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The Watton Society - Watton In Bloom

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A few weeks ago the committee of The Mayor made several visits to the Town Council for the excellent display
the Watton Society once again gardens before making her decision of floral colour in the High Street
toured the town looking at front on a winner, a highly commended Our photograph shows the winner,
gardens showing a good display of and seven commended gardens, who Mr. R. Mikulik of Nelson Court,
colour. A list of nearly forty all received certificates. It was not receiving the winning salver and
gardens was sent to the Mayor of an easy decision. certificate from Watton Mayor Pat
Watton, Pat Warwick, who is also A highly commended certificate was Warwick and Watton Society
President of the Watton Society. also awarded by the Society to the Chairman John Kerr.

short. What struck you first was the Phil Godfrey in turn, and we all signed
Rotary Roundup generosity of the notion that one man, a off from Zoom, a little sadder, and a bit
Watton Rotary Club and Watton Inner Rotarian from Solihull, should take on wiser too. Peter Cowling.
Wheel have already set a precedent or board the task of getting everyone to
two . . . by working together to produce realise the truth about this illness. Then PETER COWLING
a weekly ‘magazine’, Tandem, during it dawned upon you that his wife had The above report was compiled and
lockdown, for example. So when, at the been diagnosed just too late for APS to submitted by our Rotary Correspondent
instigation of the two presidents, plans be treated, and so, in her memory, all and Immediate Past President, Peter
were made for a joint Zoom meeting, the struggles he had endured since had Cowling, who sadly died on August
thereby replacing the now traditional been an attempt to raise awareness, to 29th at Queen Elisabeth Hospital, Kings
‘Ladies’Invitation’ evenings held on help others. Lynn.
fifth Thursdays in the year, it was We heard how he first of all planned to Our profound sympathy goes to his
clearly breaking new ground again. walk from the Scilly Isles to the wife Lesley at this difficult time.
Early signs were mixed! There was a lot Shetlands, but had to change plans Peter was a kind and sensitive man who
of peering at the screen (in disbelief? . . because of becoming very ill himself! contributed much to our club. He will
. Do we really look like that?), probably Instead he devised a rail tour of Britain, be missed by all of us in Rotary as well
from newcomers to Zoom. Then there calling in and speaking to numerous as by the members of our associated
was the blasé chewing a sandwich Rotary clubs enroute. To date - he Inner Wheel Club.
(completely relaxed, open-neck shirt started in March - he has raised A more comprehensive report on his
informality, possibly being taken to £138,000 for the charity. involvement in his various local
extremes?), and all stages in between. The story hit home with poignancy, and interests will be included in the next
The subject of the speaker was is clearly a practical way of turning a issue of Wayland News
daunting . . . Anti-phospholipid tragedy to good account, as far as it is Michael Haythorpe, President of Rotary
syndrome or (much preferable) APS for possible. The two presidents thanked Club of Watton and District

Now the MOT is back to normal we are able to offer up to three MOT tests per hour
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summer is the opportunity to measures in place such as one-
A Quick Look partake of a sizeable portion of way systems, distancing measures,
strawberries and cream, which, for signage, sanitiser dispensers at
Round many years have been the star items key locations and more. In
By Orbiter on sale at village fetes, as well as addition, we need to make sure we
Autumn has arrived and we are still being part of the now traditional have the right processes in place
under lockdown, though there have fare provided for the tennis fans at to make future events run
been signs recently that things are the Wimbledon Finals, although I smoothly, and be safe for those
slowly getting back to a semblance understand that the price charged running them and those attending.
of normality, at least in the local for a small portion there would A lot of work still to do, but we
area. Thanks to a government nowadays make a sizeable hole in in are getting there.
scheme some restaurants and cafes one’s bank balance. In addition to the risk assessment
have been able to re-open , albeit on What a pleasure these fruits can and planning we still have routine
a smaller scale than usual and there provide, whether eaten with work that needs doing such as
has been a welcome resumption of cream, sugar, condensed milk, ice weeding the outside areas, making
some of our normal activities, cream, or simply just as they come sure the regular maintenance
though social distancing has had to off their parent plants, sold at the happens and so on. We were really
be the watchword. farm gate. This treat used only to disappointed that our Petanque
Of course those of us who are used be available for a few brief weeks terrain was not up to standard so we
to spending our holidays fairly around the end of June, but have spent some money on
locally have found the car parks at nowadays they seem to appear in addressing the problem. The top
our favourite spots packed to over- our supermarkets in eight or more surfaces had to be removed and
flowing, due to the extra thousands months of each year, with our replaced. At the time of writing it is
of folks who normally holiday favourite English varieties almost finished. People will soon
abroad but things are gradually augmented by imported supplies be able to play on it, but they will
sorting out and some of our local from places as widely separated as need to observe some new rules of
attractions have begun to re-open Spain and Scotland. play to manage social distancing,
though sometimes on a reduced Alas this bumper supply is touching of boules etc unless of
scale. somewhat spoilt by the general course they are from the same
Fortunately, throughout the recent deterioration in taste that seems to household.
troubled months the weather has come with mass production, We will publicise when we are
mostly been very kind, though folks probably aided by the widespread open once more for events and for
in the Watton and Ashill areas had use of fungicides and pesticides . hiring the hall.
to endure in August, one of the While I am in a critical mood I will
worst periods of rainfall ever mention another one-time favourite
experienced in these parts. that seems to have suffered from Letters to the
Of course we English are used to mass production - the humble pea.
sudden changes in the weather, but This item of food, that forms part of Editor
this was rather different to the many lunch and dinner menus, once The Recent Flooding
norm, as the storm stayed overhead was only available from Monday 17th August I rang
for over five hours without moving greengrocers. or maybe grown at Breckland council regarding
an iota, and the rain hurled down for home, would be bought to the sandbags as I was flooded from
the whole time. kitchen still in their pods, and gave the heavy rain as many people
I served nearly three years out East husbands, who, like me were were.
during the war, and endured a normally banned from that part of I received an e-mail from them
couple of monsoons, but they were the house, a most pleasant job, that saying they could not supply
quite insignificant compared with of popping the pods and releasing sandbags until you are in
this deluge. the peas into the waiting dish or imminent danger. Too late then,
Naturally all the usual flood points, colander. Nowadays pods and the e-mail went on to say where
plus a few others, were temporarily shucks are nowhere to be seen, and you could buy sandbags, also
submerged, but fortunately the most cooks have a supply of peas, passing the buck onto Norfolk
recent dry summer had left the either in the freezer or in tins. County Council Highways.
rivers well below their usual We consume thousands of peas of Many people cannot get house
capacity and the waters soon the frozen variety these days, but insurance due to flooding or prices
receded. dare I suggest that the old-time go out of reach. The new builds in
They say that for every good there ones, straight from the pod were Watton are being connected to old
is a bad, and it seems to be that tastier than we are served today? drainage pipes which the council
social distancing has meant that the Or perhaps old age makes me more choose not to listen to the people
market in Watton has had to be critical? of Watton,
moved into Middle Street, which Having enjoyed a fine summer with I would like to know where our
would seem to be a fine move, since sunshine a lot of the way, I can now council tax money goes, which
a walk down the High Street on a settle back in my armchair and increases every year, when we
Wednesday morning could become await the coming of Christmas!! need help we are turned away.
a chore, with stalls hanging close to Good afternoon. L Campney
the pavement and the great number A few words regarding the floods
of self-propelled electric carriages
ridden by disabled citizens had in
Thompson in Watton Sunday 16th August. A
friend phoned Breckland Council
recent times become a greater Community asking if she and myself could
have sandbags delivered. The
hazard than walking in the road.
Of course it is just my own Hall response was only if we have
supposition that the move was made We are really sorry that we are water coming into our homes.
for distancing purpose, but it still closed and it looks as if we “Stable door closed after horse has
certainly seemed a good idea to me, will be for the foreseeable future, bolted” comes to mind.
though I am told the few shop given the latest increase in the As I live in Langmere Road which
owners in Middle Street were not virus spread. Even though the is prone to flooding I was very
too pleased with the loss of parking doors are closed we haven’t been surprised at that attitude. Poor
spaces used by their regular idle. We meet each month via show from the council. To add,
customers. But such things usually Zoom to discuss what needs doing my garden back and front was
settle down quite quickly. And there and to make plans as far as we under several inches of rain water,
are scores of towns where whole can. We have been undertaking a luckily it didn’t come into my
wide expanses of car parks are out risk assessment and purchasing home.
of bounds to traffic on the appointed items need to make the building R McGrath
Market day. Covid-safe. The risk assessment
One of the greatest pleasures of the is helping us to put safety
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one in the original spot with a bit Michaelmas Daisies are worth more own. As a bonus you could sow confirmed.
