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Families Matter in Watton

Hello! My name is Marianne Starling and may I
say what a pleasure it is to be joining a
wonderful Church at the heart of a vibrant
community. I am extremely excited to begin
this new position in my home town and I look
forward to growing and developing the role
alongside the people that will be utilising it.
Huge thanks must go to all those who have
been hard at work behind the scenes
fundraising, organising and supporting this
new pioneering position for two whole years!
It is a real privilege to be part of something
that has grown up out of, and been so well
supported by the community which it will
now provide for too.
Our partnership with the Benjamin
Foundation and Town Council establishes the
'Watton Community Hub'. Providing a central
community space for all ages in the town.
The potential in this collaboration is
overflowing and has me feeling like a child in
the run up to Christmas, I could just go POP!
with excitement. Again, another venture
developed by the community and for the
community and is a real testament to the
power of people. What an exciting time for
Watton and a real blessing to be a part of it
Very much looking forward to what we can
do together. ~ Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much ~ Helen Keller
Revd Gerry Foster, Vicar of Watton says
“Thank you to Everyone who continues to
support this post ‘for the community, by the

years; we are a varied group of artists

Caston’s Hingham and with different experience and skills,
who meet once a fortnight to paint and
Christmas Fayre Hardingham draw together (with of course a break
Our annual Christmas Fayre this year will be on for tea, a chat, and probably a slice of
Saturday 23rd November in the Village Hall, Art Club cake!). Although we run workshops a
starting at 2:00pm until around 3:30pm. There Hingham and Hardingham Art Club’s couple of times a year, we do not meet
will be raffles, games and a Tombola, as well as popular annual Art Exhibition will be to be led or taught, but to paint
Cakes, Fancy Goods/Bric-a-brac all the traditional held in the Lincoln Hall, Hingham, companionably as a group of friends
Christmas Fayre contents. In addition, the again this November. Entry is free and with like interests - as you will see, this
HAMPER DRAW will take place - a chance to all are welcome to come and look makes for an interesting exhibition with
win a wicker picnic basket packed with many round; there will be teas and cake for something to suit nearly anyone.
items for Christmas. Why not come along and sale, a raffle and of course a wide The Exhibition will be on Saturday 16th
have a go at winning one of the super prizes and variety of art works and greetings cards. and Sunday 17th November from 10
enjoy your first mince pie of the season? The club has been meeting for over 30 am until 5 pm and we look forward to
welcoming you!

