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Loch Neaton WI Festive Market Success

So, who fancies making a New Year’s
resolution to be with us? - Loch Neaton
parkrun, Watton
The story of how Parkrun came to
Watton began with Sarah Dagless
talking to her work colleague James
Wooler about helping to organise a local
run for the community of Wayland - the
rest after many months of hard work
means this fantastic event is available to
all. It offers an opportunity for the local
community, male or female, young or
old, to come together on a regular basis
to enjoy this beautiful park and get
physically active into the bargain. We
want to encourage people to jog or run
together irrespective of their ability –
this event is truly open to all and best of
all it really is FREE!
Every Saturday at 9:00am at Loch
Neaton, Watton Sports Association and Watton's 'Festive Market' was, for the WI, Spoilt for Choice and Total Health. It
Social Club, Dereham Road, Watton, a huge success. The weather was dull, cold becomes clear that the kindness of these
IP25 6EZ you will find a very warm and damp but the spirit of Watton residents companies helped considerably towards
welcome whatever the weather. You was bright and cheerful. All the stalls our making a profit of £314.45 before
don’t have to be Mo Farah - We all run/ along the High Street looked very expenses. Thank you everyone.
walk for our own enjoyment. Please Christmassy and the WI's one was no The final event of the year was the
come along and join in whatever your exception. There were so many people Christmas Dinner at Broom Hall. Many
pace and age! If you are walking, our tail involved in the donations of gifts and the members enjoyed a wonderful evening
-walking person will be there keeping running of the stall. We must give a with the room decorated beautifully, secret
you company and encouraging you mention to the following for their Santa gifts and a free raffle for every
along. It costs nothing to take part but if generosity: Boots, the Italian Job, Watton member.
you want to monitor your progress you Edwards News, Amys, Forestry Watton Evening WI would like to wish
will need to register to get a barcode. Commission, Myhills, Adems Café, The everyone a Happy New Year and all the
Saturday 30th November 2019 was our Watton Stores, Andrew Francis, members look forward to all the events that
40th event and we had 13 new people of Tesco, PC Repairs and Upgrades, Adcocks, make the organisation a great place to
whom two were new to parkrun, plus 23 Green Cuisine, Breckland Funeralcare, belong.
new PBs (personal best). Over the 40
weeks Loch Neaton Parkrun has seen on part. It is because of the volunteers who carry register at before you
average just over 138 participants which out these roles as well as those who set up the come.
came not just from Watton and route and clear away afterwards this event is This year for the first time we will be doing
surrounding villages but various other available to everyone. If you feel you are able the double with our friends at Swaffham on
places ranging from as far away as New to help and support you will be given a very New Year’s Day. They will be kicking off
Zealand, Leeds, Colchester and more warm welcome and can contact by email the proceedings at 9:00 and we will be
locally Dereham and Thetford. or come following this at 10:30am. So, who fancies
It’s a great start to the weekend and is along on a Saturday morning to see what making a New Year’s resolution to be with
entirely organised by volunteers who happens. No Age restrictions – all we ask is us?
give up their time to marshal, record that anyone under 11 is accompanied by an Whether it’s running, walking or
times, distribute finish tokens and record adult and unfortunately we are not able to volunteering you will be most welcome.
the fantastic achievements of all taking cater for your 4 legged friends. Please Look forward to seeing you all.
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 3
but, sadly, these are becoming a Sales events. No doubt this makes me taken into full account as we
A Quick Look rarity. seem like “Disgusted of Tunbridge develop the Plan to provide site
Round Perceptive readers of this column Wells” writing to the Times, but there layouts that best meet our policies.
By Orbiter may be a little surprised that no you are. We are awaiting confirmation of
mention has been made of the general And, finally, Esther, a friend of mine Government support to undertake
Here we are, all set for Christmas, election, but this has been occasioned applied for a temporary job as a the Strategic Environmental and
and, as usual, time has speeded up by that event clashing with deadlines Father Christmas at a big store, and as Habitats Regulations Assessments
since mid-November, and from I am required by my editor to he signed the contract, he mused of the Neighbourhood Plan that are
having six weeks to prepare observe, which means that at the time aloud that he must be mad to take this required. These assessments will
everything, now it all has to be done of writing I do not know whose sort of job, to which the manager determine the timetable for the next
in a rush. Besides the task of writing thumb I am about to be under for the replied in the words of Chico Marx Neighbourhood Plan submission,
Xmas cards, for which, in spite of foresee-able future. However, when (who ? - ask grandad) “no sir, there is and these are unlikely to be ready
buying more and more packs, I never the victorious party is acclaimed I no Sanity Clause”* before early summer next year.
seem to have enough, for these days will make a note of what they And so we come to the end of another As usual, if you have any comments
there is a rule that nearly every person promised in their manifesto, seal it in year, so I will wish all my readers a or questions on any of this, or
you have met during the year has to an envelope, marked “not to be good Christmas, and hope they both anything else to do with the
have a card, and despite my list opened before December 2022” and enjoy a happy new year. Neighbourhood Plan, or if you
suffering quite a few reductions due then open it and enjoy a good laugh. Good afternoon. would like to be added to our
to friends passing away, new Meanwhile I will settle back and mailing list, please look on our
additions have appeared, as if from enjoy the glorious winter sunshine Saham Toney website or contact Chris Blow on
nowhere. that has favoured our part of Norfolk 01953 880915 or at
And then there are Christmas lunches, for the last few days (yes I realise that Neighbourhood
organised by every club I have been by the time you read this, it will be
connected with since the year dot. long forgotten, but no matter) it was
Plan Update
They INVITE me to their annual do, great, and made me really grateful Shaping the future of Avoiding the
though I am expected to pay ! And it that I have a south-facing Saham Toney! scammers
seems that nowadays I am required to conservatory. The main news since the last There are lots of ways in which
choose from the menu in advance. Another pleasant memory from the edition of Wayland News is that the scammers will try and relieve you
My walking club, of which natural last three months has been the Breckland Local Plan was adopted of your hard earned money! But if
selection has reduced the numbers brilliant moonlight that has on 28th November. you take some simple precautions
from about twenty-five to just eight, brightened up so many nights. I am At the same time as the Local Plan you can minimise the risk of being
most of us barely able to move, let told that this is due to our satellite’s was adopted, Breckland confirmed caught by the “Cold Caller Scam”.
alone walk, requested my choice of orbit coming closer to the earth earlier that there is now a 5-Year Building “Cold calls” are phone calls from
food as far back as August. The this autumn than it has been for a Land Supply. This is something that companies trying to sell you
restaurant is one of those posh places good many years. The only trouble Breckland has not been able to something, or people trying to scam
where the menu is all in French, and with moonlight is that it only comes demonstrate in the past and this has you. Cold calls aren’t always illegal
chips come under the title ‘pommes at night, so most of it is missed when allowed developers to bypass Local and they don’t necessarily count as
frites’, and presumably this has to be we are sleeping! Planning Policies. The adoption of a scam.
re-translated to the cook before he Christmas is always followed by the Local Plan and the 5-Year Land Also, understand the scammers are
begins to operate, since he certainly is Sales time, but even that custom is Supply should protect all Breckland professional conmen and women.
no Frenchman. changing. from speculative and inappropriate They know exactly how to
But the traditional Xmas dinners at In times past I would hope to receive development and this will be manipulate and twist people to get
home do still occur, and a feature of a present of some item, but if it did strengthened further when the them to do things they wouldn't
ours is the pudding, which Aunt Ethel not materialise there was always the Neighbourhood Plan is approved. normally do. (And they are not even
has made each year since about 1930. January Sales where I might pick up Within the Local Plan, Saham Toney politicians either!)