In your of decent compost in the hole. of a mention. There are many hardy annual seeds in an unheated All members are asked to bring
It’s a plan to work out how many varieties and some of the Aster greenhouse, the best known being their own refreshments and apply
garden with spaces you have and cut the novae-belgii ones are martyrs to sweet peas and then you really will Hand Gel that is supplied on the
divisions to match but if you have mildew and falling over. Look for have an early start. entrance to the Sports Center.
Lotta Potts too many you’ll generally find other varieties such as Aster If you have frost-tender plants they All members are requested to
I am writing this on the deadline someone who’ll take one or two amellus which have the daisy can be brought in now. Most bring their own Face Masks or
in September at the beginning of off your hands. Alternatively pot flower and are smaller and Aster spring bulbs can be planted now in Face Shield, although we are
what is promised as another up the spares in case of failures novae-angliae which are larger and containers or outdoors except for informed that in the large Main
heatwave, temperatures up to 29 then hand them out in Spring or if more like the traditional ones but tulips and border hyacinths. Hall where we are playing, this is
or 30 deg.C. A gardening column you really went for it have a stall aren’t so susceptible to mildew. Planting these in November reduces not compulsory but social
for October in these conditions or go to a car boot sale. If you Monch is a popular variety with the chance of the virus 'tulip fire' distancing IS. For all enquires or
seems slightly unreal. We used to have room plant container-grown fairly large violet flowers. The only and other diseases and they don't information please call our
have St Luke’s Little Summer at shrubs if they are in the sale but problem I found is that they want to need such a long growing time as secretary; Norma Gower on:
one time and when my parents otherwise wait until next month take over the world and will pop up narcissus. 01953 881712. Thank You.
were alive they always had a few and buy bare-root. Roses are all over the place. Even planting in There’s not a lot happening in the Richard Adams, Committee
days’ holiday in the middle of the favourites here as the prices bottomless pots didn’t work entirely veg plot. Plant onion sets and Liaison.
month as the weather was reliably between container-grown and as planned. garlic (this can wait until next
warm and dry. After that it all bare root are a long way apart. The clematis varieties to look out month but you never know what the
went downhill. The middle of The borders can be given a light for are Tangutica which have weather will be like in November). Thompson WI
September brought the first frosts forking over and the Autumn pretty seed-heads and the plant This appears to be counter-intuitive Over the last few months, we
with the tomatoes out of the flowers will be shown off much usually has both flowers and seed but works very well. I have done it have held our meetings via Zoom,
greenhouse and the rest of the better. If you are short of Autumn -heads at the same time. The for years but now I am getting a new venture for us of course but
garden gradually tidied until the flowers now is a good time to variety Bill MacKenzie is very ambitious and growing from seed. one which is proving very
end of October when the doors check with nurseries and sheds to popular with bright yellow and The results have not been brilliant successful. We have had some
were firmly shut on it. Not a see what they have in the way of purple flowers with large fluffy but may be partly due to that great talks via this method: One
flaming heatwave to start it all perennials. It’s quite possible they seed-heads. Like all clematis the extraordinary hot spell in summer. advantage is that we can have
off. All we can realistically do is will have a good sale. The plants Tanguticas like deep, fertile soil If you have planted winter brassicas speakers outside the local area,
go with the flow. If you have might look a bit tired but with and shaded roots with stems into keep them watered and remove which widens the scope a little.
flowers still in full bloom enjoy proper planting and a bit of TLC good light. They are also not as yellowing leaves. They are no Guide Dogs for the Blind
them and clear up next month, you should get a short show and a prone to wilt as the showier good to the plant and encourage accompanied by a very sleepy
December or forget all about it better one next year. Don’t Summer-flowering ones. It is slugs and botrytis. Not attractive. guide dog who thought it was past
until March and do a mammoth bother with annuals, buy a packet possible to have a clematis in The other thing now that the soil is his bedtime was from Yorkshire;
clear up then. of seeds. The showiest this flower every day of the year. It empty is to start the winter digging how a young Norfolk author came
So what should be happening in month are Sedums, some remains one of my ambitions. As or just lightly fork over raised beds to write and publish her first
October? We need to cut back Clematis, Michaelmas Daisies, far as the lawn is concerned, it and add more compost – the novel; a virtual tour of Cambridge
dead, diseased, crossing and Colchicums also known as might need a couple of cuts but contents of old grow bags from the by a Cambridge guide to name a
dying shoots in shrubs as we can Autumn Crocus and trees and there again this is weather-driven. tomatoes etc. are perfect as is the few. We have had to get to grips
now see into the middles of the shrubs which have wonderful The important thing is to rake off exhausted stuff from containers and with chatting over the site, but are
deciduous ones and the roses. It’s colour as their leaves die and fall. the fallen leaves as they will kill baskets. The main object is to getting better at that, and also
not necessary to hard prune but Acers are ace (sorry) at this and the grass. The same goes for improve the soil structure and good learning to use the mute when
take down about half to prevent can look as though you have a border plants although removing to give the worms a bit of exercise. there are irritating background
wind rock. The rest of the bonfire they are so bright and they leaves from the crowns of plants So if you thought October was the noises. Can’t do that at normal
pruning should be done in Spring. have the advantage of varieties to is a bit messier and time- time to close the shed and throw meetings! Another advantage
The borders will benefit from a suit every size of garden, even in consuming but is really necessary. away the key, there are alternatives. was that we were able to have
clear out of dead leaves and pots. Of course, once you have got the One of course is keep weeding. past members who have left the
shoots and some experts say this Hardy fuchsias will keep going leaves off the lawn and borders do area join us, and it was great to
is the best time to lift and divide until really hit by frost. If you bag them up in bin bags, water, catch up with them.
perennials whose clumps are aren’t sure about a fuchsia you have poke a few drainage holes in, tie Loch Neaton Another of our members has
showing signs of dying back in inherited, the chances are that if it the tops and leave them in a celebrated her 90th Birthday
the middle. This isn’t necessary has small, dainty flowers in all sorts corner for a year or so and you Short Mat recently, meaning we now have
every year and the work can be of colours from white to deep red will have wonderful leaf mould two nonagenarians in our group.
done in Spring. However, the soil with purple underskirts, it’s for adding to potting compost or Bowls Unfortunately, this time we had to
is still warm in October so there’s probably hardy. If you are unsure if you have a lot add it to the forego sharing cake and
a good argument for doing it and it has large blowsy flowers the borders as mulch. At Watton celebrating at a meeting and had
when we get a fine sunny day. best thing is to dig it up and store it As in previous years the main to send our good wishes via
They do still happen, usually over winter. This is quite easy to things to do for this month are Sports Centre Zoom. It was good to have her
about the middle of the month, so do. Knock off the compost from housework outside. The Following the good news that our join us with a little help from a
it’s a joy to be out in the garden the roots and lay the plant in a seed greenhouse crops such as sports centre is now open for friend though.
when we get one. If you decide tray with a layer of just damp tomatoes and cucumbers should business following the Covid-19 We held a distanced afternoon tea
you have a clump that needs to be compost or soil. Trim the top back be just about finished. Any lockdown, LNSMB have held our in August on the Green; it was so
tidied up, dig it out and divide it to about four inches. Put it in a unripe tomatoes can be left on a first committee meeting, sadly the nice to be able to meet and chat
into two to begin with. If you garage or shed, frost free and keep light window sill or put into a covid situation has brought about on a lovely warm afternoon. We
have to put it on the lawn it might it just moist until Spring when it drawer – either way they will some resignations within the took our own chairs, drink and
be a good idea to lay a sheet of should start to sprout. Then pot it ripen or if you have a lot of them committee due to health problems cake of course. Our president had
plastic to protect the grass and up, trim the old stems back to the have a go at green tomato and those members will be sadly the good idea of placing hearts on
make it easier to collect the bits new ones and gradually bring it on chutney. Now the greenhouse is missed. the ground at 2 metre intervals in
after. To divide a clump we are in the greenhouse or indoors until free of growing things you have a In cooperation with the Sports a circle for us to position our
told to put two forks back to back the weather is right for planting out. great opportunity to tidy it out and Centre and putting into place the chairs. We had hoped to meet in
in the middle and push them apart I have to say some you win some put away all those tools and balls necessary precautions to keep our the Community Hall in October
to get the clump in halves. Not you lose on this but it’s worth a try. of string that were lost and find members safe from the Covid but the new restrictions have
too many people have two garden The hardy varieties should be left them a proper home. Then clean virus as much as possible we will made that impossible. It is our
forks so chop it firmly with a alone until they start to shoot in the shelves and wash the glass be having our first roll-up in birthday month so a fish and chip
spade or use an old breadknife. Spring then give them a feed and inside and out. You'll get wet and nearly six months, this will be on take away was planned but we
Same result. You can then take cut back the old shoots to the new bad tempered but just think how Tuesday 22nd September, all will have to have a Zoom topic
out the middle bit – it will be ones. Most of these are bomb proof much ahead you'll be come spring. members who would like to instead.
