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Watton in Bloom 2021’s Winner

Peter Saunders of Hamilton Close, receiving the Watton in Bloom First Place Salver and winning certificate from the Mayor,
Pat Warwick and John Kerr, Chairman of the Watton Society. The Mayor described their garden as ‘stunning’ and the
photo shows that this description is very true. See Page 3 for full text

month and have a mixture of Ballroom, Latin

Social Dancing and Sequence dances throughout the
Rotary Rose
at The Queens A poster will go up on the notice board at the
Queens Hall to advertise the dances and the Sunrise
Last month we reported the
Hall returns dates of future dances will be given in the
Wayland News and on the Watton availability of our Rotary Rose
Dance Away are pleased to announce that Community Facebook page. 'Sunrise'. At the time the price was
they are holding their first dance of the year We are looking forward to welcoming back quoted at £16 (containerised) but
on Saturday July 3rd. This will obviously be our regular dancers and would love to we did not know that until we left
dependent on the guidelines from the welcome new people. the EU plants were zero rated for
Government, but we are optimistic that we If anyone is interested in coming along on VAT. Peter Beales Roses have had
can go ahead as planned. 3rd July and would like more details, please to register for VAT and the price
We hold dances on the first Saturday of each contact Val Simpson on 01953 882 790 has shot up by 20% to £19.02!
Fortunately everyone who had
ordered roses maintained their
order and we have now sold and
delivered 91 of the 100 we
The Rotary Club of Torbay
Sunrise (a breakfast meeting club)
has expressed an interest in
obtaining most, if not all, the
remaining roses, and we are now
seeking means to further promote
them with an order for delivery in
Spring 2022. Now that the trial
order has been fulfilled we are
now looking at direct distribution
by Peter Beales Roses - free to
collect or £6.95 per order carriage
paid. A donation of about £1.00
per rose to Rotary's charity
(Foundation) will still be
Further information will be
published in the Wayland news at
a later date.
Watton & District Rotary Club
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journeys have been considerably reduced.
Watton In So that filling the petrol tank has become Antique &
Bloom 2021
far less frequent. While restrictions on
dining in restaurants, pubs and cafes have Collectors Street SALEC TRAVEL LTD
added to enormous reductions in our Due to the ongoing pandemic we have decided not to offer day
A competition nobody spending, although this has often been Market excursions and holidays this year except the Thursford shows that
knows they are entering! replaced by increased outlays on repairs When SUNDAY 4th JULY 2021 comes have been carried over from last year we still have a few seats
The Watton Society and household improvements. around you will find that once again the available details below:
After touring Watton in April to find And, for many of us the difficulties of popular Fair, the one-day event “THE
gardens that can be seen from the road shopping have been eased by the delivery ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS STREET Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2021
showing a good display of colour, the services offered by the supermarkets and MARKET” comes to Watton Towns Tuesday 9th November – 2pm Show – Flat Seat £52
Watton Society sent a list of twenty eight the enormous number of firms providing HIGH STREET & also Wattons QUEENS Fri. 10th December – 2pm Show – Raised Seat £55 – Flat Seat £52
gardens to the Mayor of Watton, Pat on-line direct sales, which have become a HALL.
Warwick. Considering the weather we great boom,. Once a year when the Antiques Fair is in Taxi, 8 Seat, 16 Seat, 29 Seat
have had this Spring we felt this was a Of course the pandemic caused a great Watton, the Towns bustling High Street
upset in our medical services but even these & 53 Seat Coach Available for Private Hire
good number. The Mayor, after carefully becomes a huge marketplace, where
looking at all the gardens, selected a had a good side for some of us, particularly treasures await folk looking for `bargains`. For more details please phone:
winner and three highly commended. those without cars, too often a trip to the Along with courteous dealers offering
The winner, Peter Saunders loves
gardening and helps some nearby people
who have difficulty maintaining their
doctor’s would entail a trek to the nearest
bus stop, a wait for a bus, which anyway
might come at a time far different from the
surgery appointment time, all this repeated
affordable Jewellery, Vintage Clothing,
Glass, Coins, Militaria, Collectables, Gold &
Silver, Contemporary Designs, Retro, and
even Antique Furniture. If you look hard
01953 881159
Email: Website:
Highly commended gardens were 14 on the return journey, all for the doctor to enough you might be able to find the more
Nelson Court, 10 Mary Shanks Close and see you over his computer screen, to give diverse and unusual `bits and bobs` & even
24 Bloodhound Road. What was the same advice he now gives via the hidden `treasures` too, amongst a whole lot
especially pleasing this year was the telephone in many cases. of stalls & their dedicated dealers .
delight expressed by the winners and Of course, there are times when personal Along with the Antique Stalls outside THE
highly commended garden owners. The interviews are essential, but these on-line QUEENS HALL there`s also Antiques &
competition is held in either Spring, consultations can save hours of time, both Collectables in the hall, along with Home
Summer or Autumn each year to enable for the patients, and the medics. Cooked food, All Day Breakfasts,
gardens that are especially colourful in Now that the end of the covid thing seems Homemade Cakes delicious coffee & cold
these seasons to be considered. A highly to be in sight, thoughts are turning to travel, drinks etc upstairs.
commended certificate was also awarded with everyone seemingly impatient to go If you are looking for an Antique Market in
by the Society to the Town Council for abroad but with foreign parts still afflicted Norfolk then the huge Watton Town's
the lovely displays of floral colour in the by the virus, it appears that it will be some Street Market is the place to find a diverse
High Street. time before the delights of foreign parts range of antiques & collectables. Even if
will be fully available but meanwhile you’re not looking to buy, there’s
And What Else Does The holidays at home are all the rage, and something fascinating about spending a
Watton Society do? enormous sums are being charged for all few hours wandering around the Street
Hold a meeting or an outing every month styles of accommodation all round the Market & The Queens Hall.
except August, on all sorts of topics and country.. Stallholders wishing to book a pitch contact
interests. Meetings on the third As I write these words, the back to work 07919 022352
Wednesday of the month, 7.45 pm in the and back to near normal has only just
Christian Community Centre. begun but already traffic jams are the order
 Produce the Watton Heritage Trail of the day and, while we in the Wayland Saracen Martial Arts
leaflet, available from the Tourist area are still fairly free from this curse,
Information Centre, and research and delays will only get more prevalent, having Tae Kwon Do
fix green plaques to Watton buildings in mind the number of new estates that are The Watton headquarters of Saracen
and historical sites. Five more are now being completed every year. Martial Arts has reopened for under 18s
being fixed to commemorate the Now that we are being allowed back into since the 12th April and will be looking to
railway we once had in Watton. Thank the world, as it were, it will be interesting welcome Adults back training after the
you to the Town Council for their to find out what changes have been made to 17th May.
grants for this project. facilities in our local towns, for we have “Its been a very challenging year, with the
 Organise an annual art competition for learned of the demise of many of the stores clubs only being able to teach Tae Kwon
local children. that have been part of our lives for many Do for 3 months out of 12, the rest being
 Support and take part in Watton events years. Stores like Debenhams, which have in lockdown” commented Ian Soame,
whenever possible. now closed completely. Saracen’s Chief Instructor. “We are very
What Does It Cost to Belong to the We will have to wait a while before the full much looking forward to welcoming old
Watton Society? effects of this difficult period can be fully and new members back into the exciting,
Subscriptions are £5 per annum, payable assessed, but it seems certain that things fun and effective Martial Art of Tae
in October. Meeting costs are usually will not return to just how we knew them. Kwon Do”
£2.50 for members, £3.50 for non But success has come back to Norwich The Club, which being established in
members. 50p for refreshments if City, who, despite having to play behind 1985, is one of the areas longest running
required. VISITORS ARE WELCOME closed doors, and thus unable to share the Martial Arts clubs is centred around
AT MEETINGS. glory with their fans, won their Watton, though has venues throughout
A programme for September onwards is championship quite convincingly Norfolk. All Instructors have passed
now being arranged, information will The return to the Premiership is well- Coaching qualifications, are fully
follow. The website will be updated deserved, and once more the local fans insured, CRB checked and First Aid
soon. will have the chance to see our side pit trained, along with the new ‘COVID
Email: for their skills against the big boys of the Safe’ qualification.
more information. game. Unfortunately it is money that The Watton Venue is taught by Chief
determines who wins in this section of Instructor Ian Soame (7th Dan Black
football, and though exceptions belt) and has classes on Wednesday and
A Quick Look occasionally occur that league invariably Friday nights at the Watton Youth Centre
is virtually divided between ten rich and on Harvey Street.
