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FREE - Issue Number 280 - MAY 2020 THIS PAPER IS FREE! COVID-19 Edition No.

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From The Editor . . . Need something to do in the
I just want to say the biggest thank you I can to everyone
associated with the production and distribution of the Wayland
lockdown? Teach your dog to read!
News in these difficult times.
The advertisers who, despite many of them having to stop
work, have agreed to try and keep the paper alive. Please
support them whenever you can. The printers, Sharman and Co
in Peterborough who have bent over backwards to assure
production (yet again!). The regular contributors – Orbiter,
John Egerton, Lotta Potts, Boy Sid, Ken Knowles and the
correspondents of the various organisations who are trying
keep in touch and last but by no means least the businesses,
especially Watton Edwards News and Post Office, helping to
get the paper to you when we are not even allowed from our
homes most of the time. You all deserve and get my grateful
thanks for helping produce this edition.
In these uncertain times it is difficult to say with any certainty
'we’ll see you next month' but I sincerely hope that is the case.

From Watton Town


Council . . .
Following the Government Guidelines Watton Town Council
Office will be closed to the Public until further notice.
Staff are generally working from home and will continue to
answer the telephone and respond to email enquiries.
We trust you will all understand that to ensure the continued
running of the Council, this is an essential step.
The Town Councillors are still working on behalf of our
Townspeople, working with local partners, Breckland District
Council and Norfolk County Council to help to provide
services to local residents who can't get out because they are
shielding. So far we have 16 volunteers helping 44 people -
volunteers who have come forward are to be thanked for the
assistance they are providing. jobs that we have been so successful at
A list of local businesses and groups within the Watton and Wayland Men’s putting off for the last couple of years,
Wayland area that are offering help and support has been Cleaning out the Shed, Painting the living
collated and available on Facebook and the Town Council Shed, Social room, Pressure washing the Patio and the
website. The list is a work in progress and although updated Dog has never walked so much in his life!
regularly it is subject to change. If there are any businesses or Group, Church so she indoors is now a happy lady!, well we
groups who are not listed or who would like to update the always try to please dont we chaps. I know
information provided please get in touch Walk, Watton that one of our members is finally writing
wattonswaffhamevents@gmail.com or 01953 881007. The Usually at this time of the month I manage that Novel he always talked about, and we
safety of our staff and the public is to have quite a lot to talk about but with the wish him good luck with that but I think the
of paramount importance to us at unreal situation we all find ourselves in life most adventurous of our members is John
this time. As normal, contact as we know it has almost come to a who is learning rock climbing in his front
details are as follows:- standstill, our daily or weekly routines hove room and he tells me it driving him up the
Telephone - 01953 881007 or gone and we now many of us find ourselves wall! and if that wasn't enough hes teaching
email: for our own health, isolated in our homes. his Dog Barney to read! (above) Sorry John
clerk@wattontowncouncil.gov.uk For many of my fellow members at but I think you have been isolated a bit too
Thank you for your patience and "Wayland mens Shed" social Group I know long.
understanding at this difficult time. this has become difficult as we have become Well hopefully we can get back to normality
The safety of our staff and the used to sharing company with others on a at some time soon, for me I now have to go
public is of paramount importance weekly basis. and help her indoors clean out our shed that
to us at this time. At this time and for the near future our daily I promised to do last year, then have a bit of
Please keep safe and stay at home & weekly Shed activities have come to a lunch, and then its off for our permitted
where possible. standstill and our Outings postponed, daily countryside walk in the hopes I can get
Pat Warwick, Chairman and members are now expelling their pent up a bit fitter!-- Some Hope.
Mayor. Watton Town Council energy at home getting on with all of those Cheers All, Richard

What's on at St Mary's
For the latest news from St Mary's please check our website
www.stmaryswatton.org and our Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/StMarysChurchWatton, as we are
continually updating them.
The April Winners of the 150 Draw: 1st prize £50.00
number 43 Mrs Sue Marks and 2nd prize £25.00 number 57
Mr Victor Sladden. Congratulations!

Please support local


businesses! You would miss
them if they weren’t here!
back so that workers can be redeployed to
Councillor's Chat support household waste collections Inner Wheel In
With Cllr Claire Bowes Housing and homelessness support:
As I write we are heading into the Easter Breckland’s Housing Team have seen an Lockdown!
weekend and necessarily but sadly in a increase in the number of people presenting Firstly a BIG THANK YOU to Julian for
lockdown which looks set to continue for some homeless or rough sleeping, but to date, they keeping The Wayland News running in these
time if the fight against the progress of have managed to source and make offers of troubled times. Like most organisations Inner
Covid19 is to be won. My thoughts are with all accommodation to all these residents. Wheel has had to cease club meetings and our
those working on the front line in the NHS, the Tenants, whether in social or private housing, public concerts have had to be cancelled and it
emergency services, and all those who continue who are experiencing financial difficulties are seems very unlikely that our Strawberry Tea in
to deliver the crucial services that we all need being urged to make early contact with the June will be able to take place.
but also my thoughts are with the brave Council, to ensure they are accessing all the With the majority of our members in the
individuals in our community who have been available support to which they are entitled. 'vulnerable' category and therefore confined to
asked to self isolate, many of whom are elderly National benefits changes: As part of a their homes we have been doing what we can to
and alone and who would never have number of measures to support the country stay in contact with each other by phone but we
anticipated this situation and yet are quietly during the pandemic, Working Tax credits have also have an excellent 'in house' newsletter
complying because they don’t want to put been increased from this week (6 April 2020) called We'll Write.. Up to the start of the virus
pressure on the system. Many thanks to them at with the basic element of Working Tax Credit the magazine was just for our club members but
this time. There are also a number of people being increased by £1,045 to £3,040 until 5 it has now been extended to include news from
who will be experiencing increased anxiety due April 2021. The government is also uprating Rotary members as well and has become
to the unfamiliar circumstances they find Child Benefit, other tax credits rates and Tandem. Our splendid editor, Lesley, has been
themselves in. If you know of anyone who thresholds, and Guardian’s Allowance by 1.7% doing a superb job putting it together and
urgently needs help and support now or in the with effect from 6 April 2020. encouraging us all to participate with news,
coming weeks please let me know and I will National (Council Tax) Hardship Fund: articles, puzzles and jokes. We all enjoy reading
make sure they are contacted. Breckland is using its £919,967 share of the it as we do our copies of the Wayland News.
The following is an update on what has been national £500m Council Tax Hardship Fund to As many of our friends in the community will
put in place by the County and District Council support everyone of working age (4,524) in the know the events we run raise funds for charity
to support and help residents as we all comply district who currently receives Council Tax and it has been our usual practice to give these
with the necessary restrictions in place in Reduction Scheme benefit to get a revised £nil funds away on two occasions during the year,
response to Covid19 bill, by applying a £150 credit to each person. once at Christmas and then in June at our AGM.
Community Support Hub Network The remaining, unallocated funding (£427k) With £2000 sitting in the bank we felt we
Our most vulnerable residents are being will be used for new claims of working age should give this money away now where it
encouraged to get the help they need by calling people during the year: this is expected to be a could do some good to the community causes
Norfolk County Council on 0344 8008020 or minimum of 1,736 applicants based on last which need it now more that ever. Our
visiting www.norfolk.gov.uk/coronavirus. year’s claims, but the Council is preparing for President's charity for her year is to support The
Customer calls and contacts are being triaged more as a result of Coronavirus. Benjamin Foundation and the sale of the club
and those with a social care need are being If any residents are experiencing difficulty cookery book which she produced raised £600,
directly supported by the County Council. paying their Council Tax please contact £500 has been sent to the local Foodbank, £400
Those who need help with essential supplies Breckland Council to request a change or delay is going to ARC, the shelter in Norwich for the
like food or medicine or just a welfare check in your instalment plan using this link homeless which is run by The Salvation Army
(with no support from friends or family) are www.angliarevenues.gov.uk/coronavirus in conjunction with The Matthew Project. The
being referred to Breckland’s Community Local Hardship Fund: Breckland Council’s remaining £400 will be sent to the NNUH
Support Hub. The Community Hub makes local hardship scheme, offering one-off Charity Fund which buys equipment for the
welfare calls, and delivers food parcels to those payments of either £50 (to assist with food and hospital and supports the nursing staff. The
most in need, in addition the Hub works with medicines) or £300 (towards emergency choice of these charities was circulated and
the food banks, who have received an household repairs or essential household agreed by all members.
additional £10k funding from Breckland to appliance replacement) is in operation. We do all hope that by the end of the year we
help source and distribute food to local people. Administered through the Breckland shall be able to get going again and see all our
Volunteering: Individuals who want to help the Community Support Hub, the £60,000 fund is friends in Watton….. we must have our annual
Community Support Hub can register their targeted at those residents facing extreme Christmas Concert to cheer us all up!
interest at bit.ly/39WwWl7 hardship as a result of Coronavirus. It is In the meantime we wish you all well and
Businesses who can help the Community anticipated that cases will be identified through STAY SAFE.