obvious which of the clump has and well worth the investment. The Some people say that this attend are asked to arrive at So, we are taking Thompson WI
done its stuff and is finished. best ones are Magellanica – the unpleasant job can be left until 1.45pm to help prepare and our into a new era, If you would like
Now divide the two halves into ones used as hedging down in the Spring. This does run the risk of roll-up will be from 2pm to 4pm to join us please do get in touch.
viable small pieces. Any number west country and grow large here as being over-run by waking wildlife with a break half way through the We can be contacted via our
you like as long as they have a well and my favourites, white which may not be a happy surprise. period at 3pm, and every Facebook page or via the village
shoot and a good number of the Hawkshead and a very pale pink Others get really enthusiastic and Tuesday thereafter, plus we hope website
fine feeding roots. These can be version. These are pretty much do both. I cannot possibly to include another roll-up on or
replanted where you have spaces, bombproof. recommend this but each to their Thursdays but this has yet to be telephone 483476.
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fetched the key holder to rescue her. elected as ‘in’ and had to guard the
History Begins Of course, she got a lot of ribbing lamp post as home base while trying
about that would teach her for to find the others. The trick was to
At Home wearing a fashionable coat! sneak back and claim the base from
By Bronwen Tyler You only have to mention food to an unexpected direction. This was
I have been really fascinated by this get people reminiscing. Who recalls best played in the dark and we
nationwide project which began eating tripe, or suet dumplings with would be little shadows flitting
right here in Norfolk at the Archive golden syrup as a very claggy about the lanes as we evaded
Centre next to County Hall. The pudding? Vegetables always capture. Those were the days when
idea is to get people talking to the seemed to be boiled to within an we went out in the morning and
older generation about what they inch of their lives, no al dente for us. came home when we were hungry.
recall from their younger days, but it Cakes were always home made and We had a cellar at our house which,
strikes a chord in all ages. Every I longed for a shop bought one such on one side, opened at ground level
few days they suggest a simple topic as an éclair or a cream puff, despite onto the garden. We had free rein to
such as: what did you wear that you my mother being a good cook. use it as a play space where we
would never wear again? or what Mum once decided to subscribe to a made mud pies, put on plays and
was your most embarrassing gaffe at cordon bleu cookery magazine, sent held our little clubs. An old friend
work or your first job? What games each month so we were heavily recently visited my old home and
did you play? Or what hobbies did experimented on with varying asked if he could be cheeky and visit
you have? There are lots more. degrees of success, mostly delicious. the cellar. He said it hadn’t changed
Among my clothing memories Unfortunately, once something was a bit and he was immediately
would be liberty bodices – anyone approved of we got served it at transported back to those happy
remember those with their rubber every family occasion. Sunday tea days. My father had a large
buttons designed to keep us warm in was a special meal with sandwiches, allotment nearby. Our gang of
the days when few houses had tinned fruit and cake, but why did children used to raid our mothers’
central heating? Then there was the we have to have a slice of bread and pantries, pool our pocket money for
home made psychedelic cat suit in butter with the fruit? I never got an buying sausages at the local shop,
the 60s. The less said about that the explanation and hated it. We and head off to the allotments where
better. I made the body too short and children competed to get the most we were allowed to light a fire and
couldn’t sit down in it. My sister cherries out of a tin of mixed fruit. cook our lunch. Unsupervised of
will never forgive my mother for the Stoned fruit had us counting the course. My husband’s stories are of
knitted bathing costume with straps stones to the rhyme ‘Tinker, Tailor, city life and playing on old bomb
which stretched to the ground the Soldier, Sailor’ to see who we sites and exploring bombed out
first time she went in the sea. Of would marry. There were lots of houses. They were totally unaware
course, the rest of the family were favourite recipes such as stews, of the very real danger they must
convulsed with laughter. Moat of crumbles and pastries. My aunt was have been in.
our clothes were home made, with a wonderful pastry cook and there Indoor games were board games
varying degrees of success. Photos was always a scramble for her like ludo and snakes and ladders.
show my sister and I in some very selection of tarts and other creations. We played simple card games like
pretty dresses made by my mother. For my children a visit was not Old Maid, Happy Families or
I continued the tradition, making complete without being sent away Sevens. Jig saw puzzles were a
outfits for my boys. The photos and with a tine of freshly baked goodies. family favourite, though as a child I
slides now make cringe-making The only time they got pastries, didn’t really like them. However, I
viewing as they spot outfits which sadly I have not inherited my aunI’s always got one in my stocking so
match mine because I used the left or my mother’s talent of pastry that the rest of the family had a
over fabrics from my own clothes to making and to this day I cannot choice of puzzles over the winter.
make their small ones. The fashion make pastry. I can ruin ready rolled. At Christmas we played charades
for wearing bright shirts with School dinners were another and party games like Hunt the
matching ties has them in hysterics experience altogether. Thick Thimble, Pass the Parcel, the Tray
but the piece de resistance has to be custard with the skin on top is one Memory Game, Blind Man’s Buff,
the knitted suit for my one year old memory. Taking it in turns as table Musical Chairs and more. We
son which had patchwork bell- monitor is another. didn’t have a TV because my father
bottomed trousers and a toning I don’t recall a lot of hobbies didn’t approve – he said they killed
jumper with epaulets in the same because we were outdoor children. family life. Even when we did
colours as the trousers. We did learn to knit and sew. I finally have one it was banned on
I can’t remember a really made clothes for my dolls on my Christmas Day. When we were
embarrassing gaffe at work, though mother’s old Singer machine. My small my sisters and I would be
I am sure there were many, but I do uncle had a grocers shop and my allowed to empty the pantry and
recall not being that good at my first sister and I used to beg a wooden convert the dining room into a shop.
job. It was in an office at a honey orange crate which, stood on end, We often got play post office and
farm. I was an office junior and I made a two storey dolls house. We shop sets for Christmas or a birthday
hated it. I didn’t like typing and would wallpaper it and make little which meant we had play money
everything smelled of honey, always bits of furniture. We were also avid and stamps to exchange.
seemed to feel sticky and we were readers; Grandad’s house and my Our parents were incredibly liberal –
plagued with wasps. I lasted about aunt’s attic were both full of books my mother’s main maxim was ‘It
2 months. My mother recalled that and magazines to enjoy on a wet will wash’ so we were never
the funniest thing to happen to her at day. As a family we enjoyed constantly nagged about being clean
work was when she was the last to quizzes and puzzles we could do or taking our shoes off as we ran in
leave the building one evening. She together, and we still do like sharing and out She was even known to
was a secretary at a boot and shoe a crossword or competing against a wash the clothes of friends with less
factory. As she left she slammed TV quiz. liberal parents before sending them
the door behind her so that it locked Games outdoors were making dens, home, or changing them into some
but she was wearing a full-skirted skipping games, and various forms of our old clothes for the duration of
coat and it got trapped in the door. of hide and seek. The favourite a visit!
She had no key to get back in. game of hide and seek we called If I have sparked some memories
Opposite was the bus stop for home ‘Lurky’. My street had a large please do write in to the Wayland
and the regular driver was puzzled number of children when I was a News with them. Even one or two
as to why she didn’t cross the road child so there was no shortage of lines can be compiled into a general
for the bus. She said she was so people to play with and we were article of memories. Any topic will
embarrassed she just stood there on never alone. Lurky involved the do and not just the ones I have
the step trying to look as if she was lamp post at one end of the street. singled out, Perhaps nearer
waiting for someone, wondering An alleyway from there led to open Christmas we could do one on how
what an earth to do. Eventually countryside, orchards and we all spent Christmas in the past,
someone she knew came by and allotments. One person or team was our favourite gift, that sort of thing.
