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Belle making friends with Thumbelina at the opening of the new Bridle Road BMX track. Story inside page 5
who will sign you in. Norma can be NB. Some of our ageing community are
Loch Neaton Short contacted on 01953 881712 if you have anxious about the threat of an unseen
any enquiries. We look forward to seeing bandit and would expect guests to take
Mat Bowls Club you all. Richard Adams, Committee safety precautions.
Watton Sports Center, Dereham Rd, Member. Every member who has so far accepted
Watton. By the time you read this write up, the invitation has been double jabbed
Tuesday 14th September will have been and regularly flow tested. Nigel Tooth
our first official day back to having our WNAS restarts
regular weekly Roll-ups, judging from the A few members of the club once calling
phone calls there is much interest from old itself the West Norfolk Aviation Society Pumpkin
and new members alike, we will be have decided that they would like to
holding our sessions every Tuesday in the reconvene at the Mundford Bowls Club Carving @ The
Main Hall just inside the main entrance to on the 5th October, 19-30 to 21-00, in
Watton Sports Centre. order to dissipate some of the ill-gotten Dragonfly
There is ample car parking, we start every assets accrued by a frugal former
Tuesday at 2.30pm but please arrive treasurer. Call it a rave if you like or Gallery
promptly in order to get signed in and have more properly, a nosh, a noggin and a The Wayland Partnership Dragonfly
the equipment in place ready to play, No natter on the subject of: not necessarily Gallery will be offering pumpkin
masks are required when in the Main Hall aeronautical matters; although, anybody carving during half term on Wednesday
but you are asked to use Hand sanitizer who understands the significance of October 27th ready for Halloween.
and observe sensible social distancing, on starboard, port, piston, pressure, and More details next issue or from Wayland
arrival ask for Norma our Club Secretary propeller would be more than welcome. House.
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to circumstances in other departments, events.
A Quick Look left me with hours I could have well Alison Dickson (in memory of
spent elsewhere. These days, the Stewart); The Kings Arms Watton; The
Round computer links that were not available Wagon and Horses Griston; Paul
By Orbiter to me, mean that any information, Goodacre Domestic Appliance Repairs;
Well there goes summer, and in line figures and so on, are instantly to hand, Luke Rackham Tv Aerial and Satellite
with tradition, the long awaited heat wherever in the office or at home. installer; Adcock and Sons; Barnes
wave waited until the kids went back to Apart from immediate access to data Drainage
school, though the short hot spell came home-working obviate hours of Now it’s over to you Lisa and Jamie.
as a bit of relief for Norfolk after the travelling, which in itself can be tiring, We will all be cheering you on, good
seemingly endless succession of possibly leading to a loss of efficiency. luck with your continued training. Go
overcast skies that left other parts of Obviously this is not suitable for Smash it!
the country in bright sunshine. everyone as certain tasks require a
But for me the brightest feature of the personal presence, but the new system
month was the splendid floral displays certainly appears to be generally Line Dancing
on view on the roadsides in Watton successful.
High Street. Yes, I know these displays My Look Round encompasses not only Restarts
have been there for many seasons, but important things but odd glimpses of Over the last 18 months we’ve all
until I gave up driving last year and life to which I normally give no missed the social aspects of the various
became a passenger I was not able to thought. For instance, as I was donning activities which were put on hold due
fully appreciate their splendour. my trousers his morning, it suddenly to COVID and my modern line dance
Of course the main topic of struck me as remarkable that I had classes were no exception.
conversation in the last few months has forgotten that at one time a vital part of I took up teaching 12 years ago and
been the Covid pandemic, but recent a gentleman’s wear were his fly built up a successful business until
signs have indicated that the worst may buttons. COVID hit and the classes had to be
be over, although the routine of Now anything but a zip fly would be put on hold. As restrictions lifted I was
touching wood may still be appropriate unthinkable and for casual and general allowed back as and when as line
but the good signs have allowed many wear braces are similarly virtually dancing was a dance class that was
of the recent restrictions to be lifted, so unknown, though for formal wear, such allowed due to the fact that we don’t
that once again visits to clubs, cafes, as dress suits they still feature as a dance with a partner and we were
sports meetings and so on have re- standard part of male garb. classed as an exercise class.
appeared on most of our schedules. Of course zip fasteners have been with When we think of line dancing we
Perhaps Norwich City have not felt that us for many, many years but it is easy might have images of check shirts and
the improvement has evaded them, for us to get so used to something that hats and indeed there are still
with three straight losses to start their we give it no thought. But no this traditional country line classes about
season, but at least they can take simple thing, the zip, must have been but what I want to point out is that line
comfort from the fact that, at least on one of the really star inventions of all dancing has moved on and what I teach
paper, these three fixtures could well time. is modern line dancing. We dress is our
be their hardest. There are rumbles of discontent normal clothes with sensible shoes/
On a completely different subject my making themselves heard on the boots.
attention was recently drawn to the political front, so before bad news This involves dancing to all genres of
road signs that in many cases have engulfs us, I’ll recede into my shell for music such as pop, swing, country,
disappeared from our town approaches. another month and keep my fingers waltzes, etc with singers such as Adele,
At one time, not many years ago, one’s crossed Soon be Christmas ! Jess Glynn, Dean Martin, Connie
arrival by road in a built up location Good afternoon. Francis to name but a few. All dances
would be indicated by a road-sign are taught and low impact so suitable
giving the name of that place. for all ages.
These signs have, in many places, Charity Race I have a good mixture of ages and I am
almost completely vanished often starting to see younger people showing
because the local boundaries have Night Update an interest. My newest beginner class
expanded as new building estates are In October 2019 three of us got has just started at the Sports and Social
completed. As new style signs appear together and decided to organise a race club Watton. Thursdays 2-3pm.
the old style locally designed ones, that night to raise money for two charities. Improvers are 3-4pm
were nearly all re-furbishes, or even re- Lisa and Jamie who were planning to Currently booking is required. Nikki
sited, during the general smartening up run the London Marathon in March Hammond 07851 350 704
operations that took place with the 2020 had chosen The Childhood Eye
coming of the new millennium. Most Cancer trust as at the time their nephew
of these are now merely relics Brody was undergoing treatment. The Local Tree
reminding us of the past, and a typical other charity was The Thursday Club.
example is a sign that used, until a year Almost 2 years on and Lisa and Jamie Planting As
or two back, announce the boundary of are now back in training for the
Watton, twinned with Weeze’. This London Marathon due to take place in Part Of ‘Plant
was a reminder of the excellent good October. Their nephew Brody is
will organisation that was promoted in currently doing well due to the Britain’ Project
the early post-war years to help restore amazing care he has received from the Watton & District Rotary Club are
friendly relations with the German doctors at The Royal London Hospital. participating in the ‘Plant Britain’ project
public. Numerous towns across our two He has regular ongoing checks and at which was launched by Matt Baker on
countries joined this twinning the moment they are happy with the BBC Countryfile and the project aims to
Project, which was still thriving up to current condition of his tumour. plant a tree for every primary school
quite recently and quite a few folks It was with heavy hearts we decided we starter last year and this year.
from Watton entertained their opposite couldn’t hold the race night so spoke to Some trees have already been planted
numbers from Weeze, and enjoyed all our ticket purchasers and sponsors in a ‘Plant Britain Wood’ as seen in the
similar hospitality from the Germans, and every single one of them requested launch episode of Countryfile, and the
No doubt as most of the original we keep the monies paid and donate to woodland will be open for members of
participants have now reached a very the charity. We had also collected a the public to visit.
old age, the twinning organisation is large amount of raffle prizes. It is planned to plant a total of 750,000
being wound down, after seventy years The generosity of these local people new trees around the UK.