Round ten poorer clubs, with the latter fighting a Saracen Martial Arts, in line with its
by Orbiter constant battle for survival. Family Friendly, non-profit making
At last we seem to have arrived at the end But, as recent events showed, the public approach will credit existing members
of the tunnel that everyone has been talking is satisfied with the status quo, as with any lost months (due to Covid) to
about for so long, and things are forecast to demonstrated by the outbreak of the next years membership/insurance
return to some sort of normal from now on, rebellion that followed the proposal by renewal at the club’s expense.
though our proverbial fingers will have to the leading clubs to break away to join a For new members, the club offers a
remain crossed for some time. ‘super league’. month’s free training (at any of its
Meanwhile we can do our best to return to For once reason conquered greed, but venues) to ensure the prospective student
a close semblance of normal, and already money is the mainstay of the league at really gets decent trial into this Korean
folks are gathering in small groups at this level, so it is anyone’s guess as to Martial Arts. The club also has a ‘grade
outside tables to enjoy (or suffer) meals in how long before the situation is repeated. honouring’ system where grades attained
sun, rain or cold, as they can no longer Now let me settle down to enjoy a at other associations (which may have
resist the desire to get things back the old traditional English summer as of old. But stopped or moved away for example)
track. first I must pop down to the shop and buy would be honoured and the students
Actually the restrictions we have endured a comb for Boris, I think he might look welcomed with open arms.
this past year have brought some good with tidy hair. For further Information please check out
unexpected benefits. For instance, with so Good afternoon. Saracen’s website – or
many places shut or un-reachable, car contact Ian Soame on 07739 589253.
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dwarf ones in containers are more restrained in Breckland must decide if it will hold a
In your garden their production and these beans freeze
wonderfully well.
Saham Toney referendum. During the same period, we must
provide a final updated version of the Plan.
with Lotta Potts The harvest can include lettuce (keep successional
sowing every two weeks or on the pick one sow
Neighbourhood Then, within a further 8 weeks, Breckland
must arrange and hold a referendum.
I opened the file for June 2014 [Ed: Crikey! How one method), radish (successional sow these as The Plan will carry significant weight in
long have you been doing this?] and this is the
first paragraph: ’The weather's been a bit topsy-
well), spring onions, the last asparagus and first Plan Update planning decisions when Breckland formally
early potatoes. If you haven’t grown these before Shaping the future of Saham Toney! agrees to hold a referendum, even if no firm
turvy again this year with a lovely warm April it works if you note the date of planting and count The examiner of the Neighbourhood Plan has date is set for it.
then May was undecided whether to carry on the about 120 days to when they should be ready for confirmed he made an unaccompanied visit to As usual, if you have any comments or
good work or go backwards to March. In fact as I harvest. Alternatively, and this works well, take a the village on 29 March. As a result of what he questions on any of this, or the
write this the morning has gone from bland and a guess about the middle of the month and fiddle saw, and his assessment of what was said at the Neighbourhood Plan in general, or if you'd
bit overcast to a raging gale. I don't know about round a plant just under the soil. If there are spuds earlier hearing, he had several additional like to be added to our mailing list, please get
you but I've been playing hokey-cokey with there from the size of a pigeon’s egg upwards fish questions for us and one for Breckland Council. in touch with Chris Blow, Saham Toney
tender plants. Out in the morning, pick up the out the biggest and leave the rest. They will bulk Our responses and those of the Council were Neighbourhood Plan Work Group leader on
blown about bits then in again a bit sharpish. Still, up remarkably quickly and then you can dig up returned on 28 April. 01953 880915.
it all adds to the fun and we can only keep going the crop plants and all. We felt the Breckland response included a Most importantly, stay healthy and safe!
with the weather. I've said it before and for the Keep fruit trees and bushes watered and look out significant error that might potentially be
benefit of newcomers I'll say it again. Garden to for the June drop. This is when apples, pears. damaging to the Plan by limiting the future
the conditions,not slavishly to the calendar.’ Well Plums shed excess fruit that the trees cannot availability of new affordable homes to those
that rings a bell doesn’t it? Dry as dust April and support. Even so there may be more than is good with a village connection, so we wrote to the
then all April’s showers and most of May’s gales for the tree so once the drop has occurred remove examiner with our view on that.
in the first week of May. Throw in a few hard enough fruit to give the remaining ones enough For reasons we don’t fully understand, the
frosts overnight and it didn’t seem a bit like room to develop into good size fruit with a quick examiner was not best pleased with our
spring. That was this year so we do tend to have rule of thumb being one per four inches (10cm) of intervention, and in consequence has given
much the same but sometimes dryer/wetter/ branch. This technique helps prevent a frequent Breckland until 13 May to comment on our
windier. So on to flaming June. Fingers crossed. occurrence with Victoria plums of an enormous responses to his questions. After that he will
I think ideally a combination of sitting in the crop one year and a very poor one the next. prepare his report but has not indicated how
shade and doing a bit of other tasks is enjoyable. Pests and diseases to look out for this month long that will take.
There are one or two essentials. Keep cutting the include lily beetle. These can only be dealt with The additional questions the examiner asked
grass. These days we are encouraged to leave by hand as far as I know. They are bright red but and the responses we and Breckland gave, can
some long as a wildlife haven. I mentioned this if disturbed will fall to the ground under the lily be found on our website ( in
last month and if you can, do it. If you don’t have and turn over so that they show only their black the ‘Documents’ section.
room for a patch of really long grass and wild underside. A neat if infuriating trick so the trick One thing to keep in mind is that although there
flowers leave the grass longer than usual, which is to catch them if you miss them on the plant is to are many topics on which the examiner has not
a good idea in a drought anyway and maybe plant put something white (paper or an old bit of sheet raised questions, that does not automatically
a few plugs of wild flowers but nothing too or towel) under the plant so they show up when mean he accepts those parts of the Plan; but
invasive. Avoid self-heal at all costs as it will they jump off. Their offspring have an even simply that he doesn’t need any more
invade every bit of the garden and half the street. nastier trick. Sitting on the stem of the plant and information in order to reach a conclusion on
If you are not familiar with this engaging plant it looking like a blob of black goo this is the those.
has pretty pink flowers on one or two inch stems excrement covering of the unhatched beetle. Now we must await the exam report. We will
and dark green to bronze foliage. It spreads by Gloves! They can be washed off with the publish it on our website as soon as received.
underground stems and seeds. It does not appear hosepipe but too much pressure will break the lily Within 5 weeks of the report’s publication,
to have any pests to control it and all this goes for stems which is a bit counter-productive and yes I
the native oxalis as well. This resembles a small have. We have the usual pests, slugs and snails
clover or shamrock leaf and has tiny yellow and the inevitable aphids. If you feed the birds
flowers. I would stick, at least initially, to pink or during the lean months they will reward you by
white clover. Bees love clover and the plants will removing aphids and caterpillars. Ladybirds that
keep the lawn green when cut. Clovers are easier have overwintered in your shed or wherever these
to spot and although vigorous can be controlled if little miracles overwinter will help with the
they wander. If the lawn starts to look a bit tired it aphids. Deal with the slugs and snails with your
can have a quick boost of liquid feed via a own favourite method.
watering can but not if there’s a drought. In any Roses bring their own problems such as black
case the lawn shouldn’t be cut either in a drought. spot and mildew. These are worst in hot dry
Don’t water it as it will bounce back after a weather. Modern roses are bred to avoid these
shower unless it’s a very new lawn laid or sown diseases and athough there are sprays you have to
this year. repeat every couple of weeks. Is it really worth
Dead head flowering plants to keep them going as the expense, time and effort? If it’s really bad
long as possible. This applies to F1 hybrids that consider taking out the old rose and replacing it
don't produce seed as well as the ones that do. All with a more resistant one somewhere else.
plants think that once they have had their flowers Alternatively get a big cardboard box, fill it with
pollinated and seed is on the way their job is done fresh soil and plant the replacement rose having
so they stop. The most obvious example of this removed enough of the soil with the old rose to
is the sweet pea. Let them form their seed pods place the cardboard box in the hole. I am assured
and you won't see another flower for ages and this works. The other problem with some older
then only after you remove every seed pod and varieties of roses is suckers. Deal with these by
every flower. Then they wake up to the fact tracing them back to the point where they are
that they had better start again. If you grow veg joined to a root and tear them out. If you cut
you will know that what applies to sweet peas them off they will grow back stronger. In bad
also applies to veg peas and to beans so those cases its another argument for replacement.
need to be picked often. If possible keep If you have the time and inclination this is the
sowing a few seeds every two weeks so you month to take softwood cuttings from shrubs
don't get a glut. You may well still have a glut such as cornus, berberis, deutzia, hebe,
but at least you tried. A freezer is the veg potentilla, forsythia, philadelphus, hydrangea,
gardener's best friend. ribes, weigela and anything else you fancy
On the subject of veg, it can't be said often trying. The method is the same for all. Choose
enough: grow only what you like and what is a strong young shoot from the main stem and
likely to be expensive in the shops. I have remove the lower leaves. Make a clean cut
awful memories of growing a couple of runner across the base of the cutting with a sharp knife
bean plants. It wasn't until they were in full cry just below the joint where the leaf joins the
that I realised nobody in the household likes stem. You should have a cutting 3-4 inches (8-
them! It has to be said that the plants were 10cm) when prepared and if the remaining
truly majestic and it's no wonder that when they leaves are large cut them in half. Now dip the
were introduced to this country that they were base of the cutting in rooting powder and either
grown for the flowers not the beans. There are make a small hole in the ground or a pot and
white flowering as well as the usual red and drop the cutting in. Water well and protect
some bi-colour. They all produce masses and them either with a cloche or make one by
masses of pods and these grow incredibly cutting the bottom off a large plastic drink
quickly. This is fine if you like them and/or bottle and putting that over the individual plant
grow for show. I haven't yet found anyone who or over the pot. Take more than you need as
freezes them successfully so you end up trying not all of them will strike (gardening term for
to foist them off on to people who do like them. grow roots).
