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FREE - Issue Number 281 - JUNE 2020 THIS PAPER IS FREE! COVID-19 Edition No.

nations of the Commonwealth were
Saham Women's added to the dress as well as a
magnificent train, crown, orb, sceptre
Institute and jewellery. It was beautifully done
In 2015 a group of knitters spent many by some very talented people and has
hours and used hundreds of balls of to be seen to be fully appreciated. A
wool to create a tableau of life size most enjoyable evening where we
figures which were displayed in Caston welcomed one new member and four
and surrounding villages. It was given visitors.
the title of Blossom and Yarn Festival We were very fortunate to be able to
and was reported on TV and in the hold our fundraising Pre-Loved sale
national press and attracted more than before lockdown kicked in and thank
3,000 visitors. It was decided to repeat everyone who donated items or came
the exercise in 2017 with some figures along on the day to buy. Also thanks to
being recycled and new ones being our members for running the event and
created including animals on this to the British Heart Foundation for
occasion. In 2019 the group put collecting the items that were left.
together a 1950’s nostalgia week-end Following Government advice on the
(Nostalgia with Petal and Pearl) and Coronavirus it was decided to cancel
more figures were created including a the Group Meeting and all other
figure of Her Majesty the Queen in her meetings and activities until further
Coronation robes. notice. This was disappointing as we
After this event a lot of the figures were had lots of nice things planned for our
sold off to raise money for charity but 50th year but it is more important to
the Queen survived and was brought keep everyone safe. Members are
along to our March meeting by Louis continuing to keep in touch with each
Gill, a celebrated craftswoman who had other by text, e-mails and phone calls
masterminded all of the events, and her and hopefully a visual link-up soon.
friend Louise. The figure had been Thankfully everyone is well and coping
created on a dummy form to give it at present and God willing we will all
stability and lots of knitted squares had come through this difficult time and be
been sewn together and moulded into able to enjoy our Women’s Institute
the required shape. Embroidered once again.
embellishments representing all the Gerry Daisey

Funds raised are intended for Norfolk the Group’s monthly meetings in Watton
Wayland Show charity The Benjamin Foundation to go and various outings.
towards it’s project to provide support The PPG would like to say how much their
Offers Community services for local children and families, support was appreciated at the open patient
Groups and delivered from Watton Youth and
Community Centre. Unfortunately
clinics which they attended to promote the
Diabetic Support Group.
Charities Covid-19 current circumstances have now As far as it is known, the Watton & District
determined that the charity has had to put Diabetic Support Group will continue when
Support Loans the project on hold for the time being. the present coronavirus restrictions are
The annual Wayland Agricultural Society With full approval of the Charity, and lifted.
Spring Ball held at Lynford Hall Hotel until such time that the project is up and Tom Thurston, Chair Watton Surgery
(just prior to lockdown) saw a full house running, the Wayland Ball organisers Patients Participation Group
enjoying a fabulous evening of food, wine would like to offer the use of the funds, by Ed: Helen wrote the Diabetes UK article
and entertainment. Guests dressed as means of loans, to local community every month for some years. I should like
Peaky Blinders packed the Casino and organisations and charities who may be to express my sorrow at Helen and Ron’s
danced the night away to The Sax Walker experiencing cash flow problems at this passing - they did work hard for the
and DJ. Fabian Eagle conducted a charity time. There will be a cap of £500 per community.
auction of 14 lots which raised £3,000 organisation and awards will be made on
In total £8,000 was raised. Many thanks the basis of certain criteria being met.
go to our generous supporters and donors Please visit to From the Editor
for making the evening the success it was. download an application form and for Once again, I would like to express my
more information please contact Claire appreciation to the advertisers, printers and
Bowes. Email contributors for their support of The Tel Wayland News in these difficult times.
07789796937 Many advertisers have continued to help
pay for the production of the paper even
Watton Surgery though they have severely curtailed their
business operations.
Patient If you need any of the services advertised
within theses pages, please tell the
Participation businesses concerned that you do appreciate
their continuing to support your community.
Group And when this is over, I hope more and
The PPG are very sorry to learn of the more people will understand how important
sudden passing of both Helen and Ron these local businesses and community
Thompson. They died recently within three organisations are to us.
weeks of each other. And in doing that, realise that we can all
Ron and Helen were founding members of play a great part in contributing to the
the Watton & District Diabetic Support rebuilding of our society.
Group and the PPG would like to place on These have been dreadful times and there
record their thanks for all that Ron & Helen has been great loss of life and much
had done for the group. Recently they had sacrifice. We must try to build a better
held the positions of Chairman, Secretary, & and more resilient community for the
Treasurer including organising speakers for future when this is over.
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VE Day
Remembrance at
St Mary’s Watton
While VE Day was an anniversary to
celebrate it was also a time for
remembrance at St Mary’s Church,
Watton. Some people may not be aware
that in the churchyard there are the
graves of quite a number of men who
gave their lives in the fight for victory.
St Mary’s held a special Service of
Commemoration of VE Day and
recordings can be seen by the Church
website at:
At the church there was bunting made
by children of the local schools and
Paul Weatherill’s historic jeep placed
outside on static display.
In a speech Her Majesty the Queen
said: “At the start, the outlook seemed
bleak, the end distant, the outcome
But we kept faith that the cause was
right – and this belief, as my father
noted in his broadcast, carried us
Never give up, never despair – that was
the message of VE Day.
I vividly remember the jubilant scenes
my sister and I witnessed with our
parents and Winston Churchill from the
balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The sense of joy in the crowds who
gathered outside and across the country
was profound, though while we
celebrated the victory in Europe, we
knew there would be further sacrifice.
It was not until August that fighting in
the Far East ceased and the war finally
Many people laid down their lives in
that terrible conflict.
They fought so we could live in peace, at
home and abroad.
They died so we could live as free
people in a world of free nations.
They risked all so our families and
neighbourhoods could be safe.
We should and will remember them.”
Although present restrictions did
dampen the bigger celebrations and
parties that had been planned, it was
clear that around Watton at least, many
people found a way to enjoy a socially
distant party with others in their street.