or so, although some younger family has allowed us to donate the amazing We have ordered 420 trees in 105 tree
members may still be involved. sum of £942 to Lisa and Jamie as bundles of 4 different groups of trees –
Over the last year or two, with the sponsorship for the charity. Thank you Wild Life, Wild Wood, Year Round
advent of the pandemic, many people all so much. Colour and Working Wood, which will
have tried to avoid travelling on Alison suggested all the money raised be delivered to us in early October.
crowded buses or trains, and a popular went to CHECT as The Thursday Club We are already in contact with local
way has been the adoption of the new hasn’t been able to run since March primary schools and the plan is to offer
mode of life we now know as Home 2020 and no date has been set for its these to all primary schools in Watton
Working. This has proved to be not return, although they are hoping early & District for planting in November by
only popular but a most sensible 2022. All raffle prizes have been left in the school children in their school
method of performing office tasks, to Alison’s care hopefully for the next grounds or in their villages, or if they
varying extents. Thursday Club event. are not able to do this some will be
In my own working days, although my A very special thank you to our race planted in Bullock Park, Shipham with
time was usually fully occupied with sponsors. The very least we can do is help from the schools.
duties each month there were mention you personally as your support Watton & District Rotary Club,
occasional days when bottle-necks, due makes such a difference to local charity www.wattonrotary.org.uk
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thinking that will prevent a particular site or towards us. With no cover within a mile or two drawn. Although the club was founded in
Saham Toney sites being developed, please think again, as it
will do the reverse and allow those sites to be
we prepared ourselves for a soaking, but as the
cloud neared it resolved into an enormous
Ashill and meets in Holme Hale many of the
members come from surrounding towns and
Neighbourhood approved with far less control on the number
and type of houses, or no control at all if the
flight of grey geese which proceeded to
descend directly on to the next field which had
villages in the area, hence a new name Ashill,
Holme Hale & District Garden Club. It was
Plan Update Local Plan policies lapse in the meantime. It
will also be possible for sites that have been
just been planted with a new crop, to the
intense distress of the farmer who watched
pleasing to see that 72 members renewed their
membership for the coming year at the August
Shaping the future of Saham Toney! ruled out by the Plan to be developed, such as helplessly as his crop was decimated. meeting, so we are well on our way to pre-
On 13 August Breckland published its decision those on the east side of Pound Hill, or along A much more recent event, on a tiny scale, covid membership numbers despite such a long
to allow the Plan to go to a village referendum, the bottom end of Hills Road, for which 71 came when one of my neighbours threw a tiny break in meetings due to the pandemic.
and we now await their announcement of its houses in total were proposed by landowners. morsel of food into the long grass behind his The AGM was followed by a fascinating talk
date. That may have been made by the time Inclusion of a site in the Plan does not mean its bungalow. Some time later a lone seagull by Dr Ian Bedford on the benefits of wasps in
you read this. When it is, we’ll let you know development can go ahead without the need for appeared and flew several passes over the spot our garden. Despite the bad reputation wasps
on our website and on posters around the a planning application. Every allocated site and within minutes the site was the venue for have, particularly that nasty sting in the tail,
village, and we’ll launch our “Vote Yes” will need one, and deviations from the Plan’s over a dozen more gulls. Eventually one of they provide a service to the gardener in
campaign, that will include a short video about policies will be reasons for the application to them landed and made off with whatever had getting rid of many other insect pests that can
the benefits of the Plan, posters, information be refused – controls that will not exist without interested them. The intriguing point, to me is ravage our flowers, fruit and vegetables.
leaflets delivered to every household in Saham the Plan. So rather than vote against the Plan, how messages get from one group of birds to Wasps evolved some 200 million years ago
Toney, and opportunities for villagers to ask when the time comes, submit an objection to a another. With no seagulls seemingly in the and there are some 200,000 species worldwide,
questions in online meetings or by phone. On planning application for any site you don’t district, how did the first arrival sense that of which 9,000 are found in the UK. They fall
the latter topic, please get in touch by email like. there was an item of food in the grass. And into 2 main groups, the solitary wasps, which
(stnp2036@gmail.com) if you’d like to But meanwhile please vote “Yes” to the Plan how did it inform the other birds. ? accounts for the vast majority, and the social
participate in either a group meeting online or to avoid losing all of its many benefits. How did the Massingham flock of geese know species that form a colony around a Queen
have a one to one phone or online conversation Your village; Your Plan: Vote YES! which particular field to which to fly directly ? wasp, building large intricate nests. Among
with us, to discuss any concerns or questions As usual, if you have any comments or What brought the goldfinches straight to my two of the insect pests they control for
you have about the Plan, and we’ll arrange questions on any of this, or the Neighbourhood teasels ? gardeners are aphids and whitefly.
something suitable. Plan in general, or if you'd like to be added to Of course our wildlife does not only consist of Increasingly, various species of wasps are
Naturally our main message to you is that the our mailing list, please get in touch with Chris birds. I think everyone is aware that the being utilised instead of chemicals by the pest
Plan is positive, it will benefit the village and Blow, Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan countryside hosts a small population of deer control companies to biologically control
we hope as many villagers as possible will Work Group leader on 01953 880915 or by that make their occasional appearances in our various infestations in the garden.
vote “yes”! If approved, it will form part of the email at stnp2036@gmail.com Most local fields from time to time. The Garden Club held its annual Show on
statutory development plan for Breckland, and importantly, stay healthy and safe! These handsome creatures seem to roam Sunday August 29th, which combined our
by law, planning decisions will have to take throughout the county to no fixed pattern. A usual flower show with our fruit and vegetable
account of its policies. Hence the Plan will year or two ago my wife and I had just show in this strange year. With nearly 150
provide certainty, sustainability, control and
protection in terms of future development.
A Different completed a walk around Bacton Woods, near
North Walsham and were resting on a bench
entries covering flowers, floral arrangements,
fruit, vegetables and home baking the day was
But in this article, I’d like to concentrate on
persuading anyone who might be so inclined,
World near a clearing when we were surprised to see
a handsome stag, followed by about a dozen
a great success. After judging was complete
the show was open to the general public in the
against voting “no”. By Ken Knowles younger deer, emerge slowly from the trees to afternoon to view all the entries, purchase
We recognise not every villager will support I have always been interested in nature and graze in the adjacent open space. Unaware of plants and enjoy refreshments. The Club did
every aspect of the Plan. Inevitably, the when living in Essex I enjoyed trips into the our presence they grazed for quite a while record business at the plant stall, tombola and
policies for new housing are the most likely to local countryside where I could see the before melting into the trees leaving almost no refreshments, which indicates how much
stir emotions and attract opposition. You may wildlife. But when I came to Norfolk thirty trace of their coming or going. everyone wants to get back to attending events.
feel that in order to stop a particular site or odd years ago, I found that the wildlife was It is not only groups of birds or animals that A list of the winners of the various classes is
sites being developed, you should vote “no”. literally delivered to my door. My new make up the ranks of inter-esting visitors. On on the Flower show page of the club website
But, you may not realise that a “no” result will residence was directly opposite the pond in one occasion I observed all the small birds in and also listed below.
not only NOT prevent such development, but Ashill, and this pond seemed to attract nearly my garden were flapping around in a state of Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday
will actually allow development to take place every duck in the area and every springtime panic and soon I saw that on my back fence a September 23rd at 2.30pm when our speaker
on any site in a ‘free for all’ manner, lacking small platoons of tiny ducklings, hatched at sparrow-hawk was perched. Suddenly it took will be Bob Coutts who will talk about
strict controls and without the protection the various points around the village, would make off in pursuit of some hapless victim and ‘Gardening for the Autumn’. This will be
Plan provides for our local environment. daily visits to the water, led in orderly lines by eventually calm was restored. followed by our meeting on Thursday October
Why a free for all? Because without the their mothers, a delightful sight to all The situation seemed to be reversed on another 28th when Angela Marshall will present a talk
Neighbourhood Plan, applications will be observers. occasion when a kite flew over, this time being on ‘Helping Norfolk Hedgehogs’. All meetings
decided by the Breckland Local Plan alone. Alas, the duck population grew so large that harried by scores of smaller birds who were are held at Holme Hale Pavilion.