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(daisy), pansy, polyanthus, primrose parents having nearly achieved
Ashill & Holme and wallflowers along with spring their goal of returning to their
flowering bulbs. native roots). Today, 15th August
Hale Garden Wild flowers that can be sown direct 2020, there was much talk on radio,
outdoors are field scabious, field television and in the press of
Club cornflower and feverfew. celebrating 75 years from the
Sweet peas can be sown in a cold defeat of Japan, although
Preparing the Garden for Autumn frame or unheated greenhouse to association with an atom bomb
While the gardening club is currently over-winter, the young plants can leaves a nasty taste. Finally I did
not able to hold monthly meetings then be planted out in March/April to some more research. Peace was
we are providing gardening advice obtain early blooms. marked by a few state leaders and
via newsletters and our website When rose blooms have faded a last capital cities in August 1945 but
(address above) to keep everyone deadheading of roses can be done, the real national celebrations were
active with gardening tasks. The and taller stems may be slightly on 8th June 1946 and that I do
RHS website ( is also a shortened so that movement from remember. With hindsight I realise
good source of jobs you should do wind can be reduced. those who had survived various
each month in your garden, as is the Begin autumn lawn care to improve theatres of war may have returned
BBC’s Gardeners World on a Friday health and appearance by scarifying to their homes by then.
evening on BBC2. As we move from (raking out thatch), aerating My memory is based on being left
late summer into the autumn there (spiking) , topdressing and reseeding out as I was the ‘new kid on the
are many things you can be doing in bare patches. block’ and suspect rehearsing for
the garden to prepare both for the Keep hanging baskets and containers the floats I wasn’t on and parade I
oncoming cold weather of winter and of summer annuals looking good into wasn’t in would have been planned
also for making plans for next spring. mid-autumn by continuing to and practised since the previous
Gardening jobs for September / deadhead, feed and water. August. My more enduring
October: Wildlife Gardening: memory is of rain and crepe paper,
Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs: Leave small piles of logs, rocks or the latter presumably all that was
Plant onion sets of an over-wintering hollow plant stems around your available for costumes, possibly
variety from the middle of the garden and make bug hotels to from prewar hoarding, much of it
month. provide shelter for invertebrates. turquoise. Bo-peep was the
Sow winter lettuce such as Valdor Good bug hotels have lots of small character I remember as the colour
and Winter Density spaces in different shapes and sizes. ran down her legs and feet and they
A few cut-and-come again salad It is important that any dead or dying were accidentally dyed in lurid
varieties could be planted in pots for plant matter from around your pond turquoise for the occasion. I do not
tasty leaves in the autumn. is removed as soon as possible so it confuse it with The Coronation and
Lift maincrop potatoes and allow to is not allowed to fall into the water, unlike some know that the
dry prior to storing in wooden trays as this can lower the oxygen content memorable Queen of Tonga visited
in a dark, cool, frost-free shed or and may also harbour diseases. Britain for that occasion a few
garage. Website: years later.
Transplant spring cabbage into their Sue Hart 15th August 2020
final positions. Email:
For a supply of herbs during the ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.c
winter, pot up plants of basil, om Thompson
marjoram, mint, oregano and parsley
Green Play
The Green and play area is not part
of the Community Hall property,
but it is situated adjacent to it and
is a popular place to gather. We
welcome visitors but ask that they
respect the safety rules imposed by
the need to protect people from
Covid-19. Can we please ask
people using the Green to observe
the notices and tape around the
children’s play area and NOT use
the play equipment for the time
being. The Millennium Green
Committee have placed it out of
use until further notice due to
difficulties with cleaning regimes
and to ensure everyone’s
and grow them on the kitchen protection. We are very mindful
windowsill. that we do not want to risk anyone
Harvest pears and apples when fruit VJ Celebrations passing on the virus. It has been
can be twisted easily from the observed that people are ignoring
branches. Store unblemished fruit, 1946 the notices and that the tape and
ideally with stalk intact, in a single For 74/75 years I have been notices are removed from time to
layer not touching each other. Keep confused despite some in depth time. This is irresponsible and puts
in a cool, dark, frost-free and well studying of the World Wars and other people at risk; we would hate
ventilated place. related events. Some readers may to see such behaviour spread the
Tomatoes and chillies in greenhouses remember that I wrote a short disease. The committee is making
should still be watered during late article about my memory of the the police aware that we have an
summer. 1945 VE celebrations and knew issue with this and that it is out of
Celery plants reaching required size that we celebrated VJ Day the bounds until further notice. Please
can be lifted carefully with a hand following year 1946 when I had respect the notices and other
fork. left my rural idyll in West people. There are plenty of open
Trees, Shrubs, Flowers and Lawn: Berkshire, moved twice and was spaces for the children to play in on
Once the summer bedding plants living in the Fens in South the Green and we will open again as
have been removed, plant spring Lincolnshire, a few miles from the soon as it practicable.
flowering plants such as bellis Norfolk border (my East Anglian
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addressed each), and the Basic specific changes required to the across an old photo album or serve during the war seemed
Saham Toney Conditions Statement (which Plan to make it legally compliant. maybe pictures from a wedding determined to inflict injuries on
Neighbourhood explains how the Plan meets the There is no opportunity to that took place some years back, each other, and formed groups
legal and regulatory dispute those; they must either be when many of the guests will be that became known as mods,
Plan Update requirements), are being accepted, or the Plan abandoned. wearing outfits that may cause rockers or teddy boys and they
Shaping the future of Saham reviewed by our consultant. As After the changes are made, we hilarity to modern eyes. popularised new styles of
Toney! always, we anticipate a set of will once more be dependent on Traditionally men have always clothing that made them easily
Firstly, thanks to all those incisive and constructive Breckland Council to organise a been more conservative in their identifiable as potential trouble-
villagers who responded to the comments from her that will village referendum. choice of personal attire and it makers in groups that waged
recent consultation on the Plan. 7 guide us in making final updates All in all, when we submit the was not until the Second World battles with each other and the
villagers supported the Plan to the Plan and its many Plan, we’ll be entering what’s War that things began to change. police who tried to keep order.
subject to comment, while 8 gave supporting documents, which likely to be a very frustrating As that war went on, clothes Like all fads these trends
reasons why they objected to it. include one new document – a period. Breckland can effectively rationing forced changes and the gradually faded away, though
Another 56 simply supported the sustainable drainage system delay the Plan at each and every main one was the reduction of casual wear became the norm for
Plan without comment. design manual, to further step between submission and its suits from three-piece to two, by men, though suits and jackets
We find objections as helpful as reinforce requirements for adoption. We do know that on the abandonment of the waist- remained in vogue for the
any other comments, even when developers to avoid adding to average, for the 6 Plans already coat and the turn-ups from professional classes. In the last
we do not agree with them, and village flood risk. completed in Breckland, it has trouser bottoms while jacket ten years or so many top
contrary to a scurrilous allegation After updating the documents, taken an average of 39 weeks to lapels were reduced, sometimes executives are seen wearing suits
repeated by a small group of we will upload the consultation progress from a plan being being removed altogether. but with open necked shirts.
those who objected, I want to statement to our site – with luck submitted to it being Suits remained de -rigeur among It will be interesting to see what
stress we did not make it harder it may be there before you read ‘made’ (formally accepted), so office workers and professional happens next.
to object to the Plan than to this, but if not, then we’ll make it we know we’re in for a long staff, such as bank clerks,
support it, and neither did we available as soon as possible. haul. although there was a great
prevent those without internet With a fair following wind, we On another important topic, that movement toward more casual
Wayland Mens
access from taking part in the still hope to make the final there isn’t space to go into in wear, and self supporting Shed
consultation. submission of the Plan by the end detail about, please visit our trousers with elasticated Social Group, The Old School
There isn’t room here to go into of October, but we are website,, for waistbands, began to reduce the House, Church Walk, Watton.
all the reasons both accusations increasingly being hampered by news about the Government’s use of belts or braces wherever The ups and downs in our
are untrue, but the extensive Breckland Council, to whom proposed planning reforms – less formal wear could be everyday life due to the Covid-19
information about how to take unfortunately we are obliged to Planning for the Future - and permissible. Virus never seems less
part given in the July and August relinquish control of the process what we think of them. As usual, Meanwhile ladies fashions challenging, even now that six
Wayland Times and Saham Saga, after we make the final if you have any comments or endures constant changes, most months has passed since it
the leaflet that was delivered to submission. questions on any of this, or the of them influenced by what the arrived on our shores we still
every household, and the notices To date they are unwilling to Neighbourhood Plan in general, stars were wearing in the current seem to be none the wiser on
and posters that we displayed share with us the steps they will or if you'd like to be added to our films. And change was not how the future will evolve from
around the village proves they take leading to examination of mailing list, please get in touch confined to clothing, as hair week to week.
are. the Plan, and are even suggesting with Chris Blow at styles followed, though long hair At Wayland Mens Shed the doors
So, while we value all they may refuse to publish it for styles had to be avoided by girls are still closed, but hopefully
constructive comments, both for its final consultation, simply Most importantly, stay healthy employed operating machinery in there is some light is on the
and against the Plan, we most because they have failed to open and safe! the factories and other places horizon, we now only await the
definitely do not value their own office despite there engaged in war work. blessing of our landlord the
unfounded accusations against being no longer any Covid-19 Eventually peace returned and
our integrity and hope certain restriction to prevent that.
