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

“Onwards to a brighter future” Picture by Edward Szczepanowski: Secretary, Great Hockhan Gardening Club

vineyard. Instead we will be having a quarantini horizontal, but the two parts had not become
Great Hockham in the garden. completely separated. Amid much derision I set
Sometime around 1996, in Prue’s mother’s about pulling the tree upright, stabilising it with
Gardening Club garden, there appeared a self-set acacia seedling. a splint I made up by welding up some old bits
Rather than just pull it up, Prue thought to save of metal together. I put some wood glue in the
Corona Diary it for the garden of our new house. After being joint, not with any expectation of holding it
in a pot for a while it was eventually planted out. together, but so as not to leave any gaps where
Here we are in June and are things getting After a few more years it had become quite a nasties might take up residence. A few years
better? We hope so. It’s the time we would have feature, about 6 foot high with a 4-inch diameter later I removed the splint and the tree was on its
been thinking of going on our monthly visit and trunk – at which point the wind blew it down. (Continued on page 7)
this month would have been Humbleyard The trunk had snapped leaving the tree

making her triumphant return to the stage return and from Wednesday 17th June
Charity Cake of the Queens Hall as soon as she is we hope to be welcoming back the
allowed, we hope in November. plant, clothes, jewellery and cake
Stall Look out for clues, such as the stalls, with the popular egg stall due
To our many friends in Watton the Inner reappearance of the posters and banners back at the end of June.
Wheel ladies are well known for their and, of course, here in The Wayland Watton TC has been working with
delicious homemade cakes enjoyed at News. Breckland Council on their plans to
their Coffee mornings in the Queens Hall Jenny Mann. Chairman, The Wayland support the re-opening of the High Street
and at their annual Strawberry Tea. As a Players while keeping everyone safe.
final flourish to President Carole's year a Now that more stalls are returning, and
Charity Cake Stall will be held in the
front garden of 30 Thetford Road, (the
The Watton shops are opening the Market will be
moving – a short distance – to Middle
PINK house opposite Tescos) on
Saturday June 27th from 10.30.- 12. 30.
Wednesday Street / Dereham Road.
The road will be closed to traffic so it
Strict hygiene and social distancing will
be observed.
Market is on the should be a much pleasanter, and safer,
environment for shoppers. Pedestrians
Do please come and support us. move! will be asked to respect a one-way
system but the stalls have been spread
The weekly Market has been a feature of
‘Mystery of the Watton for hundreds of years and will be
out so that there is plenty of room for
‘socially distanced’ queues and for
familiar to anyone who drives through
disappearing the town on a Wednesday morning. The
browsing, especially on the non-food
food traders have really gone the extra Mayor Pat Warwick said “We are so
posters’ mile through the corona virus crisis and grateful to the traders who continue to
Agatha Crusty would have no difficulty have continued without pause to provide support Watton Market, it’s popularity
in solving the mystery of the fantastic fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, even in the corona crisis, just shows how
disappearing Wayland Players posters cheese and pies. In turn the people of important it is to the town.
and banners at the end of March. Watton have shown some good Norfolk We would like to thank all the traders for
Everything was prepared for the opening common sense and continued to support agreeing to the move to Middle Street,
night in the Queens Hall of ‘Agatha the market while making sure they keep we are determined to keep the market in
Crusty and the Village Hall Murders’ their ‘social distance’. Watton thriving and this is by far the best
when . . . you know what happened!! The Town Council is very pleased that option in the current situation.”
But don’t despair . . . Agatha will be the ‘non food’ stalls are now able to
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Lockdown Easing & Local Businesses Information

Tuesday to Sunday 11am till 8 pm. and new customers when people feel visitors are requested not to touch any guidelines must be adhered to at all
Adcocks If you have any enquiries you can call it is safe and thank you for all your handles, fixed or moveable items and times.
Having had to close the shop to us on - 01953 880983 / 07415937954 . support to date. surfaces within the property.
customers at the end of March due to We have provided clear signage on This is only a brief account of the ‘new
the Covid-19 instructions, we’re now floor-markings. We are only allowed 2 normal’ but we will be only too pleased Lockdown
preparing to re-open on June 15th. different households inside at a time to Paul Goodacre to give you more detailed help and
During the ‘lockdown’ period we help you and us adhering to the secure advice where needed. The first three
Easing at Watton
were still able to operate, as Repairs
Government restrictions still allowed
social distancing. We are ask you to
sanitise your hands has you walked in Please be assured I am taking
weeks have been relatively busy and
let’s hope the housing market will
Town Council
us to deliver and install domestic precautionary measures before Watton Town Council has continued
for your safety and ours too. move forward with these new
appliances etc. (subject to safety entering properties, washing my to operate as near to ‘normal’ as
If you can visit alone to collect your precautions, which are there to try
guidelines) to customers’ homes. hands or using hand sanitiser as i possible during the past few months
food, please do so, however we know and ensure we all keep safe and well
We thank the many customers enter your property. Wearing full and, although the Office has been
this isn't always possible – children are and avoid any spike in the Corona
who’ve trusted our advice when PPE including respirator mask FFP3 shut, thanks to technology the Office
of course still very welcomed. As you Virus infection rate.
ordering over the phone, as opposed to protect myself and you and staff have continued to work at
know our seating areas aren't yet open. Tim Mullenger, FNAEA, Mullenger
to calling into the shop to make their wearing latex gloves while I carry out home. The Town Operative has
Thank you again for the support you & Co 18 High Street Watton
purchase. We also thank them for the my work. remained out and about to keep an
have showed to our business over the Tel.01953 883474
trust they’ve shown in letting us into I would also ask that social distancing eye on things generally and he has
last weeks, we are incredibly grateful
their homes to deliver and install, is a must while I’m working please if been able to social distance so
for our community support. We will
when many hadn’t even seen their continue to keep you updated on any possible stay out of the room I’m Osteopathic & allowing him to undertake much of
own families under the restrictions! working in. Please spray down areas his usual duties and keep Town
changes through our social media
At the time of writing we’re channel , Contrast page on Facebook . that I would expect to touch with Sports Injury Council areas cared for.
preparing to open on the 15th. Clearly antibacterial spray before I arrive. Staff have been involved with
this will bring a new set of challenges If you are showing symptoms of the Clinic Breckland District Council to
and a different way of operating! H Brett and Son virus, as per government advice Restrictions have been lifted and we arrange food shopping and
Whilst the shop will be open, we H Brett and Son have been proud to please contact our office or call my can open again but with a few prescription collections for those that
would still encourage calling us first serve the local community and beyond mobile to cancel your appointment. changes in place. I have listed below have been isolating and thanks must
(01953 881248) to see if we can help since 1921 and never have we had to At the moment I am working 3 days a some of the changes that have been go to everyone in the community
over the phone in order to minimise close our doors for such a long period week until we have a resolution to considered, so you can prepare for who has assisted to make this service
‘face to face’ contact in the shop, of time. Throughout this pandemic we Covid19. your visit. run smoothly. It could not have
where possible. have been working alongside Funeral 1. We have taken some advice re happened without the volunteers
Additionally customers can opt to Directors and removing memorials for appropriate PPE and have purchased who stepped forward.
buy online, or ‘click and collect’ via burials to take place, but our shop and
Mullenger & Co the required stock. You will be The Town Councillors have kept in
our website, workshop have stood quiet. At Mullenger & Co Estate Agents we triaged on the phone or by text prior touch with each other and the staff
Thank you. Paul Adcock In accordance to Government returned to the office on Monday 18th to their appointment to ensure via informal Zoom meetings which
guidelines we are opening our doors on May after the surprise announcement treatment is safe to go ahead. Please are being held regularly each week.
Monday 15th June at 9am. We have that as part of easing from “lock- arrive on time for your appointment If necessary decisions have been
Arden Kendall completed our risk assessment and have down”, people could go and view (not too early) as we’d like to made that will be ratified once the
Arden Kendall Accountants is open put in place safety measures to ensure property for sale or rent. Many people minimise time spent in the waiting Town Council does physically meet
from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, social distancing is observed. We have were shocked by the decision that you area. once again. It is likely the Town
however we are not conducting face to installed screens and we will have a could let a stranger in your home but We will ask you to leave any Council will arrange an ‘official’
face meetings in the office for the time hand sanitizing station in reception. you couldn’t visit family and friends. unnecessary items at home or in your Zoom Town Council meeting for the
being. If you are an existing client and Please can we ask that you call us to However, it was not a simple return to car. e.g bags and phones etc. There end of June. If so, this will be
need to drop off paperwork, please book an appointment on 01953 881501. the traditional old ways of going to look will be hand sanitiser available to use advertised as would any normal
contact us in advance or knock on the We look forward to welcoming people for a new home as strict Government on entry to the building and we will Council meeting.
door as the door is currently locked. If back to H Brett and Son Stone masons. Guidance and Advice needs to be record your temperature. Please wear The Town Council will continue to
you are a potential new client looking adhered to by Estate Agents and their a facemask /covering. Thank you. follow Government Guidelines and
for accountancy or tax advice, please clients. We have removed towels and thus it is still uncertain when the
ring the office on 01953 883850. Ivan Chubbock When asked to value a property during purchased plastic covers for the Town Council Office will be open to
the lock-down I could often provide a couches and pillows. We will be the public and when any events can
Garage Services “desk-top” valuation based on my 40 allowing time in between patients to be arranged. The Council is hopeful
Art Tech To coin a well-known phrase, year experience of the local property wipe down and sanitise all areas. You the annual Firework Evening and
Art Tech Ltd is a Plumbing and interesting times! OK, we have been market and even now such guidance may want to bring your own towel to Festive Market may still take place
Heating company, which has been luckier than most here, we have been can be given. However, if asked to cover yourself. At this time we will in 2020 in some form, but
trading locally for more than 14 years allowed to keep open (I feel deeply carry out a physical inspection I take be discouraging friends or chaperones unfortunately it is wait and see at
specialising in boiler servicing and sorry for those businesses who have the precaution to wear face mask, unless it is absolutely necessary. this stage. Plans are somewhat on
breakdown. The Covid -19 lockdown been unable to) but with reduced staff gloves and use hand sanitiser where Treatment will be kept to 30 - 40 hold.