or misunderstand, or not notice at all? One of the

Thought good things coming out of this lockdown is that
we are all taking more notice of things that usually
If you wish to remain a member of Watton U3A,
we will need to collect your subscription. At this
for the Month pass us by. It is a good job that we have a loving
heavenly parent who notices everything with us –
time we are endeavouring to find the best way for
this, and we will let you know in due course. In
Rev Jacqui Horton, Watton Methodist Church as it says in the Bible, even the hairs on our head the meantime, it would be appreciated if you could
A church member was really surprised recently to are numbered! advise our Membership Secretary, Christine
see both flowers (in the form of catkins) and With spring time well under way now is the time
acorns on the oak tree in his garden. He had never to appreciate all the trees coming into leaf, the
seen this before. I am the sort of person who likes
to understand things so I looked it up. It seems that
Watton & beautiful flowers and shrubs in bloom, the birds
singing, and if you are able to get out for a walk,
oak trees have male flowers that pollinate female
flowers that become acorns and that last year’s District U3A Wayland Wood is looking lovely.
Stay safe and keep smiling!
acorns can hang around into the Spring. Therefore, We hope you are all well, keeping safe and coping
both on the tree at the same time. So – the tree was with this dreadful Covid 19 Lockdown. As U3A
just doing its thing in its usual way. Was it that
Grant was just being more observant, and mindful,
members we need to support each other and keep
in touch by whatever means you can. If you feel
Grand Second
in these unusual times? Certainly, it seems to be the need for help at any time, please do contact
the case for a lot of people, that they are noticing any one of our Committee Members. There is a Hand Book Sales
more about nature and about their own lives. U3A newsletter available online,, It’s really sad to be writing this, but we have had to
I am also finding this with my reading of the Bible which has plenty of information, stories from U3A make the decision to cancel our summer book sale
and my singing of the hymns (which we do every members and great ideas to help occupy all our for 2020. At the moment, the one booked for
Sunday morning in our household with an ‘at ‘spare’ time, and even includes an exercise October 10th is still being planned. That will be
home’ worship sheet). The words seem to come programme! subject to review nearer the time.
alive in a different way in the present context and, As previously reported, the April meeting/AGM We are also currently unable to accept donations
because of the circumstances, one takes more was cancelled. The committee will therefore yet; when that changes notification will go on
notice of them anyway. On a recent Sunday, our remain the same for the present time. In view of various social media sites. With the proposed
worship sheet suggested that we re-read the words the present Lockdown, it seems unlikely that loosening of the strict controls, it is to be hoped
in John chapter 10 – we had read it once – and see monthly meetings will be permitted for some time, there won’t be too much more of a delay. You can
what strikes us. What struck me was something I but we will keep members updated on this of course always call us for more information.
had never noticed before, that the disciples didn’t situation. To help maintain contact with members, In the meantime we wish you, our friends,
understand what Jesus was saying and he had to if you do have an email address, would you please volunteers, and customers, good health. Stay well
say it AGAIN. How much do we not understand, forward this to our Secretary, Liz Codd at out there. Keith & Caroline 880153.
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or take them a stick of rock, or living presence of the One who has the answers and comforts and
A Quick Look perhaps a tin of fudge, would be A personal guides us through all of life.
regarded as a crime, even though you In her 80’s Mum entered a different ‘lockdown’ due to her
Round might only be away for a few days. Memory: immobility and she became more conscious of her mortality. She
Until probably the early 1950s there My Mother would have been 100 this would never actually talk about her belief, even though it was very
By Orbiter were hardy any travel agencies so year, had she still been alive……….. real to her. When we planned her Funeral Service she declared,
As a Senior Citizen I have been holidays had to be arrange by the Mum was born a Cockney and during the expecting the answer “Yes”… “You’ll take it, but David can be
confined to barracks, so perhaps I individual, the first stage usually war she worked in a Munitions Factory involved too of course”. Like his parents, she always referred to him
should re-label this column A Quick being a postcard to the council at the and was in service in the Red Cross. as ‘David’. There were two things which she particularly required.
Lockdown, while I am obliged to look town in which you had chosen to stay, She’d wanted to be a nurse, but that “Now, I don’t want any dirgey hymns”. I’m going to Heaven to
at these four walls. Actually the long asking for a list of all places offering didn’t work out. Instead, she, like many meet up with your Father again and Himself, so let’s sing some good
spell of sunny weather throughout accommodation, and their rates and other young women, had become an ones to send me on my way.
most April made it possible to extend details of location, and this would Apprentice Dressmaker in a London And she chose to be cremated and then for her ashes to be buried in
my range to my garden fence and have invariably reach you by return post, ‘Court Dressmaking’ Outfitters. This my Father’s grave. “Let’s just make it as easy as possible…we know
been able to enjoy the sight of the when you could select a likely address meant that, in due course, she made her where I’m going”….
blossoms on the trees in the nearby and begin a series of communications, own wedding outfit. Her older sister In John’s Gospel, chapter 14, the doubtful Thomas said to Jesus,
orchard, as well as my own shrubs stating dates and requirements. All made her hat, as she went into Millinery. who was trying to explain to the disciples that he would be leaving
coming back to life in their Spring this had to My parents married during the war in a them, through being crucified and rising from the dead that first
uniforms. be done by post in those days, since church which was later bombed. Easter: “Lord, we don’t know where you are going”. Jesus answered
As I inspect one of my raspberry canes few people had telephones. Mum, like so many of that generation, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father,
my mind is taken back to 1957, when Having in mind the cost of holidays which we have been celebrating … and except through me”.
my wife and I, five years wed, today the amounts involved then seem mourning … was very determined and My Mother…. Was she determined? Yes and some…. Was she a
emigrated from North London to completely ridiculous, with bed & undeterred by any complications. She ‘can do’, undeterred kind of person? Yes, always. And discerning?
Essex and found that their new breakfast from as low as £1 per person was a ‘can do’ person. Many of us Yes, absolutely! But then I would say that, wouldn’t I?
bungalow had a garden about eight per night, b & b plus evening meal remember all the food deliveries on the Praying for you…praying for Everyone: Your Vicar: Revd Gerry
times as long as the tiny one that we from £2 and full board from £3, all doorstep. There was the grocer and the
had known hitherto. Our sum total of charges varying with regard to how greengrocer and the fishmonger and the
gardening knowledge came to about near or far it was to the sea, or baker. They all asked: “Your usual, Mrs
nil, so we were intrigued by an advert sometimes if there was a sea view Baker?” It was not quite ordering ‘on
from a local Nursery offering 30 from your room. Having agreed terms line’, but delivering to order! Certainly
raspberry plants for half-a-crown, it was probably necessary to forward a she had her basic list, which was
which my accountancy training told small deposit, which was usually done remembered by the Tradesman. He
me meant they were a penny each, a by Postal Order, since most working would bring to the doorstep great big
price we could just about afford. class folks did not have bank accounts. baskets (just in case there was something
So we cleared a big space in the boot Of course once you had stayed else she’d be tempted to buy), which
of our car and hurried off to the said anywhere that had proved suitable a re ‘crunched and creaked’ when he carried
Nursery, where I handed over my -book was much simpler, and some them, not plastic cartons, from which he
silver coin, and received a small guest houses became so popular that transferred her purchases into brown
bundle of sticks, each about nine folks re-booked on the spot for the paper bags.
inches long, all held together by an following year, often to meet again Many of us recall the ‘Rag ‘n Bone’ man
elastic band. Looking puzzled, I other visitors with whom they may in his horse and cart. You could hear his
peered closely at these bare sticks, and have formed friendships, if only on call from way up the road. In the light of
the man said “Don’t worry, sir, they this annual basis. that, the most laughter I ever remember
are all there – 30 – I counted them In the 1930s, as the country gradually was from my parents watching ‘Steptoe
myself”. I did not stay to explain that I recovered from the slump of 1931, and Son’. My sisters and I didn’t really
had been searching for some sign of more varied facilities began to appear, understand what was so funny, but we
life, such as a tiny root or a green and the earliest holiday camps laughed at our parents with tears down
shoot, but in vain. emerged, such as the Butlin’s one in their faces!
Obviously, I thought, this is what my Clacton-on-Sea, which brought a new My Mother lived in ‘lockdown’ most of
Mum would call a catchpenny, just to kind of vacation, with the emphasis on the time when we were children, apart
get us in to spend more money. I put communal jollity and entertainment, from an occasional trip to the local shops
the tiny bundle in the car, in the glove as well as many camps that offered and to walk my sisters to school. In fact,
compartment – no need for the boot – accommodation in caravan or small by the time I was born my older sisters
and there was plenty of room left over. huts, where folks could stay at walked themselves to school and back.
No-one likes to admit they have been minimal rates, providing their own There was a respectful distance with
conned, so I simply shoved the sticks food. By about 1938 the Norfolk coast neighbours, who all referred to each by
in the ground along one fence and in particular had a plethora of these the title Missus or Mister or Miss. My
forgot about them until about three establishments, from near King’s Lynn Mother never went to clubs, but she
months later when fresh canes began in the west right round to Great enjoyed the occasional chat with the
sprouting. Yarmouth in the east, and I remember women she knew, including the Home
The outcome was a fine crop of fruit, seeing a train at Liverpool Street Hairdresser, who did her perm or
and every year since then we have station in London bearing signboards fortnightly ‘shampoo and set’.
enjoyed countless pounds of entitled ‘Norfolk Holiday Camps Mum loved the garden, which is
raspberries, both from the original Express’ which made its leisurely way something those fortunate to have one,
plants, and from their descendants. all round those venues, not reaching have been able to enjoy during this
What a bargain – over sixty years of Yarmouth until about six p.m. after a ‘lockdown’s’ glorious weather. Mum
fruit, with hardly any work! journey of nearly nine hours. Hardly didn’t go to church herself, but loved her
Mention of my old London patch of an express ! floral displays, from which she could
garden, reminds me of when I was just Obviously there was no Trade pick for Harvest and other Festivals, to
a boy, when, one day my dad yelled Description Act in operation in those help dress the church. I loved to go to the
“Quick, son, the milkman’s horse has days. local Methodist Church with my Father
left a present outside the front door. Today many of the camps still cater and sisters, but I was the only one of the
Grab a shovel and bucket, I’ll have it for many people, although they mostly three to continue going to church. One
on my rhubarb !” concentrate on the couples with very sister married a man who was not
My uncle, who was standing near, said young children, or older citizens interested and as they had four children
“Funny, we have custard on ours!”, looking for a quieter life. The others, and, consequently, lots going on, she
which I thought was hilarious, though who crave a holiday of sport, kept her faith, but not that commitment.
years later I would discover that this swimming, dances, My other sister was married to someone
was one of the standard jokes on the this type of vacation in locations all who never let the opportunity pass to
saucy postcards that families, before over England, though rarely are they remind us he was an Atheist.
the war and for some time after, used anywhere near the sea. Nevertheless, when Mum came to stay
to send to their friends, whenever they A recent news item tells me that the with me, after I was married and later
were on holiday – in Britain, of football Premiership is about to re- with children, she always expected to go
course, no-one went abroad in those start, although the matches will be to church where my husband was a
days. Nowadays the cost of postage is played behind closed doors. I predict a Church Leader and I must say, we had a
so high that the custom has largely great number of crowd records. Such lot of fun with this, as we’ve been in very
died out, but in the good old days as .’Abide with Me’,’You’ll Never many different contexts over the years.
nearly every seaside promenade Walk Alone’, Mum came into her personal faith,
sported several kiosks that supplied ‘We are the Champions;’ Never mind despite the knocks it had taken during
buckets and spades for the kiddies, – I’ve been locked down too long !, her life, when she was in her 70’s.
ices, refreshments, and those ‘My Ding-a-Ling’ and so on. Anyone who visited was invited to sit on
postcards. To take a holiday and fail to Good Afternoon. her special settee and after they’d gone,
send your friends and families a card, she’d pray for them, believing in the
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partners, showing how the council is sites will occur throughout the friends and family. The increased dates from c. 50 – 15BC, that is over
Councillor's Chat making a difference in these District moving forward. capacity of supermarkets to help 2000 years ago. On the front it has a
With Cllr Claire Bowes. female head facing to the right
extraordinary and challenging times Business grants and rate relief - and prioritise vulnerable customers
Following a both glorious yet very to everyone in Norfolk.” Breckland Council is responsible for means more of the people we are wearing an elaborate crown or
Councillor Proctor said the Council administering, at a local level, some contacting are saying they can cope helmet. On the reverse is a stylised
poignant VE Day Bank Holiday
was already working on plans to of the Government’s national without the Community Hub’s horse prancing to the left with
weekend these words are from Tom
help Norfolk recover from the business support schemes, such as assistance. However, around 6% several raised pellets around it. The
McCabe, Chair of the Strategic coin is made of silver, and was
Coordination Group, Norfolk impact of the pandemic. Throughout the additional Business Rates relief have still needed immediate
the COVID-19 crisis, the council for Retail / Hospitality / Leisure / assistance with food or medicine: exported to New Zealand, Museum 4
Resilience Forum and Executive Watton found out about it, and a
Director of Norfolk County has been working closely and Nursery small businesses and Volunteers
benefactor managed to buy it for the
Council. effectively with district councils, the Business Grants. As of 06 May, the The Community Hub has also been
“Whatever the Bank Holiday NHS, police and other public sector council has paid out a total of £23 engaging with volunteers who
Only 9 of these coins have ever been
weekend held for you, I’m sure partners. It is proposing to set up a million through a total of 2,053 signed up through the Voluntary recorded. The British Museum and
most of us took at least a bit of time public sector leaders’ board, to business grants (80% of eligible Norfolk portal. We now have 292 the V & A have both got one hidden
to mark the VE Day anniversary on ensure this approach continues in businesses) screened volunteers available to away, the others are in private
Friday. the future. Additional Discretionary Funding support us. All community collections, ours is the only one in
It wasn’t the event people had “Although the Government is being made available to support volunteers throughout the District the world on public display. It will
hoped for when it was first decided offering support to a range of local Businesses - In early May the are encouraged to sign up to be available to view when
we’d celebrate it. But in the spirit of sectors, there will still be a big Secretary of State announced that Voluntary Norfolk. Government restrictions allow us to
the time it represented, we made the impact on our economy. The Local Authorities would receive Roll-of-honour to thank local re-open.
best of it under the current stay at council and all partners in Norfolk additional grant funding to support businesses The first coinage produced in Britain
homes rules. Perhaps you explored are working with the New Anglia businesses that have suffered as a Breckland Council has created an dates from the later second and first
our Museums online, or sang along Local Enterprise Partnership to result of Covid19 and who for a online roll of honour to thank local centuries BC – this is the period
on TV, or just took a quiet moment devise the best strategy to recover variety of reasons were deemed businesses, community groups and known as the later Iron Age. These
to spare a thought. The purists may from this economic shock.” ineligible for the original grant. volunteers for the support they’ve early coins, called potins, were
even say they enjoyed an authentic You can view virtual Council The value of the additional fund will shown in helping members of the usually made from copper alloy and
meetings live on YouTube at be set at 5% of the main Grant fund, district’s communities through the cast in moulds. During the first
spam sandwich….. I was really and for Breckland this equates to Coronavirus pandemic. (see Council century BC coin production
pleased that our Norse colleagues,
The Council re-opened eight of its £1.5 million, which will be made website) The council has redeployed developed, and by time the Roman’s
supporting those who were working
larger recycling centres on Monday available once the council has used more than 50+ officers to support arrived in AD43, tribal areas across
at County Hall on Friday, were able the country could be mapped out
to fly the flag from the building on 11 May so that Norfolk all it’s existing grant funding. Breckland’s most vulnerable
householders could dispose of waste Businesses mentioned in dispatches residents, coordinating food and through their distinctive coin styles.
the day. Norfolk is part of the ‘Land of the
VE day was a celebration of the and recycling that may have built up by the Secretary of State include medicine supplies and this has been
Iceni’, and like many other areas of
beginning of an end. And, while we at home and started to pose a health Bed and Breakfasts, Market further boosted by the support