Not when I'd finished they didn't. French One thing is always necessary. Keep weeding.
beans, of course, either the full height ones or
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Our Shelterboat constructed by Rotarian Paul
Weatherill and friends has been launched, as
the picture taken on Rotarian Ivan Chubbock's
pond at Shipdham showing Paul and the boat
The project is to now to fit-out the boat and
then sail it from Hickling Broad to Norwich
via Great Yarmouth, at a date to be announced
in the summer, in aid of the Shelter Box Rotary
Charity which supplies emergency aid boxes
worldwide following natural disasters or
Further information will follow as
arrangements are finalised.
Donations can be made via our website
www.wattonrotary where there is a link or via
Watton & District Rotary Club

colleagues are searching desperately for a further tragedy. most important of all not too long and ‘easy’
Shipdham& missing child. MeanwhileWesley's old friend
from university, archaeologist Neil Watson,
This was a popular read with the Group, not
just because it was shorter thus quicker to
to read.
The negative criticisms include the usual
unearths the bodies of a strangled young read than the previous month but for the comments of too many characters and events,
District Book woman and a new-born baby on the site of a
seventeenth century merchant's house: though
setting, characters, storylines and much more.
Favourable comments included: the
some rather contrived. It was agree that these
all contributed to the whole. It was felt that a

Group luckily for the overstretched police force the

skeletons are centuries old As the search for
the missing child intensifies and the true
characters and the clever contrast between
Inspector Heffernan and the younger,
possibly weaker and less experienced
book with events centuries apart could not be
written without the events and people
appearing contrived. We were pleased to
The Merchant’s house is the first in a series
by Kate Ellis in which she writes against a identity of the body on the cliff path is Sergeant Wesley Peterson; the different idea discover that this is the first of more than 20
contemporary background and includes established, Wesley begins to suspect a tragic of two time periods ; relationships, including in the series although we would not want our
events from centuries earlier intertwining link, spanning the centuries, between his the one between Wesley and his wife and reading to concentrate on the work and
events which happened in the same area. investigations and Neil's, for motives of their efforts to conceive meanwhile using the themes of one author.
Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson's first jealousy, sexual obsession and desperate private health setting which proves suspicious For next month we are reading The Keeper of
day in his new posting in South Devon finds longing are as old as time. When the dark with an unscrupulous element while some Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and still looking
him investigating the brutal death of a young secret of the merchant's house is finally readers questioned the stability of their forward to ‘proper ‘discussion at a meeting
woman on a cliff path while his new revealed, Wesley must act swiftly to avert a relationship; it was believable and perhaps some time in the future.
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The Darling
some of the clump by a third or a half you produce
new side shoots which will bear extra flowers
Watton Evening WI
which will bloom a few weeks later than the rest

Buds of May and extend your flowering into early autumn.

Divide and move grasses. Unlike herbaceous
Ashill & Holme Hale Garden Club perennials, grasses are best divided once they have
The Garden Club is getting ready for our first started to grow vigorously. Lift the clump and
monthly meeting of 2021 on Thursday 2.30pm, divide into fairly substantial sections. Replant
June 24th at Holme Hale Pavilion. Award winning them at the same level they were in before and
garden designer Chris Deakin will talk on designs water in well.
for smaller gardens. We have sufficient space to Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs: The exceptionally
apply social distancing measures if required and cold April has prevented us planting out runner
still accommodate all members. beans and our climbing French
New members are also most beans/peas and dwarf varieties.
welcome. In the meantime Once the soil has warmed up,
despite a dry and cold April, hopefully no later than mid to
Tulips are in full bloom, late May, these can be planted
rhododendrons are coming into outside. In the meantime keep
flower and lettuces are getting geminated plants in the
big enough to take leaves for greenhouse or cold-frame.
the table. Below are a number Continue successional sowing
of tasks to do in your garden of salad crops. The trick is little
and vegetable plot at this time and often to get a good supply
of year. all the way through summer.
Gardening jobs for May / June Weed around vegetables,
Trees, Shrubs, Flowers and especially onions, leeks and
Lawn: Prune spring flowering garlic, preferably by hand so the
shrubs such as Forsythia and young plants are not disturbed.
ornamental current bushes Control apple pests by setting up
(Ribes) once flowered to shoots pheromone traps in apple and Jane Broscomb ran our Zoom quiz for April, it distancing we walked in small groups (picture)
lower down. pear trees to reduce attacks by was split into four sections, general knowledge, starting from the Clock Tower in Watton High
Take softwood cuttings of coddling moth that cause ships, people, and dates. It was one of the most Street. The walk was about 2.5 miles and took
fuchsia, pelargonium and osteospermum. Pot up maggoty fruit. challenging but as Jane said easy when you about 2 hours reading the map and plaques. It is
and put the cuttings in a propagator if you have Wildlife Gardening: Let the grass grow ‘wild’ and know the answers. Margaret Herbert and Helen surprising how many buildings with history
one, or place a clear plastic bag over the pot. just mow paths for navigating the lawn, that way Hornagold both had 22 correct answers. Watton has, and there are more plaques to be
Remember to take the bag off for a few minutes you can enjoy all the wildflowers normally hidden Every year we meet to walk together and ask displayed this year.
every 3 or 4 days for ventilation. in your lawn. It will bring in the pollinating insects for a contribution for Associated Country Our speaker for May will be Helen Hornagold,
Towards the end of May is traditionally the time to your garden. Women of the World (ACWW). Last year a few who will be speaking and demonstrating how to
of the ‘Chelsea Chop’ being around the time the Remove duckweed and blanket weed from your walked individually in Wayland Woods looking make hand lotion. Helen makes candles, soap,
Chelsea flower show is normally held in pre-covid pond but, before composting, leave it to dry out on at the bluebells. This year things look better. and hand lotion all from natural ingredients, and
times (3rd week of May). This is a way of the side of the pond to give aquatic life change to Our walk on Tuesday 27th April was the sells the products under the name “Made in
extending the flowering season of late-flowering return to the pond. Watton Heritage Trail courtesy of Watton Norfolk” There is a
herbaceous perennials such as heleniums, sedums, Website: Society who provided the maps and display the generic site for Made in Norfolk items, but
lysimachia or solidago (Golden Rod). By cutting Email: plaques on buildings in Watton. With social Helen is not associated with this.

Covid, Janet feels it’s time to hand over her without any previous thoughts on the subject, estate to the conditions we had lived in for so
A Great Big Thank responsibilities. We only hope we can find we were both instantly agreed having twin beds, long in London. Once again our impulse told us
someone with her dedication to take over! We a decision that shocked all my family, as it that this was the life for us so off we sped to the
You Janet! wish Janet all the best in her ‘retirement’ and suggested that all was not well with our estate agents, only to learn that all the properties
The Queens Hall Committee would like to take once again, thank you. relationship. As it turned out this was the best had been sold. For the first time our impulses
this opportunity to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to The Queens Hall Committee. thing we could ever do, as a good night’s sleep has let us down.