initially stopped all business; and of course reduced customers required and abide by the 2m social mins to minimise close contact time. Like other community buildings, The
understandably people either refused whilst all locked down. distancing with the occupants. Please do not stay and chat after your Charlotte Harvey Youth &
entry to their houses or cancelled pre- During this time we have got Appointments are kept as brief as treatment as we want to minimise Community Centre in Harvey Street
booked appointments. ourselves ready to open up and work possible and followed up by telephone contact time in the building. is closed and it is not known when it
Since the relaxation of being able to with this pandemic, increasing advice when necessary. will be able to re-open. Changes may
meet in public places, work has started computers, new screens in our It is viewings that are perhaps more need to be implemented before users
to pick up. It is important to work reception and office, hand sanitizers difficult than before, in that, where Total Health can be allowed back in.
safely for the protection of customers for customers, different waiting areas possible, prospective buyers/renters are Re-opening of the High Street is
and myself. Social distancing and lots for customers, increased PPE and encouraged to initially carry out a Pharmacy however beginning to take place,
of hand washing is key, plus listening cleaning regimes for the staff. ‘virtual’ inspection by studying the Total Health Pharmacy continues to with changes, and the Town Council
to our customers individual needs, Our MOT bay hasn’t quite been additional photographs, videos and 360 provide a full dispensing and is working with Breckland District
acquiring spare parts is now becoming affected as much as we anticipated, degree tours, that agents are starting to pharmaceutical service to all patients Council and Norfolk County Council
easier with more companies opening. but MOT’s are down by around half provide on the internet and web-sites. during the Covid-19 pandemic; the to help with the ‘Confidence’
The main message is for people to compared to usual, as is service & However, we acknowledge that not retail business also remains open. campaign which aims to encourage
support local trades, companies and repair work. It is anticipated there everyone has the equipment or ability We are open Monday to Friday from people to shop safely locally. It is
shops, if we cease to trade, Companies will be a rush for MOT testing later to use this new technology and I 8.00am to 11.00pm and at weekends hoped businesses generally can start
will have to come from Norwich and in the year, so we have increased the personally would never expect anyone from 8.00am to 8.30pm. to get back on their feet. As part of
will be expensive. For example a capacity of our MOT bay up to 3 to buy or rent a house they haven’t Due to unprecedented demand and in this the Wednesday Market will be
customer three streets a way paid a vehicles an hour, instead of the 1 actually visited and inspected the line with government guidance we moved into Middle Street. The Town
Norwich Company an hour here, an every 45 minutes that we had been accommodation. may occasionally adjust our weekday Council is grateful to traders who
hours work and an hour return at £75 + doing. To this end the guidance we have been closing time to 8.30pm, to enable our have continued to come to Watton
Vat an hour. A local company would Our staff have found it hard not given is that any physical viewings staff deal with the high volume of throughout the past difficult weeks
have been under £50. Even if it’s not coming into work, although some should be undertaken with all parties work. However, the pharmacy can since March and it is pleased that
me, please support your local people more are now back and we are very wearing masks/face coverings and still be accessed ’til 11.00pm by others are returning. We can all help
and stay safe. grateful for their patience. gloves and that only two adults from ringing the doorbell. Where possible by shopping in our local area to
We are looking to other avenues to the same household should attend and please allow between five and seven support the brilliant small businesses
expand work to fill the gaps, our tyre where practical the viewing should take days between ordering and collecting that are around.
Contrast (Cafe) bay has never worked to full potential no longer than 15 minutes. Hard prescriptions. If you do wish to contact Watton
Dear customers, we are still open for considering all the equipment it surfaces door handles etc should be The well-being of our customers and Town Council all usual channels
Takeaway, on hot drinks, Cakes and contains, so we have updated some of cleaned with household anti-bac before staff is our absolute priority so we are remain open apart from the ability to
Tapas Food Menus, till government the kit and have decided to focus the viewing takes place and re-cleaned restricting the number of customers in pop into the Office.
allow us to be fully open. Our times more work in this area. after the inspection. Where possible 2m the pharmacy to six at any time. 01953 881007
remain the same, Monday - closed, We hope to see and welcome existing social distancing should apply and Strict no contact and social distancing
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 4
the closure is only temporary and the path hygiene regulations. Local elected
Lockdown Easing will reopen after another month or two. member’s views were also fed in and the Lockdown & The Grand
During our opening hours of 9am to 5pm plan is to close Middle Street and part of
at St Mary’s we have a volunteer stationed at either end the old Dereham Rd to traffic and to Second Hand Book Sales
Church Watton of this closure to guide visitors to the paths
they can use and also answer any questions
relocate the Wednesday market there.
This idea compliments the aspiration in the
I know that many of you have used this time to have a good old clear
As the parish church of Watton, St. Mary’s out, or de-clutter in modern parlance. If so, you will be relieved to
about wildlife they may have during their Town Plan to permanently pedestrianise know that with the easing of some of the restrictions on movement,
has been extremely busy over the past few
visit. that area to create a Market Place ambience we have decided to start once again accepting donations. However,
months during lockdown: helping local
The only other thing to mention, which I and focal point for the Town. there will be restrictions of our own!
families, supporting the elderly and the
have touched on a moment ago, is our Other measures for Watton High Street  We will only accept delivery to us here in Griston, not at
isolated, caring pastorally for those who are
closure of the reserve outside of office are to remove on street parking, to Thompson Community Hall.
sick and those who care for them. As well
hours. During lockdown many of you will operate a one way system for pedestrians
as live streaming services and recording  People must call first to arrange a delivery slot, so that no more
know that our steel gate at the roadside was and to place safety barriers along the
services, prayers and reflections – we have than one vehicle is here at any time.
locked 24/7 to protect the reserve while no High Street. Of course no plan will be
been proactive in meeting to discuss the  We can only accept donations from households not exhibiting
staff were present. When we were planning glitch free but these are exceptional times
next steps we will need to take when we any symptoms of the virus.
our reopening we decided to keep the gate and District officers have worked swiftly
are able, so that we are as ready as we can  We are currently only taking books, except by prior arrangement.
shut between 5pm and 9am every night as and diligently to draw up the most
be when we can open the church again.  The health and wellbeing of everyone involved is important to
there has been an increase in antisocial suitable measures for each of the
At the time of writing (10th June) we are us; we ask you to bear with us as we take tentative steps towards
activity and criminal damage in other local individual Breckland market Towns.
hoping to be able to open for private prayer “normal service”.
reserve car parks during lockdown, and we Changes may have to be made as we go
as the next step, and we encourage all our The situation will be reviewed when guidelines change. The next sale
wanted to keep the site safe, for the wildlife along but the most important aspect of
readers to see our website or check out the is booked for October 10th, and no decision has yet been taken
itself as well as for those that enjoy coming making sure these measures work
Facebook page as below for up the minute regarding it going ahead, but we certainly hope to be able to continue
here in a positive way. Eventually we hope effectively is for us as shoppers to
information about what we are doing. in some format next year. In the meanwhile we wish you, our friends,
to keep this gate open permanently to allow always be mindful of others when
There will also be notices posted on the volunteers and customers, good health. Keith and Caroline 880153.
early risers to enjoy the reserve once more. shopping, be patient, continue to keep
noticeboard outside the church, giving
our 2 metre distance and make full use of
information and updates.
the hand sanitisers that are available.
Our regular family times, such as Councillor’s Chat
Storybags and ADventure! will be up and With Cllr Claire Bowes
running just as soon as we are able – so As the government gradually takes us out Local church
stay in touch to see when we can meet of lockdown we enter a transitional phase
again face to face. In the meantime, there for opening up our High Streets again to continues to
are activities on the church website and customers and shoppers using best practice
Facebook pages and our Families Matter to comply with Covid19 social distancing
provide vital debt
Keyworker for Watton, is still working
hard to keep in contact with everyone.
and hygiene regulations. From the 1st June
market traders selling non essential goods
Be assured that the church building has The Mid Norfolk branch of national
were allowed to set up stalls and from 15th
been closed for a while but the church is charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
June high street shops selling non essential
certainly still very active – out in is continuing to help those struggling in
goods were allowed to open.
community, in prayer and care! debt despite the challenges of the
Breckland Council has joined with other
St. Mary’s website: coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
District Councils across Norfolk to roll out Volunteers from the CAP Debt Centre
the “Shop with Confidence initiative”
St. Mary’s Facebook page: based at Fountain of Life Ashill Church
which is the first visible part of a much
@stmaryswatton are helping their local clients with
wider “Do Business with Confidence”
practical help, support, encouragement
campaign to support every business and
and a friendly voice at the end of a
A New Beginning every job possible within the districts
during the Covid Recovery phase.
Heather Nunn, CAP Debt Centre
at RSPB Working closely with town councils,
Manager, said: “We’re ensuring that we
traders and business groups, a range of
follow all of the social distancing rules to
Lakenheath Fen measures have been put in place across the
stay safe but we’re still here to support
At the reserve we are now getting back into districts’ market towns to ensure they
our clients where needed.
the swing of things a bit, following the continue to be vibrant and safe places to
“Our buildings may be closed but the
peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. shop in spite of the pandemic.
church is very active. The times we’re in
Our Visitor Centre is closed for the time The aim is to encourage footfall to return to
may have changed the way we offer our
being, for the safety of everyone- it just pre-Covid levels as quickly as possible and
service but we’re still here.
isn’t possible to maintain social distancing get cash in traders’ tills and back into the
“We’re offering practical support such as
and adequate hygiene inside. However, we local economy.
linking clients up with local foodbanks,
have done our best to adapt to a new Each market town has had a bespoke plan
arranging emergency shops and
system that is COVID-secure; we have a developed. Measures include:
continuing to help clients with their
Welcome Point situated at the side of our *The installation of hand sanitising stations
paperwork and progressing them towards
Visitor Centre, which is manned by a and social distancing signage.
managing debt.”
volunteer or staff member. This is the spot *The installation of extra seating and
The CAP Debt Help service has been
to head to after you have parked, and here planters.
adapted to adhere to Government social
you can find out our latest wildlife *Extra bike racks to encourage more
distancing guidance to ensure the safety
sightings, what facilities are open for use people to cycle.
of staff and clients and is continuing to
and also which trails are open- we currently *Temporary changes to parking and, in
support clients with problem debt.
have a partial closure of a main path which some instances, temporary traffic
CAP staff and volunteers are delivering
I will come to in a minute. We have a toilet restrictions.
essentials where needed and ensuring
open for visitors to use now too, should Where temporary traffic restrictions have
that people who are locked in poverty
you need to during your visit. We do ask been in place residents and businesses will
have practical, emotional and spiritual
that while you are here, and queuing at the still have the access they need while at the
Welcome Point, for the toilet or out on the same time allowing pedestrians to walk
Heather added: “Some clients have been
trails, that you maintain a safe distance with safety over a wider area of the high
alone and isolated for a long time, even
from all other visitors and our team, which street.
before coronavirus, so our continuing
will enable us to keep the reserve open Businesses across the districts were written
contact is giving people a lifeline of
permanently, if we can be sure everyone is to with details of the help on offer. This
support and hope.
safe. includes:
“We may all be affected by this
For those visitors familiar with the reserve, *Advice and support for every business
pandemic but we’re not all in the same
the path closure covers the section of the that wants it.
hard stone track from the start of New Fen *Regulatory support and advice regarding
“We're committed to supporting our
down to Joist Fen, and as such there is no social distancing and other Covid19 related
clients during this time as they bravely
route through the reserve to Joist Fen issues.
face even more challenges than usual.”
