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Record Attendance at Loch Neaton parkrun on News Year’s Day

Wow - 202 people turned up to celebrate the volunteers who made the parkrun possible is at Loch Neaton, Watton Sports Association
start of a new decade meaning the Loch commendable. The marshals’ and Social Club, Dereham Road, Watton,
Neaton attendance record of 186 was encouragement for all runners epitomised the IP25 6EZ. Please register at
smashed. As well as many locals we had true spirit of parkrun. before you come and
tourists from Huddersfield, Luton and The first finishers were boyfriend and arrive at 8.45am if you are a new attendee for
Gorleston. For many it was their second girlfriend, Sam Garforth (18:29) and Mary P the run briefing. Don’t forget your barcode –
parkrun of the day having already taken on Scott (21:11), both from Warwick University no barcode - no time.
the much flatter course at Swaffham at 9am. AC. Well done to them for achieving the And finally Loch Neaton parkrun, Watton
All participants gave a good account of double of being first finishers at Swaffham needs you!
themselves at the far-from-flat Loch Neaton. and Loch Neaton at the start of the decade. I It is entirely organised by volunteers
Run director Sarah Dagless, delivered an wonder how many running couples have (pictured above) – so if running or walking
entertaining run brief with milestone managed this or maybe it’s a parkrun first. isn’t for you but you could spare some
announcements: new 50 Club members There were 23 PBs achieved on the day, time please email
mentioned were Jake Gilding, Luke Gilding, congratulations to all. to find
Pamela Medlock & Neil Messenger, while What a start to 2020. If you attended thank out how you can help. (We do also need
Isla Pearson and Madison Ashby entered the you for making this, our 45th parkrun, so you to register at for
Junior 10 Club. During the run we were successful. If you didn’t and would like to insurance purposes). It is a lovely way to
accompanied by songs from Donna Summer, give it a go, whatever age or ability you are, start a Saturday morning and meet new
Fleetwood Mac and Michael Jackson. The we would love to see you. It’s FREE and people. We look forward to seeing you
enthusiasm and commitment of the 20 takes place at 9am every Saturday morning soon.

together with tea/coffee. Details of how to

Take a Quiz to help Shipdham Knitters book are available on our website or by email to
get Brownies to BHF Coffee Sue Baldwin
Disney Morning
The next concert by Mid Norfolk Singers
Three Brownies, a Guide and two Leaders 15th February10am-12 Noon. Don’t miss
will be on 2nd May at St Peter Mancroft
from 1st Saham Toney Brownies, 3rd this opportunity to enjoy good company,
Church in Norwich. The programme will
Watton Brownies and 1st Saham Toney excellent cakes, coffee, tea, raffle and sales
include a choral version of part of Vivaldi
Guides are joining with other Members table in Shipdham WI Hall. This is all in
Four seasons, Handel Coronation Anthems
from Watton District Guiding on an aid of The British Heart Foundation, a
and Bach Magnificat. We would be
exciting adventure to Disneyland Paris in charity from whose work we, or members
pleased to hear from anyone interested in
April. For some this could be a once in a of our family, will all benefit at some stage
joining our choir which rehearses in
lifetime experience. They would like to in life.
Dereham on Thursday evenings.
raise some money to help pay for the trip
and so the Leaders have organised a quiz
night on Friday 7th February 2020 at Come and Sing Day PLEASE SAY YOU
Saham Toney Village Hall, Wells Cole
Community Centre, Bell Lane, Saham
22nd February SAW THEM IN
Toney, 7 for 7.30pm start. Teams of up to Mid Norfolk Singers are hosting a Come THE WAYLAND
six at £5 a head. Light refreshments and and Sing event in Swaffham Church on
nibbles provided. The bar will available. 22nd February when we will be working NEWS
There will also be a raffle. Money raised on Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances with
Robert Hamwee. Please join us for a fun WHEN SHOPPING
from the raffle will go to Unit funds. If
you would like to book a team and make day which starts with registration at 10am, WITH OUR
some girls dreams come true please ring ready for singing at 10.30. The cost of the
01953 889167 to book your team. day is £12 which includes hire of the score ADVERTISERS
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to infiltrate the ranks of all the leading firm built the Church handed over the keys
A Quick Look teams, as the sight of smooth chins is to the Minister.
Shipdham & District Book Group
becoming rarer day by day, with the ever The church was overflowing to listen to the Once again we ended the year by having our December 2019 as an
Round growing number of players appearing dedication sermon by The Rev A L informal tea party with lighthearted seasonal readings chosen and read by
By Orbiter with beards or moustaches, while bald or Humphries of Hartly College Manchester. members. This year there was a slight change in that having failed to
shaven heads are also becoming more The Financial Statement indicated a total book afternoon tea at our usual café in time and our regular host out of
Well here we are again, already well into
and more prevalent. out lay of about £3,600 which included action a member offered to host it. This was especially generous as her
another year. My last column, because of
Now that so many women have taken up alterations to the former church to adapt it much loved mother whom she had nursed to the end had died recently
publishing deadlines, had to be submitted
the noble game, will they follow the same for use as a school and Sunday school. and the funeral was imminent. We ate the world’s best scones and other
before the result of the general election
fashions I wonder ? In 1932 The Primitive Methodist and the goodies whilst making a donation 0f £60 for Dementia UK, excellent for
had been known, and I believe that it was
Back in the real world (though perhaps Wesleyan and the United Methodists join such a small group. We would also like to thank the member who has
a triumph for one of the parties, though
that is not quite the term for it) I see that forces to become the Methodist Church of hosted the majority of our meetings throughout the year.
throughout the holiday period so little
Lotus, Norfolk’s own car manufacturer, Great Britain. At the January meeting we discussed The Tattooist of Auschwitz by
mention has been made of Mr. Johnson
has announced the introduction of a new Ed: As a part of the editorial process, I Heather Morris. In April 1942 Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly
and his merry men that I begin to wonder
model that will be priced at two million asked Lesley Cowling from the Methodist transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his
if they are still around.
pounds. As I am anxious to help the local community, who has access to the local captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a
But American actions in the Middle East
economy I have consulted my finance archives, to cast an eye over the above 'Tätowierer' (the German word for tattooist), to permanently mark his
suggest that all kinds of political activity
company, and they have agreed to terms article and she offered the following fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale
is about to put our leader back into the
of a million down and fifty thousand information which I have included below witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism alongside incredible acts of
pounds a month over the next couple of for the sake of completeness: bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged
Meanwhile I will resume my looking
years, which seems quite fair, though I “From original documents, a Wesleyan position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to
round at some of the things that are
hope the price includes a few extras, such Methodist Chapel was established near the keep his fellow prisoners alive. One day in July 1942, Lale comforts a
happening here in Norfolk.
as tartan seat covers, and perhaps even Gas Works between 1812 and 1821. trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902
As you may be aware Christmas is over
one of those things that dangle from the When Robert Key came, a report in the tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale
and already almost forgotten by many of
rear view mirror, ( like a pair of Bury Free Press (1832) says he was vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
us, but there were some subtle
miniature football boots). thrown down twice and the attack was This book led to an interesting discussion about the horror of what
differences from past celebrations that I
While on the subject of cars, I cannot directed by one or two principal persons in mankind has done to mankind interspersed with kindness in adversity
noted with disappointment, one of which
recall seeing anyone actually using that the town who had a Church of England and horror and the ability to survive. One or two could not face
was the absence from sideboards, of such
gadget that parks a car sideways into a parson as prompter behind the scenes. reading it all whilst other members had read it twice. One member
things as boxes of dates and figs, and
tiny space, that was well publicised a Originally Mr Took used his kitchen for was young enough to have been taught about the horrors of the
dishes of muscatels, those large raisin-
couple of years ago. I know they are worshipping Methodists and then he built holocaust and camps at school, whilst the octogenerian explained that
like dried grapes, that I used to delight in
fitted to some cars as a friend has one, the first primitive methodist Chapel at the it was not mentioned and although she studied history to quite a high
‘snacking’. No doubt these delicacies
though he refuses to use it, as a matter of rear of his property. level did not discover the truth of these events which had happened in
were available, but in shorter supply than
pride. And anyway a car neatly tucked The land on which the present chapel her lifetime for several decades. It was obviously not an ‘easy read’
in older times, possibly due to recent
into a narrow space wouldn’t be too stands was the old Maltings. The extra 10ft but well written and it helped that we knew Lale survived, married
upheavals in other countries, or that
popular with the drivers of the two strip cost them £25! Gita and had a new life following the war. Using jewels taken from
modern tastes are changing.
adjacent cars. So perhaps the idea was The former church was adapted for use as victims which the Nazi perpetrators would have stolen did not seem
And that old favourite, the Xmas cracker,
not quite as good as it seemed when first a hall and Sunday Schoolroom. It is now like a crime when Lale used them to buy food to feed his fellow
seems to have lost some of its appeal,
thought of. known as the Watton Christian Community prisoners. The consensus was that there are still atrocities committed
since, at one gathering I attended,
But Spring is in the air, and just as we Centre rather than its old name of the and we have learned little, on the other hand human love triumphed in
although they were supplied, no-one of
always do at this time of the year, we Methodist Central Hall, this book despite its horrific background. For our meeting in
them were pulled and on other occasions,
express amazement that green shoots are February we are reading The Fatherland by Robert Harris.
failed to arouse more than a glimmer of
interest, while the enclosed ‘funny hats’ appearing in our flower beds or in the
were largely ignored, though the vintage nearby woods, even though aconites have Letter to the
corny jokes still raised the odd guffaw. been peeping through since before
Each year seems to usher in a new fad, Christmas, and friends tell us that Editor
and the one for 2020 that is in the fore- snowdrops are all over their gardens. We really must express our thanks for the
front is Climate Change, and every time It must be time for me to oil the mower, regular contributions concerning their
the weather varies a trifle from the norm, and sharpen the shears. Or go back to Local Plan from our good neighbours at
this gets the blame. But it may well be bed! Saham Toney. They give us information
true that some changes are taking place, Good afternoon. affecting Town and District not
with wide-spread flooding in some parts forthcoming from our three levels of
of the world, and the terrible fires that
have devastated parts of Australia, giving
The Methodist Councillors. It is of course not unusual for
us to have to rely upon reports or news
warnings that man is not always the Church In Watton from third parties as we lack any flow of
‘boss’. communication from our Kremlin, not only
The other ‘word of the day’ is vegan, and Norfolk on this subject but just for one example as
a noisy section of the community is By the U3A Looking at Watton to any real provision as Trustees for the
urging us to give up all foods containing In 1832 Methodism came to Watton when youth of the town.
