday Silver Social team at least three working ask residents and local groups to come Church “Easter Alive” Fun, Friendship
All Holy Week Services at Our Lady of Pity Swaffham days prior to the event. along to The Silver Social performances Food, Crafts and Games, children please
Sun 14th Palm Sunday The Opera Dudes, who have performed in and see for themselves how life changing it bring an adult with you to enjoy together!
8.30am & 10.30am Mass for Palm Sunday over 50 operas and delivered 3000 concert can be." The scheme is funded by The Arts Saturday 20th 10 - 12noon Coffee Morning
Thur 18th Maundy Thursday performances in major theatres and Council England, Breckland Council and at St Mary’s Church, Watton, all welcome.
7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper Norfolk County Council. Tickets for the
concert halls across the UK, are Friday 26th 2.15pm, Watton Community
Fri 19th Good Friday
3.00pm Celebration of the Passion of the Lord comprised of former Cambridge scholar show are only £5 with tea and cake Cinema at St Mary’s Church “First Man”.
Sat 20th 8.00pm The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night and an ex-builder turned international included. For further information on the Refreshment Café opens one hour prior to
Sun 21st Easter Day operatic tenor. Tim Lole and Neil Allen events or to book your place/transport, call screening. Tickets available at the box office
8.30am &10.30am Mass of Easter Day have performed in magical musical 01362 656870, email on the day.
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill venues including Convent Garden, The March Winner of the 100 Club Draw
Sun 7th 10.00am Lay Led & Sunday Funday Glyndebourne, London St Pauls, New or visit was number 56 Diana Millard.
Tues 9th 7.00pm Prayers & Music by Candlelight York and with the stunning Scottish Opera
Palm Sunday
Sun14th 9.30am Holy Communion
Tue 16th 7.00pm Prayer & Music by candlelight
Good Friday
Fri 19th 2.00pm Meditation x
Easter Day
Sun 21st 9.30am Holy Communion x
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney
Sun 7th 11.00am Lay Led Worship
Palm Sunday
Sun 14th 11.00am Holy Communion
Good Friday
Fri 19th 10.00am Procession of Witness Wells Cole
Centre to St George’s
10.30am Meditation
Easter Eve
Sat 20th 8.00pm Group Service of Light with renewal of
Baptism Vows x
Easter Day
Sun 21st 11.00am Holy Communion
S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke
Sun 7th 10.30am Holy Communion
Palm Sunday
Sun 14th 10.30am Morning Worship
Mon 15th 7.00pm Celtic Night Prayer
The Wayland News April 2019 Page 11

Mayors Musings down at the loch and then runs around

the sports field, it is a great way to get
uk for further details. This event was
a warm-up to the unveiling of a long
Watton Rotary Roundup
From Cllr Tina Kiddell out and about and to see what amazing awaited exhibition of the on-going
This will be my penultimate mayors’ countryside we have here in Watton. construction of two replica WW1
musings, as after the election, should I When you’ve finished, grab a bacon aircraft in the Watton workshop
still be elected to council, I will be sarnie and a coffee at the sporty or have belonging to society member Roger
handing the chain of office to the next a picnic at the loch. Now the weather is Burrows. This modest master
chosen mayor. So, without further ado I warming up it’s a lovely area to relax craftsman has spared nothing in his
will continue with my update. especially since the loch committee quest for perfection using the same
There has been a lot of speculation over have done such a great job making it production methods of the period:
the last few weeks with regard to a skate accessible to all. wood, fabric and a minimum of metal.
park or pump track coming to Watton. With so much going on in the next few A 5/8 scale ‘Isaacs’ Hawker Fury and
As you know I'm very keen on bringing months we are spoilt for choice. a 7/8 scale ‘Royal Aircraft Factory’
this to fruition and as such have been Don’t forget to come and see me on my SE5A are well on the way to
working hard on it with the Youth market stall every other Wednesday, completion with no extra help other
advisory Board. Council is committed next one is 13th march then 27th then than from the encouragement of an
to youth provision and is working on 10th and then my last one will be 24th understanding family. The
many ideas to help facilitate a brighter April. atmosphere in the ‘hanger’ was
future for our youth. It is my hope that Tina Kiddell, Mayor of Watton. electric; the outpouring of enthusiasm
we will have the support of the town to from the crew could be felt;
help maintain and work with us on camaraderie abounded; nostalgia took
these projects, after all, the youth are the
Watton (Loch
over with reminiscences of a time
towns new generation, and as one Neaton) Bowls Club gone by, and, fortunately, with none
young girl recently said to me, they The Bowls Club Spring Meeting took of the fear.