Viewpoint. To reach this viewpoint, the *Financial support including the
CAP client M said: “When the church
only way to do so is along the riverbank discretionary business support grant.
closed down there was a lot of fear and
footpath which you can pick up at Brandon *Helping shops and the hospitality sector re
worry. But we get a lot of phone calls
Fen, the Visitor Centre (both via a -open in a clean, safe and vibrant
and support. We do our shopping
footpath) or at New Fen (via a wooden environment.
ourselves now but they have offered for
stile). To get back to the entrance of the Breckland Council officers have been
us. We’re focused. Our CAP workers
reserve from Joist Fen Viewpoint you will working with Norfolk County Council
engage with us and facetime us every
need to backtrack along the riverbank and officers to tailor measures for Watton High
day. It’s really amazing."
not through the reserve. The reason for this Street with the aim to give shoppers as
If you are struggling with debt and need
closure is to protect sensitive breeding much easy access to shops as possible
help, get in contact with CAP on 0800
wildlife nesting very close to this path, so whilst abiding by social distancing and
328 0006 or visit
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 5
quiet too, though people use the Green for place! It seems to have worked very well. Most of
Watton Salerooms socially distanced exercise. Warmer weather the routine office work and management could be
and lighter nights are here but no one can play done via a laptop and a phone from home, at least
Restarting After petanque together. Those of us who manage the for the time being. Technology has been a big help
hall miss being a part of the village activities in keeping trustees and staff in regular contact.
Lockdown and seeing people there regularly. We have had a few issues to resolve along the way
It’s been a busy month behind the scenes at the Despite no income, the building still needs to but have coped better than expected. We are so
Salerooms, even though we’ve been closed to the pay its way. Utilities and other bills have to be fortunate to have such an excellent support officer
public. With the Governments announcement that paid. Fortunately, we have always made sure we who has adapted brilliantly.
Auction Houses can re-open from 15th June, we have reserves against unexpected expenses. We Our gallery co-ordinator has also been working
have been working on our Covid-19 Secure have to ensure the building comes to no harm, from home. We needed to keep the gallery in the
Policy, planning the remodelling and layout of the so members of the committee have to check on public mind. The website was a task there was
Salerooms, and generally ensuring we can it regularly. Finding a front door with a broken rarely time to focus on in normal working hours so
welcome all our customers back in to a safe and window was an unwelcome surprise when it seemed time well-used. We decided she would
useable environment. finding someone to fix it was so difficult. be better employed improving it, and working on
The first problem we had to overcome was that the We do so want to return to our primary purpose, virtual exhibitions and other media-based ways of
Saleroom remained full of lots from the auction which is to be a community hall, there for the showing off the work. She has produced some
that had to be cancelled at lockdown! We benefit of the community and not locked and stunning facebook pages from work submitted by
resurrected the online silent auction, planned for silent. It does still provide one service – each Norfolk artists. People are able to buy any work
the last sale in March, to clear those items in month a box of Wayland News is placed in the for sale by contacting her. She has also begun to
readiness for putting our plans in place. We aim to shelter of the porch for people to help develop plans for what we know will have to be a
be holding our first ‘Live’ auction under the new themselves. new way of working and new ways of using the
guidance in early July. Please see our website Within the village itself the support network gallery for some time to come yet. for full details of all the organised by the parish council has been However, if we sound as if we have jogged along,
changes and updated information. We hope you working well. It is co-ordinated through the life has not been easy for the Partnership. Money,
will like what we’ve done, we look forward to clerk and people have been able to access help as with everyone, is always the worry at the back
welcoming you back in July.” with shopping, hospital visits, and much more. of our minds, and we have never been well off.
Those who have come forward to help have The nature of our charitable work means we have
been amazing and show that the community never had large reserves and most is ring-fenced
Thompson spirit in Thompson is alive and well. for specific projects and for running the building.
We now lack any form of income from our usual
Community Hall The Wayland
activities such as the gallery, workshops and so on.
Tenants who are working from home have been
And Village Partnership In
paying reduced rents, and although we got a rates
holiday for the bits of the building that are rated, it
Our Experience Of The Effects Of
by no means compensates, and we have to begin
The Coronavirus Pandemic
In the light of what we know now about how
Lockdown paying again in June. We still have unavoidable
In some ways lockdown for us began gradually bills to keep the building going and safe. We have
awful the effects of the virus would be it seems been unable to bid for and run any community
and early. We were already feeling the effects
odd to look back and remember how much we projects or plan for future ones because we may
before the government announcement, because so
all hesitated and wavered as to how to react. not be able to deliver. Project funders demand
many of our wonderful volunteers are either in the
Should we hold an event; should we stop all time scales and there are none at present. We are
over 70 category or have underlying health issues.
hiring; how far ahead could we plan? Some of all about community and so any sort of meeting,
They are the people who have the time to
us wanted to play safe and close sooner than the gathering or sharing, which is at the heart of what
volunteer! However, many stopped coming in as
government were advising. Some still thought we do, is out for some time yet we fear. We
fear of the virus and the need to isolate became
it would ‘blow over’. Some thought the failed to obtain the first of the Covid grants for
pressing. We began to find it hard to man the
government knew best and we should follow small businesses because we didn’t meet the
gallery, which is essential to keeping it open.
their lead. criteria - one of the problems of being an unusual
There were also the hygiene issues in what is a
Our last major event was one of our Grand organisation that doesn’t fit neat categories! So,
very tactile area. All of this meant the Dragonfly
Book Sales. We had managed to obtain bottles we have been carefully managing on our
Gallery closed ahead of official lockdown. We
of hand sanitiser and everyone was asked to use dwindling existing resources. It’s a difficult
had only just opened at the end of February for the
it before entering the building and not to enter if balancing act and we have just put in an
new season, with some exciting exhibitions
they felt unwell. How naïve it seems now. application for another grant which we hope will
planned, so we were very disappointed. The lack
Some people thought we were being be successful and help keep us going. We have to
of the gallery means that artists and craftspeople
unreasonable! Over 300 people attended that keep the building running for the sake of the
have been unable to display or sell their creations,
day, and social distancing was then largely tenants, (who include the police) Those with
and of course we have lost the income from
unheard of. Cash changed hands frequently of offices will need to have somewhere to come back
commission and hanging fees.
course. It all seems like a different world. to in order to start work again. We have to keep
One of the saddest things for us was to have to
Within a couple of weeks the country was in the charity going as we are very much aware that
cease the Memory Café and close the Sensory
crisis and locked down. Touching others, community organisations like us will be needed as
garden to the public at a time when both would be
money, surfaces and being close together all we come out of lockdown. So far, we have
became taboo. We cancelled all planned events managed better than expected but we have a way
In the office and reception we had already begun
and contacted people who had booked the hall to go yet, and our reserves will not last forever.
to take measures to protect our staff and visitors,
for private events to tell them we were closed, One regret is that we would have liked to have
but sanitising products became almost non-
though many had already cancelled or been in a position to have done more for the
existent, as did soap dispensers for the loos. We
postponed. community during this time but lack of funds, lack
kept the glass screen between the office and
How has Covid 19 affected us? The most of people and lack of resources in the face of such
reception closed as much as possible and became
immediate impact is that we have lost a lot of a sudden and far-reaching crisis has made that
almost paranoid about cleaning door handles, door
income because we had a very full diary of almost impossible.
keypads, hand rails and so on.
bookings. In some case two on one day. Some One of our tenants has now been allowed to return
Eventually, we were all forced to make decisions
of the bookings were large events with the to work on government advice and with a lot of
about home working, furlough and so on. In our
potential of repeats each year. Social distancing measures in place, but the practicalities of
case, most of our tenants were able to run their
and hygiene considerations will make these planning for reopening the building to all are
businesses by working from home. Unfortunately,
difficult to rearrange for the organisers. Our exercising us at the moment. We have a small
some had to cease working altogether for the
own major fundraising, such as book sales, rely reception area where social distancing will be
duration, due to the nature of their business.
on large attendance and that also will be difficult if not impossible. There are a lot of issues
Wayland House also acts as a virtual office for
difficult to manage. All our regular events had within the building to consider before we can be
many people, and mail for them and the tenants
to stop and this meant that people not only lost fully open again; some of our former ways of
wasn’t going to suddenly cease. Could the
something they enjoyed doing but also the using the building will not be possible. It will all
Partnership realistically furlough our staff? One of
social side which was so important to them. need careful planning and risk assessment to be
the issues with furlough was that the employee
Many of them were as much about support for successful.
would be unable to perform any task or service for
each other as about the activity. Just when we
the organisation. This wasn’t going to work for
all needed the support of others, which is a
us. The trustees couldn’t take over many of their Please support all the
normal reaction in a time of crisis, we were
tasks because they were in the vulnerable category
denied it. There will be the inevitable worries
for some groups as to whether those who
of age or underlying health conditions; we would local businesses and
have to stay away from the building and contact
attended will come back once they restart; some
with people. We had wages to meet, bills to pay, organisations as we
will be cautious at first no doubt. The hall, as
its title suggests, is a part of the community.
invoices to send, and our tenants still needed a way recover from Covid 19!
of accessing their mail. All this meant we needed
Now we can’t meet just to socialise at coffee So much of what is good
to keep our support officer working for as long as
mornings or have the children enjoy ice cream
we could manage it financially. We locked down in our community today
Thursdays while the parents get together. The
the building but allowed for mail collection by
play area on the Green next to it is roped off and
arrangement, and put a lot of safety measures in depends on them!