animal fats, as they are bad for us, and Robert Key a Primitive Methodist 'Ranter' It is recalled that at the Annual Town
their production depends on the slaughter came to visit Watton, but did not receive a Meeting 2018, (although good customers of
of cows, pigs and sheep, which they say, warm welcome. However he set up his Spec Savers, visual and audio,. we missed
is wicked. stand in the Market place, he was greeted any mass publicity for that of 2019), cold
Traditionalists point out that those with abuse and harsh treatment and indeed water was poured on any thought of having
animals enjoy a short but pampered life, was thrown to the ground from his stand 20 m.p.h. limits applied in the town on
and this is terminated before ill health and taken to the George Hotel opposite, in grounds of cost. Never mind safety in the
problems beset them, (humans are not so a semi conscious state. He was treated High Street. Now we see 20 limits have
fortunate!). there for shock and his injuries. appeared; but where ? Little roads Gregor
But there will always be ‘different However a Mr Took who lived in a small Shanks Way where speeds can rarely
thinkers’ and everyone is entitled to their house in Worm's Yard, now known as exceed walking pace due to the idiotic
own opinions, and who knows the vegans Beachwood Ave, built an extension at the geometry of the turn in and paving towards
may well be right ? back of his property which became the first the Health Practice. The angled paving a
Violently changing the subject, Norwich Primative Methodist Chapel in the town. disgrace, a hazard to damage tyres and
City are not in a very healthy position in In 1862 the Trust bought a plot of land in causing elderly motorists endless entry and
the football Premier division, but they the High Street and the following year a exit problems. A few pounds to correct this
seem to be providing excellent entertain- new chapel was commissioned. This would be better spent.
ment for their fans, and had a long served for the next 64 years, now known as On the subject of motoring safety, do any
awaited win in their cup tie at Preston. the Methodist Central Hall and still in use of our councillors drive and observe, let
At this stage of the competition it is fair today. alone act upon, hazards? There are scores
that all ties should be included in tele- By 1913 Trustees wanted another chapel of man-, sorry!, person-hole covers needing
vision coverage, although this can also on the adjoining old Makings land. 2 years attention. Over some stretches, cat`s-eyes
remind the watching world of the mis- later a further 10ft strip was bought. On the are good, over too many they are non
fortunes that many famous clubs have 1st July 1915 Miss M A Moore was invited existant or very poor even on modern
experienced over the years. Clubs that to lay the foundation stone in the east side stretches, still the responsibility of
once were the top names in the game, and wall. contractors probably. The lack of brilliance
regularly attracted capacity crowds But the great war was taking it's toll and it is sadly not limited to the cat`s-eyes.
wherever they played are now seen took another 11 years. So on the 8th. July To close on a lighter note let us
performing before what appears to be just 1926 saw the Foundation stones laid and a paraphrase the late Ken Dodd`s remark
a handful of spectators, who are dwarfed year later a large attendance saw the that it was a good thing that had the
by the sight of huge banks of empty opening of the New Watton Primitive famed cat been walking away when seen
seats, Methodist church when the Rev G R it would not have inspired the invention
Still on the football scene, it seems that Brake, the resident Minister conducted the of the cat`s-eye !
the hair-dressing profession has managed Ceremony. Mr. M G Peeke-Vout, whose Keith Taylor, Watton.
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wi grat ole telly screens orl rownd tha walls wos If you are planning to grow potatoes get them chitting
The Ovington showin football an crcket orl at tha same time, tent In your garden now ready for planting out in March. They can be
rite. But thas got orl tha yung players hevin a go With Lotta Potts planted later than March but not much. You can always
Crower cos thar got sevrul dart bords an thar dewin good.
Horry an tha landlord hev cum up wi plan tew
Happy New Year to all who missed January or January’s plant the seed potatoes direct without chitting (some
people say it’s not necessary and I expect the farmers
By Tha Boy Sid Wayland News. Here we go marching on into a new
Mornin tew yew orl, Dunt wotter exsite yer tew give our team avantage thar gooin tew move tha year (some people say new decade but the strictly don’t do it) but it’s great fun to watch the shoots start to
much but I gotta reporta strearnj objict sin oova board an put it into tha littal ally way aside tha accurate know this will be next year) and new things grow and think that spring is just around the corner.
owr Willuge this week. Moost onnem hent sin fire. happening in the garden. I already have spring bulbs Seeds can be planted indoors – hardy annuals and early
noffin like it afore. Kids down tha skool hent fer a Thet hav a cuppla old beams across, jist in front o showing well above ground. In some cases this is not veg can be grown in propagators or even in pots in the
start. We arsked tha olduns wot it wuz an they say tha board. Now orl our players are a bit on tha unusual as grape hyacinths begin to show in autumn and greenhouse or on a windowsill indoors. Don’t go too
thet hev bin bowt few tyme an thet wuz corled tha short side whar orl thars are grat ole torl boys. Cos are now quite floppy. In others it’s a bit surprising – mad with seed sowing as they all need to be pricked out
thar captin reckons when they lean forrard tew some early iris bulbs are through exceptionally early and when big enough to handle. Practice a bit of restraint
Thas bin wholly wet an it’s a throw thar harfway tew tha bord. I do hope that should we get a ‘proper’ winter they will with varieties and numbers as they will all require
gud job we got orl the beet up, Horry rekkuns thet tha beams will put em not suffer or at least will just get scorched by frost on the pricking out at once. That is where cleaning the pots and
evenso tha larst few loads tuk orf, an harf tha times thar arrers will stick tips of the leaves. Some early iris are really tough and trays well in advance comes in handy.
tew onus tew hull em orf tha in tha beams an not git as far as the bord. will push through snow and ice so with luck I have these. It is now a bit of a waiting game really but do have a bit
fild. We wonntew git on an We shall hatter see cos thar cumin tew us On the ‘early’ things I noticed that many of the hazel of a look round for anything in flower and if you don’t
git tha filds reddy fer in a cuppla weeks. bushes alongside the A47 dual carriageway on the have a little patch of colour go and treat yourself at a
spring sowin, thetll Yew member I sed tha farner wos searvin Norwich-bound side have lots of well-developed catkins. nursery or shed and buy a little pot of clematis in flower,
hefta wait till we git a a skinny tarky fer the chairmawtha, well I drive that bit of the road quite frequently and look for making sure it’s the hardy type. It won’t cost a lot and
she dint get it cos thet dropped dead a these catkins every year and every year they beat me to will bring you a bit of joy as we wait for the days to
bit more of thet sun.
I hoop yew hed a good cuppla wekks afore chrismus, it: no catkins for ages and then there they are, well lengthen.
Chrismus an starved tew death I thort, so she developed, looking as though they have been there for Of course, keep weeding.
celebrearted tha Nu hed tew hev a gud ole plump weeks.
year, Horry an me an a bird. However, what should we be doing in February? Not a
few o tha lads went We wunt hev a lot really. It’s still pruning time and planting or moving Hold Very Tight Please
down tha pub tew see if cowncil meeting bare root trees and shrubs. Starting with pruning, if you By John Egerton
tha landlord hev still till learta this didn’t prune the wisteria in January it’s getting too late Being a car driver for many years, after moving to
got summothet winter munth so I hent so do it before the end of February. Rejuvenation of old Norfolk I have not had to make much use of the local
strong ale. got eny news on shrubs can still be carried out by removing a third of old bus services, but recently I did have occasion to visit
Yis he had, but stock wos the local politiks stems and crossing, diseased, dead and weak stems to Norwich, and decided to take the number Three from
tew report. create an open centre. Do this by the end of the month Watton. Due to depart at 09.30, I was impressed to see
gittin low so we wos ony lowed
a cuppla jars apiece, mind yew thet Horry an I mite as by early March things will begin to move and shoot. the bus arrive at the stop by the Post Office with five
wos mornuff fer sum o tha yunguns, goo along now Although the dormant season for pruning is from leaf minutes to spare, and as the waiting handful of people
an they wos sune tryin tew git slected sheeze hed har fall in November until March I have learned (better late boarded, they were greeted by a welcoming smile from
fer wun o them singin competishuns good bard fer than never) that the best times are shortly after leaf fall the driver. Then a man arrived on one of those electric-
wos on tha telly, mite hev stood a chrismus, so iffn and the beginnng of the new growing season in early powered invalid carriages, and the driver promptly left
chance if they cudda hev stood up we kip kwiet we March. No idea why but it’s a new nugget of his cubicle to lower the front section of step to allow this
wiowt fallin orl ova tha bar. Horry wos worrit thet might git away wi not bein a target fer har information to share. handicapped person to drive straight on. Then, at each
they wud knock oova the larst of thar pints so he argiments an complanin abowt suffin or otha. Some clematis should be pruned now. If you have the stop, after the boarding customers had paid their fares or
gi em a hand an finished em orf, save them bein I’ll let yew know. species varieties with flowers shaped like bells, flared used their passes I noted that the driver always waited a
even more barrased he say. Thas time tew be hossing down tew tha pub fer cups or wide open saucers less than 4cm across they few seconds to give them time to reach their seats.
Tha ole darts season is well under way an went kwick pint or tew, I shink Horry’s alreddy there, don’t need pruning at all. The only attention is if they Obviously the service was first class, but I still felt
hent dun sowell this year, tharsa new pub opened Fare ye well tergitha an dew yew kip a troshin. are untidy remove or tuck back wayward stems into the there was something missing. But what? I spent the
up tha rood an thas got orl new cartens an carpits Boy Sid. main plant or train them where you would like them to next part of my journey trying to think of what that
spread the plant and tie them in. don’t touch early- might be, and then it came to me – there was no
flowering specimens as you’ll lose this year’s flowers. conductor!