After A Fashion for a couple of years fashion
MOD for their permission to re-
By John Egerton open our doors at the Old School
villagers will be feeling shame- The next, and final stage of meant women wearing skirts House and start to welcome back
faced on reading this! consultation will differ from the Our lives are subject to constant with hem lines that went up and
change either due to wars ,natural some of our members, everything
We have now reviewed all others in three key respects; (1) it down, with the biggest change is in place to comply with the
comments received and the plan will be organised by Breckland phenomena, such as the virus coming early in the l950s in the
pandemic, progress or fashion. government guidelines, it will
health check recommendations Council; (2) comments will be form of what was to be known as mean that we have to restrict our
and have incorporated all those considered only by the The latter influences all our daily the New Look, with voluminous
lives, although the very word numbers to six on any of our
that we accept in an updated independent examiner of the skirts reaching down to the opening days but it will finally
version of the Plan. At time of Plan; and (3) only comments fashion normally draws our ankles. In contrast soon came a
attention to the ladies in our give members a chance to get
writing, the revised Plan, the about the Plan meeting legal great change with the mini-skirts back to a little piece of normality
Consultation Statement (a requirements will be considered. society, men have their own and where ladies previously
changing styles too. as we once knew it.
document describing the process When that consultation closes, seemed afraid to show their We await with baited breath
of consultation right from the examination of the Plan will Most things in our daily lives knees, suddenly this didn’t
have changed over the years some good news.
start in 2016 up to the present start. We cannot predict how matter. And still doesn’t! Richard Adams, WMS, enquiries
day, and listing every comment long it will take, but it will result often so gradually that we do not Meanwhile many of the young
notice, until perhaps we come Tel: 01953 881004.
received and how we have in a report recommending men who had been too young to
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slightly strange as the standard house please, as we have to put “But yew mite tun up hare with
The Letters of crew for a Blenheim was three. the nearest telephone number on yar whool famly wun nite” so I
Watton Medical
Freddie Thripp The three AC1 men were almost our passes. say tew him “Horry hev owtlived Practice Patient
certainly ground crew The next letter was sent late orl his famly an thars oonly me an
You will remember we left passengers. A reasonable guess, October, 1939. my missus wot live loocal, so I Participation
Freddie counting his blessings as the pilot seems to have asked 'A' Flight, 82 (B) Sqdn. RAF don’t think yew need worry
last month as he recorded on a Fred to accompany him, is that Watton, Thetford Norfolk. abowt us tearkin oova the whool
postcard dated [Wednesday] 13 this was a journey - perhaps Dear Mum Dad Rene Harry & plearce, an gitten yew wrong wi Despite the Coronavirus
Sept 1939 posted from Salisbury home? - or maybe it was a 'jolly' Eric. tha law” Horry took a gret ole Pandemic preventing actual
how he avoided being injured or to give ground crew some air We are just getting settled down gobful o his beer an he say “Thet meetings the PPG would still
killed in a crash by sheer good experience. again here, but I have a feeling things hent gooin tew goo back like to meet as many patients of
luck: The aircraft itself was that it is not for long. It was not tew how thar wos Sid, moors tha the Watton Medical Practice as
“Well I had a marvellous stroke presumably not very seriously a bad journey back, I had a pity” possible to hear their views
of luck on Sunday [Ed: so this damaged since it was repaired, as school master for companion Torkin abowt how thing wos, I about the services provided by
would have been 10 th September Blenheim P4853 ("UX-D") was from Royston to Cambridge so it corled inter see ole boy Garge the the Practice.
1939]. We went to a place north lost on combat operations on passed the time away. We had a otha weekend, he reckon hees To enable this to happen the
of Bude for firing practice, and 17/5/40 on a mission to good time in Norwich last night. older than Horry an must be PPG would like to invite local
having finished my turn, a Sgt Gembloux, Belgium. More on I had been to Upper Heyford for pushin a hunnert if thas rite. He groups in the town to take part
Pilot asked me to go with him this raid next May but suffice to a day or so, but we were wanted tew know how tha harvest in “Virtual meetings“ with some
but one of the ground crew went say this was the first of two grounded all the while we were went an hed we dun orl tha PPG Members. These meetings
instead and the a/c piled up. The occasions when 82 Squadron there, and as the nearest village Awtum plowin yit. I tolt him we would enable patients to give
pilot killed, the others broken would lose 11 of 12 Blenheims was 3 miles Oxford and Banbury hent started plowin yit an thet their views about the way the
arms and legs, but still OK.” despatched on a raid. over 10, we said that we were not only teks a few days tew dew tha Practice is now being operated
Fred served with 82 Squadron So let's get back to Fred's going to stop there any more, so whool lot. “Cor Blarst” he say and to provide constructive
and fortunately I have copies of account of life at this time with a our pilots argued with the Duty “Yew yunguns dunt know how ideas that the PPG can feed
the Operational Record Book letter written early October 1939 Pilot, and even though the lucky yew are, cos we got tha back to the Practice. Please note
(ORB) for both 82 and 21 82 Sqdn. RAF Station, North visibility was very poor, we took plow in as sune as tha larst corn that these meetings will not be
Squadrons during their time at Walsham Rd, Norwich. Norfolk off, and when we landed at our wos in tha stack, cors thet tuk forums for patients to discuss
Watton. Unfortunately, 82's ORB Dear Mum Dad Rene Harry & Norwich drome, instead of going nigh on tree wiks tew git tha ole their individual medical
are missing for October '39, and Eric. back to Watton, we polished up twenty acre plowed, we oonly hed problems as there is already a
only really starting in September. As you can see we have moved in the office, hopped over the wun hoss, corse tha otha hoss wos procedure in place for this.
However, knowing the Squadron again, but this time, it is like a hedge, then into Norwich. ahind on us wi tha harrers. Thet Any groups that are interested in
(82) and the date of the crash second home. The camp where We got back on the special ole bitta land up on tha hill wos taking part in a meeting are
(10th September) I searched the the machines are now is not excursion bus, so all was OK. reel hoss killin mowld, an we hed asked to provide their contact
Commonwealth War Grave finished yet, so the ground staff The weather is nearly always tew git both onnem on tha plow details to the Chair of the PPG
Commission website and found are living in wooden huts in the misty or foggy here now, but it tew git thet tunned oova, Mr Tom Thurston either in
the following details of two men mud on the side of the 'drome', suits us nicely as regards flying. speshully if thet wos wet. Mind writing c/o Watton Medical
killed on that day with 82 while we more or less live out. It You mentioned about me not yew thet whooly grew a good Practice or by email to;
Squadron: is in an original head quarters, having enough to spend, but I am crop if yew got tha mowld jist
Sergeant James Pratt 82 there is only three small huts, the satisfied at this end, because we rite.”
Squadron. Service Number:
516867 Died 10 September 1939
cookhouse, bath house, officers
quarters and offices, and the
do not need much money to
spend here, as there is not much
“We haddta cut thet tweny acre
wun year by hand cos tha ole
The Wayland
who is buried at Woodchester
(Church Of The Annunciation)
guard room all in a little field. to spend it on. binder bruk an no wun new how Partnership
There is a small factory outside Well I hope you are still keeping tew mend it. Tha corn wos fit, so
Churchyard Sec. E. Grave 42.