Flu Clinic
The Patients Participation
Group will be holding a Walk-
in Flu Vaccination Clinic
again this year. It will be at
Watton Medical Practice on
Saturday November 9th
between 9 am & 12 noon.
As well as the Flu Vaccination
Clinic other organisations such
as Diabetes UK and Age
Concern will be will be
present. Refreshments will be
provided by the PPG members
01953 498 204 who will also be able to
discuss any queries or
suggestions that patients that
may benefit the running of the
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forever . We use our phones for friendly companion or pet for a family. One
A Quick Look Round photography, because they are smart. is a black female called Chrissie, who had
By Orbiter Everything seems to be smart these days. kittens in our care, but ran out of milk, so PLEASE MENTION
There, that was a good summer, nice and Phones, cameras, cars, televisions, they had to be hand reared. She is now
warm most of the time, and not much
rain, which pleased most of us, but left
watches, lighting systems, cookers, and neutered, microchipped and had flea and THE WAYLAND NEWS
so on, but alas, not me ! worm treatment. Her adoption fee is £60
the farmers with problems, though it does
seem that they have managed to bring in
Cars, for instance, are smart enough to which helps towards her vet fees. We also WHEN SHOPPING WITH
park themselves, though not all drivers have several black kittens, both male and
the harvests in time for the change in
weather conditions towards the end of
are confident enough to trust them. One female, vaccinated, microchipped and we OUR ADVERTISERS
of my friends won’t use the facility in will pay for them to be neutered when they
September. case there is a bump, for which she is are 4 months old. Call the number below if
And it was a good year for fruit, such as sure her husband would blame her. you are interested,
raspberries – my late fruiting variety Smart cars that drive themselves don’t There is another sad story about a black
responded to the warmth and became seem to have been allowed past the female cat. She has been taken in by the
‘earlies’, while the local hedges provided testing stage, but the latest models go Celia Hammond Animal Trust after having
a good crop of blackberries, and allowed some way towards it, with no hand-brake kittens. They have called her Fleur (below)
me to indulge in the pleasure of picking or gear lever. And the days when, if we and she has a congenital abnormality in that
them. This used to be enjoyed by many experienced a breakdown, a quick look she has only one nipple instead of the
folks in years gone by, and extended to under the bonnet might tell us the cause normal eight.
other fruits, such as hips, haws, and of the trouble, have long gone.
sloes, from which many a bottle of home- But away from the smart world, and into
made gin was prepared. In those days my garden, and I am beginning to
picking was quite competitive, as quite a wonder if all the different weed-killers
few people availed themselves of this that have been used over the years have
bounty provided by nature, and unlike affected the wild- life, for when I dig a
this year, when I was a lonely picker, the forkful of earth it might reveal a lone
hedgerows were an attraction to many. worm, whereas in past years, a whole
Gathering blackberries has always colo0ny of worms would come wriggling
fascinated me, even as a child living in to the surface. And the number of other
nprth London, for a short bus ride would creatures, such as beetles, ants, and the
suffice to take me to the southern reaches like seems to have diminished too.
of Epping Forest, the open parts of which But my digging days for this year are
abounded in hedgerows, and berries were behind me, and thoughts are turning to She is 7 years old and has had litter after
plentiful – and sometimes a bit Christmas, and already I have been asked litter of kittens, but only one kitten from
frustrating, for the biggest always seemed to choose from menus for various annual each litter has survived. The other kittens
to be just out of reach. But my efforts celebrations, that seem to become more must have been searching for a nipple, but
were well rewarded, for my mother, like frequent each year, if that is possible. sadly would have died within about 48
many of the mums in those days, was an Recently my wife and some friends paid hours of birth having starved to death.
expert in producing delicious pies, one of their frequent visits to the cinema Kittens take to one nipple and stay there
puddings and tarts, the like of which we in Dereham, where the audience numbers until they are weaned. Therefore the other
don’t see any more. rarely extend into triple figures, and were kittens wouldn't have been able to share.
These references to picking and astounded to be confronted by House The owner said he couldn't cope with her
harvesting take my mind back to the only Full notices, and obliged to pay extra to any more and it was not fair to his children
real harvest I have ever attended, which reserve seats for the following week, to see kittens die. When asked why he
was when I was just a small boy, just when it transpired that capacity hadn't had Fleur neutered, he said he didn't
before the Second World War. I was attendances were being maintained. The have time – in 7 years!! So Fleur is feeding
staying with relatives in their tiny cottage film that was causing such interest was one kitten, a little black boy called Flynn
near Tring, in Hertfordshire, when Downton Abbey, a full screen version of and the remaining 4 kittens are being hand
harvesting day arrived. The whole the popular television series, and proved reared by a fosterer.
community turned out to help.. In those that British viewers really appreciate It is unbelievable that such a thing has been
days nearly everything was transported good drama, well acted, and spoken in allowed to happen, when having Fleur
by horse and cart (the Fordson tractor perfect English, and unsullied by the neutered would have saved her from seeing
may have recently been introduced, but filthy language and sexual innuendos that all but one of her babies die. As she could
they were few in number and this time pervade many TV plays today. have had 3 litters a year for 7 years it is a
the reaping machine was being pulled by I also like a good drama about country tragedy. Fleur will be neutered when her
a large, strong Shire horse. My main folk and am waiting for the big screen baby has been weaned and the Trust is
memory is of as the reaper gradually version of a TV series that has just been hoping to home her together with her little
gettimg nearer and nearer to the middle released, to come to Dereham. kitten Flynn.
of the field, when most of the local men, This one is named Farmaggeddon, and For information or advice, or if you need
all surrounded the small area that was stars a farm favourite of mine. Shaun the help with the cost of neutering, please call
still uncut, all armed with sticks and Sheep. I just hope I shall be able to get us on 01842 810018. Rita Thompson.
cudgels. As the machine went nearer to in !
the centre of the remaining patch, all Meanwhile, I’ll get my fire-works ready,
manner of panic- stricken animals broke for Guy Fawkes Day is nearly here, and Gt. Ellingham &
cover and made a dash for safety - I’ve got a lot to get sorted. But that’s not
rabbits, voles, mice, rats, and so on, hotly rocket science. Or is it ?
District Flower Club
pursued by all the waiting men. Monday 18th November ‘ALL Spruced
Good afternoon.
With all the corn cut, the farm workers Up’ A seasonal demonstration by
all went round the crop with pitchforks Barbara Collins @ Rocklands Village
and tossed the corn into small piles, Breckland Cats Hall, NR17 1TR Starts 7.30pm Doors
(called stooks, I believe, if memory open 7pm Guests £10 Members FREE.
serves me right). If I’m wrong, someone Protection Membership Fees £30 per year. We are a
please let me know.) October 27 was National Black Cat Day friendly, NAFAS associated Club. Come
Of course, these days harvesting bears which is to celebrate the beauty of these along for a great evening’s entertainment,
little resemblance to that of my memory, sleek creatures. Old notions have given food & drinks, raffle of arrangements,
with enormous fields, which can be them a bad name and the Black Cat Day is sales table and much more!
reaped by just a few men, possibly with to help turn their reputation around, There Festive Arrangement Workshop £15
the aid of a giant modern tractor, which is nothing as elegant as a black cat like a Saturday December 14th 10-12 Noon.
can be adapted to operate countless miniature jaguar. It was once thought that Dragonfly Centre, Watton IP25 6AR
different tasks, that would otherwise fairies take the form of black cats and their With Jane Dalton. For more details/
require huge gangs of men to complete. arrival in a village was seen as a sign of requirements and to book a place contact
All these memories were triggered off by good luck. But they are now seen as The Dragonfly Gallery on 01953880212
the fine September weather, but my unlucky or mischievous, which makes or email
word, didn’t October do its best to wipe them all the harder to home. Sunday December 15th ‘Christmas
them out, with a fine imitation of a Black kittens are always the last to be Sparkle’ Demonstration by Brenda &
tropical monsoon ? But hopefully things chosen from a litter of kittens, where there Jane Starts 1.30pm Doors open 1pm
have calmed down a bit, and we can are tabbies, torties and ginger kittens. Our Guests £8 Members £5 Includes
settle down to browse through the snaps rehoming centres have many black and afternoon tea and lots more
we took on our summer holidays. black and white cats and kittens looking for We meet monthly for demonstrations,
Only we don’t do that any more, our new homes. Its so sad for them, as they workshops and visits For more
photos tend to be taken on our phones, didn't chose to be black and their loving information and tickets call: Jane Dalton
which we point at anything and characters are often overlooked. 01953 498694 Or email:
everything, press a button, look at the Currently in our care we have several black Facebook
result once and then probably lose it adult cats just looking for a chance to be a page @gtellinghamdistrictflowerclub
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Around the time the consultation finishes we are basket or smallish container and will keep going
((BOUNCE)) Watton expecting to hear from Breckland Council if we over the winter. The cyclamen should be planted
will be required to prepare a Strategic out in the soil after a container display and if
A bit about us! Environmental Assessment of the plan. If so, we happy will seed about for next year. These little
My name is Linzi Jarvis and I am so happy to will have to engage consultants to do it as it is a jewels come in all sorts of shades from white
tell you that I am bringing this fitness class to complex study. If needed, it will likely take several through pink to bright red. There seems to be an
the Sports and Social Club Watton! I launched months and is likely to be the thing that most affects infinite variety of colours in violas and pansies. I
Norwich 2 months ago after realising we had the timetable for finalising the plan. had an accidental success with a mixed basket as I
no venues anywhere in Norfolk! Since then We will also prepare a document called the Basic prefer violas but had bought a tray of pansies as
((BOUNCE)) have also recently opened Conditions Statement that will explain in some well. The mixture of the two was quite eye-
franchises in Diss and Kings Lynn. I can't wait detail how the plan complies with the many rules catching so it’s worth picking up two or three
to meet my new #bouncearmy and spread the and regulations that apply. trays to see how well they combine. If you want
((B)) love with you all! As well as updating the plan we may have to revise to splash out a bit more look for winter-flowering
((BOUNCE))™ started in a small community or add to some of our evidence. One example is the clematis. Freckles is a good one, off-white
studio with just 8 trampolines and a big dream Village Design Guide, which we plan to review in flowers with dark red spots and lines in the
in 2014. Within 3 years it became known as the light of the very recently published National Design middle. This requires a bit of shelter from strong
fastest growing fitness company in the UK and Guide. winds but most of the others, mainly evergreen,
now averages 30,000 attendees every month! When all the documents have been revised, we will are quite tough. Very tough in some cases as
Offering a full body workout with various submit them again to Breckland Council and there ‘vigorous’ doesn’t begin to cover Armandii or
concept classes listed below, ((BOUNCE))™ is will be a final public consultation. The regulations winter beauty. These two do need pruning and I
3 times more effective than floor based fitness mean comments during that consultation must did hear of one owner who regularly took a
thanks to the addition of gravity and g-force focus on any regulatory shortcomings rather than chainsaw to Armandii. In the right place this is
provided by the trampoline. All of our classes the more wide-ranging requirements of the Plan. truly stunning in either white or pink and scented.
are child friendly too, making it accessible to so Another difference is that any comments will go A strong archway is ideal. Later this month some
many more people. Sessions where kids of any directly to an independent examiner who will enterprising sellers will have tiny pots of mini
age can attend in the studio while you workout. decide if the plan needs further revision before a daffs and lily-of-the-valley strictly for indoor
Toys, food, prams etc are all welcome with no village referendum can be held to decide if you all display this year then hardened off for outdoors in
pretentiousness to deal with! Some mums stop accept the plan. spring.
to breastfeed, others are managing potty runs or Meanwhile we are hoping Breckland Council will Tasks for November apart from checking
just needing to give cuddles in between at last complete its Local Plan – their latest estimate structures are usually exercise-related. Winter
jumping along. There's likely to be a tantrum or for doing that is December – so that the village as at digging if you can get on the soil. If you are on
two, or sharing your trampoline with your little least some protection against speculative clay please don’t bother. Digging wet clay does
one – the Instructor just carries on, no-one developments until the neighbourhood plan is more harm than good unless you plan on making
minds! You don't have to be a mum to come approved. bricks. The best thing is to put a layer of
along, the workout is still the same! As usual, if you have any comments or questions compost, well-rotted, old grow-bags or anything
We are fully inclusive and our tag line is fun, on any of this, or anything else to do with the else organic on the soil and leave it to the worms.
friendly and fierce. Neighbourhood Plan, or if you'd like to be added to Rake up leaves from the lawn and remove from
our mailing list, please look on our website or the crowns of plants. Bag them up and leave until
contact Chris Blow on 01953 880915 or at next year when you should have some lovely leaf-
Saham Toney mould. When you’ve raked up the leaves you
might have tufty looking grass so if it’s dry give it
Neighbourhood Plan a cut. Fingers crossed you won’t have to do this
Shaping the future of Saham Toney! In your garden more than once or twice. Once grass gets really
The second formal consultation on the Saham With Lotta Potts wet stay off it. The same applies if it’s frosty.
Toney Neighbourhood Plan closed on 13 October. It’s all been a bit biblical again in the weather This is the start of the planting season for bare-
To all of you who responded, many thanks. Your during the first half of October and as I get this root trees and shrubs. Not so very long ago this
support and your comments are both helpful. done for the deadline (just about) it’s pouring was the only opportunity for roses and fruit trees
Rather than give incomplete information while the again. Gardening is now dash out and do a bit of but now we have container-grown plants they can
consultation is still open, we will provide highlights something when it’s reasonably dry underfoot. If be planted any time. However, bare root now,
of the consultation responses in the December this keeps on we’ll be waterlogged until spring. while the soil is quite warm the roots can develop
issue, and on our website ( We did have one reasonable frost but so far no and concentrate while the plants are dormant and
In addition to villager comments, at the time of sign of any more – a pity as a decent frost cheers don’t have to bother with growth and leaves.
writing this article we have received 89 comments up any sprouts there are about and does away with Planting bare-root trees, shrubs and hedging is
from Breckland Council and others from Norfolk large numbers of pests. As we have no control also reflected in the price so worth considering.
County Council. Between them, Historic England, over the mild weather we need to hunt down the You can also move these plants successfully in
Natural England and Anglian Water, who are pests. Snails. Lots of snails will be loving the November. There’s still time to divide perennial