The early Montana varieties are vigorous and will form a All through my earlier life in London, when I had made
large mess. The only way to deal with them is to grit probably hundreds of bus journeys, they had all been in
your teeth every three years or so then prune very hard the care of a conductor. I can’t recall ever speaking to a
after flowering. You may lose a year’s flowers but it’s driver, but the conductor was the point of contact for
highly unlikely you’ll kill it. I have a very pretty pale everyone. Obviously in rush-hours he was so busy
pink monster that shouldn’t do well where it is. I hasten issuing tickets and controlling the numbers of
to add that I didn’t plant it but have to prune it. The next prospective passengers trying to board, often in far
door neighbours get the benefit of the best flowers but I greater numbers than the seats available, that his true
get to cut it back. The clematis that really need a good personality would not be revealed. But once the rush had
prune now are the ‘typical’ clematis – the ones with subsided he would settle into a role of friendship with
large flowers. The ones that flower early and late the sole aim of making the rest of the journey a pleasure
summer with a break in between just need a gently tidy. for everyone.
The ones that start in June and carry on until September The London bus conductor was usually a mine of
need to be pruned hard. Cut the whole lot down to two information regarding travel around the capital, and if,
feet. The reason is that they are tip-flowering species and for instance, a passenger asked how to reach a remote
are usually pretty vigorous so it’s obvious if you don’t cut destination, he would quickly supply details of where to
them back in early spring they will shoot away and you’ll alight, whether any further transport might be
need binoculars to see the flowers as they are all at the appropriate, and if so. what form it should take. In the
top of the plant. A word of warning. If you have rare event of his not knowing the answer, he would
inherited what appears to be a clematis and have no idea consult his little book to make sure he could supply the
what the previous owner planted, don’t guess. Leave correct information.
well alone until it’s flowering then try to work out what it Of course, like any other person, he might himself be a
is – may be obvious from the time of year and it may be a bit ‘under the weather’, but normally his cheerful
well-known one – and then prune as necessary next year. demeanour would be infectious and this would put his
There’s still the outside housework to be done unless passengers in an equally good mood.
you were disciplined enough to do it in December or While a journey on a bus today can usually be a pleasant
January. Clean and sort pots and trays, and any experience, we are no longer treated to the banter we
propagating equipment as some seeds can be started once enjoyed with this, possibly closest of all our public
now. Finish any digging that needs to be done. As we servants, and I am sure we all miss his cries announcing
have had mild and wet weather so far on the whole I bet our approach to various important points along the way
there’s weeds to be dealt with. I have this problem. It is such as “Lewisham Obelisk, Queen’s Road, Peckham
quite maddening as if the soil is waterlogged keep off it “. Or “Exhibition Road. Science Museum, Albert
and watch the weeds grow. On the other hand some of Hall”.
the seedlings might be self-sown annual flowers from ”Hold very tight, please”.
last year to it’s worth waiting to see what has come up
when they are big enough to identify. There can be quite
a conflict about lawns. If wet or frozen keep off. On the
other hand this is prime time for making a bed in the Watton Society
lawn or if conditions go the opposite way and it becomes Watton Society celebrated Christmas with mulled
dry and mild it will need mowing. Nothing too clear wine and mince pies. The entertainment was
about that then. If you really have to get on to the lawn provided by Bryan Thurlow. Stories of the music
the best thing is to make or buy one of those roll up hall, how it began and songs and tales by different
paths, plastic or wood. Or use a plank if you and your artists. Extremely well presented, very funny and a
barrow have good balancing skills. Should you need to good evening had by all. Our February meeting is on
cut a bed into the lawn don’t waste the grass. Make a Wednesday 19th at 7.45pm at the Watton Christian
stack of the turves you dig out and in a year or so you’ll Community Centre, when the speaker will be David
have a much smaller heap of terrific loam. I was Spain who will be talking about his impressive career
astonished to read advice on this which said to stack the in photography. A night not to be missed. All are
turves all grass side down. In the past I have done this welcome. Come and join the Society or come as a
by stacking grass down, grass up alternate layers. This visitor, see our website for more information
works so I suppose putting all grass side down would
work as well.
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Again a very interesting and
Watton Inner informative talk. This was Dance-Away at The Queens Hall
followed by an excellent tea
Wheel – Back to with many homemade 7.30pm - 10.30pm
work delicacies which we all
enjoyed. no Dance in February - Saturday March 7th
Our new year began on January 9th with We have another meal to
our first club meeting at St John Hall in enjoy when we travel to
Ballroom, Latin & Sequence
Watton where our speaker for the evening Hingham on January22nd for Bar - Raffle
was David Leathart (right). David has been our after Christmas,
well known in the town as an ardent stamp 'Christmas lunch' at
collector but his interest has moved on in Lincoln's.
recent years to include postal history and in DATES FOR YOUR
particular as it applies to Watton. He took DIARIES.
us from 1682 when the then government The first on Friday, February
took on the organisation of a postal system 14th is our ever popular
with letters costing from 1penny (old BARN DANCE in the
money!) Apparently under 80 miles cost Queens Hall from 7.30 until
2pennies but 8pennies to go to Scotland a 11.0p.m. Including a buffet
lot of money in those days. This went on supper this costs £ 8.50
until 1837 when a schoolmaster called The next is Saturday, March
Roland Hill designed the first adhesive 7th when we have a
stamp again costing one penny, the famous COFFEE MORNING again and hear your particular favourites. Tickets
penny black and this meant the sender bore in the Queens Hall when our cake for this are still £6.
the cost. making ladies will be busy producing all Tickets available for both events, as usual
David was able to show us many sorts of goodies for you to enjoy . from Mullengers in Watton High Street.
examples of letters sent to and from Then on Wednesday, March 18th it is time On Sunday, April 19th we are supporting
Watton to London or Glasgow even from for our first LUNCHTIME Concert, 11.30 The Westend Waiters when they will be
as early as 1664 when the receiver of the – 1.30 in the Queens Hall. This time we giving a concert in the Queens Hall to
letter had to pay the cost. Incredible to have singer and guitarist Stewart Hull who celebrate 10years 'on the road'
think that those early letters only took will entertain with the songs of the 40s – entertaining across the county and raising
two days to reach their destination by 60,s and you will be able to chose from the funds for Motor Neurone Research. Sure
horse when you are lucky if a letter gets song lists he will provide so do come along to be a great concert, make a note now!!
there in that time by plane these days!
More local letters could be written and
replied to in the same day in the 1800s. A
fascinating and comprehensive talk.
In 1924 International President Helena
Foster wrote to clubs across the world
with the idea of having a special day to
celebrate a special organisation. Since
that time clubs have joined together on
January 10th each year to extend service
and friendship within their clubs and their
wider communities.
Our club has always celebrated Inner
Wheel Day and this year was no
exception. Our nearest neighbours the
club at Thetford had invited us to join
them for an afternoon tea following the
event we had invited them to at
Thompson Village Hall last year. We
enjoyed a talk by John Kitson (right), a
respected journalist with the EDP for 60
years telling of the changes which have
occurred within the newspaper world and
the ways in which we now receive news.

the vet. If you live in

Breckland Cats the postcode areas of
IP24, IP25, IP26, IP27
Protection and IP28 you will
In 2019 we homed 28 adult cats and 89 qualify.
kittens. We also neutered 553 cats. Quite Female kittens can
a result considering we are just a small come into season as
branch of 20 volunteers. Imagine how young as 4 months old,
many more kittens would have been born and we already have a
if we had not neutered so many cats. little cat in our care
Even if you are not a cat lover, you must who had kittens at
appreciate the fact that we are about 6 months old.
desperately trying to reduce the cat She didn't even have all
population. At least 40 of these cats were of her adult teeth! She
feral that had to be trapped, then neutered was a surprisingly good
and returned to where they came from by mum to her 4 babies,
one of our dedicated volunteers who is but she will now be
out every day. She sets the trap in the neutered and put up for adoption. Her
evening, then returns in the morning to 810018. If you want to take part in our
kittens have already been homed and will
see what has been caught, and then takes neutering campaign, please call 07553
all be neutered when they are 4 months
the cat to the vet to be neutered. She has 198663 from 1st February. Your call will
old or have reached 2kg, which is the
to pick the cat up again in the evening be answered between 9am and 6pm.
guidelines set by our Head Office and the
from the vets and release it back into the Rita Thompson.
vets we use.
wild. Quite a task for one lady. Having your cat neutered not only keeps
This year we are again running a
neutering campaign in the February
the kitten population down, but it is much
healthier for your cat. They will roam
Ashill Bowls Club
Another season will soon be with us,
whereby anyone can have their cat less and not get into fights where they anyone one wishing to join our club are
neutered for £5, Just ring this number can contract diseases such as Feline Aids most welcome, new to bowls or the more
07553 198663 and you will be asked a and Feline Leukaemia or receive experienced. we play in 6 different
series of questions, name address, name, abscesses which need veterinary leagues and roll ups so you can play as
sex and age of your cat. You will have a treatment. Unnuetered cats are much much as you want This is a small local
choice of vets to use according to where more likely to be hit by a car as they friendly club based in Ashill . interested
you live, and these vets will have agreed roam around looking for mates. then contact Brian Smith 01953 885472
to give us a considerable discount. We Please be a responsible cat owner and for further information.
will send you a voucher for the full have your cat neutered.
amount, minus £5 which you must pay to For help or advice please all us on 01842
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Connects the World” is also highly reminder of their appointment and
Watton Rotary relevant and appropriate in this will also give the patient a chance to
context. cancel their appointment if it is no
Roundup Just before Christmas another of our longer required. Other patients &
It is apposite that our little projects was finally completed. We carers are asked to phone the surgery
advertisement on the front page of pinned down precisely what sort of to cancel an appointment if it is no
January’s Wayland News offering to ‘palliative’ visitor beds were required longer required. Watton PPG.