Janet Lundie for all the work she has put in for the can heal all kinds of problems especially as my But no our disappointment was short-lived, as
Hall over the years. wife can sleep for England. It is also another site, in a better position, nearer the
Janet moved to Watton in the late 90s and very Impulse particularly useful in times of illness. station, with bigger plots, became available and
quickly became immersed in town life. She By John Egerton Our next impulse came soon after our wedding we were able to begin a new chapter in our
joined her sister in set building for the Wayland Although my wife and I frequently argue about when we saw an advert for a second hand car. It lives, which lasted for over thirty years, before
Players and thus got involved in Queens Hall the small things in life, where more important was for a 1939 Ford 8, low mileage, which had yet another impulse, this time dictated by an
activities. Before too long she found herself on matters are concerned we are usually in been in store since the outbreak of war. We enormous increase in motor traffic in Essex,
the Hall’s committee, eventually taking over as agreement and are prone to making decisions on approached the matter in completely the wrong helped us to look for another place suitable for
Secretary, a post she continued to fill until last the spur of the moment. way, viewed the car in semi-darkness and asked our retirement years and so eventually we came
year. Not only that, she agreed to help with the For instance, about six months before we were all the wrong questions, but obeyed our to Norfolk.
running of the Hall’s Bingo Night and soon was due to marry my good lady saw a small suite of impulse, bought the vehicle, which We still sometimes surprise ourselves with
in charge of the whole thing. This meant not bedroom furniture in a shop window, and it subsequently gave us over ten years. impulse buys or schemes but in general have
only collecting, counting and banking the proved to be exactly to my taste, and without Our next impulse came when we drove to Essex settled to the quiet life of this area, but we often
money but also working out how much could be delay we placed a deposit to secure it as the first with some friends, to view a bungalow recently wonder what course our lives would have taken
won, buying the raffle prizes and even doing the part of our home together. This was followed by purchased by other acquaintances. We were in we had not been so impulsive.
calling! However, after the long break due to a visit to the Ideal Homes Exhibition, where immediately taken by the contrast of this new
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Team will help people affected by domestic A key objective for Perseverance's mission on
Councillor’s Chat abuse feel less vulnerable and help them rebuild Perseverance and Mars is astrobiology, including the search for
With Cllr Claire Bowes their lives. signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will
Firstly I would like to thank all in Watton The Council distributed more than £42m in local Ingenuity’s Selfie! characterize the planet's geology and past
Division who took the time to vote in the Local and national grant funding to local businesses to NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover took a selfie climate, pave the way for human exploration of
Elections in May. I am honoured to have been help them weather the storm of the pandemic with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about the Red Planet, and be the first mission to
re-elected to serve the residents of Watton, and has been on hand throughout to help 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover in this collect and cache Martian rock and regolith
Carbrooke, Caston, Griston and Ovington on businesses make changes to comply with image taken April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian (broken rock and dust).
Norfolk County Council and will do so to the national legislation, trade safely, and protect day, or sol, of the mission by the WATSON Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation
best of my ability. Election campaigning was jobs. (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for with ESA (European Space Agency), would
quite different this time round under Covid Most recently, £2m has been set aside to help Operations and eNgineering) camera on the send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed
restrictions and I was sorry not to be able to chat businesses recover from the impact of the SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments samples from the surface and return them to
to as many people on the doorstep as I normally pandemic and go on to thrive. The support with Raman and Luminescence for Organics Earth for in-depth analysis.
would like to, however I did deliver my leaflet includes a Shop Front Improvement Scheme and Chemicals) instrument, located at the end The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of
stating my priorities across the whole of the which will help pay for a lick of paint through to of the rover's long robotic arm. NASA's Moon to Mars exploration approach,
Watton Division. One of these was road safety a completely replaced shopfront to make local Perseverance’s selfie with Ingenuity is made up which includes Artemis missions to the Moon
improvements and specifically the extension of shops more attractive; Grants worth up to £5k to of 62 individual images stitched together once that will help prepare for human exploration of
the 30mph speed limit on the Norwich Rd, help businesses invest in equipment which they are sent back to Earth; they were taken in the Red Planet.
Carbrooke. I am pleased to say that work on enables them to trade safely; Money and training sequence while the rover was looking at the For more about Perseverance:
that project, along with the provision of a to help business trade digitally, including new helicopter, then again while it was looking at
pedestrian refuge/crossing outside Blenheim payment systems, websites and online the WATSON camera. The Curiosity rover For more about Ingenuity (very interesting!):
Grange, is scheduled to start on 24th May. advertising. takes similar selfies using a camera on its
Breckland Council 2020/21 Overview The Council has committed to support any robotic arm. Videos explaining how the rovers Photos credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The year was dominated by the international business that needs it. take their selfies can be found here.
pandemic and throughout Breckland Council’s While the year was dominated by the pandemic NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built and
top priorities have been to protect the lives and response, the council continued to operate its manages operations of Perseverance and
livelihoods of it’s residents. The Council core functions and Breckland set a balanced Ingenuity for the agency. Caltech in Pasadena,
recognised the enormous community spirit budget for 2021/22, which will not only protect California, manages JPL for NASA. WATSON
generated in response to the pandemic and frontline services but see further investment was built by Malin Space Science Systems in
coordinated a massive relief effort to help made in several key areas including the San Diego, and is operated jointly by MSSS
individuals who were impacted by coronavirus. Council’s Environmental Agenda, which was and JPL.
From sending food parcels, making welfare calls given cross party approval. An additional £0.5m The Mars helicopter technology demonstration
and delivering medication, as well as releasing was ring fenced to deliver a range of ‘green’ activity is supported by NASA's Science
grants to those in most financial-need. schemes. This includes £100k for a community Mission Directorate, the NASA Aeronautics
Tragically, during the first lockdown cases of grants scheme to support grass root Research Mission Directorate, and the NASA
domestic abuse rose across the country. In environmental projects, £100k for tree planting Space Technology Mission Directorate.
response locally, Breckland announced it would and similar schemes, and £200k to make
be providing new funding to enable, local Council buildings more efficient including
Watton based charity, the Daisy Programme to switching to a green energy tariff.
establish a community support team for Breckland has continued to support it’s market
residents vulnerable to domestic abuse. towns through the Market Towns Initiative,
Consisting of an Early Help Community Lead which ring fences £150k per town over three
and six or more volunteer Daisy Ambassadors,. years to support projects which address their
Breckland Domestic Abuse Community Support specific needs and challenges. The replanting of
cherry trees in Watton High
St was enabled through this
initiative and more projects
will follow.
Recently the Town Delivery
Plans project – named Future
Breckland, will see strategic
plans drawn up for each of
the market towns to help
make the case for national
funding and align various
organisations under one
identified vision.
And last but by no means home has given you the chance to take up a
Breckland Council is
Lessons to learn new hobby or learn a new skill. It may be easy
to fall back into old habits when you return to
inviting groups across the
district to come forward to
from lockdown your usual routine, but hold tight to the benefits
As the world has battled on through the COVID you got from this new activity, like having time
access grant funding to help -19 pandemic, we’ve all faced our own to relax, feeling productive, and the joy of
them deliver initiatives challenges. However, there are positives to be doing something for yourself. You could even
which benefit their local found in every situation, and with lockdown turn it into a way to earn some cash – see
communities. restrictions continuing to ease, it’s time to start
The council's 'Inspiring thinking about what we’ve learned and how we money for inspiration.
Communities' funding can use this in the future. Being thankful: Until the pandemic hit, many
programme is offering grants The importance of savings: You may have of us didn’t realise how much we’d been taking
worth up to £5000. Last year, found that building up savings has been easier for granted, like seeing family, spending time
the council released over during the pandemic, with working from home with friends, and being free to go out amongst
£91,000 in grant funding to and travelling less having cut costs. Perhaps other things. The restrictions in our daily lives
support a wide range of you’ve been fortunate enough to be able to pay have taught us to cherish what we have, slow
schemes. A local project down debts with the cash you’ve saved. down and appreciate the simple things. What
which made a successful bid Celebrating small wins: With retailers like did you miss most, and how might you continue
for funds was The Benjamin B&Q having reported ‘exceptional demand’ to cherish these things in the future?
Foundation’s programme to during the pandemic, it’s clear that many of us Asking for help: We’ve also learned that we
help deliver essential youth have caught the DIY bug while spending more don’t need to struggle alone.
work in Watton, something time at home. You may have noticed that Help is available if you’re facing money
that I was very pleased to give rearranging a room, painting, putting up a shelf worries. Despite the pandemic, thousands of
my support to. can help to boost self-confidence and mental people became debt free through debt help
For more information on how wellbeing. This is definitely a lesson we can charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) over
your group could apply for an take from lockdown – and maybe some new the last 18 months. And it started with them
award of up to £5000 please DIY skills too! asking for help. There are many organisations
visit the Norfolk Community Handling pressure: During the pandemic, including CAP, StepChange, Citizens Advice
Foundation webpage. many of us have faced increased pressure from and The Money Advice Service where you can
things like reduced income, juggling work, get free advice and support right now.
Claire Bowes, childcare, and health concerns. What ways have Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK
County Councillor, Watton you found to help you destress during this time? charity with over 580 services across the
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07789796937 New skill or hobby: Perhaps the extra time at dependencies. Visit to find out more.
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looked for a replacement so I can have it ready for next other north, only the few flowers at ground level seem
Great Hockham spring. Plan A was to build a replacement using the to have been missed, good that I grow it mainly for the
pattern pieces kept from when the original one was green glossy leaves.
Gardening Club built, but timber prices have soared and time seems to The grape hyacinth is Babies Breath, quite big and a
To save time, let’s just say I have been complaining be at a premium. Plan B was to send for catalogues, but pretty pale blue, the tulips to replace Mickey Mouse,
about the weather and leave the detail to Jane Dalton. to replace a greenhouse of the same size, we are talking red and yellow.