Served as Mclaughlin, James.
our backdoor, houses around us, OK we feeling the same, and still we orl got our scythes out gi em a Development
and orchards, but no fruit on the having an easy time, but I rub wi tha stoons an set tew, corse
And there is a personal trees. If you are pushed for time, suppose we shall have to get thar wos ten or twelve onus Trust
inscription: IN MEMORY OF there are buses quite frequent down to it soon, so as there is no wukked thar them days, An we Dragonfly Gallery
MY DEAR SON GOD REST from the guard room but it is more news of importance and am got it cut in a cupple days, orl tha We continue to be closed to the
HIS SOUL only 15 mins walk to the centre ready to go out will say cheerio wimmen cum along and tied the public during this difficult time
Aircraftman 1st Class George of Norwich, so you see we are for now. shooves, an the yunguns set tha as the pandemic continues. Our
Henry Butler 82 Squadron well off here, and the food is like With Love, Fred shocks up so we wunt tew far volunteers are mainly in the
Service Number: 549796 who is coming home to meals to what There is a lot more that can be ahind, and tha marsta he cum owt vulnerable category, making
buried at Hounslow Cemetery we have been putting up with. deduced about Fred's life by wi a barrel o beer, mind yew thet manning it almost impossible.
(Plot B. Row G. Grave 9.) Son of Norwich is a very place, also the using the ORB's and, space ware poor mans ale so we din’t Our gallery co-ordinator
Francis Henry Butler and of May people in it, especially some of permitting, we will return to that git orl squiffy, gud thort tho’” continues to work from home,
Lilian Butler (nee Carter), of them, although we have only in future months. I’d heard moost of his tales afore but has been using the time to
Hounslow. And there is a been here a few days, we are all but niva got tired o hearin em create some stunning online
personal inscription: “HE GAVE getting along very nice. The agin, an he allus cum up wi a exhibitions of Norfolk artwork.
HIS ALL THAT WE MAY weather is grand here, almost The Ovington diffrunt tale moost times I went The most recent has been
LIVE R.I.P.” like summer, I think we are quite tew hev a mardle with him. I allus Landscapes in Lockdown,
Further searching with the aid of safe here, as the Gerrys will be Crower took a few bottles o beer wi me so depicting life during lockdown
Google, using the pilot's name so occupied getting over the By tha Boy Sid arta heed hed wun or tew he wud using a range of mediums. The
and number, reveals the coast, they will miss us, but they Har yew gittin on tergitha then, run on fer moost o tha evnin. exhibitions can be viewed on
following: are doing quite well so far, and we dunt seem tew be gittin away Thas sich a shame thet thar hent our Facebook page The
The aircraft was Bristol getting quite daring, showing us from this here ole virus yit dew many o these owld boys left now, Wayland Dragonfly Gallery or
Blenheim Mk. IV, 82 Squadron, how to do it. we? Hent heard of any folk in tha cos tha things thar cud tell yew our website:
P4853 ('UX-D'). Substantially We are still sitting about doing willage wos cum down with it---- abowt how wukkin on tha land an
damaged 10/9/39 when crashed nothing so there is not much in yit, less hoop thet stay thet way. orl the otha jobs around tha uk
into a field just to the WNW of the way of news, but one thing I had a mardle with tha ole willage thet these ole boys The two sites also give details
Cleeve village, after engine amused us this morning at about chairmawtha larst week an she yewsed tew do. Tha only time of how to contact us if you
failure. The aircraft struck high- 08.15hrs the cook came in and say tha cowncil hev got it orl moost o them wukked awtside tha would like to exhibit or make
voltage cables during the woke us all up, and told us that under control, thas why we hev willage was in the Winta when further enquiries. You can view
enforced descent and our breakfast was still being kept bin lucky, she dint say wot she thar wos not much wuk on the past exhibitions on the website
cartwheeled on ground impact. warm. Most unusual, but when hed dun but if thas wukkin I hent land an thar wud goo miles tew and see details of upcoming
Aircraft had taken off from RAF we went to Bassingbourn about a goin tew argew wi har. follow the troshin tackle as it ones. Some of the artwork is for
Netheravon, Wiltshire. Two of week, one of our own cooks Me an Horry are gitten yewsed went rownd distant farms troshin sale and we can arrange for you
the crew of four were killed brought in a bucket of tea, I dont tew the rare ole gooins on up the the stacks o corn from the last to purchase. We have some
(succumbing to their injuries know what next, perhaps pub but larst nite tha ole landlord harvest. Well dew yew also kip a wonderfully talented artists in
shortly after the accident); the breakfast in bed. say thet nex week we can’t hev troshin and try an kip well, betta the area and are very
remaining two survived with Well cheerio for now, With Love. more than six in our party. So I dew wot tha Govmint say, cos appreciative of their efforts to
injuries: AC.1 J. Dorman & Fred say tew him “I know us tew teark thar know best---- so I’ve bin support the Gallery by
AC.1 Ronald Patrick Arthur PS. Will you find out the up a bitta room, but we hent towld. continuing to exhibit at this
Dougan, both injured. This is telephone number of the police nuffin like six onus” “Ah” he say, Regards Boy Sid. time.
The Wayland News October 2020 Page 10
2 cups finely chopped apple tested when a mysterious very turbulent period of Tudor Impressions by Charlie Lovett,
Lockdown (don’t peel, just remove core) The woman attends Prim’s funeral history. Alison Weir is A Gathering Light by Jennifer
Recipes with The original recipe used 1 cup but it and claims to be the mother acknowledged for her Donelly (Northern Light in
wasn’t enough for my taste. Victoria thought was dead. As meticulous research so I was USA), and Under Currents by
Isolating Cook However, 1 cup will be enough. the two women get to know surprised, when reading the Norah Roberts.
Ways To Use A Glut Of Fruit 1 cup of dark or light raisins each other and Victoria begins author’s notes at the end of the Keep reading and keep well,
Many of us who are lucky enough ¼ cup of apple juice or milk to learn more about her past, it book, that two really important members and nonmembers
to have fruit trees in our gardens becomes clear that her beloved events in Anna’s life although alike.
have a glut of fruit this year. Here Set oven to 200C/ 400F grandmother had been keeping strongly rumoured in real time, Sue Hart September 2020
are some ways to preserve some Grease cookie sheets or use a life-changing secrets from her. and playing significant parts of
of it without filling up the freezer. silicone sheet on baking trays Victoria still struggles to trust the story, could not be Thought for the
The results also make a nice anyone to tell her the truth to substantiated, the reader plans
home made addition to the gift of METHOD enable a full and happy life, she to read the author’s notes before Month
a Christmas hamper. Sift the flour and baking powder knows she must find a way to the book when the last two By Revd Kyla Sørensen.
together forgive her family wondering if books in the series are available. Curate at St. Mary’s Parish
PRESERVED APPLES Mix the shortening, brown sugar, trust is possible after so long. A Wallender book, The Fifth Church and All Saints
My apple trees are groaning with spices and egg until well blended A couple read the Unlikely Woman was one choice. As one Threxton
fruit. I don’t have room for it all Stir in half the flour, the nuts, Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by would.expect it is full of twists Matthew 25:35 For I was
in the freezer and some of the apples and raisins. Rachel Joyce. They suggested it and turns. The story opens with hungry and you gave me food, I
apples are not keepers. I found a Blend in the apple juice or milk to be thought provoking and an the shooting of four nuns and was thirsty and you gave me
version of this recipe in a very old Add the remaining flour escellent choice if we ever meet one European woman in Africa. drink, I was a stranger and you
book and have used my adaption Onto the greased sheets/trays again. Harold receives a What follows, several years welcomed me,
for some years with success. It drop rounded tablespoons of the farewell letter from Queenie an later, is the discovery of a body Over the past six months it has
means you always have some mixture, leaving about 2 inches old colleague currently in a impaled on spikes, in the been truly heartening to see how
prepared fruit on hand in the between each hospice. Harold goes to post a grounds of a remote house in as a community we have come
winter and out of season. The Bake at 200C for about 10 reply but believing Queenie will Sweden, this murder is followed together, time and again, to help
recipe sounds strange because it minutes until cooked through and stay alive until he reaches her by three others, all just as each other through such difficult
uses vinegar, but it really doesn’t golden brown carries on walking. Meanwhile brutal, but there doesn't appear and unforeseen times. I have
taste vinegary and the apples are You can serve plain or ice as Maureen his difficult wife to be any connection between heard stories of how families
equally good in sweet recipes below. If you are icing them make misses him. The Last Day by the victims. The book was much have been caring for neighbours
such as crumbles, cakes and so sure you make up the icing while Andrew Hunter Murray was also enjoyed and easy to pick up and who live on their own, joined
on, as well as a hot or cold sauce. the cookies are in the oven as it read. This is based on the put down due to the clever way online support networks such as
Add raisins or sultanas, spices MUST go on them while they are premise that at some point the that Wallander is written. In his the Facebook group for the
such as cinnamon or ground hot to work properly. world will stop rotating causing regular team meetings, he goes estate where I live. I have
cloves, and other extra ingredients permanent dark in one half and over all the leads and evidence witnessed first hand the
to vary your recipes. The recipe VANILLA ICING GLAZE light in the other, as a they have so far and therefore kindness of others and been
will keep at least a year, so you 1 ½ cups icing sugar contemporary scientific thriller this allows the reader to recall blessed myself in helping
will have apples until next year’s 1 tablesp soft butter or similar it was judged to shine a light on the story. Swedish names and residents with shopping,
crop. ¾ tsp vanilla extract contemporary life and politics. places were a little difficult to collecting prescriptions,
Be sure to sterilise your jars. Pinch of salt Further planned reading pronounce but not off putting offering support on the phone
There are a number of ways to do 2 ½ tablesp milk includes A View Across the and the memberI looks forward and praying on doorsteps.