Support Hub by providing services, vehicles or the work already being undertaken by the
other resources can email: Community Support Hub who will understand
covidbusinessresponse@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk the specific nature of the assistance needed, Rotary Roundup
Communities can provide vital services to working with a new team set up to arrange The last piece, for the April edition of Wayland
those most in need by making a donation to the payments. News, was written just before the screws were
‘Covid-19 Community Response Fund’ at: Highways: Highways teams are keeping being turned on to control the rate and spread of
www.norfolkfoundation.com/giving- Norfolk moving durning the pandemic. COVID-19. As, in common with other clubs, all
philanthropy/covid19communityresponsefund Alongside the crucial work authorities are Rotary meetings and activities have been cancelled
Watton has a higher percentage of ‘vulnerable’ doing to look after vulnerable people across for the foreseeable future, there is somewhat little
individuals than other Towns in the District Norfolk the county’s highways teams are that we can talk about. Many of our members are,
and working with Breckland Community ensuring essential infrastructure stays safe. by age, in the vulnerable category, and quite a few
Support Hub, Community Action Norfolk and Great care is being taken to ensure highways of us are very vulnerable, ie shielded, so there is
St Mary’s Church, Watton Town Council staff teams are able to follow the latest guidelines not a lot we can do individually or collectively for
are working hard to coordinate a team of from Public Health England while at work. our local community. However, we are open to
volunteers to help ensure that no one slips Child Safety: A campaign has been launched suggestions, and those that can surely will!
through the net of support. If you would like to to keep children safe, as families face pressures In order to maintain communications between
volunteer to help Watton residents who are self of staying home. See Something, Hear members, and our sister organisation Inner Wheel,
isolating please contact Something, Say Something is a county wide one of their members had the bright idea of
deputyclerk@wattontowncouncil.gov.uk campaign which encourages neighbours, producing an in-house magazine style document,
Impact on services: Many may wonder or be extended family and those working to provide which has been called, appropriately, “Tandem”.
naturally concerned about the impact of the essential services and volunteers to look out for The third edition has just been published and runs
Covid19 restrictions on the normal democratic the county’s children as the lockdown to 6 sides of A4 paper. It is distributed to members
process and decision making. The Coronavirus continues. The campaign, backed by the as an email attachment; let’s hope we do not run
Act 2020 bill received Royal Assent on 25 Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership out of paper or printing ink!
March and includes a range of provisions asks people to contact the council on As we are not meeting but our individual
including handing local authorities new powers 03448008020 if they hear accounts are being topped up monthly, some
to hold public meetings virtually by using Aggressive or repeated shouting; Hitting or members are making monthly cash donations
video or telephone conferencing. Whilst things being broken; Children crying for long from their ‘meals account’ to the local food
technologies to support this are being put in periods of time; Very young children left alone bank.
place officers will make any urgent decisions or outdoors by themselves. Although we have lost some of our charities
utilising urgency powers in consultation with These are fast moving times so please do fund income (eg Jazz Evening), our Trust Fund
key elected members. Planning delegations refer regularly to both the County Council is healthy and solvent. That cannot be said of
will be exercised in consultation with the and District Council websites for the latest many other charities that rely on cash flow.
Chairman’s Panel. up to date information. If you cannot access There is concern that some of the larger Rotary
Critical services, such as Housing, Waste, the information you require during this crisis inspired charities, such as Shelter Box and End
Customer Services and Public Protection, all please do contact me and I will assist you. Polio Now are affected by the downturn in
continue to operate. Claire Bowes, Breckland District Councillor, income.
To help manage customer demand Breckland is Watton Ward. What we have now is almost Biblical –
asking customers to self serve via it’s website claire.bowes@breckland.gov.uk Pestilence (locust storms in Africa), Flood, in
wherever possible so that the Contact Centre Norfolk County Councillor, Watton Division many places, none the least in England (those
staff can prioritise calls from vulnerable claire.bowes.cllr@norfolk.gov.uk poor folk who can’t even isolate in their own
customers and those with urgent enquiries. 07789796937 homes), Earthquake, and Pandemic etc.
Grounds maintenance work has been scaled Martin Anscombe
The Wayland News May 2020 Page 3
to, secret agents among other roles. It was not until
Lavender de Grey Accuracy and speed were vital and could the restrictions
By Bronwen Tyler mean life or death for the agents in France were finally
Lavender Hyacinth de Grey (later Garnier) and other occupied countries. released on
was born on 14th October 1923 the first Her first posting was to Knightsbridge people talking
child of Lord & Lady Walsingham. She Rectory in London where she was taught about such
was always called L by the family; her drill. Here she met and made friends with wartime roles
siblings were called by their initials too but women who were to remain friends for life that many
in the army, unsurprisingly, and no doubt at and with whom she served in England, people knew
school she was often called Lav, or even North Africa, Italy, India and Ceylon. The what L had
Lavvy and very occasionally Lavender memories of one who served with her show done during the
Westmere in Tottington, now one of the how much she was loved but also recount War. A chance
lost villages in STANTA, the military the fun, such as L sleeping in a luggage conversation,
training area just a few miles away from rack on a long train journey, and obtaining about writing
here, was where Lavender and her younger a, then very shocking, copy of “Lady articles for a
siblings, her brother, J (John), and her two Chatterly’s Lover” which she disguised in a publication,
sisters M and K, were brought up until they brown paper cover entitled “Dusty the was the first
and their parents were forced to leave in Story of a Grey Pony”. time she had
1942 in the middle of the Second World After her preliminary training in London ever told me of
War. This was when about 12,000 acres of she was stationed in Thame, in Oxfordshire, her role, and
the Merton estate were taken over by the and Grendon Underwood, in even then it
army to become what is known locally as Buckinghamshire, where she was taught the was quite
the Battle Area. Morse Code and the skills required of a dismissive.
As a child she was surrounded by horses military signaller. Her first overseas journey She said that
and ponies, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs - was from Glasgow to India on a Merchant she couldn’t
Lavender once had a pet pig that slept in ship where she was one of the very few not write (in the literary sense) because the
front of the kitchen range until it got too big to be seasick. From Bombay they went to war had stopped her education. She had
to stay inside and had to live in a sty (she Meerat and after a few weeks they were learned only 4 useful things in life. One
said it soon died of a broken heart). And, of sent to Ceylon. She had volunteered to was to darn socks, but we now threw
course, there were the children in the parachute into France as an SOE agent to them away, and another was Morse Code
village. A lifelong trait was that no one was fight in with the Resistance but fortunately which they had now decided was
too poor to be a friend and no one was too she was rejected because her spoken French redundant. Of course, I asked her why
grand to be given the de Grey special was not good enough. Those days of Morse Code and she began to tell me a
treatment. She could be playing with the teasing the French mistress and bunking off little but never very much. She never told
children from the end of the drive and a few lessons had seen to that. In Italy she her family very much either. One
moments later be summoned by her father hitchhiked to the front “just to see what it memory they have is of her still able to
to see the Duke of Connaught, Queen was like” and, had she been allowed to, no decode Morse Code into old age and
Victoria’s third son, changing out of his doubt she would have grabbed the next rifle getting very irritated when it was used in
shooting clothes. Her father said she would or machine gun and set about the enemy films and TV programmes, but
probably never have another opportunity to with as much vigour as any male soldier. inaccurately, so that the message she
see a Royal Duke take his trousers off! In later life Lavender decided she would heard was not the one it was claimed to
Westmere was where L and her sisters were like to meet up again with some of her be.