among the most important bodies we must consult, mild dampness so keep moving any stacks of pots plants but leave grasses until spring. Plant tulip
have made only two low-key comments. where they congregate or more proactively make and hyacinth bulbs now and although it’s rather
In due course we will put more details about the a trap with a few clay pots (they don’t seem so late you can still plant any daffs you still have
consultation results on our website, but meanwhile keen on the plastic ones) or a few lengths of lurking about. They might be a bit late next year
you might be interested to read what we will be drainpipe then dispose of them as you will. This but will catch up after that.
doing next. is better than a spring rush with pellets when they Check over any stored fruit and veg for signs of
First, we simply need to take time to read and all emerge hungry after winter and descend on rot or wildlife. It’s surprising how even large
understand all the comments, and that will include your emerging plants. Obviously if you also spot slugs can hitch a ride on a potato without being
resolving any conflict between comments on the the odd slug get rid of it! seen at first. Of course, ideally, once dug the
same topic from different sources. We will On the other hand November can be an spuds will have sat on the soil to harden the
certainly need to meet with Breckland planners to enchanting month. Not all of it, of course, but skins then the loose, dry soil rubbed off and no
discuss their comments and will need more clarity occasionally you get a sunny day with bright blue slug can survive that. Ideally that is but often
on the County Council’s comments, particularly sky that shows off all the autumn leaf colours and we have to compromise due to weather and
those about highways. intensifies the colour on any flowers you might time. So a check or two in November is a good
We will create three new documents which will have left. Makes your heart sing so hope for the idea.
give all the comments (one document for responses best and plan for the worst. Dealing with the Whilst you’re digging and checking around the
from villagers, one for Breckland Council and the worst, we have had a lot of autumn gales the past garden look at any re-design you may need to
third for all the other comments). Villager few years and there’s no reason to assume this do. See what worked and what didn’t, where
comments will be included anonymously. For each year will be different so a bit of checking of the gaps are, specially if it’s a gap that is there
comment we will give our considered response and sheds, fences, doors won’t go amiss. Any doors year in and year out. Get the pencil and paper
describe what action, if any, we will take to modify and gates should have sturdy latches to keep them going once you’ve been driven indoors and dig
the plan as a result. Where necessary we will take shut as otherwise if the wind’s in the wrong out the catalogues. You only have to be
advice from our planning consultant on how to direction the woodwork will be bashed to a large realistic once you’ve worked out the bill!
Dance-Away at respond. The three documents will become part of a
formal consultation statement, which will also
include details of all the events we have held, and
bill come spring. Fence panels and posts should
look reasonably solid and secure and basically
that’s all you can do unless you have a lot of loose
Readers who have been loyal to this column for
a few years have probably noticed my lack of
the annual autumn plea – if you’re having a
The Queens Hall the results of previous formal and informal
In parallel, independent consultants are continuing
bits in the panels so replace them before everyone
else gets the same problem and clears out
stockists. If you have any trees with dodgy
bonfire please make sure to evict any
hedgehogs or toads or anything else that
thought this was a good place for a winter
Saturday November 2nd to develop what are known as Masterplanning looking branches either tie them in or cut them off snooze. If you have to collect material (include
studies for the cluster of sites around Pound Hill before they descend in a gale on to the greenhouse garden waste) before 5th then please move it on
Saturday December 7th and the one at Richmond Hall. Their report will or worse. the day to a nearby site. If you are having a
include example site layouts and street views. They Now for the best. If you don’t have much in the large community fire round up all those strong
7.30pm - 10.30pm will be an important factor in deciding how the final way of colour or flowers treat yourself to a trip to teenagers hanging about and get them to move
plan deals with those sites. Our landscape a nursery or garden centre. There is no need to it. We are very short of hedgehogs and the
Ballroom, Latin & Sequence consultant will be reviewing the studies for us, to spend a fortune. Violas, pansies and outdoor numbers are declining at a rapid rate.
Bar - Raffle give us an expert opinion on any impact of the cyclamen come in trays of six or maybe more and One last thing, of course, regardless of wind, rain,
schemes on landscape. don’t cost a lot. One tray will fill a hanging frost, snow you’ll need to keep weeding.
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pressures of those working in the NHS fild, save cartin orl tha muck up tha
A Long distance which all agreed we are fortunate to rud?” she holler “An carnt yew shut thet Great Ellingham Chit Chat Group
have. One of our members was a damn thing orf I carnt hear myself think” In November this year it will have been 8 years since the Chit Chat
Penguin midwife for over 30 years, leaving after a “Thars no need” I say “I can hear yew Group was formed, with just a handful of people. Since then we
Letter from Australia by Chris O'Connor similar experience to that of Adam Kay orlrite, any old how Jack cant git his ole have continued to grow, like a small acorn which eventually grows
A New Zealand penguin that washed up on regretting that she has neither the talent lorry on tha fild heed niva git it orf agin, into a magnificent oak tree. Our Circle of Friends continues to
a beach in Australia has been released back for writing nor performing. thas tew wet” “Thas no consarn of mine” grow, and the Chit Chat Group is most certainly a catalyst for so
to the wild to complete a 2,500km swim At the October meeting the group she showt “Dew yew git thet ole fewl many other events which are going on in and around the local area.
home. discussed the Gustav Sonata by Rose tew stop gooin threw tha willage or I Thanks to everyone who supported out ‘Special Coffee Morning’
The emaciated Fiordland penguin was Tremain. shell git tha lore ontew yor boss, an then on October 9th at The Recreation Centre, Great Ellingham. Total
found struggling against rocks in the Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in yor’ll git so wrong” Wi thet she banged profit was £515, which will be split between the MacMillan and
shallows at Kennett River, 170km west of Switzerland, where the horrors of the har ole stick on the harvesta an went tew Marie Curie Charities; also, many thanks to everyone who
Melbourne. Second World War seem only a distant draw along, only she forgot abowt tha supported our Open Gardens in August held in Carbrooke. An
It was taken to Melbourne Zoo by the echo. An only child, he lives alone with row of beet we hent yit lifted, tripped on amazing £755 was raised in support of Mesothelioma UK - the
marine response unit and given a balance Emilie, the mother he adores but who wun, and went down flat on har fissog in Cancer Charity which supports people who are suffering because of
of fluids and nutrients until it was well treats him with bitter severity. He begins tha mold. Larf, I nigh on bort my own Asbestos Exposure.
enough to eat. Once it felt better, said an intense friendship with a Jewish boy beer, an tew meark things wus my foot We are very excited about our latest project which we have been
Melbourne Zoo’s head of veterinary his age, talented and mercurial Anton slipped orf tha clutch and we wos headed working on since January. We will be publishing a book, either late
services, Dr Michael Lynch, it began to eat Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The strate for har. Wish I’d hed a camra thar this year or early next year, of community stories - these stories,
with gusto. novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing wos har scrabblin tew git owt tha way an although from the Great Ellingham Chit Chat Group, are of stories
“Once it got going it really stacked on the the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism me trying tew find tha rite pedal tew stop from all over the country. Some tell of happy, amusing and some
weight, a huge appetite,” Lynch said. “It and its impact on her son and his beloved tha thing afor we topped and tailed har. sad tales of group members who were evacuated to all parts of the
was eating 20-25% of its own bodyweight friend.Moving backward to the war years Dang me she wos a rare site, covered in country during the war, whilst other stories tell life as it was in the
per day. That would be like an 80kg person and the painful repercussions of an act of slud from top tew toe, Horry cum back in 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. The stories are fascinating and very, very
eating 20kg of food a day. It’s quite conscience, and forward through the the geart jist as she was gittin orf tha fild interesting. The book will have approximately 40,000 words and
amazing how much food it could pack lives and careers of Gustav and and he nigh on driv inta tha dyke at tha will be in Litho Print. We will be selling the book through our new
down.” Anton, The Gustav Sonata explores the site of har. Thet cum onter rearn hard jist website, which we will keep up-dated with news and events.
Once the penguin had returned to a healthy passionate love of childhood friendship afta so we corled it a day an driv back Therefore, for news of Chit Chat please do visit our website at:
weight – they are usually about 3.5kg – it as it's lost, transformed, and regained tew tha yard, we hed enough beet for a We will try and keep this
was sent to Phillip Island Nature Parks to over a lifetime. It also informs us about cuppla loods fer Boy Jack tew cart tew updated.
build up its swimming muscles in their Switzerland and the problem of retaining tha factry termorrer, wun thing tha rearn We have a few seats left for The Cromer Show on Thursday,
larger pools, ready for the journey home to its neutrality faced with the threat of washed moost o tha mold orf tha rud and December 5th. Anyone interested in joining us on this outing,
New Zealand. Nazi Germany engulfing surrounding cleaned tha owld beet a bit an orl. I think please ring one of the numbers shown below.
It was released after eight weeks’ countries. I shell give tha nex cowncill meetin a As we repeatedly emphasize, anyone is welcome on a Wednesday
recuperation. This book was well received by all miss. morning. We do realize it is very difficult attending somewhere
“We are hoping that it will get back to New members despite a dark side. All agreed We hed a rare ole larf in tha pub that new, however everyone is made welcome and it really doesn’t take
Zealand and breed,” Lynch said. “We put a on the excellent depiction of characters; evenin. too long to get to know folk in the group.
microchip into the bird so if it does turn up the hardships suffered, emotionally and My granfer allus sed afta he got tew Great Ellingham Recreation Centre, Watton Road, NR17 1HZ.
back in New Zealand one day and someone physically; the interesting background; eighty. “One thing Bor, thar hent northin Every Wednesday 10-12 noon
reads that microchip we will be very sex was there but understated and it left tew larn tha hard way” Contact Ann Reeve: 07733211410/01953 882065 Email:
happy.” answered some questions whilst opening See yew orl agin. An dew yew kip a
Melbourne is at the outer edge of the our minds to others. It led to a debate on troshin. Boy Sid
normal range for the IUCN red-listed the true meaning of the word ‘love’ and
species, which has breeding grounds on its various forms and how much was The West Norfolk
New Zealand’s south island and packed into a comparatively short book.
surrounding smaller islands. All agreed that we knew very little about Aviation Society
The global wild population of the penguins, the history of Switzerland and its It was nearly three years ago when,
which are listed as vulnerable, is estimated legendary neutrality until reading this WNAS member, Bob Kirkham was first
to be between 4,000 and 5,600. and realising how close the country was asked to give a talk about his own
Lynch said the penguins had previously to invasion by Hitler and why money and exploits serving with her Majesty's Royal
been very rare in Australia but had been other valuables accrued, some from the Air Force. He seemed a little reticent
turning up more in recent years, for reasons Nazis seeking a safe haven. We are now when first approached but became more
as yet unknown. “The species is known to amazed that they did escape invasion and amenable with the passage of time.
forage over thousands of kilometres and we think we have been misled by films of Following a few brushes with death
are within the edge of the range of this POWs escaping and heading for neutral, defying health issues, on Tuesday 1st
bird,” he said. “So it is not out of the safe Switzerland. The attitude to Jews October, he launched into his maiden
question that we would see the birds here, came as a complete surprise. Rose speech with a vengeance and fairly rose
but they are certainly a long way from Tremain is a powerful and original wtiter to the occasion. Like most airmen, from
home.” and the popularity of her books remains an early age, he had an obsession with
Other penguin species have also embarked undiminished. the prospect of learning to fly and to
on unlikely trans-Tasman trips. For our November meeting we are becoming a pilot. At first he was an air
In 2014, a Snares penguin dubbed “Miss reading Three Things About Elsie by cadet but, by his own admission, felt his
Simpson” was found on an Australia beach Joanna Cannon. academic prowess was running short of
some 2,000km from its home grounds of the mark to gain acceptance into the
the Snares Islands, south of New Zealand, Tha Ovington Crower esteemed ranks of the RAF but, by sheer
and spent nine months in recovery before By the Boy Sid determination and a few lucky breaks he
being released. How yew orl gittin on tergitha, keeping nevertheless succeeded with his
Scientists in New Zealand recently owt the rearn I hoop. endeavours and eventually became one
discovered that a little penguin colony near Cor blarst we got it wrong agin, thort of a few non-commissioned flying
Otago in the South Island was made up of we’d maerk a start on tha beet afore thet officers whilst still in his early twenties.
Australian invaders, little blue penguins rearned, got tha fust tree or four rounds He became competent and familiar with
that had colonised the area and replaced a in orlrite, then dint thet cum down. Tha many aircraft types from chipmunks,
similar local species 500 years ago. boss hed hossed orf tew a searl over tew through Jet Provosts and, eventually to
Caston way, so we got Horry tew dew the Canberra. As an aside, Bob said that
Shipdham & District tha cartin whilst I driv tha harvesta. Well he had visited the Flixton Aviation
yew know wot heese like, he got orf tha Museum just recently and had become
Book Group fild an shot orf up tha rud spreedin more reacquainted with one of his ‘old
The book discussed on 18th September mold on tha rud than thar wos on tha fild. flames’; except on this occasion it was
was This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries Thet warnt long afore up cum tha ole only half a Canberra. Bob brought along,
of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay. The Chairmawtha showtin at tha top o har for support, his lovely wife who was able
author trained and practised in this role voice, an waving har stick in tha air, she to provide the odd prompt. She was also
from 2004 to 2010 until a devastating cum onta tha fild an stood in front o tha remarkably tolerant of his confessions
experience caused him to give up. His harvesta. Cor, wos I tempted to kip a and references to the revelry and bawdy
speciality was obstetrics. He used the gooin, but I stopped abowt a foot afore I antics he and his colleagues had pursued;
diary kept during training which he used run har oova. even to the allusions of ‘other old
together with his views on the current “Dew yew git thet ole fewl orfa thet flames’. Bob’s performance was so much
NHS to write the book and develop a one tracter afore he put mud orl oova tha appreciated by his fellow members that
man show as a comedian plus other willage, heese orlreddy covered my front there was no hesitation about inviting
theatre work. winder” she hollered at me, shakin har him again next month to give another
The book had a mixed reception. Several stick at me. “Hold yew hard missus” I instalment of his fascinating career.
disliked it finding it boring, distasteful say tew har “Weer gotta git ower kwoota Author: Nigel Tooth
and full of unnecessary obscenities in afore termorrer, thas when boy Jack
whilst others liked it and found it hev bin towld ter start loodin, fust thing” Hosted by kind permission of Mundford
amusing and a good revelation of the “Well carnt tha owld fewl lood up in tha Bowls Club (Val & Len)
The Wayland News November 2019 Page 6