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 6
to give you delicious meals right member found dialogue spoken by
Ashill, Holme through the winter. Choose varieties the Negro slaves written in thrir
such as Treviso, Sugar Loaf, or the accent hard to decipher.
Hale & District F1 hybrid Cesare, and sow widely Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Garden Club and evenly into the soil with plenty of
organic matter added.
was read and commented on by two
members both agreeing that in our
Enjoy Your Summer Garden If troubled by carrot fly enclose your modern world the film is more
While the gardening club is currently carrot beds in Enviromesh or fleece. discussed than the book but the latter
not able to hold monthly meetings we As long as you surround your patch still paints a good picture of the time
are providing gardening advice via to a metre in height, you don’t need in which Austen wrote. Her plot and
newsletters and our website (address to cover the roof. The carrot fly flies characters are more complex than
above) to keep everyone active with near the ground and can’t fly up and first judged revealing Austen’s early
gardening tasks. The RHS website over. feminist views, disagreeing with the
( is also good source of If you want salad leaves all summer prevailing rule that women must
things you should do each month in through you need to successionally marry for money especially. when
the parental estate is entailed. Her
characters are well crafted showing
the author’s opinion of the ‘upper
clases’. One member had also read
Emma. Again Austen shows her
disapproval of the attitudes to women
this time the assumption that a single
daughter will devote her life to
family especially widowed parents,
Emma is left with the company of her
fussy hypochondriac father. Whan
Emma finally agrees to marry Mr
Knightly for love she feesl she
cannot leave her parent and they
agree to spend nights in his home
leaving Knightley able to attend to
his estate and farms. This is a more
difficult ‘wordy’ read than Pride and
Prejudice but worth reading
Two people had chosen Dickens. One
member read Great Expectations,
having watched clips of the film and
given up through boredom.
your garden, as is the BBC’s sow seeds about every two weeks to Predictably she struggled with the
Gardeners World on a Friday evening keep a good supply ready to eat. In length befote the story moved on but
on BBC2. Summer is a time to enjoy addition to lettuces why not try some liked the way Dickens brought his
about on his scooter! your garden with many flowers in oriental leaves like Mizuna or characters alive and could see how it
The people in Hope this is useful for you, keep up bloom and your vegetable garden Mustard or the peppery flavoured has stood the test of time. The other
the good work! Best wishes – starting to provide you with home wild Rocket. Dickens chosen was Pickwick Papers
the pictures Barbara. grown produce. Wildlife Gardening: Keep ponds the reader’s first Dickens and his first
I am delighted to say that many Alan Blake also got in touch to say Gardening jobs for June and early topped up, preferably with water from novel which she thoroughly enjoyed,
people got in touch regarding the he was the unknown person in the July a butt. Pour in very slowly so as not finding it amusing and enjoying how
picture spread last month with some picture. He also confirmed that he Trees, shrubs and Flowers: Cut back to disturb wildlife living in the water, the characters come to life with
names to go with the faces. took over the business continued early flowering herbaceous perennials eg frogs, newts, insect larvae, etc. comments reflecting the period.
Bretts the Stonemasons: Barbara trading as H Brett & Son on the 12th such as Pulmonaria and oriental Remove unsightly thread algae from Amember chose Gulliver’s Travels
Boutle (Nee Brett) wrote to say “My April 1973, a date he remembers well poppies if they are looking tired as ponds by twisting it around a stick or by Jonathon Swift only to find it was
father Maynard Brett died in 1967 because it was his 41st Birthday! this will encourage a second flush of rake. Leave blanket weed at the side definitely not for children as he had
and so my mother Eileen employed Durrants: Several people, including fresh foliage and later flowers. of the pond for a day to give any thougyht. Swift discusses all human
Alan Blake (the man doing the Alan identified the lady serving in Deciduous shrubs that flowered in creatures time to return to the pond. nature, vices and shortcomings
lettercutting in photo) to work for Durrants as Ethel Hodge who had spring on the previous year’s growth, The blanket weed can then be discovering a new fault with every
her. By about 1973 she decided to previously worked in Harvey's such as Weigela and Exchordia, composted. new land. The reader thought the best
sell the business to Alan (his three newspaper shop. should be pruned now. Removing Do not be surprised to find a grass section was where they only speak
sons now run the business). They Westons Bakers & Cake Shop: The older stems soon after flowering snake in your compost heap at this the truth. Despite some of the
decided to keep the name as it was a lady working there has been allows time for the development of time of year as they find them ideal language making it a difficult read
well known business all over identified as Dot Rush, who was new growth that will carry next year’s warm sites to leave their eggs which but he was glad he had read this
Norfolk. married to Arthur Rush from the flowers. usually hatch in early July. They are thought provoking book and would
My son Simon has now worked for International Stores. Deadhead repeat flowering roses to non-poisonous and will slither away recommend it.
them for several years! Richard Harmers Clothing Factory Machinist: encourage a good display all summer. if disturbed. Another person read Five Little Pigs
(Dick) Marsham (below right) helped It has been suggested that this lady Using sharp secateurs, cut down to by Agatha Christie, a prewar murder
could be Anne Fairbrother. the first leaf beneath the flower. mystery whereby 15 years too late
Dad with all the fixing in the
churchyards. His wife Thelma is my The three men on the Crown bar. Keep bedding plants, containers and Hercule Poirot discovered the wrong
hanging baskets well watered and
cousin, you probably know that Dick
was also the projectionist at the
There have been a few suggestions
here. The man on the right could be feed them weekly with a high Shipdham & person had been hanged , which
should make for interesting
Charlie 'tubby' Williams or Stanley potassium liquid fertiliser for discussion once we meet. The same
cinema and Thelma worked in the
kiosk. Later Dick was a postman for Buller, middle most agree is Charlie impressive displays. District Book Member went on to modern detective
Woods, and on the left is Mr Cooper New growth on climbing plants like stories by Kate Atkinson featuring
many years.
I think before Dick worked for Dad – Bert? clematis and jasmine should be tied in Group Jackson Brodie, an interesting
he had Arthur Elsegood working for I want to thank everyone who got in regularly. We were unable to meet as a group contrast.
him, you may remember him riding touch - there were too many to name. Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs: A second but still continued to read. There was Somebody read Little Women
sowing of courgettes can be done no set genre but we had discussed planning to read all four of Louisa M
now. A good tip is to plant the seeds reading a classic and/or children’s Alcott’s series but it proved too
in pairs and then remove the weaker book of the member’s choosing. In sentimental. She then read a dark,
seedlings as they come through. fact there have been some excellent Nordic thriller folllowed by the
Mid-June to mid-July is the ideal time summaries as well as critical original Father Brown stories by
to sow Florence fennel. They are less comment which should provide some GKChesterton. She commented on a
likely to bolt but will still have time material when we meet again. crime solved per chapter with no
to produce good-sized bulbs. Books read and commented on: other characters but written with old
Tomatoes should now be in their final Gone with the Wind by Margaret fashioned charm.
size pot. If growing cordon Mitchell: The reader found the The last book, loved by the reader,
(indeterminate) tomatoes they will characters were well drawn and was the mid 19th Century Coral
need staking. Remember to pinch out believable, which made reactions Island by RM Ballantyne in which
side shoots regularly. Keep roots well predictable. It seems racist and sexist three boys are shipwrecked on an
watered. with language unacceptable today but island where they have hair raising
For greenhouse/polytunnel grown understandable when written in experiences unimaginable today.
tomatoes try to keep temperatures 1930s America when there were still Thank you for al the support from
below 25 degrees by getting strict segregation laws. It opens in the members and non-members.
maximum ventilation. Deeep South just before the Civil Sue Hart
Sow chicory directly into the garden, War. It was enjoyed although the
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 7
(Continued from page 1) tones. Lots of pots of plants have been not now have to wear the false
own. If the trig I learned at my put into this bed at last. eyelashes that I bought for her. Meant
mother’s knee can be relied on, the tree The partridge has been sitting on her to add that she obviously feels better as
is now 50 foot high with a 15-inch eggs for a good couple of weeks, now. I she is now laying eggs and attacking
trunk, the wound only visible if you see her feeding in the garden with the Fillyjan the chicken!!! Love, Mo.
know where to look. It gives us much other birds, have given her a saucer of But life must go on. In the mane
pleasure, not just because it is a very water and scatter food around the day equestrian centaurs around here seem
beautiful tree, but because of its lily for her. About a week to go I think. to be in a grey area. Unable to admit
journey. We saved it. There is more: of I have a large kidney shaped bed with a riders their business model must have
late, the tree has been judged tall red maple. It's a beautiful tree and half become unstable. With little coming in
enough to become the location of this bed is to be the Japanese garden. I they are still saddled with feed costs,
choice for a thrush to loudly sing in his have cut down and then dug up several but then that is an old chestnut they
endeavour to woo the ladies. woody shrubs and again filled many have trotted out for years. Now that the
When it comes to compost heaps, it bags. I hadn't the heart to dig out the reins have come there should be plenty
seems that now might be the time to turn Bears Breeches, Acanthus. If I'm of grass, especially as the one down the
them. This is a hard and tedious task, correct, the leaves were lush and dark road is called Eden Meadows. After all
but fortunately I have the perfect green and now a couple of weeks later this trouble is over I was thinking the
solution: designate it a site of special the flower spikes are literally appearing garden club could get together with
scientific interest! For many years our above the foliage. them; we could call our joint venture
compost heap has been used by grass I have had to resort to pottering: doing ‘The Garden of Meadows’
snakes as a place to lay their eggs. We bits of things until plans form in my Fortunately, the horses are still being
know this due to the many egg cases we head. I have tidied my material store exercised. I would miss seeing the
find when the compost is taken to the behind the bottom box hedge. Piles of rhythmic motion of the hindquarters of
vegetable beds in the winter. Turning flints, bags of pebbles, slate and stones, a fine young filly passing along our
the compost is certain to disturb this pile of wood, some of which I have rural lanes.
threatened species – so we don’t. painted and used in the gazebo at the Hope to see you next time, Ed.
