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864 (Watton) Squadron RAF Air Cadets

864 (Watton) Squadron’s Junior Girls Team after winning 3rd place at the cross country and Cpl Lawlor and Cpl Sims ready to take controls of a plane for the first time
2020 has been a busy year already for members of intensive training which was only possible after achieve within the Air Cadets.
864 (Watton) Squadron RAF Air Cadets! being selected out of all the cadets in Norfolk & Watton has also been the hosts to the training
The beginning of the year kicked off when 2 of our Suffolk to attend this prestigious course. CWO sessions for the Nijmegen marches, which is a 100
cadets took to the skies out of RAF Cranwell, Reynolds said “It’d been 2 of the best weeks of my mile march in 4 days in the city of Nijmegen,
taking the controls of an aeroplane! They cadet career, improving my flying skills. The Netherlands. One of our cadets has also been keen
completed familiarisation of the controls and even course is extremely valuable to cadets as it gives to get involved, attending all training sessions in the
had the opportunity to do aerobatics! them 12/48 hours needed for a Private Pilots hope to make the Norfolk & Suffolk team for 2020
The following weekend saw cadets from Watton License and is just one of the fantastic opportunities later in the summer.
competing in a cross country competition with all that the Royal Air Force Air Cadets offer.” The first recruitment evening was also in late
other air cadet squadrons from across Norfolk & CWO Reynolds was also selected, not only as the January whereby the opportunity for potential new
Suffolk. Our junior girls team even came back with best cadet from Watton but as the best cadet for members to take a look around and meet our
medals for 3rd place overall! Norfolk & Suffolk Wing in 2019! This has meant current members to talk about their amazing
Meanwhile another cadet from Watton was that he has been put forward for selection to be the experiences. Our next recruitment evening for
completing his Air Cadet Pilot Scheme, totalling 12 best cadet for the Central and East Region of the anyone wanting to find out more about what we can
hours of flying including flying solo. This took Air Cadets due to his outstanding commitment, offer will be in April 2020.
place over 2 weeks in Dundee, Scotland with enthusiasm and success that he has been able to

so you never know what to expect. Some

Quiz Time in use a projector to help you see the Wells Cole
questions and answers.
Scoulton The quizzes are all on Saturdays at Quiz Night
Scoulton's popular monthly quizzes with The next is on March 28th at 28th March 7 for 7.30pm
a selection of food from Little Gary's 7.30. Then and April 25th. Have you booked your team yet for the quiz
Plaice continue in 2020 in the Village Contact Tony Grover 01953 483654 or night at Wells Cole Community Centre? If
Hall. Tickets are only £7.50 with a full- Roy Potton 01953 852337, or e-mail not please contact Roger -
sized meal. to buy a / 01953 881372 or
Every month has a different quizmaster ticket and order your choice of food. Raechal -
Entry is £6 per person for teams of up to 6
members, and includes a light supper. There
will be cash prizes for the winners, a raffle,
and the bar will be open. Bookings need to
be made by 23rd March to assist with
catering. All proceeds are for the upkeep of
this excellent hall.
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their place, but in the current economic continue until Brody is 5 when his eye will
A Quick Look climate new tenants for large properties are be fully developed. As a family all they can Dance-Away at The Queens Hall
hard to find, with the resultant empty wish for is that the tumour can be treated
Round premises adding to the depression already
pervading in shopping centres.
and his eye can be saved.
CHECT do so much to support families
7.30pm - 10.30pm
By Orbiter
But while some famous names are going through their Retinoblastoma journey Saturday March 7th - No Dance in April
Well here we go, under the new regime, disappearing, some stores seem to be which is why Brodys auntie and uncle are
divorced from the EU by Brexit, which has bucking the trend, as displayed by Primark, running the London Marathon this year. Ballroom, Latin & Sequence
arrived at long last. What difference it will who have their re-vamped store in Norwich The money raised will help Lisa and Jamie
make won’t be evident for some time, but at already becoming popular. Perhaps now that with their sponsorship goal. Bar - Raffle
least it has happened, and although friend Brexit has taken us out of the EU a general Tickets are available from Adcock and Sons
Boris put the final signature to the deal, we recovery will slowly occur. and cost £15 to include hog roast.
must not forget the efforts made on our behalf My look round reveals that there has been a If you are unable to attend but would like to
by Mrs. May, who bore the brunt of dealing, revival in the interest in HS2, the high- show your support pop into the shop as we
not only with the rest of Europe, but the speed rail link between London and are selling raffle tickets and race horse
Remainers in our own government, who made Birmingham, which is rather surprising ownership.
every effort to upset our withdrawal plans. since little success has attended the intended
Fortunately wiser heads obeyed the wishes of up-grades on the existing lines, even the
the country that were made clear in the much vaunted new rolling stock suffering Break free from
Referendum, so now we are out of the EU. breakdowns, one of which stranded
Time will tell if the vote was a wise one or passengers for over five hours on the main
line to Liverpool Street, while the local
debt in 2020
not. A local charity says breaking free from debt is
Meanwhile Norwich City continue to fight the services around East Anglia, which would the best goal you can work towards in 2020.
threat of relegation, and though their results seem to be the easiest to modernise, are The Mid Norfolk branch of national charity
have been disappointing they have provided frequently having to be replaced by buses. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) runs a free
the fans with some fine football, and, to their But it is easy to criticise, and I sympathise debt help service in partnership with the
credit, the fans have supported them well, with the good lady who acts as spokes- Fountain of Life Church.
home game crowds rarely dipping below person for British Rail, who always has the Mid Norfolk’s Debt Centre Manager, Heather
25000, a figure that many other clubs must unpleasant task of apologising on television Nunn, said: “Financial problems feel
envy. for whatever failures in services may have overwhelming but there is free help available
A contrast to the loyalty shown by the City occurred. to deal with them. If you are worrying about
fans was the behaviour of many so-called On a personal note I must admit I am being how to deal with money after Christmas, do
supporters of Aston Villa recently, who could out-Smarted by today’s technology, as I not delay, make the call today and we can deal
be seen streaming out of their ground after have no Smart Phone, Smart Camera, or with it together.
Manchester City had established an early three Smart Car, have not yet used a Smart “Our lines have reopened to take on new
goal lead. Motorway, do not possess a Smart clients and we have a freephone number -
Such a time is when a team needs support Television, and though Radio 2 tells me I 0800 328 0006 - to make it as easy as possible
most. may be listening on a Smart Speaker I do to get in touch. The team are ready and
A recent road crash at King’s Lynn that closed not recall buying a new set, and though my waiting for your call so that at the beginning
the A47 for a whole day reminded the local electricity and gas supplies are governed by of 2020, you can start on the journey towards
population of the increasing number of delays a Smart Meter, I don’t seem to mange to getting out of debt.
that beset motorists these days. Locally they read it as easily as I did the old one, and, “They’ll sort out an appointment for you with
usually only add just a few minutes to our completely without my knowledge I find with a local debt coach from the Fountain of
journeys, but radio bulletins throughout each that my credit card has been changed to a Life Church who will come to visit you in the
day regularly report closures of vital Smart one. privacy of your home.”
motorways, often for hours, due to accidents If seems that I have been left behind in a “Poverty affects the whole household,” said
and vehicle breakdowns. Just listening to one different world, one in which I am not Heather, adding that one in three (27%) CAP
station for a whole morning one often hears of Smart enough. But, as the old saying goes – clients grew up in a home affected by debt and
more than a hundred breakdowns in various it’s a great life, if you don’t weaken, so I four in five (80%) say debt negatively affected
parts of the country, which at first glance will press on. their children.
might suggest that the roads are full of ‘old Good afternoon. Former client, Carol said about working with
bangers’, but then when it is realised that there CAP: “For a start, I have a much better
may be several million vehicles on the road, relationship with my children now. When
the a hundred may not seem so excessive. Charity Race you’re stressed and anxious you’re very short
Accidents, ranging from minor shunts to tempered. I was so stressed I wasn’t sleeping,
serious smashes can block roads for hours,
with, first, the actual incidents, then police
Night at eating properly, I wasn’t looking after myself.
When I think about it now - I felt so awful a
inquiries attempting to find the cause, with
road repairs necessary in some cases.
Thompson person that I’d got into that situation where I
We are holding another Charity Race Night couldn’t feed my family.”
What can be done to reduce all this waste of Since starting in 1996, CAP has helped
time, life and limb ? at Thompson Village Hall on Saturday
March 21st at 7pm. thousands of people deal with problem debt
Personally I think a lower speed limit on and has attracted trusted advocates like Money
motorways, of, say, 55 mph might help, but This time we have chosen to support
Watton Thursday Club which is run by a Saving Expert Martin Lewis.
it would be a brave Transport Minister who The majority of CAP’s clients (66%) have
dared to impose it. handful of volunteers and they rely totally
on donations. The club is a social evening waited more than a year before seeking help
My thinking on the subject comes from revealing that people are suffering in the grip
several coach journeys around the country. for adults with special needs which meets
every third Thursday in the month. At the of poverty while help is a phone call away.
The coach cruises along, sometimes as fast For free debt help call 0800 328 0006 or visit
as 60 mph, and I see lorries in the slow lane present time they are looking for a venue for
the club on a regular basis.
that we overtake, while in the fast lanes
other cars overtake us, obviously travelling If funds allow they arrange entertainment,
games nights and bowling once a year as a
at 70 mph or more. After a few miles the
Watton Surgery
whole procession of traffic slows down, and
we find that the lorries we overtook ten All the members receive a birthday present
and card and attend a Christmas party with a
minutes before now pass us on the inside,
while soon we filter past those fast cars that present delivered personally by Santa.
The last race night raised £900 for the club
had seemingly left us ‘for dead’ way back.
Of course most of us would feel frustrated funds which was held in memory of Stewart
Dickson who had been a long-standing
by being restricted to the slower speed of There were 163 Patients who did not attend
55, but continually coming to a halt for volunteer and as his widow Alison is now a
appointments at the surgery during the
several minutes can be equally annoying, committee member she thought it would be
month of December 2019. This number is
and it is often annoyance and impatience a lovely idea to run another charity event to
slightly down on the 168 patients who did
that leads to collisions. tie in with what would have been Stewart’s
not attend in November.
Yes, it is great to sail along at 70, and 60th birthday.
The NHS averages the cost of DNAs at
sometimes this can be achieved with no The other charity we have chosen to support
Primary Care to be £30 per patient. This
bother, but it rarely lasts long before a hold- is CHECT (The Children’s Eye Cancer
means that the 163 patients who did not
up is encountered. Trust).
attend in December cost the surgery £4890.