Well what a different spring it is this year compared to telephone numbers!! Plan C was to buy a secondhand You can just about make out the black tulips Paul
last! Frosts virtually every night and the heating on full one, but again some want ridiculous money for a small Scherer in front of the silver birch tree, then Tres Chic
blast. Even though we have had some lovely sunny greenhouse, agricultural glass, and have to take down white tulips, lovely acid green euphorbia then the grape
days it is chilly with the wind from the East, I am still and remove in just a few days! No tow hook, no trailer! hyacinth, I had 30 bulbs and each seems to have
having to put the Greenhouse heater on and shut the Plan D came about looking at double glazed units, and produced 2 or 3 flower stems, well worth the money
hens up – unlike last year. it became clear that you can purchase a whole uPVC from Farmer Gracy, it's where I bought the tulips, too
The colour in the garden is just about hanging on from conservatory, complete with double doors, roof vents, and I have, new hostas to go into the shady corner,
the bulbs but none of my seedlings are doing well – too double glazed units and even a finnial on the roof for Devon and Guacamole, from there also. Hoping to see
cold. The allotment is looking good – but that’s anything between £1 and £500. We snapped one up in flowers on the Pheasants Eye very soon, not
because it has been too cold and dry for the weeds to Norwich, which had already been disassembled, and previously had any success with them, always
get cracking – they will now we have had some rain! the kind seller actually delivered it for a few sheets of grown them in pots but this time in the garden,
We have had 2 meals from the Asparagus already – plastic money!! He also made a plan of each piece, however someone has thrown garden rubbish away
divine – it is my absolute favourite! numbered and labeled them and gave us the plan of and each year there among the nettles over the hedge is
Still no takers for our camera bird box but a family of where each piece fitted! A Brilliant Result!! We have a clump of Pheasant Eye flowering their hearts out
Robins nested on the shelves right next to the bins in the whole winter to clean and change the colour from as too the native snowdrop, best leave them where
the Wood Shed/Lean-to. They built their nest in one of white to green. Am no longer a gardener, am now a they grow best eh?
my Flower Arranging trays… 4 fledged and 2 painter! Second jab now administered, so am ready for See you all sometime soon, best wishes, Julie.
survived. It has been so lovely to watch all their anything Keep safe, Sue For Prue and I, distributing the contents of last year’s
comings and goings. We also have a Pied Wagtail nest Julie Brown, as with many others, refuses to rid me of compost heap is another milestone in the gardening
in a Robin’s nesting box, which has never been used my old rubbish: cycle. This is when we get to see how the grass snakes visit Wymondham when we get some stuff on the
before; they have laid 5 eggs so far. It is quite near the Hello Ed . Thanks for the offer of brewing equipment, I got on last year: judging by the number of egg cases, market and have a lunch at the Green Dragon. Not to
house so we can see it easily. think Tony has plenty and I'm teetotal. they did well. It’s a fairly sticky mix and, in spite of a worry, we had gone the previous week, but even eating
We have had a few friends and family round for drinks I send pictures of tulip Marilyn white with red ripple walk from the other end of the garden, chooses to fall out seems to have become something of a trial.
& supper in the garden and for coffee but too cold to markings, red and yellow are Flyaway, my black tulips off my boots only when I put just one foot in the door Apparently, to get into the pub we needed an app.
stay out long! produced one with 2 flowers on one stem, they are in to reach for a sticking plaster. I’m not sure, but I think it worked something like
We surely can see the light at the end of the tunnel the white bed with the lovely pure white tulips. I have Back in December last year as I may have mentioned, this: you get this app, then you reserve a table with
now…. my 2nd jab is on Thursday this week – it will tulips of fringed yellow, parrots of red and white, a few Prue and I had been toiling for a couple of months, it, then when you get there you scan something at
be good to get that sorted. pink, the last 2 of red and yellow Mickey Mouse but ripping up the garden to have fibre broadband installed the check-in point, then you scan one of those
Once 17th May is here and Lockdown gets eased to have planted new red and yellow. I am completely - we thought an improvement on 1.5 Mb might be in square thingies on the actual table.
include indoor visits, life should feel a bit more normal. smitten with my Swiss Trumpet Gentian, such a vivid order. Well, on March 3rdwe were finally given the Then, although I’m not sure about this, you even
I hope to restart my watercolour classes soon. During blue and 10 breathtaking blooms (picture). I need to cut installation date of April 28th We got an e-mail the day order your scoff with the app, and I think you
Lockdown I have worked hard and extended the the old fronds from the ferns, the new are waiting to before reminding us they were coming and another the might even pay with the app. Goodness knows.
modules from 6 to 14… If anyone is interested do let unfurl and show off their pre-historic beauty. next morning saying that ‘Jermaine was getting ready Anyway, in the end we managed to get fed using
me know.Wishing you all the best, Jane. Visited Wretham Lodge under the National Garden for us and would be with us soon.’ Our excitement was certain vocalisations while the waitress made
Sue Thomas is into conservation. Scheme, beautiful tulips in the garden there too of pink, palpable. But Jermaine didn’t turn up! Not only did he marks some white material. I fear that if we don’t
Asparagus eventually appeared at the end of April, and purple and pure white, lovely very old horse chestnut not turn up, but we had no communication from him. get up to speed with this sort of thing we could
I am sure we will be sick of it in a few weeks. and copper beech trees. The turkey over the wall was BT obviously had our e-mail and we thought, if they starve. There were these three women on the next
Tomatoes safely moved to bigger pots, and soon to be competing with the pheasant, who could make the most don’t know our phone number, we’re lost. They had table; all of them were constantly interacting with
moved to poly tunnel, which has been newly manured noise, both very handsome birds. put a message on BT account web page saying they their mobile devices. Were they using this app?
and topped up with our new compost from last year. Seem to have done very little in the garden, I did would contact us, but it was only when we checked a We didn’t like to ask. As it turned out, we got
Been pricking out my Asters and Dahlias, grown from manage to do a little tidying of the village hall garden, few days later that we discovered we had been served before them. I suppose the waitress felt pity
seed, (I am mean and won't buy those already in plugs). had other duties to carry out indoors. Disappointed that rebooked for Friday 7th May. Friday! towards us. Edward Szczepanowski: Secretary,
Only a few failures this year, but can live without the air frosts have caught almost all of the flower buds After many moons, going out for a meal is again Great Hockhan Gardening Club.
lobelia and chives! Greenhouse is on its last legs, so on my climbing hydrangeas, one faces east and the permitted and Friday was always our favoured day to
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The Letters of We have a new system of days off now, they are
arranging 48 hr passes, so when my next turn
Freddie Thripp comes round, I think I shall come home for a few
hours, and if it works out OK I shall be home by
We left Fred last month teasing us with some good about dinner-time but I shall have to leave early in
news but he was to keep Mum and Dad guessing the morning or at least about 8.30, but still, it will
for a bit longer. Instead his first concentrates be worth it.
understandably on the action he had seen over the But are we glad that the B.E.F. or most of them
pats few days. His first letter is dated (by Fred have been evacuated from Dunkirk because we
unusually) as the 3rd June 1940 (a Monday), in it were getting fed up with going over there at all
he relates some of what he had seen in the week's hours of the day, and acting as Aunt Sally for the
flying over the beaches of Dunkirk. In his letter Gerrys just to take their minds off of the B.E.F.,
BEF stands for British Expeditionary Force and but we have seen some very funny, yet under the
AM is the Air Ministry. circumstances, very tragic scenes in the channel.
There was one little boat with about 30 in it,
'A' Flight, 82 (B) Sqdn. RAF Watton. 3-6-40 rowing hell for leather across the Straits, and little
Dear Mum Dad Rene & Harry. motor launches pulling small rowing boats behind,
Here we are again all safe and sound. Boy, what a you know those 2d round the pier things, but
week I have had. From last week end, I made 8 strange to say, we did not see much of the navy,
raids in 9 days, then a little rest, and 3 times in 24 majority of the transport was commandeered by
hours, and they say that we have been harassing the troops themselves or cargo boats. I think they
the movements of the enemy, but believe me, they have found out who has been annoying them this
want 3 RAF's to stop that mob. My one fear is last few weeks, and they are getting nearer to us
having to swim the Channel, as it is quite a way, every night, it is getting a bit too thick, disturbing
and there is rather a lot of dirty looking oil our sleep. It is getting rather near dinner-time
floating about, it is a change to see the sea. asked had I noticed anything unusual about the
countryside. I replied I hadn’t and was then now, or should I say lunch-time, so will say
It is all very well saying that the B.E.F. are a fine cheerio.
lot of blokes, but I should think they should know a accused of losing my faculties and eyesight! He
then asked if I would like to take a look, so I With Love. Fred
Blenheim when they see one. They shot one of the
other squadron down, then apologised, after authorised a ‘flight-test’ and off we went. After
about 15 to 20 minutes which I had spent trying to It is clear from this and the previous letter that
killing the observer, the other two are back now. there was some friction, among the ranks at least,
We have one of our operators back and his spot something out of place, David more or less
exploded ‘Look at the bloody lime-mounds he between the RAF and the chaps on the ground at
observer, and the pilot of my pal. He says that he Dunkirk. There had been some accusations that the
did not feel much, as he was dead before the shouted.