This is always provided containing a that item at a reduced price, but then is classified as a “Village with To give yourself the best chance of
number of ancient three-penny the fashion changed, and when it fell Boundary”. Villages with boundaries staying safe if someone
pieces, that we adults welcome on a weekday then Boxing Day are covered by Policy HOU 04 of the unexpectedly rings you up, ask
avidly, but the youngsters spit out in became bargain day, and this was the Local Plan which states: them who they are. Then, put the
disgust, regarding them as rather odd start of the Gigantic Every-thing Must “Appropriate development will be phone down. Do not answer any
hard bits. With over sixty year of Go Shopping Event, where folks allowed immediately adjacent to the questions and do not engage in any
inflation one might expect at least a queued through the night, before settlement boundary, subject to other conversation with them. That
five-pound note, but no, three-penny being released into each store in the being supported by other policies may sound rude to us but these
bits are what we get and after a good early morning to fight, literally, for within the development plan and people are criminals. Do not talk to
sucking they go back into a tin, to be the special loss-leading items, such as where all of the following criteria them.
used again next year. colour televisions for just ten pounds. are satisfied: Be aware also that the criminals can
Here in the run-up to the festive Change is always with us, and a 1. The development is of an imitate the calling number ID, so do
season I am grateful that I have no recent introduction is a Sales Special appropriate scale and design to the not rely on the display on your
long journeys in prospect as the called Black Friday, held in the last settlement; phone to decide whether someone is
traffic reports on radio constantly week of November, and I have heard 2. It would not lead to the number who they say they are. They can
refer to jams and queues many miles of a Cyber Monday, though this may of dwellings in the settlement imitate any number they like – this
long, causing delays of an hour or be concerned with selling computers increasing by significantly more is called Spoofing.
more. This is in spite of the recent and similar technical stuff. than 5% from the date of adoption If a voice asks you to press a
decision to use what were the hard Forgive my ignorance on the subject, of the Plan. The settlement refers to number on your phone, DO NOT
shoulders as extra lanes, which such things are beyond my ken. the number of dwellings inside the DO THAT, it is certain to be a
should have eased the situation Meanwhile many little shops persist defined settlement boundary; scam.
slightly. My theory is that Sat/Navs with permanent notices of reductions, 3. The design contributes to Wait 30 minutes BEFORE using
are partly to blame, as nearly all which to me, as a potential customer, preserving, and where possible the phone again or use your mobile
modern cars have them, and though come under the heading ‘familiarity enhancing, the historic nature and immediately (this is because they
they are an excellent means of finding breeds contempt’, for while a fresh connectivity of communities; and do sometimes hold the line open
the way from place to place, they sign might attract my attention, the 4. The development avoids and make you think you are
guide the driver to the most direct self-same notice displayed for months coalescence of settlements.” speaking to someone YOU dialled)
route shown on the map, irrespective has no impact. In addition to the protection that After a suitable period, if they say
of current traffic densities. The And then there is the dreaded 99p policy offers, the draft they are from someone you MIGHT
convenient location of this device in syndrome, whereby things that will Neighbourhood Plan and some of deal with e.g. your bank, BT, Talk
full view of the driver has tended to cost me four pounds are marked its supporting documents also Talk, Amazon or Microsoft etc.
make him rely solely on it, and the £3.99, and everything else is similarly continue to carry some weight in look up their Customer Contact
use of road maps has mainly become treated, although on some bigger- planning decisions. Number DO NOT ring any number
a thing of the past. priced items the marked reduction is This month’s Neighbourhood Plan the caller said you can contact them
This, to me, is a sad thing, because 5p. These ‘incentives’ become even activity has continued to on (ideally have all your real
over my many years of driving, a more ridiculous when applied to concentrate on the responses we customer contact information
great part of the enjoyment has been really expensive items, such as received to the recent consultation written down somewhere in
studying maps and planning televisions, which sometimes bear a and incorporating agreed comments advance) and ring the company
interesting routes that often allowed ticket marked, say, £499.95. If it costs into the Neighbourhood Plan. All concerned as ask them if they are
me to avoid the more boring trunk me £500, that is what I expect to be comments received and our trying to contact you.
roads and well-known trouble spots. I shown. I am sure I would not be too response to each will later be Lastly do not be frightened by the
know that such happy motoring is no popular if I chose to buy the goods published as explained previously. calls. If you do not cooperate with
longer possible in many areas, but and pay cash, offering the exact The Masterplanning studies for the them they can not steal your money,
less hold-ups could often be amount in bank notes, with coinage sites around Pound Hill and the one access your computer or cut off
encountered if careful attention is for the odd 95p. at Richmond Hall are almost your broadband. And if after all
given to minor roads. Of course there I think I will start a campaign complete, and these studies have that, you are not sure, contact a
are good days, when the flow of demanding actual prices to be shown been reviewed by our landscape family member or friend for
motorway traffic is hardly slowed, on all items, even during genuine consultant. The key findings will be assistance.
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 4
minded. If you really need to work of have to take it to the opposite side of
Norfolk Wildlife Trust In your garden the excesses of Christmas and the soil is
workable, do a bit of winter digging.
the hall and join a queue at the cash
desk. Except, perhaps, in the
with Lotta Potts
Breckland Local Group First of all I have to apologise. When I
began December’s offering I said that
You don’t have to go mad at it but the
bed you just dug will look better and you
section dealing with the most
expensive lines, or the shoe
In November, Ursula Juta from The Norfolk Rivers Trust, came can feel happier and smug about your department, no member of staff will be
and gave us a very interesting talk on Chalk Streams of Norfolk. December isn’t ‘the bleak midwinter but
the end of autumn’. On the first of the achievement. If we get snow make sure seen on the shop floor, apart from a
Did you know there are only 210 in the world, 160 of which are in to brush it off the greenhouse and shrubs young girl, busy tidying any racks you
Britain and 12 of those in Norfolk? Pretty amazing! Ursula was month the weather forecaster cheerfully
announced that it was the first day of that will either collapse or be pushed out may have disturbed during your search,
knowlegable and enthusiastic on this subject and very friendly and of shape with the weight. Assuming we though she will not be able to answer
our above average size audience seemed to enjoy the evening. meteorological winter. So I am very
sorry and have learned something. I just don’t have snow now is the time to prune any questions you may have.
It was very good to see so many people at this talk and we hope it wisteria. Take the sideshoots back to a Fortunately there are a few of the old-
continues through our talks season.. hope Boy Julian didn’t get too many
abusive letters. finger’s length. Sounds quick and easy style stores left where each department
To start 2020 we will be looking at the Wildlife of Borneo with but it isn’t either. You may have to do is a complete separate entity, and the
Martin Hosier, local photographer. This is on Wednesday 8th So, on to January. Here we go into 2020
with some more cold, wet and maybe this over several visits but it will be customer will command the complete
January, 7.30pm at The Watton Christian Community Centre, High worth it when it flowers and you can attention of the sales staff, and should
Street, Watton IP25 6AB.Cost £3 non-members, £2 members. snowy weather to come at least we can
console ourselves thinking that at least actually see the flowers through the you make a purchase, while it is being
We hope to see lots of faces old and new to help us support the foliage. You can plant or move wrapped, your payment may be dealt
work of NWT. the days are now getting longer. The
downside to that is that barring a few feet deciduous trees and shrubs now as long with on the spot, or forwarded via an ol
As a Local Group, our aim is to raise awareness of Norfolk as the ground isn’t waterlogged or -fashioned over-head railway
Wildlife Trust and their work in the county as well as raising funds of snow we can see just how bare our
gardens look. This is not as negative as frozen. If planting isn’t possible dig a contraption, or a tube, to a central cash
to help that work. trench and heel them in – just lay them at desk.
The group funds itself, so has to pay hall hire cost and speakers it looks as it gives us the chance to do a
bit of planning. The first thing that a 45deg angle against the side of the Archaic, yes, but the accent is on
costs and obviously for refreshments. We are all volunteers and we trench, deep enough to cover the roots service, and with a smile too.
hold our committee meetings in our homes to save further hire occurs is that now is the time for the tree
trunks’ bark, the twiggy shapes and with soil and backfill. They will be fine Sadly, a great many of the shops rely
cost. We have bought a few items in the 4 years since we were until you can get them where they should on their customers to serve themselves,
reformed, a projector, bat detectors and FSC Wildlife ID guides. coloured stems take centre stage. These
stars look good on their own but shine be. From November until the beginning unassisted by sales staff, from stocks
These items stay as property of the group or NWT if the group of March (so we’re well into it) is prime hidden behind notices declaring
were to stop. Any surplus funds are given to NWT, however, at the even brighter against a strategically
placed evergreen or two. There are also time for pruning deciduous shrubs, reductions for sales events that are non
moment we have put forward the idea of helping to start NWT’s planting or heeling in new ones. It is -existent. Only the once-famous
own herd of Bagot goats. Those you may have seen on reserves are some rather shy flowers to be had: early
crocus ‘tommasinianus’ which not only worth rejuvenating old shrubs by January Sales seem to be genuine these
on hire. We are holding the fund for the time being. removing a third of the oldest stems to days.
flower early but will spread, cyclamen
coum, snowdrops, aconites, hellebore the ground and about a third of the tops With the arrival of so many firms
of the remaining shoots. That way by the producing attractive catalogues, fully
Dance-Away at The Queens Hall (niger – hybrids come later), iris
histrioides (one common name is winter end of the third year you have an almost illustrated, offering excellent products
new shrub. Worth noting that it is at popular prices, and with prompt
7.30pm - 10.30pm iris) which are very small and scented.