It is ironic that motorways were introduced Brody who lives in Watton with his family
This also resulted in other patients had to
to speed our travels in a way that could not was diagnosed at 6 months old with a rare
wait longer for an appointment.
be achieved on our local by-ways, but now eye cancer called Retinoblastoma. His mum
The PPG would also like to give advanced
it is often faster to use those local routes took some photos of him at Christmas and
notice that they are organising an open
after all. noticed a white marble dot in his right eye
meeting on Friday May 22nd at the Queens
Now that the Christmas period is well on one of the photographs. Brody was taken
Hall starting at 7pm. The PPG have invited
behind us, the results of the trading have to the doctors and was instantly transferred
support groups to attend the event and there
come in, and the well- publicised demise of to Royal London Hospital and then onto
will be two formal sessions one of which
some of our favourite shops has been under- Great Ormond Street where he started
will be a question & answer session with
lined by notices of closure, often preceded chemotherapy to treat the tumour.
the Surgery’s Doctors. Further
by clearance sales. In many cases Brody is now 16 months and has check ups
information of this event will be given
where small shops are involved, others take in London every 6-8 weeks and this will
nearer the time.
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It’ll probably be raining thus saving turf if the new lawn wasn’t started in feel at home. We promise that the
In your garden you the trouble. September. If you want to grow a new kettle is always on the boil!
With Lotta Potts Get into the borders to tidy and weed lawn from seed next month is the Great Ellingham Chit Chat Group
March is supposed to come in like a as you go. Cut back dead stems so that proper time. Keep the area well- Contact: Ann Reeve
lion and go out like a lamb. Early they don’t catch you out and spear prepared with the rake and that strange 07733211410/01953 882065
February seemed to want to change your hands later in the season. If you shuffle to keep it firmed.
places as we had some really lively have perennials that need splitting dig Just in case you have any time left now
winds and storms. There was the clump out re-plant or pot up the the days are getting longer remember
unseasonably warm weather too, healthy new shoots from round the to keep weeding. Good Neighbour
bringing on the spring bulbs at pace edges and throw away the exhausted
early in the month. Once or twice we middle. I wouldn’t be too enthusiastic Later opening for Scheme
had a really hard frost but these were about this as you can end up with eight Project in Watton, Saham
overnighters, not ones that lasted all or nine new divisions. All well and Wretham gardens Toney and Caston
day and snow was confined to good if you have room or a new bed The National Gardens Scheme gardens According to the 2019 report ‘Closing
Scotland. I am starting this a bit earlier but it can be a bit dismaying. I try to at Wretham Lodge, the former rectory the Distance Between Us’ which was
than the deadline so there might be divide less frequently and have three or to the church of St Ethelbert, will not commissioned by The Big Lunch;
some updating to do on the weather four good clumps and probably a be open at Easter this year, nor will the More than half of the UK feel distant
front. There certainly is. Over the first couple to pot for insurance and gifts for church be opening for its traditional from their neighbours
full weekend we got Ciara. Then a bit later. Mulching as you go is a good refreshments and book sale.
 1 in 5 people in the UK have never
of snow and ice and now Dennis next idea. Anything organic will do The reason is the extremely early spoken to their neighbours
weekend. As someone who hasn’t including the compost from old grow arrival in the calendar of Easter,
 A fifth have no-one in their
suffered too much damage as a result bags, compost from your bin or heap if meaning there will not be enough for neighbourhoods outside their immediate
may I send my sincere sympathy to you have it, well-rotted manure, visitors to see in the gardens. family they could call on if they needed
anyone who has been flooded, had chipped bark, even newspaper or Instead, the gardens and church will be help or support
wind damage or mess. As I get closer cardboard well anchored. All these open during the Bank Holiday  76% believe that people were closer to
to the deadline I am going to leave it materials will rot down and improve weekend, on Saturday and Sunday their neighbours 20 years ago than they
there before it gets worse and I take to the soil structure. A couple of May 9th and 10th. are today
my bed. However, it has been reminders – try not to bury plant labels, The annual church Summer Party at  Three quarters believe it would be better
wonderful to see snowdrops and watch out for seedlings of plants you Wretham Lodge will be held on for our communities if we were closer to
daffodils coming out before we got to can use (hellebores are a famous Saturday July 4th. our neighbours, but the same proportion
double figures in February; I even example) and thirdly remove any pests feel there are barriers to doing so
spotted a small pulmonaria and a few you find. Great Ellingham Community Action Norfolk (CAN) is
hellebores, which aren’t ever so early As you complete the above you’ll see offering help for residents in Breckland
but a sight for sore eyes nevertheless. what spaces you have created. Bear Chit Chat Group who want to bring back a sense of
An expert suggested in the press early this in mind when in the garden centre Every Wednesday 10-12 noon Gt neighbourliness to their community by
February that we should keep lawns to or anywhere they sell plants and seeds. Ellingham Recreation Centre setting up a regular, day to day support
ankle deep and mow round dandelions If you were organised earlier while We now average between 40 and 60 network known as a Good Neighbour
for the benefit of bees. I bet a few of enjoying the winter weather with folk who attend every week, including Scheme. The schemes are run by local
you will have questions on that one. catalogues you’ll have a good selection a few children who accompany people and aim to help those most in
My own view is that there are more of seeds and here we go! I can Grannies from time to time. We have need in their own community through
than enough dandelions under hedges guarantee that those spaces will have toys for the children and the sheer practical help with things such as lifts
alongside roads and in fields and even multiplied by at least three in your delight of seeing the children playing to appointments or to go shopping,
in large gardens where there is plenty head. Less is more when sowing together adds to the pleasure of simple DIY tasks, dog walking or just
of room. Ankle deep grass sounds nice seeds. Those tiny little bits of dust (try everyone who attends. having a cuppa and a chat.
until you need to use the lawn for any not to sneeze) will grow. That’s what Childhood Memories - Book Launch CAN have already helped to set up 15
purpose at all specially if it’s wet. If they do and are desperate to get on (A Social history BOOK of the time) schemes across Norfolk and have a
you have a large enough space, leave with it. The thing not to do is to add a where and when: February 29th 3 pm team of Development Workers ready
some of the grass to grow a bit ‘wild’ few more ‘just in case’. I tell myself at The Crown Great Ellingham to help support local people who are
at different heights and a really large every year that the world will not end The book is completed, and we are willing to volunteer some time to
space like that would be wonderful if the entire first sowing of something very excited that after all the hard work create a scheme in Watton, Saham
with a few paths mown through and fails. It is not too late to put in a the book is now in print. There are Toney and Caston.
the lot cut once after the flowers have second lot. Also if you sow later than wonderful coloured illustrations If you could spare even just 30 mins a
died back and set seed. If you can’t it says on the packet (not months throughout the book, illustrated by one week to help your neighbour and want
spare this sort of space keeping the obviously) the plants will catch up. A of our group members, Christine to find out more about how to set up a
grass a little longer and allow some of good trial is to plant a few seed Fuller; there are 30 stories in all. The scheme. Please get in touch;
the native flowers to grow for the bees potatoes in pots in the greenhouse for Great Ellingham Crown have very For more information call Tracey on
would be a good compromise. A two- an extra early crop. I shall be trying kindly agreed to host the launch, and 01362 698216 or email
line exhortation in the national press this and will report back we are convinced we are going to be tracey.allan@communityactionnorfolk.
really isn’t enough! March is the time There is still pruning to do. If you cut very, very busy. Posters are out and
to think about this as the mowing back roses in autumn to prevent wind feedback is very good. Most of the
season should be here and if the rock now is the time to do the full job. Authors will be at The Crown and will
weather bucks up at the end of Remove dead, dying, diseased and be happy to sign ‘their story’ if anyone Watton U3A
February many will have started to crossing shoots right to the ground. would like them too. We sincerely Our speaker for January was Charlie
mow already. Keep the blades high for Then take about a third off each of the hope this book will inspire other Haylock who gave us a highly
a few weeks. remaining shoots to an outward facing communities to do the same, for once entertaining and informative talk on the
So assuming we make it to the first day bud. If there are no buds (there folk pass away, unless their story has history of the English language. His
of spring and look forward to the normally will be in March) look for the been told, wonderful tales can be lost talk started with a brief history of
clocks going forward at the end of the little scar where a leaf fell off and cut forever. Although the stories are from invasions of England from the Saxons
month we need to be waking up, to that. The aim is for an open goblet- the Great Ellingham Chit Chat Group, who came into Norfolk and Suffolk,
stretching and thinking about the shaped shrub about two feet tall. the stories are from far and wide. Many later followed by the Danes in the 7th
garden for the next few months. If Buddleja should be pruned hard this tell of evacuation during the war. Some century. He explained how English
there’s anything in the way of repairs month as well. These shrubs are pretty of the stories are happy, some sad and had evolved based on dialect which in
or paint jobs that should have been much guaranteed to have new leaves many quite hilarious. The Childhood turn changed into the different regions
done, any winter digging left over then by now so really it’s the same as the Memories Book will be available on- following invasions, and which
now’s the time to be getting on with it. roses: remove the dead and crossing line from our website or can be contributed so much in the
Whilst we’re on the subject of ‘outdoor shoots completely then take each purchased from J C Books, 55 High pronounciation of words. Charlie
housework’, the greenhouse should be branch down to about three feet. In all Street, Watton. I have already been ended by giving us a brief synopsis of
washed down inside and out to cases remove very weak shoots asked to start a second book; however different dialects from regions around
maximise light for plants stirring in completely to either the ground or a this will have to wait until we ‘catch England.
there or the ones you’ll be adding soon. main stem. If you grow dogwoods for our breath’ because getting everything Our speaker for February is Megan
Clean by using a stiff yard brush or a the winter coloured stems March is the together has been quite intense. We Dennis who will be giving a talk
pressure washer any surfaces that have time to prune the lot back to the ground will be starting to go out once a month entitled ‘Voices from the Workshop’.
grown algae or other slippery to give them time to refresh the plants for lunch, starting February, and to Apart from monthly meetings, there
substances on paving or decking. If for next winter. If left these plants will date there are 28 for our February are several small groups that meet
you have a gravel drive, path or area produce attractive leaves and will lunch date at The Kings Head New regularly, covering many different
for pots and growing things this is the probably flower later in the season but Buckenham. We continue to have new subjects.
time for raking it over and removing will not have the same stem colour folk popping into Chit Chat regularly The U3A membership is for retired
any plants that shouldn’t be there and next winter. They can be a bit straggly and we are proud of the fact that so and semi retired people. New
just for good measure dig out any plant if left as well. many happy friendships have been members are always welcome to come
material that has turned up in the This is the last chance to move formed because of the group. We along to one of our meetings which are
cracks in other paving. If you want to deciduous trees and shrubs and plant realize that loneliness can be a soul- held in the Christian Community
grow plants in these cracks (thymes are new bare-root ones. Any container destroying condition, and we also Centre, Watton on the 4th Thursday of
good) then remove unwanted plants grown specimens can be planted just realize how difficult it is for someone every month commencing at 2pm, or
and drop in some compost. If you about any time but may need extra to come to a group if they don’t know contact our membership secretary
have no intention of having plants in watering though the growing season anyone. I would like to reassure any Christine Warne on 01760 440820 for
these cracks put in a 1-part cement 5- and an eye kept on them while they would-be newcomer that we will do more information.
part sand mix and water very gently. establish. Last chance, too, for laying our utmost to make any new person
The Wayland News March 2020 Page 5
Somerfield Reunion
You may well recognize some of these faces and
think were do I know them from?. We all at
sometime over many years worked at Gateway/
Somerfield. Many worked for a lot of years some
like me only a short while.