PLEASE MENTION Royal Air Forces Association Standard Laid Up


Sunday the 13th of October 2019 was a by Steve Bibby carrying the Watton Royal strains of the Royal Air Force march past.
special day at St Mary’s church Watton as British Legion standard. The RAFA A good deal of those attending remained to
the Royal Air Force Association standard standard being laid up was then carried in socialise with refreshments provided by St
was laid up for posterity. After lengthy furled and at the slope by Sgt Daniel Mary’s and there where many photo
negotiations and planning the final act was “Woody” Woodward from RAF Marham. opportunities taken both inside and out. The
put together in a poignant service of thanks He handed the standard to Mr Ron whole team went home for the rest of their
and dedication. The service at 10:00 on Wheeler, the last president of the Watton Sunday content with a job well done.
Sunday was officiated by Rev Gerry Foster RAFA branch. He asked Gerry Foster to Thank you to all who helped make the
in her inimitable style of joy and inclusion. look after the standard which she agreed to service such a success, thank you to those
The guest from the RAF Marham do and they then proceeded to drape the who made generous donations to cover all
Chaplaincy section was Flt Lt Chris Hodder standard on the alter. the costs A special thanks to Rev Gerry
who kept everyone spellbound during his The service continued as it normally would Foster for all the hard work she done in
entire sermon. on a Sunday with passion and laughter helping to get permission from the Diocese
The service started with a lone piper, Stan including a demonstration from the younger of Norwich for the standard to be hung in St
Hebborn, setting the scene. This was members of the congregation on their Mary's church. Also to Mr John Daly who
followed by the opening hymn during morning's achievements. co-ordinated and arranged for the cadets
which supporting standards from the Royal Towards the end of the service the and the serving members of the Royal Air
British Legion and Air Training Corps standards took their places prior to the Force to attend the service. Again thank you
paraded in slow time through the National Anthem and the piper piping one and all.
congregation. The ATC standards were farewell to the standard. Ron Wheeler led The standard will blessed on November
from Watton, Swaffham and Thetford led the procession out of the church to the 10th, at the Armistice Service.

rarely seen in gardens around Britain and cabinet, as she has recently teamed up
Ashill & Holme the fruit is never seen on supermarket with a local microbrewery to produce
shelves. This is partially due to the medlar beer and medlar gin is also on the
Hale Garden Club medlar fruit not being ripe or edible when horizon. This is very much a Norfolk
Reviving the Medlar - Presented by harvested in early November. For the business and Jane is very keen for
Jane Steward. Our September meeting fruit to ripen, a process known as Norfolk to lead the way in reviving the
was well attended with 59 members ‘bletting’, it needs to be kept in a cool medlar as a fruit we once again use in our
present to listen to Jane Steward of dark place for 2 to 3 weeks. Once kitchens.
Eastgate Larder talk passionately about re ‘bletted’ the succulent ripe and soft fruit Our November meeting is on Thursday
-establishing the medlar tree as a useful is both very flavoursome and sweet, a November 24th, 2.30pm at Holme Hale
addition to any garden. The much little like spiced apple sauce. Pavilion, when our speaker Jane Dalton
maligned medlar fruit is not going to win Jane Steward established Eastgate Larder will talk about “Decorations for your
any beauty contests, as Jane readily seven years ago after she and her husband home at Xmas”. New members are
admitted. The French call the medlar fruit bought a 4 acre smallholding in north always welcome.
‘cul de chien’ (translation: dog’s rear Norfolk which she re-invigorated by Website:
end! see photo) and Shakespeare planting over a 100 new medlar trees to
mentions it in several of his works in a produce a commercially viable annual Email:
less than reverential light. However, the crop of fruit. Jane harvests the medlar
medlar tree is an attractive garden or fruit in early November and
orchard tree with lovely white flowers in once the fruit is ‘bletted’ she
summer, which stand out in contrast to personally prepares and
the dark green leaves. In addition the cooks her delicious medlar
medlar has the ability to provide jelly, medlar cheese or
wintertime fruit at a time when little else medlar chutney in her own
is available in the garden. Jane Steward kitchen, doing all the
started her talk by giving an illuminating bottling and packaging
history of the medlar tree from its origins herself. The ‘bletted’ fruit
in Persia and its popularity, initially with can also be stored frozen so
the Romans and Greeks. It gained favour these medlar delicacies can
in Elizabethan Britain due to it being a be made at any time of year.
wintertime sweet-treat before the arrival Jane is determined to bring
of sugar. However, the medlar gradually the medlar back to our table
fell out of favour to the extent it is now or even into our drinks
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Great Hockham Gardening Club Saham Toney Community
Curious Obsessions: For our first soiree of the new season we welcomed Melissa
Sheldrake who introduced us to some curious obsessions – of the garden variety. Orchard Quiz
Melissa spent some time as a flower arranger demonstrator. As a speaker she was
not a natural and suffered from stage fright. To overcome this she underwent
training and would always learn her script by heart. In addition her husband crafted
various helpful props to augment the subject matter. At a certain point she decided to
retire from professional
speaking and began to forget
her prepared scripts. But it
wasn’t long before she was
asked to do a talk. She was
persuaded to just wing it and
see how it went. It went OK
and now is able to give talks
off-the-cuff without the
pressure of rote learning.
Having lived in several
houses she has always been
a gardener, but early on was On the evening of Friday, 11th October, a crowd of about fifty people,
short of money and could in small teams, sat in the hall of the Wells Cole Community Centre,
not afford things like rooting Saham Toney and tried to answer the wide range of questions put to
powder. Nevertheless, her them by local ‘super quizmasters’ Pat and Pam. All hoped that they
cuttings were viable and might win a prize, but this was a mighty challenge. Heads were
propagated well. When she scratched and brains were scoured to come up with accurate responses.
could afford the chemical Arranged by Sylvia Hackshall, with the support of the Steering Group
assistance she found that a and Friends of the Orchard, the event included a slideshow organised by
lot of cuttings rotted. (The Patti Quant to demonstrate the development of the fruit trees and to
pea sticks we use have a show the many local people who have helped to establish and maintain
disconcerting viability. the project.
Worse; having survived the odds we haven’t the heart to compost them.) A large basket of fruit, donated by Jenny Haines, was one of the many
Obsessions: Mellissa loves old garden paraphernalia and local auctions are a good delightful raffle prizes.
source. She, unlike her recent removal men, loves cast iron garden rollers. We were As minds began to flag, fish and chips arrived and tea and coffee was
informed that many of these items have a most pleasing rustic appearance. Auctions offered to the competitors; then, it was back to the quiz.. Because two
are probably the only source of these items as they are unlikely to be found in garden teams tied for first place, a tie-breaker was needed. Prizes were handed
centers today. (We have one; it’s as much as you can do to move it, but it can be filled out, including decorated wooden spoons for the team with the least
with water!) Talking of water, old watering cans are another obsession for which her overall score and thanks offered to all who had invested so much effort
husband has built a special pavilion in which to display them. In passing we were to set up the event and to those who happily took part.
informed to add old steel loft water tanks to the Sheldrake garden landscape. Oh, and I mustn’t forget – A big thanks to everybody involved in
Shortly after moving to their current house they were advised that the two beech trees helping to put out the tables and chairs at the beginning of the evening,
in the new garden were dangerous and should be removed. Unfortunately, before this in clearing up the hall and kitchen so well at the end and also the
work could be carried out, a branch of one of them fell onto her newly built extension. volunteer staff from W.C.C.C. Yes, it was a splendid community effort
The remainder of the trees have now been removes except for a tall stump, which they and evening.
thought could add to the hard landscaping. At the top of the stump is a hole where the Paul Quant on behalf of Saham Toney Community Orchard Project
tree was rotting. A pair of Egyptian geese have used this cavity to raise 8 chicks. Not Steering Group 01953 889945;
being too tidy can have some benefits. Facebook:
As part of her garden development Mellissa decided to plant vegetables, some of
which were lettuces. Anxious to take early advantage she began to pick some of them
when they were little more than seedlings. Her husband asked whether the lettuces Bradenham Horticulture
were of a mixed variety. It was only then that they discovered that, in addition to the
salad crop, they had been growing and eating milk thistles. and Garden Club
Other collectable items of interest to Mellissa include Victorian posy holders, Our Thursday evening Club event on 19th September was a highly
children’s garden tools, from a time when gardening was a normal diversion for kids, enjoyable dinner at the George Hotel in Swaffham which was held to
and glass hyacinth vases where the roots of the plant can be viewed. Her most thank the wonderful people who judge the entries for our Spring and
interesting talk was punctuated by several light-hearted Autumn Horticultural shows. Sandra and Fred Howard and Louise
poems. Culley always give impartial and detailed feedback to the entries for our
I have to admit to an obsession: it is stuff. I hate to shows and we are very lucky to have their expertise. Our next event
throw anything away. Bolts, bricks, containers, metal, was the Annual General Meeting on Thursday October 17th. The
paint, plastic, screws, rope, tiles, timber, tools; you get existing committee were all willing to stand for re-election and Katy
the idea. You never know when any of that stuff might Hillier who was co-opted last year and has proved such an asset for our
come in handy. On rare occasions I am persuaded that fund raising, has moved to being a permanent committee member.
some item must be discarded. Some time later I With drinks and nibbles, this was also a pleasurable social event for our
invariably find it’s something I really need. But that is members, as well as dealing with important business for the coming
not the problem. The problem is, is that I have year. There was also a plant swap and sale for our members. Thursday
forgotten that it was thrown away… November 21st at 7:30pm in Bradenham Village Hall will see another
The results of the competitions for this month were Club first – a quiz! No Latin name knowledge needed – we promise! It
as follows: is a great time to come and join us and take advantage of our year`s
Floral: First: Prue Szczepanowski. Second: Jane membership – just £12.00. This meeting is open to non-members as
Dalton. Third: Nigel Lincoln. well (price £2.00), you are most welcome to join us.
Fruit / Vegetables: First: Eric Rogers. Second: Details of how to become a member or any information available from
Chris Dalton. Third: Jane Dalton. Chairman, Barbara Steward ( , Secretary,
Seasonal Photograph: First: Ed Szczepanowski. Helen Parnell-Cook( or Publicity Officer,
Second: Prue Szczepanowski. Third: Chris Dalton. Laurene Henderson (
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Fountain of Life
Christmas Church celebrates 5
Cheer years of the Mid
Thetford Voices is holding its
Carolling Day this year on Friday 20
December. Norfolk CAP Debt
We warmly invite young singers from
across Breckland and beyond to take Centre
part in the workshop which is open at On Sunday 6th October the Fountain of Life Church at
no charge to all enthusiastic 6-16 year Ashill held a celebration service and, over a shared lunch,
olds. heard from CAP Speaker, David Riddington, about the
Meeting at 1pm in Thetford work of the National Charity. All present watched a short
Grammar School, we rehearse carols CAP video testimony of a Debt Centre client of how her
and Christmas songs with a string life had been changed and how she had become part of her
band before an afternoon singing in local church. FOL church member, ‘X’, also gave her
residential homes across Thetford. testimony on her experience going debt-free through the
The day ends with a concert in St Mid Norfolk Debt Centre and how she had never looked
Cuthbert’s Church for families, back since and now been baptised.
friends and other guests. David Riddington said, ‘it is currently estimated that up to
And Friday’s singers are also invited 1.5m people in the UK live in what is classed as
to sing at the Farmers’ Market at destitution; going without meals, heating etc. and this
Wyken Vineyard, Stanton on number is growing. Debt situations cause people to have
Saturday morning, 21st December - mental health issues; they often struggle to open their post
carols with cookies and hot and can be fearful of opening the front door in case the
chocolate. visitor might be a bailiff.’
Over a dozen years, Carolling Day David pointed to Isaiah Chapter 3 which describes God’s
has become a well-established part of view of how poor people in Judah were desperate and
the Christmas festivities. Many downtrodden and needed to know that God existed and
performers will be back again for cared for them. ‘CAP services are working with people in
2019 but there is always a welcome the depths of despair to show them the way forward and to
for new singers. Do come and join show them the love of God,’ he said.
us. For further information, times and hope people will be encourage to discuss the ‘It has been a real privilege to be involved with the Mid
enrolment forms, email: Saham Heritage village allowing us to gather memories for Norfolk CAP Debt Centre over the past five years and to be, telephone The group are joining with the WCCC our heritage archives. able to provide a way forward out of debt to the client,’
01842 820060 or go to Thetford (Wells Cole Community Centre) on We are also looking for people who would said Manager, Heather Nunn. ‘Sadly this service, which is
Singers’ website: November 10th 4-6pm to help celebrate like to get involved and help us grow the run by the church in partnership with the national charity Remembrance Day. Heritage group. and funded by donations from churches, organisations and
Thetford Voices is the junior branch of The Heritage Group would like to borrow If you have a photograph or two we could individuals; is still no less needed.
Thetford Singers (charity no. 2691421). aerial photographs of Saham Toney for just borrow please contact Mrs Barbara Harrold For more information on this service please contact Heather
Carolling Day is supported by Thetford one day to hang in the Wells Cole Hall on 01953 883394 or email: on 07943 045939 Pictured: Mid Norfolk CAP Debt Centre
Grammar School, Coach Services of enabling people can see how the village has Manager, Heather Nunn, cuts a celebration cake with CAP
Thetford, Cynthia Della Hoy’s Croxton changed. We look forward to meeting you on the 10th Speaker, David Riddington, watched by Fountain of Life
Charity & The D’Oyly Carte Trust. During the afternoon Remembrance Tea we November. Church Minister, Paul Wilkinson
The Wayland News November 2019 Page 9
interest local businesses; Adcocks Electrical working together we hope to lift the spirits
Good Cause Set To and Dionne News have shown in the and inspire those in need at Christmas, by
Benefit From Norwich campaign” giving them stockings containing everyday
The event took place at Wymondham Rugby essentials. We are very grateful to PR03
Legends Evening! Club on Friday 4th October. Hosting the Events for choosing the Campaign to benefit
A local good cause is set to benefit from a evening was T.V. pundit and former from the evening”
Norwich City Legends Evening held at England, West Ham United and Norwich Mr Pointer is also running two raffles to win
Wymondham Rugby Club. The Mandalay City striker Tony Cottee with Norwich signed Norwich City Legends sticker albums
Wellbeing CIC’s Christmas Stocking favourites Bryan Gunn, Iwan Roberts and signed by legends Bryan Gunn, Iwan
Campaign was chosen as a beneficiary of the Dean Ashton sharing anecdotes and Roberts, Dean Ashton, Darren Huckerby,
evening by show organiser Daniel Pointer of reflecting on their careers. Jeremy Goss and Grant Holt. Raffle tickets
PR03 Events (pictured left with Iwan Social enterprise, Mandalay Wellbeing CIC, are available to buy at Adcocks Electrical in
Roberts). created by ex-Norwich goalkeeper Trevor Watton and Dionne Newsagents in
Mr. Pointer said “It was an amazing turnout Saunders, aim to fill and distribute 2500 Hingham. All proceeds will be given to the
for the event and I am delighted that we are stockings to people of all ages in need across Christmas Stocking Campaign with the
able to support local good causes at our Norfolk and Waveney in time for Christmas. winners being drawn on 11th November.
events. I’m also grateful for the support and Mr Saunders added “By the community