That says Saham will have at least 33 new many of the birds spilled on to the main road, successful in driving off the intruder. New members are always welcome so come
homes between 2019 and 2036 but has no temporarily blocking the passage of local A more peaceful piece of wildlife appeared along and join us at one of our monthly
upper limit. In the 18 months since that plan traffic. Of course motorists were, at first, one day last summer, in the form of a tortoise. meetings.
came into force, 29 houses were completed pleased to halt to let the ducks proceed across Enquiries failed to locate an owner, so we Horticultural Show 2021 Class Winners
and another 19 approved. At that rate, we the highway, but usually the creatures changed supplied our visitor with cabbage and lettuce 1. Vase of 5 Different Flower Stems - Lynn
might expect another 190 homes by 2036! their minds on reaching the far kerb and leaves, which seemed to keep him contented, McBrien
Worse still, it’s written into the Local Plan reversed their travels causing great annoyance though two days later he had departed. How he 2. One Single Stem Dahlia - Robert Self
itself, that if not updated to the satisfaction of a to the drivers. But on the whole the ducks were came or went is a puzzle as we could find no 3. 3 Stems Same Variety of Flower - Hazel
Government inspector, its housing policies a popular asset to the village. gaps in our fences, and I am sure tortoises are Chapman
become out of date in November 2022. If so, The pond also held occasional surprises such not known for their hurdling ability. 4. Indoor Pot Plant - Jeanne Flynn
after that date they won’t apply in planning as the day when it became filled with Now and then we are favoured by the arrival of 5. Floral Seaside Arrangement - Laurene
decisions. Yet Breckland have still to start thousands of tiny fish, which, within a few a green woodpecker, and pheasants are fairly Henderson
work on the necessary update and may not hours disappeared, not to be seen again. What frequent visitors, but generally the wildlife 6.Pot of Cactus or Succulent - Jackie Hill
have left themselves time to meet the deadline. happened to them is a mystery, at least to me. seems to diminish steadily from year to year, 7. Foliage Arrangment - Lynn McBrien
Local Plan policies may also become out of But not all in Ashill took place in the pond. the occasional appearance of a stranger, such 8a. Home Baking: Gingerbread Men - Mike
date and not apply if Breckland cannot show it The garden in my new house was very well as a fox, reminds me that I am truly fortunate Fox
has at least a 5-year supply of land for housing. stocked with a large variety of plants, and to be able to spend my retirement years 8b. Home Baking: Apple Cake - Mike Fox
And that’s something it’s only been able to among them were a group of teasels, and I was surrounded by the few creatures that still 9a. Photography: Farmyard Scene - Tom
show in one of the last 7 years. delighted one morning to see these full of populate our environment.. Thurston
Local Plan policies provide much less goldfinches, who provided very pleasant 9b. Photography: Waterside Scene - Kate
protection for the village than those in the entertainment. Lawrenson
Neighbourhood Plan. If the Local Plan policies For several years regular winter visitors to
Ashill were a flock of field-fares which would
A Change Of 10. Plate of 5 Mixed Vegetables - Neville
become out of date and we have no McBrien
Neighbourhood Plan, then we can anticipate inhabit the local orchard for just a few days,
before moving on, not to be seen again until
Name, A Sting In 11. Plate of 5 of Same Vegetable - David &
development of any plot of land that becomes Penny Wickerson
available, with densely packed houses of bland the following year.
A surprise to all the local bird-watchers, was
The Tail & 12. Plate of 5 Mixed Fruit - Wendy Churchill
appearance, perhaps blots on our landscape, 13. Plate of 5 Same Fruit - Wendy Churchill
that in some cases merge Saham with Watton,
destroy wildlife and its habitats and lead to
the appearance one day of an enormous group
of lapwings, or peewits, completely covering a
Showtime 14. Plate of 3 Potatoes Same Size - Richard
Ashill, Holme Hale & District Garden Club Leighton
more flooding than we already have. large field at the Necton junction of the A47 to 15. Plate of 3 Courgettes - Rowena Jackson
Dunham road. There must have been a August was a busy month for the Garden Club.
Whereas the Neighbourhood Plan provides We held our AGM on Thursday August 26th 16. Plate of 5 Tomatoes - Wendy Churchill
certainty about where houses can be built and thousand or more birds there, but a few hours 18. Plate of 3 Onions - Robert Self
later they had departed elsewhere, leaving just followed by an excellent talk by Dr Ian
how many, how they are designed, and what Bedford about the benefit of wasps to our 19. Funny Shaped Vegetable - Robert
must be done to protect our landscape, historic a memory. Chapman
Another outstanding moment I experienced gardens. This was followed on Sunday August
buildings and natural environment, as well as 29th by our annual Horticultural Show. 15. Overall Best in Show - Mike Fox
ensuring there’s no new flood risk. just a few miles away from Ashill was in the Website:
open tract of country between Great At our AGM the membership unanimously
So, without trying to sound over-dramatic, if approved a change of name for the club to ashillgardeningclub.wordpress.com/
you vote “no” there’s every likelihood it will Massingham and Roydon. I was part of a Email:
group of walkers and we were quite alarmed to better represent the increasingly wide
do more harm than good. If you vote “no”, catchment area from which our members are ashillholmehalegardenclub@gmail.com=
see a heavy dark cloud approaching directly
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Bridle Road Play is Go!

The Watton Mayor Jane Fountain and Town Crier Mike Wabe were joined by Watton Town Councillors and some young
enthusiasts to officially ‘open’ the new pump track.
Watton residents were invited to Parks Plus’, for the ‘over 8s’ there’s a The Mayor was thrilled to see the area
‘Discover Bridle Road’ and to celebrate Zip wire and adventure play area and being well used and to meet families
the opening of the new Pump Track to now a new Pump Track for budding who were visiting the area for the first
give budding BMX riders the chance to BMX riders to practice on. Not time. She said “For too long Bridle
improve their skills. The animals from forgetting the Adult Exercise equipment Road has been a ‘hidden gem’ in
Wycomb Pastures Mobile Farm visited of course. Watton, we are so pleased to give
for the day and provided a popular The Pump Track was well received by everyone a chance to visit and see what
attraction for young and old! There young people and families attending the the area has to offer for all ages. I
was a ‘nature hunt’ across the area with opening, young people who regularly hope that children will enjoy this area
prizes for everyone who finished. And visit the site on their bikes said they for years to come.”
fantastic cake and hot drinks supplied looked forward to using the new track, Families attending the opening day
by Chalfonts Tea Room. and would enjoy the new “challenge”. were impressed with how much the
In addition to a large green recreation Watton Mayor Jane Fountain officially Bridle Road Play Area offered for both
space, the area now offers 3 great play opened the new Pump Track and the younger and older children. Several
areas. The ‘under 8s’ play was replaced Watton Town Crier was there to give a visitors commented that they intended
in 2020 thanks to a grant from ‘Pocket ‘cry’ specially written for the occasion. to use the area more regularly now.