I was in a local pub when I saw a YOUNG lady ( l'm
OLD) whom I worked with years ago. I had this
bright idea how nice it would be to meet up with
others . I thought probably just a few of us.
Well as you can see 25 of us eventually got together
at The Willow House and had a fabulous time, and
an excellent meal. l can well and truly recommend.
Lovely to catch up with everyone. I must just say
SORRY Mel you worked with a lot of us and had to
work (Willow House) and watch us all enjoying
Back Row L/R: David Wheeler, Sharon Mackie,
Kathy Crooke, Glenda (Ging) Saunders, Carol
Thackery, Caroline Wheeler David's wife, Di
(Diane) Wenden.
2nd. row. Linda Hoskins, Sharon Tilford, Carol
Shipp, Kay Dyer, Judith Middlebrough.
3rd row: Pauline Cremers, Sarah Mann, Janet
Bennet, Shirley Beesley, Lindsey Bunn, Laura
Dilley, Sandra Rant, Joanny Palmer, Peter Buffin.
Seated: Pat Escott, Beryl Goulding , Kay Johnson,
Sheila Websdale. Thanks to Mark Bunning
Photography of Watton .
Many long standing loyal staff.
Di ...32 yrs... Joanny...27yrs 3 months... Pete...24
The Watton Society’s
yrs ... Sharon 20yrs... Carol (T) 19 yrs... Carol
Shipp...15yrs. Caroline 14 yrs. Kay 13yrs Picture Competition for Children
approx...Judith...10yrs… Names here who were
unable to joins us... Julie Reeve... 31 yrs 9months...
Joanne Watkins 26yrs approx. Barbara Easton...23
yrs… Trudie Hannaway... 18 yrs. If I missed you it
means I had no way of contacting you. Or if I have
incorrectly spelt your name sorry.
Remembering colleagues no longer with us..... Pat
Dilley...Laura's Mum, keeping in touch with Laura
was how this came about. Eileen Tinkler.... I
remember her son but not his name. Lesley ?? she
had two daughters one was in nursing I think.
l did ask several of the long standing members of
staff if they could recall a local lady Mrs. E Snare
cutting the red ribbon with staff I recognized outside
the store a photograph which was in a local paper,
was it when it went from Gateway to Somerfield ?
I must now tell you a STORY. Which may well
bring a smile to your face. The topic for 2019 was . . . What I Want be archaeologists, actors, pilots, singers
One day while l was on the tills Mrs E Snare ( Ester To Be When I Grow Up. We had sixty and dancers, and many more. Well done
maybe) I knew her all my life as Esse. I had a hot four entries from schools and Brownie to all the children who did a picture for
flush she looked at me and said " Are you ok Beryl? Groups. The children had a wide variety the competition and good luck with your
just menopausal l said, what l need to know Esse will of aspirations for their future occupations future careers. Our picture shows some
it get any better on the OTHER SIDE. Looking – many wanted a job involving animals, of the Brownies of the 2nd Watton
upwards " well l'm not up there yet Beryl". including dinosaurs. Others wanted to (RAF) Brownie group receiving their
l guess many of us will remember another local lady be teachers, firefighters, work for NASA, prizes.
Elsie Cursons always waiting for the shop to open to
buy her loaf's of bread to go down to Loch Neaton to England and Breckland Council, brings
feed the ducks. Wearing her old hat and socks bless The Silver something a little different to daily life in
her. At xmas she brought her organ in to play carols towns and villages across Breckland,
missing the occasional odd note, singing away Social Project Norfolk. Whether you want to meet new
raising funds for charity. I have known her all my life The Silver Social Project is an exciting people over a cuppa, take part in new
and use to sing along with her at the then daytime touring arts programme, aimed social pursuits, or you know a neighbour
Congregational Church as a child. Maybe l was not a at older people in rural communities or family member who might like to join
bad singer after all. Esse and Elsie lived till a good across Breckland. The Project puts on a new group, we aim to bring high
age.. l must just say Thank-you to Joanny l started monthly events, alternating between quality accessible arts in a friendly,
this off and then had a bad head injury so called for workshops and performances in multiple familiar space. To find out more visit our
her "HELP" l knew she would have a lot of phone venues over the Breckland district. The website; phone
numbers I would need. Without her help this would project, which is run by Breckland 01362656870 or email
have given me another head ache. Beryl Council and funded by Arts Council
The Wayland News March 2020 Page 6
It's Election Time!!
There have been rather a lot of
elections recently what with our
national elections causing a certain
amount of upset and now with the
American elections causing a lot of
excitement in the US, the election
which took place at our February
meeting was a relatively tame affair!
This is the month when we are asked
to vote for the next International
President of Inner Wheel and for the
various officers who will support her
and also for the ladies who will
become the Board Directors and help
form the policies which will take our
organisation forward over the next
few years. Always difficult to choose
between people you do not know
although information is always sent
with their names about their history
in Inner Wheel. This made me think
about how well we actually know
about any of the people we elect to
represent us.
Still, enough of politics! Our club
elections went along smoothly
enough with a new President elected
and the rest of our present officers
willing to continue for another year.
Two members were willing to join
the committee for the first time. They
will be very welcome. These
procedures were greatly helped along
with a glass of wine and a selection
of food delights supplied by our
current President, Carole and the
hostess for the evening, Brenda.
The rest of the evening was spent
finalising the arrangements for our
next two events, the Coffee Morning
at the Queens Hall on Saturday,
March, 7th 9.30 – 11.30 when our
ladies will have the usual range of
cakes and goodies for you to enjoy,
and the Lunchtime Concert on
again at the Queens Hall when Stuart
Hull, guitarist and singer will be there
to entertain you with songs from the
40s and 50s. He also brings along a
song list for you to choose from so
you may be able to hear your absolute
Our photograph this week shows the
Queens Hall full of dancers at our
recent Valentines Barn Dance which
was absolutely sold out. Everyone
enjoyed an evening dancing almost
continuously and an excellent supper
in the hall decorated beautifully for
the occasion with hearts and balloons
by members Lesley and Bunty. As
ever Shinanikins were the band with
George as the caller, always popular,
always expert and often amusing.
Most of those there were people who
are familiar with this sort of dance
but there are always a few who don't
know their left foot from their right
which adds to the fun!!
Elsewhere in this paper you will find
information about the Westend
Waiters and a poster ad. about their
forthcoming 10th Anniversary
Concert on Sunday afternoon , April
19th in the Queens Hall.
This is an event the ladies of Inner by 1926 it was a dental surgery, at this Mrs R.Callan and during the next year
Wheel are supporting with the U3A Looking at time a lock - up confectionery & business boomed to such an extent
provision of tea and cakes and raising Watton . . . tobacconist's was erected in the front that they decided to add an extension PLEASE SAY YOU
funds for research into Motor garden, this closed after 6 years. to make a Public House which would
Neurone Disease. The Willow House is one of the oldest A Co-operative Stores was opened in be an extension to the building.The
Tickets for our events are always buildings in the town dating back another part of the front garden in extension was built with materials THE WAYLAND
available at Mullengers in Watton to1556. During its long existence it 1928 and the building then became from a 40 year old barn, the fine old
High Street, 01953 883474. has had many varied uses. In 1769 it first Rodney Williams Gent's oak beams were incorporated into the NEWS
We do hope you will come along and was a Vicarage and the incumbent was Outfitters and then a shop for car main structure,the walls and ceiling
support us at all these events. the Reverend Thomas Pigg and in it's spares followed by Harmony Kitchens were given an impression of maturity WHEN
Brenda, Club Correspondent (01953 time as a vicarage was occupied by 13 and since Easter2010 Belvoir Property match the beams. The exterior was
881792)and Pam our Secretary vicars. It was subsequently used as a Letting Agents. The Ancient Willow also constructed to blend in with the
(01953 884090) are always pleased to
hear from anyone interested in
private school and a boarding school
and not only boarding accommodation
House was purchased by Modus
Developments in 1973 when it was
original property. The new public
house which was named "The Tavern"
joining Inner Wheel or who wishes to but also a billiard saloon. Following converted to a very attractive was opened to the public on 23d May ADVERTISERS
find out more about our organisation. that, half of it became a laundry, and restaurant. In 1977 it was sold to Mr & 1978.
The Wayland News March 2020 Page 7

Rotary Roundup here, mainly based at Addenbrookes

Hospital, Jude will be returning to
Norfolk Wildlife
Without notes or a video support, for 35
minutes at our ladies guest night on 30th
Harvard University, to complete a Trust, Breckland
further 4-year course to become a
January, attended by our partners and medical doctor. Group
members of Inner Wheel, we were The picture shows (left to right), club We started off 2020 as we hope to go on, with
treated to a riveting and inspiring treasurer Andrew Barwood, Rotarian a very good attendance for Martin Hosier’s talk
presentation by Rotary Scholar Jude John Helmsing of Cambridge South and photos about Wildlife in Borneo.