educated alongside fee paying pupils, their wartime boyfriends, though she was quick Never one for public display, when asked
mother having set up a small school in the to add that they were friends who were why she did not wear her campaign
house. Lavender’s diary as a 13yr old male and there was ‘never anything of that medals on Remembrance Sunday and at
shows just how much freedom they had, sort’ in their relationship. She phoned me other British Legion events – she replied,
and occasionally how mischievous they for some help with how to go about this. I half in jest, that she had never applied for
could be. Horse riding and cooking were suggested using local radio and with her them because she did not want people to
part of the curriculum and in winter they characteristic bluntness told me she thought think she was old enough to have served
could skate on the Mere. Their subjects I was more intelligent than that, and I was in the War. She was barely 22 when the
included French from a Mademoiselle who as stupid as another friend who had War ended and had seen more than many
seems to have been the butt of some of the suggested the same thing; they didn’t live in today will see in a lifetime. In her
mischief. No doubt a suitable marriage and Norfolk so what use was that? I gently seventies she got her medals but even
future of home management was mapped pointed out that other places had local radio then was just a bit embarrassed – “I was
out for her. Lavender would have preferred and she just as quickly retracted her only doing what I was supposed to do.”
to have had a formal education like her comment. Using a range of methods Lavender’s third cousin William Garnier
brother and clearly wanted more from life including phoning everyone in the phone and her brother were also posted to India.
than that of a dutiful daughter. book with the same names and initials she By the end of the War Lavender and
The War changed everything. Not only did eventually found them. She visited one in William were engaged; they married at
it lead to the loss of her childhood home in particular several times in Scotland. She Merton’s church on 9th April 1946. This
Tottington but it also meant she could leave would stay nearby in a hotel. Her friend had was the start of an exceptionally happy
home, join the army and meet new friends the beginnings of dementia and she was marriage, first as an army wife travelling
and travel in a way and to places that might quite touched that, ever the gentleman, he the world and then, in retirement, buying
not have proved possible had peace would insist on seeing her back to her College Farm Thompson, and beginning a
continued. She joined the FANYs, the First lodgings each evening, However, this left very successful B&B. She died there on
Aid Nursing Yeomanry, not as a medic, but her worrying that he would get lost on the 13th September 2010. Over 350 people
as a signaller working alongside the SOE. way home and admitted she was tempted to attended her memorial service at
Signallers received from, and sent messages follow him back to ensure he had made it. Thompson.

Obviously the service was first class, but I passenger asked how to reach a remote
Hold Very Tight Please still felt there was something missing. But destination, he would quickly supply details
by John Egerton what? I spent the next part of my journey of where to alight, whether any further
Being a car driver for many years, after trying to think of what that might be, and transport might be appropriate, and if so.
moving to Norfolk I have not had to make then it came to me – there was no what form it should take. In the rare event
much use of the local bus services, but conductor! of his not knowing the answer, he would
recently I did have occasion to visit All through my earlier life in London, when consult his little book to make sure he
Norwich, and decided to take the number I had made probably hundreds of bus could supply the correct information.
Three from Watton. Due to depart at 09.30, journeys, they had all been in the care of a Of course, like any other person, he might
I was impressed to see the bus arrive at the conductor. I can’t recall ever speaking to a himself be a bit ‘under the weather’, but
stop by the Post Office with five minutes to driver, but the conductor was the point of normally his cheerful demeanour would be
spare, and as the waiting handful of people contact for everyone. Obviously in rush- infectious and this would put his passengers
boarded, they were greeted by a welcoming hours he was so busy issuing tickets and in an equally good mood.
smile from the driver. Then a man arrived controlling the numbers of prospective While a journey on a bus today can usually
on one of those electric-powered invalid passengers trying to board, often in far be a pleasant experience, we are no longer
carriages, and the driver promptly left his greater numbers than the seats available, treated to the banter we once enjoyed with
cubicle to lower the front section of step to that his true personality would not be this, possibly closest of all our public
allow this handicapped person to drive revealed. But once the rush had subsided he servants, and I am sure we all miss his cries
straight on. would settle into a role of friendship with announcing our approach to various
Then, at each stop, after the boarding the sole aim of making the rest of the important points along the way,
customers had paid their fares or used their journey a pleasure for everyone. such as “Lewisham Obelisk, Queen’s
passes I noted that the driver always waited The London bus conductor was usually a Road, Peckham “. Or “Exhibition Road.
a few seconds to give them time to reach mine of information regarding travel Science Museum, Albert Hall”.
their seats. around the capital, and if, for instance, a ”Hold very tight, please”.
The Wayland News May 2020 Page 4
Mary Watkins sends us a picture of a couple wos. Well thas orl fer now people, keep
Great Hockham of rabbits in her garden; The view from my safe an dew yew kip a troshin. Please support local businesses
Gardening Club window. Little daffodils just right for their
little furry bottoms. You would miss them if they
Corona Diary We have an agave. As far as I am concerned Well, There’s A weren’t here . . .
How times change. On the beginning of March it is about as boring a plant as - all the other
agaves you might come across. But this one Funny Thing
we were all together at our talk on bees and
before the end of the month reality had struck has launched into something rather By Ken Knowles. as we have been discovering!
home. About a week after the meeting we spectacular by producing a 9 ft. tall The Year: 1937. The Scene: School
were wondering whether we needed to shut flowering stem. We have been told that Classroom. The Crime: Disruption of
down. A week later we were wondering why when they only do this just before they die. Lesson by Laughter. The Accused: Me.
we were wondering. Things have happened We shall see. (pictured below left) Punishment: Detention and/or Lines.
so fast. Along with an increasing number of Well, who knows when things will get back Yes, I was always getting into trouble
institutions. we have seen no alternative but to something like the way they used to be.
by making my classmates roar with
to suspend our gatherings. All we can do is hang in there and try and
laughter, because of my ability to see
Rather than just go into hibernation I feel we stay safe. Hope you’re all still there next
month, best wishes, Edward. the funny side of everything before
should try and keep some kind of contact
Edward Szczepanowski: Secretary, Great anyone else.
going. We are not having meetings, but we
are all doing something. So instead of a Hockhan Gardening Club. The same ability, I think, lies behind
report on our last meeting I am hoping that the success of the cartoonists whose
our members can let us know what is work is a feature of our daily
happening and I will compile it into a The Ovington Crower newspapers, for the very fact that we
coronavirus diary and pass it on. By tha Boy Sid find their products funny proves that
For example, we have a little blind dog. Her Well thas a rum owld dew an no mistake, we share their senses of humour, but
name is Bella. She requires a regular hent sin northin like this afore. need them to bring our minds up to
coiffure. Amanda, her regular coiffeuse, is Harf tha willage orl shut down, doors their speed’
unable to attend due to the lockdown – so locked, tha other harf are gooin arownd I first came to admire them when I was
the task falls to me. I am rubbish, but as she gittin tha shoppin fer them wos not gooin about ten years old, and used to
can’t see, I am getting away with it. All her owt. My missus she say “ Sid” she say accompany my mother whenever she
trimmings get thrown into the flowerbeds for “Tha Govinment hev sed we hev gotta visited the Public Library. While she
compost. We have a bird box. We are able to
stay indoors cos we are of thet age now” was in the main hall choosing her
view what is going on inside. It has been
occupied. The nest is beautifully lined with
“How am I gooin tew dew thet woman, books, I would visit the Reading Room
Bella’s hair. we got hell an orl wuk tew dew on tha and pray that no-one else had beaten
One of our members, Julie Brown, sends her farm, and thars oonly me an tha guvner” me to the latest copy of Punch, which
regards to all and writes, “Wot abowt Horry?” she say “Yew ont was famous for its cartoons.