The whole thing then came into focus, there were RAF did not protect the men at Dunkirk and the
machine fell to pieces. And two officers have suggestions was they were not doing a good job. I
returned a while before, and one observer. piles of lime laid out in straight lines with arrows
pointing. These were quite extensive and it was Above: Peter Meston in 1939 think Fred's comment “we were getting fed up
It is nothing unusual now to hear guns blazing with going over there at all hours of the day, and
away on the coast. If only you knew what the obvious that they had not got there by accident.
On landing we tried to make sense out of what we Guestwick and South Repps. acting as Aunt Sally for the Gerrys just to take
Gerrys have been doing round this district in the Further investigation revealed that all the sites their minds off of the B.E.F.” shows that the RAF
flat parts for quite a while before war started, and had seen. These markings would have had to have
been plotted from the air and in daylight, but by were owned by the same property company, the thought they were having a hard time too.
the A.M. has only just realised it, and what a panic directors of which were aliens, registered as Returning to 82 Squadrons ORB (AIR27-681-17),
it would cause if released. I think in a short while whom? There were only two options, ourselves as
a day-bomber unit or the fighter boys. We knew Dutch. A plan was formulated to take them over on the 9th June six aircraft took off in the evening:
we will be dining in the Sgts. Mess, but they have simultaneously so that they could be obstructed, “2 sections in company with Wyton attacked M.T.
no tapes in stores, so do not know what will nothing about them and even a dim fighter pilot
would not have needed such guidance. camouflaged and the local population questioned.' at POIX and M.T. and infantry at
happen. The most annoying part about it is that we Tantalizingly, I can find no further evidence that GRANDVILLIERS. Results not observed 3
will not be much better off, but we are all going to After considerable discussion we decided that
Squadron Leader Keens should be told. His initial the situation was ever resolved” [end quote]. aircraft shot about by A.A. Bombs dropped in
see the C.O. of the camp, and we will see what It would appear then, that M15 got its finger out sticks from 4500 to 2000 ft. Mixed loads used. Air
develops then. There is a racket off flying to reaction was that we were imagining things and
even if we were correct, it was none of our after all!” Gunner Sgt Thripp slightly injured.”
different dromes, and dropping chaps for a few I don't know exactly what Fred's injuries were, but
hours on their day off, so if I can make it, I will, so business. From memory he was told to go and
have a look himself and reluctantly, agreed. When Fred’s next letter is the 7 or 8 June1940 and he is they were enough for him to posted off to an
do not be surprised to see me rolling in home for a finally able to tell his family has now been Operational Training Unit (OTU) for a 'rest'. For
couple of hours. Well as it is a nice night we are he landed the three of us had another recap and
we felt we should go to the Station Commander, promoted to the rank of Sergeant. seasoned aircrew, OTUs were anything but a rest
going out, so will say cheerio for now. With Love. as their role was to supervise the training of new
Fred Group Captain Vincent, Keens was not happy but
we insisted. Sgts. Mess R.A.F. Watton, Thetford, Norfolk. and inexperienced crew often flying with them.
Vincent, to our annoyance, rounded on Keens for Dear Mum Dad Rene & Harry. Many that I spoke with regarded it as more
The Observer killed after being shot down by Well I think that this is my first real free day, or at dangerous than life on an operational squadron!
'friendly' anti aircraft fire was Sergeant Arnold paying attention to two young fools. David and I
were not putting up with that and insisted he too, least I hope so, So being as it is a nice day, I Thats the last we hear will hear from Fred at
Edward Desmond Twamley, who was just 19 thought it about time to write, in the firms time of Watton for a while; but he returns in 1941 as we
years old and from Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Irish go and have a look for himself. The Group
Captain finally agreed on the basis that he had not course. I suppose you have seen the address on the will learn next month.
Republic. The Operations Record Book for 21 top by now, and we are just getting used to being
Squadron on 28th May shows ten aircraft . . . flown for a while but would take time out to
investigate, regardless of what he thought. On called serjeant (sic), and being waited upon at Pictured below, Peter Meston (centre with
“Detailed to attack Foret deClair Movais. MT meals, and eating off of white tablecloths. camera) along with other members of 21
Concentrated in the wood. Three sections attacked landing he had to admit we were right and, as we
were one of the squadrons whose area they were We have an increase in pay, but with mess bills, Squadron at the Reunion at RAF Watton on
by level bombing by sticks. Leading section we will not be a lot better off as regards pay days,
in and we knew nothing about them, it was very August 13th 2000 standing in front of a Mk 4
bombed successfully. Remainder bombed, results but we have extra privileges and comfort so it is
odd. Let it be said, senior officers are very Blenheim, the aircraft these men operated
uncertain as cloud 10/10ths down to 600 feet and not too bad, and the Group Captain told us that he from Watton.
visibility bad in heavy rain showers. One aircraft frightened about making fools of themselves, but
he was persuaded that he had nothing to lose by was going into the matter and try for more per
shot down by A.A> fire on crossing coast – Crew
Sgt Bailes, Sgt Twamley, A.C. Thompson.” ringing up the local Fighter Group to see if they
They had taken off at 12:30 and the rest of the were involved. Answer, no.
aircraft returned at 15:00. We then became adamant the Air Ministry should
Also, when Fred mentions “If only you knew what be informed and Vincent finally rang through and
the Gerrys have been doing round this district in explained what had been discovered.
the flat parts for quite a while before war started, Next day, Watton was swarming with Ml5 bods
and the A.M. has only just realised it, and what a and we were told this was top secret and not to say
panic it would cause if released.” is a very anything to anybody. Finally, in 1998 I received a
interesting reference to a discovery by Officers letter from a researcher who was aware of my
from Watton. Wing Commander Peter Meston story (ed: David J Smith and mentioned in his
RAF Retd, served at Watton in 1939/40 with 21 book 'Britains Military Airfields') The following is
Squadron and was involved in a very strange a quote and helps clear up a bit more of the
affair. We will let him take up the story: mystery. 'Finally, it is not generally known that the
Luftwaffe had a clutch of lancing grounds
“One more very interesting incident happened prepared for them in Norfolk during 1939-40. At
early in 1940 which is worth a mention. David least that is what I am led to believe from an
Watson was a New Zealander, a quiet man, but obscure file in the Public Records Office
very determined He and I were both Flying (Air2/4557). In early 1940 some observant soul
Officers but I was acting Flight Commander being noticed that there were seven separate locations,
two months senior to him. David was my only real each with one or two distinctive red-painted barns.
friend and we shared quarters in the Officers Mess Hedges had been removed and according to
and did most things together. I knew his wife Ann, officers from RAF Watton, all had the aspect of
and on leave periods would often stay with them. specially prepared landing-grounds, being almost
One day, David came into the Flight Office and bare of crops and rolled hard near the villages of
Sporle, Beighnton, Cantley, Halvergate, Paston,
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upstairs kitchen! More people will have the space to missus cos thet’ll be orl oova tha willage afore yew This is a meeting where residents are able to put their
drop in and relax over a coffee. The current bay walls know it, no disrespect Sid” views and hopes for the village forward for
are portable and will be removed to make a more airy I’de heard ennuf tew meark my hed ake so I got my consideration by the Parish Council. Does Your Local Club
and flexible space. We will still be exhibiting arts bike owt an went down tha pub. The meeting was held by Zoom, this will be the last
and crafts but in a different way. My ole Granma yewsed tew say “Dunt yew feel sorry virtual meeting that is held, because the Government Or Group Need Help
In order to make the Sensory Garden more a part of fer yoreself-----feel sorry fer those who hev tew live have stated that all public meetings must now be held
the Gallery we will be replacing the solid fire exit with yew” Well thas it fer this munth, so fare yew face to face, this decision has been supported by the To Get Restarted?
door with a glazed one so that the garden can be well tergitha and dunt fergit Dew yew kip a troshin. High Court. WATTON ROTARY CLUB HAVE SET UP A
viewed from inside even on cold days. Boy Sid The Parish Meeting was attended by five Parish FUND OF £1,000 TO HELP.
We have long been very aware of accessibility issues Councillors, the District Councillor Phil Cowen and We understand it may be difficult for groups &
with our upstairs conference space so we will be the County Councillor Claire Bowes as well as two clubs to re-start after the Covid-19 lockdown
purchasing a projector and screen to enable talks to World Day Of Prayer residents. measures are released. We realise club attendee
take place in the gallery space too. We are also (A Women Led, Global, Ecumenical Movement) One resident has presented a letter to the Parish numbers may be down initially for many reasons.
purchasing some laptops so that courses and drop in BUILD ON A STRONG FOUNDATION Council requesting that they consider providing So the Rotary Club of Watton & District are
use of these can take place. We have a lot of ideas for Women of the Republic of Vanuatu (located in the Allotments for the residents of the village. offering a small grant package for local clubs and
learning new skills or developing our existing South Pacific Ocean) have prepared this year’s The Clerk has placed the item on the Agenda to be groups within our Rotary Club district to help pay
community heritage work. service. discussed in July 2021. for venue hire to run your groups and clubs.