Alawa, a Syrian American studying for Rotary Club (Jude’s counsellor), A fascinating place and some wonderful photos
his Masters Degree in Public Health at President Peter Cowling, Jude Alawa, and tales of his and his wife’s holiday there,
Cambridge University. He explained and club foundation officer Martin enough to make you go green!
how his family had emigrated from Anscombe. Martin did sadly comment on the changes from
Damascus to Miami, where he was born At the other end of the educational scale, when he was there several years ago,
23 years ago. He had visited Syria on a on 6th February we welcomed the particularly the palm oil plantations which have
number of occasions and witnessed the finalists in our annual Wayland taken over from indigenous forest.
ever increasing destruction, even close Academy Young Chef competition to As well as Orang Utans, Giant Squirrels 1m
to Damascus, where other relatives had our meeting to talk about their efforts. long, Straw-headed Bulbuls, Atlas moth,
been bombed out of their homes. He had The competition was in two phases. In Bamboo and Rothschilds Slipper Orchid, he
become interested in and involved with the first part contestants had to produce a also saw the Common Kingfisher!
international relations from a young age plate of finger food snacks, and then to
at high school and went on to gain a first cook a two course meal. Our president-
class degree at Yale University in elect, Michael Haythorpe, liaised with
Connecticut, and thence obtaining a the school and, with staff, formed a
Rotary Foundation scholarship, enabling panel of judges to adjudicate the results
him to attend an overseas university using an agreed format covering the
placement for his Masters Degree. brief, quality, presentation and so on.
The Rotary Foundation is one of the The winner was Chloe, centre, and
largest international charities with the runner-up was Finley, far right, in the
aim of achieving world understanding picture
and peace through humanitarian, Don’t forget, our spring DixieMix
educational, and cultural exchange concert is at the Queen’s Hall on Friday
programmes. It is supported solely by 20th March, 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets from
voluntary contributions from Rotarians Adcocks, £12.50 incl light supper. Bar,
and friends of the Foundation who share and Raffle dedicated to the Rotary
its vision. It funds one-year international International Australian Bush Fires
scholarships at a cost of about $25,000 Appeal. This appeal will enable 100% of On Wednesday 11th March we have Return of
Bedford, this time talking on All
each. That nowadays barely covers donations to be sent directly to Bradenham and You Might Ever Need to Know the Osprey with Brenda and Richard Todd,
study and tuition fees; travel and living Australian Rotary Clubs to assist with who have worked with wildlife for many years.
about Slugs! (and possibly were
expenses are usually obtained from other their recovery and rebuilding District afraid to ask?). We hope that he Now, where I live we often see Osprey- but
grant sources, which Jude managed to programmes in their affected area. they’re the aeroplanes.
obtain. On completion of his course Martin Anscombe. Horticultural will provide some suggestions in
controlling these gardens pests Brenda and Richard will give us an illustrated
talk on the history, changes and developing
cassettes, and vinyl!
Society without the use of slug pellets,
story of the Osprey’s return to Scotland as a
which can have such a devastating
Grand Second If you have any spare plants, either February brought some impact on other garden creatures. breeding bird. Including their protection and
indoor or garden varieties, or any garden surprisingly sunny weather and conservation issues.
Hand Book Sales paraphernalia, all donations will be most suddenly it was starting to feel like
Our mini show will be for one stem
of blossom April 8th will be a talk by John Ford from The
Our first Bookworm sale of 2020 will be welcome. So too any of the music items Spring. Wise gardeners know not Our Saturday April 4th Spring Adrian Bell Society.
on Saturday 7th March at Thompson mentioned above, but not VHS videos to be lulled into false security - and Show approaches with a huge Both talks start at 7.30pm and held at Watton
Community Hall IP24 1PY, from 10am thank you. Collection can be arranged, this was confirmed as hail and variety of flowers, produce, Christian Community Centre, High Street,
until 4pm. The books on offer will just give us a call. Entry is free and open snow cascaded down between the cookery, photographic art and Watton. IP25 6AB. Cost £2 members, £3 non-
include fiction, reference, children’s and to all, so come along to browse through sunny days! crafts. More next month on the members, refreshments included.
poetry, and still with no book costing our huge choice of books, new every Our Beetle Drive with entry categories. We hope you’ll come along.
more than one pound. There will be hot time. Bangers`n`Mash on the 16th Membership is just £12.00 for the
and cold drinks, homemade soup, cakes, Looking ahead to our Summer Sale on January was a great evening. Fast year. Non members can pay £2.00 St Mary's Quiz
savouries and snacks to eat in, including Saturday 6th June, once again we are and furious dice shaking saw Katy to attend meetings, while members
those wonderful freshly-cooked scones, utilising the gorgeous Millennium Green
for outside activities, and offering three
Hillier the winner and we had more of other garden and horticultural Night
plus whole bakes to take away. We are delicious mash than you could societies pay just £1.00 (showing Would you like to make up a table of 4 and
selling plants, both indoor and garden square metres of space per pitch to shake a potato peeler at. Our Mini- proof of membership). A warm come to a Quiz Night at St Mary’s Watton?
varieties, to kick start your summer anyone who’d like a stall of their own. Show Winners for the best pot welcome awaits! It will be starting 7pm on Saturday 25th
display, potted and cut daffodils, and More information will be available soon, plant were Pauline Rant (1st), Ava Look out for our updates on April 2020? Please book the date ….. more
garden tools, pots, etc. There will be an but the numbers available are limited so Malt (2nd) and Pam Walker (3rd). Facebook at Bradenham details to follow from St Mary’s Church
assortment of Easter and Mothering it will be on a first come first served We had more than 40 attending, so Community Hub Office Tel: 01953 881252 or
Sunday goodies and gifts for sale, and basis. a big thank you to all who made Barbara Steward Chairman or the website:
the very popular Chocolate Tombola to Many thanks and we look forward to the meeting such a success! …. ‘A Fundraising
try your luck at. And, as if all that isn’t seeing you soon. Keith and Caroline On Thursday 19th March we will Laurene Henderson Publicity night’, for this historic building in our
enough to tempt you, we are once again 880153. welcome the return of Dr Ian Officer community.
putting out CDs, DVDs, music/audio
The Wayland News March 2020 Page 8
and 9000 wasps. For those of us who would and regularly populate crevices in rocks
Wayland Mens Shed Great Hockham
Gardening Club
like to identify them, or at least separate
them into their correct genus, Steve had a
and on slopes where they can access
water from snowmelt higher up. Alpines
Social Group, Old school house, Church Walk, Watton.
I start this month with our "Quiz and Chips" evening on 7th February at the The Nature Reserve Outside My Door couple of books he recommended: The Bees include such species as muscari, lilies,
Community Centre in High Street, Watton. This event is as popular as ever with of Norfolk by Nic Owens, ISBN 978-1- tulips, anemones, orchids and aquilegias
some 72 members, partners and friends attending making this the most successful Hardly a day goes by without being 874357-78-0. And for more general to name but a few. Surprisingly, despite
of these events so far, our Master of the Questions and organiser, Mr Malcolm reminded about how the wildlife necessary identification, Insects of Britain and Western their natural habitat being on higher
Trayhorn d.a.b, was recently heard to say when asked about the success of this to support our home is being threatened. Europe, (not author credited), ISBN 978-1- ground many will thrive well in our
regular event; One day I may become Famous, If my wife lets me! More "Quiz What can the individual do to contribute to a 4081-7948-2. The easiest way to make an gardens and in pots if given the correct
& Chips" evenings coming soon. remedy? With what by any standards is a identification is to try and take a photograph growing conditions and location. If
With the Spring Season on the way and with regular request from the general small garden, Steve Cale (pictured) is trying and then to compare that with an illustration.
public our workshop is now busy making a number of Bird Stand, Nesting Alpines are planted in garden beds they
to make a difference. Steve is an artist and Even a bad picture will often be good are best grown on south or west facing
Boxes, Hedgehog Houses & Insect Hotels ready for sale for when our feathered
naturalist, and rather than rip-off text from enough. slopes in the garden to capture the sun.
friends return from their winter homes in warmer climates and our resident
wildlife comes out of hibernation, all these items can be purchased from our his website, may I point you to the original My wife and I think we are making a They also like good drainage so when
workshop in Church Walk during our regular open hours, order or purchase yours at: contribution to wildlife by ‘wilding’ parts of planting use a fine gravel. For woodland
now dont leave it too late. our garden. Unfortunately, this has been alpines use both gravel and humus. When
Our workshop can also offer a bespoke service to customers that require items Steve started his talk more to do with an first planted alpine plants should be given
made to their own requirements, please call in and submit details to John Bush by saying that inability to do the a good watering but after establishing
our workshop supervisor for prices and delivery times. although some efforts amount of work we were
Following a request from our members we are now opening for a "Games will rarely require additional watering.
are being made to stop once able to than a
Evening", 7pm to 9pm "every other Tuesday evening" commencing from the 4th When growing alpines in pots the
the decline of our planned conservation
February thereafter : 18th February. 3rd, 17th, 31st March and so on. As is the specialists recommend terracotta pots,
native species, it is effort. But Steve’s
case with most of our evening and daytime outings and events, Members Wives, rather than plastic, as it helps to protect
certainly not enough presentation has made us
Partners are also welcome to come along to either join in or just have a chat. the plant against wide temperature
Refreshment will be available, any enquiries Just ask for Peter Bellingham. and some schemes are think that we need to be
even misguided. fluctuations. For anyone interested in
Also on the agenda for this year will be a "Yard Sale" where we will have a a little more proactive.
Although hedgerows We have a pond, but I seeing a range of alpine plants a good
variety of interested items for sale Including some of our own Garden products, a
have been regularly think we may need to introduction would be to visit the East
date for the sale will be confirmed in my April article in the Wayland News.
Our list of up and coming outings for the coming months is as as follows: * promoted, their actual make something more Anglian Alpine Garden Society’s annual
Thursday 26th March, Coach to Yarmouth for Greyhound Racing, Now FULLY ‘modern’ attractive to wildlife, and show at Framingham Earl High School
Booked.* Saturday 2nd May, Coach trip to Newmarket Races, The QIPCO 2000 configuration make after all, you don’t need on May 2nd. Our next monthly meeting is
Guineas * Saturday 23rd May, Afternoon Tea on the Train, Dereham to them not as beneficial to mow a pond. Steve’s on February 27th at 2.30pm at Holme
Wymondham and return, a very enjoyable event. * Wednesday 10th June, to wildlife as some efforts were an Hale Pavilion when our speaker Jonathon
Escorted Coach trip thru & around the Stanta Battle Area,Military Training Carrie will demonstrate “The Art of
people might think. inspiration and a
Grounds, on Wattons doorstep. * Wednesday 24th June, Visit to "The Archangel Willow Weaving” and show members
Gin Distillery", in Fakenham. * Thursday 6th August, Coach to the Cromer Pier Many of those that are retained have been motivation for us all to do more. As Audrey
too truncated and thinned out to provide an Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to how they can produce their own baskets
Show 2020. Please note we may have some availability--Spare Seats on some of
our outings that we can offer to Non Members/general public, if you are adequate habitat to very much at all. believe in tomorrow”. from hedgerow material
interested please ring Malcolm on: 07729 993163 who will be pleased to answer Steve moved into his present home about 10 Late January saw us attending our annual New members are always welcome so
your enquiries. years ago and from the start wanted to lunch. This year we returned to Lynford come along and join us.