I was at the village hall today, I do the see much o him” I say “ Enny excewse This ability to see the funny aspects of
garden there, trying to fill it up so I don't an he’ll shut hisself away and git stuck things just a shade quicker than others
have to do much in the way of weeding, I inta orl thet hoom meard wine he’re got was emphasised years later when, as a
planted allium bulbs, looking forward to hid away in his shud an thas cos tha pub member of the armed forces during the
seeing what they look like, they were being hev shut down an orl” war I was at a camp concert in an
sold off loose at half price. “ I better goo an see wot tha guvna heft audience of about 500. At the end of
In some ways I am looking forward to the tew say on tha matter” Well he sed tha one sketch, which had finished on an
forced 'stay at home', it will galvanise me into
same as me, we’re got a lot on and we apparently ordinary word, I suddenly
getting on with changing my garden. I am in
the process of emptying my wildlife pond. It’s best git stuck in, we dunt hefta see or realised that there could be another
about 10 feet square and 2 feet deep in places speak with ennywun cos we nearly allus aspect, albeit rather rude, and could not
and it got flooded by run off water from wuk on our own. We agreed we are wot help making a loud guffaw. My lone
farmers field. The pond silted up with lots of they corl key wukkers an hefta git tha laughter sufficed to make the rest of
fertilised soil 3 years ago. It’s full of yellow country fed, an thas wot we shell tell tha the audience think quickly back, and in
flag, which is one complete mass of root, law if they wonta know wot we’re on, a moment the hall shook with their
rhizome and new shoots, driving threw tha willage. mirth. Whether the writer of the sketch
Needless to say I am pretty tired but it is If yew remember larst time we was in tha had intentionally included the word or
empty of the rhizome and shoots. I am going pub an this lad cum in who looked jist not, he must have been very pleased
to fill in the pond so I have to find soil like Horry, only abowt 6o years younger, with the subsequent applause.
within the garden to fill it in. I am going to while I wos torkin tew tha boy at tha bar But every part of life has a humorous
put the mud back in the hole, take some turf
I see Horry makin a sharp exit owt tha aspect, and as a regular reader of the
up as my grass is not good and put that in
upside down and rake a hummock level, ha door. So I arsked him wos he related tew Daily Telegraph, I enjoy the cartoons
ha how ambitious an I? Horry, “Why yis” he say, an I wos shure by the artist known as Matt, and I am
I am going to make it into a rose garden and he wos gooin tew say “heese my ole told that each day he produces at least
make ponds in the bog garden out of black man” but I wos disapointed, cos he four for every one that is printed,
tubs that I have. I am aiming for a Japanese reckoned his Ma an Horry ware distent which a quick calculation shows that
garden too, to place my Mums rocks and cuzzins, but she hent niva sin him. She his wit generates well over a thousand
bonsai horse chestnut. The weather forecast wos dewin wun o these famly histry possible laughs a year, and he has been
for next week is sunny and bright and I have searches an sent har boy to try an find at it for some considerable time !
digging to do so I won't mind it being a bit Horry an see ware he fit in with tha rest o I have also been inspired to try my
chilly tha famly. hand at cartoons, and they have
Take care of yourselves, regards Julie. I tolt him I dint think Horry wud fit in wi appeared in my village magazine and
We have been getting on in the garden with
enny famly. I tolt him thet Horry hed tew Wayland News but have had to lack
one of our projects; putting a hard edge
between our drive and a patch of grass we git hoom cos his owld hins hed tew be topicality, since those publications
call Boot Hill (our pet cemetery). This really shut up, but if he cud git back inna tha appear only monthly, and entries have
must be the last job we do that involves 160 pub temorrer nite I wud meark sure to be made in advance, but my
heavy edging bricks, 1000 kg of crushed Horry wos thar. scrapbook does raise the odd smile
aggregate and five bags of cement. I finished my pint an hossed orf hoom from people who have come across it
kwick tew give Horry tha gud news, on my bookshelf.
oonly I thort I mite hev a gearm wi him Of course humour registers with
fer a bit tew see wot heed dew. different folks in different ways. There
I fownd Horry in his shed jist hidin a have been the times, even at funerals,
bottle o parsnip wine heed bin sampling when I have found something amusing,
wen I cum along. though to recount these would appear
“ Cor blarst Horry” I say “ yew missed a irreverent, even though the deceased
bitta histry ternite, thet boy reckon yore a would have found them extremely
werry cloose relative tew him an heed funny. Anyone who remembers the
luv tew git tew know yew betta” Dave Allen TV show will recall that
Horry got owt thet bottle agin an tuk a there were a frequent comic episodes
rare owld swig, an dint leave much in tha involving funerals, and church
bottem eetha. “Oh” he say “Wot sort o services, which to some were
cloose is he tew me then?” “Waal” I say extremely funny, though there were
“He dint let on much but he thort his ma many people who regarded them as
an yew got on real well fer sum time a sacrilegious.
few years back, an he want ter git tew In these days of self-isolation, and the
know yew, so duz his Ma” Horry dug menace of the virus, it sometimes is
inta an owld sack an pulled owt a full difficult to discern a funny side, but, as
bottle of wine, an downed it in wun goo. Matt shows us every day, there is one.
I bust owt larfin an tolt him tha propa Perhaps I am fortunate, but I have an
story, I dint know how much more o thet innate sense of fun that makes me
wine heed got but I knew how strong it agree.
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Saham WI’s
Trauma
Teddies at the
ready
Following a request from the Norfolk
Federation of Women's Institutes for
members to knit trauma teddies for the
emergency services photo shows members of
Saham WI (before lock-down) with teddies
they had knitted. The aim was to produce 50
teddies to mark our 50th birthday but with
contributions from family and friends and
from Fiona and some of her customers at the
wool shop in Watton we almost doubled that
number. Photo also shows the
commemorative tea cloth that was
commissioned to celebrate our 50th year.
This shows landmarks around Saham Toney
and Saham Hills drawn by our member
Yvonne Harrold.

Ashill, Holme
Hale & District
Garden Club
A Good Time
for Gardening
Website:
ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com
Email:
ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com greenhouse and in your vegetable and garden leaf and flowers into bloom, our resident birds are

With the current rules on social


beds:
Potatoes: Your first early potatoes should have
Wildlife on your singing and the summer migrants have returned.
Swallows and house martins are around as I write,
distancing and ‘stay at home’ request
there has never been at better time to get
been left to ‘chit’ in the greenhouse or on a
window February for planting in March. Plant
doorstep! and by the time you read this, swifts should be
screaming around the village too.
out into your garden to get it in shape for 6 inches deep in the your vegetable bed. 2nd As most of you will now know, especially if you There is also the bonus of being able to spend time
the coming summer months. While the early and main crop potatoes should be left in visit the reserve regularly, due to the Covid-19 with our energetic son, who has been ‘helping’ me
gardening club is currently not able to bright frost-free place to ‘chit’ so they are outbreak, we have had to close Lakenheath Fen in the garden. We’ve planted lots of vegetable and
hold monthly meetings we are providing ready for planting later in April. completely following government guidelines. flower seeds, and he’s enjoying finding about all the
gardening advice via newsletters and our Tomatoes: If you grow your tomatoes from Apart from regular essential security checks, which bugs in the garden – he happily picks up earwigs,
website to keep everyone active with seed now is the time to sow the seeds in either we are taking it in turns to do, our small team of beetles and millipedes to show me!!
gardening tasks. The RHS website a seed tray or small pots and keep at around 20 staff are currently working from home, or trying to So until the reserve is open again, and our lives can
(rhs.org.uk/) is a good source of things centigrade until germination. Pot on to 9cm at least (it’s not so easy to do with a lively three get back to some sort of normality, enjoy what
you should do each month in your garden pots once the first true leaves appear. They year old on the go!)! nature is around you, and take good care of
as is the BBC’s Gardeners World on a will need potting on again in about a month. What does closing the reserve mean for the wildlife, yourselves and those close to you.