collect now-redundant real Christmas by Norfolk & Norwich University
trees in return for a contribution to Hospital, which are provided through
our charity funds has gained over £60 their own registered charity, not from
at the time of writing (10th January) the public purse. Our bed has now
because that has given a great start joined 7 similar ones in the hospital -
for the launch of our Australian Bush its specification means that it is easily
Fire Appeal. Whilst Australia is a rich moved and will be used by the family
country and is well used to bush fires of any patient that may need or want
and the destruction that they cause, to stay in the hospital at difficult
the current season of such fires is on times. Such beds are chosen because
an unprecedented scale. There are a they fit the available spaces in wards
large number of Rotary Clubs and side rooms and are acceptable to
throughout Australia, especially in the hospital authorities for infection
the worst affected states of Victoria control purposes (hence the cost of
and New South Wales. Despite some around £700). The beds are not
of their members themselves being specifically for the palliative care
afflicted by the effects of the fires, ward but are made available when
they are swinging into action to help 'end-of-life' situations occur
those in their neighbourhoods and anywhere in the hospital. Our bed association with the development of
elsewhere, particularly where homes was handed over to the Palliative the Watton exchange (originally Surgery for November 2019.
and possessions have been totally Care Senior Nurse and 2 other nurses inaugurated in 1919 with one These were 84 Doctor & 84 Nurse
destroyed, to rebuild their lives. The by our two Davids - Branson, on the subscriber!) and his work on the appointments. The Do Not Attend
nature of Rotary, with over 28,000 left in the picture, and Watkins, who civilian side of the intricate networks figures for December, up until the
clubs worldwide, means that if we all has masterminded the exercise - it for RAF Watton and Eastern Radar 20th, showed that 96 appointments
join together we can offer was expected to be put to use within a from the early 1960s. were not kept. These were 46 Doctor
considerable financial support few days of its presentation. A further Our next DixieMix gig is on Friday & 50 Nurse appointments.
through our organisation directly into supply of biscuits for staff breaks and 20th March in the Queens Hall – In total 264 patients failed to keep
where it is needed most. To this end, emergency toiletries' bags for A&E tickets will be on sale in Adcocks their appointments which meant that
Watton & District Rotary Club will admissions was also handed over. from 1st February. there were 264 other patients who
be making a donation from our Trust The nursing staff present was hugely Martin Anscombe were prevented from getting an
Fund but we are aware that there are appreciative of Watton Rotary Club's appointment. The PPG would like to
continued support for the hospital’s remind patients that during the winter
many members of the public who
may also like to make a contribution. own charity.
‘Patient Do Not months the NHS and local surgeries
are being put under extreme pressure
To this end, rather than mount a one- Our first 2 speakers of the year each
gave fascinating talks on completely
Attend Report’ and it is up to us, as patients, to help
day street or collection at Tesco, we
have positioned an Australian Bush different subjects. Rotarian the Watton Surgery by attending or cancelling
appointments. The DNAs in this
Fire Appeal Collecting Box in Reverend Canon Paul Thomas, who
Adcock’s (BKPO Paul & staff) for is a “Priest in Ordinary” to HM the Patient report add up to nearly 60hrs of
members of the public who wish to Queen, regaled us with his Doctors & Nurses time at our Surgery
donate this way, knowing that every experiences – serious, anecdotal and Participation alone.
penny will reach a suitable amusing - on the 2nd January. Then, Patients & carers who have a mobile
destination in Australia via Rotary the following week, Geoff Sutton Group phone are asked to register their
International channels. The current described his life’s work as a There were 168 Patients who did not number with the surgery. This will
year’s Rotary Theme “Rotary telephone engineer and his long attend appointments at the Watton enable them to send the patient a text
The Wayland News February 2020 Page 7
In wasp society females do all the hard times around the Earth. To combat inference: consider three objects, A, B fuller explanation there is more on our
The Trouble work, males simply mate and die. [Insert aphids farmers in Almeria were spraying and C. If A is bigger than B, and B is website,
own joke here]. tomatoes with chemicals, sometimes bigger than C, a wasp can deduce that A
Without Wasps Some wasps are completely harmless as twice a day. They now use wasps in huge is bigger than C. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 12th
Great Hockham Gardening Club they have no sting. Some can be quantities. Different parasitic wasps can If wasps are a problem they can be February. Steve Cale will be telling us
This month we welcomed back Dr. Ian indirectly detected by the evidence of be obtained for specific pests. controlled with the familiar traps, but by about ‘The Nature Reserve Outside my
Bedford who until recently had been cancerous growths, like oak apples and Winter moths are an important food now, I hope, rather than kill, you may Door’. Doors open 13:30 for a 14:00
head of entomology research at the John other plant anomalies, which will have source for wasps. The females are unable prefer to merely deter. Cloves pressed start.
Innes Centre. He told us he had worked sheltered the wasp during its to fly and must climb the tree, hence our into half a lemon: wasps hate the smell Edward Szczepanowski.
there for 42 years, 6 months and 29 days. development. But most wasps are killers use of sticky rings around the trunks for of both. Boiled bay leaves have a similar
with the prey used to provide protein to protection. Once up the tree they signal effect.
their meat-eating larvae. Death may the male and they mate. The caterpillars Ian, with a group of his students, carried Norfolk Wildlife
come quickly when the prey is consumed of the moth don’t damage the fruit, they out the following trial: opening and
almost immediately, or slowly, as when just chew the leaves. The winter moth closing the hand – in an imitation of a Trust, Breckland
eggs are laid inside the victim. While all provides food for other animals: when mouth or beak opening and closing. This,
this is going on the wasp will be the caterpillars reach a certain size is he said, worked remarkably well. He Group
providing a pollination service, in fact when the blue-tit eggs are timed to hatch. showed us a commercially produced Our talk in December from Philip
some plants will produce pheromones as 100 winter moth caterpillars a day are item called a Waspenator, something that Parker about Bats and Churches, was
an attractant. Wasps do provide food for needed to feed each chick. looks like a wasp’s nest. The wasp thinks very well received and very
other animals. As well as insect eating Social wasps, vespidae, have an egg- that that territory is already taken and interesting.
birds and some reptiles, badgers seem to laying queen. In the UK there are eight goes else ware. An ordinary brown paper Twelve species use churches and
be oblivious of their stings and happily species which can be identified by bag can also work in this way. Norfolk has some of the most
tuck in. markings on the head. The queen over The wasp is providing new ideas in important roosts of Natterers in
Before he started his talk he took the Wasps can be divided into two groups winters and between March and June medicine. Scientists are developing Europe.
precaution of asking if any of us suffered based on their habit: solitary and social. will begin the breeding cycle. A female needles for use in robotic brain surgery On Wednesday February 12th we will
from Spheksophobia. Suitably assured he Worldwide, solitary wasps make up wasp will lay a small number of eggs. based on the strength and flexibility of have a talk by senior NWT staff
went on to say that wasps were not, as about 99% of species. In the UK it’s When they hatch the queen will catch the wasp ovipositor, and modified wasp member Helen Baczkowska, asking the
some people think, just a summertime 99.9%. In turn, solitary wasps can be caterpillars and feed them to the protein- venom is being tested as an alternative to question, What do NWT Conservation
pest, but a vital protector of our crops. In divided into two sub-groups: nesters and eating grubs. The grubs secrete a sugary antibiotics. Most wasp’s nests are usually Officers actually do? This is preceded
fact, in their absence the world would non-nesters. substance, a carbohydrate that the queen not a problem, but if it becomes by our AGM, open to members only.
almost certainly suffer a catastrophic The nesters will make their nests by can eat. The queen lays more eggs; the necessary that one has to be removed, Non-members please arrive from
ecological and economic disaster. squatting, digging or building. All are original grubs develop into sterile female then professional advice must be sought. 7.20pm.
Wasps are members of the order gruesome kidnappers. They hunt other workers. They collect food, tend the eggs Ian’s entertaining and informative talk Wednesday 11th March is Return of
hymenopter, meaning ‘married wings’. insects, paralyse them, take them back to and larvae and chew up wood to make was accompanied by a very professional the Osprey with Brenda and Richard
While they may at first appear to only their nest and lay an egg on them. Some papier-mâché to build more egg cells and slide show. It was also highly detailed, so Todd.
have a single pair, closer examination catch honeybees and take them to their expand the nest. They only live for any inaccuracies will be due to the lack Both talks as usual start at 7.30pm and
reveals there are two wings on each side underground chambers where there can between 2 – 3 weeks. The size of the nest of my comprehension and note taking held at Watton Christian Community
but connected by a row of tiny hooks. be up to five bees to provide food for one is a measure of their success that year. At abilities. Centre, High Street, Watton. IP25
Other members of the order include bees, wasp grub. Some nests have been found the end of summer the queen lays But there is one thing I feel confident to 6AB. Cost £2 members, £3 non-
ants and sawflies. Wasps have been to have 150 bees in them. There are unfertile eggs that hatch into males. She add. I was involved in one of my DIY members, refreshments included.
found as fossils dating from around 200 cuckoo wasps with a life style similar to also lays other eggs, which when they projects, this one lasting several weeks. I We hope to continue to see good
million years ago and do not seem to the bird of that name. hatch, are fed a different diet. These will had been making much noise and audiences this year, as we did last year.