want this town to be somewhere they place on the 9th of March in the Many thanks go to Roger and also to
want their children to live. It puts things clubroom at the Sports Centre, which the unseen caterers in both
into perspective when you see the lack had been freshly decorated for the start departments who helped make the day
of facilities through the eyes of the of the season. A full programme for this such a wonderful success. Young Chef Competition Winner & Runner Up Jessica Evans & Amelie Green
youth. It is the reason why we year’s season was discussed and We all look forward, someday soon With President, Dr Mike Harvey, Gaynor Evans & Rtn. Michael Haythorpe
sometimes see them hanging around, it planned; besides our local league perhaps, if we’re lucky enough, to be
is purely because they have nothing to matches, we will also have friendly invited to the maiden flights of this WAYLAND ACADEMY: Two of the who were just into their second term of
do. I know some people will say there matches, roll-ups, charity matches and magnificent man in his flying annual competitions we sponsor at the senior school; this was endorsed by
was never anything when we were family club days. machines. Wayland Academy have been coordinator and head judge/taster,
young and we made fun out of nothing, John Walkling, a club member for completed. At our March 7th meeting, Rotarian Michael Haythorpe.
but and it’s a big but, today there are 28yrs, was nominated for, and granted the photographic one, which was 2019 UMBRELLA FESTIVAL
just way too many rules and regulations Honorary Life Membership in
Song of The Waiters reported upon briefly, with picture, in Following the initial successful festival
and cutbacks that quite literally wipes appreciation of his voluntary work ...continued... last month’s roundup, was addressed by in September 2018 Watton Rotary Club
off the list of the things that we used to during that period. John was one of the our president, Dr Mike, who talked have agreed to hold a 2nd Festival in
do, i.e. swim in the river, play out on most active members of the team that through the results for the winners and 2019 and it again will be the weekend
Being further expeditions into
our bikes, discos etc, our world has looked after the bowls green and its runners-up with illustrations of their of Saturday-Sunday 14-15 September
unknown Norfolk by the West End
changed, and not always for the better. I surrounds. Most people do not realise work, explaining the techniques he was to coincide with the Watton Carnival,
Waiters. To the tune of The Lass of
was gratified when I went on a recent that a green can require cutting up to looking for against a broadly based which is set for Sunday 15 September.
Richmond Hill.
trip to see some skate parks with a three times a week during the summer, task. This is the second year of the A small sub-committee has been
group of great kids, who really along with scarifying and aerating. John competition and he expressed his great formed and planning has already
This time Old Buckenham found it
enlightened me, in that basically they also applied his skills as a retired satisfaction at the quality of the entries. started, further announcements will be
have not changed, the world has. So, engineer to improve and maintain the At the same meeting, we entertained made as arrangements are finalised.
To be convulsed with laughter;
back to basics, give them somewhere to equipment used for these tasks. the winner and runner up in the young We are looking forward to 2 fundraiser
Their meal not done, yet we’d
hang out and we will have a much The Club will be holding an Open Day chef competition. This has been an functions in the later half of March and
happier group of youngsters. Let’s on the 11th May to give people a annual event for many years and this hopefully we will be able to report
‘‘Twas not what they were after.
make this happen. chance to try bowls in the open air on year was applied to year 7. Teacher, some healthy income for our Trust
Intruders we - politely met -
While we are spending time addressing our excellent green. The Open Day will Gaynor Evans, was delighted at the Fund in May’s ‘Rotary Roundup’.
Financially rewarded -
the lack of facilities, I feel we have to be followed by some free coaching days enthusiasm for cooking, and quality of Martin Anscombe
We finished, packed and quietly left,
also recognise the vast array of good for those who are interested. Contact the food produced by the youngsters,
Half - heartedly applauded.
points that we have here in Watton and Graham Vellam 01953880414 or Kevin
I am still staggered by the great Simpson 01953882790 for more
community that we have here, the information.