and be still. It is great to be able to Wonderful World. There will be a


Wild Church meet together to explore faith and the scavenger hunt and craft activities as
natural world in this we explore what we can do to protect
goes Nocturnal! way. Thankyou to all who came to our common home. All are welcome.
On a warm and sunny September support this event, for the donations Children must be accompanied and do
evening, thirty of us gathered at Loch and feedback. Wild Church is proud to dress for the
Neaton to take part in a bat walk support local charities and weather!
expertly led by Abi from Norwich Bat organisations as part of its wider If you would like to support the future
Group. Abi let us borrow some very mission and so donations from work of Wild Church you can make an
snazzy bat the night were given to support the online donation at www/ko-fi.com/
detectors and we heard all sorts of wild ongoing work of Norwich Bat Group wildchurchnorfolk
and wonderful noises! We saw and and Loch Neaton. Keep up to date with future gatherings
heard both Noctule and Common and October's Wild Church gathering is by liking and following Wild Church
Soprano Pipistrelles. We were informed SUNDAY 3rd October 1pm-2.30pm at Norfolk on Facebook or email us to be
it was mating season and so in addition Loch Neaton. This will be a Climate- added to the mailing list at
to the feeding buzz we were also privvy focused time together as we explore wildchurchnorfolk@gmail.com and
to mating trills! Before the bat walk how we can look after our Wildly remember, stay Wild!
began there was a fun trail and quiz to
complete to test our bat knowledge. We
learnt so much! Did you know a bat can
eat up to 3000 insects a night?! The
trail also included a variety of Bible
verses to remind us that God cares for
His creation. Bats are a protected
species. What can we do to love and
cherish our
world and look after bats? Bats are also
nocturnal which means they come out
when it gets dark. We were reminded
that God is with us in the darker times
of life. Bats use echolocation to find
their
dinner. They have big ears to help with
this! We were reminded that God too
will hear us when we pray. We were
asked to think about who it is that helps
us navigate life when it gets tricky?
Bats
hibernate over winter as their food
source disappears and so we were
encouraged to take moments to pause
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It would not have been possible without you all.
Great Hockham Garden Club Diary Thompson's Many, many thanks also to the army of
volunteers from Community Hall, Church,
delayed celebration Millennium Green, school, WI and wider
Thompson enjoyed a really great day on village who made cake, sewed bunting, helped
Saturday September 11th when the village set up, manned games, served teas and cakes,
organisations all got together on the Green to and of course cleared up at the end. The school
hold a Celebration event. We had planned a VE children made bunting and loaned us their
Day 2020 event which covid restrictions coconut shie. The Chequers made and served
prevented so, once we knew restrictions were to mocktails. A special thanks to one of our
be lifted, we chose the nearest weekend to guests who cleaned the loos! That's above and
Battle of Britain commemoration to hold a beyond. There isn't space to thank everyone but
WW2 themed village picnic just to have fun you know who you are and your support is
together again. much appreciated. We can only do better for
The sun shone and the village turned out to the next Jubilee!
relax and have fun together.
There was a prize for the most
inventive picnic and rosettes
for the winners of the
categories in the old-fashioned
produce show. There was a
huge celebration cake made
up of cake cubes all baked by
volunteers from the village
Jane Dalton and Prue Szczepanowski and topped with edible Union
Jacks. There were old-style
At last: might it all be over? At two of the committee for so long they are feeling like a games to entertain such as
clock, on Wednesday 8th of September, 2021, change. One of those who feel they have been splat the rat, bowl for a pig
we had our ‘Annual’ General Meeting. And we at it too long is Jane Dalton. Jane was a founder and more.
had it inside Hockham Village Hall, invoking a member of the club and has held every position Many, many thanks to
sense of normality, albeit with a little there is on the committee, and for extended everyone who entered into the
trepidation. periods. She has hosted club events in her home spirit of the day and came
It has to be said that we did not have as many and on those occasions has made wonderful along for the afternoon.
members turn up as we had hoped we might cakes. No one has worked longer and harder for
get. Habits change, situations change and the club than Jane and although she will still be and her work features regularly on the Craft
people change. One of the subjects touched
upon at the meeting was the fall in membership.
a member, she feels she would like to step back
and have a little more time to pursue one or two
Watton Country Store television channel that most ‘self-
respecting craft addicts’ will be familiar with.
It seems that there are several clubs, not
necessarily gardening clubs that have faded
other interests. I know the other club members
will want to join me in giving Jane a heartfelt
Market Making good use of her Art College
Could not resist showing off and telling you background and Civil Service stoicism,
away in recent months. Is the pandemic or the thank you, and wish her all the best. Veronica has a wide range of talents that
something about the talents of one of our
fact that the internet can provide a much wider We are also loosing Matt and Sue Cunningham. enables her to provide us with many beautiful,
regular Watton Country Market Crafters.
diversity of interests that can have an active They are moving way out of area and we will hand-made products. Not only her unique ‘one
Veronica has been part of the Design Team for
membership… worldwide? Well, I think we miss them. off’ greeting cards, but she’s also a highly
Chocolate Baroque for approximately 7 years
will have to have a bit of a recruitment drive. Another vacancy on the committee is my wife, skilled knitter producing a variety of
Not many people at the AGM? It’s sad to say Prue. She has been treasurer for fourteen years products from socks to shawls, with a
that a lot of people don’t attend because they and that’s too long for anyone to be in any one few cardigans in between!
are afraid they might get stuck for a job. job that long so it’s a big thank you to her, too. Being a member of the W I Creative Arts
Unfortunately that is the reality of operating a But there’s a little more to it: things have been Committee. Veronica helps organise and
club, some people have to do stuff. People get bought to a head because stepping down has, in host their Craft Workshops, and we are
older, people move away and people have just a way, been forced upon us. Prue and I are hopeful that this year we will again be
been on the committee too long. Too long for moving. Basically our half an acre is getting too calling on her talents to do something at
their own good and too long for the club to much for us. As the saying goes, we are not Watton. Please let us know at the
have vibrancy – fresh ideas needed. Either the getting any younger. Country Market if there is something you
club gets supported or it’s gone. So why not And now, the end of all the hard work may be would like us to host again this year. In
come along and support your village club. Our near and we may be facing the final few months her own words ‘I started card making as I
speaker at 14:00 on the 13th October at at Green Gables. It has become clear; we’re liked fiddling, and whether it’s inky
Hockham village hall will be Dr. Ian Bedford, certain; we have to move house. We've lived a fingers, upside down or back to front,
who until recently had been head of life that's full, but now it’s becoming too full. nothing is a disaster!”
entomology research at the John Innes Centre. So now we are travelling each and every If you want to find out more about what
He will be talking about BUGS. How can you highway looking for something with a lot less we have on sale at the Country Market
resist? You do not have to be a member; you work. Regrets, we'll have a few, but if we don’t every Wednesday each week, please call
can just turn up as a guest and see how it goes. move on before too long, we’ll have too many in and see us between 8.30 am and 11.30
We are a friendly bunch (mostly) and are not to mention. To be frank, we want to do what we am. We have locally grown plants and
necessarily fixated on gardening. At the AGM want to do, not what we have to do. produce, local eggs, home-made cakes,
we had a quiz that was so easy that everybody And last, but by no means least, we must not pastries, jams and preserves, knitwear,
got everything right – and not one question on forget, Val Hester and Liz Mason. Both have crochet, jewellery and more.
gardening. had operations and are in our thoughts.
As I mentioned, some people have been on the See you next month, Ed.