have changed very much in the Non-nesters are mostly specialist be the queens in the following year. The sawdust in my man-shed when I
intervening period. There have been parasitoids. Some wasps will lay their new queens will fly off to mate with non- happened to notice a wasp’s nest in the
about 200,000 species identified, but it is eggs in a butterfly caterpillar which then sibling males. By autumn all the workers roof not more than a few inches from my Ovington
thought that there maybe 100,000 more hatches out with the wasp still inside. are dead. The new queens over winter in head. When I looked more closely it was
not yet known to science. The UK has Some are able to detect grubs burrowing a suitable sheltered location and in the obvious that it was a thriving Village Hall
about 9,000 native species in trees. They can drill through the wood spring will look for new nest sites. community. I decided to simply carry on
with their ovipositor and then lay their Wasps are very intelligent. They are with the job in hand. I was careful not to I, AmDram by Hannah
A wasp will always have jaws, a cluster
of eye-spots (ocelli) and a thin waist. The egg on the caterpillar. The wasp grub good at problem solving and are capable cause the nest any damage and we both Maxwell
females have an ovipositor that has in will feed on the non-vital organs first. of deductive reasoning. Paper wasps, carried on with our own tasks. I didn’t Saturday 22nd February 7pm for 7.30
some species evolved into the sting. The caterpillar will continue to live and rare in UK, can identify other individuals bother them and they didn’t bother me. start. Weaving storytelling, stand up, live
Males cannot sting. Wasps use their sting feed, and only at the end will it die. in their group by facial recognition. Ian Should I find a wasp in difficulty I find art and a manageable amount of musical
to both attack and defend. The venom is Some wasps will lay their egg in an related some examples from his own that I can handle them with my bare theatre references. A one woman show.
a complex cocktail of chemicals that in aphid. The wasp grub excretes an experience. When flies come into his hands with no problems. All we are I, AmDram traces the distance between
combination seem to have evolved to enzyme which causes the outside skin of conservatory they are unable to find their saying is give wasps a chance. queer, quirky London and the rehearsal
produce the maximum pain. It is well the aphid to become hard – an aphid way out. But a wasp will come in, catch The results of the competitions this halls of Home Counties suburbia;
known that wasp venom is alkaline while mummy. The wasp then bites a hole a fly and leave the same way she entered. month are as follows: minding the gap between the identities
that of the bee is acidic. Well known, but hatches out In another example Ian was breeding Floral: First: Jane Dalton. Second: Nigel we assert and the worlds we leave.
wrong. Both are mildly acidic, but the Some aphid-feeding wasps are butterflies in a netted enclosure. He Lincoln. Third: Sue Thomas. Intrigued, come along and find out what
application of a neutralising tincture will commercially produced for release could see the empty pupation cases, but Fruit / Vegetables: First: Chris Dalton. it’s all about.
have little effect as the venom will have among susceptible crops. An single couldn’t understand where the butterflies Second: Ed Szczepanowski. Third: Prue Website:
been injected below the skin. Also, it is aphid in summer can produce 12 – 15 were going. Close observation revealed Szczepanowski. Tickets £10 will include some savoury
the chemical, not its pH, that causes the offspring every day. Within a week those that the wasps were coming in through Seasonal Photograph: First: Prue nibbles. There will also be a limited bar
pain. What might be worth knowing is offspring can themselves reproduce. Ian the mesh, catching the butterflies as soon Szczepanowski. Second: Ed selling beer, wine and light refreshments.
that you probably need to be stung three has calculated that a single aphid, if all as they had hatched, biting off the wings szczepanowski. Third: Laura Lincoln. And don’t forget a few extra pounds for
times before you are likely to suffer it’s offspring were to survive, and in turn and taking them away through the net. And the answers to the Xmas the raffle. Tickets available direct from
anaphylactic shock. Over a period an breed, would in six months, if laid end-to Experiments have shown that wasps are conundrum were as follows: Cue, queue, Christine on 01953885848 or at Monday
immunity to the venom can be built up. -end, form a line 75,000 miles long; three capable of a process called transitive Q, Kew, Q, Q, cue and q. If you need a Village Hall coffee mornings.
The Wayland News February 2020 Page 8

44 High Street, Watton

Telephone 01953 880 134
The Wayland News February 2020 Page 9
build a fire break?’ They do, countless noted above. we each can not achieve alone. We look the size of a volley ball and leaves could
Letter from firebreaks but taming the dragon is easier As a result of further Breckland Council forward to making 2020 a great year for be stripped from trees, leaving them to rot
said than done particularly when the fire comments on our design policy, we need business in Wayland and to finding in the holes and dents left by these giant
Australia front is 600 miles wide, has flames to rewrite that and possibly the village partnerships where we haven’t found them ice balls. We journeyed through these
By Chris O'Connor reaching hundreds of feet into the air, a design guide as well. before. storms, absorbing his enthusiasm.
It is not until a crisis occurs that you wind that is gusting at more than 100 mph, When the various specialist studies and David Dent Chairman. Witnessing the terrible flooding of his
realize just how isolated some parts of and more often than not, bugger all water. reviews are complete, we will commission parents' home causing their evacuation in
Australia can be. The recent spate of Burning birds are just one mechanism by an independent ‘health check’ of the Plan, an Army truck. Listening to the rumbling
catastrophic fires across the nation has which fire spreads rendering firbreaks which will basically be a dummy-run of Watton Evening WI thunder and the sound of the dull roar,
seen once thriving towns reduced to rubble useless. Australia is not alone when it the formal examination the Plan must go The January meeting began with the officially called 'hailroar' as the hailstones
or completely cut off from their comes to such disastrous fires (you just through after its final submission. presentation of Lambs' coats to wonderful bump together was chilling, as the tornado
neighbours. Perhaps the most striking have to look at California) but anyone who As a result of the specialist studies noted, Rachel from her South Pickenham farm. travelled at 50-60 mph with an internal
example is the State of Western Australia. has lived through a fire of this nature also our best estimate today is that we may be We visited her farm last year and learned speed of 300mph.
To put this in perspective: Perth (the learns one thing. Respect. able to make the final submission of the that some new born lambs needed an extra Chris taught us some geographical terms,
capital of Western Australia) is 2,446 road Ignore the dangers and they will consume Plan around the end of September. source of warmth. The lambs' coats were tropical cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons
miles from Sydney, the capital of New you. Breckland Council then take control of made by a group of sewers from one are actually the same thing but names
South Wales on the eastern seaboard. events and arrange a final 6-week fleece layer and a waterproof layer. differ according to the region in which
Adelaide which is the nearest capital city consultation before the Plan is examined Hopefully these coats can help with the they occur. More details followed but
to Perth is 1,685 road miles. Saham Toney by an approved inspector, a process that comfort and survival of these vulnerable surely the most chilling was a radio
Supermarkets and fast food outlets began will take at least 2 months. If it passes that creatures. broadcast giving a severe weather warning
running out of supplies as the fires cut the Neighbourhood Breckland Council will then arrange a Our meeting continued with the with instructions on how to stay safe.
road for more than two weeks. Fires on village referendum so you can all decide if celebration of members with January Towns were flattened and debris scattered
both sides of the road were either a hazard Plan Update you accept the Plan or not. birthdays and then we moved onto the 30 miles away, all watched by avid storm
because of the dense smoke and flames Shaping the future of Saham Toney! speaker of the evening.
As usual, if you have any comments or chasers.
and in extreme circumstances the bitumen As you might expect, we took a break 'Tales of a Storm Chaser' was a talk by
questions on any of this, or anything else Thank you Chris Bell for a fascinating
on the highway simply melted! from neighbourhood planning over the Chris Bell, meteorologist, forecaster,
to do with the Neighbourhood Plan, or if evening.
Shoppers in Perth were confronted with Christmas period, but are now making lecturer and storm chaser.
you would like to be added to our mailing
empty shelves as hundreds of trucks progress on what we hope will be the final We certainly spent an exciting evening
list, please look on our website or contact
stages of the work. Given that the Plan has
remained stuck half way between Adelaide
and Perth and at times the situation
became desperate with basic supplies such
been in preparation for nearly 3 years now,
“Get the Plan done!” is a phrase we
Chris Blow on 01953 880915 or at
with this self-appointed 'geek'. From the
age of seven in S.E. Texas he watched the
weather and in that part of the world there
imagine going through villagers’ minds.
as fresh water, toilet paper and God forbid,
beer, began running out at the isolated
roadhouses where the truckers and tourists
To borrow another phrase, as soon as it’s
“oven-ready” we’ll do that, but that
Wayland Chamber
were certainly some dramatic situations.
By sixteen, Chris was driving his father's
pick-up, looking for storms.
New Year
process will take most of 2020, largely of Commerce
remained stranded. You have to bear in
mind this is peak summer season in
Australia and in the middle of the
because of work by others that we can’t
control the timing of.
The new year is always a rather busy and
frenetic time for those involved in running
During his Masters degree Chris
discovered that there were other like-
minded people and they would search for
Mr & Mrs
We have just about finished our review of
Nullarbor Plain where most of these
people were stuck the temperature can
exceed 50C or over 120F.
all the comments received during the
autumn consultation This has been a
the Chamber, because January is renewal
of membership subscription time. The
Chamber is a membership organisation
storms on the Great Plains of the U.S.A.
He discovered the largest hailstone was Coughlan!!
Over 700 people were forced to sleep in significant task, as shown by the fact that and can only operate for, and on behalf of
their cars or pitch a tent alongside the simply collating them has resulted in a the Wayland business community if those
roadhouses. Those with a caravan were the document over 200 pages long. businesses take an interest in, and support
lucky ones, particularly if they were At this stage we will just say that there the activities of the Chamber through
equipped with solar power. Hundreds of will be some changes to the Plan as a taking out a subscription. The annual
trucks carrying food from the eastern result, which we think villagers will printed Directory that is delivered to
states are stuck in South Australia, while welcome, but we would prefer to hold Wayland households remains a great draw
others trying to head east are idling at the back the details as there are still various for local businesses who use it to advertise
other end. factors that may lead us to change some of and promote their products and services.