George Freeman MP Launches New

Vision for Business in Wayland

Pictured are Dr David Dent Chairman Wayland Chamber of Commerce Chair, Pat Warwick Watton Mayor and George
Freeman MP. Picture Debra Harris 2Up Creative
Business leaders, retailers, local and rejuvenate Watton High Street, to rural communities and market towns
district Councillors and senior generate new start-up companies with a like Watton and the Chamber of
executives of Norfolk research and programme for young entrepreneurs and Commerce have my wholehearted
innovation institutes met in Broom Hall creation of a new iconic digital and support in driving forward their
Hotel near Watton to launch the creative media centre in Watton. Dr ambitious programme for innovation
Wayland Chamber of Commerce vision Dent explained to an enthusiastic and business growth in Wayland.”
and strategy for Wayland Businesses. audience how Watton and its 15 Retailer, Paul Adcock and long time
The audience of over 40 watched a surrounding villages possess many member of the Wayland Chamber
promotional video highlighting the positive attributes that make it an supports the new approach and the
benefits of business in Wayland before a excellent centre for business saying proposed changes to our High Street
presentation by Dr David Dent, “with our current expertise in precision saying “we are confident that the
Chairman of the Wayland Chamber engineering, food production, Chamber, working in partnership and
emphasised the importance of processing and delivery and a track with the support of the Councils can
partnership with local businesses, record of creative arts based business, make the changes that will increase
Councils at all levels, the Wayland we we have an excellent base on which footfall and enhance the shopping
Partnership, Hethel Innovation, New to implement our new strategy.” experience for customers and visitors to
Anglia LEP, Norwich Resarch Park and George Freeman MP for mid-Norfolk Watton”
Government, in delivering the new and Minister of State for Transport, The event concluded with thanks from
strategy. whose idea led to the public launch of the Watton Mayor, Pat Warwick. The
The Chamber strategy aims to promote the Chambers strategy , said “We need Chamber of Commerce will shortly
business growth in Wayland’s seven business to take a lead in planning and publish a summary of its vision and
industrial and business parks, to driving economic development in our strategy for Wayland.

interesting meeting and Sarah was

PLEASE SAY YOU Diabetes UK warmly thanked for coming to see us
SAW THEM IN Our speaker in October was Sarah and putting us on the straight and
Turner from the Elsie Bertram Diabetes narrow.
THE WAYLAND Centre at the NNUH. Among the items Our next meeting will be our AGM and
NEWS Sarah spoke about were the importance will be on November 11th at the
of carbohydrates in the diet, high and Pentecostal Church, Watton, 10.15am.
WHEN SHOPPING low blood sugar, the cost of testing (Whom we thank for the generous use of
strips for a blood glucose monitor, how their facilities.) For details of the group,
WITH OUR large is a portion of fruit or vegetables please phone 01953 884713, or email
ADVERTISERS and finger prick testing. it was a very
The Wayland News November 2019 Page 11

And The Winners Are . . . Watton

Watton Society's re-start after the
summer break was a talk by
Roger Jones of Norfolk Wildlife
Trust. He began with a brief
history of the Norfolk Wildlife
Trust. Then how to connect
nature reserves together so in case
of emergency animals would
have escape routes. 'RNR' - most
people will not know what this
stands for. 'Roadside Nature degree, so volunteers are essential
Reserves'. Because we have lost in maintaining the verges and
98% of our meadows, roadside recording species. A very
nature reserves have become informative evening.
vitally important for the Our next meeting is at 7.45pm on
preservation of wild plants. They Wednesday 20th November at the
are marked by a post on the verge Watton Christian Community
with a sign on which a number Centre when the speaker will be
and arrow pointing in the Colin Hawgood - talking about
direction of the reserve. These the history and anecdotes on
still need managing to some being a saw sharpener.