The fund can also be used to top up the amount The black and white sandy beaches, coral reefs with The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council followed Simply send an email to
required to fund a very much needed boiler coloured fishes, lovely birds, fruits and nuts in the on from the Parish Annual Meeting. to request an
replacement for Wayland House. forest, all make the islands a pristine environment but Five Councillors were present, the District and application form.
We envisage that we can improve the space to make they are vulnerable to frequent tropical storms, County Councillor gave their apologies because they Applications will be accepted until the closing date
it much easier to hold workshops and courses as well earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis and active volcanoes. were attending another meeting. Two members of the of 31 July 2021.
as create a more social atmosphere. Also in our list of Women, men and children of all ages are called to Parish Council had also given their apologies for non- (Eligible areas are: Ashill, Bradenham, Carbrooke,
ideas, is to make more use of the garden with outdoor ‘Build on a strong foundation’ and live in unity, love attendance due to personal reasons. There was one Caston, Cressinghams, Great Hockham, Griston,
workshops, community gardening and more so watch and peace in the context of ethnic and cultural member of the public present. This meeting was also Ovington, Sahams, Shipdham, Shropham, Watton)
out for details and plans unfold. diversity like Vanuatu and so many other places held by Zoom.
In the meantime. the Gallery will remain closed until around the world. A new Chairman was elected as well as a Vice
the work has been completed. We shall be seeking World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church Chairman. The Chairman is Lee Steventon, who is a Wayland Mens Shed
new volunteers to join our lovely existing team so if organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of new member of the Council, he with his wife has
this new approach excites you do get in touch. Email women from all parts of the world: their hopes, been resident in Griston for twenty-nine years. Social Group, Watton or phone 01953880204 concerns and prayers. The preparation for the day is The Vice Chairman is Keith Mace who has also lived Hi all, well the first thing some of you sharp eyed
ANOTHER GRANT! vast. The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 in the village for a long time. readers will note that I have not put the address of
We have been awarded a grant from Breckland countries. Items discussed at the meeting included the our regular meeting place in next to our heading,
towards regeneration and covid measures which has The local Service in the Wayland area will take place Recreation Ground, Councillors have made a rota to there is a good reason for this and all will become
purchased a small marquee for the Sensory Garden. on Friday 2nd July 2021, 2.00pm at St Mary’s ensure that the area continues to be kept, clean, tidy, clear further on in my write up. I think it goes
This will provide sheltered seating in very hot or wet Church, Watton. Please contact Margaret Cator safe and welcoming to users. The Councillors without saying the past 12 months has been very
weather. In addition, it will extend the Gallery space 01953 882187 if you would like further information recorded their thanks to John and Cynthia Ashdown difficult for many of us and I am no exception to
so that we can hold outside workshops or external or look on the WDP website: for their dedication in looking after the area for the that, having been so involved for the last 6 years
displays, bake sales, enjoying a coffee and more. We past eighteen months especially during lockdown with our Shed and its Members 2/3 days a week, it
see this purchase as a way of further unifying the when the Playground was closed. had almost become a way of life and to suddenly
Gallery and Garden space. With this grant we are also Shipdham Knitters The mound is currently suffering because of the dry find we were all confined to our quarters for
able to purchase a desk screen to help protect our The History of Knitting Part 3 weather, hopefully the bouts of rain we have months upon end has in some respects changed our
volunteers. A big thank you to Breckland for this In the 1960s and 1970s knitting was taught in schools experienced in the last few days will help the grass to lives.
and for supporting us during a very difficult year. as it was thought to be a useful skill and not just a grow. At times I have to admit I have been a bit of a pain
hobby. Magazines such as Pins and Needles carried The industrial site was also a subject for discussion, at in the butt to some of my fellow committee
patterns not only of clothes but also blankets, toys, the time of the meeting no further information had members in my eagerness to try and get things
The Ovington Crower bags, lace and many other items. been received. moving again and for that I apologise. Enough said
Well how yew gittin on tergitha, hoop yew dint git There was a sharp decline in the popularity of knitting John and Cynthia Ashdown have offered to continue I can now see light at the end of the tunnel, but fate
tew wet jist lately cos we did hev a fare bitta rearn, an in the 1980s with a reduction in the sale of patterns to maintain the flower barrels and hanging baskets in has played its card and changes are afoot!, and at
thet wos wholly needed. Thet meard tha little ole and yarns, it was considered old fashioned and the Village, they do this freely and the Parish Council this point I would like to include the latest message
seeds shuffle abowt an they ont be long afore they knitting was no longer taught in schools. Alternatives are very grateful. from our chairman: Dear members, I am pleased
start a sprowtin. to traditional knitwear such as tracksuits, sweatshirts Future dates for Parish Council Meetings were to inform you that Wayland Mens Shed is set to
I reckkun things is gittin a bit more back tew normal, and today, hoodies gained popularity. agreed. The day of the meeting has changed to a open its doors once again, this will be over the next
cos I’re sin tha ole cowncil chairmawtha owt on har By the 1990s many of the suppliers to the home Thursday. The dates for the coming year are 1st July few weeks as the Covid restrictions are lifted. Our
bike traipsing round tha willage an hollerin tew folk market had disappeared with a loss of many local 2021; success has been in offering a meeting place for
wot she thinks aint dewin wos right. wool shops despite a continuing loyal following. 2nd September 2021; 4th November 2021; 6th Men to meet up for friendship, social activities and
I heard she hev got tha boy Jacko tew give har ole Technological advances such as computerised January 2022; 3rd March 2022; and 5th May 2022. to assist those who may have loneliness issues.
bike tha wunce oova, well his old chap yewsed tew knitting machines saw new designs and approaches to All meetings will start at 7:30pm. Meetings will take When forced to close our doors at the beginning of
hev a bike shop arownd here so he shood hev sum knitting. Some artists such as Kaffe Fassett began to place in the Church as prior to the Pandemic. the Covid Pandemic our membership had
idee wots tew dew. Any old how I saw har bike see knitting as an art form with world wide outgrown our Old School House meeting place in
owtside Horry’s plearce larst week and that sure hev exhibitions including those in the UK. It was no Church Walk, so I am pleased to announce that
bin tricolearted up a bit. Mind yew I coont meark owt longer just fashionable or practical. Knitting was kept St Mary’s Church following discussions with Watton Sports Centre
wot she wos dewin rownd Horry’s, I rekkun sheeze alive by the new popularity of Craft Fairs and release on Dereham Rd, we have reached an agreement,
got designs on him cos she don’t mob him like she of new books on many aspects of knitting and skills. News and WMS will be moving its base of operations
yewsed tew. One of the biggest changes was the spread of the Sunday Services and HQ to the Sports Centre during the coming
Torkin abowt Horry, I see pedro tha plumber cartin a internet allowing knitters to connect, learn and share We are pleased to announce that the 8am and 10am weeks. We will have the use of a room for our
whool lot of copper pipe and similar stuff rownd tha interests not just from across the road but across the Sunday Services have resumed in Church but will be weekly social activities and larger rooms where
back of Horry’s plearce tha otha day. Now Horry whole world and having direct acess to suppliers. in accordance with Government guidelines so only a required will be available to us by arrangement, all
dunt goo in fer lawndry or much in tha way of bath In the 2,000s knitting circles began, becoming limited number of worshippers will be permitted WMS members will also have use of the Bar and
time, so I wos wholly sprised wot I’d sin Pedro a popular in America and spreading across to this under our booking form which can be located on our Restaurant facilities and use of the car park. Our
doing. country where they are often known as clubs or website at Further details of Workshop and Computer Groups will be making
Well tha nex day arta wuk I called rownd hissen an groups. They have fostered a revival of hand knitting. our other services resuming will be updated there full use of the now redundant Groundsman's
heard a lot of banging an cussin cumin from his ole These groups are bringing communities together, also, so please do keep checking. "Workshop and Storage" facility sited at the rear of
shud, so I shoved my hed around tha door tew hev a fulfilling many purposes not only the learning or Storybags the main building, overlooking the playing fields.
luk at wot wos gooin on. Goo ter hell I’re niva sin so developing of the skills of knitting and crocheting but Our children’s group, Storybags is on Mondays We are now eagerly looking forward to working
much copper pipe orl spreeded owt orl oova tha floor meeting other crafters, exchanging ideas about 9.30am – 10.45am for pre-school children and with the Sports Centre and to continue offering a
an hung from tha roof. Thar wos an ole cylinda wot projects and yarns and chatting and enjoying the parents/ carers (during term-time). Play, bible story, valuable service to the community of Watton.