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always Gerry’s vision that St Mary’s and the
The Rev’d Gerry community of Watton should have a families matter
key worker and this was achieved through
Foster’s Retirement fundraising and generous donations with the
On 25th July the congregation of St Mary’s Church position being filled in September 2019. Sadly this
and friends said their goodbyes to The Reverend became vacant early this year and St Mary’s are
Gerry Foster, and her husband, The Reverend Canon seeking to appoint a new person to the post.
David Foster (left), who has been a great support to Because of the COVID restrictions our families
Gerry and a huge part in the life of St Mary’s. Gerry ministry has begun again but still with restrictions in
has been Vicar of Watton for 7 and a half years and place as we hope to rebuild.
has made a big impact on our local community. Gerry was also a ‘driver’ in establishing the holiday
During her time in Watton, Gerry built up the kitchen in Watton to provide lunches for children of
ministry to families in the town and beyond by families in need in the Watton area during school
starting a group for under 5’s called Story Bags. holidays.
This grew from a tiny acorn to a mighty oak. Prior to All this in addition to leading a busy church and
the first covid lockdown 35 or so babies and young fulfilling people’s needs for baptisms, marriages and
children with a parent or carer came each Monday funerals. She did everything with the utmost care
for crafts, stories from the Bible, singing and snacks and attention and endeared herself to everyone with
and some much appreciated social time for the whom she came into contact.
adults. On Sunday mornings a parallel church for We miss her and David greatly but wish them both
families called ADventure! began and was growing well in their retirement. Margaret Cator, Secretary to
in numbers, until the covid lockdowns. It was St Mary’s Parochial Church Council

employers.
Mid-Norfolk Debt Centre “At first, it might seem you’ll be able to manage by
Encourages People to tightening your belts a bit, but low income and debt
often go hand-in-hand. In fact at CAP, low income
Seek Free Debt Help is the most common reason for debt.
Urgently “Over half of people in debt wait over a year before
seeking help. The quicker people get in touch, the
The Mid-Norfolk Christians Against Poverty (CAP) sooner they can get support and solutions in place.
Debt Centre based at Fountain of life Church in “Sadly, we’ve seen all too often that people are
Ashill has been delivering free debt help to people struggling to find enough money to cover essentials
across the area for over seven years and throughout like rent and heating and then not having enough
the pandemic. money left for food or to pay back arrears. It’s a
With measures such as the furlough scheme due to juggling act which is impossible to manage without
come to an end on 30 September, it is expected that help.”
more people will need to know where to turn for CAP client, Lisa*, said: “The lockdown has been
help with problem finances. hard but the team gives me a weekly phone call to
Heather Nunn, Mid-Norfolk CAP Debt Centre check if I've got enough food and I’ve paid my rent.
Manager, said: “We really want to urge people who They’ll go the extra mile.”
are struggling with debt to seek help as early as If anyone reading this is worried about debts piling
possible. up that are causing anxiety and stress then contact
“The furlough scheme has helped plug the gap for CAP on 0800 328 0006 or capuk.org as soon as
many people, but not everyone will be able to get possible to get free debt help.
back the same hours and income with their
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Watton Evening WI
The Norfolk Federation of WI’s held a Treasure Hunt around Norwich on Sunday 1st August.
Several members from Watton Evening WI with our partners went, there wasn’t treasure as such
but two pages of clues and three pages of pictures to find. The trail took us around some parts of
Norwich we hadn’t been to before and streets that we did know. It is surprising how much
normally can be walked past, however we had to look at the pavement, and tops of buildings to
find the clues. Lunch was at a café not visited before and after finding all the clues we could, we
had cake and tea at the Federation Office. A very enjoyable day.
We had our first meeting back at the WCCC hall on 12th August, it was our Belated Birthday.
Our President, Sandy Vellam welcomed 32 members who were able to meet face to face for the
first time for over 16 months. Instead of a speaker for our meeting, the committee made dainty
sandwiches, sausage rolls and scones, served with jam, cream, cakes and tea or coffee for an
Afternoon Cream Tea but in the evening. Earlier in the year we had a speaker on Zoom, talking
about the origin and the etiquette of Afternoon Tea, which we tried to remember. Many members
made and wore a party hat, and a very enjoyable time was had by all.
Pat Holdcroft donated a number of fancy teapots, members could buy for £3, for our funds. We
awarded certificates to members who had been continually a WI member, anywhere in the
country for over 25 years.
Together with some of the ladies from the Watton Inner Wheel, we enjoyed another Afternoon
Cream Tea at the end of August in at a member’s home. This time in aid of “Breast Cancer
Now”, we raised £309.

Watton in England, who originally came me the opportunity to do this request and
Looking for Gail from Gillingham Kent. all of you in advance helping me to find
I also became friends with Gail Attfield Gail. If you know of Gail, please get
Barnes née and Julian Barnes who came from intouch via julian on
Norfolk. When Julian was at work, Gail newsfromwayland@gmail.com
Attfield sometimes joined me and my friends and Kind regards, Henk Homan, Emmen
At the end of the seventies in Emmen go out to the local café’s and disco’s as
Holland, there was a little British there was “Funny Castle” and “Grimme
community of people working in the oil aan de markt”.
and gas business. During a short stay In England Julian
This company was called “Sperry Sun” and Gail got married in Wayland before
and they had a location in Emmen they returned “home” too Emmen
pictured below right. Holland.
I was working in a local supermarket at I lost track of them, cause shortly after
that time, and so I met a lot of these their marriage they left Emmen for a job
people when they came around for their on an other location somewhere in the oil
groceries. industry.
While the man worked on locations in A few years later I heard that they got
Europe or sea, there partners had to stay divorced and I really felt sorry for them.
home with sometimes their kids. I tried several times in the past decades,
However, with some people I build up a to find Gail using the phonebooks or
nice relationship and I even was invited even called people in England with the
for a two weeks stay with the family surname Attfield but no luck.
So, I am looking for Gail E Attfield, age
around 63/64 and born registered in Ely
mothers name Dove. For as far
I can remember Gail was
born December 1957, but
that is a guess. Gail was
married to Julian Barnes in
the district Wayland.
The picture, left, that was
me at the end of the
seventies, long time ago.
And right me today.
I would like to say thanks
too Julian Horn and the
Wayland news for giving
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garden or any waste these days is a subject of are present. Then work in autumn top- followed a different theme - an artistic one -
In Your Garden differing views so I will leave it at that.
Clearing up is easier if you do it as you
dressing. Don’t use up old spring stuff as all
this will do is promote quick-growing sappy
with Clumsy Pickle and Titanic Films Ltd, the
former an illustrator and graphic designer and
With Lotta Potts
Here we go into the depths of autumn. I was harvest fruit or veg and cut back or divide grass that will not last through the winter. the latter a scriptwriting business; a clear
surprised to hear that the first day of autumn perennials. This way you get rid of dead Nowadays we are encouraged to ‘re-wild’ example of the diverse nature of businesses
in meteorological terms was 1st September as leaves or weeds and give the area a dig over some or all of our gardens, particularly lawns. within Watton and Wayland. We in the
I always (until this year) thought it was and do two or three jobs in one go. It works This does not mean ignore it completely. Chamber welcome and are happy to support
October. In gardening terms it seems to start better than trying to dig over beds and Proper meadows need managing and you’ll and promote all new businesses in Watton and
in the middle of August with more and more remembering to stop every now and then to need to get hold of some literature as for one Wayland.