Well I think thats enough from me for now, our regular opening times at our Hall change the garden to help wildlife. One of Hall, which as well as being a very
in Church walk are as follows: Mondays & Wednesdays 9.30am to 1pm, Fridays the most essential features of a wildlife impressive dining venue in it’s own right, is
& Saturdays 10am to 1pm (Computer Group in attendance). Games Nights (as
above) 7pm to 9pm every other Tuesday evening. if you have any other enquiries
habitat is a pond. The soil he removed was noted for being just across the road from one Watton Family
not wasted but retained and used to make of the most significant Neanderthal sites in
you can call me on 01953 881004 or e mail: waylandmensshed
Cheers, Richard Adams
raised vegetable beds. He used a liner to Europe. See ISBN 978 1 84802 063 4. Fun Day for VE
construct the pond in two halves: one with Those successful in this month’s Friday 8th May, 1pm – 7pm Watton Sports
just water, the other filled with soil for marsh competitions were as follows: Centre
plants. It is important that this area has the Floral: First: Sue Cunningham. Second: Jane Watton Town Council and Watton Sports
pond liner punctured to provide drainage. He Dalton. Third: Chris Dalton. Association invite the people of Watton to
listed the wide range of wildflowers he had Fruit / Vegetables: First: Eric Rogers. join them for a fabulous Family Fun day to
selected to entice as many insects as Second: Sue Thomas. Third: no entry. celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
possible. To avoid disappointment, anyone Seasonal Photograph: First: Jane Dalton. There will be free family entertainment –
wanting to do this should be aware that Second: Nigel Lincoln. Third: Laura with a forties feel. Meet the animals from
wildflowers survive best in poor soil. Very Lincoln. Wycombe Pastures, have your face painted
shortly after planting the area around the Our next meeting is on Wednesday 11th or try the vintage fun fair rides there will be
pond the first visitors arrived: two mallards March. Trevor Nash will be telling us about swing boats, chair-o-planes and a helter-
that seemed intent on wrecking everything. ‘Honeybees’. Doors open 13:30 for a 14:00 skelter all free for children to ride. Have a go
But as the planting began to become start. Edward Szczepanowski. at some traditional games, show off your
established an environment developed and footie skills and cheer on the Tug of War
more species started to come in. Insects, teams! Lots of stalls and displays to explore
birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals Ashill & Holme including 40s vehicles and fire engines (old
have all visited his garden and Steve had and new!). Why not come dressed in 40s
many fine images of these to augment his Hale Garden style?
talk, all taken by himself, in just that small The first 500 children will receive a free
garden. Club ‘goody bag’ to remember the day by. Bring
As his talk progressed Steve had many tips Jewels in the Clouds (Alpines Flowers) - your own picnic or there will be fantastic
to help would-be imitators. Many insects Presented by Rosemary Ward food available on the day. There will be
have part of their life cycle associated with For the first monthly meeting of the music throughout the event so come along,
grasses. Power mowing will almost certainly Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club in sit back, relax and enjoy.
be disadvantageous to them. Around 2020, held on a bleak and misty Thursday Watton Town Council & Watton Sports
February Steve uses a sickle to carefully afternoon, members were treated to a Association and Social Club
clear away the old grass to allow for the delight of colour in Rosemary Ward’s
coming year’s growth. Some of Steve’s
neighbors come to see the butterflies and ask
presentation of Alpine
Rosemary, who hails from Norwich,
flowers. VE Day at the
how he manages to have so many. Don’t
power mow is his answer. Insects bother
delighted the 60 members present by her
wonderful slides showing where Alpines
Queens Hall,
some people. Instead of killing them, Steve’s
method of catching them alive is to have two Watton
matching clear containers and to bring them Dance-Away organise monthly ballroom
together to trap the offending creature. He dances at the Queens Hall and felt that we
claims that the insect is confused as to where shouldn’t let this anniversary pass without
the threat is coming from and is easy to celebrating 75 years since the end of WW2
catch. There has been a significant drop in in Europe.
the numbers of greenfinches. This is thought We are, therefore, organising an afternoon
to be due to bad hygiene with birdbaths and TEA DANCE on Friday 8th May at the
bird tables. We must make ourselves more Queens Hall and hope that members of
aware of this problem and maintain a regular Wayland will come along and join us for an
cleaning programme. People can be upset afternoon of dance, tea and homemade cake.
when predators like sparrow hawks visit are found in their natural surroundings as It will be a ticket only event, to help with
their garden and prey on other birds. If they well as how to grow them in our own planning, and will cost £5.
frighten the hawk away it will have to kill gardens. Rosemary explained that Tickets will be on sale at our next dance,
again and the original victim will almost Alpines grow between the coniferous tree which is on Saturday March 7th and also in
certainly die anyway. 85% of sparrow hawks -line and below the permanent snow line. Adcocks during April. You can also contact
die in their first year and 85% of those die of They include a wide variety of plants me on 01953882790 to arrange ticket
starvation. including woodland and shade loving collection at the door.
In addition to all the other insects there are plants. They are often found in high We look forward to welcoming you to this
about 270 species of bees, 280 of hoverflies mountain valleys such as in the pyrenees special event. Val Simspon
The Wayland News March 2020 Page 9
this programme, the county council is smaller amount. The majority of been working with the local community, Hopefully, the future is looking good but
The Wayland currently consulting about proposals to households will pay less than £1.60 a organisations and groups to combine are view may be impaired when they
create around 142 additional specialist week towards district council services, skills and talents to ensure that the 2020 build the housing estate on the opposite
Partnership learning places in mainstream schools which include bin collections, planning, Show is indeed a regional celebration, corner, that is a discussion for another
Development across the county. This consultation can housing support, licensing and more. proud of its heritage yet looking to the day
be found at Breckland is to invest £60k in the future. We are keen to promote local For further information regarding Barn
Trust Is Seeking
installation of new Automatic Number
Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology
participation to truly reflect the diverse Ruche, please contact me, Neil Fegan on
cultural heritage of our area. 01760440788 or
Volunteers Tenancies ranging from five to ten years in Breckland, to support Norfolk Please visit our website at
Volunteers are needed for Wayland are being offered as Norfolk County Constabulary detect, deter and disrupt for much more
House, High Street Watton Council invites applications for four criminal activity. ANPR cameras are information on what you will find at the
We are always seeking to add to our farms on its County Farms estate. able to read car number plates so Show. Loch Neaton
The four farms are all located in the criminals can be tracked and Police We are looking for willing volunteers
wonderful band of volunteers. The new
season at the Dragonfly Gallery is about west of the county. To help with the forces notified if a criminal's vehicle who would like to assist with varied
Short Mat Bowls
application process, a free training comes into the area. The one-off spend sections of our Show going forward but
to begin and we are recruiting people to
course will take place over two days (5 is in addition to funding allocated by the in particular to help with set-up and take-
add to the rota of those manning the @ Watton Sports Centre
gallery and Tourist Information Centre. and 12 March). It is specifically Police and will see additional cameras down of this year’s Show. All welcome!
designed to assist new entrants and put in place to help further widen the If you would like to know more please My first report for 2020 is all good news,
We have a great team in place who thanks to the hard work of our secretary
would welcome extra help. those unfamiliar with producing a coverage of the ANPR scope in order to call or email Claire Bowes our Show
business plan. help keep Breckland safe. Breckland's Secretary. Telephone: 07789 796937 or Norma and committee members our club
However, there are other aspects of our has been going from strength to strength,
work requiring volunteer support for the Further particulars for each farm, Cabinet have also discussed proposals to Email
application details and information invest a further £1.75m over the coming Why not become a Member or Supporter so much so that we have now invested in
Partnership. If you would like to help our 4th Mat and with some 25+ members
out in the Dragonfly Gallery, help with about the training course can be found at three years on initiatives which will or Sponsor? Not only will you have a boost all of Breckland's towns and great day out, but you will enjoy special turning up for a Roll up on our popular
Swap Shop, help man the front office Tuesday afternoon event it was very
reception, help maintain the Sensory Norfolk County Council’s County support some of the most vulnerable in privileges and be helping to raise money
Farms estate extends to over 6,800 local communities. This includes for many local charities and groups. much needed.
Garden or help out at the Memory Café Due to this increase in numbers it has
we would love to have you join the hectares of prime agricultural land and schemes to help older people at risk of
has 145 tenants. becoming isolated, people potentially now been necessary for us to move to the
team. In addition, the Wayland
Partnership is involved in many projects The estate provides significant income vulnerable to drug or people trafficking,
Barn Ruche main Hall on Tuesday Afternoons and
for the council, which helps to pay for those experiencing domestic abuse, and Coming into Watton from Thetford on Thursday Evenings at the Sports Centre
and other opportunities will arise from the Thetford Road lays back off the road to accommodate our additional Mat, our
time to take part as a volunteer. services and to meet our ongoing people who need support with their
sustainable development commitments. mental health. on a right hand bend an unusually shaped revised Times are: Tuesdays: 1.45pm to
If you are seeking work or returning to building which is Barn Ruche. 4pm and Thursdays Evenings: 6.45 to
work, volunteering with us can be a County Farms are an important entry And finally, Breckland continues to
point for new farmers and the estate make successful prosecutions for Fly This building has been many things 9pm, Tea,Coffee, & Refreshments
valued addition to your CV as well as during its history, from night club to available during our break and heating
help improve confidence. We cannot supports many rural jobs throughout the Tipping - for example a Thetford man,
county. who fly tipped a substantial amount of factory to offices and other things in has now been laid on in the event its a bit
guarantee that you will gain between. chilly.
employment but many of our past As well as the financial benefits and DIY waste within Thetford Forest, has
opportunities for rural businesses, the been fined £600 for fly tipping and The Freemasons of Watton purchased the Friday the 7th February was our first
volunteers have gone on to be hall back in 2002 after moving from the Club Dinner this took place in the Bar
successful in obtaining a job. There is estate is used to improve public access operating without a waste license. The
to the countryside and to protect extensive fly tip site was reported to old Masonic Hall in the Norwich Road Room at Watton Sports Center. Thanks
an opportunity to develop many skills. which has now been turned into a to the staff there for taking good care of
Volunteering is a good way to meet biodiversity and archaeology. Breckland Council's Enforcement Team
Breckland Council News by the Forestry Commission. The housing development. us and the 3 course meal was enjoyed the
people. If you are retired or not Barn Ruche was just a damaged shell 20 members that attended our first
working, volunteering can be a social Breckland councillors have debated council's staff led an in-depth
plans to adopt a budget for the coming investigation, including analysing local with graffiti and general damage the official dinner.
outlet, can help with feelings of result of years of neglect. With summer now hopefully on the
isolation, or be a way of continuing to year which avoids service cuts and sets CCTV which showed the culprit fly
aside money for investment, but will see tipping fencing panels and other DIY With the help of various members, it was horizon we will be preparing to organise
feel useful. rebuilt turning into the building we have our Teams for the Bowls League Season
If you are new to the area then helping a small rise in local council tax. The waste using his work vehicle.
proposed budget for 2020/21 will avoid Claire Bowes County Councillor today. With meeting rooms for the for those members that like a bit of
out in the Gallery and Tourist members, a large dining/dance hall and a friendly competition against other local
Information Centre or reception is a reducing local services while enabling Watton Division,
the council to invest in a number of bar. clubs, but this is not compulsory and only
great way of getting to know more The building has over the years been for those that want to get involved.
about where you live. projects in the future which help the District Councillor Watton Ward,
district to grow, but there is uncertainty transformed from a building site with all As always we look forward to seeing you
You can give as much or as little time as the rubble and debris to a very all at our Roll ups, New members
you feel able. If you can only manage around exactly how much money the 07789796937
district council will receive from comfortable premises for both Masonic welcome just call in and have a chat or
once a month for an hour or two then functions and private hire for weddings call Norma on: 07748245496.
business rates and central government
that is fine. Sometimes we need
grants going forward. Consequently, the
We've been busy and other celebrations. Cheers, Richard Adams
volunteers for one-off activities too.