Footage from along the highway showed our decisions, as described below: The membership guarantees an entry in
long lines of trucks helplessly parked and In parallel with the consultation, a the Directory but many companies take
unable to bring the much-needed supplies ‘screening study’ undertaken by Breckland out larger advertisements. A priority over
west. The fires have been burning since Council determined that a Strategic the next couple of months will be the
December 20 and at this stage show no Environmental Assessment (SEA) and a collation of all of this information and
sign of abating. Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) turning it, as if by magic, into a fully
I have lived through two major bushfires of the Plan are both required. These are functioning community business
in Australia. Once in 1983 in the Adelaide specialist evaluations to determine if the Directory.
hills and nearby Victoria when 75 people Plan’s policies would cause any harm to Companies who have not historically been
died and again in 2001 when arsonists set the environment and nature. They need to members of the Chamber will also have
fires in the Blue Mountains near Sydney. be done very formally and will require two heard from us by letter or email, recently
There have been other more deadly fires more consultations with Norfolk County as we seek to represent a wider industry
while I have lived here but thankfully they Council, the Environment Agency, and business base. One of the questions
were not close to me. But those that were Historic England and Natural England. we are often asked is why it is worth
terrified me. They also made me realise This work is beyond our capabilities, so in joining the Chamber? Not surprisingly it is
that once nature turns on you there is November we applied for a Government a question for which there is an easy but
nothing you can do. sponsored technical support package and very important and serious answer:
Imagine if you can the temperature in this was finally approved at the start of the In this modern hectic, time sensitive and
excess of 110F, a wind gusting at more New Year. AECOM, the consultants competitive business world the need to
than 100mph, tinder dry land and all appointed to do the work their work in concentrate on day-to-day issues, fighting
around and flames reaching upwards of early January. It is expected to take a fires, bringing in that next customer or
100 feet into the sky. A sky so black that minimum of 18 weeks, but we have been contract, paying that next bill, sorting out
midday becomes midnight. That is the warned it could be longer. It could result the admin and finances is all prevailing
reality of a major bushfire in Australia. in requirements to amend some policies. and never stops. Resources are scarce,
The first fire I encountered was on Ash Late last year we found out about another there is little time for the bigger issues and
Wednesday 1983, a fire so devastating it Government grant for Plans that include so while there is interest in making a
would destroy 3,700 homes before being affordable housing. We hope to hear difference to Wayland - how can this
brought under control. I vividly recall during January that our application for happen?
standing near my home with a wet sack such a grant has been successful. If it is, it This is exactly what the Chamber of
trying to extinguish spot fires before they will allow us to commission some Commerce exists for - we are here to work
took hold. It was a hopeless task. A friend additional specialist studies to help us on behalf business to address the bigger
of mine fighting the fire was engulfed in a make final policy decisions and justify issues. Membership of the Wayland
fireball when he was caught against a them. Those may include: Chamber of Commerce during 2020 will
fence and subsequently died from horrific A complete review of the updated Plan mean that if you are:
burns. Then in 2001 a few idiots decided it and its new supporting documents by our a pub, a restaurant, a hotel, B&B,
would be an idea to light fires around the main consultant, that will tell us if we have caravan or camp site, we will be
Blue Mountains region of Sydney. I was satisfactorily addressed all the consultation promoting your collective interests around
interstate at the time and drove home comments; the UK to bring in new customers
immediately. As I approached my home A transport study to allow us to better a retailer on the Watton High Street we
through the mountains mile after mile of address comments made by the Local are representing your interests in
fire engulfed the land. It was evening and Highways Authority; rejuvenating the whole town as part of the
a sombre red glow illuminated the dark A review of our Housing Needs Neighbourhood Plan, with the Town and
sky. To add to the drama my home was Assessment, including advice on whether Breckland Council
made from wood and surrounded by native the Plan could do more regarding a young entrepreneur or setting-up a
flora. affordable housing. new business, we will provide you with
I watched as birds - on fire - dropped from Meanwhile, the Masterplanning studies for the advice and support you need to
the sky. Other fauna scampered through the sites around Pound Hill and the one at succeed
burning bush in an effort to find Richmond Hall are virtually finished and looking for local suppliers, skills and
someplace cool. Overhead countless have been reviewed by our landscape training or new business opportunities
helicopters and aircraft dumped millions consultant. The key findings have been a bigger company trying to deliver on
of gallons of water and fire retardant. My blended into the Plan as an indication of social and corporate responsibilities for
home was saved but down the road from site layouts that will best meet the Plan’s your staff and community
me it was a different matter. Whole streets policies. We now just await two 3D We look forward to working with
disappeared. artist’s impressions of the Pound Hill sites. businesses in Wayland during 2020 - to
I don’t mind admitting I was terrified. You If we find those views helpful, we may work in partnership to provide a cost
might ask, reasonably, ‘why don’t they commission more using the new grant effective means of achieving things that
The Wayland News February 2020 Page 10
blues will be performed by Rev’d Kyla and a friendly, familiar space. See below for more
Church Services In February To Fast Or Not To Fast? guests, including the Rocking Bishop of Lynn! information.
St. Mary’s Church, Watton Thought for the Month by Canon Mark
£10 ticket available from, To book visit our website Follow us @StMarysWatton Hackeson, Catholic Parish Priest
includes a drink and a light supper. The bar;
February for me is a month that hints at Spring.
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, will be open from 6.30pm. Music starts at Phone 01362656870 or email
Often it is the month in which Ash Wednesday
on 01953 881439, I can then 7pm.
falls and the beginning of the journey towards
email or telephone you back or arrange to meet up with you. Money raised to go towards the Families
Easter when Spring comes in full flush with
Matter Keyworker for Watton. Saham Toney Village Hall
Thank you: Your Vicar, Revd Gerry Foster. daffodils and even blossom! Already, as I write
Let’s Talk About It…….: Thursday 27th
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion the days are growing perceptibly longer, and the
February 2.00 – 3.30pm All welcome to come (The Wells Cole
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship first flowers of 2020 are beginning to put in an
to St Mary’s on the last Thursday of the month community centre)
Thursdays 7.30-8.00am, 5.00pm - 5.30pm Parish Prayers appearance, yellow aconites smiling in the
to talk about a ‘hot topic’. We want to listen to With all the Christmas decorations now taken
Saturdays 9.30am - 10.00am Parish Prayers cloudy gloom and brave snow drops emerging in
each other and grow in confidence, down, we look forward to a new year at Saham
5.00pm - 6.00pm Prayer & Praise considering how our Christian Faith speaks Village Hall.
Ash Wednesday falls this year falls on 26th
Sundays 10.00am-11.30am Adventure!-free for 0-16 yr into the issues which surround us in the news Reading a recent article, it highlighted the
February, preceded by the ‘indulgence’ of
term time only and/or local community. difficulty of our Village Halls. These building
Shrove Tuesday, with its surfeit of pancakes
Watton Community Cinema: Friday 28th
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching with lemon and sugar (and more exotic are the heart of many villages, a source of
February 2.15pm At St Mary’s Church “Judy” friendship for many and company for those
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-12 noon flavourings for many these days). I have
Refreshment Café opens one hour prior to
Tel: 01953 881252 never quite got my head around the fact that living alone amongst our community – lets
screening (1.15pm). Tickets £5 available at the help these places stay open by attending the
Sun 2nd 8.00am Holy Communion BCP the pancake is designed to use up the
box office on the day (drink and cake included many events that are put on to help with their
10.00am Holy Communion ‘indulgences’ that our forebears gave up for
in the price.) fund raising – Most of the halls are run
the whole of Lent: eggs, butter, sugar, milk
Sun 9th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP January Winners of the 150 Draw 1st prize entirely by volunteers and money raised
and flour! They seem to me to be very much
10.00am Informal Holy Communion £50 - number 80, Anne Stead; 2nd prize £25 - through such events keep these wonderful
the staples of my daily diet that I cannot
Sun 16th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP number 101, Jill Weaver buildings open….remember the old saying
envisage managing without them! With the
10.00am Holy Communion exception of sugar, they are never on my list “use it, or lose it”
Sun 23rd 8.00am Holy Communion BCP of ‘Things to give up for Lent’. Here at the Wells-Cole community centre we
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10 That brings to me to consider what I am actually
Rise, take your mat have a lot of activities that go on throughout
the month – take a look at our website
Watton Methodist Church
going to give up this year. Is it to be a mere token,
or is it to be something more challenging? I have
and walk - World Day for further to admit that for a number of years my Lenten of Prayer details.
Every Wednesday the Church is open from 10.00 to 12noon abstinence was more token than anything. It was We have a couple of events planned for the
for quiet reflection and prayer. It’s your quiet place. only when, one year I was on sabbatical in (A Women Led, Global, coming months, a Table top sale on 23rd
There is a half hour midweek service on the 2nd and 4th Cambodia, that I was challenged to do something Ecumenical Movement) February 11.00 – 2.00pm if you wish to book a
Wednesday of each month from 10.00am in the large vestry, more significant. There, in a place where most Women, men and children of all ages are called table please email
families have to survive on less than $2 a day, to 'Rise, take your mat and walk' to join this day and a quiz
led by a Minister.
where meat is very much a luxury, where a single of prayer.* Women of Zimbabwe have prepared night on 28th March 7 for 7.30 and of course
Sun 2nd 10.30am Mrs Elsie Warby we have a community bar which is open
egg is shared out between the children of a family, this year's service and they encourage us all to
6.30pm Local Arrangement Service where the staple food is rice – and for many ONLY Wednesday 7.30 – 10.00 and Fridays 7.30 -
reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have
Sun 9th 10.30am Mrs Judith Semmons rice boiled with a few vegetables to give it flavour, plagued their country over many years. They 11.00 where you can have a game of darts or
6.30pm Rev’d J Barbara Winner I found that people took the Lenten Fast far more share the challenges they have met and the hopes pool and all the money raised goes back into
Sun 16th 10.30am Local Arrangement Service seriously. Their fasting and abstinence was far they have for the future. They encourage us to the hall.