works and what is required to sell

Watton with us, please come and see us
or drop us a message on our
Country facebook page.
If you want to plan ahead and pre
Market order some festive treats or a
hand made item, please don’t
Hard to believe that another busy hesitate to add your name to the
month has passed and we are order book.
speeding towards Christmas! Looking forward to seeing you
We thoroughly enjoyed soon at the Christian Community
participating in the September Centre, every Wednesday 8.30am
Carnival celebrations, Thorpe – 11.30am.
House Fete, and the Macmillan
Coffee Morning at Barn Ruche.
Now it is full steam ahead for our
Christmas events and already we
are helping with Christmas
shopping for our discerning
Those of you that went to the Watton Carnival those by Mollie aged 8 (left) and Emilija aged customers that are on the look-out
may remember seeing lots of children 6 (right) as the winners of their respective age for something a bit different this
industriously colouring in pictures of Toad, groups and tickets are on the way to them with year!
Badger, Ratty or Mole at the Wayland Players our congratulations. Now, is a great time to get
stall. They were doing so for the chance to All the entries will be on display in the Hall involved if you are a baker or
win tickets to see “The Wind in the Willows” during performances and if you weren’t lucky crafter that would be interested in
at the Queens Hall, Watton on the 14th, 15th or enough to win tickets, there are still some producing goods to sell at the
16th November, the Players’ 70th Anniversary available at Adcocks in Watton High Street for Country Market. You may not
production. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening or realise that it is not essential to do
Our town Mayor, Pat Warwick, kindly agreed Saturday afternoon priced £7.50 for adults and this on a regular basis, it is
to judge the competition and very difficult she £5.00 for children aged 14 and under. perfectly acceptable to join us on
found it too! We had over thirty entries, many Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad - not forgetting a very flexible basis if that could
of which were of a very high standard indeed. the stoats and other woodland animals - look suit you ? Why not come and
However, after much deliberation, she chose forward to seeing you. find out more about how it all
The Wayland News November 2019 Page 12
the end of the season at
wanting a wreath to make a rates for treatment are U3A Watton Thompson but has the option to
Royal British quick telephone call or order impressive and patients from Retired Mayor of Watton, Stan continue throughout the winter at
online. The wreath will be our local surgery have already Hebborn was the speaker at our either Scoulton or Caston.
Legion Watton delivered directly to the person been referred to the September meeting. Our Christmas party will be on
& District making the request and payment organisation, meaning they are The talka had the theme of 'inside 28th November and our
will already have been made. endorsed by the NHS. The bulk everyone there is a story'. This Christmas lunch takes place on
Branch The delivery van will be in the
area doing its normal rounds so
of the treatment is through
acupuncture but involves other
was a story told with much
humour, passion and pride.
6th December.
Please contact our Membership
By the time this article hits the the wreath only gets delivered aspects as well. Stan briefly touched on his Secretary, Christine Warne on
streets in the latest edition we once. It will save on You will shortly encounter our childhood and his careers in the 01760 440820 if you would like
will be into the two weeks disappointment of organisations members and other volunteers Royal Air Force and the Police to become a member of Watton
designated for remembrance or individuals informing the out on the streets selling Force plus time served as a U3A, or would like further
leading up to Remembrance branch officials that didn’t poppies for this years County Councillor, Town information.
Sunday on the 10th November. receive their wreath, because remembrance fortnight. Last Councillor and Town Mayor. The
I’m sure the years pass quicker under this system it puts the year the centenary of the 1919 main part of his talk was about his No Hit Wonders
than when I was at school. The ordering in the hands of the Armistice, saw an incredible passion for playing and teaching
juggernaut that is The Royal person wanting the goods. The response with our best others to play the bagpipes. He in Ovington
British Legion (TRBL) trundles service that has been in collection ever. Can I remind was wearing the very impressive Songs and Laughter from three
on with a few changes in operation by the branch has people that this year, although uniform for his role as lone piper, singer-songwriters who still
direction here and there, but by basically been a personal being in the shadow of pipe major and bandmaster. haven't quite hit the Big Time.
and large it is still proceeding service from our long time 100years, has been the 75th Incredibly Stan taught himself to The song that nearly made it to
with its mission. I mentioned in member David Sell, after many anniversary of Monte Cassino, play on a set of bagpipes that he the Eurovision Song Contest...but
the last issue that the years of carrying out this D-Day and the 50th anniversary later discovered was intended to didn't. The song written for the
organisation is trying to be as service he is standing down due of the start of “Operation be not a working set but an Mavericks...but in the end they
eco-friendly as possible by to personal and health reasons. Banner”. The military ornament! Some years later he didn't record it. Twice nominated
changing the construction of the As a branch we wish him and operation in Northern Ireland purchased a working set of in the British Blues Awards ...but
poppies and wreaths. We are Jean well but also feel it’s time was the longest the British bagpipes and by 2005 he had yet to win one...and now four new
also trying to reduce our carbon to move on from a fairly armed forces have ever been taken part in a 10,000 strong Christmas singles that are yet to
footprint by cutting down as outdated modus operandi. involved in and as everyone pipes and drums fund raising set the seasonal airwaves on fire.
much as possible on our The good work of the members knows who watches the news, event which is recorded in the The new show combines all of the
greenhouse gas emissions. One continues, supporting and its repercussions are ongoing. Guinness Book of Records. Stan musicianship and songwriting
way we intend to do this will be visiting members of our armed The members of the branch learnt to read music and tune the skills you expect combined with
to revise the way wreaths are forces community. At our last have firm views on that subject pipes after he joined a pipe band chat and laughter from the guys
acquired for Remembrance branch meeting the County but not for airing here. This in Surrey. Because of defence who have been individually and
Sunday or other acts of Chairman came along to the year TRBL is thanking the cuts there are fewer military now collectively on the edge of
remembrance. Previously, as a meeting and thanked us for just Empire and Commonwealth bands available to perform at the big time for over 40 years
courtesy, one of the branch that and congratulated us on troops who have fought and civic and other important each.
members has ordered wreaths being one of the most successful supported our own troops and occasions and this has led to the “Mumbo-Jumbo are well-loved
for a multitude of people and branches even in a relatively our display in Adcocks window Southern Highlanders Pipes and stars of the rural touring circuit
organisations, collected them, small community. Watton hopefully reflects this “thank Drums, of which Stan is a co- and this show combines their fun
distributed them around the punches well above its weight you” to those countries. founder, being in demand both and catchy music alongside their
district and in some instances ranking alongside branches who If you want details of our nationally and internationally. warm audience patter – a great
made several trips to achieve count their members in branch the website is: The Southern Highlanders Pipes entertaining night out for all.”
this, then occasionally returned hundreds. At the September or you and Drums consist of nearly one
to collect a donation. meeting we had a speaker from can telephone, Helen Daly, the hundred civilians from all walks Ovington Village Hall ‘No Hit
From 2020 Watton branch will “Stand easy” which is a charity secretary on 01953 885124. of life in Southern England. Wonders’ - Mumbo-Jumbo -
not be ordering wreaths for offering support to any veteran There will also be a new button Stan moved to Norfolk in 2011 Saturday 23rd November 7pm for
distribution. The feeling is that or serving member suffering on the website shortly to take and in 2015 he became one of the 7.30 start
in this technological age it is with Post Traumatic Stress one directly to the wreath three founder members of the Tickets £10 will include some
perfectly simple for anyone Disorder (PTSD). The success ordering department of TRBL. Phoenix Pipes and Drums based savoury nibbles. There will also
in Watton. To their credit the be a limited bar selling beer, wine
membership grew from three to and light refreshments. And bring
twenty in a matter of months. a few extra pounds for the raffle.
They can be seem annually Tickets available direct from
leading the Watton Carnival Christine on 01953 885848 or at
parade. Eight members combined Monday coffee mornings.
with the Southern Highlanders to
perform at national and
international events such as a Diabetes UK
military tattoo in Sweden, the Our speaker in October was Sarah
Patrons Lunch for Her Majesty Turner from the Elsie Bertram
The Queen and annually at the Diabetes Centre at the NNUH.
Cenotaph leading the War Among the items Sarah spoke
Widows Parade each about were the importance of
remembrance weekend. At the carbohydrates in the diet, high
end of the talk Stan gave us a and low blood sugar, the cost of
delightful highland bagpipe testing strips for a blood glucose
rendition of Scotland the Brave, monitor, how large is a portion of
Flowers of the Forest and Auld fruit or vegetables and finger
Lang Syne. prick testing. it was a very
The speakers in October will be interesting meeting and Sarah was
Ann Durrant (Harness) and David warmly thanked for coming to see
Stonar (Ukulele). us and putting us on the straight
A new craft group will commence and narrow.
on 15th October bringing the total Our next meeting will be our
of our groups and activities to AGM and will be on November
sixteen. 11th at the Pentecostal Church,
The No. 1 pub lunch group will Watton, 10.15am. (Whom we
be going to the Wagon and thank for the generous use of their
Horses, Griston on 10th. October. facilities.) For details of the
The No. 2 pub lunch group will group, please phone 01953
be going to the Red Lion, 884713, or email
Hockwold on 29th October.
The Petanque group has come to
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St Mary’s Church for parents and preschool
Watton Churches Together November Thought for the Month children (term time only).
Norfolk Wildlife Trust
St. Mary’s Church, Watton We Will Remember Them. By Canon Follow us @StMarysWatton Mark Hackeson, Our Lady of Pity,
Watton Rainbow Brownies - Mondays 4.30 Breckland Local Group
-5.45pm at St Mary’s Church Rooms for
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, Swaffham & Watton girls aged 5-7 years. The Rainbows will be As at time of printing we haven’t been on
on 01953 881439, I can then
For many, November is marked by the meeting each Monday (term time only) at our fungi forage, I thought I’d remind you
email or telephone you back or arrange to meet up with you.
annual Act of Remembrance for those who St Mary’s Church of the events we have coming up.
Thank you: Your Vicar, Revd Gerry Foster.
died in the Great War 1914-1918, the or look Talks are all held in Watton Christian
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion
Second World War and the other armed on Facebook Community Centre, IP25 6AB and start at
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship
conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Saturday Coffee Morning- 16th November 7.30pm. No booking is necessary. Cost is
Thursdays 7.30-8.00am, 5.00pm - 5.30pm Parish Prayers
The association of this month with 10.00am – 12 Noon A social coffee £2 members, £3 non-members.
Saturdays 9.30am - 10.00am Parish Prayers
remembrance and prayer for the dead however, morning at St Mary’s Church on the 3rd Wednesday November 13th we have a
5.00pm - 6.00pm Prayer & Praise
goes back far beyond the 20th century. Saturday of each month. All welcome. member of the Norfolk Rivers Trust,
Sundays 10.00am-11.30am ADventure-free for 0-16 yr
Perhaps it is the encroaching darkness of A Musical Evening “Looking Back to speaking about Norfolk rivers.
term time only
November, the fallen leaves and stark skeletal Summer” Sat 16th November 7.30pm at St Wednesday December 11th is Philip Parker
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching
shapes of the trees that, at least in the northern Mary’s Church Fund raising for a presenting Bats and Churches.
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-12 noon ‘Families Matter Keyworker’ for Watton. 2020 starts on Wednesday 8th January with
hemisphere, makes it a particular apposite
Tel: 01953 881252
time of year to contemplate the end of life and Welcoming, Emma Nuule, soprano, local wildlife photographer Martin Hosier
Sat 2nd 7.30pm All Souls’ Day Solemn Requiem Mass
in a special way those we love who have died. William Falconer, Tenor, Karen Harries, giving a talk on “Wildlife of Borneo”.
at St Mary’s Church
However, in the Christian calendar the month Soprano, Tickets £15 to include a glass of Wednesday February 12th we will be
Sun 3rd 8.00am Holy Communion BCP
begins with a festival of light and hope as we wine and canapes, available from having a talk by a senior member of the
10.00am Holy Communion
celebrate the saints in the glory of heaven. Adcock’s, shop or the Church Office 01953 NWT staff, we don’t know who yet. This
3.00pm All Saints Tide Bereavement Service
Yet, as we celebrate these holy men and 881252. will be preceded by our AGM to which
followed by tea & cake
women, it is important to remember that they Watton Community Cinema “Yesterday” only members are invited.
Sun 10th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP
are human beings just like us. They trod the Friday 22nd November 2.15pm, at St Wednesday March 11th we have a couple
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
same paths and roads that we tread. This is Mary’s Church Refreshment Café opens from Kent giving a talk, “Return of the
3.00pm Remembrance Service at St Mary’s
literally in the case of some such as Saint one hour prior to screening. Tickets £5 Osprey”.
following the 2.15pm War Memorial Remembrance
John Henry Newman, canonised on 13th available at the box office on the day (drink Ralph and Brenda Todd have been
Sun 17th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP
October, the feast day of that other English and cake included in the price.) interested in wildlife and photography most
10.00am Holy Communion
saint, St. Edward the Confessor. Literally or Christmas Craft Fayre at St Mary’s Church of their lives and have travelled
Sun 24th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP
figuratively, we are the ‘stuff’ of saints. Saturday 30th November 10am – 2pm visit extensively. For 45 years they have been
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10
In the Anglican Cathedral in Norwich, mid- Father Christmas in his grotto, raffle, cakes, actively involved with the RSPB.
4.30pm Choral Evensong
way down the south aisle, you will find a crafts, games for children, seasonal We also have a very interesting and busy
Watton Methodist Church refreshments throughout the morning. list of ideas being arranged for the Spring
memorial which figures a skeleton and
reminds us that he was once like us, and like Book a table to sell your own crafts, £5 and Summer months, so keep your eyes
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and
him we shall, in time, become! A stark and telephone 01953 884385. open for the booklet listings or posters or
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet place.
not entirely comfortable message to read! The October Winners of the 150 Draw 1st prize publications and come and join us.
At 10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large
Feast of All Saints on 1st November places of £50 Mr Kevin Edwards ticket number
Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member.
before us a much more inspiring truth: as we 135, 2nd prize of £25 Jacquie Nethaway
Sun 3rd 10.30am Deacon JWoodfin
are now, the saints in heaven once were too. ticket number 103.
Grand Second Hand
6.30pm Rev’d J Forsdyke
Sun 10th 10.30am Rev’d J Horton
As they are now in heaven, so we hope to Book Sales
6.30pm Local Arrangement
become! Watton Evening WI These sales have really taken off and we very
Thus, the month of the dead, the month of Ebenezer Cottage Preserves, run solely by Liz much appreciate the support we get from
Sun 17th 10.30am Mr A Warby
poppies, the month of remembrance, the Jenkins from her cottage, named Ebenezer everyone involved. Three more are planned
6.30pm Rev’d J Horton
month of prayer for the dead depending upon Cottage, interestingly, after the Ebenezer for next year, so make a note now in your
Sun 24th 10.30am Mrs Warby
your tradition, begins with a powerful religious group. new diaries for 7th March, 6th June, and 10th
6.30pm Local Arrangement
message of hope. It is the hope of forgiveness Liz began her working life with the then October. They are held on a Saturday, from
Roman Catholic Community and peace, the hope of resurrection and life. named Norwich Union, now Aviva and was 10.00 am until 4.00 pm, with a new selection
Each Sat 5.00pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church For those of us who this year will mourn a there for 26 years. Unfortunate ill-health of thousands of books laid out for you to
loved one who has recently died, this message required her to change her way of life and on browse. There will always be refreshments on
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill of consolation and promise of eternal life will one of the many restorative long walks she sale all day until 3.30, plus a bakes and cakes
Sun 3rd10.00am Assisted Worship & Sunday Fun Day bring us joy in the midst of sorrow as it has foraged from the hedgerow and made jams stall and tombola.
Sun 10th 9.30am Service of Remembrance for countless others over the centuries. and jellies. Voluntary redundancy followed The Spring Sale will feature our ever popular
Sun 17th 9.30am Morning Worship May the faithful departed rest in peace … and and Liz decided to take the foraging and Chocolate Tombola, plus daffodils and plants
Sun 24th 9.30am Holy Communion rise in glory. preserve making to a business level. It was for sale. We’ll gratefully accept now any
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney decided to use traditional preserving indoor or outside plants that you can spare.
Sun 3rd 11.00am Assisted Worship What’s on at St Mary’s techniques and recipes, handed down from Now’s the time to divide those perennials to
Sun 10th 8.00pm Service of Remembrance previous generations, using home grown encourage a good display next year! We’re
Sun 17th 11.00am Morning Worship Church, Watton produce or that from local source. She is a also offering for sale CDs, DVDs, audio
Sun 24th 11.00am Holy Communion Coffee and Chat - Thursday 7th November fanatical gardener and the two occupations cassette tapes, and vinyl.
10.00am – 12 Noon. A social coffee were sympathetic to one another. For the Summer Sale we are offering pitches
S.S. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke morning at St Mary’s Church, all welcome. Now began the formalities of a business outside for anyone to bring their own goods
Sun 3rd 10.30am Holy Communion ADventure - Sundays 10.00am-11.30am - venture such as this. With environmental to sell or activities to promote; our only
Sun 10th 10.30am Service of Remembrance free for 0-16 years at St Mary’s Church health, trading standards and the necessity stipulation being no books or food, please.
Sun 17th 10.30am Holy Communion Breakfast – Crafts – Games – Faith in Jesus of basic equipment all under scrutiny, Liz We have plenty of space to erect your own
Sun 24h 10.30am Assisted Worship Teaching. (term time only) began. There were alterations in the shelter, and can accommodate car boots too.
Story Bags Mondays 9.30am – 10.45am at legislation concerning labelling, a We’ll also have a 2nd hand puzzles, toys, and
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington complicated business but overcome by games stall.
Sun 3rd 9.30am Holy Communion helpful advice from officials. The Autumn Event will include Halloween
Sun 17th 9.30am All Age Worship The business grew and Michal Brooks, and Christmas goodies, along with seasonal
a local butcher, began stocking her books.
produce. Ten years on and national Donations are most welcome at any time.
All Saints Church, Threxton awards followed, leading to many Give us a call on 880153 to arrange delivery
A Service of Remembrance with Watton Silver Band will prestigious trade customers. Liz's ethos to us in Griston or collection if required.
is to reduce the mileage her produce Items can also be left at Thompson
be held at All Saints Church Threxton on Sunday 10th
travels and is kept within the confines Community Hall, see https://
November at 10.30a.m. of Norfolk. for details.
If her display in the Hall was anything to With many thanks, Keith and Caroline.
go by the produce must be delicious. The
Fountain of Life Church delightful warm glow of colours was
most appetising. Watton Movie Makers
The Well Christian Centre, Swaffham Road, Ashill Liz has now expanded into 'Three Tiers Watton Movie Makers are a newly formed
3 Nov 10:00 18:00 10 Nov 10:00 18:00 Teas', a catering service where she group whose sole intention is to make
17 Nov 10:00 15:00 24 Nov 10:00 18:00 provides the preserves for delicious cakes really good films for the general public
and scones served on vintage crockery. Therefore I would like to bring in people
Liz completed her talk by taking us who have an interest in the following
through the intricacies of preserving fields: camera work, film editing, special
PLEASE MENTION techniques, from equipment to effects, acting, scriptwriting and anything
processes of jams, jellies and a wide else that may be of help to the group.
THE WAYLAND NEWS variety of chutney. There is no membership fee and it is open
W HEN SHOPPING WITH OUR The final word was 'enjoy' and perhaps to all ages. If you think this may have
visit the Forum in Norwich on the something to offer you then please apply by
ADVERTISERS 24th/25th November. emailing me at
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A Busy Autumn at Watton Westfield