Friday evening on BBC2. Runner Beans: If you grow from seed now is a and for us who look after it?! Well, the wildlife I’m Katherine (Warden)
Spring is a good time of the year to do a good time to place single beans (hopefully sure is doing fine, and having a wonderful, peaceful
number of seasonal tasks around your time without any people pointing binoculars,
garden:
saved from last year’s crop) in 9 cm pots in the
greenhouse to get them off to an early start for telescopes and camera’s at them! For us reserve When Mother Nature
staff, and all our volunteers and visitors, maybe not
Trees, shrubs and Flowers: Now is a
good time to prune certain shrubs and
planting outside in late April / early May.
quite as fine! It means a reserve full of wildlife that Speaks
Herbs: Sow seeds for herbs such as coriander, By Alicia Eldridge
split up other shrubs: parsley, dill, chervil etc in prepared seedbeds we can’t go and see or show people, and a breeding
Roses: Prune by about a 1/3rd, especially or pots. To keep a regular supply of herbs sow season that will, for the most part, go un-monitored. When Mother Nature speaks,
if not done in winter (except ramblers, a small amount every 3-4 weeks. For many of us, springtime is our favourite time of believe that she’ll be heard.
which should have been done in the Garden Design year and carrying out surveys is one of the best She has control of everything,
autumn) and give them a feed with rose The Club’s March monthly meeting was to be things about working on reserves! There will be a the seas, the lands, the birds.
fertiliser or granular fertiliser. on ‘Garden Design’ but like all social lot of frustrated RSPB staff out there!!
She remembers when we cared for her.
Dahlias: Check your Dahlia tubers that gatherings it had to be cancelled due the So what would we be doing on the reserve this When we treasured the beauty she gave.
were stored over winter (or well mulched coronavirus restrictions. However, on the month if Covid-19 hadn’t turned everything on its All she wants is for us to see,
in the garden bed) to see if they need club’s website we shared links to some virtual head?! Well, most of our migrants should now and hear what she has made.
splitting into several clumps if getting garden design which allowed a virtual tour of have arrived, and we’d be looking forward to seeing
how many hobbies we’ll get, we’ve topped 60 in When Mother Nature speaks to us,
large and remove any rotten tubers. some lovely gardens in the UK and Italy. she is trying to open our eyes.
Replant in pots (or garden bed) with a Please feel free to visit our website (address the last few years! We’d also be spending many
hours looking out over the reedbed, recording Our soul is darkening each generation,
little drink and some peat-free compost. below) to see these lovely gardens by clicking this ‘Angel of Death is no surprise.
Agapanthus: Now is the time to split on the ‘Virtual Garden Club' page in top menu. booming bitterns and feeding flights, and watching
your Agapanthus. If potbound soak for marsh harrier food passes too. We would also all But from this darkness she'll spread our wings,
A virtual tour of Waddesdon Manor Gardens –
be carrying out our own bird surveys, in various and teach us how to listen,
before splitting with a knife or gently running time 5 minutes
areas, involving up to seven or eight early morning then life will blossom on every street,
prising apart. youtube.com/watch?v=EyYuxTfdtKo
visits to record territorial males singing, and other our hearts and minds will glisten.
Snowdrops: With your snowdrops now Italian Garden Design
fading away and foliage yellowing it is a Monty Don’s Italian Gardens – Episode 1 signs of breeding. And on top of all that, there’s the Remember that the world is ours.
good time to lift out, divide and replant Rome – running time 59 minutes routine reserve maintenance to be done, including It is all we have to share.
so you increase the number you have youtube.com/watch?v=OY413RwBzB0 keeping on top of the grass and reeds along paths If we work together as people should,
next year. A Garden Designed over 40 years by Prince and at viewpoints and filling potholes (our we’ll fix the pollution in the air.
Garden Borders: Apply a layer of mulch Charles volunteers most favourite job!)! And then of course You've seen what shutting the world down,
to your garden borders. Use organic A tour of Highgrove Gardens – home of Prince there are all our visitors to be enthusiastically Can do in just a little time.
matter such as well-rotted manure, Charles – You click through the images using welcomed! Imagine what a difference we can make,
garden compost or wood clippings. This the arrow on right hand side of the screen (or Despite missing what’s going on at the reserve, I’m when we work with her design.
will help retain moisture, suppress weeds at bottom of screen on iPads). There are a few certainly not missing out on nature, and I find it
somewhat reassuring that although our lives and With kindness, hope and love in our hearts,
and improve soil texture. small videos within the presentation. We’ll bring the world to Glory.
Vegetables, fruit and herbs: Now is the artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/ daily routines have been turned upside down, nature
'Once upon a time' will be,
time to get planting seeds both in the igLSEOWqhVHoJw is carrying on regardless. Trees are coming into The beginning of our brand new story!
The Wayland News May 2020 Page 6
have allowed my garden to become merely a If you couldn't feed in April now's the time to get
PLEASE MENTION A Quick Look Round display facility, no longer a source of supply for on with it otherwise the grass will burn as the
by Orbiter home-grown potatoes and vegetables of all kinds. temperature rises. You can weed and feed but
THE WAYLAND What a change has occurred since my last look I used to enjoy the delights of fresh-picked large weeds will have to be removed by hand.
round ! One minute I was contemplating my next produce, but like many others, I found it easier to That's for the purists. The grass will need cutting,
NEWS holiday, and the next I was being commanded by buy, say, fifty-six pounds of spuds from a garden the blades on high, and the weeds will be cut as
my son to lock myself away from the rest of the centre and save all that digging, earthing up, and well. They're green. Eventually they will give up
WHEN SHOPPING world, since being over seventy years of age the so on, and covering the ground with pretty shrubs, trying to flower and seed so job done without
virus would grab me and affect every one within and now I am not permitted to go out. more effort than cutting the grass.
WITH OUR spitting distance, though spitting, even short But, as they say, always look on the bright side, If you didn't prune the forsythia and flowering
distances, is not part of my repertoire. and there always is one. For instance Norwich currant bushes once flowering had finished now's
ADVERTISERS It seems that Mother’s Day was the turning point in City haven’t lost a match for some weeks, so the time otherwise next year you will have lots of
our lives, for although everyone had been told to things are not all bad. And . . . And . . . .er . . . long stems that don't produce flowers. A quick
stay at home, the weather was so nice that many Good afternoon. reminder if you forgot. It's quite easy. Follow the
families decided that it would nice for Mum to go flowered stems down to a shoot that didn't flower
out for a drive and enjoy the fresh air in the and cut just above it. If there is old wood take one
countryside, while, of course, keeping well clear of In your garden or two stems out completely, about a third of the
any other folks who might also be out. Alas it seems With Lotta Potts redundant stems. Same again next year and the
that nearly every family in Norfolk Since we aren't going anywhere soon, now is a year after and there you have a brand new plant.
had the same idea, and every open space, beach and perfect time to perk up that garden and get some Forsythia and flowering currant can be pruned
beauty spot became even more crowded than usual. much needed fresh air and exercise too! This year drastically and will make a neat hedge. Other
Incidentally what is Mother’s Day ? In all my a lot of plants are about two weeks early. We've hedging plants such as beech, hornbeam and box
diaries the date is recorded as Mothering Sunday, had a great early spring and it doesn't take much to should be pruned late May or early June. Privet
and I always understood that this was the one day in get the spring bulbs shooting up and into flower. needs more care, cutting every six weeks or so but
the year that young ladies that were employed as The magnolias were also early and on my final will thrive for it. Just make sure when pruning
live-in servants in big country estate houses were trip to Dereham before being shut infor the anything that any birds have flown. Sometimes
allowed a day off to visit their mother, a privilege duration or 12 weeks whichever applies it did my they nest in ridiculous places. Robins are well-
secured on their behalf by the Church. Apparently old heart good to see the various magnolias about known for making their homes in sheds in pots
some astute business person saw the possibility in re to open fully. Pity to miss the show at its peak but and even the odd watering can.