this; I wash and rinse them, place Blend all together in a small Rooftops by Suzanne Kelman to reading another Wallander Such kindness crosses cultural
them in a cold oven and turn the bowl. Spread thinly over the set in Amsterdam in WWII and with One step Behind, in mind. barriers and church
temperature to 140 degrees C and cookies while still hot. The House of Lies by Ian Also read was The Rosie Result denominations, it overcomes
leave for 15 minutes. If you time Rankin. by Graeme Simsion, the third in age differences; our caring for
this for towards the end of the The cookies will freeze well as Judged as currently believable the Rosie series. Don and Rosie each other doesn’t recognise
cooking time for the fruit you will this recipe makes quite a lot! and a good read is Andrew Tilman are back in Melbourne social status but instead gives us
have warm jars to pot the warm Marr’s Children of the Master after a decade in New York and an opportunity to connect with
fruit and so reduce the chance of reinforcing the view of our are about to face their most our neighbour on a deeper level
cracking the jars. Shipdham & political system directed from important project yet. Their son, than we have ever done before.
For every 4 lbs of apples (weight District Book the shadows. The Master is a Hudson, is having trouble at We have all hungered for human
after peeling and coring) you will former Prime Minister school: his teachers say he is not contact, we have thirsted for
need: Group manipulating two candidates for fitting in....... As with the first answers amidst the ever-
2 ½ lbs sugar Like most groups which Party leadership by discrediting two, a really good read with lots changing regulations. In this
¼ pint water contribute to our rural life we one in favour of the other. of dry intelligent humour. The crisis we are still living through,
¼ pint vinegar are desperate to meet. This does Helen Dunmore’s Exposure is end made the readers cry! Lots we recognise that we are all
8 cloves not even seem a vague set at the time of the Cold War, of us enjoyed the first in the struggling in some way or
Put the cloves in a muslin bag so possibility so we continue to an espionage thriller without series, with a lot of discussion another and that our fears
you can retrieve them easily. Mix read, pass on views and cloak and dagger thrill and about autism, one member said remain with us, for now at least.
all the ingredients together and recommendations and try to spills. A simple accident causes she laughed out loud, a rare But we have reached out to
leave in a bowl to steep overnight. remember what meetings were the plot to move back and forth. event. welcome the stranger into our
Next day place in a pan. Bring to like. There is certainly no It is the story of an agent in high For a pleasant change we had sight. We’ve noticed people
the boil and simmer for 45 shortage of material for when office working in plain sight The Hidden Life of Trees. In perhaps we had not before. Let
minutes, stirring well to prevent we meet again. who falls down the stairs. From this factual book, the author us not stop here! Let us as a
sticking and burning. Pot and Two members had read books a simple accident the story Peter Wohlleben shares his huge community come together and
cover. by Amanda Prowse. One was moves back and forth in time. A knowledge and passion for follow Jesus’ words in the
How to fall in Love again. This Jewish family flee Germany, woods and forests. He explains gospel of Matthew, knowing
FRESH APPLE COOKIES moves back and forth in time Simon, a student, is befriended, the amazing processes of life, that in serving others, we
This recipe was given to me by an and on Kindle changes font size seduced and assisted to join the death and regeneration he has recognise that God is in all and
American friend so the quantities so you know where you are. It Admiralty. observed in his career as a that we are caring for Him when
are in cups. One cup is about 4 involves a group of friends and Some years later, Simon is woodsman in the forests of we care for our neighbour.
ounces of flour. The cookies are a cousins through their early years happily married with three Germany. He explains the
soft cake not a crunchy biscuit. in Scotland and the boarding children and has not been called science behind the secret and St Mary's
2 cups sifted plain flour school they attended and upon by his seducer, now his previously unknown life of trees
1 tsp baking powder following events. There are two boss, until the accident happens with whole ecosystems in which Church,
8oz (1/2 cup) shortening further books each telling the and Simon is needed to return a families of trees communicate
(margarine, butter or equivalent) story through a different file. Then the real story unfolds with each other, reduce the Watton.
1 & 1/3 cups brown sugar, packed character. The other Amanda with severe consequences The impact of seasonal changes in 150 Club
½ tsp salt Prowse was The Day She Came reader really enjoyed this book. weather, share nutrition,
1 tsp cinnamon Back. When her loving, free- Alison Weir’s fourth in her Six regulate water uptake and Winners
1 tsp ground cloves spirited grandmother Primrose Tudor Queens, Anna of Kleve, support their offspring. This is a 1st prize Ticket no 116 Pam
½ tsp nutmeg dies Victoria is bereft, yet is a fascinating account of fascinating and informative read Goodman; 2nd prize Ticket no
1 egg resilient having survived Anna’s life from a teenager in for tree lovers and others. 106 Pam Woodhams
1 cup chopped nuts tragedy before. Her strength is 1530 until her death in 1557, a Also mentioned were First Congratulations to the Pams!
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am painting again and have had several sketching brown/bronze in the garden, not quite so big, am I
PLEASE MENTION Great Hockham groups from Wymondham Art Society spread out right to be chuffed or is everyone doing this?
all over the garden and allotment busily painting I ended up with 3 cucumber plants. Only having a
THE WAYLAND Gardening Club away, a real distraction from the worries of Covid. small green house I had to hang batons from the
NEWS Corona Diary Extracts Holidays are a thing of the past but during August
I have attended small group tuition sessions with
roof to tie in the plant hand loop the plant back and
forth. At least the fruits were able to hang down
WHEN SHOPPING Parts of the lockdown seemed to be easing and artists in Wacton. Finding the place was a problem without obstruction and I could see where they
there had been suggestions that we could resume at first but the car can find its own way now! I was were. Is it likely that my tomato truss on a Rosella
WITH OUR having our indoor meetings. So we asked the pleased with the results and they must have been
ok, as I have sold two oil paintings already! I am
will ripen on the plant? I think I might manage to
ripen the sungold as the trusses are single, not like
members what they thought about it. The
ADVERTISERS responses, and other considerations were discussed going to run a short course (3 hrs. a week for about this one. I think 8 plants were too many along with
at a committee meeting. We had decided that our 6 weeks) for ‘Watercolour Techniques’ for just a my 3 cucumbers in my 6 x 8 ft. greenhouse. 'Im
first get-together would probably be in April and few people at a time. If anyone is interested please indoors thinks my new perfume is 'eau de tomato'
would probably be an outside meeting. We are get in touch 01953 498694 for details. Jane Dalton as I'm always in there eating the toms straight from
also constitutionally required to have an AGM. JulieBrown writes: Hello Ed, Where did August the plant, not many get indoors. Looking forward
We thought we might be able to go ahead if we go? The dahlias are in Liz's garden. Having spent a to September everyone, enjoy your gardens, Julie.
could overcome social distancing problems: it couple of days weeding the plot, planting the pots My advice on buying a greenhouse is what my old
could be in our garden. We scheduled it for stood in trays of water and covering the whole bed dad told me: carefully consider the absolute largest
Monday 14th. I wrote the email last thing Tuesday with bark, it is now looking a great. Next year it size you could possibly need; then double it. In a
intending to send it the next morning. The next will be a picture, I will get you one! Liz always very short time you’ll discover that even that size
morning morning? No more than six people to keeps things close to her chest. I for one am will be about half of what you need.
meet socially. Back to square one. pleased that this bed is complete. We have spent Apart from potatoes and sweet corn the garden has
Like it or not we do seem to be entering the season many an afternoon weeding it, but no more. Much been fruitful. We have had bumper crops of
of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Fruitfulness? For work has taken place repairing and repainting the plumbs, damsons, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and
the first time ever one of the varieties of potato we blue chicken coup and run. The 3 chickens, 'the foxgloves. All very nice, but then you must not
grow is virtually a total loss with blight. But girls' as I call them, have been relegated to the waste anything. After a blood test the doctor
another variety in the adjacent rows is untouched. bottom if the garden. The large grey chicken coup suggested I stop making cider, so now we try to
If that wasn’t bad enough, if I said the sweet corn with 2 runs is being scrubbed up and re-painting store them. The Bramleys store well and last well
was a disaster that would be a compliment. What for the new ladies, 6 lovely copper and black into the New Year, as do the Wosters and Russets.
can you do? Others have had better luck. Marans. The girls will be my favourites, they have We have another eater of unknown variety.