6.30pm Miss Anna Hall more real – and yet they had so little to give up it 'Rise, take your mat and walk' with them as they Our hall is also available to hire, if you are
Sun 23rd 10.30am Rev’d Jacqui Horton seemed to me! continue their often turbulent journey towards looking to hold a function, a wedding or club
I reflected upon this, and upon the trend at full reconciliation. World Day of Prayer is an event we may be able to help, please send your
6.30pm Rev’d Barbara Winner
home to leave aside fasting and abstinence in international inter-church organisation which enquiries to
Roman Catholic Community favour of ‘doing something more positive’ and enables us to hear the thoughts of women from
Each Sat 5.00pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church realised that it is those of us who have plenty all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and West Norfolk Aviation
find it more difficult to give anything up. prayers. The preparation for the day is vast. An
Church Services for the ACOS Benefice Those for whom poverty and hunger a daily international committee is based in New York Society
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill reality are far more likely to do so! By and there are national committees in each At the beginning of our meeting at the Mundford
Sun 2nd 10.00am Lay Led & Sunday Funday contrast, we that live in comparable plenty, we participating country. Regional conferences meet Bowls Club on Tuesday the 7th, Mundford
Sun 9th 9.30am Family Holy Communion who experience only the occasional rumbling to consider the service and then local groups champion of good causes, Rod Billen, began the
Sun 16th 9.30am Morning Worship tummy make excuses – ‘and do something make their plans. Finally, at a church near you evening’s programme by announcing that, after a
more positive’. Whilst I would not deny or on Friday 6 March 2020, people will gather to red-tape dispute, his considerable efforts had not
Sun 23rd 9.30am Holy Communion
criticise anyone for taking the latter option, for celebrate the service prepared by the women of been in vain and consent has been given for a
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney myself now, I try to fast or abstain from Zimbabwe. permanent memorial to be erected at the WW2
Sun 2nd 11.00am Lay Led Worship something significant. It reminds me to stand The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 Lancaster Bomber crash site in Thetford Forest
Sun 9th 10.30am Family Holy Communion alongside my brothers and sisters in Cambodia countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer in (MR 52.493126 – 0.639661). An inaugural
(and elsewhere), to experience just a tiny native languages travels throughout the world --- ceremony is to be held at the site on 21st March
Sun 16th 11.00am Morning Worship
fraction of their physical hunger, but above all through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe at 1-00pm and all are invited to attend this and
Sun 23rd 11.00am Holy Communion to try and emulate their faith in God’s the Bowls Club later, between 2pm and 3pm, for
and the Americas - before finishing in American
Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke providence, their gratitude for His blessings. Samoa more than 36 hours later. tea and cakes.
If then the proceeds of my ‘giving up’ can The local Service in the Wayland area is on After the raffle and bowls club banquet, Techie
Sun 2nd 10.30pm Holy Communion
help me to be generous financially to them in Friday 6th March 2020, 2.00pm at Watton Fred proposed the idea of registering the
Sun 9th 10.30am All Age Worship the various Lenten appeals, increase my attendance of members with the employment of
Methodist Church, Watton. Please contact
Sun 16th 10.30am Holy Communion awareness and gratitude for those things I can Margaret Cator 01953 882187 if you would like a card reader system. There were no formal
Sun 23rd 10.30am Lay Led Worship so easily take for granted, and more fully to further information. objections to the concept being trialled.
place my trust in God, then it will have been a Fred preceded his own presentation by giving a
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington good and worthwhile exercise and Lent will résumé of his personal interesting background
Sun 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion have achieved something of its purpose in me. The Silver Social – Sing and then proceeded to illustrate, with the
Sun 16th 10.30am Family Service A happy and rewarding Lent to you all. Enjoy assistance of ‘Powerpoint’ and accompanying
Happy with Kate downloads, various instruments, their advantages
the life, the colours and the joy of Spring.
Canon Mark Hackeson. Dimbleby and weaknesses; this included the pitot tube and

All Saints Church, Threxton What’s on at St Mary’s

Following a very successful workshop in
Breckland Libraries in January, Kate
the angle of attack sensor.
Viewers were then invited to watch a cartoon
our service this month will be Dimbleby is returning to Breckland in depicting a race between various animated
Church, Watton February and will be performing her new show antique aeroplanes; it was easy for them to be
Sunday 2nd February at 10.30a.m. Story Bags: Mondays 9.30am – 10.45am At St Sing Happy in various Breckland community recognised by such a well-informed audience.
Everyone Welcome Mary’s Church for parents and preschool venues. Sing Happy is sure to have you Fred’s final showing depicted a lone pilot of a
children (term time only). singing and laughing along as Kate weaves light passenger aircraft flying from Tampa
Watton Rainbow Brownies: Mondays 4.30- classic songs from the last 60 years, with Executive Airport to St. Peters, Clearwater FL.

Fountain of Life Church 5.45pm At St Mary’s Church Rooms for girls

aged 5-7 years. The Rainbows will be meeting
stories about the human voice and
mesmerising layered vocals from her critically
This demonstrated the intensity of concentration
necessary to control an aeroplane and, at the
each Monday (term time only) at St Mary’s acclaimed album, Songbirds. Following the same time, maintain a continual dialogue with air
The Well Christian Centre, Swaffham Road, Ashill Church show, Kate will be back with us in March, traffic control. or look on touring our library circuit again with a Sing The evening ended peacefully and we were
2 February 10:00 18:00 Facebook Happy Workshop where Kate will teach invited to return to the venue next month,
9 February 10:00 18:00 Coffee and Chat: Thursday 6th February participants some of the songs from the show. Tuesday the 4th, to sample ‘David's Mystery
16 February 10:00 15:00 10.00am – 12noon. Coffee morning at St Kate was hugely popular when she last toured Movie Night’.
Mary’s Church, come along, all welcome. with us, so please do get in touch to reserve More information is available on the website:
23 February 10:00 18:00 ADventure! Sundays 10.00am-11.30am - free your place in advance.
for 0-16 years at St Mary’s Church. Breakfast These workshops and performances are part of
– Crafts – Games – Faith in Jesus Teaching. The Silver Social, an exciting daytime touring Richmond Park Seniors
(term time only) arts programme, aimed at older people in rural
Richmond Park Seniors moved into the semi
PLEASE MENTION Sat Chat: Saturday 15th February 10.00am –
12noon A social coffee morning at St Mary’s
communities in Breckland. The project, which
is run by Breckland Council and funded by
finals of the Hods Slaver comp,with a fine home
win over a strong feltwell team , the course was
Church on the 3rd Saturday of each month. All Arts Council England and Breckland Council,
THE WAYLAND NEWS welcome. brings something a little different to daily life
playable after heavy recent rain look as though it
might be called of. It was a close encounter on
The Light Lounge: Friday 21st February in towns and villages across Breckland,
WHEN SHOPPING WITH 6.30pm – 9.30pm St. Mary's Church will be
transformed into a live music venue for this
Norfolk. Whether you want to meet new
people over a cuppa, take part in new social
the front nine , but the home team came to be the
better side on the back nine. this win now sees a
home tie against Swaffam to be played by end of
OUR ADVERTISERS special night. An eclectic mix of smooth jazz,
easy listening, country and 60s rhythm and
pursuits, or you know a neighbour or family
member who might like to join a new group,
March.Well done to all players and captain John.
Brian Smith.
we aim to bring high quality accessible arts in
The Wayland News February 2020 Page 11
Watton Twinning
In January we had our New Year Get-together which is
always a lovely time to catch up with everyone after the
hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Everyone brings a plate of savoury or sweet food and we
always manage to get a lovely selection along with a nice
drink or tea and coffee we have a lovely relaxed evening
together. Although unfortunately there has been an awful
lot of colds and viruses about we still managed to get a
good number of members that attended.
In February we shall be having our annual Anniversary
Meal at the Golden Dog in Shipdham another very nice
evening to look forward too.
On March 18th we shall be having our AGM at 8pm at the
Pentecostal Church in Watton followed by tea, coffee and
biscuits and a good old chat about future events etc. If you
are interested in finding out more about the Twinning
Association then you are most welcome to come along to
the meeting.
At our next committee meeting we shall be making plans
for when our Twinning families visit at the end of May.
The new Chairman of the Weeze Partnerschaft and his
family will be coming on their first visit to Watton, we are
still looking for a host family for them, they have a son
and daughter and would dearly love to twin with a young
family in Watton or one of the surrounding villages.
Normally they arrive on a Friday evening and return to
Weeze on the Tuesday morning so it’s for four nights and
three full days. We have a full Itinerary for the visit which
includes a Welcome, a day out somewhere, they have a Walk and put your name and
day with their host family and an Open House Evening.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in hosting
Wayland telephone number down on the list on
the notice board or contact Malcolm
this family please let me know by ‘phone or e.mail for
more information. Mens Shed Trayhorn or me but dont leave it too
late as numbers are limited on some
If you are interested in joining us and making a link with a Social Group, Church Walk, Watton. events.
German family in Weeze or just becoming a member to We finished 2019 with our Festive Well thats it for now our opening
meet our other members socially please contact me by Dinner at Broom Hall on the 17th of times are: Monday & Wednesdays
telephone or e.mail below for a chat and more information. December, once again we had a good 9.30 am to 1pm and Fridays &
Why not give it a go you have nothing to lose and turn out of members and friends and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. The kettle is
everything to gain we are a very sociable club. the event was enjoyed by all. always on so why not pop in for a chat
Twinning membership is just £10 per year for a family and Monday 30th December was our first and a cuppa.
£7 for a single adult. We hold 5 or 6 events a year some to day open at our Hall in Church Walk Before I forget, Our Workshop has a
just socialize together and others such as a Cream Tea, following the Christmas festivities and selection of Power tools for sale all
Carnival, Oktoberfest and Christmas Festive Market to a large turnout of members showed have been safety checked and in good
raise funds for when our Weeze friends come to Watton, that we had all had more than our fill order.
always a most enjoyable time whether you have guests of the usual Turkey, Mince Pies and Contact e mail;
staying with you or just joining in. TV! and were all glad to get back to or tel
Tel:- 01953 883317 or some form of normality. 01953 881004.
Margaret Devine (Chair)
Our committee have now had our first Cheers for Now. Richard.
meeting of the new year and it looks
like its going to be a busy one, our list
Wayland Women in of activities seem to get longer each Ashill WI
year and with experience we are more
Business – Winter organised and ahead of the game. Our
social Secretary Malcolm Trayhorn Thank You
Update has done a brilliant job over the last
two years and this year will be no
On behalf of Ashill WI I would like to
thank Watton Silver Band and Ashill
Paris – Sydney - Watton exception with monthly events to keep Harmony Choir for making the Carol
In December we enjoyed our Christmas Meal at Broom all members busy. Concert on December 8th a great
Hall Country Hotel where we welcomed our guest Over the past three years we have tried success raising £313 for Norfolk
speaker Kyla Sørensen from St Mary’s Church. We were to cater for all interests, not easy when Accident & Rescue Service (NARS) a
taken to the other side of the world as we followed there are so many to choose from, locally based service.