There’s also iris ungunicularis (Algerian virtually impossible to kill by pruning. delivery, it is no wonder4 that so many
Saturday 4th January - no Dance in February iris) which is also small and will push up You may end up with odd shapes but folks no longer go on shopping
through snow – some very snowy take heart you can easily right any expeditions, when they can stay at
Ballroom, Latin & Sequence mountains in Algerian winters. There’s a wrongs! The best bit is the lawn – keep home. No battling with bad weather,
little list of things that any bees that have off it. no carrying heavy parcels, no waiting
Bar - Raffle woken up in a mild spell will thank you Indoor work is a bit like housework. for buses. All very nice, but it isn’t like
for. Some shrubs flower in January: Tidy up. Clean pots and containers. Xmas shopping any more.
garrya elliptica with its beautiful tassels Clean, oil and sharpen blades of Let us hope our local shops can avoid
may well have begun to flower already secateurs, shears etc and get the mower some of the pitfalls that have affected
and will go on for at least another month. serviced if you don’t do it yourself. many of the famous shops of the past,
It’s a fairly big evergreen and may take a So there we are, a few ideas for the and help both themselves and their
few years to get really spectacular, rather coming month but I didn’t mention two customers to regain some of the
like the wintersweet that I have of the most important: if the weather is pleasure and excitement that Christmas
mentioned several times but both are lousy stay in the warm and get the final shopping used to provide.
worth waiting for and I can confirm that (probably fourth) list of seeds done
the wintersweet responds to pruning. If whilst enjoying a drink of something
you have a bit of room a witch hazel nice but if the weather is dry or dry-ish
keep weeding.
The Silver
would be lovely. The flowers range
from pale primrose yellow through
orange to deep red. Viburnums will
Happy New Year. Social – Sing
flower sporadically through the winter
months and these will also respond to Shopping Happy with
pruning but you may lose some flowers.
It’s worth cutting a few small stems for a
By John Egerton
Much has been written lately about the Kate Dimbleby
vase as the perfume is wonderful. You closure of many high street shops, and Silver Social favourite, Kate Dimbleby is
may not already have many of these the blame is laid mainly upon the on- returning in 2020 and will be bringing
plants but I bet you’ve got winter line shopping sites that are widely two new workshops and her new show
flowering pansies or violas in a available, and to a great extent that is Sing Happy, to delight Silver Social
container! These are exceptionally good the reason. But equally to blame are participants. Her performance of Sing
value and the violas certainly will seed those shops which have completely Happy will be touring around Breckland
with the resulting flowers popping up removed the pleasure of what used to community venues in February and is
throughout the year. be known as the ‘shopping experience;. sure to have you singing and laughing
Apart from looking around at what For instance back in the nineteen- along as Kate weaves classic songs from
succeeds in winter in your own garden or fifties, when on a visit to our local high the last 60 years, with stories about the
those you pass during the day it’s street, my wife might say “Just a tick, I human voice and mesmerising layered
certainly worth a visit to any large stately want to pop in to Marks (not M & S vocals from her critically acclaimed
homes with open winter gardens. You then) and we would enter the store, go album, Songbirds. Kate was hugely
may be able to do a bit of planning for to the ladies’ clothing department, popular when she last toured with us, so
next winter while browsing the where we would be greeted by a please do get in touch to reserve your
catalogues for spring and summer seeds salesperson, who would offer to help place in advance.
and plants. The specialist bulb growers us. If my wife replied “No thank you, These workshops and performances are
send out catalogues in winter for just looking” we would be left alone, part of The Silver Social, an exciting
summer, autumn and winter flowering but if the answer was along the lines of daytime touring arts programme, aimed
specimens and they all have websites. “Yes, I’m looking for a jumper, or at older people in rural communities in
It’s also worth a look at the RHS website skirt” or something like that, all sorts Breckland. The project, which is run by
as their information is not as biased as of helpful suggestions or production of Breckland Council and funded by Arts
that from people who want to sell you samples would be forthcoming. Council England and Breckland Council,
something. You can access a lot of But in the modern M & S store in brings something a little different to
information from the RHS without Norwich, one sees a sea of racks, all daily life in towns and villages across
having to be a member. tightly packed with garments, under Breckland, Norfolk. Whether you want
As far as actual work is concerned in large cards marked ‘20% off’, but no- to meet new people over a cuppa, take
January, the best thing is to hope for one comes to enquire as to your part in new social pursuits, or you know
snow or rain and then the outdoor requirements. The customer is a neighbour or family member who
maintenance can wait. On the other hand expected to forage through the racks of might like to join a new group, we aim to
if there’s a fine day without a lot of wind garments, which may or may not have bring high quality accessible arts in a
you could apply preservative to surfaces any readily seen indications as to their friendly, familiar space. See below for
such as fences and the shed if you are so sizes. Should one appear to suit, you more information.
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 5
What a dreadfully sad year we have
had at the Wayland Partnership. First THE WAYLAND NEWS
we lost Jan Godfrey, then, on
November 25th, we learned that the WHEN SHOPPING WITH
lovely Susan Hollingworth had lost
her battle with cancer. Many of you OUR ADVERTISERS
will remember her as the smiling
face greeting visitors so helpfully at
Wayland House reception, and who
managed the Gallery for us until her
move to Scotland. She and her
husband Richard took early
retirement and had relocated to be
near their daughter Suzanne and her
family. We were so sorry to see her
leave us but pleased that she was so
excited about their new venture.
Susan achieved her dream of
creating a high-quality holiday let at
their new home; the reviews left by
guests show just how much they Susan (left) with her daughter Suzanne. Both worked at the Wayland Partnership
enjoyed their stays there. Sadly, the
cancer, which she thought she had together to make the food for the buffet whom no one had a bad word and who
beaten some years before, returned and they did her proud. Susan’s favourite treated every individual as the most
not long after they began their new time of year was Christmas, so the hall was important person in the world. She was
life. decorated for the festive season, and always kind and thoughtful but not afraid
Richard wanted to hold a Richard requested that guests wore festive to stand her ground. She was one of those
commemoration of her life in the clothing. He said afterwards that it was rare people who could say no to Jan and
Dragonfly Gallery, but it was to be perfect and exactly what he had wanted for get away with it, which Jan found quite
too small for all those people who her, if not more. It was good to see so amusing! She is going to be sadly missed
had known. loved and admired her, many people able to make the time, and in and our thoughts are with her family.
so Thompson Community Hall was some cases the journey, to bid her If you wish to make a donation in Susan’s
used instead. The volunteers who goodbye, reminisce, and support her memory please send to the Marie Curie
had worked with her, and the many family. fund.
friends she had made here, got Susan was one of those rare people for

A huge THANKYOU for your

support at Watton Festive
Christmas Market
What a great time we had at Watton Festive Christmas Market. As
volunteers it was an ideal opportunity to ‘fly the flag’ for East
Anglian Air Ambulance as well as sell our merchandise and
scratch cards and to receive the many kind donations for our life-
saving charity. The weather was ideal and we were able to speak to
lots of people about the activities of EAAA including our up-
coming extension of operations to a full 24/7 early in 2020.
The planning and organisation of the day were both spot on and we
gladly took advantage of the facilities available, notably the use of
a market stall which was erected in advance and dismantled for us
at the end of the day. Well done to everyone who helped make this
such a successful, fun day.
For further information on East Anglian Air Ambulance please see and for a close-up view of what really goes on
with EAAA and other Air Ambulance Charities watch the series
Emergency Helicopter Medics on channel More4 Sunday evenings
at 9pm. Alan and Gill Smith Volunteers EAAA

Protection branches will trap, neuter and always looking for homes for feral cats.
Breckland Cats return adult cats back onto their 'territory'. They will have been neutered so at least
Very young kittens can often be they can't breed and add to the never
Protection domesticated through good socialisation ending population of feral cats.
True feral cats are the offspring of stray or with humans before they become too used Being born feral is not their fault. Feral cats
abandoned domestic cats. They live wild in to living wild. Kittens learn what is normal are the result of people who don't care.
towns, cities or rural areas and may have during the socialisation period at 2-6 weeks They can only be helped by people that do.
little or no contact with humans. As a old, and learn to enjoy human contact and For help, advice or assistance with the cost
result, they are often scared of people and form a bond. Financial assistance from of neutering, please call us on 01842
will avoid them. Cats Protection is always available to help 810018. Rita Thompson.
Some people consider feral cats as pests. with neutering.
But many more, particularly farmers, stable Remember, cats are
owners and smallholders, value them as protected by law and
working mousers who protect valuable purposefully killing or
grain or feed. A healthy feral colony is far harming a cat in any way,
more likely to keep vermin levels to a constitutes an offence. If
minimum. Despite their wild nature, to you are a landowner
remain healthy they do need a certain level seeking advice about
of care, including regular feeding. Contrary feral cats on your land or
to popular belief, regularly fed feral cats are you are worried about the
better hunters than hungry ones. Neutering welfare of a feral colony,
has major health benefits and controls the please call Cats
colony population. To be neutered, feral Protection Breckland on
cats need to be trapped as they are too wild the number given below.
to be handled. While the cats are sedated or We can provide humane
under anaesthetic, the vet can check their traps to catch the cats.
health and treat them for parasites. If you are a farmer, stable
In most cases, adult feral cats cannot be owner or owner of a
domesticated or rehomed as they have not smallholding and would
been socialised when young and become like feral cats to protect
too used to living wild. Many Cats your grain or feed, we are
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 6

The Ovington
By tha Boy Sid
Yew’d thnk that arter orl tha years
I’re bin arownd, I’d hev got yewsed
tew tha ole nights gittin longer and
thet gitten dark jist after forses, no,
I still gits took by sprize evra year.