the Britain, its coinage followed
know that there were dark days and and safety risk since the Traders, Charities and businesses received from a significant number conventions mimicking classical
big challenges after the euphoria of Government announced ‘lockdown’ that share rented premises but are of local businesses and coins. However, as the first century
VE Day wore off, it was a vital sign measures. not registered for rates. Further organisations. The local groups BC gave way to the first century AD,
that things would improve. It gave All twenty of Norfolk’s recycling guidance is due to be released over have donated supplies, lent delivery the coins of this region remained
people hope. centres have been closed since 25th the coming weeks following which vehicles, and their staff have distinctly ‘celtic’ in their style and
So it was timely that as the weekend March 2020. Norfolk County the Council will need to follow volunteered to help with the relief appear to be less ‘Romanised’ than
ended, we had the Government’s Council has been working with its Government criteria to assess and effort. coins from other parts of south-east
announcement of its route map for contractors on the reopening plan to award discretionary grants. Service impacts England. This suggests that the Iceni
easing lockdown. A sign of hope for help protect the health and safety of Criteria announced for Bounce Back Critical services, such as Housing, tribe had a strong political identity at
us, like those who celebrated VE customers, staff and the wider Loans aimed at SMEs Waste, Customer Services and the end of the Iron Age, which is
Day 75 years ago, that the current community by providing a restricted From Monday (4 May) Small or Public Protection, all continue to seen right through to AD60/61 and
situation we are living in will service that is in line with Medium sized Enterprises are able operate, albeit in some cases, this is the Boudican rebellion against
change for the better. But we have Government guidelines and to borrow between £2,000 and being managed in a more flexible Rome.
to be under no illusion that this new legislation to prevent the spread of £50,000 and access the cash within way. The Council continues to keep Iron Age coins were made by hand
phase will be complicated, with Covid-19. To manage demand and days. Loans come with 12 month all services under review, in light of using a ‘die’. In this case a pellet of
help ensure safe operations, the repayment holidays and are also the latest Government guidance and silver would have been positioned
many likely twists and turns along
centres will offer a restricted service interest free or the first 12 months. our staff resource, with the latest between two dies, one with the
the way and we can’t be certain how
and: Importantly these Bounce Back updates available on the Council reverse image and one with the
long it will last. That means we are obverse. The upper die would have
going to be facing renewed  Require social distancing of two Loans will come with a 100% website.
metres by all customers government backed guarantee for In the meantime, the Planning Team been struck with a hammer,
challenges as we work out how to flattening the silver and pressing the
deliver our services to the people of  Operate on a managed one in lenders, meaning that no personal has been able to progress a number
image into the metal.
Norfolk, as guidelines and rules one out basis for cars guarantees will be required. of outstanding planning applications
Quite how coinage was used in Iron
develop and change so that we can  Only allow two adults out of a Housing and homelessness support requiring site visits following the
Age Britain is much debated. In the
ease us ourselves out of lockdown car to unload their waste The Housing Team have, to date, introduction of a new, risk-assessed modern era, we use coins in
safely.”  Assistance will not be offered to worked hard to successfully process. exchange for goods and services –
NEWS FROM NORFOLK help empty cars accommodate all known (31) rough Breckland Council will be holding they are tokens with an agreed value
COUNTY COUNCIL (as of 11th  Be aimed at cars and car sleepers in the district since its normal Cabinet meeting on 1st operating within a fully monetised
May) derived vans only to manage lockdown began, with the team June 2020 and the Planning economy. In the later Iron Age, it is
Two reports discussed by the demand on the service encouraging the public to report any Committee on 22nd June 2020. likely that lots of exchange was done
County Council’s Cabinet in a  Provide for the disposal and sightings of people living in cars/ These will be held remotely using through barter. Coins may have had a
virtual, online meeting on 11 May, recycling of the main waste streams vans or new sightings of people video conferencing facilities. transactional value, but they would
highlighted the magnificent including green waste, general sleeping rough via the service and Please refer to the Breckland not have been the only or main mode
response to Covid19 but stressed waste and charged for DIY type via street link. Temporary website for further information on of exchange, or form of wealth.
that the Council’s Budget would construction and demolition waste accommodation has also been these meetings. What we do know about Iron Age
take a big hit. Re-opened sites are; Caister, secured for a further 84 households Finally, please don’t hesitate to coins is that they are regional in
County Council leader Councillor Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, otherwise at risk of homelessness. contact me with any concerns you design, which suggests they
Andrew Proctor paid tribute to King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Support for ‘Extremely may have at this time and I will do represent a local identity which may
Cross and Thetford. Times; 9am - Vulnerable’ (Shielding) and my best to help be political. We also know that from
county council staff, schools, the
5pm For site information and ‘Vulnerable’ residents Claire Bowes time to time, coins were collected
NHS and partner agencies for
guidance on using Norfolk County Breckland Community Hub County Councillor - Watton together and buried in hoards.
working together to support
In Breckland, we currently have Division, Whether this was done for safe
vulnerable people and the wider Council recycling centres during
3647 residents who the NHS keeping or as gifts to the gods is not
community during the pandemic - Covid-19 visit
consider ‘Extremely Vulnerable’ Breckland District Councillor - known.
including the procurement team’s recyclingupdates Museum 4 Watton, Wayland Hall,
efforts to source enough protective NEWS FROM BRECKLAND who have been advised to stay at Watton Ward
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Cllr Proctor said “The response to to help track and manage levels of period of at least 12 weeks
COVID-9 in Norfolk has been a infection in the community. 100,000 minimum. Breckland’s Community
huge community and partnership randomly selected people from 315 Support Hub has been prioritising Museum 4
effort spearheaded by local local authorities across England will 2,814 of these residents who have
government. be sent self-testing kits to determine said that they do not have access to Watton
That has been illustrated so well by if they are infected. Mobile Testing essential items, such as food and This rare coin (shown about
the dedication and commitment sites have taken place in Norfolk medicine, while also offering twice life size), which is silver,
shown by colleagues across Norfolk with the first in Breckland occurring welfare checks to those who are found in Watton, in 1992, is
County Council, working with all its on Sat 2 May 2020. More mobile ‘managing for now’ with the help of known as a ‘Bury C’ type and
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when the community can come together engaged and allow them to develop skills
As part of the on line sessions,
and have a live show to work towards.”
To find out more visit
Saham Toney
on line music workshops participants will be able to select the or contact Neighbourhood Plan Update
There is no reason for the lock down stop songs they want to learn, team up with keepitlive@musicartsproject,com Shaping the future of Saham Toney!
young people from rocking out and others to form on-line bands and receive Over the last month the Neighbourhood Plan Work Group has ticked
making music with others thanks to the individual tips and guidance from MAP’s off a number of tasks that have been going on for some time:
new FREE online music workshops highly professional and experienced The updated version of our Housing Needs Assessment is complete,
being offered by MAP (Music Arts music leaders. The course is open to and the Parish Council will be asked to adopt it at its 1 June on-line
Project). individuals and bands and will include meeting, after which we’ll publish it on our web site
Earlier this year MAP received funding exploring a variety of musical genres and (
from Youth Music to deliver ‘Keep It styles. It will also include online tuition All accepted comments and study results to date have been
Live’; a series of workshops based at in stage lighting and sound technology. incorporated in the Plan, which now awaits the results of final
their new Live Lounge facility at This course is ideal for musicians who studies and reviews to confirm that it is complete.
Wayland Academy. The sessions already play an instrument and now wish The second stage of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
involved learning songs, forming bands to take the next steps of learning songs has been completed and identified the relative merits of five options
and performing in public. and performing with others. for the amount of new housing development, ranging from 34
Due to the current social distancing Eugene Pryer, chairman of MAP, said: minimum to a maximum of 107. We have used the report to help us
measures, the MAP team have now “We have been delighted that in these decide which option to continue with, and that option will now be
moved the project online to the Keep It uncertain times Youth Music have assessed for acceptability against a series of environmental
Live (MAP) Facebook page. Young allowed us to redevelop our project so objectives and issues. In parallel the final stage of the Habitats
people from across the region aged 12 to that it can be delivered online. All the Regulations Assessment (HRA) is underway.
18 are invited to visit the site to find out MAP staff have been very proactive The Transport Study has been formally accepted by the Parish
more, sign up, join in the music making developing an exciting free programme Council and Breckland Council will be asked to refer to it when
and prepare for a celebration gig for that will keep young musicians positively making planning decisions.
So as mentioned last month, in the normal course of events we
aphids start to multiply. It's sensible really – left both types of bulbs in year on year and it would arrange a village event to update the parishioners on the last 9
In Your Garden no good going to a pub before opening time. does work but the flowers definitely shrink months work. Since a public meeting is out of the question, at the
With Lotta Potts You can actually buy ladybird larvae from compared to those stored correctly. The current time, instead we are putting the finishing touches to a set of
Flaming June is a well-known saying about organic suppliers of things like little wasps suppliers always suggest that treating tulips slideshow presentations that we’ll make available on-line at
this month. It depends on the emphasis and for greenhouse pest control but it really isn't as annuals works better than keeping them. once complete and after the Parish Council has
the conditions when you are thinking or worth it unless you have lots of bushes. Well they would say that wouldn’t they? first look at them. We will announce their publication by email to
saying it. Happy to be in the ideal warm, Baby ladybirds are incredibly ugly and look There is some merit in it though as they will our mailing list, on our Facebook page, via Nextdoor, and on the
gentle breeze is what was originally like the world's worst pests. In fact they disappear eventually. Bulbs in containers home page of our website. If possible, later we will arrange an
intended I think. Unhappy to be facing resemble large caterpillars, black with certainly should be removed and stored. online Q&A session for any villagers who want to know more.
freezing cold gales and rain result in yellow stripes and little tufts along the back. You can use the containers again as well but As usual, if you have any comments or questions on any of this, or
‘flaming June? What? Are you kidding?’ They are friends so please don't treat like whatever you plant in there will need fresh the Neighbourhood Plan in general, or if you would like to be added
we shall see and adapt what we are doing to pests. A few years ago the Harlequin compost. You can cheat a bit if you plant to our mailing list, please get in touch with Chris Blow at
match. I think ideally a combination of arrived and caused a bit of a panic which is hardy annuals as these will grow in concrete
sitting in the shade and doing a bit of other still going on to a certain extent. These – well nearly – but they will put up with the
tasks is enjoyable. There are one or two ladybird soil or tired compost the bulbs had. Be kind
essentials. Keep cutting the grass. Dead are bigger than our natives and are mainly and freshen it up a bit and keep them moist
head flowering plants to keep them going as yellow with lots of spots. That's confusing until they are established otherwise they will
long as possible. This applies to F1 hybrids as our natives can also come in yellow with wilt. Once they have established they can be
that don't produce seed as well as the ones lots of spots as well as the traditional red. left more or less to their own devices but
that do. All plants think that once they have The initial problem appeared to be that the water if there's no rain for a while. When
had their flowers pollinated and seed is on Harlequin eats the native as well as aphids. these containers are finished in the autumn
the way their job is done so they stop. The Subsequent investigation has shown that remove the compost once and for all and
most obvious example of this is the sweet they eat other pests and only resort to the use it for mulch. The sooner the better as
pea. Let them form their seed pods and you natives for lunch when nothing else is about. one (another) silly thing I do is take out the
won't see another flower for ages and then Research is ongoing. dead plants for the compost bin and leave
only after you remove every seed pod and Back to the roses. Blackspot usually shows the compost until another day when I don’t
every flower. Then they wake up to the fact up first and the leaves develop what looks have much else to do. There is no such day
that they had better start again. like ink spots but these soon spread until the is there? So I finish up in spring needing the
If you grow veg you will know that what entire leaf is brown and black then falls off. containers and have a small mountain of old
applies to sweet peas also applies to veg It used to be a disease of areas with clean air compost and it takes forever to get rid of it.
peas and to beans so those need to be picked so in towns when everyone burned coal and June’s offering for fruit is the ‘June drop’.
often. If possible keep sowing a few seeds there was soot in the atmosphere this It’s a bit like the Chelsea chop for perennials
every two weeks so you don't get a glut. seemed to prevent the blackspot developing. as fruit trees are pretty sensible as far as
You may well still have a glut but at least Now we all have clean air it's all over the crops are concerned. If there is a glut they
you tried. A freezer is the veg gardener's place. You can spray of course, but this will just dump the excess. You can help the
best friend. On the subject of veg, it can't be needs to be kept up for weeks. Rust and process along as well. When the drop starts
said often enough: grow only what you like powdery mildew are more weather-related keep an eye on the trees and if the spacing is
and what is likely to be expensive in the when it's hot and dry so if you keep your still too close remove some of the young
shops. I have awful memories of growing a roses well-watered chances are you can fruits. I don’t dare offer advice on the
couple of runner bean plants. It wasn't until avoid these. Unless you are really fond of spacing but you don’t want the apples or
they were in full cry that I discovered an old bush it's best to bin it and start again pears or whatever to be too crowded as the
neither of us likes them! Our then nextdoor with a disease-resistant variety. With a fruits won’t develop properly, may get
neighbour was foolish enough to admit to scent of course. It's generally advised not to damaged due to rubbing and that will let in
liking them. Several carrier bags later he plant roses in soil where a rose has been more pests than enough. It’s probably
moved. It has to be said that the plants were removed. The old-fashioned way was to worth mentioning plums as plum trees have
truly majestic and it's no wonder that when remove the top 18” (36cm in new money) a habit of offering an enormous crop one
they were introduced to this country that of topsoil and replace it with new. That year then nothing for the next two. If you
they were grown for the flowers not the presents its own problems that are so thin the fruit you may avoid this happening.
beans. There are white flowering as well as obvious I am not going into them now! A If you have a new lawn it may need
the usual red and some bi-colour. They all tip received from Beale’s of Attleborough watering. In fact it probably will need
produce masses and masses of pods and was to dig a big hole, put a large cardboard watering right through the late spring and
these grow incredibly quickly. This is fine box in it and plant the rose in it in good soil/ all summer if we get some good weather.
if you like them and/or grow for show. I compost. By the time the rose's roots have I just read a good tip on this. Give the
haven't yet found anyone who freezes them got out of the box (which will rot over time) lawn a good soak once a week. This can
successfully so you end up trying to foist the sick soil will be fine again. Of course be measured by putting an old tin on the
them off on to people who do like them. this still leaves you with the problem of lawn and leave it there until it has a
June is for roses. They suffer from all sorts what to do with the soil dug out to put the depth of 1” (2.5cm). It works much
of things like aphids, black spot, rust, box in. The other way is to plant something better than a quick damp once a day.
powdery mildew but the diseases have else not related and put the new rose in fresh There is an argument for sowing or
largely been overcome in modern roses as ground. At least there are options. turfing new lawns in autumn but it’s
these have been bred for resistance. Aphids If you need the space it's as well to dig up often done in spring so watering will be
(greenfly) can be overcome by predators – spring bulbs once the foliage has died down essential but whatever you do don’t
ladybirds and feathered birds. If you feed and dry off to store until autumn. This is water established lawns however hot the
birds they will return and remove aphids particularly recommended for tulips and weather. Grass will recover.
and caterpillars to feed their young. They hyacinths but if you plant tulips deep Regardless of how you spend June, one
know where to get a feed of one sort or enough they will appear again but probably regular activity is ongoing. Keep
another. The ladybirds tend to arrive as the with smaller flowers year on year. I have weeding.
The Wayland News June 2020 Covid-19 Edition The Wayland News June 2020 Covid-19 Edition