-naming it and now every year restaurants, there you go. Plants that have formed large clumps such as
chocolatiers and florists do a roaring trade, and All the experts will tell you not to rush out and primroses can be divided now. Just dig up the
Mummy sees her family. What a good idea ! buy lots of bedding (not frost hardy) until at least clumps and pull them apart and spread the
Since that day this year things seem to have sorted the middle of May in case of late frosts. This is divisions round a bit. Nice clumps next year! I
themselves out, or have been sorted for us, by good advice but if you've got fruit trees you can be found out early last year that primroses grow up
governmental edicts, and, at least in our part of the in a bit of trouble. If you are starting off with fruit hill. So all those lovely plants lining the
world, some semblance of normality has returned, it might be worthwhile seeking out the really hedgerows stared off at the edge of the road or
and the first rush of panic buying has diminished. dwarf ones that can be grown in pots on the patio. field margin. I tried it on a very small slope in my
Yes, that person has far more in her trolley than a These are handy as they can be brought in over garden and this year I am sure the clumps are
normal person can need, but she is not necessarily winter and put out once frosts are over or they can bigger upwards. Difficult to tell on the flat but
hoarding, she may be a kind person shopping for be covered with fleece at nights when frost is another experiment sounds like a good idea.
several old folks, or simply someone sensibly threatened. This leads to the annual question, of You can direct-sow all sorts of vegetables now if
doing a whole week’s buying in one go instead of course, when do you know you've had the last you have room or even a few pots. Tomatoes do
making two or three visits. frost? You don't. The best bet is to just aim for well in pots as do all manner of peas and beans.
Of course things are not so easy in big towns and mid-late May and hope. There are now lots of dwarf varieties that produce
cities, and the pictures we still see in our daily Now for the annual point I tended to make: I make very well. The downside is, of course, they need
papers of empty supermarket shelves can be quite no apology for asking gardeners with a bit of a lots of watering. They need watering in the ground
alarming, and make us feel thankful to live in such shady area round trees or shrubs not to plant too but the soil holds the moisture better. Plant
a comparatively quiet area. Spanish bluebells. Whilst quite pretty these are hanging baskets with tumbling tomatoes and herbs
Every time the country experiences some crisis or scent-free and very sturdy. They are so sturdy they as well as flowers – mix them all up! Last year I
other, we are treated to new slogans to help us cross-pollinate with the natives so that with both tried a few climbers in hanging baskets and they
carry on, and one of them this time assures us that the Spanish and the hybrids proliferating soon we worked just as well. Once they’d worked their
We Are Not Alone, and the truth of this one has shall have no native scented bluebells. This would way to the tops of the chains and wrapped
been emphasised by leading figures, such as Boris be a crime against nature so I am asking you now themselves round the brackets they then trailed.
Johnson, and Prince Charles, among other the season is upon us to look out for Spanish Maybe they should have been given more space as
prominent people all testing positive and having to bluebells or hybrids and get rid of them. How to I tend to cram baskets full (they still don’t look as
self-isolate, thus helping to re-assure folks that we tell? It's quite easy. The native is slender and good as the professionals’ photos) but black-eyed
are all in this together. curves slightly at the top of the flower stem. The susans did quite nicely. Another experiment
A n announcement that, in order to ensure bells are deep blue to blueish purple and hang coming on.
shoppers keep six feet apart, the police force mainly to one side of the stem. The leaves are For all those of us prohibited from leaving home
would attend at supermarkets, some of them being narrow, dark green and pointed. They also have this may well not apply as you’ve done it but just
of the old-fashioned kind that used to patrol the that glorious scent. The Spanish and hybrid ones in case the usual reminder: keep weeding.
streets in the days before high visibility jackets are stiffer in the stem, the bells are all round the
and walkie talkie radio sets were heard of, raised stems, they have little or no scent and the leaves Have Courage and be kind
amused memories among some of us oldies, of are noticeably large and wider, almost floppy. If Stay at home but look to the skies,
when constables, known as bobbies, flatties, or you are able to take a walk in a bluebell wood just Know that courage in your heart lies.
simply coppers, patrolled our streets on regular4 marvel at what we have. Please leave the flowers Don't forget that together we stand.
beats, twenty four hours a day, although it was as they'll die before you get them home (if they This is our future, this is our land.
accepted that there would never be one when you don't they're Spanish so well done). If you want We can change the world, oh yes we can!
wanted one. some for your garden don't dig up wild bulbs, it's That's one small step for every man.
Of course anyone under sixty years old today will illegal. Plenty of sheds and garden centres sell pots Spread the kindness if help is in need.
probably never have seen one, their presence was so you can ensure they are natives. If you buy mail Be careful, be safe and soon we'll be freed.
once an accepted part of the daily scene in every order make sure the seller states native and bred We don't need a hero with magic or powers,
high street. for sale. If you aren't sure give them a call and ask. Just look to the skies, land, ocean and flowers.
In busy towns they were sometimes able to keep Like snowdrops bluebells should be planted 'in the We won't see the end until change happens
in touch with their superiors by means of special green' so the growers may well have started to lift within.
telephone boxes, such as the one that used to be bulbs ready for sale before the flowers appear. If This is the start of a new world...let's Begin!
used by Doctor Who, on TV, and these boxes had you buy mail order this way you can tell by the Alicia Eldridge
a blue light on the roof, which flashed whenever leaves whether they're natives or not. It's also a lot
the Bobby was required at the s local police cheaper than buying them in pots. I still stand by
station. that plea despite the fact that some expert earlier
It seems strange to recall those days which lacked this year announced that the natives are holding
most of the things that make our lives easy today, their own and the hybrids aren’t really as close to
when toddlers carry mobile phones and no longer Spanish as they were. Maybe. Stick to the natives
have to be told “if you want to know the time, ask please!
a policeman.” I need to be getting on with the jobs that need
And even little villages had their very own doing in May. After all the digging and weeding
policeman, who would probably be finishing his and preparation of the past few months this is
active days living in a police-house, keeping his where the fun starts. From the middle of the
eye on the local teenagers, riding around on a month onward plant bedding, tender exotics,
bicycle, and making sure the pub closed at the dahlias, tender veg and sweet pea plants that have
correct hour. been hardened off. I realise that we have early
It seems strange that these things can seem so plants and flowers now but with the tender stuff
recent, but at the same time so long ago it's worth sticking to the recommended rules and
I expect I am not alone in regretting the fact that I waiting. Early in the month take care of the lawn.
The Wayland News May 2020 Page 7
Thought for the Month time to time. I remember my fourth someone who just reads about us to keep in frantic now we are back to the strange times we now find ourselves
Revd Gerry Foster, Vicar of Watton birthday, convinced that overnight I woulod contact with as many folk as possible. If living through. There have been several well publicised funerals in
HARAMBEE is Swahili for ‘working reach adult height (still waiting on that anyone would like to contact a member of the district and one of our own members all who have had
together in harmony’. I have been reading one). Chit Chat, then please ring me and I will be representation from the branch. Particular thanks go to Ron
a book written by Bishop Wilfred Wood One day my mother rushed in and took able to give the contact details. Likewise, Wheeler, our president and Steve Bibby our standard bearer for their
describing his life and work. He was one of down all the blackout curtains and blinds, if anyone would just like a chat or advice, efforts.
the founder members of the HARAMBEE she had to put them up the following night then I am happy to chat and direct them to The biggest change however will be that during our stay in Texas we sold
in Islington, London, where he was fully it being summer and I could only sleep in someone who will be able to give any our house and will be heading north. Indeed by the end of the year we hope
involved in the battle in the late 1960’s the dark, a pattern for life I’m afraid. She correct advice needed. I suggest we all try we will be living in Cumbria in a small town called Wigton. It’s just about
between black juveniles and the police. then produced a huge red, white and blue and keep in touch with folk wherever the same as Watton but with rain. It has 1 doctor surgery, a dentist, 3
This reminded me of being a schoolgirl at rosette for me, made I presume from fabric possible and I urge everyone, Chit Chat schools, 2 bakers 3 butchers; you get the idea and about 6,000 residents not
that time in the West Midlands, when roads hoarded for the purpose and told me the members or not, if they think they have a counting the surrounding villages. So in March we held, what I expect was
in the community became filled with war was over and we were going to a big problem, to please use their phone to make our last meeting for some time, due to the government Covid-19 lockdown
intriguing sounds and smells, as families VE parade, I never did know how she knew contact. PLEASE DO NOT SUFFER IN restrictions. Helen and I resigned from our posts and new members were
immigrating from Pakistan moved in. this but in my innocence assumed it was a SILENCE elected to interim appointments pending notification of an Extraordinary
Communities change and continually we regular occurence and anyway mothers Going back to the Child Memories Book, General Meeting (EGM) or the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in
need to find ways of integrating. It is a two knew everything. I swear that rosette was as some of the stories told really do highlight November, whichever comes first, to have the roles ratified. My very able
-way process and we need to find a big as a dinner plate. the hardships suffered by so many during vice Chair Victoria Southward will take over as interim chair. Many of you
‘common language’ through which we can My goodness what a parade that was for the Second World War, and although we may know Jayne Eastwood who has stepped up to act as interim vice chair.