Praps I’ll git tha hang of it wun day.
Well har yew gitten on tergitha,
gitten reddy fer Chrismus I spect,
moost o tha howses in tha willage
are orl lit up wi flashin lites orl
diffrunt colours, brightens tha owld
plearce up.
Cos were bin gittin the owld tarkeys
fattened up reddy fer tha Chrismus
rush, we hent hed so menny tha
year, cos we hed sevrul left oova
larst year an tha farmer sez he wos
gitten fed up wi having tarkey till
harf way threw Febrary. I see him
git wun ole bud a week or tew back
and put it in a pen on its own, so I
say tew him I say “Wos thet fer
Chris (right) with his son James on White Island in 2018. Note the gas masks Marsta, yew gooin ter fatten him up
fer sumwun speshul?”
opportunity to visit such a site and realise “Well sort of” he say “Heeze gooin
Letter from Australia how capricious nature can be. For an hour tew be on a speshul diet, cos I
By Chris O'Connor we walked over the island with a severe wanta kip him a bit lean” “Oh” I say
As a man who has documented history in warning from our pilot not to go near the “Whooze he fer then?” “I’ll gi yew
various forms over the past half century it is edge of the boiling crater. He was at pains three guesses Sid” he say. I thort
not often that I am left without words. to point out that at any time and without abowt wot he say an I rekkun thars
However the recent eruption of White warning the crater could explode into a only wun person wots got up his
Island off the coast of New Zealand and the volatile mixture of high pressure boiling nose tha larst year, and alus hev
subsequent loss of far too many lives have steam spewing huge boulders and red hot wun of ower buds. I gi him a nod an
left me somewhat dazed and though it may magma from beneath the surface into the a wink an din’t say nuthin till I got
seem strange, thankful. air.. There is something very special about hoom an towld my missus thet it
I’ll explain. Last year my son and I visited such a place and you feel privileged to have looks like tha owld cowncil
New Zealand. Probably one of the most visited it. As we were departing one of the chairmawther is gooin tew need a
beautiful and diverse nations on this earth cruise boats that bring an estimated 10,000 rare sharp carvin knife cum
and indeed they say that if you have visited people a year to the island was arriving. It Chrismus dinner time, cos thet ole
New Zealand you have seen the world. It is was one of the cruise boats that ferried the bud hent gotta lot o meat onnit, an
not hard to see why several members of the tourists on their terrifying and ill fated thas whooly tuff. Horry an me dint
Endeavour captained by that amazing journey. goo tew tha larst cowncil meetin,
English navigator James Cook thought Did we feel danger? No. But like anything moosly cos we dasnt, but I dint
about deserting once they saw the to do with nature, if you’re going to put wanta gi tha gearm away abowt
magnificence of this nation. Imagine more people out there, more frequently, in wot she wos hevvin fer Chrismus
coming from the 1700’s slums of England greater numbers, over a longer period of tha year by larfin owt lowd.
and arriving in a land where there are time – it is always going to increase the Tha owld landlord rekkun heeze
pristine beaches, virgin snow capped chances of something happening. And so gitten sum speshul beer in fer tha
mountains and, to be totally politically we left after a wonderful experience. And celebrashuns, he say “Thet’ll blow
incorrect, dusky maidens. we are both thankful that we visited when yore socks orf Sid, an Horry woont
My son and I spent two wonderful weeks we did. Nature can be a cruel companion. be earble tew bike hoom if he hev
driving around and at each corner we would his ewshul skin full”. So I arsked
both look at each other and marvel in the him “How much is thet gooin tew
beauty. But there is a naked beauty to NZ. Coffee Morning British corst us fer a pint then?”. “Never
It is called the ‘shaky isles’ for good reason. Heart Foundation yew mind abowt thet” he say
Each year there are around 15,000 “ Thet’ll be good rearts fer orl my
earthquakes of which 150 severely shake 15thth February reglars” “Oh Arr“ sez Horry “We’re
homes and leave gouges in the earth. It is During the last year the Shipdham Knitting hard thet yarn afore hent we Sid?”
also home to volcanic activity and in some Group has raised money various charities “Wos thet corled landlord?” I say
places entire towns are powered by together with the donation of many knitted “Yew’ll niva of hard of it” he say
volcanic power. And it was one volcano items. “Thas jist bin bort owt an thar
that drew us to the town of Rotorua on the The Knitters are organising their first rekkun thas tha best thing since
North Island. fundraising event of 2020 on Saturday 15th Fergie tracters” Wos thet got tew
After jumping in a helicopter we flew to February from 10-12 a.m. in Shipdham WI dew wi beer I thort.
White Island, about 50 kilometres from the Hall High St Shipdham IP25 7PA. “Thas corled Red Barrel” he say.
mainland. Flying fairly low we appeared to Once again this is for The British Heart Orl tha owld boys in tha pub rored
be skimming over the water and as we got Foundation. There will be tea, coffee, wi larfta, an corled him a duzzy
closer to the island the pilot lifted the delicious home made cakes, a raffle and of fewl fer bleevin tha brewers tearls
chopper higher and we could see the course excellent company. The Knitters are abowt how gud tha beer wos. Cos
magnificence of this living rock in the renowned for their hospitality and sense of he hent oonly a pup an hent bin
middle of nowhere. Huge plumes of white fun whilst raising money for important runnin a pub fer menny years yit. “ I
boiling steam belched into the air and the good causes. dunt rekkun yew’ll git rid o much o
entire island was covered in a grey ash. The British Heart Foundation does thet ole partna, not arta tha fust pint
After landing the pilot issued us with gas excellent work with research and support in anyways, yew’ll larn boy”
masks to wear to protect us from the an area which affects most of us at some Sevrul o tha fambly hev got
sulphur flumes which like a low cloud time in our lives, whether personally or berthdays oova Chrismus, so I
engulf the island with their poison. Our through friends and family. Come and rekkun I shel hefta git a bit of
pilot told us of an incident back in the early support us while enjoying a break. If you oovatime in pluckin tarkeys, not tha
1900’s when 10 people mining the sulphur don’t live in Shipdham you will almost best job in tha werld, but needs
simply disappeared. It is thought there was certainly travel through and pass the Hall must ter kip ‘em orl sweet.
an eruption and they were either swallowed on the A1075 on the right as you enter the Well I betta git this orf tew boy
by the sea or dragged into the boiling village, if you come from the Watton Julian cos he want tew celebrate
cauldron left by the explosion. direction. However, if you come from the Chrismus arly, he say. Happy Noo
It was an eerie feeling to be on this island. Dereham direction you will find it on the Yeer tew orl onnya and dew yew
Just the three of us and the ruins of the left as you leave the village. There is plenty kip a troshin.
mining site with clouds of steam rising of parking and a nearby bus stop. Boy Sid
around us. To be frank we were not afraid, We look forward to seeing you.
merely in awe. It is not often you get the Sue Hart
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 7
As implied, earlier, Helen’s talk was break. 2 - Wait your turn! 3 - Help to
Great Hockham preceded an ingestion of seasonal Bond. 4 - Where hundreds were lost in
Gardening Club nutrition. The format of last year’s 1987, but five still remain from 1762.
Christmas Party event was so successful that we could 5 - Where you can read about music. 6
Due to some unfortunate see no reason to make any major - ‘I’ before is clever, but ‘I’ after is just
circumstances our booked after dinner changes except for one: for some a game. 7 - Go on now! 8 - Allows a
speaker, Steve Cale, was unable to reason this season’s crop of apples was pilot to feel his aircraft. To make it
attend. After some frantic telephoning seriously down on last year. So much even easier, all the answers are
Jane was able to rearrange our annual so, that we did not have enough to connected.
programme to bring forward one of make any cider, hence no chicken-in- Disturbingly, some of the members
our speakers from later in the year, cider as previously. There was no need seemed to be fiddling with something
Helen Worvil. Helen’s subject was, ‘A to worry, however. Jane and her swing under the table, hopefully trying to
Four Seasons Garden’. ensemble worked their magic to serve Google the answers? Sensibly, some
Helen had bought along two pieces of up chicken breast with bacon wrap and members chose to wait and find out
ground cover matting, which she cheese topping (vegetarian option – the answers when they appear in the
spread out on the floor. One was to vegetable lasagne), jacket potatoes and January 2020 report – also to be
represent a garden plot with a north salad. To follow: Xmas pudding, available on our website (http://
and therefore shaded aspect, the other, mince pie/Florentines, cream and
south and sunny. She continued by brandy butter. All this was .uk). Regrettably, people’s enjoyment
Below left: Helen Worvil. Above The party starting and below right in full swing. describing what plants one might use accompanied by a selection of of the events seemed to increase in
in each garden, defining those giving beverages. It seems that there is direct proportion to the depletion of
colour and interest during each of the always someone in the club able and the liquid refreshment. Existentially,
four seasons in turn. Helen had potted ready to step in and help to make an the party was an opportunity for
examples of all the plants she event happen. But isn’t that what everyone to let their (remaining) hair
described, which she positioned on the makes everything worthwhile? down and indulge in some friendly
two areas of matting as one might in a Disappointingly, last year’s quiz must verbal exchanges as to how Brexit
real garden. I will not relay which have been too difficult for members or might change the way we have to run
plants she described, as her perhaps the questions on bodily fluids the club. Fortuitously, by the time our
recommendations would just be a just a little inappropriate just after next meeting comes around, most
partial list of species suitable to eating. Whatever the reason, that item people will have forgotten most of the
achieve just one of the many effects was culled from the proceedings. But more spontaneous sentiments, or most
possible – and I couldn’t spell the we were not going to let them get of anything for that matter. Mercifully,
Latin names. Helen was of the opinion away with it. Jane had provided a the police weren’t involved this year,
that leaving gaps was not something Christmas themed quiz and I provided and at least most people seemed to
she recommended. Better to fill all a ‘table quiz’, just 8 questions to make it back to somebody’s home.