Sue Thomas writes: Hi Ed, Rain bottom of the garden. The whole thing
stopped play today I am very pleased needs painting and I have the slate to
to say. The garden is suddenly looking wash and put down in the gazebo. I Wayland Men’s
like someone lives here; we are eating may now get to sit, read and enjoy the
radishes, salad leaves, spring onions, garden. I have also painted the trellis
Shed Social
and are fed up to the teeth with
rhubarb. The strawberry beds are going
on the patio. Oh boy what a chore, but
that first piece is nearly done, only so
Group, The Old
absolutely mad; the late fruiting far as I have a Clematis armandii School House,
strawberries are fruiting in front of the planted and climbing so cannot get to
standard varieties. We have been eating paint it all. The other side of this trellis Church Walk,
the polytunnel strawberries for about 2 is to be a pathway and a new raised bed
weeks now. The beans I planted in the using some sleepers I acquired and Watton.
polytunnel are at the top of the others I had left over from the pond. I Hello all, - - - just give me a few
supports, but still not sure how they also have some slabs that look like minutes while I think, - - - like so
will do, as pollinators will not be able sleepers. All the jobs coming up seem many of us WMS are still in Lockdown,
to get in as all the windows are netted!! to involve lifting heavy things that will - - - Ummm we must have done
Two of our 3 composters have require the assistance of ’im indoors. I something lately? - - - No I cant think
nearly been emptied, all of which we hope to grow veg in the raised bed. The of anything, - - - not been up to Mens
have added to the beds which have garden that was partially trashed when Shed for months now - - - Maybe you
now been dug over and filled with the new boiler was put in outdoors will ought to go and make yourself a cuppa
courgettes, pumpkins, squashes, runner have to wait until some of these other tea it might help you to think, now thats
beans, french beans and raspberries. jobs are completed. But I will get there. a good idea, - - - Heaven Help me
Lettuce, carrots, beetroot and parsnips I may be a bit late, but I am going to Now I'm talking to myself!!!.
are all doing fine, but the weeds seem plant my tomatoes and cucumbers into OK so I am not quite there yet but like
to be doing even better!! Just about to their growing pots and get nurturing many of our members I am really
plant out dahlias, asters and geraniums, them as best as I can. missing my weekly visits up to our
so hope we don't have a repeat of the The swallows have arrived to the nests meeting place in Church walk, and that
hailstorm we had back in 2009!!! With on our porch. I have acquired a organised holiday trip to Spain my wife
everything coming on like it is, looks wheelbarrow so I have used it to hold a and I had planned for June, has now
like I might need a larger freezer. polythene sheet to protect my door been cancelled for obvious reasons.
Hanging baskets, which have over from all the crap, literally, that the little Keeping ourselves occupied when we
wintered in the greenhouse will go out birds produce. They are beauties and are used to being active has not been
this week, so we'll have some extra chatter away 20 to the dozen. Lots of easy week after week, at least the good
colour on the patio. Who needs to go to families of birds visiting the garden to weather has allowed us to spend time in
the gym? Not me! Cheers, Sue bathe and feed, sharing together with our gardens and If it was not for our
Jane Dalton writes: We have been busy others. I am seeing chaffinch, wagtail, daily walk out and around Watton town,
in the garden during Lockdown and so goldfinch and various sparrows. Just social distancing of course!, I think the
has the wildlife. In particular we are have to go out to shoo off the doves, days would drag somewhat. Whilst on
thrilled that we have house martins that pigeons, jackdaw and now a crow. My that subject of Walking around Watton I
have succeeded in building their nest in favourite little Robin spends a lit of note with some disappointment the total
the apex of the roof above the back time with me and he is always there lack of any Bench Seating anywhere
door. They tried a few years ago and seeing things I don't even notice. apart from in the middle of the High
didn't complete the nest - this year, Got a beautiful iceberg climbing rose Street, for those of us at Wayland Mens
despite the difficulty they must have which I have managed to keep low and Shed or for any member of the public
had in finding mud during this amongst the climbing hydrangea this who live on the outer fringes of the town
unusually dry spell they have settled in year, although the hydrangea flowers and walk for our daily exercise, pop into
and I do believe she is in there laying are fewer this year. Saw big caterpillars town for some shopping or just to take
her eggs as I write!However, not so on my verbascum, pretty little pale in a bit of fresh air, the odd Bench Seat
thrilled about the mole infestation in pinkie brown colour, have seen them would be welcome sight.
our flower beds and allotment! Jane before but not sure what butterfly they Getting back to Wayland Mens Shed,
Dalton, Gt. Hockham. Jane has also would have become, but the next day our thanks goes to our treasurer John
mentioned that she has already had they had gone: lunch for something. Chamberlin who has been putting
potatoes from her polytunnel. Better get my gardening hat back on together and e mailing to members a
Julie Brown Writes: Hi Ed and Prue, and dodge the showers this week. regular bi-weekly Quiz for those regular
What lovely rain. Bit of a lazy Laura and I went to the village hall to members of our "Quiz & Chips"
weekend and I was at last allowed to do a bit if tree crown lifting, spraying evenings in the days before Covid-19,
go to Feltwell to see my sister, Liz. weed killer and tidying the flowerbed and not forgetting our secretary Jezz
I did manage to clear up the patio and ready for the next photo call. Hope Hookham who has been trying to
get rid of the bags of garden rubbish, everyone is still keeping well and busy. produce our monthly Newsletter, and as
but not on that one weekend. All bags Loved the apple blossom and the I know only too well its becoming more
have now been tipped and plants magnolia. Best wishes, Julie. and more difficult to find any activities
moved to a new home so I could take Mo Dawking tells us: Doris, my goose to report on, but we will keep on doing
stock. I have changed the plan and my is about 20 years old. She suddenly had our best. Well thats about it for now,
proposed Japanese garden will not now a swelling around her eye. It got so bad hopefully I will have more to report on
go against the panel fencing. Too many I couldn’t see her eye at all and the vet next month, until then stay safe.
stumps to get out and manoeuvre was quite convinced she would have to Cheers for now, Richard Adams, Tel:
around, so that area is now a flowerbed lose it. However, with a lot of attention 01953 881004 (Enquiries)
of predominantly purple and blue and nothing short of a miracle she will
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Our new President, Beryl (left) should have
News From The been installed at the AGM but will now WAYLAND
take over the reins in June while practising
Inner Wheel social distancing. Fortunately most of our WHYMES
This has been a very strange and other club officers are continuing in their
disappointing time for so many clubs and jobs so the life of the club will be able to By Ken Knowles
organisations which rely on regular continue. Beryl will also have a curtailed
There was a young man from HOLME
meetings to keep their activities going. year, we shall have to wait and see if and
Meetings are where friends meet, to chat, when restrictions are lifted before many of
Whose cheeks were uncommonly pale
to learn, to plan future activities and our activities can be resumed.
So that peculiar fellow
generally to enjoy each other's company. I have also to report the sad passing of one
Coloured them yellow
We have also missed being able to meet of our founder members. Dorothy was
With some paint that he bought in a sale.
friends from other clubs in our District. The responsible for starting the Watton club at a
only way to do any of this has been via meeting in May 1980. The club was
A football fanatic from MERTON
some form of social media and this is not formally chartered in January the following
Went out with a red and white shirt on
always easy. year and Dorothy remained as President
When he came back from Wembley
But the life of a club has to go on and until June 1982.
His legs were all trembly
thankfully for our Watton club the Her membership continued with her energy
Cos England had gone for a Burton
selection of our next year's officers had and enthusiasm for Inner Wheel having a
already taken place before lockdown in profound effect in the club for many years.
A literary critic Pam R .Crook
March. It has been very sad that our current Unfortunately illness overtook her and she
Who lived in the village of CARBROOKE
President Carole's year has been so sadly has been absent from club meetings for
Tore into small pieces
cut short. We were able to enjoy ourselves some years now but she is remembered
The ‘Origin of Species’
and raise funds before Christmas but with great affection and as several
Which she considered a most bizarre book
several events which are always highlights members remarked in their personal
of a President's year had to be cancelled. tributes, her meringues will be remembered
A murder down in STOW BEDON
These included our Birthday Supper in as a highlight of many a feast!
Left detectives without a strong lead on
May and our AGM and year end I am always available to answer any
So they left it on file
celebration in June. We have been able to questions people may have about Inner
To come back in a while
distribute those charity funds already raised Wheel.
A procedure they all were agreed on.
and reported earlier in the March edition of Brenda Davis, Club Correspondent.
the Wayland News. 01953 881792
A likely young suitor from THREXTON
Ran off with the wife of the sexton
They took fifty knicker
Museum 4 Watton That belonged to the vicar
And some paper he’d written a text on
The Palaeolithic, or old stone age dates in Britain from around
800,000 to around 150,000 years ago. It represents the longest period
And old man with lilywhite combs on
of human history, seeing a shift in our species from early hominids
And an aircraft without any bombs on
to modern humans. Throughout the Palaeolithic, people were hunter-
Are all I can find
gatherers rather than farmers, and they did not use metals. All the
To come into my mind
tools from the period were made from flint, stone and organic
When trying to rhyme up with THOMPSON
Perhaps the most iconic item associated with the Palaeolithic period
There was a young salesman from
is the hand axe. Hand axes are usually made of flint and as their
name suggests, they seem to have been designed to be held in the
Whose name I find I’ve forgotten
hand – there is little evidence that they were attached to a handle, or
Who sold ladies things
hafted. Many hand axes are similar in style, as if they were made to
Like Bracelets and rings
an established pattern, and it seems likely they were used in a variety
And woollen and needles and cotton
of ways, from butchering animal carcasses to working with grasses
and other plant materials.
There was a young lady from BRECKLES
The example seen here dates to the Lower Palaeolithic, somewhere
Whose favourite tea-cakes were Eccles
between 600,000 to 150,000 BCE, and it is likely it was constructed
During April and May
and used by one of our early pre-modern human ancestors. Found
She ate twenty a day
near Watton, and officially described as ‘probably the finest and
Which caused her an outbreak of freckles
oldest ever found this end of the country’. It is made of flint and is
asymmetrical in shape. This appears to be quite purposeful, giving it
And there was our old friend Chas Gill
an almost full-length cutting edge on one side and a shorter,
Whose map-reading was hardly a skill
straighter cutting edge on the other. The hand axe would have been
When going from PICKENHAM
fashioned using a hammer-stone to knock off flakes of flint until the
To see rugby at Twickenham
desired shape was reached.