communicate. someone who’d never seen more than two are going through a very difficult time of And the biggest boots to fill have been the secretary role will be taken on by
In these critical and, indeed, in any times, or three people at any one time! I thought it uncertainty, then the book really is worthy Alan Diver, but Helen has left and extremely well organised role for him to
there is a language which is common to us would never end. That’s where I saw Girl of a read, just to show how people coped. slot in to. We wish them and of course the whole branch all the very best for
all, from wherever we hail. It’s called Guides in the old brimmed hats and long For those with computers, please follow our the future during these challenging times. I hope it will be business as usual
COMPASSION and it’s at the heart of skirts and immediately wanted to be one, website. I will update this from time to as much as possible but without the social aspect for the branch members,
HARAMBEE. COMPASSION seeks to there was music, bands, singing and time and I will also be writing in the even though it is a very important part of what we do. You will still be able
listen closely to, in honour and respect, with marching. My father had been in the War Wayland News with information on when to contact and expect assistance via the usual channels but we may just not
understanding, taking account of the human Emergency Police Force and took me in the Chit Chat will start their weekly meetings be as visible as we have been.
body language….what is being said and police station and pretended to lock me in again. So it just remains for Helen and I to say cheerio we will miss all our
what isn’t. the cells, child psychology was never his Great Ellingham Chit Chat Group Contact: friends and we have had a wonderful time in Watton. The original
I learnt about this when I was a Student strong point. Ann Reeve 07733211410/01953 882065 plan was that by the time you were reading this we would have
Nurse in the mid 1970’s at St Thomas’s This was a golden day and there was never annreeve2008@gmail.com moved but a certain little bug has put that on hold, as is everything
Hospital, London and many people were another like it. We moved soon afterwards, www.greatellinghamchitchatgroup.co.uk else, but we hope to go as soon as restrictions are lifted. Please
patients from overseas and couldn’t speak first to a war torn, bomb damaged London follow the government advice and stay home and stay safe. Many of
English. As I write, at this time of the then just over the Norfolk Lincolnshire Norfolk Wildlife Trust you are now experiencing, what the ex-military community have
Coronavirus Pandemic, this St Thomas’s fenland border and life was just never the already, and that is “we are all in this together” so let’s get on with it
same. VJ day seemed as nothing to me and Breckland Local Group
Hospital is continually on the news, and look forward to the next challenge.
I spent my time looking fruitlessly for fields On 11th March we had a talk from Brenda
because of its excellent work with The couple buying our house have visited a couple of times and
and woods to play in and making do with and Ralph Todd, “The Return of the
Infectious Diseases. This is where I trained commented on how friendly and welcoming the town is. I heartily
dyke sides for grassy areas. My next rosette Osprey”.
and qualified and worked shifts on a agree with that sentiment and although Helen and I have travelled all
was for the Coronation and very small in This was beautifully illustrated with photos
medical ward, where many had around the country and much of the world home will always be
my eyes. Sue Hart 2020 taken by the Todds over years of their
compromised breathing for acute Texas. Ha didn’t see that coming unless you know me really well.
involvement with the project and birds in
respiratory problems. Training at St Thank you everybody for a fabulous 30 years in Watton and the
general.
Thomas’s made me a ‘Florence Nightingale Great Ellingham Chit After being successfully living in this
branch contact details are on the website www.Watton-Legion.org
Nurse’, as that was the home of the Chat Group country for many years, the Osprey were
‘Florence Nightingale Training School for Every Wednesday 10-12 Noon Gt persecuted to extinction, much of which
Nurses’ and hearing about the Nightingale Ellingham Recreation Centre was due to egg collecting.
Hospital built in the ExCel Centre in Childhood memories Book launch (A Since the 1950s, there has been a lot of
London, takes me right back to wearing a Social history BOOK of the time) work to bring the Osprey back and the first
very different uniform from today….. The book launch was extremely exciting successful mating was 1959.
But whether we’re in the frontline or self- and successful. There were nearly 200 There are now good populations in
isolating, whether we’re considered people attending and supporting us during Scotland and Wales and they have featured
vulnerable or volunteering, whether we are the afternoon. It was such a happy day. on the BBC’s Springwatch and
young or older, from whatever cultural or One to be remembered by everyone who Winterwatch.
credal background, or none, because we are attended. The books were awash with Unfortunately, this was the last of the
all human, each of us has that common signatures from the authors and the room Group’s events before the Coronavirus
language, the capacity for COMPASSION. was filled with flashes from photographers. Lockdown.
Together, in our thoughts, prayers and Lady Dannatt, the Lord Lieutenant of NWT have cancelled all events to June, but
actions we can be part of HARAMBEE. Norfolk, attended the event and was they and we do not expect to start again
It’s a privilege to be in the community of presented with flowers and all of the lady until the Autumn at the earliest.
Watton and St Mary’s at this time. With all book contributors plus some of the other I will write again when we have an update.
our friends in the surrounding areas and ladies were also given bunches of flowers. Many thanks to our supporters and we hope
reaching out around the world, more and The men had plants and chocolates. A big you all stay safe and well.
more we can be HARAMBEE…’working thank you to The Crown for hosting the
together in harmony’. And when we event.
come through this time, may we have been Covid-19 and Adcocks
There is an article and photographs in the Just a quick update for you on our
further strengthened to take HARAMBEE Let’s Talk Magazine, May edition, now
to even higher levels of COMPASSION, ‘operation’ during the Covid-19 crisis.
available and we will also be in the Norfolk We’ve had to close the shop in line with
for the good of Everyone. Praying for Magazine with an article and photographs
You…Praying for Everyone: Revd Gerry Government restrictions, however we can
in their diary page. The book is available at still assist over the phone, 01953 881248,
Foster, Vicar of Watton three local shops: Great Ellingham Post and we are still able to deliver and install
Office, Rocklands Community Shop and J to you if required.
VE Day a child’s memoir C Books, Watton; we thank these shops Orders can also be placed on our website
I was born in September 1939 and was for supporting us by stocking the book. for delivery or ‘click and collect’ but we
fortunate enough to live in a remote rural The Childhood Memories Book is also advise a phone call to the shop first to
area surrounded by fields and woods. I available at Jarrolds and other Norfolk and confirm stocks as supplies are becoming
never heard a bomb, slept in a shelter or Suffolk shops plus on-line from our a little ‘unpredictable’!
suffered the privations experienced by website. As we’re operating on a skeleton staff at
many of my contemporaries. As I grew I INFORMATION CONCERNING THE the moment we are now closing at 4pm.