Straight from the tree the crispness and flavor are
unrivaled, but that only lasts two or three weeks,
then it’s gone. It will keep but there’s little point, it
quickly becomes a spongy shadow of it’s former
Then there are the damsons, so we’re hard at work
making jam. I counted 19 jars, no two the same
size, but She Who Must has told me to say, 20
pounds. It is now safely stored next to the 9.07185
kilograms left over from last year. We might not
have removed all the stones, so eating toast and
jam takes on the additional thrill of Russian
Over time, shrubs that were planted years ago
have become somewhat large. Some of them tend
to get a little ragged and so regular trimming is
needed. Each time this is done, unless you are
content to see the branches through the leaves, the
bush slowly becomes larger and larger. You can
see where this is going. As time passes ever more
elaborate climbing apparatus is employed in
reaching not just the higher parts, but far harder,
reaching over to get to the middle. So: I am far
from the ground, holding onto the steps with one
hand, leaning over away from the steps, trying to
keep balance by sticking one leg out, and using the
hedge trimmer at arms length. Enough! All shrubs
and hedges are now trimmed with my feet on the
ground; anything higher than I can reach from a
Annette Ridley writes: Hi Ed, With the country had their beaks put out of joint, I will have to ground position is history. The evergreen bush is
slowly coming out of lockdown my husband, sneak them treats. now looking decidedly deciduous.
Mike, and I decided to venture out on a little field We have spent much time at Liz's son Michael's I have to end on a very sad note by informing you
trip of our own across the border into Suffolk. We front garden. Lawn taken up and a mat of tangled of the death of Jill DeRuijter (pictured below). In
discovered Wyken Vineyards a few years ago- ivy has been removed. A pond is planned. Each 1966, together with her husband Cees, Jill was one
enjoying meals at their cafe and restaurant but had time we see him it has grown by a foot and is now of the founder members of Great Hockham
never visited the gardens. So on a gorgeous sunny up to about 2 meters across. We shall see when the Gardening Club. She was an active supporter for
day we drove over, enjoyed brunch then we were digging out begins. many years. She was a keen, knowledgeable and
ready to see the gardens which beautifully wrap Still not much happening at No. 1, just one or two very artistic gardener. The garden she designed
around the stunning Elizabethan house (pictured) choice blooms and no projects, spending much and built with Cees is very distinctive with much
in its traditional Suffolk pink. The gardens did not time in other people's garden and the village hall. hard landscaping and creative planting. She
disappoint - the sunflowers, dahlias and heleniums Fortunately Laura and Nige are helping with that. always helped out at our social and funding events
were delightful as were the roses. The hidden pond Overhanging branches and fast growing hedges to with her excellent cakes and other goodies. She
filled with water lilies was such a calming space. be dealt with and dreaded weeding, and then in the had not been well for a while and although at the
The gardens were created forty years ago by wet and windy weather, a fallen branch. time of her death her membership has lapsed, she
owners Kenneth and Carla Carlisle and is now an Quite pleased with my busy Lizzy tower, hope to seemed to maintain a presence within the club.
RHS partner garden. I loved the touches by keep some seed. Planted 10 green gladioli, got 2 Several members were privileged to attend her
American Carla such as the US mail boxes. A flowers. Our Mum would love those. Planted 10 funeral, which was a very personal experience.
pumpkin patch has been planted so hopefully lots purple too, got no flowers, will Best Wishes, Ed.
of squashes for autumn. Just a beautiful garden to have to hope for more next year.
visit year round! Will definitely return. Garden The white aster I grew on from a
details are on the Wyken website. supermarket plant: so pleased with
Keep well, Annette. that as it is quite big in my new bed
Jane Dalton writes: Well, we are into September which needs filling. Nige gave me
and it is really feeling like autumn. Our Pumpkins the Zinnia, which is a beauty and
are ready, kids are back at school, well some of has multi heads and flowers to
them. We are about to have a Committee meeting come. Both Liz and I have been
to decide how we move forward or if indeed we successful in growing on the
can. Interesting and sad how much this year has chrysanthemum that you buy at the
changed everything. supermarkets. Liz's is huge and
The allotment has produced well but is drawing to pink in a pot still at her kitchen
a close and much work is needed to put it to bed door along with an osteospermum
for the winter. Rest? Chance would be a fine grown from a seed, apparently a
thing!! The hot sunny weather is all but gone and I revelation. My chrysanthemum
The Wayland News October 2020 Page 12

Please support your Museum 4 Watton Open Again

local businesses as The Museum is once again open,
unless Government guidelines have
changed by the time of going to
we try and get back press, initially only on Wednesday
and Saturday between 10am. and

to a new normal! 4pm. We hope to open a third day

soon. For the time being, if visiting,
you will need to wear a mask and
gloves which, if necessary, we can
supply free of charge. If you re
unable to wear a mask we can
provide a visor for £2.50, all PPE to
be taken away by you. During
lockdown we have taken the
opportunity to re-display several of
our cabinets and a number of new
items have been added. For children
who have done our Mouse-hunt, they
have moved! Come and try again.
Our central cabinet, which is usually
occupied by a visiting exhibition,
currently holds on one side a large
number of items donated during the bomber and had a relatively light the DFC for low level photo
last few months, that we will be bomb load. This consisted of four reconnaissance over Germany flying
incorporating in the displays shortly. 250lb bombs although the aircraft a Blenheim Mk.V1, we also have his
The other side show a selection of could be converted to carry two by log-books, photos and citations. In
Bellarmine tankards and jugs from a 500lb bombs. Later aircraft had addition we have the medal group of
local private collection, if you don’t much bigger bomb loads, the B17 one of the pilots who failed to return
know what a Bellarmine is, come Flying Fortress 6000lbs, the from a disastrous raid recorded in the
and look, if you thought you knew Liberator and Handley Page Halifax book ‘The Squadron That Died
what a Bellarmine looks like, come both about 13.000lbs and the Avro Twice’, in the first of two raids only
and look, you are in for a surprise. Lancaster 22.000lbs. one Blenheim returned and that was
If you are part of a local society, club Pre-war RAF ground equipment, so badly damaged that it was
or group and would like to exhibit at including bombs were generally scrapped, on the second raid no one
the Museum, in or central cabinet, painted yellow. After about 1942 this returned, 23 out of 24 Blenheims
for 2 to 3 months, please contact us. was changed to dark green. The lost. To be displayed shortly we have
250lb General Purpose Bomb 250lb general purpose bomb was the ‘escape boots’, heated gloves and
Construction of Royal Air Force replaced from 1942 by the 250lb mittens and other pieces of
Watton began in 1937. The station medium capacity bomb. equipment and paraphernalia that
opened officially in February 1939, When visiting the Museum you can belonged to a local Blenheim pilot.
with two squadrons, No’s 21 and 34, now see a 250lb bomb of the type If you have anything relating to the
both operating Blenheim Mk 1 carried by our Blenheims, it has been history of Watton and surrounding
aircraft under control of Bomber restored and painted to the correct villages that you are prepared to
Command. 34 squadron was colours with the aid of the Mens donate, lend or just show to the
replaced in August 1939 by 82 Shed and is in our first floor display Museum please let us know.
squadron. Most of the Mk1 aircraft room. Museum 4 Watton, Wayland Hall,
were replaced within the next few Amongst our exhibits we have an Middle Street, Watton IP25 6AG
months by the improved Mk 1V. exhibition of the medals of a pilot 01953 797060
The Blenheim was classed as a ‘light who went on to become Air Vice
day bomber’. This meant that it was Marshall Sutcliffe, he was stationed
not intended for use as a night at Watton with 82 squadron and won

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