spaces and then remove plants when ponder (or not) during the scoff, just Our next event is on Wednesday 8th
creating her door wreaths Jane used a
Ashill & Holme Hale plastic backed oasis ring onto which she
things grew and became overcrowded. incase they didn’t want to talk to each January. Dr. Ian Bedford will be
Natural seeding, she said, was to be other. In order to allow for any explaining ‘The Trouble Without
Garden Club arranged her foliage in sections to produce encouraged, again, only removing reduction of faculty due to Wasps’.
Decorations for your Home at Xmas - alternating colours of variegated and dark whatever took over and became an intoxication, I thought I had better Doors open 13:30 for a 14:00 start.
Presented by Jane Dalton green leaves, always going in one excess. All the plants Helen used in make it mind crushingly simple, as Edward Szczepanowski.
In our final monthly meeting prior to direction. Jane then demonstrated how to her talk were for sale. follows: 1 - Essential when making a
Xmas the Ashill & Holme Hale Garden wire pine cones into small bunches to then
Club had a bumper turnout of 68 members put into the wreath. In addition Jane
come to watch Jane showed how you can The club Annual Lunch is on Christmas Party. We enjoyed year membership gets you…
Dalton use foliage from bring to life an old Thursday January 16th at the great entertainment, exchanged First dates for 2020:
our gardens and nature wicker container by Windmill in Necton. Our next gifts and cards (in our usual Thursday January 16 th Beetle
to make an astounding painting it or indeed monthly meeting is on January 23rd entertaining way) and indulged Drive and Fish and Chip Supper –
range of decorations for spray paint rose hips or at 2.30pm at Holme Hale Pavilion ourselves with the huge selection 7.00pm; Mini-Show – any house
your home at Xmas. flower heads to give a when our speaker Tony Goode will of savoury and sweet snacks (and plant
Jane is an expert flower more christmassy look to talk about “Growing Alpine for the the odd glass or two). On display Thursday 20th February Ian
arranger, craft maker your decoration. Jane Time Challenged”. was our entry for the Shipdham Bedford - Bugs and Slugs; Mini-
and artist based in also demonstrated how New members are always welcome Tree Festival. The theme was Show - Vase of dried seed heads
Norfolk. Jane treated by using a triangle so come along and join us. “Four Seasons”, which members Members free – Associate
members and visitors shaped oasis that you Website: of the committee interpreted (as members £2.00 - Non members only keen horticulturalists can) also welcome – please enquire.
to an excellent and then cover on all sides Email:
engaging with either green or with home made decorations of Details of how to become a
demonstration of how variegated leaves you flowers through the year. Money member or any information
to produce stunning door wreaths, Xmas can make a mini Xmas tree decoration. At raised was for Motor Neurone available from Chairman, Barbara
window and mantelpiece displays, using the end of the demonstration Jane very Bradenham Disease. Steward
greenery and berries from your garden generously donated all her creations to the Time to look forward to our first (
along with moss and wood collected from monthly raffle. Not surprisingly there was Horticulture and event of 2020: our annual Beetle Secretary, Helen Parnell-Cook
nature and a few added baubles. She a record sale of raffle tickets for the ten Drive and Fish and Chip Supper. ( or
explained how to construct her creations Xmas decorations created by Jane during
Garden Club This is a hugely popular evening, Publicity Officer, Laurene
as she was making them, so giving the meeting. So some lucky members got We wish you all a Happy New so make sure that you get your Henderson
members the knowledge and ideas to to ‘deck their halls’ early with some Year! We have had a packed orders placed. If you have not yet (
create their own Xmas decorations. In professionally created Xmas decorations. programme of events in 2010, joined us, this would be a great
culminating last month in our introduction to see what £12.00 a
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01953 880 134

If you would like to know more please
Watton U3A call or email Claire Bowes our Show Wayland Mens Shed
November Meeting Telephone: 07789 796937 or
Social Group, Church Walk, Watton
Our meeting on 28th November was our As always now we have reached the festive season I begin to wonder
annual Christmas party. where the past year has disappeared too, and by the time you are
The afternoon started with a light hearted reading this we will probably have started 2020 and heading towards
quiz . This was followed by our recently What’s on at St the start of "Wayland Mens Sheds" fourth year as part of ever
formed Melodica Group with their leader growing "Mens Sheds UK Association".
Pearl Watson. They played 'Jingle Bells' Mary’s Church, Having landed on our shores from Australia in 2016, "Mens Sheds"
and were very pleased to receive in the UK now number something in the region of 700 and still
enthusiastic applause as this was their first Watton rising, and WMS is proud that due to the hard work of our committee
performance. The group would like to Story Bags: Restarts on Monday 6th and members, we are now one of the leading " Mens Sheds" in
welcome more players in the New Year so January 9.30am – 10.45am at St Mary’s Norfolk.
if you already play music or would like to Church for parents and preschool children You may well ask and often do, what is "Mens Shed", its where a
learn as a complete beginner please contact (term time only). group of men can come together around the shed idea and work
our Watton U3A secretary. Coffee and Chat Tuesday 7th January through the obstacles of life to meet their own needs, with the
We were then superbly entertained by the 10.00am – 12noon. coffee morning at St changes of life, retirement, loss of work mates, loneliness,
Watton U3A Ukulele Group and their Mary’s Church, Come along and welcome bereavement, failing health and family moving away being just a few
leader David Stoner. The popular group, 2020, all welcome. of the pressures in life many men have to deal with. Mens Shed is not
known as The Three – agers Band entertain ADventure! Restarts Sunday 12th January, a miracle cure for any of us but is where men can come and join in on
locally. The audience song books Sundays 10.00am-11.30am - free for 0-16 our social activities, outing to places of interest, socialise, chat, and
encouraged us to join in enthusiastically years at St Mary’s Church. Breakfast – make new friends or join one of our various groups, including our
drones, which can carry high definition
and this was interspersed with David's Crafts – Games – Faith in Jesus Teaching. well equipped Carpentry Workshop and where you will be made
cameras and other devices. The sheer
jokes and much hilarity. (term time only) welcome.
numbers and types of drone, from tiny
The afternoon concluded with a Christmas Watton Rainbow Brownies: Restarts on Friday 13th December was our yearly "Mulled Wine & Mince Pies"
(really toys) to quite substantial have
themed afternoon tea which was very Monday 13th January Mondays 4.30- event at our meeting place in Church Walk, as with all our main
confounded the aerospace management and
enjoyable. 5.45pm at St Mary’s Church Rooms for events and outings at WMS our Female Partners,Wives and lady
legislation for their registration and control
There will be no meeting in December but girls aged 5-7 years. The Rainbows will be friends, are always invited to join us, this event was a great success
is rapidly catching up. Hopefully the
our Christmas lunch takes place on 6th meeting each Monday (term time only) at with some 60 members,friends and guests turning up throughout the
debacle of another Gatwick type shutdown
December at Richmond Park Golf Club. St Mary’s Church morning to enjoy the festive refreshments and treats on offer.
will be avoided.
On 23rd January our speaker will be or look Next year looks like being busier than ever with a lot of events and
Next, we had a local chap, Paul Quant from
Charlie Haylock who is an historian of on Facebook outings on our list for consideration; Fly Fishing, 10 pin Bowling,
Saham Toney, who, amongst many
spoken English, a dialect specialist, an Watton Community Cinema Friday 17th Go-Karting, Train Trips, More of our popular "Quiz & Chips" and
interests, sees his adopted village of some 4
authority on his native Suffolk and a best January 1.15pm, at St Mary’s Church “The "Cheese & Wine" evenings. Outings to: Banham Zoo, Archangel Gin
years through the medium of poetry; he
selling author. Lion King” Refreshment Café opens one Distillery, Stanford Training Area, St Georges Whisky Distillery,
writes prolifically on observing the simple
Please contact our Membership Secretary, hour prior to screening. Tickets £5 Thursford Spectacular and several more venues to consider, Its going
things around him: for instance a muntjac
Christine Warne on 01760 440820 if you available at the box office on the day (drink to be a busy year!.
deer wandering up a driveway and
would like to become a member of Watton and cake included in the price.) If you fancy joining us at WMS why not pop in for a cuppa tea and a
disappearing through a gap in the hedge –
U3A, or would like further information. Saturday 18th January 10.00am – 12noon chat, we are open: Monday & Wednesdays 9.30am to 1pm and on
surely unseen by the occupants of the
Coffee Morning A social coffee morning at Fridays & Saturdays (computer group) 10am to 1pm.
house. Engaging readings!