deadheading and cutting back. Cutting back do a non-bending task. You remember the thing I don’t do it so can’t write about it and The Chamber has been busy progressing with
herbaceous perennials during autumn restores following morning. Another choice might be for another I am not at all sure it’s a good the Wayland Partnership and the Norfolk
order and tidiness to the garden. However, to sow green manure on empty beds. This idea, certainly for small gardens. Library Service the plans for redeveloping the
this removes potential winter interest, in the has become popular in the last few years as There is still the housework to do as well. Wayland House and Watton Library site as a
form of height and structure, plus food and gardeners are awar of the benefits of what Clean the tools you aren’t using and put them new Digital and Creative Media Centre. It is
habitat sources for wildlife so many farmers do. Sown now and dug in in spring away. This will include all the ones you find intended that the site will incorporate both a
gardeners delay the cut back until spring. various plants will condition the soil and that you replaced in July. Clear out the new state-of-the-art Library as well as modern
This is one of the jobs that you can do, leave manure it while standing over winter. These greenhouse and give the glass a good wash fit-for-purpose facility for the activities of the
alone or do bits here and there until spring. rugged crops include winter rye, field beans inside and out, paying particular attention to Wayland Partnership and combine this with a
Quite a few experts on my bookshelf tend to and tares. The seeds are easily available the corners and joints of the frame. If you business incubator, pod cast studio’s, an e-
leave it until spring and provide very nice either in shops or on line. Either way choose don’t have borders in your greenhouse you gaming area and gaming arena that will also
photos of winter borders adorned with hoar one that states suitable for gardens. The could cheat and just hose it down or leave it double as a small cinema. A business case is
frost and everything standing up proudly. seedsmen have cottoned on to this as well as until spring. Clean the staging and wash all being brought together by Breckland Council
Not in my experience. However, I try some are suitable only for large fields. the pots and trays unless you washed the pots and a project team that includes officers of
leaving some of the sturdier stems to get Lawns need attention this month. It is the and trays as they were used earlier in the Breckland Council, and Norfolk County
covered in frost but then the wretched things last chance to sow grass seed if you have a season. No, I don’t either but will do next Council, Hethel Innovation and New Anglia
collapse and have to be removed anyway. bit of shelter. This is recommended for year... LEP, with the Wayland Partnership and the
So, as ever, give it a go if you feel inclined. milder areas so beware. Planting turf is safer Some gardeners think autumn is the first Wayland Chamber, meets regularly to manage
Some tidying is essential. Get rid of any for the grass to get through the winter and season of the year instead of spring. This is the project. The team are providing regular
fallen leaves. Make leafmould by filling a both methods rely on well-prepared soil. because so much planting can be done from updates to the Parish, Town and Breckland
bin bag with moist leaves, tie the top, poke a Established lawns should have slowed down annual flower seeds to trees and shrubs. Councillors, keeping them well informed of
few holes in the bottom and dump it in a so reduce the frequency of mowing and raise Hardwood cuttings can be taken of deciduous developments.
corner and forget all about it. When you find the blades of the mower. Spring in reverse I shrubs; try buddleja, cornus, escallonia, This Autumn the Chamber is running a series
it or remember in a year’s time you will have suppose. Then comes the fun bit if you are roses, weigela, forsthythia, leycesteria, of three virtual workshops that are free for
leafmould. This is wonderful stuff to use as into lawns. Rake out thatch, aerate and top- philadelphus. Take 30cm (1ft) lengths from members and £10 for non-members, all with
soil improver for special plants under shrubs dress. You can hire machines to do the this year’s growth just below a bud. Dip the speakers who are leading figures from local
or even to add to potting compost for raking and aerating bits or cancel the gym bases in rooting powder and place the cuttings businesses. The first by Heather Nunn
woodland type plants. I promise you will and use a wire rake to go over the grass, in a trench made by pushing a spade into a bit entitled the ‘Benefits of Cloud Accounting for
never have enough. Another essential is to removing moss and thatch then get a fork and of soil you don’t need and work the handle to SMEs’ will take place on Wednesday 22nd
clear up and dispose of any diseased material. push the tines in about four inches all over and fro. Firm the trench in once the cuttings September is suitable for any business
Don’t compost it as domestic compost bins the lawn. It is not a good idea to try this all are in place and hope for the best. It will take considering upgrading their accounting
generally don’t heat up enough to kill at once unless you are very fit to start with. quite a long time for this to work and nothing system or desiring better management
diseases. Burn it or use a brown bin from the Whenever you leave it make sure the loose is guaranteed but check in a few months and if information in real time. The second is to be
council. Their compost heaps (or hills) stuff has been removed. This can be there is resistance when you try to move a presented by local entrepreneur Todd Pitcher
generate enough heat to fry eggs. Burning composted provided no perennial weed roots cutting chances are it’s rooted. Leave well discussing how to get more business from
alone until this time next year when there your website on Monday 4th October and the
should be a reasonable amount of growth and third workshop is led by Roger Margand from
as we are in planting time move the cuttings our local High Street Spire Solicitors, who
to their new homes. will discuss all those legal matters and
Plant bulbs, move or plant evergreen shrubs, developments of which all small businesses
plant spring bedding. Lift and store half- need to be aware. This will be on Monday
hardy fuchsias, potting them up and keeping 18th October. All the workshops start at the
moist. This works for other tender perennials beginning of the working day at 8 am. Please
as well and it’s worth trying to keep some visit the Chamber of Commerce website
pelargoniums over winter. Plant new www.waylandchamber.co.uk to book
herbaceous perennials and divide overgrown yourself a place and to find out how to log-in
clumps by lifting the clump and pushing in to the event.
two forks back to back in the middle. If you
don’t have two forks use one and tease the
clump apart or drive a spade through the
middle. Split the resulting mini clumps and
Shipdham
discard the old worn out middle bit. You will
probably have more plants than you need if
Knitters
you divide too much so the rule of thumb is to It was wonderful to welcome back members
keep the outside bits with lots of root and after a long break, including some new faces.
leaves. Most perennials will yield four more With perfect weather we could allow the air to
plants. If you get lots more then give some circulate with open doors as advised.
away or swap with a friend or neighbour with We discussed issues regarding necessary
excess plants. changes taking place and sensible attitudes
Pick the last of the veg for store such as and actions. All present on both afternoons
runner beans, maincrop spuds, carrots and were happy to be meeting again and
beetroot. In the space created you could plant comfortable with precautions taken.
brassicas, onion sets and garlic. Sow broad The current committee agree to stay in post
beans. until the AGM in April 2022, which was
That’s all I can offer this month without voted and passed.
taking over pages and pages of the paper. We discussed at length what we might knit
Except, of course, keep weeding. and how we could take the group forward.
In October we will celebrate our 10 Years as a
group and are sure there a will be appropriate
Wayland activities at both the Tuesday and Wednesday
meetings. Looking back over the last 10 years
it’s taken work and commitment by all
Chamber of members to achieve our donations to charities
both financial and with knitted items. We
Commerce hope we will be able to continue in the
foreseeable future.