The folk at Loddon Centre proved
More unreserved than lately,
Stevens' Almshouses Vacancy
enormous amount of groups for the The Almshouses, a Grade 2 listed building situated between Vincent Place and the
And drawn in by their eager smiles
older generation, there is in fact many West Norfolk We were encouraged greatly. Junior School, consist of four studio cottages. They are managed by a group of
things to do from knitting clubs to volunteer Trustees who oversee all aspects of maintenance and occupancy. The
Our sense of fun was matched by
memory cafes, sports facilities , and Aviation Society theirs
Trustees come from all parts of the local community and the organisation is not run
now also the amazing parkrun that has This month’s aeronautical spectacular by St Mary's Church as is commonly thought, although the Constitution does
And gave us all much pleasure.
just started, every Saturday from 9am. began at Steve and Jean de Roeck’s Amongst them all we shared a meal.... require the Vicar and a Churchwarden to be unelected Trustees. One of the cottages
There really is something for everyone. palace in Saham Toney where a very has recently become vacant and the Trustees are seeking a new resident:
It was a time to treasure!
I must say the parkrun was a revelation welcome feast was enjoyed by a high Stevens Almshouse Charity Watton, studio cottage with separate kitchen and
to me as I didn’t realise what a great proportion of the WNAS Hurrah for those old codgers! bathroom, communal gardens. Would suit mature single responsible person.
community it encourages. You can do it membership. Selection criteria applies. References would be required
from walking jogging or running, its Peter Cowling For further information please contact The Clerk: 01953 885479
The Wayland News April 2019 Page 12

News from
We have been very busy over the last
few weeks! We love reaching out
into our community and have
enjoyed visits to Dorrington House
to spend time with our older friends,
Watton Sports Centre to compete
against other local schools in multi
sports skills for the Wayland Cup, St.
Mary’s Church for RE, and Knights
Park Housing Development to lay a
time capsule for History. There is so
much for our children to learn about
right where we live!
March 7th was World Book Day
2019 (See picture front page) and we
celebrated by asking all of the
children to come to school dressed as
their favourite story character. We
were full to the rafters with
princesses and superheroes, Where’s
Wally and Alice in Wonderland,
Roald Dahl & JK Rowling characters
to name but a few! Many of the staff
also joined in and every classroom
was themed around a different story
with the children completing a round
robin to visit each room.
After that we threw ourselves in to
British Science Week (8th to 15th
March) with gusto! We were very
fortunate to receive a £300 grant
towards inviting all our parents and
carers into school take part in
science workshops with their
children. The children were amazed
by a variety of experiments,
including exploring colour mixing
with Skittles, creating rain clouds
in a jar, making raisins dance and
volcanoes erupt! Pictures from some
Later this year Westfield will of the recent
celebrate its 40th anniversary. The activities at Watton
school opened on 4th July 1979 Westfield School
and has welcomed so many
children and families through its
doors since then. We have seen Top: Koala class
many changes and as part of our dressed up for World
celebrations we would like to look Book Day
back at the differences between
now and then and the milestones
along the way. If you have any Middle: Elephant
special photographs, records or class staff as a
memories of Westfield over the last school of Rainbow
40 years, or are still in touch with Fish (excuse the
members of staff, governors or the
PTA who have since retired or
moved away please do let us know!
We have set up a special email Bottom: Key Stage 1
address for this. Please contact: children and families
westfields40thanniversary@corvused working together.
Spring Thing PLEASE READ!!! Page space is allocated strictly on a first
Winter is almost over and we look come, first served basis. 12 Noon on the 15th of the
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So as April approaches Watton’s that copy will be CONSIDERED for inclusion. Arrival of
Methodists are planning a ‘’thing’’
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There will be ‘’things’’ to buy and
‘’things’’ to eat,
if you wish to be certain your entry gets published, then
From jewellery and cards, you’ll be please make sure it arrives in plenty of time otherwise
in for a treat. you may still be disappointed.
The children can join in a treasure You can contact Julian by ringing (01953) 858908.
hunt, The e-mail address is
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have a punt. contributors and not the views of the publisher or printers.
While every care and effort has been taken to ensure accuracy,
Pots and plants to make your heart
sing the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions.
So please come and join us for our This issue of the The Wayland News was published by:
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