A Wednesday in the life of Watton in the 1970’s

The present desolation of the High Street is put into even
starker contrast by theses pictures from the 1970’s which
all come from slides from the archive of the late Ruth
Dwornik, a photographer whose business went under the
name of Studio Khyber. The slides are undated, however it
looks as if they come from around 1973 or 1974 - but if
you know different, or can identify any of the people in the
pictures, I shall be very pleased to hear from you!
It appears that Ruth went around the town one Wednesday
capturing scenes from the activity and we start with much
loved and well remembered Archie Manning (right)
delivering the daily milk to Durrants in the High Street.
Next along the top is inside Butchers hardware store which
was demolished and replaced by Rudlings Hardware Store.
Then inside Adcocks - interesting to see how prices have
The middle row below shows Garnet Mitchell at work in
the pharmacy at Horsburghs Chemist (now Adcocks shop).
Next is a view inside Leeks near the New Inn, Then the
Watton Driving School in Middle Street.
Then Dick Marsham and seated an unidentified person at
Bretts Stonemasons.
The bottom row starts with an unknown lady in Harmans
Clothing factory on Norwich Road beside the Regal
Cinema, then inside Durrants - but who is serving? She’s
so familiar!
Then in the bar at The Crown - again three familiar faces
but the names escape me.

Lastly, left is Mr Charlie Wells, vegetable and fruiteer. The

business of CC Wells still trades on Watton market place today.!
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Whilst delivering food parcels a few days and look forward to getting together when
Shipdham & District Book Group Great Hockham ago I got chatting with someone who the lockdown is over. Cheers, Sue
Earlier in the year we discussed our book choices for 2020. We supplied
the library with a copy of this list just before they, and just abour
Gardening Club wanted plants for their garden and pond, Nigel and Laura Lincoln Write: The hot,
the pond was a 'boating pond'. dry April produced an abundance of
everything else, closed thanks to the corona virus. Just in time we collected Corona Diary So now I can help someone fill their garden blossom, so the bees were very busy and
a book which turned out to be the School at the Top of the Dale by Here we are in May and still locked down. with double day lily, which is still OK and each colony now has a full box of honey on
Gervase Phinn. Obviously there has been no meeting but most members I may have mentioned it before, but we feel damp in these black bags, and the yellow board. Unfortunately it also means the bees
have kindly sent their comments on the book once again. so lucky to be out in the country, where flag being damp to start with, can just be have been very keen to swarm, and we
Newly qualified teacher Tom Dwyer has been given his first post in comparatively speaking, Prue and I seem dropped into the pond around the edges to have lost at least two lots recently. Give me
Risingdale, a sleepy little village at the very top of the Yorkshire Dales. hardly affected. Unlike the high-rise flats, make its own way. Fantastic, so upward of a ring (Contact Ed at
Unsure if he'll ever fit into this close-knit community, Tom joins a motley where following the guidelines would seem 60 bags of garden 'rubbish' moving on to if they have
staff at the village school with pupils who know more about sheep than to be impossible, here in our garden we can help others improve their garden, ordinarily turned up in your garden, and I’ll gladly
they do arithmetic, Tom has his work cut out for him. Add to that an be completely legal in word and deed while I would have taken those bags to the take them back home.
altercation with the beautiful but stand-offish Miss Janette Fairborn and an watching the season unfold. It seems to be household re-cycling centre. We kept the fruit trees watered during the
argument with the local squire's son, and Tom's first term proves a baptism the same for some of our members, as you Finding the nest has made me re-think dry spell when the blossom was setting,
of fire. Tom soon finds himself growing fond of Risingdale, and with a can see, below. where to work next in the garden and to and it looks like we might have a bumper
class of lively and demanding pupils, an end-of-term show to put on, and a Margaret Linge writes: About 25 years ago make some changes to my plans. I have crop of apples, pears, plums and cherries
jewellery thief at large, he is soon at the centre of a drama, secrets revealed, I dug the tiny back garden you couldn't see lots of plants in pots, many from my this year – fingers crossed.
and plenty of love, laughter and new friendships. for weeds and discovered the flints etc. of Mum's garden, my childhood home, they Seed has been high on the ‘to do’ list –
Once again there were mixed views on the book, many of us having read the old farm buildings. I used the hole to really need to go into the garden, I'm going both for veg and flowers. We are still
Gervase Phinn when he first began to publish and noting great similarities create a pond, heaping up the rubble to to plant them all as far as possible, the creating herbaceous beds, so the garden is
in the books. It was ideal to have a light hearted book at this time, apart make a waterfall and rockery. The trouble bulbs may have to wait or I could just be still able to absorb everything we grow.
from life being less than what passes for ‘normal’ we have read some is, the trees behind are now huge and pond surprised in the spring when they come up. Plant sharing has continued despite the
serious texts recently with a lot of war, rape and other atrocities. Most were gets full of leaves. The pump broke and the The rain, although great, has stalled my lockdown. Our neighbours include some
glad of this less serious novel althouygh few gripped by it. Several pond also leaks, so I am occupying my gardening a little, so decided to tidy the keen gardeners and we have swapped
commented on its predictability whilst appreciating the descriptions of life time changing the whole thing. Yours patio, again, too many pots. plants and seedlings by leaving them by
in rural Yorkshire, its characters and the humour. A background of mainly Margaret. I have 2 large silver birch in the garden, our gate for collection. The gap left by our
pasture with animal husbandry contrasted with the vast tracts of arable land Prue and I also have a pond; leaves are not every year I have to rake the grass and lack of butternut squash germination was
with which we are surrounded. We could not decide on the time set but the problem, it's blanket weed. We have sweep the patio of the seed catkins that fall, filled by one neighbour, and another is in
think late 90s early ‘noughties’. tried every kind of treatment, but none there are thousands. I have filled 4 pig meal line for our spare sweet corn plants once
There is a humorous touch to our choice including the fact thet when seems to work the way it's described on the sacks, nice strong bags, still have a small they have got a bit bigger. Who cares if the
one member went to hear Phinn in Norwich several members of the treatment container. It also gets loads of area to clear and they are still falling, garden centres are closed? Although to be
audience walked out quite early in the performance, it transpired that sludge on the bottom. We have a vacuum should I have waited, trampling them into honest we do miss visits to Diddlington and
they expected to see Ricky Gervais! The member who suggested our cleaner that will easily handle the sludge, individual seeds to fall between the block the Diss auctions.
title had a fictional 1920s detective named Gervase Fen in mind but the blanket weed blocks it up in about paves and grow into trees? We planted over 100 bare root beech
when she did so! It is good to have a few giggles at this time five seconds. So every few weeks we have Hoping to finish the patio Sunday, sort saplings over the winter and are now
especially as we are missing meetings. to drag as much out as possible, which stirs through those bags to salvage plants for the making sure that the grass each side of the
We have agreed on another ‘virtual’ meeting for May with members up all the sludge, so it's not on the bottom pond garden and the rest to go into the pit. hedge stays at least two metres apart.
choosing something they might not normally read. I note that several to vacuum. Best advice on maintaining a That will be a great day, I hope to be Chippings have been put on the exclusion
have picked on classics and another on a children’s book, a classic pond? Don’t have one in the first place. exhausted but happy and sleep well, and zone. We have also been watering the new
neverthelss.. Julie Brown writes: Hello Ed & Prue, Hope you all too sleep well, stay safe and keep plants and they are now just starting to
Keep reading and phoning and texting etc. Sue Hart you are both OK and every one of our well. Kind regards to everyone, Julie. come into leaf.
members is too. What a difference a bit of Shelia Mathers writes: Hello Ed, Been busy Social distancing means spending all day
rain makes... A picture of the village hall planting trees to try and disguise the houses every day pottering in the garden – so
garden appeared in the Wretham newsletter that have sprung up next to us. Had a bit of business as usual. Lockdown? What
Now it's rained I will have to get down help from my chickens and fitted in a bit of lockdown? All the best, Nige & Laura.
there to do the weeding of the garden and shed and gate painting. Always wear Val Hester writes: Hi Ed, Attached is a
weed-kill the car park in case the overalls when painting as I always manage photo of my wisteria (below) which I think
photographer turns up again. I'm glad it to get some on me! Hope you and your is lovely but with only me to see it seems
rained, the earth needed it and I needed a family are all well. See you soon after the such a waste. Hope you are both keeping
rest from digging stuff up and moving soil. all clear. Best wishes, Sheila. well. Best wishes, Val.
Having emptied the pond, removed the Sue Thomas writes: We have been very As secretary I am trying to keep the Great
liner and then filled the pond in, I could busy in the garden, have even goy a sun Hockham Gardening Club going by
move onto the bog garden, or so I thought. tan! We have renovated the poly tunnel by compiling this Corona Diary, and as you
I had been seeing a couple of red legged giving it a good wash inside and out (you can see, some of us are hard at it. I fear
partridges in the garden, I thought they can actually see out now), and the there is the danger that if we don’t don’t
were looking at a spot right at the bottom of structural bits that have rotted over the give them regular stimulation our members
the garden but no, I found the nest right in years, have been removed, remade, painted will become soft, will just stop coming and
the middle of the bog garden amongst the and replaced. The interior path has been the life-force of the club will become
double day lily that I wanted to dig out! As relayed and the soil on both sides replaced, sterile.
the bird wasn't sitting on the nest and I enriched with compost and been further Some people in our area are still working,
hadn't seen them in a couple of days I enriched with fertiliser. Just waiting for my but are feeling the strain: with all the extra
decided to start digging. I dug up and filled tomato plants to get big enough to transfer demand the people running our corner shop
14 black backs with the day lily and the red into it. I thought I would try runner beans in are going round the bend and even
persicaria, leaving a circle of plants around the poly tunnel this year, as I have quite a shoplifters are feeling the pinch. If that
the nest. bit of space to fill. Will let you know how it wasn’t bad enough our local coven didn’t
I moved onto another part of the garden goes!! know witch way to turn until, after a spell,
that needed working on, weeded it, moved The Greenhouse has not fared so well over they realised it wasn’t a crone virus.
the bag of soil stacked and tipped them the years, and is on the point of collapse, Worse to come, keep safe, Ed.
onto the pond area. Dug out all the nettle but I have washed it inside and out, and Secretary GHGC.
roots, dug out a metal washing line pole now done loads of seed setting, and hope
and managed to get a leylandii tree root it lasts another year!! The raspberry bed
out, but the other 16 will have to remain, I has been totally refurbished, and I have
will just plant between then as the other now only got two rows of raspberries, but
beds in the garden. feel sure that it will be enough. The
Each morning I went out to feed the birds I strawberry bed has been totally cleaned
checked the nest 7, 8, 9 and then 10 eggs, up, and the runners, that I would happily
still not seen the birds, thought this must be brought to the Horn Fair, have been put
a decoy nest? Still checking each morning back into a further bed. So instead of
now we are up to 14 eggs! Done a bit of having 132 plants, I now have 182 plants.
research, yes, red legged partridge do have Having fed and watered them, the stupid
two nests, and lay eggs in both. He things are now coming into flower!!