hev yore hot water in, an an ole barbekew stuck unda company of others. Many groups including Shipdham drink/snack and friends. Due to limited spaces, please Malcolm Trayhorn, Chairman and Social
it, I rekkuned he wos mearkin suffin tew goo inta knit and raise money for charities. find booking details on their Facebook page: Secretary. For further information please Tel:
spearce. Over 12 months ago we were hit by the Corona Virus @storybagsstmarys 01953 529531 or Richard: 01953 881004
Well Horry stuck his hed up from ahind orl this stuff which has prevented our group activities. We will be Pilgrim Course We look forward to seeing you all again soon, I
an he say tew me he say “ Cum yew in Sid an shut tha meeting again as soon as it is considered safe to do We will be running a six week Pilgrim Course on will put the kettle on!. Richard Adams. Laison
door, I don’t want tew menny folk seein wot I’re got so. This is beginning to feel a step closer. Zoom starting the 18th May on Tuesdays at 3pm – Officer.
hare” “Wot in Gods nearm are yew mearkin Horry, Yarn bombing has spread world wide. It is a type of 4.15pm to come together to talk about ‘Church and
thet luk a bit complicearted fer cookin tearta’s” “ graffiti involving knitting colourful pieces and Kingdom’. Dates are 18th and 25th May, 8th, 15th,
The Wayland News June 2021 Page 11
Our marsh harriers and bitterns are busy
The month of May feeding hungry broods and May is an excellent
month to watch food passes- where male marsh
at RSPB harriers ‘pass’ caught food items to the female
in mid-air, which she promptly takes back to
Lakenheath Fen the nest to feed to the youngsters. The male is
This month is a great time to spot a variety of then expected to get straight back to hunting
wildlife now that we are well and truly into and is often scolded for resting on the nest for
Spring. On 28 April we had our first large red too long- the female is very keen for her brood
damselfly of 2021, and as I write this on 9 to get as much food as possible. It is not
May, a very sunny, warm morning tempted a unusual to find a tired male just ‘chilling’ some
few more larvae to climb the iris stems in the distance from the nest where he won’t be
raised pond at the Visitor Centre and make pestered so much.
their transformation into delicate adults. It will If you pay us a visit during May, do check out
soon be time for hairy dragonflies and four- the Washland (viewable from the Washland
spotted chasers to emerge, as well as smaller Viewpoint) for breeding avocet, redshank and
species such as common blue and azure oystercatcher. It will be a good place to look
damselflies. Banded demoiselles are another for gadwall and mallard ducklings too, and you
early one to look for, and we expect to see a may see a few broods of coot and moorhen in
few more butterfly species too. Speckled wood, the river. On the pools set amongst the
small copper and green hairstreak should join reedbeds on the reserves’ interior, great crested
our list in May as well as possibly common grebes will have young chicks- as I write this
blue. they are dutifully incubating on little islands of
In terms of birdlife, our hobbies are beginning vegetation they have built, but it won’t be long
to reach their peak with approximately thirty before they hatch out and can be seen hitching
spread out across the reserve on a fine day- a ride on the backs of their parents. The bushes
numbers have been increasing and will and scrub that line the trails should be full of
continue to do so until early June when they singing whitethroat, lesser whitethroat,
filter out across the local area, into their blackcap, chiffchaff and garden warbler, with
traditional breeding sites. We seem to be a bit reed warbler and sedge warbler in the reedbeds
of an ‘arrivals lounge’ here each Spring with too. At the time of writing we have three
numbers having been increasing for about three grasshopper warblers singing away- visit at
weeks now. At the moment, they are feeding dawn or dusk to hear their incredible ‘reeling’
on the abundant St. Mark’s flies, catching the call from within the reeds.
occasional swallow or martin if they are quick To keep most up to date with our sightings
enough. As dragonfly numbers increase, the prior to your visit, keep an eye on our weekly
hobbies will switch to feeding on these- you blog (on the RSPB Community website), our
can often watch them consuming their prey in social media pages, or telephone us on 01842
mid-air and a tell tale sign of their presence is 863400. May should be a super month to visit
to stumble across a scattering of clear where we are bursting with wildlife and there is
dragonfly wings below a favourite perch, something for everyone to enjoy.
44 High Street, Watton 01953 880 134 underneath a flying route or tumbling down
from the sky above!
With best wishes, Heidi Jones (Visitor
Experience Officer, RSPB Lakenheath Fen).
The Wayland News June 2021 Page 12
across the world. What a challenge for us all to face.
Inner Wheel Goes To India
Please Support and I went too!
It was explained that through our representation at the United
Nations, Inner Wheel is aiming to raise £500.000 for the
International Covid Fund which will work through the Red Cross
By Brenda Davis and Medicin Sans Frontier to help disadvantaged communities
YOUR Local To explain…. Every three years Inner Wheel holds an International
Convention and members from the
around the world affected by the pandemic.
The main business sessions dealt with the
many, many clubs across the world are various changes needed within the

Businesses invited to attend. This year it was

“Welcome to Jaipur” for the 18th
International Convention presided over
organisation and the motions put forward by
clubs for discussion. This involved speakers
for and against and then voting on each
by International President Dr Bina point which was not easily done by Zoom
Vyas. but it was successfully achieved.
Due to the present Covid restrictions Another part of the Convention was to
the Convention was held virtually and highlight the work done by clubs across the
President Bina was very pleased to tell world in the current year and it is always
us that 4.432 members and 96 humbling to see how much is done. Inner
countries were represented, more than Wheel members have raised funds to pay
at any previous convention. Obviously for wells, schools, water tanks, wheelchairs
Zoom has some advantages. This etc and have knitted and sewn many
meant that over the weekend of 17/18th April I spent many hours thousands of items for distribution to those who need them.
in front of my computer screen. Volunteering to help during Covid, with schemes which help both
It was a very interesting experience. The Convention followed the young and old and the illustration of the many and sometimes
prescribed pattern of introducing the flags of all the countries extraordinary ways in which funds are raised is quite wonderful.
represented and the introduction and reports of the International Many Indian club members will be helping in whatever way they
Officers. Despite all the restrictions that they have faced this year can as the Covid pandemic spreads across their country.
much has been achieved including the formation of 40 new clubs The business sessions were interspersed with demonstrations of
and 1,600 new members . Inner Wheel had been represented at the Indian and Phillipine dances. The dances were energetic and
United Nations Youth Development Programme, Empowerment of graceful and being from those countries wearing the most beautiful
Women and Caring for Senior `Citizens. All programmes that are costumes. The finale was a real Bollywood type dance and made
needed here as well as in the developing countries. one want to join in!
President Bina Vyas, in her keynote speech was very keen to In previous years members of our Watton Club have attended
promote her theme of 'Leading the Change' asking us wherever we Conventions in Christchurch in New Zealand, Florence in Italy and
can to use our influence to highlight local problems and crucially to 9 years ago in Istanbul. Zooming is a new and very different
act. This may need us to change, something we all find very experience for us all but as a connection to people across so many
difficult and uncomfortable to do in both our personal and public countries it does it's job rather well. I am sure it will be used again
lives. within our organisation, helping to keep costs down when
This theme was reinforced by the second speaker, Vinita Bali who committee members are spread across 12 different countries and
is an extremely experienced business woman. She is an expert in also to provide training for club officers and to introduce speakers
Change in Organisations and urged us to use modern technology of International interest.
like websites , smart phones and social media to reach out to BUT... GREAT NEWS!!! In three years time Inner Wheel will be
people. She was at pains to explain that wherever problems arise it 100 years old and the Convention is to be held in MANCHESTER
is usually the women and children who are most affected with where Inner Wheel was first started by Mrs Margarette Golding.. ..
poverty, abuse and malnutrition, 70 million people are dislocated I hope to be there…!

Watton. We now house hundreds of artefacts dating from up to

Museum 4 Watton half a million years ago, all from Watton and the surrounding
By the time that this is published, government restrictions villages. If your interest is Archaeology, Geology, Genealogy, or
allowing, the Museum should be open again. It is planned to open whatever, if its Watton related, we have almost certainly got
the museum from May 19th. on Wednesdays and Saturdays something to interest you. In the two years up to lock-down we
between 10am and 4pm. we also hope to be able to revert to our were pleased to see in advance of nine thousand visitors.
usual opening, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm from June We are situated in Wayland Hall which is in Middle Street, or the
23rd. Market Place, directly opposite the now defunct high street Lloyds
During lock-down we have re-displayed many of our exhibits, now Bank. Admission is free. If you have visited us before, come again,
in a better chronological order, and we have added lots more items it’s all changed, if you have not, come and see what you are
that have never been on view before. For those of you that are new missing or have missed.
to the area or have yet to visit us, the Museum was established a Museum 4 Watton, Wayland Hall, Middle Street, Watton IP25
little over three years ago and is totally volunteer run and managed. 6UY. 01953797060
Our aim was to create the Museum In Watton, For Watton, About


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