New faces on the High Street are always a Meeting dates for October will be: Tuesday
welcome site and we in the Chamber are 5th October WI Hall 1-3 pm and Wednesday
delighted that the card and gift shop ‘Greetings’ 13th October All Saints Church
has been opened by Dan Denyer at number 70 For further information please contact:
and Howard Royse has opened Broadsword Kathy on 01362 820615;
Accountancy Ltd at number 58a. Great to Marlene 01362 820327;
welcome tases two new business to the High Sue Hart 01362 822536
Street in the last few months. Recent New
Members to the Chamber however, have
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Patient Participation Group each week,
CHURCH SERVICES Bird behaviour in late Our Computer Group is now up and running in
Watton Medical Practice their new workshop in the old Groundsman's
St Mary’s Church, Watton summer explained Watton Patient Participation Group (PPG) wish to store-room at the rear of the Main building and
www.stmaryswatton.org Why are there feathers everywhere? Where appoint a Deputy Secretary to support the is also proving very popular. It only remains
Follow us @StMarysWatton have all the birds gone? Secretary and deputise for her when she is not now for us to have the Carpentry/Metal
We receive a wide range of enquiries from visitors available. workshop completed and work is in hand with
If I can be of help to you please do not hesitate in-person, over the phone and via e-mail all year
to contact me, on 07554 542861, Below is some information about the PPG and a some eager members working hard to have it
round, but two topics that come up a lot at this job description. Anyone who is interested must be completed ready to use in the next 3/4 weeks.
email:revkyla@gmail.com I can then email or time of year the reasoning behind a lawn or lake
telephone you back or arrange to meet up with a patient of Watton Medical Practice and must Friday 10th was the return of our very popular
full of feathers, and an obvious reduction, or have a personal computer/ipad and a printer. "Quiz & Chips" evenings at the Sports Centre as
you. Thank you: almost complete absence, of small birds using
Your Assistant Vicar, Rev’d Kyla Sorensen Anyone who wishes to talk to the Secretary before usual it was a sell out with some 70+
people’s gardens. Both of these trends are applying can contact her on email at participants and compared by the one and only,
completely natural and part of a birds’ annual life secy.wattonppg@gmail.com M Trayhorn Esq, corny jokes at no extra
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs cycle, and nothing to worry about.
9am - 12 noon Applications with relevant information based on charge!, another "Quiz & Chips" evening is on
In fact, the lack of garden birds, including even the job description below should reach the the cards for the near future.
Tel: 01953 881252 Email: staple species like robins and blackbirds, can
wattonchurch@gmail.com secretary at the above email address by Friday 1 Also, on our list for this year, Hurray!, Yippee!,
actually be a sign of a good thing. Out in the October 2021. will be our long awaited "Christmas Dinner" at
wider countryside, the hedgerows are filling up The PPG consists of a group of patients of Broom Hall, this will be on the 17th of
Sun 3rd 8.00am Holy Communion BCP with ripening berries, there’s windfall fruit in
10am Harvest Service different ages and backgrounds who meet every December, all members are reminded to get
orchards, fat caterpillars on bushes and the six weeks either in person or, when Covid their names down as its booking up fast. Well,
Wed 6th 9.30am Holy Communion seeds of wildflowers and agricultural crops are
Sun 10th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP restrictions dictate, by Zoom, to discuss the needs that's it for now If you have any enquiries call
ripening. This glut of food acts like a magnet to of the people of Watton and the surrounding me on 01953-881004. Cheers all, Richard
10.00am Holy Communion many of our garden birds, drawing finches like
Wed 13th 9.30am Morning Worship villages who are patients of the Practice. Adams, Wayland Men's Shed, Liaison Officer.
goldfinches and greenfinches to feed on seeds, Normally, up to 3 members of Watton Medical
Sun 17th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP whilst song thrushes and blackbirds will seek
10.00am Holy Communion Practice attend the meetings to maintain a dialogue
out fruit and plump insects. We often get and feedback from both sides. Watton Thursday Club
Wed 20th 9.30am Holy Communion attached to individual birds and it can be sad at
Sun 24th 8.00am Holy Communion BCP The PPG is affiliated to the National Association Watton Thursday Club is open to membership
times when they disappear, but they are simply for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) and has 3 main for adults who have learning difficulties or other
10.00am 4th Sunday @ 10 making use of rich natural food sources while
Wed 27th 9.30am Holy Communion aims: disabilities, or those who need support to
they can. And when these sources run dry 1. To strengthen the relationships between socialise and participate in communal activities
Sun 31st 8.00am Holy Communion BCP towards the end of autumn, they’ll be back to
10.00am All Saints Service Patients, the Practice and the Community it serves, The Club was formed in 1969 from an idea
see us in our gardens. while ensuring that Patients are at the heart of developed by Nell Horn and a committee of
No booking required for any of our services Another reason why our garden friends may not be decision making. local ladies, including our current Chairman
Watton Methodist Church so obvious is that they are undergoing their annual 2. To promote the needs of the Practice in the Gay Skipper. In December 1971, the club
www.wattonmethodist.btck.co.uk autumn moult- it marks the end of the breeding decisions of the Breckland Alliance (Grove became a registered charity, and has since then
No booking required for our services season. Smart male birds no longer need such Surgery and School Lane Surgery in Thetford, continued to provide social support and a
Services are on Sundays 10.30am and 6.30pm bright colours, and adult birds of both sexes have Watton Medical Practice and the Thetford Healthy regular opportunity for our members to enjoy a
often worn their feathers ragged and tatty if they Living Centre). social evening in a safe and supportive
Roman Catholic Community have had a successful breeding season whereby 3. To promote co-operation between the Watton environment.
Each Saturday 5.00pm they have been in and out of nests dozens of times Medical Practice patients and the Norfolk and Our 35 members come from Watton and the
Mass at Watton Methodist Church per day, and the relentless search for food for their Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) surrounding area including Attleborough, and
chicks takes it’s toll on plumages too. Not to to the benefit of all parties. meet monthly, on Thursdays. Some events
Polish Catholic Community mention territorial fighting between males for Job description for Secretary and Assistant involve a trip, for example Ten Pin Bowling or
Each Saturday 6pm St Mary’s Church, Watton mates or between females who don’t want to share Secretary a bus trip to the seaside. Other popular
food sources! Most garden birds will moult all of 1. Liaise with the Chair & Vice Chair to set activities are craft evenings and musical
their ‘primary’ (largest and outermost) wing and meeting dates and agendas entertainment. We used to meet at Wayland
St Mary’s Church Events tail feathers quite quickly, so for a few weeks 2. Email out agendas, minutes and reports/papers Academy, but have recently relocated to the
www.stmaryswatton.org these key feathers are a bit sparse and the birds to all members of the PPG with paper copies Christian Community Centre in the High Street,
Harvest Service Sunday 3rd October at 10am. struggle to fly. As a result, the birds often adjust posted out for those without a printer which has a fine range of facilities
Saturday Chat their behaviour to creeping about a garden, 3. On the morning of the Meeting send out the The last 18 months have seen our activities
Our weekend chat group is back on every lurking under bushes and not singing or calling Zoom link to all members and to the Practice totally stopped, due to covid restrictions, but
Saturday morning, 10am – 12noon. Come like they usually do, as they know they are more (when we are not meeting in person due to Covid now that the situation is easing we are keen to
along to meet new friends over tea, coffee and vulnerable to predators and can’t escape as 19) get back to a busy schedule. During the last
biscuits. quickly if they need to! 4. Take minutes of meetings year some members of our committee have
Craft Group You may notice your local ponds, lakes and 5. As soon after the meeting as possible write up moved away, and we now need some further
Come join us on Friday 8th October 2pm – washes covered in a scattering of downy white draft minutes and check these with the Chair and volunteers to help support us on club evenings.