He ended up in ASHILL
The Watton hand axe was deposited in iron rich glacial deposits at the
end of its life. Having sat in these deposits for thousands of years, iron
A second hand dealer from GRISTON
has soaked into the surface of the flint and the axe is now orange in
Found some very odd things in a cistern
colour. When it was first created, it would have been pale grey.
A hammer and nails
During the broad period that this hand axe dates to, Britain would
Two worms and some snails
have undergone many changes. The country was still attached to the
And some strawberries a donkey had sat on.
rest of the continental Europe during the Palaeolithic, and for periods
of time it would have been very cold. There is evidence of thermal
(frost) fractures on the surface of the axe that seem to have occurred
after it was deposited, demonstrating the changing climate.
Axes of this nature give us a tantalising glimpse into the human past,
showing that people were living, hunting and eating in the area
around what we now know as Watton, hundreds of thousands of
years ago. This example is recorded on the National Portable
Antiquities Scheme ( which is run by the British
Museum, it can be seen at our Museum when we re-open.
Museum 4 Watton, Wayland Hall, Middle Street, Watton IP25 6AG.
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Equalities impact assessment of the point cut off all the foliage down to just give you a new smaller flush later in the during the season and will need cutting
Saham Toney Plan; below the ground as once it gets into summer. Irises are a prime example back again in mid-winter. It's very hard
‘Stay at home’ slideshows about the the stems it shoots down into the tubers and now is the time to divide them as to kill by pruning. You might lose
Neighbourhood Plan (on our website); and you'll lose them. Blight will also well. Ease the plant out of the ground flowers a year after July pruning if you
Plan Special The Parish Council adopted our
village design guide, site selection
attack tomatoes and again remove any
affected foliage. If the weather is wet
with a fork but don't spike the rhizomes.
The clump is then pulled apart and all
get it wrong – hard to see how – but
persevere. You can also train wisteria
Announcement report, housing needs assessment, and a before you notice blight you can spray the oldest parts from the middle are into a standard by letting it twine up a
We have recently been made aware of a masterplanning study report. Breckland potatoes and tomatoes with Bordeaux discarded. Then divide up the healthy strong stake then keep stopping the new
decision on another village’s plan that Council must now refer to them when mixture which is readily available. young bits that were round the edge. shoots until it forms a dense head. If
has parallels with our own. In short it making planning decisions; and Unfortunately it needs to be done every Cut the foliage down by half and put you do this it will still need to be
was decided that because that plan was We sent the Plan and 19 supporting two weeks until mid-August and after two or three new plants back so that the pruned now but at least it's more
consulted on after a separate documents for a ‘health check’, with rain. That could be quite a lot! The rhizomes lie along the ground with only accessible. I have two of them on a
consultation on its Strategic results due by late June / early July. other plan would be to grow tomatoes the roots and half the body buried. pergola. The idea was to create a nice
Environmental Assessment Report, it The last item is the first of three under cover if you can and to grow They need a good baking to produce bit of scented shade. The white one
had – in the opinion of the plan’s important reviews of the Plan before early potatoes which are normally flowers next year. The big perennials hasn’t flowered but is healthy enough
examiner – not followed the required final submission. The others will be by harvested before blight. Second earlies such as lupins and delphiniums need to but the blue one has run riot, mainly
sequence of events, and as a result the Breckland Council and our main are a bit at risk but will keep under have the flower spikes removed once because I didn’t think about the pruning
plan was rejected after several years consultant. ground for a little while after the foliage they've gone over. You could, of aspect. This pergola is about seven feet
hard work by that village to produce it. The results of all three, plus the SEA is removed and main-crop are most at course, cut them while in full flower tall and to get to the tops of the
Clearly we do not want the same consultation, will guide final changes to risk but unless you have a particular and enjoy them indoors. Again, there's framework a ladder is required. I don’t
outcome for our Plan, and although that the Plan before we submit it. variety in mind they are so cheap it a good chance that they'll produce a do ladders and since I have been locked
decision is an interpretation of planning We’re now at a point where we will makes you wonder if they are worth the small flush later on. On the other hand in nobody else can either. It’s
guidance, rather than based on strict largely be in the hands of others: effort or the space required. Added to leave them alone and they will happily becoming debatable if we’ll need a
regulatory requirement; following Those making the three reviews noted which greengrocers and supermarkets set seed for new plants next year. It can machete or flame thrower. So, take
discussion with our main consultant and Those who comment on the SEA are now selling them marked for be quite surprising where the seedlings heed if you are planting something
3 other specialists whose advice we report variety, rather than just 'reds' or 'whites'. turn up or if you are more choosy about permanent that may be described as
respect, we have decided to be on the Breckland Council who decide if and As a postscript to this paragraph I where they should go remove the seeds ‘vigorous’ be aware of pruning
safe side, we will undertake a third when public consultation on the suspect that some of you who may have once ripe and sow them indoors until requirements before you put it in. Of
Regulation 14 consultation on the submitted Plan can go ahead read this column in previous years they are ready to be planted out in course I expect that most of you will be
Neighbourhood Plan. That will be open Villagers, Breckland Council and might think that I am labouring the autumn. more sensible than I am.
to everyone who lives, works or runs a others who comment on the Plan during point year in and year out. You are Once you have harvested or cut back The grass will need to be cut regularly
business in the Parish. A wide range of a 6-week consultation probably right. This column is aimed at you have spare ground so why not sow but if we do get a lot of hot weather
organisations, including Breckland An independent examiner will decide gardeners of all abilities, being a rank some seeds? Cottage gardens always don't cut too short or even leave it until
Council, will also be consulted. if the Plan can go to a village amateur myself, and I would hate to had fruit trees, veg and flowers all it's had a wet. Don't waste water on it
By the time you read this notice, that referendum; and think that someone who had watched growing together. It's not as easy as it as grass will recover from crispy brown
consultation should be underway. You The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions their seed potatoes chitting in late looks but fill up the ground and it will to green very quickly after rain.
can find full details, including the sufficiently to allow public consultation winter until planting in early spring and look like that. Not if you want a We're coming up to the holiday season
consultation dates, on our website at on the Plan. seen how lush the foliage grows only to regimented ordered garden! Things to (if this happens due to the virus). I'll go and in paper form Covid-19 makes it impossible to be harvest a smelly mess. If that should sow now include main-crop carrots, into in more detail next time but if you
on the Parish Council notice boards. certain of timing for the remaining happen they might be put off for life or lettuce, spring cabbage, kohl rabi, need to go now pick all the veg that's
Although the statutory consultation stages. Our best estimate is we will at least wondering what that columnist turnips, endive, oriental leaves and ripe and freeze it, cut the flower(ing
period is 6 weeks, we are allowing a submit the Plan in mid-late August; was doing not to warn us. anything else you have been succession plants down a bit and bribe next door to
longer period to take account both of more pessimistically, it may not happen The other essential in the veg plot is to sowing. It's as well to water this ground water and pick flowers and veg.
the short notice of this consultation and till late November. Naturally, we’ll keep it well watered. If any veg is before sowing and sprinkle a little Beware of having hanging baskets and
of Covid-19 issues. keep you updated as things become subject to a 'stop-go' situation it will fertilizer to give it all a boost. See if containers at the front in case you can't
For anyone who lacks access to the clearer. deteriorate and the crop will be well- you can find a film or two of Geoff persuade anyone to look after them. It's
internet but wishes to view the As usual, if you have any comments or nigh inedible. A boring job but if you Hamilton’s series on cottage gardens. a bit of a give away if they suddenly
documents, we will make mutually questions on any of this, or the want good crops it has to be done. He was the master and if you can visit disappear or die.
convenient and safe arrangements for Neighbourhood Plan in general, or if Hanging baskets are the worst offenders his garden in Rutland it’s worth the On the other hand, if you are at home
you to do so. If you wish to take you would like to be added to our for drying out whether they have effort. All according to how we’re this month do keep weeding.
advantage of that, please contact us on mailing list, please get in touch with tomatoes, herbs or ornamentals in them progressing with Coronovirus for
Chris Blow at so the only way to rescue them is to gardens being open and us being
01953 884759.
This consultation is running a little Most importantly, stay healthy and dunk them in buckets of water so they allowed out. Letter to the
behind but largely in parallel with a safe! absorb the moisture properly. This Some roses need to be pruned this
related consultation on the Plan’s applies to small pots and containers but month. All the climbers, ramblers, old- Editor
large containers need to have water fashioned and shrub roses that only A Letter From Inner Wheel
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Report, for which you can also find
In your garden dripped into the middle then as it is produce one flush of flowers usually President Carole.
details on our website at With Lotta potts absorbed pour a little quicker. The finish by the end of July. These are the My Presidential year started last and in paper form I know that for years people have been other hint with water is to spray runner ones to prune except the varieties that June . With the help of a small
on the Parish Council notice boards, saying that if you complain about the beans that won't set as humidity helps. are grown mainly for their autumn hips. planning committee in the few
and for which we will also make weather just give it 20 minutes. That Runners are notorious for requiring Basically it's a case of hard pruning the months previous I had put together a
alternate document viewing certainly didn’t work this spring. After huge amounts of water up to advice that varieties that make lots of growth year of enjoyable events some new
arrangements for those who lack that amazingly wet winter, when it they should be watered even in the rain. (mainly ramblers) to keep them within some tried and tested. The first nine
internet access – also call 01953 never seemed to be dry we then had to I love brassicas and butterflies. I don't their framework but the smaller months progressed well thanks to all
884759 to discuss that with us. enter lockdown for Corvid-19 so it love caterpillars so that's a bit of a varieties just need a bit of a tidy. The our local supporters some even
Although this will delay the Plan wasn’t so much of a misery as being problem. I have found the best thing is roses should have more detailed selling out .
somewhat, which is naturally stuck indoors had a purpose. That to net the cabbages etc. while butterflies instructions but if all else fails you can The Recipe book we had produced to
disappointing, given the risk of Plan changed once we got into April which are about and hope they can lay their refer back to the grower or retailer, not raise money for my chosen charity
rejection if we do not undertake this rapidly turned into July, followed by eggs on nettles in somebody else's forgetting the good old internet. The was selling well. So when March
consultation, we have decided it is the May which turned into August. Not a garden. Not too charitable I know and I RHS will dole out free information on began I was hoping to finish my final
best way forward. drop between them. The first week of also know that butterflies are fussy their website as well. Modern bush three months with our last lunch time
We hope that parishioners will June/ meteorlogical summer brought about the nettles they use. However, roses don’t need summer pruning but concert of the year and the ever
participate in the consultation and help the downpour (still going on as I write not being a naturalist I just hope they do need dead-heading. This can seem popular Strawberry Tea. This would
us shape the final version of the plan for the deadline) and chill. All those find some to suit. like pruning as to dead-head tidily enable the club to donate good sums
before we submit it to Breckland plants that shot up in the hot weather Flowers should be dead-headed usually involves removing quite a bit of to a variety of charities .