All our volunteers are covered by our draft budget report outlines how the
district council will seek to minimise its
organising an
insurance when working on our behalf.
If you are interested but would like to reliance on central government funding even better
discuss what might be involved before to balance its books and instead strive to
committing yourself we would be happy generate income through other means Wayland Show
to meet with you. and make efficiency savings to cut its
Contact or costs. For example, Breckland Council for 2020
phone 01953 880205 for more has a diverse property portfolio and has The new, family-orientated Spring
information won a national award for its commercial Wayland Show which will be held on
approach, receiving close to the amount Sunday May 3rd, and will reflect the
of income from commercial rents as it heritage of the region and the
Councillor's Chat does in local council tax. This stream of countryside of the 21st century, and
With Cllr Claire Bowes income is one of many which help to provide visitors old and new with a truly
I’d like to begin by expressing my keep council tax low, while other rural show experience. New and
heartfelt sympathy with the businesses sources of income include optional paid- exciting interactive events and
and families who were affected by the for services, such as garden waste competitions will offer visitors of all
fire in the High Street in early February. collections. The council is also aiming ages the opportunity to enjoy hands-on
Thankfully no one was hurt but a fire to save around £0.5m in 2020/21 and a experiences. The Wayland Show
such as that is always a shocking event further £1.1m in 2021/22 through committee have been working with the
for those directly affected. efficiencies. This includes digitalising local community, organisations and
Breckland council officers have been services to cut processing costs and groups to combine skills and talents to
giving support and advice to those procuring less expensive providers for ensure that the 2020 Show is indeed a
involved and the County Highways services and systems while maintaining regional celebration, proud of its
team have been working with agencies service standards. In order to maintain heritage yet looking to the future.
to make the High Street as accessible as the council's good financial position, New and exciting interactive events and
possible whilst salvage works are in Breckland plans to increase district competitions will offer visitors of all
process. council tax by £4.95 for a Band D ages the opportunity to enjoy hands-on
County Council News property from April 2020. This would experiences. At the heart of the new
Residents are being invited to a pre- mean council tax for a Band D property Spring Show will be all that is best from
planning drop-in event to view plans for would rise to £93.78 for the full year, the region; quality livestock, unique
a new school in Fakenham for children the equivalent of 25p per day. Despite craftsmanship, local musicians, and
and young people with autism. The the proposed rise, district council tax in local foods and produce. The show’s
school would be based on the former Breckland is expected to remain among impressive display of livestock, gun
Fakenham College site, subject to the lowest in the country and, as most dogs, vintage vehicles, food halls,
planning and other approvals and is part residents (76%) live in Bands A-C shopping village, tractors, horticulture,
of Norfolk County Council’s £120m homes - including 54% of people in the cooking and crafts and many trade
investment to transform education for district who live in the lower-priced displays will ensure an unmissable day
children with special educational needs Band A or B homes, the majority of out.
and disabilities in the county. As part of residents would see their tax go up by a The Wayland Show committee have
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Palace. Although this was probably nearly and in my office we all were admiring the
Church Services In March Thought for the Month eighteen miles away, the extent of the flames skill and handiwork of the painter, until he
St. Mary’s Church, Watton By Deacon Jen, Watton Methodist Church. had made this disastrous event seem only a was in the process of painting the first ‘S’, Follow us @StMarysWatton In January Watton Churches Together shared few streets away. when it became obvious to us that he had mis
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate to contact me, an act of worship at the start of the week of My next excursion into the realms of memory -judged the available space, and there would
on 01953 881439, I can then Christian Unity. This is always a special time took me back to the world of broadcasting, be no room for the second ‘S’. We tried to
email or telephone you back or arrange to meet up with you. when individual denominations put aside somewhere about 1938, when most homes temper our amusement with sympathy for the
Thank you: Your Vicar, Revd Gerry Foster. some of their traditions, show a bit of had what we called ‘wireless’ sets. ( In those little man, who was unable to step back to
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion humility, and celebrate being able share in the days everyone ‘listened in’ to the wireless, assess his progress as the cradle on which he
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship love of Jesus Christ. never calling it radio, despite the programmes was working was about twenty feet from the
Thursdays 7.30-8.00am, 5.00pm - 5.30pm Parish Prayers Some of the service focussed on being kind to being listed in the Radio Times.) ground.
Saturdays 9.30am - 10.00am Parish Prayers one another. This included a poem by W. The latest ‘novelty’ was listening to a station But the laugh was on us. We had suffered the
5.00pm - 6.00pm Prayer & Praise Lomax Childress by which I was particularly called Radio Luxembourg, which broadcast effect of an optical illusion, and there proved
Sundays 10.00am-11.30am ADventure!-free for 0-16 yr moved. Two lines stood out for me. lightweight shows financed by advertising to be exactly the amount of room that he
term time only Let us be kind, this is a wealth that has no sponsored by many leading companies, one needed.
Breakfast - Crafts - Games - Faith in Jesus Teaching measure, this is of Heaven and earth the of which divined that the biggest potential I think we all have many such fragments
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-12 noon highest treasure – let us be kind. audience would be in the late afternoon on locked away within our minds, though often
Tel: 01953 881252 Let us be kind; the way is long and lonely, Sundays, when adults would be resting and we may temporarily mislay the key, though
and human hearts are asking for this blessing their children returning from Sunday School. sometimes . . .
Sun 1st 8.00am Holy Communion BCP only – that we be kind.
10.00am Holy Communion But few people tuned to Luxembourg on
This reminds us that kindness is one of the Sundays, as commercial broadcasting on the
Sun 8th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP greatest gifts we can give to others. Kindness Sabbath was considered by most to be anti-
The Ovington Crower
10.00am Informal Holy Communion requires thoughtfulness. It doesn’t just come By Boy Sid
Sun 15th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP religious and down-right sinful.
on its own. We need to focus our thoughts, if But children were not steeped in tradition so Hent we hed a bitta wind leartly, thas shifted
10.00am Holy Communion only for a moment, on someone else and sum stuff we hent sin fer years. We hatta goo
Sun 22nd MOTHERING SUNDAY ways were found to tell kids that there would
share God’s love. Kindness can take many be a programme especially for them at tea- an hull sum roop oova tha stack o bales we
8.00am Holy Communion BCP forms, and can be received in many ways, but hed inna tha yard cos thet wos gittin on tha
10.00am 4th Sunday at 10 time on Sundays, and children from five
I believe that the love of God can manifest years old would be eligible to join their own huh a bit, an iffen thet hed gorn oova that
6.30pm Choral Evensong itself in a myriad of thoughtful and kind acts. wooda put paid tew tha ole chicken shed.
Sun 29th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP special club, members of which would
We don’t always need to do anything receive a secret message in code in each Aside o thet, har yew bin gitten on tergitha,
10.30am Group Service at St Nicholas, Ashill energetic but we do need to show we care – nun onya hev got tha ole viarus wos gooin
weekly broadcast. Parents were soon
Watton Methodist Church we can all do that. inundated with requests to be allowed to abowt I hoop. We also need to be kind to ourselves. How listen to the new show, and within a couple of My missus she say she hed a Corona viarus
Every Wednesday the Church is open from 10.00 to 12noon often we give ourselves a hard time instead of weeks it seemed that nearly every child in the wen she ware a littul ole gel, she yesed tew
for quiet reflection and prayer. It’s your quiet place. treating ourselves kindly. We must be kind to country was singing the new signature drink gallons o thar Corona ginger beer, cos
There is a half hour midweek service on the 2nd and 4th ourselves in order to be kind to others. tunethat began “We are the Ovaltiniies little thet wos wot har daddy yesed tew drink, only
Wednesday of each month from 10.00am in the large vestry, Three years ago, in the Norfolk and Norwich girls and boys” and parents were being hissen dint hev ginger innit.
led by a Minister. Hospital, there was a ‘cloth of kindness’ harassed into buying a tin of Ovaltine which Horry an me dint git tew tha larst Cowncil
made by patients, staff, volunteers and would contain a coupon to be used to join the meetin cos we wos called tew a mergency
Sun 1st 10.30am Mr Peter Wright visitors. Small squares of cloth, stitched meetin o tha darts team. Tha local leeg hent
club, receive details of the secret code, as
6.30pm Mrs Judith Semmons together, had been embroidered with people’s tew happy abowt us movin our dart board
well as a handsome lapel badge with the
Sun 8th 10.30am Mr Alan Warby definition of kindness. On it were these inna tha pub ware we play. Sum otha teems
letters L O (League of Ovaltinies).