St Mary’s Church on the 3rd Saturday of any enquiries tel: 01953 881004 or e mail;
Wayland Show each month. All welcome.
Then there was Alan Hewison, who, from a
very young age, had a hankering for the sea
December Winners of the 150 Draw 1st Cheers. Richard Adams, WMS Representative
2020 prize £50 number 101, Jill Weaver, 2nd
despite none of his relatives having had any
We have been busy organising an even connection with it. He also wanted to be an
prize £25 number 145. - Jayne Eastwood,
better Wayland Show for 2020. Plans are engineer and was soon to conjoin the 2
The Light Lounge Friday 21st February
well underway to ensure that the new, ambitions. After a brief apprenticeship with
6.30pm – 9.30pm St. Mary's Church will
family-orientated Spring Wayland Show an engineering company he applied to join
be transformed into a live music venue for
will reflect the heritage of the region and P&O as a trainee engineer and was
this special night. An eclectic mix of
the countryside of the 21st century, and accepted; it was not long before he was
smooth jazz, easy listening, country and
provide visitors old and new with a truly appointed to the SS Himalaya built by
60s rhythm and blues will be performed by
rural show experience. Vickers Armstrong, which, when launched
Kyla and guests, including the Rocking
New and exciting interactive events and in 1949, was the largest passenger ship ever
Bishop of Lynn!
competitions will offer visitors of all built but was a year late and £1M over
£10 ticket available from,
ages the opportunity to enjoy hands-on budget (nothing changes!). After a second
includes a drink and a light supper. The bar
experiences. Whether that means the round the world tour on the Himalaya he
will be open from 6.30pm. Music starts at
chance to sit in a shiny new combine completed his engineering and seamanship
harvester, or the chance to ‘have a go’ at certificates at South Shields University and
Money raised to go towards the Families
livestock judging there will be something won his next commission on the SS
Matter Keyworker for Watton.
available to ensure a memorable day for Canberra as 4th officer. Alan regaled us
everyone. with detailed, sometimes intimate,
As well as an exciting Grand Ring Watton Rotary experiences of being a ship’s officer and
programme, Norfolk Young Farmers will finished with his next assignment on a
be joining us to hold their annual Roundup merchant ship, which carried just 12
Farming activities competition at our The back page of last month’s Wayland passengers, as many larger such vessels did
Show, where, among other competitions, News carried the final report on the in those days. Why limited to 12?
visitors will be able to watch clubs Umbrella Festival, held in conjunction with Apparently, any more than 12 civilians on
compete in the tug of war knockout. Carnival last September. Income from the board would require a resident doctor.
At the heart of the new Spring Show will venture accrued in our Charity Trust Fund There’s a lot more in Alan’s store of
be all that is best from the region; quality account until the £525 the activity raised it maritime anecdotes, so here’s looking
livestock, unique craftsmanship as well was sent to the Nelson’s Journey charity. forward. A Happy and Prosperous 2020 to
as local musicians, foods and produce. The icing on the cake was to receive a full all our contributors Martin Anscombe
The Wayland Show committee have been sized (A4) certificate, which we are pleased
to picture with this article top next column.
working with our community,
organisations and groups to combine On another even more long running
The Bayeux
skills and talents to ensure that the 2020 activity, a hospital visitors’ bed has now
been acquired and delivered to the NNUH
Tapestry Comes
Show is indeed a regional celebration,
proud of its heritage yet looking to the at a cost of about £680; that sounds Alive In Hockham
future. expensive for a bed just for use by visitors Mia Hasson, a friend of Hockham
We are grateful to the many loyal but it has to comply with hygiene village, began a project in July 2016 to
sponsors and visitors who have supported regulations and be more portable (it folds make a full-scale replica of The Bayeux
the Wayland Show over the years and we up) than the standard hospital bed. We Tapestry.
look forward to welcoming them back to hope to have had a presentation gathering Three and a half years later, she has
the new 2020 Show. We have donated to by the time this edition is published, if so a managed to complete a stunning 21.5
numerous local charities in the past and picture will follow next month. metres out of 68.5 metres and has set
with your support we hope to continue to We had three interesting speakers at our herself a target of 10 years to complete
do so. meetings in late November and early her task, with the aim of making it the
We are looking for willing volunteers December. Firstly, Michael Nairn told us way the original may have looked 950
who would like to assist with with set-up all about the history of drones, which, put years ago.
and take-down down of the Show or who simply are pilot-less aircraft that have been Do come along to Hockham village hall
are interested in helping with a particular around for a very long time. It is the advent (IP24 1NT) on Sunday 19th Jan from
section. of light weight materials, powerful 2pm to 4pm to hear Mia’s story and to
The Show will be held on Sunday May miniature electric motors and small lithium see the work she has completed so far.
3rd 2020 (adjacent the Brandon Road, -ion and similar batteries that has led to the You will not be disappointed. Free entry.
between Watton and Threxton) rapid growth of portable, multi-purpose,
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 10
The scheme, which is part of a £30,000
Church Services In January Thought for the Month Councillor's grant set aside to support community
Watton Churches Together By Revd Gerry, Vicar of Watton events is open to Breckland registered
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Do you have 20:20 vision? One of the definitions of Chat charities, constituted community groups, Follow us @StMarysWatton that is the ‘ability to see perfectly, without needing to With Cllr Claire Bowes Town and Parish councils, Schools
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, wear glasses or contact lenses’. On 28th November 2019 Breckland providing community activity, Not for
on 01953 881439, I can then Well, there aren’t many people as they grow older who Council members voted to adopt the profit social enterprise, community
email or telephone you back or arrange to meet up with you. manage that! Both my twin granddaughters wear proposed Local Plan. It sets out the interest companies and Church/ PCC for
Thank you: Your Vicar, Revd Gerry Foster. glasses at age nearly 7 years old. Fortunately, there policies which will be used to determine secular projects.
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion isn’t the same stigma attached to what bullies called planning applications and identifies sites Earlier this year, central government
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship those who wore glasses ‘back in the day’, as ‘four across the district which will be announced that the Early May Bank
Thursdays 7.30-8.00am, 5.00pm - 5.30pm Parish Prayers eyes’. developed to meet housing, retail and Holiday will be moved to 8 May 2020
Saturdays 9.30am - 10.00am Parish Prayers In some ways, changes have come for the better, but we employment requirements through until to enable a three-day weekend of
5.00pm - 6.00pm Prayer & Praise often miss them, if we too easily focus on ‘the not so 2036. By identifying and allocating land commemorative events. For further
Sundays 10.00am-11.30am Adventure!-free for 0-16 yr good’; the things that have not worked out; the for housing and businesses, which is information and to download an
term time only resolutions that have already been broken and it’s only needed to meet demand for housing and application form visit
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching early January…. jobs, the Local Plan will give the community-funding
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-12 noon We’ve just celebrated Jesus Christ being born as the Council more control of the location of The Boundary Commission is carrying
Tel: 01953 881252 loving Saviour over two thousand years ago. That these developments and will reduce the out an electoral review of Norfolk
message isn’t just for Christmas. Jesus had no stable likelihood of ad-hoc development. The County Council.
Thur 3rd 9.30am Holy Communion Local Plan has been in production since The aim of the electoral review is to
home (please excuse the pun). He had one natural
(instead of Wed 1st) 2014 and subject to several public recommend divisions boundaries that
parent and the Holy Spirit as the other. Joseph needed
Sun 5th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP consultations, scrutiny by an mean each councillor represents
some convincing (by an angel) to stand by his fiancée,
10.00am Holy Communion independent planning inspector, and approximately the same number of
all amidst her giving birth to what would appear
Sun 12th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP feedback from expert bodies such as voters.
shameful in that context, an illegitimate child. This he
10.00am Informal Holy Communion Natural England, the Highways It also aims to ensure that the divisions
did. Mary and Joseph didn’t have a roof over their
Sun 19th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP Authority, Historic England and the boundaries reflect the interests and
heads and nothing other than what they could carry for
10.00am Holy Communion Environment Agency. The council now identities of local communities, as well
themselves or the baby. Their future was uncertain;
6.30pm Holy Communion has an identified five-year land supply. as promoting effective local
even dangerous.
for week of Prayer for Christian Unity This is a set of specific sites sufficient to government.