Kyla’s life, from her origins in London, to schooling as a currently we have our own "Carpentry Many thanks also to the ladies who
teenager in France becoming fluent in German, Italian workshop", our "Photography Group" made the delicious cakes and the many
and French. with monthly outings to places of raffle prizes. Let's hope we can do it
Kyla and her husband spent 10 enjoyable years running a photographic interest, our "Computer again in 2020!
hotel on the Isle of Wight, where she commenced her Group" (Fridays & Saturdays), our A Happy New Year to everyone! Janet
church training, during which she learnt a lot about "Games Group" Playing Cards, Oxborough
herself. From there, they travelled to Australia where Dominoes, and numerous games that
they bought a publishing house producing tourism are beyond my small brain!, our
magazines. During that time, Kyla continued her
"Gardening Group" who maintain our
garden area, and last but certainly not
Diabetes UK
In 2016 Kyla and her husband returned to England, and Our January meeting was our usual
least those members that just like to Coffee & Chat get together. This type
she finished her training in Norfolk, now feeling very
socialise and come for a chat and of meeting gives members a chance to
much at home and part of the Watton and Wayland
some company. give feedback on the previous year's
Our Events list kicks of on Friday 7th meetings, speakers, outings or
We welcomed four exhibitors:
February with our now famous and anything else they may wish to
Marion from Amberry with a wonderful selection of
copied by all * "Quiz & Chips" discuss. One of the topics of
jewellery and scarves
evening at the community Hall, High conversation was our visit to the
Helen from Made in Norfolk with the gorgeous soaps
St, Watton, it starts at 6.30pm ,cost is Cromer Pier Christmas Show, which
and candles from her cottage industry in Carbrooke
£9 including a Fish & Chip supper, 20 of our members went to see. It was
Janet Dalgleish promoting Greenway49, her Western
Contact Malcolm if you want to join hailed a great success and there may be
Medical Acupuncture business which includes treatment
for hot flushes in men and women, and
in. * Tuesday 18th February Is "10 another visit this year. Although our
Sarah Simmonds with a beautiful selection of capes from
Pin Bowling" at "Strikes" in Dereham numbers at the meeting were a bit
her Artichoke boutique in Swaffham. and starts at 1.30pm Sharp. * Saturday down, because of illness, it was still a
Our Spring lunch will be on Thursday 19 March at 23rd May is "Train Trip with vibrant meeting with many things
Broom Hall Hotel where we welcome Eunice Kokrasset Afternoon Tea" from Dereham Station discussed.
as our guest speaker. Eunice is originally from the Ivory to Wymondham & back, a pleasant Our next meeting will be on Monday
coast and has an interesting background. She is the trip with Sandwiches, Cakes and February 10th, 10.15am, Pentecostal
previous landlady of a pub in Smallburgh pub, from refreshments, a very popular event. * Church, Watton (whom we thank for
where she took 16 locals on a double decker bus to Wednesday 10th June is our "Stanta the generous use of their facilities).
deliver educational books to schools and universities in Military Training Area Coach Trip" Our speaker will be Barry Gayton,
her homeland. To book your place, go to this is on Wattons doorstep and we are who will be talking to us about how he privileged to be able to have an started his journey into becoming a
Wayland Women in Business is a networking group for escorted coach trip around the "Battle gardener.
ladies from all walks of life, whether running their own Area" to see what goes on and what is For details of any of our meetings,
businesses, employed, seeking to find employment or there, this is a 3 hour trip. please phone Helen 01953 884713 and
retired. Our aim is to promote the importance of Any one wishing to join us on any of leave a message, or email
networking and making contacts in a friendly and the events listed are welcome to do so
relaxed atmosphere. There is no membership fee. but please call into our Hall in Church
The Wayland News February 2020 Page 12
spend the summer in Scandinavia. We
‘Hello’ from all at have a regular great spotted woodpecker Richmond Park Golf
and frequently large flocks of long-tailed
Lakenheath Fen! tits too. We have three separate colour- Club Ladies
I am hoping to contribute a monthly article coded trails suited to a range of abilities-
for the Wayland Times from now on, to some of them shorter in length and some
cover recent sightings, upcoming events more level than others for those who
on the reserve and highlights to look out require more even ground to walk on. If
for if you are planning a visit soon. For you need warming up after your visit we
those of you that may never have been to have a range of refreshments in the Visitor
visit us or haven’t heard of us, we are Centre as well as comfortable seating with
located just east of Brandon on the B1112 a view! We are always keen to hear from
just north of Lakenheath village. The our visitors about what they have seen on
reserve is about 1.5 miles long, running in the reserve so do let us know how you got
a thin stretch along the edge of the Ely to on.
Norwich railway line, which borders us to I hope this has been a useful introduction
the south. To the north is the river Little to Lakenheath Fen if it is somewhere new
Ouse. to you, and we hope to see you soon for a
In 1991 the RSPB bought three square visit!
kilometres of arable land, which was a RSPB Lakenheath Fen Station Road,
mixture of farmland fields interspersed Lakenheath, Brandon, Suffolk. IP27 9AD
with three roughly square blocks of hybrid Tel 01842 863400.
poplar trees. These poplars were planted The reserve and car park are open 24/7 but
initially by Bryant & May as the timber the Visitor Centre and toilets are open
was the perfect material for matchsticks! from 9-5pm every day. (Christmas will
These tree plantations remain on the vary).
reserve to this day and provide useful Best wishes, Heidi (Visitor Experience
cover for a wide range of mammals and Officer, RSPB Lakenheath Fen)
birds in what is otherwise quite an open
landscape. The farmland in between the
plantations was sculpted into a network of Watton Country
sluices, ditches and pools especially to
help a bird at the time which was at Market
serious risk of extinction in the UK- the Happy New Year from Watton Country
bittern. In 1991 there were just eleven market and thank you all for your support The Ladies of Richmond Park Golf Club held a fun golf
males in the UK and what they really throughout 2019 and the many years competition followed by Christmas lunch on Monday 16th
needed were large patches of high-quality before that, we could not do it without December. Afterwards they were joined in the clubhouse
reedbed with ditches and open areas to you! by Katie Powell (left) from Wayland Partnership Memory
hunt in. Not only did bitterns move in, but After our January break, we will reopen Cafe who was presented with a cheque for £115 by Rosie
so did marsh harriers, bearded tits and the Market on Wednesday 5th February Sutterby (right) the Ladies’ Section Charity Co-ordinator.
eventually cranes. Now we have one or 2020. We are looking forward to seeing The money was raised at a charity raffle held earlier in the
two pairs nesting with us each year. everyone and providing you with our year.
The reserve was carefully made to sit on a selection of locally produced, home-made, Katie thanked everyone and explained how their support
gradual slope, from north to south, away home grown goods! Weather permitting meant so much to the charity. She said that the money
from the river, so that when sluices were there will even be plants outside! would go towards putting on Music and Movement classes
opened manually water would naturally Refreshments are always available on which provided exercise for people sitting down plus
flow through the reserve, keeping it wet, Market Day so come in and shop and singing and other activities.
and so that the land matched exactly the revive yourselves with a cake or savoury The Memory Cafe meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of
level of the farmland at the railway line and a cuppa served by ‘Churches Together each month from 10 – 12 at the Christian Community
(southern side) once it got there. This way Team’. Centre in Watton High Street. Lady Captain, Claire Carney
the reserve stores the maximum amount of Find us at Christian Community Centre, has nominated this worthwhile local charity as her
water, to stay as wet as possible for the every Wednesday 8.30 am – 11.30 am. Captain’s Charity for the coming year also.
wildlife. It also meets its requirement to
play a part in the flood defences of the
local area should the river breach its to purchase that special specimen plant, this could
banks, as it occasionally does in a wet
Bradenham be your inspiration. Our mini-show will be a
Vase of Dried Seed Heads.
At the moment on the reserve, dusk is a In March we will welcome the return of Dr Ian
lovely time to visit with a large roost of Horticulture and Bedford, this time talking on All You Might Ever
migratory whooper swans (150+) on the Need to Know about Slugs! (and possibly were
Washland, a wet area of flooded farmland
just north of the river. We also have a
Garden Club afraid to ask?).
Our Saturday April 4th Spring Show approaches
good number of marsh harriers coming in Our entry for the 2019 Shipdham Christmas Tree with a huge variety of flowers, produce, cookery,
to roost in the reedbed from about 4pm Festival raised £28.28 in visitor`s donations for photographic art and crafts. More next month on
onwards- our highest count has been 27 the Motor Neurone Disease charity. A big the entry categories.
birds. These lovely birds of prey specialise thankyou to all who visited the All Saints in Future dates:
in hunting in wet, marshy areas and often Shipdham and contributed. Our floral decorations Thursday February 20th Hardy exotics for the
take their time when they come in to roost on the theme of The Four Seasons (created by a Garden 7:30pm £2.00 non members
and you can watch them flying around and willing band of volunteers) summed up all that is Thursday March 19th Dr Ian Bedford on Slugs
doing a bit of socialising with each other best about our Horticultural Society: creative, co- 7:30pm £2.00 non members
first. Smaller birds like bearded tits, reed operative, fun and helpful. Saturday April 4th 2020 SPRING SHOW Open to
buntings and corn buntings can usually be Although we are in the grip of Winter, let`s think the Public
seen flying in more discreetly to join them about enjoying the garden in Spring. In that spirit Look out for our updates on Facebook at
too. we eagerly anticipate our February talk in Bradenham Community Hub
A daytime visit at the moment would Bradenham Village Hall on Thursday 20th Contact Barbara Steward
reward you with a variety of small birds February at our usual time of 7:30pm. Richard
on the bird feeders at the Visitor Centre, Clarke from Panache Plants will be speaking or Laurene Henderson 07942 820590
including siskin before they leave us to about Exotic Plants for our gardens – and
choosing those that are hardy. If you are planning
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