incubates one and she the other. 23 days Again, the rhubarb is over running us.
incubation but when will that start? She can The Horn Fair was my outlet for the
lay eggs into the 20s. Then when hatched excess, so my neighbours have borne the
the chicks can fly at 2 weeks, I could be brunt of my excess. So we are all 'regular'
over-run, they could be fodder for sparrow so to speak. Asparagus now coming to
hawk, I will be a wreck, like when I looked life, so not short of veg! The blossom on
after my sisters rabbits who had babies my crab apple tree is magnificent this
when they were both girls! year, but the plum and greengage not so
I have bags of garden rubbish stood great. Wisteria going bonkers, even
everywhere, fortunately I gave found though I cut it back to within an inch of
someone who would let me dump it in their its life.
'pit'. Do hope you are keeping safe and well,
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easily recognisable. A quick check of marriage featured another member of the Dunford Wood recalled Peggy as being very attractive and
Hugh Diarmid records found the marriage of Hugh to Peggy family. Closer inspection showed it was a diary by possibly disabled. The wedding photo and a
Farlow in September 1939, possibly around the Hugh’s brother Colin, which he had kept during couple of the ones In Thompson show what may
Sherbrooke time war was declared, though a certificate is need the war years while in Malaya, where he became a have been a bandaged left ankle so she may have
to find the exact date. A check of the 1939 pilot, and through to his serving in the UK after the simply had an accident.
Dunford-Wood Register, which was taken on 29th September, war. It had been posted by Colin’s son in an Returning to the album and the military records of
By Bronwen Tyler shows that Peggy was by then Mrs Dunford-Wood attempt to learn more about his father, who had his crash we could see that Hugh was flying with
This is one of those research projects which had living in Harvey Street Watton, a married woman died when the son was still a boy. I alerted Julian, 21 Squadron which was based at RAF Watton and
very small beginnings and turned into a fascinating and former actress who was who made contact and we often flew from its satellite airfield at Bodney. The
story of one hero of WW2. born in 1915. suddenly learned a lot Squadron had become the City of Norwich
It began when Julian Horn was given a photo The following photos in the more. Hugh’s nephew was Squadron and some of the photos show Hugh on
album by a family whose mother, Peggy, had album show the couple delighted with the contact parade in Norwich. His many photos of aircraft on
recently died. Peggy’s first husband had been a enjoying life as newly-weds especially as he knew the ground and in the air, and of Watton airfield,
pilot at RAF Watton. He was Flying Officer Hugh at the Bungalow in nothing of the photo album. surprise us today with our heightened sense of
Diarmid Sherbrooke Dunford-Wood, RAF, service Thompson, having fun with In addition, other contacts security issues, but have left a legacy of everyday
number 40215. The family were not descended friends in what is clearly began to get in touch once life for the airmen of that time. The photos of
from Hugh but from their mother’s second good weather to be outside. Julian appealed for friends, colleagues and family show young people
marriage and so they had no personal interest in There are a number of information. enjoying life, despite the tragedy that was
the album and felt an appropriate place was with garden shots which have We learned that Hugh and happening all around them.
Julian’s archive of RAF Watton. helped confirm the location, his brother had come to On June 8th 1940 Hugh prepared to take off from
some of which are dated England to be educated at Bodney with his crew, Sergeant (Obs) Edwin
Easter 1940. They were Harrow. Hugh joined the Jones service number 566209 aged 24, born 1915,
obviously happy times school in 1928 and left in son of Hugh and Jean Jones, and Sergeant (W Op
despite the clouds of war. 1932. He was clearly Air) Donald Robert Charles Maclagan service
The couple are shown sporty and played in the number 551673, who was born in Northern
enjoying the more mundane school’s rugby team. Both Rhodesia in about 1921, so only aged about 19.
activities of married life – boys were in the house His parents were William Colin and Martha
gardening, washing up (the called Moretons, whose Amelia MacLagan.
men wearing pinnies over housemaster was Mr He also had a brother and at least two sisters. Just
their uniforms!) and would Boissier who later became before take-off from Bodney, Donald Maclagan
have been hoping for a long headmaster. There is a climbed out of the aircraft and walked across to an
Along with the album were various items of future together, while short gap in information armourer, a (very) big Irishman by the name of
personal memorabilia: a locket containing Hugh’s probably grabbing the until 1934 when Hugh joined George "Paddy" Woods. He shook Paddy's hand
hair; a pair of ‘ladies’ wings which the wives of moment in those precarious the Metropolitan Police and said "Cheerio Paddy. I'm not coming back."
RAF pilots often wear; a coloured image of Hugh times . Force. Electoral records Paddy told him not to be so silly and waved them
from a painting; and the commemorative scroll The war graves site had given show him living in a section off and of course they never did come back. Paddy
honouring his sacrifice. All of these had clearly us the names of Hugh’s house near Tottenham Court was quite affected and removed Maclagan's locker
been treasured by his widow. The album was a parents. His father, who was Road in 1935. In 1937, they card and kept it for the rest of his life. This was GL
fascinating archive with many photos of wartime deceased, was Joseph year he lost his father, he (Paddy) Woods of Ovington. Donald’s life had
RAF Watton among the family images. Some of Dunford-Wood, a barrister of joined the RAF. hardly begun. Tragically, his parents suffered the
the family photos were labelled as having been Middle Temple and Malaya. It isn’t known how and when loss of their other son, Hector Stewart MacLagan,
taken in Thompson so Julian brought the album to His mother was Margaret Hugh and Peggy met. She on July 1st 1944. He was in the RAF Volunteer
a Wayland Heritage Group meeting to see if I (Meta) MacNaughtoin was baptised Peggy Joan Reserve as a pilot under training in Zimbabwe
could identify the house. Although it is much Dunford- Wood of Duluth, Farlow on January 9th 1916 (Rhodesia)and the full circumstances of his death
altered and improved, I recognised the property as Lelant , Cornwall. A later at St Mary Magdalen are not known. He is commemorated on Harare
being in College Road. Clearly, the history internet search showed that Wandsworth Common, War Memorial
detectives in us couldn’t leave it at that and so Hugh’s name is on the Lelant daughter of Frederick James The third crew member, Edwin Jones, was born in
research into this young pilot’s life began. The War Memorial. A search of and Gertrude Edith Farlow Lewisham in 1915 to Hugh and Jean Jones. He
research took many twists and turns and hit a lot of the newspaper archives gave nee Merir. He was a fine art had a younger brother Claude who was born on
brick walls but to tell the story as it unfolded the announcements in the expert. Peggy became an December 31st 1916. It isn’t known at present if
would be too confusing to read so it has now been Scotsman and the Yorkshire actress at a young age; there were other siblings. Tragically, Claude was
put into some sort of order. Post, of Hugh missing in newspaper cuttings show also killed while flying with the RAF. He was in a
From the family we knew his wife’s Christian action and his death, but also reviews of her touring with a Wellington being delivered from a maintenance
name and we had learned that Hugh had been included some further details theatre company in 1934 unit which crashed on May 20th 1941at
killed while flying over Dunkirk in June 1940, of his family background. when she would only have Arthingworth, Northants with the loss of all three
shortly after the evacuation of our troops from the Eventually we learned that Joseph was born in been about 18. crew.
beaches. The initial research was relatively Leeds in 1885 to Thomas and Emily Anne Wood. At the back of my mind for some time had been Hugh’s widow returned to her acting career. She
straightforward. The war graves of Hugh and his Emily was nee Dunford and the couple had the niggling belief that Hugh and Peggy had had a may have needed the income as a widow with a
crew were easily traced via the War Graves married at Bramham Yorkshire in 1883. Joseph child, born after his death. young child to support. She
Commission to Abbeville Communal Cemetery had become articled to a firm of Leeds solicitors The photos and some of the seems to have been a regular
extension in the Somme region of France. The and became a barrister. Joseph died in Ipoh, archive gave no more than actress at the Hastings Pier, at
reasons for the crash are unknown other than an Malaya on September 23rd 1937 aged 52. hints which I couldn’t prove Westcliff, and on tour with
assumption it was as a result of enemy action. Two Margaret, Hugh’s mother, proved very elusive, without spending out on Harry Hanson’s Court Players
crew members died alongside him: Sergeant E and the information only came about slowly, partly random certificates on the both in the 1930s before her
Jones and Sergeant D R C Maclagan The aircraft by accident through a trawl of the British off chance. I had no idea if marriage and after she was
they were flying was a Blenheim Mark I/IV and Newspaper archive for information on Hugh and the child was a boy or a girl. widowed which suggests se
was lost on June 8th 1940 on a mission to attack Joseph. Research on and Find My I had begun to slowly work was welcomed back. She
German armoured columns along the Weygard Past showed she was born on August 21st 1883, through the diary pages and consistently received good
Line. RAF records tell us that it crashed close to a the second daughter of Hugh MacDiarmid of eventually found mentions reviews.. She achieved
village called Le Mesge which is not far from Argyllshire. Her mother’s maiden name was of Hugh, his death (which renewed happiness when, on
Abbeville. MacNaughton. She and Joseph married in Colin didn’t hear about June 28th 1946, she remarried
These are the stark facts, but what of the man Edinburgh on April 17th 1912. She died on immediately, presumably to Captain Robert Hutton RA,
behind this tragic result of October 10th 1962 in due to wartime and they had a son. Peggy
war? The trail to learn Hampshire. communication difficulties seems to have continued
more of him was a mixture Tracing Hugh’s birth has to Malaya). Then, there it acting at Hastings until at least
of easily found been more difficult and it was, a reference to the birth 1949. Peggy died in London
information, a lot of dead would appear that he was of a daughter to Hugh’s in 1999.
ends, and some surprises, born in Ipoh, Malaya. He widow Peggy. No name Unfortunately, my search
plus some ‘gut’ instinct. was 26 when he died, was given, or a date, but I discovered the death of
One of the photos in the which suggests he was had confirmation my Frances in 1963. This
album was of Hugh and born in approximately instinct had been right. Eventually I traced a birth explained why, with their mother now deceased,
Peggy’s wedding day and 1914. We were gradually of a child called Frances in the July quarter of the family had said that there was no one with any
it was clear it had taken building up a picture of 1940. She was Frances Meta Clare Dunford direct connection to Hugh who would have wanted
place in Watton at the family background of Wood born on 21st August 1940 at Fulmer Chase to retain the album and mementoes Peggy had
Wayland Hall, which was this handsome young Bucks. This was a maternity hospital for the wives treasured. Had she lived, Frances would have been
then a registry office. In airman, but we knew of officers with reduced incomes. A hint that the natural custodian. Sadly, the probate record for
the background of the little of his life before Hugh’s death may have left Peggy with some Frances showed yet another family tragedy.
happy picture was 1939. The internet proved financial problems. Frances was living in Bognor Regis and it was
Dewhursts, later a Chinese once again to be very Other correspondence to Julian brought reported that she was last seen alive on July 30th
take away next to what is useful. Having hit a bit of information from a man who, as a child, got to and her dead body was found on July 31st on the
now the Dutch Flower stalemate, typing in know Hugh quite well when his father was posted foreshore at Climping Sussex. Such a terribly sad
shop. The buildings various combinations of to Watton in 1939. He recalled Hugh’s car as end to another young life. The effects of war can
themselves have not his name into Google being an open, grey coloured Riley – the sort of have a long lasting and far reaching effect on the
changed a lot and are brought up a site which thing a young lad would recall! He also vaguely lives of families and those left behind.