What was their 20:20 vision? As the years unravelled,
Sun 26th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP meet demand for housing over the To achieve these aims the Commission
Jesus became man and dwelt amongst the people
10.30am Covenant Service at coming five years. Having a five-year needs to re-draw divisions boundaries
teaching all who would hear, that God is love; is truth;
Watton Methodist Church land supply gives the council greater across Norfolk. You can find out more
is present with us yesterday, today and forever. He
4.30pm Choral Evensong control when considering planning about the review from the Boundary
gives us the kind of 20:20 vision that isn’t just about
Watton Methodist Church what we can see for good with our human eyes, but in applications for new housing, Commission website. our hearts and our hopes. particularly on sites outside of areas Finally, I would like to wish all Watton
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet reflection and That’s a vision worth testing for and allowing defined in the Local Plan. The new and Wayland residents a very happy and
prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am. It’s your quiet place. correction, so we can really, clearly see to go forwards. Local Plan will be used through until healthy New Year. Please don’t hesitate
At 10.30am there is a half-hour Midweek Service in the Large Let’s not miss all the good things and then let’s together 2036, however to make sure it remains to contact me if you have any concerns
Vestry led by the Minister or a Church Member. help to change the rest, so life in the community of up to date the Council will be required or queries relating to District or County
Sun 29th Dec 10.30am Mr A Warby Watton grows into a newly focussed and positively to review key areas of the Plan including Council matters. I will do my best to
No evening Service hopeful future. the housing requirement and help. Claire Bowes County Councillor,
Sun 5th 10.30am Local Arrangement Every Blessing: Revd Gerry, Vicar of Watton development strategy. Watton Division
6.30pm Deacon J Woodfin The Council's budget and Medium
Sun 12th 10.30am Mr P Wright Term Financial Plan outlines how District Councillor, Watton Ward,
6.30pm Rev’d J Horton Diabetes UK funding will be used to deliver the
Sun 19th 10.30am Deacon J Woodfin The December meeting was our Christmas party. We organisation's key priorities and the
6.30pm Rev’d B Winner range of local services we provide. The
Sun 26th 10.30am Rev’d J Horton Covenant Service
welcomed 30 plus members and guests to our festive
occasion and Father Christmas came to see us too. The draft budget for 2020/21 and the Shipdham &
with St Mary’s Church updated Medium Term Financial Plan
6.30pm Miss A Hall
committee was thanked for the work they do for the
group, as were the Chair and secretary. A festive buffet will be taken to the February 2020 Full District Book
Council meeting for consideration,
Each Sat
Roman Catholic Community
5.00pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
lunch was served, an auction held for 2 surprise gifts
and the raffle was a special Christmas one. A approval and adoption. Group
presentation was made to the Pentecostal Church, of a The draft budget is based on a number The book discussed in November was
cheque for the generous of their facilities every month of key principles: Three Things you Should Know About
Church Services for the ACOS Benefice There will be no cuts to service delivery. Elsie by Joanna Cannon author of The
for the past 13 years.
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill The council will not be reliant on Trouble with Sheep and Goats. 84-year
Our first meeting of 2020 will be on January 13,
Sun 5th 10.00am Lay Led & Sunday Funday receiving 'New Homes Bonus' (NHB) -old Florence has fallen in her flat at
10.15am, at the Pentecostal Church, Watton. To bring
Sun 12th 9.30am Family Holy Communion funding from central government to pay Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As
us into the New Year, this will be a Coffee & Chat
Sun 19th 9.30am Morning Worship for its core services, and will instead use she waits to be rescued, Florence
meeting. For details of our group, please email
Sun 26th 9.30am Holy Communion money received for optional (non- wonders if a terrible secret from her or phone 01953 884713 and
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney leave a message. statutory) projects. past is about to come to light and, if the
Sun 5th 11.00am Lay Led Worship Money held in reserve will be used to charming new resident is who he
Sun 12th 10.30am Covent Service Saham Methodist pay for feasibility studies which could claims to be, why does he look exactly
Chapel lead to growth and investment in the like a man who died sixty years ago?
Sun 19th 11.00am Morning Worship district. As she waits she thinks over life and
Sun 26th 11.00am Holy Communion The council will maintain a good her best friend Elsie, the important
financial position in order to manage three things of the title and her life in
S.s. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke any future changes which arise from the general.
Sun 5th 10.30pm Holy Communion Fair Funding Review or Spending Apart from one dissenting voice and
Sun 12th 10.30am All Age Worship Worship in January 2020 Review, allowing time to put an another waverer this was very well
Sun 19th 10.30am Holy Communion January 5th Epiphany appropriate program in place, if this is received. It was felt that the characters
Sun 26th 10.30am Lay Led Worship 10.30am United Holy Communion. required. were well defined and much
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington St Martin's, Thompson The council continues to generate information relevant to the lives of
Sun 5th 10.30am Holy Communion January 12th First Sunday of Epiphany similar income levels from its council others included ; the detail and pathos
Sun 19th 10.30am Lay Led Worship 10.30am United Holy Communion. tax as it does from its commercial of sad memories were depicted with
St Margaret's, Breckles investments (eg. rent from land, reality but not in a miserable way; we
January 19th. Second Sunday of Epiphany buildings, etc), with council tax in could detect the frustrations undergone
10.30am United Holy Communion. Breckland among the very lowest in the by the elderly and those responsible for
country. However, to help ensure the their care, despite one or two of the
All Saints Church, Threxton Holy Cross, Caston
January 26th. Third Sunday of Epiphany budget remains balanced, it is proposed
that council tax will rise by £4.95 per
latter who seemed less than
sympathetic; the plot was carefully
No Service at Threxton in January 10:30 am. United Holy Communion.
crafted to fill in the details of the life
Holy Trinity, Gt Hockham. year for a Band D property. Nearly three
quarters of properties in Breckland are stories behind the characters and the
February 2nd. Presentation of Christ in the
Bands A-C, so most people would see a whole picture of the detail and
Temple. Candlemas
Fountain of Life Church 10.30am. United Holy Communion
smaller council tax rise from April 2020.
Breckland Council has officially
background of today’s octogenarians
and their social conditions and
St Peter & St Paul, Griston
The Well Christian Centre, Swaffham Road, Ashill launched a WWII Commemoratory experiences in earlier and recent times.
Pastoral visits, requests for Baptisms, Weddings, Home Grant Scheme, which will provides Some members had read the book
5 January 10:00 18:00 grants of up to £500 for community more than once whilst a couple felt
Communions and support for those who have been
12 January 10:00 18:00 bereaved. Contact Revd. Adrian Bell -- The Interim projects and celebratory events that will they might read it again.
19 January 10:00 15:00 Parish Priest to the Wayland Benefice. commemorate the 75th anniversaries of Good health and contentment in 2020
26 January 10:00 18:00 01760 627039. e-mail VE and VJ day, and 80th anniversaries and good reading to all book lovers.
of Dunkirk, and the Battle of Britain. Sue Hart
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 11
experienced music leaders, give them sharing live music.”
Exciting Music access to state of the art equipment The program launches with a free
and all instruments will be provided. taster day on Saturday 11th January
Project Launches The course will culminate in a public at the MAP Live Lounge at Wayland
In Watton performance in April 2020.
The sessions are open to young
Academy, Merton Road, Watton,
IP25 6BA. Drop in between 11am
Music Art Project (MAP) based in people from across the region aged and 2pm to find out more about the
Watton are delighted to announce 12 to 18 who are in the early stages project, meet the team, try out the
that they have been awarded funding of their musical journey. Eugene equipment and sign up.
from Youth Music to run ‘Keep it Pryer chairman of MAP said: MAP have been supporting musicians
Live’, an exciting new music project “This course is ideal for musicians in the East of England since 2012;
that will provide opportunities for who already play an instrument and allowing young people to take their
young people to learn musical skills now wish to take the next steps of first steps towards becoming
and share them with others at the new learning songs and performing in professional musicians. MAP’s aim is
‘Live Lounge’ venue at Wayland public. The sessions are open to to provide opportunities for the local
Academy. individuals and bands and will community to participate in the arts
Participants are invited to sign up for include exploring a variety of musical and to offer employment and training
a series of 2-hour Saturday genres and styles. We are also opportunities for young people
workshops where they will develop looking for young people to sign up studying in the arts. This new project
musical skills, gain confidence, meet to support the running of the live will continue this valuable work with
other musicians and work toward performances and we will be able to participants also having the aged 0-25 to develop personally and and introducing young people to a
performing. The 10 session course teach them skills in lighting, sound opportunity to earn Arts Award socially as well as musically. Projects wide variety of potential career paths.
will cost just £35 which will be technology and stage management. It qualifications. funded by Youth Music help to break For more information on ‘Keep it
heavily subsidised by the Youth is our aim that the project will enable Youth Music are a national charity down barriers at all stages – helping Live’ and to register your interest
Music funding. This fee will allow young people to appreciate the investing in music-making projects children develop an early love of please contact:
participants to receive teaching from impact and importance of making and that help children and young people music, providing diverse role models

exhortation as happens before the club and its facilities, a special thank
Royal British annual act of remembrance, “They shall you to their committee and Station
grow not old” etc. Generally this is Commander at RAF Honington. We
Legion Watton & recited by the Chairman and on this must never forget that we exist as an
District Branch occasion was ably assisted by cadet
Cpl. Grace Lawlor from 864 (Watton)
organisation to serve those who have
served our country in times of war and
It’s that time of year again when people
squadron Air Training Corps. Cpl peace. I mentioned the strategy for the
thought turn to celebrations parties and
Lawlor also assisted at town 21st century to tackle the problems of
a family get together. Whilst that is
remembrance service on the 10th today but we do not need to change our
true of us in the Royal British Legion
November at the war memorial. It is direction too much as the original job
(RBL) it sometimes seems a bit about
always poignant to hear one of our isn’t done yet, after all our mission
face as this is the start of the Legion
youngest members to end the statement is “we will be here until no
year. November was the month of the
exhortation by saying “WE will longer needed”. There are still
branch Annual General Meeting
remember them”. The meeting was homeless ex-service personnel
(AGM) as it is with most branches.
also attended by the County Chairman spending Christmas on the street.