Council. with the advantage of all that winter regularly, particularly those in stem with the old flower, back to a leaf Then as you all know every thing
This month we completed: rain to sustain them then started to wilt. containers. Sweet peas should be live or bud. came to a HALT ! Fortunately thanks
Strategic Environmental Assessment Anglian Water came out with their headed ie picked for vases just about The other pruning that gives people to all your support in those first few
(SEA). It concludes the Plan will have a usual moan about consumption having every day as once those furry little pods headaches is wisteria. It will run riot months. Inner wheel were able to
positive effect. When you read this, a 6- risen 20% and urging us to use water get going the plants have done their job and attempt to take over the roof and donate the funds already accumulated
week consultation on the report will be twice. Eh? Once it’s on the spuds love and stop flowering so keep them wheedle its way into the loft. If you quickly to four frontline charities.
in progress – see details at the second use is when they’re boiled. picked. If you are growing for show have a wisteria it's the one plant you So as I finish this extraordinary year I on how to What we are in for in July is anyone’s then they need to be grown up can't neglect when it comes to pruning. would like to say thank you all who
participate; guess. individual canes and every time they If it's to grow against a wall make sure come along to our events and support
Habitats Regulations Assessment This month we shall be looking out for reach the top take them down, run them you put in horizontal wires then train us . Please look out for our Posters ,
(HRA). It concludes “the Plan’s policy potato blight. This occurs when we get along the ground and up another cane. the stems along until it's covered as as soon as we are allowed we will be
framework protects the conservation of a 'Smith Period' of warm humid Also they need to have the tendrils much wall as you want. In July cut off again raising money for charity
European sites”; weather. Who Smith was I have no removed so have to be tied in. The back the long, whippy tendrils back to and providing some enjoyment for
Flood risk study. It reviewed our idea. For those of us who are growing results are spectacular but it's a bit 6” (15cm) to stop it going everywhere. you all. I know our new President
drainage / flood risk policies and spuds for the first time it starts off as labour intensive. It should build up short flowering spurs. Beryl will be raring to get on with her
concluded they are robust while making inoffensive brown spots on the potato Once a patch of flowers has finished it Whilst cutting the whippy bits back cut programme , I wish her good luck .
a few recommendations to improve leaves. Then it spreads rapidly from might be a good idea to cut the stems the main stems back to their limit on the Thank you all again ,keep well hope
them; leaf to leaf and turns black. At this and foliage back as some plants will wire. It will continue to make growth to see you soon
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 10
together. telephones combined, and the modern
Communication When this new set arrived it was given person, old or young seems to want to
£600 fine for car parts
By Ken Knowles pride of place on a shelf in our living be in contact with the outside world at
In these days, when everyone from the room, but for a few days would remain all times, whether they are at home, at fly tip in woodlands
age of about three years has a mobile as a decorative piece of furniture, as we work or at a shop or entertainment A Thetford man, who was responsible for fly tipped car parts in a woodland area, has
phone or radio set of some description lived in an area of London that would venue. been fined £600 by Breckland Council.
in their pockets or handbags, it is not have electric power until two years For many the favourite means of In January 2020 Breckland Council was alerted to significant fly-tip by the Forestry
later, so an alternative source of running communication is the computer with e- Commission, which contained an assortment of car vehicle parts. Through a joint
difficult to realise that communication
investigation with the Forestry Commission, items were linked back to the original car
on a personal level was extremely the set would need to be found. One mails flying back and forth, often
owner in Ipswich, who confirmed that he had sold a vehicle, which contained the car
lacking right up to and throughout the way would be by batteries, one small replacing person to person
parts which were eventually fly tipped, to a Thetford man in early 2019.
Second World War. and one about the size of house-brick, conversation, and on-line The new car owner from Thetford was interviewed under caution by Breckland
In those days we relied almost entirely or by an accumulator, glass jar with Shopping is rapidly replacing the ‘real Council officers and he confirmed that the waste had originated from his car, however
on the postal service, which was thick sides, about four inches square by thing’, while meetings, both private and claimed he was not directly responsible as “unknown males” had purchased scrap
extremely efficient, to get in touch with ten inches high, which contained acid, business, take up most of the day for from him, which had then found its way into the fly tip. However, as he had not
friends , relations and and others. which would hold an electric charge. many people. documented this transaction and was not able to identify the fly-tippers, the waste
Through a service which provided for Luckily there was a petrol-cum-service In just a few years personal phones owner was found legally responsible for failing to appropriately manage the disposal
first-class letters (those in sealed station close by and they would hire out have got smaller and smaller, with more of his waste, resulting in a £300 fly-tipping fine.
envelopes) that were posted by about these accumulators fully charged for a and more apps, and we are tempted to The waste owner also admitted to transporting scrap waste without a waste carriers
5.30 p.m. to be delivered by breakfast few pence, and these jars had a handy think that we have reached as far as we license, which carried a further £300 fine. Both fines will rise to £400 each if not paid
time next morning, with postcards and device whereby a fully charged one can go, but no doubt in ten years time within 10 working days. Finally the waste owner admitted carrying out repair works to
un-sealed mail two hours or so later. showed a couple of little green balls all our technical gadgets will be the a number of vehicles in a public place without the relevant permission or license, with
Although the telephone had been floating on top of the acid, changing to object of scorn to the new generations, no safety aspects considered, which resulted in a written warning.
invented many years earlier, only the little red ones when the charge was used but that is progress. Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council’s Executive Member for Environmental
richer classes had them in their homes, up. When the red ones were nearly at Services and Public Protection, commented: “Rural fly tipping is a serious crime that
the vast majority of our residents want to see stopped. Our Enforcement Team are
the rest of us having to use the red
public phone boxes that were spread
the top it became my job to carry the jar
to the garage to exchange it for a fully
St Mary's 150 taking serious action, alongside our partners like the Forestry Commission, to ensure
the culprits are found and action is taken against them and to discourage people from
around the country, usually one in charged one, which would probably last Draw Winners considering flytipping in the future. The vast majority of material we find fly tipped
nearly every village, as well as here and about a week June Winners of the 150 Draw: 1st can be dealt with safely and for free using the local recycling centre. Finally, please
there in London, the latter in such few An essential part of a radio set is an prize £50 – ticket number 36, Andy remember if you are paying someone privately to take your waste away, always check
numbers compared with the size of the efficient aerial, and these days they Nichols; 2nd prize £25 – ticket for a waste carriers licence and get a full receipt, otherwise you could find yourself
population that there was often a queue are usually built-in or very small, but number 64, Mervyn Wilcox on behalf involved in a fly tipping investigation.”
of people awaiting the chance. In the in those early sets it was often of his grandson, Noah Clarke. Well Breckland residents can report any fly tip and littering incidents at
case of emergency, such as your house necessary to have aerial that stretched done!
being on fire, a button would enable the all round a room, and in many areas a
appropriate service to be summoned, line that reached far down the outside
free of charge, though if someone was of the house, and in some cases an
already using the phone that was hard earthing wire was also required. What
luck as that caller would not usually be a difference to the compact units we
willing to give up possession of the line. are used to today !
There was another way for an urgent Most of the pre-war sets had a tuning
message to be sent, usually to an panel or dial, on which station names
address for which there was no were displayed, giving the impression
telephone number, the system known as that programmes could be tuned from
the Telegraph service, where a message nearly every city in Europe, but much
could be phoned or handed in to any of this must have been advertising
Post Office, from whence it would be hype from the manufacturers, as apart
Telegraphed to the nearest main Post from Hilversum and Luxenbourg and
Office to the area of the recipient, and a two or three German stations, very
messenger boy would deliver it, usually few alternatives to the B.B.C. could
riding a bicycle. actually be brought in.
They say that bad news travels fast, and B.B.C. output in the ‘thirties was all
these boys, in their distinctive pill-box very correct, every programme was
hats, helped to make that come true, as carefully scripted and vetted to make
only bad news was deemed urgent sure there were no grammatical errors
enough to send a telegram, good tidings or comments in any way suggesting
could normally wait till the next postal bad taste, and it took the Second
delivery. World war to ease the extreme
The appearance of a telegraph boy at formality that pervaded our air-waves
the front door normally filled a house- in earlier days.
holder with dread, but the only telegram For instance there might a be musical
I ever received was to confirm a job half-hour announced by something
offer, following an interview earlier that along the lines of “and here is a
day, where my prospective new programme of gramophone records
employer wisely wanted to make sure introduced by Geoffrey Adams, who
that no-one else grabbed me. would then play a record, followed by
But one of my earliest memories a synopsis of the artist and the
concerns the early days of wireless, as it accompanying orchestra, followed by
was invariably called. Even though the the catalogue number of the record
programmes were listed in a publication and the name of the recording
entitled Radio Times. company, such as Decca, Columbia,
One day my dad put a pair of earphones His Masters Voice, and so on.
over my head, and told me to listen. I A highlight of those days was the six
did so and heard a man’s voice, and my o’clock news, which would last about
dad seemed very pleased as he said the fifteen minutes and would end with
man was miles away, and I had been the Shipping Weather forecast, and a
listening to him on what was called a list of the closing Fat Stock prices, at
crystal set, a sort of Do-it-Yourself the Smithfield meat market in
receiver, which incorporated a Cat’s London, when the whole nation
Whisker. Of course I understood would learn what Short—Horn
nothing of what he was talking about, Yearlings were fetching so many
but at least our cat seemed un-harmed. shillings, though the majority of the
Not long after that, my dad, who was a listeners had no interest whatever. But
heavy smoker, changed his allegiance from about 1935 output from the
from Craven A cigarettes to Black Cat, B.B.C. became much livelier, with
because they were giving away gift comedy and lighter music beginning
tokens with every packet, and after to dominate, until the war came in
several months of puffing and 1939 and the whole world of
coughing. He had collected enough broadcasting changed, and from then
coupons to obtain a brand new wireless on the current informality and
set, complete with a loud-speaker, friendliness has become the norm.
which did away with the need for Personal radios have become the usual
earphones, so that everyone in the room means of communication between
could ‘listen in’, as everyone called it, individuals, with pocket size radios and
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 11
(Trust) that matches any of the
PLEASE MENTION Rotary world’s largest (eg Bill Gates
Microsoft, Gulbenkian), so we
THE WAYLAND Roundup contribute to the promotion of
What a year this has been for us world peace and understanding,
NEWS all; from weekly meetings to and we sponsor international
lockdown. No more meals, face- projects such as ShelterBox,
WHEN SHOPPING to-face gatherings, events etc but WaterAid and End Polio Now.