6.30pm Rev’d Barbara Winner words: The radio show itself seemed to be an all- hev hed a bitta of a hellup abowt it an tha leeg
Sun 15th 10.30am Mr Tony Het Being kind to ourselves and others changes children affair, although the voices of the hev sed we shell hatta move it back or be
6.30pm Deacon Jen Woodfin the world. main characters, (Elsie, Winnie and Johnnie) hulled owt. So we hed a meetin an orl onnem,
Sun 22nd 10.30am Mrs Elsie Warby During this time of Lent, as we travel towards were actually provided by a chap named cept me an Horry, sed we hed betta move it
6.30pm Rev’d Jacqui Horton Easter, may we be ready and open to Harry Hemsley, who had developed this back tew ware it wos. Shooda gone tew tha
Sun 29th 10.30am Miss Jackie Woor receiving kindness offered. May we look out ‘Radio Family’ just recently as his own act. A cowncil meetin, I did hear thet nuthin
6.30pm (3.00pm Circuit Songs of Praise at for all opportunities to be kind to others. new addition to this family was a baby named happened cos tha ole Chairmawtha sed afore
Thursford): No evening Service Every blessing. Horace, who burbled away in a sort of tha meetin started she woont stand fer any
Deacon Jen, Methodist Church. language that only Winnie could understand, tork wot weren’t cowncil bizness, an no
Roman Catholic Community ansrin back from ennywun. I bet har ole
Each Sat 5.00pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church and this has led to old folks, like myself, even
woodin hammer wos in har hand orl evenin. I
Church Services for the ACOS Benefice
Fragments today, nearly eighty years later, whenever we
rekkun she missed us boys cos sheeze corled
By Ken Knowles hear someone muttering indistinctly, asking
St. Nicholas’ Church, Ashill “What did Horace say then, Winnie ?” anutha meetin fer this week, she sez thas fer
As we get older we accumulate more and planning, but she jist wont Horry an me tew
Sun 1st 10.00am Lay Led Worship Advertising seems to have dominated my
more memories, but unfortunately sometimes give har sum lip, she like it reely.
Sun 8th 9.30am Family Holy Communion our ability to recall them at short notice is memory cells, and two items that popped up
Sun 15th 9.30am Morning Worship were ones that appeared in newspapers Well thet look like I shall hatta goo shortly
lacking. cos boy Julian he say “Git yerself a moovin
Sun 22nd 9.30am Mothering Sunday Service But from time to time some chance remark or frequently were, firstly, the image of a cheery
Sun 29th 10.30am Group Holy Communion. little man, bare-footed, wearing striped Sid” he say “Cos I’re gotta git this pearpa owt
event triggers off the appropriate memory cell an oova tew tha printas afore tha weekend,
and we remember an episode that we may not pyjamas, pictured astride a bottle of Bovril in
St. George’s Church, Saham Toney cos thas a short munth”. Thas oonly a cuppla
have even realised we knew. Perhaps a brief the middle of the ocean, while the second
Sun 1st 11.00am Lay Led Worship days I say, but I better dew wot he say.
review of a few of my recent recollections of depicted two poor children in Dickensian
Sun 8th 11.00am Family Holy Communion So dew yew look arta yerselves and Fare yew
this kind will stimulate similar memories clothes, blissfully inhaling the aroma given
Sun 15th 11.00am Morning Worship well an dunt fergit “Dew yew kip a troshin”
from some of my readers. off by a nearby cooking pot, and breathing
Sun 22nd 11.00am Mothering Sunday Service PS Granma allus sed “A woman is judged by
I have arranged them in chronological order, the words “Ah, Bisto !”. These Bisto Kids
Sun 29th 10.30am Group Holy Communion. Ashill her company - - - but not until arta sheeze
but of course they occurred to me singly at became a favourite theme for entrants to
fancy dress competitions that were popular at left.
S.s. Peter & Paul’s Church, Carbrooke various odd times.
the time. Good artanewn. Boy Sid
Sun 2nd 10.30pm Holy Communion My very first memory of all took me back to
Sun 9th 10.30am All Age Worship my very early childhood, and must have been Next on my memory chart came yet another
Sun 16th 10.30am Holy Communion in about 1930, when my mother woke me cooking aid ad, this time one that adorned Letter to the Editor
Sun 22nd 10.30am Mothering Sunday Service from my sleep and carried me out to the back hoardings all over London, and probably the Wayland Show
Sun 29th 10.30am Group Holy Communion. Ashill garden of our house in north London, to make rest of the country too. One day the Capital Twenty years ago I found myself, chairman
me look up into the sky to see what my dad woke up to see numerous posters, with the of the Wayland Show, in Watton.
St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington message ‘A is for Archery’, with a depiction
surmised, correctly as it turned out, would be Unfortunately, work got in the way and I
Sun 1st 10.00am Holy Communion of a bowman, followed by the legend ‘O is
a unique and unforgettable sight. had to eventually step down.
Sun 15th 10.30am Family Service for Oxo’, plus a few words about that
I looked up and saw this enormous thing, Due to retirement, I decided to volunteer
Sun 22nd 10.30am Mothering Sunday Service product. About four weeks later a new poster
about as long as a football field and almost as and come back to the show and join the
Sun 29th 10.30am Group Holy Communion. Ashill showed ‘B is for Bowls’, with an appropriate
wide, slowly moving across the sky, comm. after I heard they were looking for
accompanied by a deep humming noise. It illustration. Each month a new sport or new members.
was not until I was much older that I learned pastime was featured, and the travelling This show is one of the oldest country
All Saints Church, Threxton that I had witnessed part of the last flight of
the ill-fated airship R101, which had gone on
public began to await each new poster with
eager anticipation, everyone wondering if ‘F’
shows in England and has gone from
Our Next Service is Sunday 1st March at 10.30 a.m. strength to strength from when I was
and crashed on the other side of the English would be for football, or for fencing, and so involved with a small comm. to having 30
Everyone Welcome Channel, and had been completely destroyed on right through the alphabet. (I can’t recall plus people involved with the organisation
in flames. what ‘Z’ was for !). of the show.
Surprisingly my next memory also concerned My last of these advertising memory For many years the show was held in
Fountain of Life Church a major fire disaster. Only a few years on
from that just related, I was again roused
fragments came when the large hoarding in
front of the office in which I was working,
August but for various reasons, the show has
been moved to May 3rd. It is still being held
The Well Christian Centre, Swaffham Road, Ashill from my sleep to watch a huge conflagration one day was visited by a little man who began on the same field adjacent to Cranswick.
that dominated the skyline, somewhere in to paint words, apparently in freehand and I'm have now become the trade stand
1 March 10:00 & 18:00 8 March 10:00 & 18:00 south London. Next day the newspapers told with no visible template to guide him, what secretary and if anybody requires
15 March 10:00 & 15:00 22 March 10:00 & 18:00 us that what we had seen was the end of the were obviously going to read “GUINNESSS information please contact me, Neil Fegan,
29 March 10:00 famous landmark building, the Crystal Is Good for You”. All apparently went well, on
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should be added to our policies to further protect grant will lapse), and we will keep you updated
Saham Toney wildlife and habitats, so we will need to decide if with progress.
Neighbourhood Plan Update we agree with those. We may ask Natural Following a meeting with two Breckland
Shaping the future of Saham Toney! England for comments at this stage, but it’s not Council planners to discuss their comments on
In last month’s issue of Wayland News, we obligatory. Then later, the assessment will be our design policy and the village design guide,
mentioned the Strategic Environmental updated to reflect changes we’ve made to the we have updated both documents, and if our
Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Neighbourhood Plan since last autumn’s main consultant confirms they are okay, we will
Assessment (HRA) of the Neighbourhood Plan consultation on it. The final report is then ask the planners to review them again. This
that need to be undertaken. That work has now consulted on by (only) Natural England for 3 iterative process of review and update is all part
started. The two must be tackled somewhat weeks. If necessary, as a result of any comments of one of our key aims, which is to get to a point
differently: they have, the HRA report will be amended as where Breckland will have no comments on the
For SEA the first stage is a report setting out a may the Neighbourhood Plan. We will then final plan. This means things take longer now,
scope of work for the assessment. Our comments submit the HRA report to Breckland Council and but if we can achieve that aim, the
on the draft report have just been included and it ask them to confirm that it meets the legal Neighbourhood Plan should have an easier ride
on 5th February it was sent to the Environment requirements. If it does, we will then be able to through its examination, and overall time and
Agency, Historic England and Natural England, make the final submission of the Neighbourhood trouble will have been saved. That is because we
who may want changes or additions to the scope. Plan and all its supporting documents. have no control over changes made by an
They get five weeks to make comments, then we In January we received the additional grant we examiner, and examiners often accept any
and our consultants will decide if we accept applied for and will use it to commission various objections of a district council.
those, then the first stage of the assessment can consultants to do the following: Having had chance to discuss the sequence of
start. That process reviews what’s in the A full review of the Neighbourhood Plan and events and timetable for SEA and HRA with the
Neighbourhood Plan, together with what are other key documents by our main consultant, consultants, we’ve refined our overall schedule.
called ‘reasonable alternates’ which we have who will tell us if we’ve dealt with all the Our latest estimate is that we may be able to
agreed with the consultants. After we have consultation responses correctly and fairly. She make the final submission of the Plan around the
reviewed the report on that, we will know what is very thorough and will inevitably have advice middle of August – about a 6-week saving on
changes to the Neighbourhood Plan, if any, are on how to improve the Neighbourhood Plan. what we told you last month. After that we have
needed. Later the consultants will An independent review of our housing needs no control over the timetable but would hope
update their report to reflect any assessment, including recommendations for any examination of the Neighbourhood Plan will be
changes we make to the ways we can improve our approach to affordable complete before the end of the year. Then there
Neighbourhood Plan over the housing; and will be a village referendum and the date of the
coming months. That report will A transport study: Rather than solving the referendum depends on Breckland Council. We
be published for a 6-week public village’s existing problems with roads and hope they will arrange one quickly, but it is
consultation, and we may need to footpaths etc. the aim of the study is to review possible they could defer it to tie in with local
update the Neighbourhood Plan the impact of the allocated sites on those issues, elections in May: let’s hope not!
again as a result of comments. hopefully including a detailed study of the As usual, if you have any comments or questions
For the HRA we have just junctions at each end of Pound Hill. We cannot on any of this, or anything else to do with the
received our consultant’s draft anticipate what the study report will conclude, Neighbourhood Plan, or if you would like to be
report, which assesses the but there is every chance its recommendations added to our mailing list, please look on our
Neighbourhood Plan as will lead to changes or additions to the website or contact Chris Blow on 01953 880915
published last summer. They Neighbourhood Plan. We are hoping the study or at
have advised a few things that will be finished by the end of March (when the

Watton Society's January Report What’s on at St Mary’s, Watton

Watton Society's first meeting of 2020 began with a full house all ADventure! Sundays 10.00am-11.30am - free for 0-16 years at
fascinated by the story of the honey bee. Trevor Nash's interest in bees St Mary’s Church. Breakfast – Crafts – Games – Faith in Jesus
began as an 11 year old school boy, and he finds it still absorbing today. Teaching. (term time only)
He is now the vice chairman of the Norfolk Bee Keeping Association. The Story Bags: Mondays 9.30am – 10.45am At St Mary’s Church
number of different types of bee you wouldn't believe. The way the honey for parents and preschool children (term time only).
bees organise the working of the hive, and their interaction with each other Breastfeeding Café: Friday 28th February, 13th & 27th March
is riveting. 10am - 12 noon Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Friday’s of each
Our March meeting is on Wednesday 18th March at 7.45pm in the Watton month in the Church Rooms, for expecting, new & experienced
Christian Community Centre When the speaker will be Malcolm Trayhorn parents to make new friends, enjoy hot drinks & peer support.
talking about his police career with the Metropolitan Police. All are Older children welcome.
welcome, non-members £3.50. Watch out for our posters. Watton Rainbow Brownies: Mondays 4.30-5.45pm At St
Mary’s Church Rooms for girls aged 5-7 years. The Rainbows
meet each Monday (term time only) at St Mary’s Church or look on Facebook
Coffee and Chat: Thursday 5th March 10.00am – 12noon. A
social coffee morning at St Mary’s Church on the 1st Thursday
of each month. All welcome.