What a wonderful start to the new academic year we Being an important part of the local community is
have had! Our new children have all settled in right at the heart of what we aim to do at Watton
beautifully and are busily learning in their classes, Westfield. We use a philosophy based approach to
with lots of different opportunities and events to encourage the children to think about how they can
spark their interest! contribute to the world around them. Already this
This year we will be having a big focus on the love term the children have taken part in a Macmillan
and importance of reading. This really is the Coffee (and Cake!) Morning, collected donations
‘linchpin’ in helping children progress and achieve for Watton Food Bank, helped to litter pick, and
throughout life. We invite our parents and carers into visited the residents at Dorrington House Care
school to learn about how we teach their children, Home. Our picture shows Lucia enjoying her
and then from late October onwards actually into the visitor. We are very proud of their hard work and
classroom to read with their children on a Monday community spirit!
afternoon. We would also love to welcome members In November we have the very exciting addition of
of the community into the school as ‘mystery readers’ opening our new 2 year old nursery class:
to read a story to a group of children. Please do let us ‘Hedgehogs’. When the SureStart Children’s Centre
know if you would be interested to help! closed at the end of September we were given
We also spend time at school thinking about how permission by Norfolk County Council to move into
we can stay safe and healthy. This term we have the rooms left vacant which are adjacent to our
joined in a sponsored ‘beating the bounds’ walk to existing 3 year old nursery class. The new 2 year old
raise money for an emergency defibrillator and we room will offer exciting learning opportunities for our
have had assemblies and workshops with visitors youngest pupils under the teaching and supervision of
about Road Safety, Stanger Danger, the NSPCC qualified and experienced Early Years staff.
Pants Rule, and how to stay safe online. All in all, it’s been a happy, busy autumn for our
Throughout this school year all Key Stage 1 children. We are excited about what the next few
children will also spend a half term using the months will bring… we are sure it will probably
climbing wall at Full Fitness Gym once a week. involve lots of glitter!