remember parents talking about something CORONAVIRUS Regards to all and stay safe, Paul Adcock
called ‘Before the war’. I was unable to go It is with great sadness, that due to the
to a school as it was too far away when the Coronavirus outbreak, we are now unable
time came and was taught by someone to meet. At our last meeting, it was with a Watton and District Royal
called ‘Auntie Nans’ who had been a heavy heart that we turned the key in the British Legion
Nanny at the Big House when there were lock at the Recreation Centre, not knowing I guess it may have seemed that the Watton
children there. My mother always referred when we would be opening again. Many of branch has ceased to be due to lack of input
to my attendance at a Private School, I us had tears in our eyes as this is the first over the last few months, mostly due to the
suppose it was as I was the only pupil. It time in eight and half years that we are fact that Helen and I have been sunning
didn’t interfere with my making of mud unable to think about ‘next week’s ourselves in Texas for the winter. For
pies; reading, which I seem to have been meeting.’ anybody who is new to this publication I am
doing from the age of 3; working my way Some of us are self-isolating, however, John Daly and have been Chairman for the
through a few childhood illnesses, caught thankfully we have computers and last two and a half years and Helen is my wife
from the occasional playmate or visiting telephones, therefore I urge anyone, and secretary. It has been a busy time for the
cousin I imagine and breaking an arm from whether a regular attender of Chit Chat or branch while we were away and just as
The Wayland News May 2020 Page 8
see a growing number of young people Depending on that report’s
Coronavirus in Oz attending along with the fathers and recommendations we may have to modify
Letter from Australia grandfathers; men who had fought in the plan again, and once that’s done both
by Chris O'Connor Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and the SEA and Habitats Regulations
The most sacred day in Australia has Afghanistan. Now they are forbidden to Assessment (HRA) will move onto their
been cancelled thanks to coronavirus. congregate and must stay at home. One final stages. The first stage of the HRA
Anzac day, a day when hundreds of young man has suggested that people resulted in a few minor changes to the plan,
thousands of Australians gather at war who want to pay homage to the fallen mostly concerned with ensuring greater
memorials scattered from city to small should go to the end of their driveway protection to the Breckland Special
country town to pay their respects to the and stand with a lighted candle as dawn Protection Area, which lies just to the south
fallen of far too many wars will remain breaks over Australia. It is a small but of the parish.
empty this year. significant way to honour those who died We have also received a draft transport
On April 25th 1915 Australian and New so that we might live today. study report and have recently returned our
Zealand troops landed in the pre dawn On a lighter note. When the nation's strict comments to the consultants, so we expect
darkness on the sandy beach of Gallipoli. coronavirus travel laws slowed passing the final report to be ready any day now.
Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of trade to a trickle, in the far north it was Pending that, the three main findings of the
Australia’s most important national time to try something new. The study are:
occasions. It marks the anniversary of the Dunmarra Wayside Inn, located 315 Safe access to and from all the allocated
first major military action fought by kilometres south of Katherine, is owned sites can be provided in accordance with
Australian and New Zealand forces by pilot Gary Frost (below). Highway Authority standards.
during the First World War. He said with most of the surrounding The cumulative increase in traffic resulting
When war broke out in 1914 Australia cattle stations now in lockdown, he had from all allocated sites will have a
negligible impact on traffic flows in the
village and queue lengths at key junctions
will not increase.
Local Highway Authority objections to
sites that lack a footpath to the village
school are not justified.
When the report is finalised, we will upload
it to our site, www.stnp2036.org.
Hopefully we are now in a position where,
barring any surprises, the only additional
changes there might be to the Plan will be
as result of anything that comes out of the
final stages of the SEA and HRA, the
‘health check’ of the plan by a qualified
examiner, and final reviews by our policy
consultant and the neighbourhood planning
coordinator at Breckland Council.
While the present pandemic may delay any
or all of those stages, for now we’re
working on the basis of getting everything
finished if we can without thinking about
all the ‘what-ifs’ of events we can’t control.
had been a federated nation for only 13 little choice but to take to the skies in a Then at least when life gets back to normal,
years, and the government was eager to bid to keep the locals in high spirits. we’ll be ready. For now, our various
establish a reputation among the nations "Nobody can go anywhere, they're consultants are continuing to work, so we
of the world. When Britain declared war limited to how they get their supplies and remain on track to submit the plan around
in August 1914 Australia was refreshments," Mr Frost said. "So we mid-August.
automatically placed on the side of the thought we might do something to help Given all the changes and improvements
Commonwealth. In 1915 Australian and them out a little bit. we have made to the Plan since the
New Zealand soldiers formed part of the "We make pizzas at Dunmarra roadhouse consultation last autumn, in the normal
expedition that set out to capture the anyway, so we thought we would get all course of events we would be starting to
Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the the pizzas together and see if they were think about preparing a village event to
Dardanelles to the allied navies. The interested, if we can fly them out, so they update the parish. Obviously, a public
ultimate objective was to capture don't have to leave the properties." meeting is out of the question for the
Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital So now the lifeline is the Flying Pizza foreseeable future, but in due course we
of the Ottoman Empire, and an ally of Delivery not the Flying Doctor! will investigate if there are ways – within
Germany. The Australian and New our capabilities – of arranging something
Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 Saham Toney online, over and above simply uploading
April, meeting fierce resistance from the documents. If anyone has expertise /
Ottoman Turkish defenders. Neighbourhood Plan ideas for doing that we’d be delighted to
What had been planned as a bold stroke hear from you!
to knock Turkey out of the war quickly
Update On the subject of meetings, the work
became a stalemate, and the campaign Shaping the future of Saham Toney! group continues to meet weekly, but
dragged on for eight months. At the end We are acutely aware that the virtually by a WhatsApp group call,
of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated Neighbourhood Plan is of no significance rather than in person of course.
from the peninsula, with both sides at the present time and the first thought of On related planning matters, you may
having suffered heavy casualties and the Work Group is for the health and well have seen that Breckland Council
THE WAYLAND NEWS endured great hardships. More than 8,000
Australian soldiers had died in the
-being of all villagers and your family
and friends in the wider world.
recently upheld the developer of
Warwick Farm’s request to waive the
PLEASE READ!!! Page space is allocated strictly on a first campaign. Gallipoli had a profound On the other hand, continuing work on payment of around £40,000 to the Parish
come, first served basis. 12 Noon on the 15th of the impact on Australians at home, and 25 the plan is one way to maintain a sense of Council, even though that had been
April soon became the day on which normality amidst the endless stream of agreed in writing at the time the
month preceding publication is the last date and time bad news in a world that’s been turned
Australians remembered the sacrifice of development was approved. It seems that
that copy will be CONSIDERED for inclusion. Arrival of those who died in the war. By the time upside down. Hopefully in a very small decision was based on a technicality.
your copy before deadline does not guarantee inclusion, the war had ended more than 60 thousand way, keeping up to date with what we are Apparently Breckland’s planning
Australian soldiers were dead. There doing may also help divert your minds committee judged although their decision
if you wish to be certain your entry gets published, then briefly from all that’s going on.
were so many women left as widows was suspect morally, it was legally
please make sure it arrives in plenty of time otherwise from both sides that many of them were Over the last month we’ve made good correct. Naturally we think it wrong that
you may still be disappointed. unable or did not want to marry again progress with incorporating our our village has lost a large amount a
You can contact Julian by ringing (01953) 858908. such was the carnage. One woman asked consultant’s comments on the updated money because of a loophole. While it’s
The e-mail address is now: newsfromwayland@gmail.com if she wanted to get married again simply plan and housing needs assessment, and unlikely much can be done, since there is
Views expressed in articles in The Wayland News are those of the replied “there are not enough men left.” in my opinion that has further improved no right of appeal, we have drafted an
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in both documents. initial letter to Breckland Council and
contributors and not the views of the publisher or printers.
its military objectives, the actions of Other consultants have moved on to the offered it to our parish council as a first
While every care and effort has been taken to ensure accuracy,
Australian and New Zealand forces next stage of the Strategic Environmental step in possibly taking things further.
the publisher cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. Assessment (SEA) and in accordance
This issue of the The Wayland News was published by: during the campaign left a powerful As usual, if you have any comments or
legacy. What became known as the with the regulations are now reviewing questions on any of this, or the
Julian Horn, 32 High Street, Watton IP25 6AE alternatives to what’s in the plan
“Anzac legend” became an important part Neighbourhood Plan in general, or if
and printed by: regarding allocated sites. We’re
of the identity of both nations, shaping you'd like to be added to our mailing list,
Sharman & Company Ltd, Newark Road the ways in which they viewed both their expecting their draft report around the please get in touch with Chris Blow at
past and their future. third week of April, so I should be able to stnp2036@gmail.com
Peterborough PE1 5TD. Phone: 01733 424 949 update you on the that next time. Most importantly, stay healthy and safe!
In recent years Anzac dawn services have