Watton Community Cinema: Friday 20th March 2.15pm At St
Mary’s Church “Downton Abbey” Refreshment Café opens one
hour prior to screening (1.15pm). Tickets £5 available at the
box office on the day (drink and cake included in the price.)
Sat Chat: Saturday 21st March 10.00am – 12noon A social
coffee morning at St Mary’s Church on the 3rd Saturday of
each month. All welcome.
Let’s Talk About It…….: Thursday 26th March 2.00pm –
3.30pm All welcome to come to St Mary’s on the last Thursday
of the month to talk about a ‘hot topic’. We want to listen to
each other and grow in confidence, considering how our
Christian Faith speaks into the issues which surround us in the
news and/or local community.
Watton Churches Together Lent Programme: Thursday 5th
March 9.30 for 10.00am start Held at the Watton Christian
Watton Evening WI Community Centre over 5 consecutive weekly sessions. The
subject this year is ‘What’s the Story?’ taking the form of a
At the end of January, our Craft Workshop members made 60 green hearts
mostly using scraps of fabric and stuffing – upcycling. The hearts were short time of worship, group study and discussion, followed by
given to members at the February meeting. Each February, the WI a time of reflection. All are welcome!
encourage members “to show the love” for everything we want to protect February Winners of the 150 Draw 1st prize £50 - number 19,
Ron Smith, 2nd prize £25 - number 83, Vera Amys
from climate change.
We started February with members having a pamper session at a member’s
home. Various treatments were available from Neck and Shoulder Massage, Diabetes UK
Reflexology, Manicure, Pedicure, Facials, Indian Head Massage and Back Barry Gayton, from Stanton Downham was the speaker at our
Massage. February meeting. He gave a look into how he became a
This month, we started by celebrating members who have birthdays in renowned gardener, He told us about how he got the gardening
February. Our speaker Yvonne Neville a WI member talked about bug when he was 7 years old, when he was helping his father.
Dementia. She has worked as a Specialist Dementia Carer and now works In March, our speaker will be Debra Lawrence-Bell, from
for the NHS as a Dementia Link Nurse. As Dementia is such a vast subject Adult Social Services and she will be talking about "Early
we handed in questions last month for Yvonne to focus her talk on. She Help and Prevention". We will be meeting, as normal, at the
explained Dementia is an umbrella term for several types of illness, which Pentecostal Church, Watton, 10.15am on Monday 9 March.
affect different parts of the brain. We were given examples of how to look We thank the church for the generous use of their facilities. For
after and live with a person who has Dementia and reminded that sometimes more information about the group, please phone 01953 884713
a small fib is better that telling them the truth as it can be confusing to them. leaving a message, or email
The Wayland News March 2020 Page 12
Summer in Australia Farenheight).
By Chris O'Connor This summer has really
changed Australia; it's
Summer in Australia is something we all shown us what climate
yearn for. The national identity is built change might actually
around it. It’s a time when we shrug off the looks like.
working year, go on holidays, and head Often when we talk about
outdoors. But for many Australians, climate change, it is
summer 2020 has been far from carefree. something that will
Bushfires have been burning since happen in the future,
September. Lives have been lost. Houses something that happens to
and livelihoods have been decimated in fires other people. But what
that burnt so hot they created their own we have seen this
weather systems. summer is that this is
On the east coast, more than 800 homes something that is here and
have been destroyed in bushfires since now, and it does affect our way of life. I'm particularly those living in tree change and
December. Behind those statistics is an somebody who has grown to love an sea change parts of Australia. In Australia,
anxious community. Frankly I’m looking Australian summer and this summer has not we pride ourselves on being a country
forward to summer ending even though been fun. society, but most of us live about 100
where I live has not seen the disastrous fires I’ve heard extraordinary stories of people kilometres from the coast. Each morning I
that have destroyed homes, flora and fauna who have left the major capital cities or take my dog for a walk along with a few
in other parts of the nation. We are sitting bushfire areas and taken their children away other people and for an hour we chat about
and just waiting for the inevitable to happen from the raging fire zones simply to enable life in general – the news, some idiot
and that is something that jumbles your their children to breathe fresh air and not the celebrity, a recipe we have found or the
brain after a time. polluted air that the fires have created. At weather, mostly we bitch about how cold or
It's a constant on-edge feeling. I've never one stage Sydney’s air quality was worse how hot it is. These days we are yearning
wanted summer to end, actually, but I think than that of Beijing and that is a very sad for those frosty mornings when the grass
it'll be just nice to get through to winter or story. The only difference being that Beijing crunches beneath our feet. Roll on winter. I
get some rain and cooler weather. We’ve smog is manmade. never thought I’d say that.
had days where the temperature has hovered This bushfire season will have caused Pictured Chris’s son James and children
around 45C for days on end (that’s 113 people to reconsider where they live, on a typical summer day at the beach.

there have been some 300 concerts all over Lesley have often written material for the
The West End Waiters Norfolk and Suffolk. The venues have varied Waiters and some has been recorded in the
10th Anniversary Concert, Queens Hall, between Assembly Halls, Town and Village Wayland News under the heading of Songs
Watton Sunday April 19th. 2.30pm Halls Churches, Church Room, Chapels, and of the Waiters. He tells of the adventures in
It was in 1997 when Ken & Brenda Davis co Care Homes. In addition, they have various venues and reminds us that
-ordinated the “Good Old Days”, which performed at County Hall, Mustard SATNAV doesn’t always mean you end up
played a major part of the Watton Festival, Television, Raffles Restaurant and Banham at your destination.
that the West End Waiters first trod the stage Zoo. Three of the Waiters helped by Brenda John Garratt’s death in 2014 affected the
of the Queens Hall. Ken was able to even gave an impromptu concert in a hotel in Waiters greatly. He was diagnosed with
persuade many individuals that they could Scotland whilst on holiday. The material Motor Neuron Disease in 2009 and was
sing, or at least perform, in some capacity or travelled well and the performance was well active with the Waiters for some time before
other. Over the years there have been many received. More recently there was a joint he was unable to continue. At the outset it
changes of personnel but the joy and Concert with the Military Wives at the was decided that all donations received by
satisfaction of performing has not Queens Hall. In fact, they have been the Waiters would go towards MND
diminished. Ambassadors for Watton for the past ten Research and Support. The total is now
The very first song in 1997 was ‘My years. £25,000.
Grandfather’s Clock’ and in the next few When the Waiters started ‘on the road’ in The repertoire of songs has increased greatly
years followed ‘The Quorn’, The Daring 2010 the line up was Ken Davis, Derek over the years and there are now over 200 to
Young Man on the Flying Trapeze’, Smith, Martin Parker, Ollie Adcock, John choose from. Many of the songs, music and
‘Harvest Festival’, The Galloping Garratt and Richard Akister. June Garratt scores have been obtained with the help of
Major’,’Sweet Phoebe’, ‘A Policeman’s was on the keyboard and also was charged our Honorary Waiter from Norwich, Edward
Lot’, Widdicombe Fair’, ‘Pansies’, ‘Rubber with knocking them all in shape. With her Murray Harvey. He and his friend Maggie
Duckie’ and ’Sitting on Top of the World’. professional backgound she was well are frequent attendees at the Concerts in and
To be honest, not all were great successes qualified to be Musical Director. Brenda around Norwich.
but the audiences loved them, especially acted as Compere. For many years the Waiters have joined in
when things went a little wrong. Richard left for pastures new, but Roy with the Watton Inner Wheel Club
The changes in personnel were quite Challand and Peter Cowling were recruited Christmas Concerts at the Queens Hall and
numerous as the Festival was held every in 2012. Lesley Cowling and John Shead they very much appreciate the close
other year. However, they included, Martin joined in 2013 and Graham Gabbatis in relationship they have with the Club.
Parker, Lionel Fleet, Ron Hillman, Ollie 2016. Martin left in 2014 to spend more time Without their help with refreshments, ticket
Adcock, Vernon Brodie, Derek Smith, in the US. Sadly, John died in 2014 and Ollie sales and organisation the Waiters’ Concerts
Gordon Barley, Jim Scrymgeour, John died in 2015. The full complement is now at the Queens Hall would not have been
Vincent, Gary Palmer, David Myers, Ken, Derek, John S, Roy, Peter and Graham, possible. Thanks are again due for the
Richard Akister, Paul Weatherill and Roy with Lesley and Brenda compering and forthcoming Concert.
Challand. Roy insist that his part as the back giving the lads a rest with additional The 10th Anniversary Concert in April will
end of a horse in Widdicombe Fair justifies humorous verses and of course, June no doubt include a few old favourites with
recognition although nobody recognised him accompanying and still trying to knock them some new material added not previously
into shape. June does add a little culture with performed at the Queens Hall. The difficulty
THE WAYLAND NEWS at the time.
After successful performances of Pansies a piano piece at each show. If you have seen is, what to leave advised that
and Widdicombe Fair at the 2009 Festival it the Waiters you will know that the rest of Rehearsals are going well. June has her whip
PLEASE READ!!! Page space is allocated strictly on a first was decided to ‘go on the road’ so as not to them don’t do ‘culture’. Over the years there out and the Waiters are raring to go. Don’t
come, first served basis. 12 Noon on the 15th of the waste the effort that was put into the have been many hospital visits, operations miss this opportunity to see the West End
month preceding publication is the last date and time rehearsals. The first Concert was in April and the like and recently Peter has been very Waiters close to home and enjoy their unique
2010 at Thorpe House, Griston. Since then poorly but the Show must go on. He and blend of humour, songs and monologues.
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