The Wayland News June 2020 Page 10
where 50p was charged for a whole closures for the day but sadly it has the television. Once again, I urge clubs. A question frequently asked
Watton Evening WI bucket of balls, and I could really now become a non event, just one of everyone, Chit Chat members or not, to of Rotary is why our year runs from
For those of us lucky enough to be concentrate on improving my game. many events cancelled around the please use their phone to make contact the middle of one calendar year to
able to work in the garden, the Of course golf ranges are a great country but hopefully we will be if they think they have a problem. the middle of the next? The simply
chance to be outside in the glorious help, but are no substitute for the able to make up for it next year. Please do not SUFFER IN SILENCE. I answer is that there are no other
April sunshine has seen a resurgence real thing – playing on a proper As with everything in life there are am sure Chit Chat like all other ‘new years’ - civil, religious,
in gardening. Borders have been course, so the next year or so I and ups and downs, at this period in time organizations, are very aware that the financial or w.h.y – anywhere, thus
weeded and dug over, seeds planted, my wife spent many weekends the Pandemic is our biggest down main thing at the moment is keeping as an International organisation we
both vegetable and flower and the staying at hotels that boasted that but the up side is we are learning to safe, however once the lockdown is avoid any conflicts of interest whilst
colours of Spring are stunning. The they had their own golf courses, appreciate many of those things that lifted we will most certainly party - maintaining a common aim.
late April rain has brightened those though many of these proved not we have for so long now taken for dressing up in 40’s outfits plus I am So there is it is for our soon-to-be
colours too. much more than a hole in a field, or granted, our NHS, our Freedom, our sure many of us will be able to replicate Immediate Past President, at the end
Some WI members talk of Spring at best what experienced golfers Families and those every day little the 40’s hairstyles as us ladies are of a most extraordinary Rotary year,
cleaning and de-cluttering. Books would call Mickey Mouse courses. things in life, lets hope we learn a having problems with hair-cuts and it And here’s a message from him,
that have piled up, waiting, have Then came a big moment when a lesson from it all. would be nice to try and copy the 30’s Peter Cowling:
now been read, The WI book club brand new course was opened five Its normally at the point that I and 40’s hairstyles! The Chit Chat ”With sudden, regrettable speed I
continues on line and contact is miles away and in their desire to remind reader that the kettle is Group certainly know how to party and have reached the last month of my
made between members of all reap in revenue they did not bother always on in The old School House celebrate thus, we really have year in office as President of Rotary
groups, through 'phone calls and e- too much about experience, so I was in Church Walk and to pop in for a something to look forward to. here in Watton. One of the most
mails. accepted as a member and a new cuppa if you are passing, but as they CHILD MEMORIES BOOK-A enjoyable parts of the job has been
A great deal of craft work is being phase of my life began. say in the Movies, we will have to SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE TIME to welcome guests a-plenty to our
done, some personal and some for In 1990 I moved to Norfolk and take a Rain Check until a later date, Obviously due to the lockdown, it has weekly meetings. We have had
the many great causes we read hardly had I arrived than the Look forward to seeing you all, affected sales of the book due to shops thereby the opportunity to meet a
about. Premature babies are Richmond Park course was opened, some time soon. being closed, however the articles in wide cross-section of folk, local and
benefitting from hats and teddies so once again I was able to become a Cheers, Richard, WMS Let’s Talk and The Norfolk Magazine, international, and to continue to be
being knitted and hospital patients founder member of a golf club, and (May editions) have evoked wonderful part of that wide sweep of humanity,
are being presented with bags, over the years my wife and I have responses from all over the County. I able to focus help and send aid
enabling them to carry round their played many enjoyable games there,
Finding Heaven was quite touched by a letter which we around the world as well as to our
drain bottles in a discreet way. and in away matches all over the received earlier this month from a own patch. So the complete
county. In a blur, I was met with splodges of lovely lady who is 88. She was so upturning of our world, with
Norfolk Scrubs volunteers are
Although I never managed to attain colour, thrilled with the idea of the book that everything having to be put on hold,
making, not surprisingly, scrubs
any great proficiency at the game, rained on by colourless shadows. she sent me a short tale of her time as has struck hard. There are a different
outfits, hats and bags in which staff
my son has been a very low- The liquid sun was pouring over an evacuee therefore I thought I would set of challenges ahead. Hopefully,
can carry home their laundry.
handicapper for some years, and my their familiar carved shapes, share it with local readers. ‘The book Rotary will be quick to spot them,
Keep-fitters are following
grandson also seems to have an As they faded at the edges of my has brought back many memories for and respond. A different world
programmes on television and many
inborn talent for the game. So all in life. me as I was evacuated in 1939 aged 7. awaits!”
walks are being taken.
There is so much good being done in all my family can be grateful to golf Mostly I have short but good memories Taking the reins from 1st July is
for a happy life, spent in the most But I heard no sound. of my stays as an evacuee. I only went Michael Haythorpe, shown in the
these unprecedented times let us
social atmosphere possible. I felt no breeze to cool my flaring as far as Buckinghamshire. The care picture, aptly ‘taking the reins’
hope it is not too long before we can
skin. was good, but local children were not astride a horse, which is far too big
share our 'exploits' and return to
I could not taste the falling elixir as so welcoming. I saved my pocket for him, at a VE day garden fete in
what may prove to be the new
normal. Wayland Mens’ it melted on my tongue. money and in late 1941 I made my way 1945. It seems even at a young age
The fragrance of the country was into Windsor and caught a train to he liked to be in control but we
Stay safe everyone. Shed lost. London. When I arrived back home my didn’t think it was shyness that
Social Group, Church Walk, Watton.
FORE! "IN LOCK DOWN". By the time parents nearly sent me back, however brought this picture to our attention
I was in sudden darkness as the raids were not too bad, I stayed so that no-one would recognise him
By Ken Knowles you get to ready this write up it will Shadows whirling around me. until we were bombed out by a V2 in the street! Rotary is certainly not
I cannot remember exactly how or have been more than 8 weeks since The suffocating blindness set my
when it started, but somewhere in we shut our doors at our meeting Rocket dropping on the square too big for him; we wish him well
heart racing. opposite. We then went to my and look forward to making progress
my mid-forties I was overtaken by place at the Old School House in And then I was falling… grandparents nr Daventry, right out in again as we slowly approach -
an urge to take up golf. This may Church Walk, and for me and im
the country (lovely) until the war what? - a ‘new normal’,
have had something to do with a sure many of our members its Flying…
visit to a local park in the Southend- beginning to feel like it, having been ended.’ I have put this to print because apparently! Martin Anscombe
on-Sea area of Essex, near where I used to meeting up once or twice a it is so important to recall memories of
Soaring… childhood etc. Once someone has
lived, where the local council week for a chat or taking part in
passed away unless their story has been
operated a first class pay-as-you-go some of our regular outings or Caught by a winged wind that
golf course. activities it comes hard to suddenly recorded then the life they lived is
seemed to be following an unknown easily forgotten. Sadly, one of our
Anyone was welcome to play there, find ourselves loosing this important path.
whether they were beginners or had outlet for keeping many of us active group passed away, just before the
Below there were rows of yellow book launch. Dawn had recorded her
experience of the game, and clubs both in mind and body. dots and green stripes,
were available for hire. None of us at this moment in time childhood memories and was so
Printed onto square patches. looking forward to seeing it in print.
Both my cousin and I were attracted have any idea when circumstances Rippling like a river of quilting.
to the game, and it seemed a good will allow us to open our doors Her family have had much comfort in
the fact that she had the foresight to
plan to arm ourselves with our own again and resume what for many of I looked upwards,
equipment and were pleased to learn us has become our regular routine write a small account of her life in the
Focusing with all my mind and book. There are quite a few of war-time
of the existence of a store near meeting up at the Mens Shed. On a Feeling with all my heart.
Victoria station in London which lighter note we are told that our stories in the book and the book is most
It was there… a spot. certainly a delight to read. Book
advertised itself as Railway Lost Government may lift some And as my eyes widened it grew,
Property, where we both obtained a restrictions in the next week or two available from Great Ellingham Post
As though curtains, pulling back to Office, Rocklands Community Shop
golf bag plus five clubs for about but I dont think we should expect
£20 each. Although it was possible too much freedom to roam for some
reveal all colour and light.
There it met my waking eyes,
and JC Books, Watton plus our St Mary's 150
website. Once printing costs are
that some items on sale may have time to come. Apart from e mails
been left on trains, the profusion of and phone calls there has been
As they adjusted from the night. covered then profits will go to a charity Draw
golfing sets suggested that either limited contact between members of the Chit Chat Groups choice May Winners of the 150 Draw: 1st
Alicia Eldridge Great Ellingham Chit Chat Group
golfers were the most careless for obvious reasons but moves are prize £50 – ticket number 1, Ann
Contact: Ann Reeve Lusher; 2nd prize £25 – ticket
travellers in the world, or that the afoot as we speak to organise a
title of the shop was a bit mis- weekly "Zoom" or "Skype" face to Great Ellingham 07733211410/01953 882065 number 37, Marion Wheeler. Well
leading. face meeting for members to help done!
Chit Chat Group
Whatever, we were both now fully keeping in touch, there will alas be Every Wednesday 10-12 Noon at Gt
equipped to play anywhere that some who dont embrace this modern Ellingham Recreation Centre
would have us, and we set about way of doing things OR don't have INFORMATION CONCERNING Rotary Roundup
honing our games so that we might the computer hardware allowing THE CORONAVIRUS & BELATED 1st July sees the start of the new
begin to enjoy our new-found them to participate, so how things VE DAY CELEBRATIONS Rotary Year: new presidents take
hobby. Or more accurately – craze. will progress? only time will tell. As with most of the other organizations, over and other club officers may
Like most beginners we sought Our thanks goes out to one or two of we are still in lockdown and unable to change too, and it is the same for
every opportunity to practise, and I our members who have been meet, however that does not stop us every one of the 35,000+ Rotary
recall that I once got up early to visit keeping the garden and small lawn from contacting each other, either by clubs in 167 countries worldwide.
our local park at six a.m. in order to at our Hall clean and tidy, every phone, text or email. Many of the Elected earlier in the year, Everyone
drive balls around, only to find the little helps. well done chaps. group, especially those living on their will take office on the day because
place filled with dog walkers, Today is VE Day, WMS would have own, are finding much comfort by they are elected earlier in the year
forcing me to change my plans. been involved in assisting at the chatting to each other. It is surprising and it matters not that there will
But good fortune came in the form events organised in Watton Town, what we all find to chat about! Friends, probably not be a face-to-face
of a golf range being opened locally we usually help in manning the road families, health, nature and of course handover meeting in very many
The Wayland News June 2020 Page 11
businesses are open and what they can provide whole peanuts, as fledgelings will soon be about.
PLEASE MENTION News from Watton during the lockdown. Staff are also coordinating the Also in particularly dry weather keep ponds and