This sets the scene for the year ahead
Hugh King and the county standard Many struggle to find suitable
when we submit our accounts and the
bearer. The reason for the county employment after leaving the service
current list of branch officers. This act
attendance was the occasion of the which often causes relationship issues.
keeps us a compliant branch in
branch presenting a cheque to the Sadly still too many of our veterans
accordance with the Royal Charter that
county for £2000 to help with the work suffer with Post Traumatic Stress
governs the RBL and entitles the
that they do is promoting the RBL Disorder (PTSD) in 1921 called shell the original one sorted first. This is: or you can
branch to be represented and vote at the
County wide. After the formalities of shock. Waiting for treatment through Christmas please seek out any veterans telephone, Ron Wheeler, the branch
county and national conferences. As a
annual reports there was some lively the current system is a disgrace. The and their families and make a point of President on 01953 881068. Merry
membership organisation this is a vital
debate about current issues affecting RBL has strived for 98 years to have a saying thank you for your service, how Christmas.
part of our constitution and identity and
the day to day operation of the RBL dedicated Veterans Administration set come the Americans can do this so Photo. L to R. Steve Bibby branch
also serves to ensure the RBL remains
and the leaderships view of the strategy up by government but the political much better than us? standard bearer, John Daly Chairman,
compliant with current charity law.
for the 21st century. When the meeting system in this country is happy to let a If you think you could help us achieve Victoria Southward V/chair, John
At the AGM there was a good turn out
closed there was still time for charity look after its ex-employees the lofty ideals of the task we would Linkin County Training Officer, Hugh
from the members and as always the
photographs and socialising thanks to special needs. So you see we don’t love to hear from you, details of our King County Chairman, Peter Howles
meeting started by reciting the
our continued use of the RAF families need a new strategy, we just need to get branch are on the website, the address county standard bearer.

Baking happened again, this time for mince superb Christmas hamper in the raffle.
We Wrapped, We pies and the cooking of turkeys for our She said she had never won anything ever
Christmas concert in the Queens Hall on before so we do hope she enjoys her
Baked, We Sang !! 11th December. The hall was absolutely prize.
In last month's Wayland News I wrote of all packed and full of the happy buzz of people It was such a happy occasion and one the
the events the ladies of Watton Inner Wheel greeting friends and taking their chances at ladies always look forward to …...and
were getting ready for over the Christmas the tombola or raffle. Then it was time for breathe a sigh of relief when it is all over!
period. Now, as I write, all but our own the concert to begin and the hall resounded The concert with the proceeds of the
Club Christmas party have taken place and, with the opening chorus of 'Come and join raffle and tombola made a wonderful
my, we have been busy! the Celebration', followed by 'Friends and £729.07 for our charity funds.
At the Festive Market our Pretty Parcel stall Neighbours' This song had an extra verse A very big thank you to all who
was besieged by eager participants who sung by the Westend Waiters as they let us participated and supported our efforts.
delightedly opened their parcel to find a know that they enjoyed 'beer and whiskey' We wish you all a Very Happy Christmas
wonderful selection of goodies. We were too! and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
sold out by about 3.30, (we do wrap parcels Our theme for this year's concert was Brenda Davis Club Correspondent
especially for men and they were gone too!) Friends and Family and the ladies songs 01953 881792
We shall have to think about finding more and readings all
next year and will certainly be baking a few reflected this theme,
more cakes. The stall made £343.30 for our while our good
charity funds. friends and
Cake baking was certainly on the menu for colleagues the
the next event which was the coffee Westend Waiters
morning in the Queens Hall on 7th enlivening the
December Pic: All ready for coffee and concert with their
cake, Stella, Bunty, Lesley and Val. amusing songs.
Again so many people came to enjoy the After the concert
many delights on offer, coffee cakes, fruit lunch was brought
cakes, cheese scones, sausage rolls, mince round for everyone
pies and many more disappeared and with a and those turkey
raffle we were delighted to make the sum of rolls and mince pies
£220.60. Funds raised at this event are were thoroughly
always passed on towards the maintenance enjoyed. One lady
of the Queens Hall which we and others use was so very pleased
throughout the year for our events. to win the really
The Wayland News January 2020 Page 12

Watton Loch-
Neaton Short
Mat Bowls Club
@ Watton Sports Centre
By now we should all know if Brexit
is finally going to be sorted but if not
at least we have our weekly Roll Ups
at Short Mat Bowls to keep our mind
off of it. Well here we are starting a
new year with hopefully lots to look
forward to, our club is busy with a
good number of members, old and
new attending our weekly Roll Ups,
as a reminder we are at the Sports
Centre twice a week, on Tuesday
1.45 pm to 4 pm when we have 2
sessions with a 15 min break for
Tea or Coffee in between each
session and a good old chin wag! or you could end up missing a session. Norma a call on: 07748 245 496 who will
and then we are back again on The Sports Centre has now reduced the be pleased to give you any information
Thursday evenings 6.45pm to 9pm membership charge for our members to you require Or just call in at one of our
again with a break between each £1.00 What more can I say! If you have Roll Ups and have a chat, we look forward
session. Please arrive sharp on time any enquiries please give our secretary to seeing you.

vein, he went on to declare the

West Norfolk exercise was a way of making his The Watton Society
own contribution to the downfall and
Aviation Society later imprisonment of the renegade Sharpening their
On Tuesday 3rd December, the General Galtieri.
WNAS held an AGM at its depot, the
Mundford Bowls Club. It was chaired
The list of aircraft requiring Chris’ Knowledge
involvement during his tour was
by, Chris H, and was supported by endless but, needless to say, his
our manager, David A. The beloved Sidewinder missile got a
formalities were executed swiftly and special mention. And, to illustrate this
efficiently; all existing officers were he had constructed his own rocket
returned to their posts and there was a but, with slightly different styling. It
healthy balance left in the kitty. For consisted of a six-foot broom handle
more detailed information regarding upon which was mounted a cardboard
this please visit our website: artist’s storage tube decked with yuletide nose artwork. It was brought
uk where you will also find, to the launch pad: an aluminium milk
information regarding future and past churn. The touch paper was lit. The
events. launching was not spectacular. There
After a raffle, a nosh, a noggin and a were sparks, a fizzle and a pop from
natter the chairman concluded the both ends. The broom handle didn’t
evening’s entertainment with a leave the ground but the nose took a
briefish and very amusing account of short sideways flight onto the edge of
his posting from Conningsby in 1984 the bowling green. There were no
to Fort Stanley in the Falklands for a casualties and hopefully, the £100 The Society’s November meeting was
clean-up operation. Forever the donation the society made to the interesting and informative as we had a talk
humourist, Chris, an ex-RAF bowls club won’t all be consumed in from Colin Hawgood from Norfolksharp.
armourer, in his self-effacing naivety, the restitution of the green. He demonstrated knife sharpening and
adopted a light-hearted approach to Our next meetings will be held on explained the techniques involved in the
his involvement by declaring: ‘When January 7th and February 4th; all various ways from a very expensive machine to
I first heard that British territory had welcome. Nigel Tooth. a file and wet stone.
been invaded by the Argentinians, He also gave advice on garden tools both
I wondered why on sharpening of Secateurs, Loppers, Shears ,Hoes
earth would they and spades along with the aftercare of these
want to attack items. The evening was rounded off with a very
Scotland?’ We active question and answer session.
suppose his Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th
confusion lay in January. When Trevor Nash will talk about
the fact that Honey Bees, their life cycle and interaction
Falklands has a with each other and the products from the hive.
tonal resonance Meetings are held in The Christian Community
with Orkney and Centre at 7.45PM Visitors welcome £3.50 per
Faroe. In a similar head
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