Resort; a thoroughly interesting and motivating

Watton Rotary event with a good mix of serious business and

Roundup October 24 is World Polio Awareness Day. Nearly

every Rotary Club worldwide is taking part in an
Much has happened in our club in the last 6 to 8 activity to publicise the fact that we are so close to
weeks, most of it too late to be reported in the eliminating the dreadful disease from the face of
October edition of the Wayland News. So here is a the Earth; a world map of participating Rotary
more than usual ‘newsy’ Rotary Roundup. Clubs is shown in the picture; it’s almost
Firstly the 2nd Umbrella Festival, in conjunction impossible to find Watton Rotary but you could try
with the Town Carnival, was again very the interactive internet version (search for World
successful; a full report appears elsewhere in this Polio Day). For our bit, we are spending the
paper. Then on 21st September we had the second morning that day in the foyer of Tescos (bkpo the
of our 2 biennial quiz evenings; 24 teams of 4 took Manager) with banners, leaflets and the inevitable
part and the event raised £524 for our Charity Trust collecting box. The theme is to wear something
Fund. That was followed by a successful DixieMix purple because that is the colour children’s fingers
jazz evening at the Queens Hall raising £408 for are dipped in to show when they have had the polio
our Trust Fund plus £22 for the winning umbrella, vaccine administered. See our website –
which was auctioned during the evening – for more pictures and
specifically for the Nelson
Next 4 members attended a
Rotary District Rally at Diss to
meet this year’s crop of Rotary
Scholars attending masters’
courses at the UEA and
Cambridge University; more
about them in future editions
following visits we are planning
for some of them to speak to us
at a regular club meeting.
Over the weekend of 11-13
October, 4 Members with
partners attended the annual
Rotary District 1080
Conference held at Potters
The Wayland News November 2019 Page 15

Wayland Women In Business This Winter at

Your Sporty
At the start of November we kick things off on Saturday 2nd
with a Fancy Dress Halloween Party at 8:30pm, prizes for
the best fancy dress costumes. Following this on Saturday
16th November, we have more live music from Lee Vasey in
the Tom Pettitt Bar, free entry. Throughout the month we
have our Happy Hour, Monday to Friday between 4pm and
6pm with 50p off of pints and £3 doubles. Alongside this we
are showing live sport every day, with both the Hockey Club
and Football Club having regular fixtures on Saturdays at the
Sports Centre.
Also on the sport side we have our increasingly popular
fitness class timetable running throughout the winter with a
number of them being booked up in advance so make sure
you book in either using your member app or give us a call
on 01953881281.
Whatever interests you come down and have a look at whats
on offer at #YOURSPORTY.

St Mary's News
We really look forward to the ‘Looking Back to Summer’
Concert at 7.30pm Saturday 16th November, continuing the
Fundraising for the ‘Families Matter Keyworker’ post. We
are welcoming back Emma Nuule, Soprano, Tenor and
Organist William Falconer and Soprano Karen Harries.
Tickets to include a glass of wine and canapes are £15.00
each and are on sale at Adcocks and St Mary’s. There will
also be a Raffle.
This month we welcome the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick,
Pictured Left to Right: Ann, Jessica (Benjamin Foundation), Carolyn and Clare Bishop of Lynn, for his four yearly pastoral visitation to
Wednesday 18 September was a Through this vital work, homelessness selection was so popular that Helen Watton. This includes his day in the parish on Armistice
beautiful sunny autumn day when we amongst local young people in Watton will be returning in December for last Day, 11th when he’ll join us at Chaston Place for the 2 mins
welcomed Jessica Glover from the is alleviated and avoided. minute gift shopping! silence at 11.00am and him taking the 10.00am Holy
Benjamin Foundation as our guest Jessica updated us on the exciting news On Thursday 5 th December Our Communion Service on Sunday 17th.
speaker into the recently refurbished that the Benjamin Foundation is Christmas lunch will be held at Broom Then on Thursday 21st we welcome the new Bishop of
Swallowtails restaurant at Broom Hall. establishing a community hub in Hall Hotel, and is entitled “Paris - Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher, to the Breckland
The Benjamin Foundation is Watton’s Youth and Community Centre Sydney – Watton” Deanery and St Mary’s has been invited to hold the evening
celebrating its 25th anniversary. It and they are asking for local people to We will welcome Kyla Sørensen who
part of the day’s programme. Please let the Church Office
reaches out to provide young people get involved to help shape its future. is currently the curate at St. Mary’s
with the support and help they need One of their successful fundraising Parish Church Watton but has lived in know ( tel: 01953 881252, if you
and which may not be available to events is the annual Norwich Sleep Out the town for two years now. She has would like to come to a 6.00pm Supper hosted by the PCC
them in their home environment. This where people can challenge themselves led a varied life - from a young age and other helpers in the Church Rooms. This will be
is provided through overnight and help end youth homelessness, studying and later working around the followed by a Question and Answer session with Bishop
accommodation, combined with help raising sponsorship for the event on world, and living in a multi cultural Graham in church and then a Said Service of Compline,
with school work, job applications as 14th November. home. She will recount some of her ending at 9.00pm.
well as basic life skills such as Exhibiting was Helen Hornagold from more interesting stories and reflections There is also an opportunity, to attend a Welcome Service
budgeting and cooking. When the Made in Norfolk with a selection of (some funny, some not so much) on her for Bishop Graham at 7pm St Cuthbert’s, Well Street,
young people are ready, they then wonderfully scented candles, soaps and journey towards ordination in the
Thetford on Monday 25th November.
move to the next stage of independent lotions all made locally from her church. Helen Hornagold will again be
living with help from support workers. cottage industry in Carbrooke. Her exhibiting.

have the theme of 'Family And raffle and tombola to add to the
Inner Wheel Friends’ is on Wednesday, December
11th. This is the event when our ladies
occasion. We do hope to see you there.
Tickets will be at Mullengers in
Ladies Get do most of the singing and readings
and when they are very pleased to
Watton High Street by the beginning of
Cooking! welcome their very good friends the
Westend Waiters to join them with
We are always pleased to welcome
enquiries about Inner Wheel, do please
Our Inner Wheel ladies are excellent some Christmas fun. ring me, Brenda, on 01953 881792 if
cooks so it was an inspiration by We always add to our lunchtime you need information about events or
President Carole to suggest a cookery offering with turkey rolls and about possibly becoming a member.
book of favourite recipes as her fund mincepies to follow and often have a
raising effort for the year. Accordingly
everyone was asked to provide at least
one each of their tried and trusted
favourites to be included.
The result, after compiling and editing,
is an interesting little book with recipes
for everyone to try and to have a
guaranteed (we hope!) success. The
books will be on sale at £4 each at our
next two Lunchtime Concerts and on
our Christmas Market stall. They make
excellent Christmas presents for a
friend interested in cooking! The
resulting proceeds will be donated to
The Benjamin Foundation which
provides help and support for young
people in times of trouble.
In October we hope many of you will
have enjoyed a concert by Penniless on
the 23rd and will have been reminded
that our Christmas Concert which will
The Wayland News November 2019 Page 16

Britain’s Bad Watton Twinning Association

Boys of Magic
set to tour
After a varied and popular programme
of events thus far, the Silver Social
brings another exciting performance to
Breckland in December that is not to
be missed! Britain’s Bad Boys of
Magic, Kane & Abel will be touring
the rural community with their show
Breaking the Magicians’ Code. The
twin tricksters will be breaking the
laws of magic right in front of our
eyes. Have you ever wanted to know a
magicians’ secrets? Come along and
find out for yourself, in this rebellious
mash up of comedy, magic and of
course, rule breaking, sure to have you
leaving with a smile on your face.
The performance is part of Silver
Social, an exciting daytime touring arts
programme, aimed at older people but
open to all, in rural communities across We have just held another very successful who would like to twin with a young family in
Breckland. The project is run by Oktoberfest at The Old Bell pub in Saham Watton or one of the surrounding villages. If
Breckland Council and funded by Arts Toney, the German menu, Beer and Music you or anyone you know would be interested
Council England, Breckland Council was great. Our sincere thanks to Cindy and in hosting this family please let me know by
and Norfolk County Council Public Graham for hosting this brilliant event for us ‘phone or e.mail for more information.
Health. Silver Social brings something again this year. If you are interested in joining us and making a
a little different to daily life in towns Our next event will be at the Watton Town link with a German family in Weeze or just
and villages across Breckland, Norfolk, Council Fireworks evening on Saturday 26th becoming a member to meet our other
through alternating circuits of creative October where we shall have a Tombola. We members socially please contact me by
workshops and live performances held must keep everything crossed that the weather telephone or e.mail below for a chat and more
in familiar community venues. will be better than last year which was information. Why not give it a go you have
Whether you want to meet new people absolutely atrocious. Do come along and nothing to lose and everything to gain we are a
over a cuppa, take part in new social support your Town Council at this event and very sociable club.
pursuits, enjoy professional theatre the Festive Market. Twinning membership is just £10 per year for
without having to travel too far or you At the Watton Festive Market on November a family and £7 for a single adult. We hold 5
know a neighbour or family member 24th we shall have a Tombola in the Marquis or 6 events a year some to just socialize
who might like to join a new group, we always a great day for everyone with a lovely together and others such as a Cream Tea,
aim to bring high quality accessible Christmassy atmosphere. Carnival, Oktoberfest and Christmas Festive
arts in a friendly, familiar space. At next months committee meeting we shall Market to raise funds for when our Weeze
Residents can catch the show at the be making plans for our events for next year, friends come to Watton, always a most
following venues: when we shall also be having our Twinning enjoyable time whether you have guests
Monday 2 December, 2pm-3:30pm – families visiting us at the end of May. staying with you or just joining in.
Ashill Community Centre We are still hoping to get new members as we Tel:- 01953 883317 or
Tuesday 3 December, 2pm-3:30pm – are still looking for someone to host a young
Harling Old School Village Hall Weeze family with 2 children a boy and girl Margaret Devine (Chair)
Wednesday 4 December, 2pm-3:30pm
– Attleborough Town Hall Association colours, a short service will be
Thursday 5 December, 2pm-3:30pm –
Shipdham WI Hall
Remembrance held at the war memorial outside the main
gates before the wreath laying.
Friday 6 December, 2pm-3:30pm –
Necton Community Centre for Wretham Afterwards poppy crosses will be laid at the
war graves of the Czech and Polish airmen
Tickets are just £5, tea and cake is Uniformed military attaches from London who died while flying from East Wretham
included! Free Transport can be embassies will again lead the wreath laying airfield during WW2.
arranged to any of our venues from at the Wretham war memorial service on On Remembrance Day, Sunday November
resident’s homes for those without Wednesday November 6th. 10th, the local service for several parishes
access to a car or public transport. People will be able to gather in the church will be held this year at Great Hockham,
Tickets can be paid on the door, from 10.30am when, against a background beginning at
however people are advised to reserve
their place in advance via
of Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force
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