THE WAYLAND Town Council volunteers, ensuring that all those who need help,
are getting it. They are working remotely, but still
bird baths well supplied with water.
Garden Pests
By Chair Pat Warwick
taking phone calls and emails, making sure that we The Club’s April monthly meeting was to be on
NEWS Sadly, we had to cancel the big celebrations we had
are aware of things we need to know, including any ‘Mole catching’ but like all social gatherings it
planned for The 75th Anniversary of VE Day, so
new regulations and directives, either from Central had to be cancelled due the coronavirus
WHEN SHOPPING some different plans were put together, which meant
Government, County, District and Norfolk ALC. restrictions. However, on the club’s website we
that we couldn't have the kind of party we would have
Although there are a lot of businesses that have provide some interesting facts about the European
WITH OUR liked. However, the whole community took it in their
helped out in various ways, too many to mention, Mole and how to catch these cute critters who can
stride and a great time was had by all. Most
ADVERTISERS but I will make one exception. The Italian Job in make a mess of your lawn. Please feel free to visit
celebrations took place in people's front gardens, with
Watton High Street. They have cheered so many our website (address above) and by clicking on
cream teas, lots of bunting and flags. It was lovely to
people up, delivering over 150 free pizzas to the the ‘Virtual Garden Club' page in top menu you
see all the colourful posters in the windows, Union
staff at seven Care homes in the local area, Boots can access more informaiton.
flags, rainbows and sunflowers amongst others, who
the Chemist, Total Health, Wayland Prison, The TOP 10 Garden Pests
knew Watton had so many talented artists?!
Ambulance Service and last, but not least, Fleur the Moles can be classed as a garden pest, but if we
Although social distancing was observed, it didn't
Postlady. I'm reliably informed that Dave Scragg, look at the Royal Horticultural Society top 10 list
detract from having fun. To be fair though, it did get
one of our marvellous First Responders, also helped of garden pests, the mole does not even feature.
quite noisy in some places, as people had to shout
out with logistics and delivery. Well done and thank Below is the latest top 10 list of garden pests you
across their gardens to hold a conversation with the
you to Hal and Fiona from The Italian Job, an should look to tackle as a priority:
neighbours. I feel very proud of the children, some of
absolute credit to Watton. The RHS’s top 10 pests for 2019 in terms of calls
whom don't really understand why they can't go out
That's all I have to report for now. I really hope that for advice were:
with their friends, but they just got on with it, calling
by the time you read this, things have improved and 1. Box tree caterpillar; 2. Vine weevil; 3. Slugs/
over the fence to be heard. It all added to the fun.
that we are back to a new kind of normal. Keep snails; 4. Fuchsia gall mite; 5. Alder leaf beetle; 6.
Community spirit has definitely come to the fore here,
safe. Woolly aphid; 7= Rosy apple aphid; 7=
our volunteers have been amazing, not only with
Pat Warwick, Chairman and Mayor, Watton Viburnum beetle; 9. Glasshouse red spider mite;
shopping and collecting prescriptions for vulnerable
Town Council 10. Plum leaf-curling aphid
folk, who are unable to go out, but also being that
Go to the RHS website ( to get
friendly face at a time when some could otherwise go
more information on each of these ‘garden pests’
for long periods without seeing anyone. I have spoken Ashill, Holme Hale & and how to deal with them.
to most of the volunteers, they're a really friendly
helpful group, some even asked if there was anything District Garden Club
else they could do. Amazing people! Keeping the Garden Growing Wayland Chamber of
I'm pleased to say that our Market has done a fantastic With the current rules on social distancing there
job under difficult circumstances, ensuring social has never been a better time to get out into your Commerce
distancing, whilst providing a much needed service to garden to get it (and you) in shape. While the I am writing knowing that the 2020-21edition of
our residents. It's been very busy, but the Market gardening club is currently not able to hold the Wayland Chamber of Commerce Information,
Traders always manage to stay cheerful. With the monthly meetings we are providing gardening Trade and Services Directory will have arrived
shops that are open, including butchers, bakers, advice via newsletters and our website to keep through your letter box over the last few weeks. I
chemists, amongst others, this allows people to get all everyone active with gardening tasks. The RHS believe the role of the Directory will this year,
their shopping within a reasonably small local area. website ( is also good source of things have even greater significance and value than
There are quite a few Societies and Groups in and you should do each month in your garden, as is previous years. Our local businesses have all had
around Watton, including the Wayland Chamber of the BBC’s Gardeners World on a Friday evening to cope with unprecedented circumstances with
Commerce (Wayland Directory being delivered as I on BBC2. the COVID-19 lockdown; concerns about income,
write), the Watton Neighbourhood Plan Group and As we move into May & June there are a number staff, costs and future commercial viability have
the Twinning Association, to name but a few, who are of seasonal tasks around your garden: arisen through no fault or failing of our making.
still working away, making plans for when things get Trees, Shrubs and Flowers: Pot grown Cannas While some businesses have been able to access
back to whatever normal will be at that time. and Dahlias can be hardened off gradually, ready the different Government schemes to alleviate
Obviously, any meetings have to be held remotely, for planting out once frosts have passed. some of the problems, from the feedback we have
whether this be email, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom Dead head spring bulbs e.g daffodils and Tulips to received at the Chamber, this by no means applies
or whatever, but they are there, doing everything they enable their energy reserves to be replenished for to all of our businesses in Wayland.
can to plan for better times ahead. I know this, as I am next year’s flowering. Spring-flowering shrubs For all, these are worrying times with concerns
the Council representative for quite a few and as such, such as Exochorda and Spirea x Arguta are best about personal safety and health, but for those
am kept 'in the loop'. I won't name them all, for fear of pruned as they finish flowering. Cut back one in individual business owners and managers whose
missing someone out! three stems to ground level and take flowered futures are dependent from week to week on the
This brings me to Watton Town Council. We are growth down to a strong sideshoot. revenue they generate through their own and their
communicating through email daily, with weekly There is still time to sow annuals for a good employees hard work, it is doubly worrying. A
'catch-up' Zoom meetings and phone calls where display, both for us as the gardener and for the situation that is only likely to gradually improve in
necessary. It was proposed and voted that I will pollinators. During dry spells, as we have been the coming months and for restaurants and pubs it
remain as Chairman and Mayor, until the first experiencing, keep seed beds and young plants could be even longer before it is possible to
meeting in May 2021. All Councillors will also retain watered, a good watering every few days is better welcome customers back through their doors.
their existing positions, i.e. Chair of HR, Finance, than little and often. For those businesses that have managed to remain
Neighbourhood Plan etc., until May 2021. All Look out for newly hatched larvae of viburnum open, we are grateful for all of the efforts of
decisions made are recorded and will be ratified at the beetle, especially on viburnum tinus and V. owners and staff. We appreciate that with only
first Full Council Meeting that we are able to hold, opulus. Remove larvae by hand if they are not too minimal personal protection, reliant on everyone’s
when current rules allow. numerous. commitment to social distancing, you have
Once again, I give credit to our Clerk and all the staff, Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs: If you have grown managed to keep providing food and essentials on
without whom we could not function to any degree. tomatoes from seed or bought seedlings the shelves and in our shopping bags. And many
They keep us all up to date with which shops and remember to pot on into larger pots or into your thanks to our take-aways of course!
grow bag. Remove suckers as they appear, start Of one thing I am certain is that things will
liquid feeding once the first trusses arrive. eventually improve and as the lockdown is
Earth up potatoes as they start to show their gradually relaxed so more of us can return to
greenery above soil, drawing soil around the some semblance of normal working life. It is at
stems to prevent tubers becoming green that point that the Chamber’s Trade Directory will
(inedible). this year really come into its own. Quite simply, if
Pinching out herbs such as lemon balm and mint Watton and Wayland businesses and retailers are
will prevent flowering and encourage bushy to rebound from this pandemic then in the same
growth. Successional sowings of tender herbs spirit shown towards social distancing and
such as Basil can be made now. supporting the NHS, we need to rally behind our
As we start moving into the hotter weather think local businesses and ensure we buy products and
about shading on your greenhouse so it does not services from those listed in the Directory and
get too hot, also good ventilation is important for from the shops on our High Street. So when the
your greenhouse vegetables and plants. lock-down starts to lift have a browse through the
Remove strawberry runners during early part of Directory to see if there are a few jobs that
summer to avoid energy being diverted from needed doing that can now be done, if there is
developing fruit. For fewer maggoty fruit, monitor something you have been promising yourself
codling moth numbers by hanging pheromone for a while, don’t buy it online - go to our local
traps in apple and pear trees at the beginning of shops. And in time when the restaurants and
the month. pubs re-open, make sure you have a special
Wildlife Gardening drink and a meal to celebrate. In that way we
To avoid any disruption to nesting birds and will support our local businesses and once
bumblebees, allow hedges to remain unpruned again have a thriving Wayland.
until after nesting time. David Dent, Chairman Wayland Chamber of
Continue putting food out for birds, preferably not Commerce
The Wayland News June 2020 Page 12