WITH OUR we got to grips with Zoom. It’s a Finally, there is ‘Youth Service’
different ballgame; from where we recognize the
ADVERTISERS fundraising (difficult) to being
inventive with our Trust Fund,
importance of empowering
youth and young professionals
which has been kept at quite a through leadership development
high level for many years just in programs and other contributory
case. This pandemic is the initiatives.
biggest ‘in case’ anyone could In this last Rotary year we have
have imagined! fed into the Rotary Foundation,
Rotarians abide by guiding purchased at least 3
principles called ‘avenues of ShelterBoxes, and have funded
service’ and the mantra of ‘how over £500 worth of Usborne
can we help?’ which does not Illustrated Dictionaries for the
necessarily mean with cash but children in our primary schools.
also in kind. The first of the We also managed to complete
avenues is ‘Club Service’: A the young chef and photographic
strong, disciplined, thriving club competitions at Wayland
is more likely to be of best Academy before lockdown.
benefit to its community. Then Since then, we have funded the
there is ‘Vocational Service’, local food bank – £947 so far,
which calls on every member to contributed by members instead hire etc. And much, much more is which is still an important position
work with integrity and of paying for their weekly planned under the leadership of within the club’s hierarchy. Peter is a
contribute their expertise to the Rotary meal. One member has President Michael Haythorpe. man of letters and words, a retired
problems and needs of society. taken on a number of grant Meanwhile, after countless years of teacher of English, so I have every
That is followed by ‘Community bidding tasks, achieving over writing our monthly “Rotary confidence in handing the baton (do I
Service’ where every Rotarian is £17,000 in awards for various Roundup” piece in the Wayland mean pen?) to him because I know
encouraged to find ways to local organisations. In the News, the time has come to put my that he will do the job more than
improve the quality of life for coming year, as we crawl out of pen down and to welcome your new justice. Good luck Peter. Martin
people in their communities and lockdown, we will look to help scribe. From 1st July, Peter Cowling Anscombe.
to serve the public interest. Next other clubs and groups, who may (pictured) has volunteered for the task. Ed: Thank you Martin - your many
we have ‘International Service’: be suffering from strained Dare I guess that he was looking for contributions to Wayland News in
we are an international resources, with small grants and something specific to do other than different ways over the years have
organisation with a Foundation loans for purposes such as hall being ‘Immediate Past President’, been much appreciated by me.

Lockdown Spring
Clean Discovery!
Like many people, Adcocks have been taking
advantage of the lockdown to catch up with some
much needed spring cleaning and that has led to an
amazing discovery.
Although it was always known that the Adcocks was
founded in 1912 they never knew their exact birthday.
But the discovery on a forgotten shelf of a small cash
book shows that the company started trading on
Wednesday September 18th 1912 under the
ownership of Ernest A Adcock, in the High Street. At
that time the address was Market Place probably
because the market used to extend down High Street
well beyond the shop premises.
We thought you might like to see the front pages of
the book that marks the launch of the family run
business that is still trading well over a hundred years
later, having survived two World Wars, innumerable
credit crunches, the three day week of the 1970's, the
banking crisis and not least, the current pandemic.
Pictured below left is Ernest Adcock outside his shop
around 1926 - based on items in the window.
Paul Adcock said “We would like to thank all the
many tens of thousands of customers who have
supported us over the years and also thank you to
those who have just discovered us when in desperate
need for sales and service during the current crisis.”
He continued “Our family is just as proud to be
serving Watton and the surrounding area today as
Great Grandfather Ernest must have been when he
started on Wednesday September 18th 1912”.
Below A Lantern Slide from Christmas 1936.
The Wayland News July 2020 Page 12

Saham Women's Institute A Quick Look

Please support your Round
local businesses as By Orbiter
Well here we are again, not quite as locked
down as last month, but still having to
we try and get back maintain my social distances from anyone
who dares to come near.
Whether all these procedures have been
to a new normal! worth while it is impossible to know, for like
the person who fits burglar-proof locks to his
house and after twenty year has suffered no
break-ins, he does not know if the locks
thwarted any burglars, or if no-one had tried
to break in. Only failures can be certain, and
so it is with the virus – if we stay safe was it
the lockdown or just the luck of the draw ?
But everything has a good side and my
‘imprisonment’ enabled me to relax and
enjoy the three weeks of brilliant sunny
weather that the government provided. Well,
we might as well give them the credit, we
blame them for everything else !
By the time these words reach you, if all goes
well many things will be getting back to
some sort of normal. Already they have re-
As I write these few lines we are in our in a different way. opened some golf course, though with some
twelfth week of lockdown - three whole As with all organisations we are unable to restrictions, and tennis matches are back on
months - a quarter of the year. However resume our meetings and activities as yet the calendar, first with singles and now with
you look at it that is a long time to put but are keeping in touch with each other doubles, and football is scheduled to return at
your life on hold. Some people are regularly and hope it won't be too long any moment.
thoroughly enjoying the quietness and before we can get together again. One big advantage, at least for me, is that the
slower pace, getting back to nature and Readers might be interested to hear about sight of players kissing and cuddling each
enjoying the fresh air. For others baking a very special little dog who was the star other will be eliminated, and things will
and cooking have come to the fore with of our meeting in February. He is a four return to the situation where if someone
reading, puzzles and crafts following close and a half year old Kerry Blue Terrier scores a goal he will remember that that is
behind. For the more energetic there is called Magnus (pictured above). His the purpose of the game. Of course he will be
walking and gardening and Spring owner Stephanie Israel is a qualified dog entitled to receive congratulations for his
cleaning, decorating or DIY if you are trainer and Magnus is a family pet. successful effort, but the recent displays of
really keen. Some have even turned to However he is registered as a Therapy hysteria, oft6en finishing with half a team
hairdressing as we try to control our Dog with Canine Concern and is regularly leaping into the crowd we can well do
unruly locks. More people are turning to taken into care homes and schools where without.
social media to keep in touch with he "listens" to the children reading or As with all national emergencies, the
family and friends and in the main are helps others to get over their fear of invasion of the virus has brought out un-
still cheerful and accepting of the dogs. Stephanie had taught him lots of expected feelings of goodwill among many
situation whilst being innovative at tricks and it was a delight to watch him sections of the community, and the younger
filling their days. So life carries on but being put through his paces. generation have been very assertive in
ensuring that their vulnerable parents obey
information, as well as on our website all the rules of self isolation and social
The Watton Society distancing.
The Watton Society is hoping to The Watton in Bloom competition for Of course many of us have been through
recommence meetings on September the front gardens of Watton with the best crises of varying kinds before but if we dare
16th, 7.45pm at the Watton Christian display of flowers or shrubs in bloom to mention this our juniors respond with
Community Centre, with its meeting on has not taken place yet, but we hope that sarcastic remarks, usually beginning with
Antarctica. However, if this meeting it will later this year. “During the war …”
cannot take place we will inform all our The committee is planning our quiz in But generally some sort of normality has
members directly. We do not know at the Queens Hall on October 30th and is begun to return, with beaches being crowded
the moment whether the venue will be working on additional green plaques for with sun-seekers, though the sun has
open or whether the speaker will be able the Town Heritage Trail. apparently decided to go away after two
to attend. We will also put notices in the Best wishes to all our members and glorious months, ,and schools are trying to re
notice board in Chaston Place and an friends, we hope to see you soon. -start. The children are probably totally
article in this newspaper with further The committee of the Watton Society. confused, especially the younger ones, who
can have no idea what is going on.


PLEASE READ!!! Page space is allocated strictly on a first come,
I am doing my bit by staying in
first served basis. 12 Noon on the 15th of the month preceding Because its the only way we can win
publication is the last date and time that copy will be Well I don’t know about you ?
CONSIDERED for inclusion. Arrival of your copy before But I am running out of things to do.
deadline does not guarantee inclusion, if you wish to be I have wallpapered our hall
certain your entry gets published, then please make sure it And emulsioned every other wall.
arrives in plenty of time otherwise you may still be My garage has had a good sorting out,
disappointed. Wont stay tidy for long there’s no doubt.
You can contact Julian by ringing (01953) 858908. With my pressure washer I had a craving
The e-mail address is now: So I cleaned up all my paving,
Views expressed in articles in The Wayland News are those Then I took moss from all the groves
of the contributors and not the views of the publisher or And painted everything that doesn't move.
printers. I have done everything around the home
While every care and effort has been taken to ensure I’ve even cleaned our garden gnome.
accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsibility for Well its only 9 o’clock and I’m off to bed
As this virus is messing with my head,
errors or omissions.
This Covid-19 has been going on far too long
This issue of the The Wayland News was published by:
But as a nation we must stay strong.
Julian Horn, 32 High Street, Watton IP25 6AE So if we all stay in and do our bit,
and printed by: I pray we will come out of this fighting fit.
Sharman & Company Ltd, Newark Road
Peterborough PE1 5TD. Phone: 01733 424 949 Alan Chilvers