The Concert that never was – but will be

Please support your local
For all you West End Waiters this was to be a day
businesses. You would miss Of splendid celebration in every kind of way.
A decade packed with concerts raised five and twenty grand
them if they weren’t here . . . To mark this great achievement – a special show was planned.

as we have all been The hall was booked, the programme fixed, the posters were
discovering! Rehearsals started straightaway: old songs and new combined.
The Inner Wheel was brought on board to make and serve the tea
And everything was going well as far as you could see.

It wasn’t all plain sailing- at times the wrath could rise

‘Til righteous indignation gave way to compromise,
And all the team acknowledged that for the Concert good
You had to work together in love and Waiterhood.

Ken rehearsed his singing, Bren worked out what to say, Inner Wheel –
Roy got used to smiling and found it felt okay,
Derek’s eyes soon twinkled : he thought that he would see Surviving The 'LOCKDOWN'!
How very very naughty his monologues would be How have you been surviving in these strange times? The
lack of our usual social life has left a huge gap and we have
June went through her music to see what she could find had to find other ingenious ways to amuse ourselves. I
And made quite sure her glasses did not get left behind, wonder how many people have taken the opportunity to
Graham sorted out his lines so all the words could rhyme have a good clear out of all those shelves and cupboards
John disciplined the Major to gallop in on time! which we have been meaning to do but never found the
Lesley was invited the Compere’s role to share time! At home Ken and I have what we loosely refer to as
And even poorly Peter was hoping to be there the library. It consists of a number of shelves and an even
greater number of books. The shelves are now half empty
And then along came Covid with all its deadly power (and need cleaning!) and half the books have been
It paralysed the country and stole your finest hour. transferred to the garage where they await the re-opening of
You learned that you were high risk and vulnerable and old the Thompson Book Sale. Various drawers have also had a
You needed to be shielded and do as you were told. tidy up, it really is amazing the amount of junk one hoards.
Like many I have been enjoying the good weather by being
And as the world was reeling with fear and death and pain in the garden as much as possible. No major projects like one
You worried that the Waiters would never wait again. or two friends have attempted, but a good opportunity to
This thought was so depressing, you felt in times of doubt keep ahead of the weeds, renew the pot flowers , tie in the
That such an evil virus could wipe the Waiters out. clematis and roses, do a bit of light pruning and generally
have a good tidy up. Very satisfying to then be able to sit
The Show of course was cancelled,** you had to count the cost down with a nice cup of tea or the occasional gin and tonic! I
You sat and suffered Lockdown consid’ring what you’d lost hope many of you will have been able to do the same.
And maybe things seemed hopeless, and joys were only few Inner Wheel and Rotary members have been keeping in touch
Stay in and watch the telly was all that you could do. via Tandem, our in house newsletter and phones and social
media have enabled us all to hear each other and occasionally
And though time passes slowly, you’ve reached the concert day
digitally converse. Our son has been able to do our weekly
I guess you’re disappointed it’s all turned out this way
shop and deliver it to the doorstep where we can also have a
So I have writ this ditty to try to raise a smile
chat out of the window, and our daughters have introduced us
Because I’m sure the Waiters will be back in a while.
to an iPad App called House Party which enables us to have a
You’d better all believe it – you are not done for yet – communal chat at a prescribed time each week.
Your friends and fans are ready and they will not forget What a blessing these contacts have proved during what could
How much they love your humour, your songs, your jokes, your have been a very lonely time
mirth – Very sadly our Inner Wheel Strawberry Tea will not take place
They cannot wait to see you, they’ll clap for all they’re worth! this year. We know many of our friends in the town looked
forward to it each year so we are really very sorry to have to
So don’t give up! The Waiters shall have their Finest Hour disappoint you. We are also sorry that our fundraising
The girls will soon start baking (when they can get the flour!) especially for our overseas charities will have been reduced
And what a celebration this Concert then will be this year.
In every sense a triumph, over great adversity. As I look out of my window as I write this I can hear the birds
singing and the sun is shining on the blossoming trees, I can
Lesley Cowling (19/4/20) see purple lilac, pale blue wisteria and dark blue ceanothus all
** Should say ‘postponed’ but cancelled sounds better! doing their blooming best!
We have much to be thankful for. Stay Safe. Brenda


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