4pm for a chat, tea, coffee, biscuits (sometimes feathers- the equivalent moult is happening in our Vice Chair Volunteers are required to help with our craft or
cake!). Various craft each month. waterbirds too. Geese, swans and ducks will shed 6. Remind members and Practice Staff who have social activities, and to generally support our
Folk Music Concert feathers across the waters’ surface and can often agreed to follow up on actions what they have members on club evenings. We are cautiously
Renowned local band, Threescore, are holding be seen vigorously preening to pull these itchy old agreed to do optimistic that we will be back in business in
a concert here at St Mary’s Church on Sunday feathers out. Mute swans undergo a full moult of 7. Carry out follow up actions allocated to the time for our Christmas Party, even if we have to
24th October at 2pm. Tickets £5 and hot and their primary feathers at once, so they will be Secretary at the meeting wait until February!.
cold beverages will be available. flightless for a few weeks and so will choose a 8. When required, using the official notepaper, Our funding comes from a grant from our town
Community Cinema water body that they perceive as safe and well- draft letters to outside bodies, check these with the council, donations, and from minor fundraising
Friday 29th October. Showing, 23 Steps. Doors stocked with food to see this period out on. Chair and Vice Chair and email or post as from raffles and tombola events. Many of our
open at 1.15pm for 2.15pm start. Tickets are It’s also the time of year for the progeny of our appropriate events are provided by other volunteer groups in
£5.00 each on the door (Hot drink & cake garden birds to moult too- all the young birds 9. Periodically look at the N.A.P.P. website for the town. If you think that we provide a
included in ticket) they have spent their summer raising, if they any new reports, guidance etc that will help the necessary or useful service to our members and
Boot Fair have been successful, now need to change from PPG to do its work well would like to help, please contact Gay Skipper
Saturday 30th October on the Church Green. their dull, camouflaged juvenile plumage into a The Deputy Secretary will support the Secretary in on 881588, or Mike Haythorpe on 884056, to
Pitches are £5.00 (£6.00 on the day). Please fresh set of adult feathers that will keep them the above tasks. It would be helpful if the applicant have a chat about what we do and how you
book your space by calling the office on 01953 warm and dry during their first winter. for the post of Deputy Secretary has had previous might be able to help with our enjoyable and
881252 (Tues to Thurs 9-12) or email Goldfinches are a good example of this- plain- experience in taking minutes of meetings in either well-regarded activities.
wattonchurch@gmail.com. headed juveniles will soon get bright red and a public or private capacity. However, training will Michael Haythorpe, Honorary Treasurer,
Storybags black faces to match their elders! You will also be provided as this organization has its own Watton and District Thursday Club
Our children’s group, Storybags is on Mondays see that your adult starlings lose their bright procedures described in its Terms of Reference.
9.30am – 10.45am for pre-school children and pink legs and yellow bills as these body parts The successful applicant will sign a confidentiality
parents/ carers (during term-time). Play, bible become duller and plainer. Certain proteins are agreement which all PPG members do. Great Yarmouth Dog
story, drink/snack and friends. Depending on needed to make these pigments, which are quite
government guidelines, booking may still be costly in terms of energy for the birds. So if the Racing And Dinner
required, details of this can be found on their starlings no longer need to impress a female, Wayland Men's Shed Watton & District Rotary Club are arranging a
Facebook page: @storybagsstmarys they can stop producing these jazzy colours and visit to Great Yarmouth Dog Racing on the
Rainbows focus on getting through the winter instead. Social Group evening of Saturday 13 November.
For girls aged 5-7 years, Rainbows meet each I hope this has been an interesting read and that At Watton Sports Centre. Well, it's been 4 months Tickets are £26.99 each which includes entrance
Monday (term time only) at St Mary’s Church it will help to explain a bit about what our local of hard slog to put it mildly, with some of our fee, a 2 course dinner and a race card. This must
4.30pm – 5.45pm. Email birds are up to. We are just beginning to say committee and members working tirelessly to get be paid by 15 October as tickets have to be
Rainbows1stwatton@hotmail.com or find them goodbye to our summer birds like house up and running again after our move to Watton booked.
on Facebook: 1st Watton Rainbows. martins, warblers and hobbies at Lakenheath Sports Centre, we can now see things beginning to A coach by SALEC will leave the Queens Hall
150 Club Winners Fen but we are still seeing lots of butterflies and take shape, our weekly social gatherings on Car Park late afternoon/early evening, extra cost
The winners of September’s 150 Club are: dragonflies on a warm day! We hope you can Monday and Wednesday Mornings (9.30am to and times to follow.
1st prize £50 - ticket number 7 – Paul & visit us soon. 12pm, Tea, Coffee & Biscuits, included) this is in Anyone interested should contact Christina
Christina Weatherill With best wishes, Heidi Jones (Visitor the "Bowls Club House" and is proving popular Weatherill on Tel 884213 for further details.
2nd prize £25 - ticket number 41 – David Riley Experience Officer, RSPB Lakenheath Fen). with an increased turnout of old & new members Wattonrotary.org.uk
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are all in their jobs for the second and possible
News From The third time it is still a good opportunity to meet
with others doing the same job in other clubs to
Cart Shed & Watton discuss ways and means of doing things and
getting any new ideas.
Inner Wheel Club This year our National President is supporting
Over the last few months the CART SHED at the work of the Stroke Association and we are
the Stow Bedon home of member Stella asked to encourage members to undertake a two
Leonard has been the scene of most of the and a half mile walk (or6.000 steps!) in aid of
meetings which the Inner Wheel Club has been this charity. Some members are hoping to
able to hold whilst dealing with the Covid attend the District Rally in October when there
restrictions in force at the time. will be an organised walk on the following day.
The first meeting for our new President Pauline For the rest of us the walk may have to be done
Baldry was her own induction at the Club AGM in several half miles, or even quarters!
in June. The day after this it was a return to the CART
This was followed by a Club meeting in July, SHED for our annual BBQ.
scheduled to be held in a member's garden but Always an eagerly anticipated event with the
the uncertainty of bad weather meant a hasty opportunity to enjoy time with friends and an
retreat to the CART SHED. It was a touch excellent shared meal with Bryan, Stella's
chilly by the end of the evening! Because of the husband as Chef in Charge, cooking excellent
last minute move President Pauline had to steaks and sausages . This time the weather was
embark on making sure the Speaker knew how kind with hazy sunshine and the rain holding
to get to the new venue. Fortunately he was off until it was time to go home. A raffle and
familiar with the area, well-known to Stella and small profit raised £71 for the Air Ambulance.
had been married in the village church! He Our club suffered the loss of two members
spoke passionately about the ever-developing during the year, Margaret Smith died in May
work of the Air Ambulance, illustrating his talk and Gill Upton, a founder member of the club,
with a number of slides. died unexpectedly in August. Two members
The Air Ambulance is the President’s charity who have contributed much to the club and will
for this year so it was good to have such be greatly missed. Also much missed will be
firsthand insight into its work. member Helen's partner, Martin Anscombe who
Next in July it was Norfolk Day and a planned died in July. We shall miss Martin who has
picnic in the garden of Fran Parker in Merton. been a great supporter and helper of our club
Some of us arrived in sunshine but the over many years.
forecasted showers quickly turned into torrents And now last but by no means least we have a
and a quick retreat to Fran's kitchen enabled us date for your diaries!
to have our picnics and a friendly chat with lots SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th 9.30 – 12 A
of laughter . Of course, as soon as it was time to Harvest Cake Sale in the front garden of 30
go home the sun came out! Members were then Thetford Road (the pink house opposite
able to enjoy their lovely garden and a few Tescos). The opportunity to buy homemade
enjoyed a game of croquet on the lawn. cakes, pastries, preserves etc. Do come and find
Our club officers are always invited to the us.
District Officer's Assembly held at the Park Brenda Davis. Club Correspondent.
Hotel in Diss. It is the meeting where any new I am always pleased to answer questions about
initiatives are brought to our attention and the Inner Wheel events or membership on 01953
work of club officers is explained to any new 881792 or brendadavis30@icloud.com.
members. The five members from our club who

Watton Rotary
News Roundup
New Rotary Member:
Neil Thomas
Neil (ledt) was born in Lincoln and did his and Exhaust Systems. More Toilet Bags Donated by
initial education in Lincoln, after school he He then moved to Land Rover, Gaydon as a Rotary Club to NNUH
attended Lincoln College and did a Batchelor Concept Engineer and eventually became the We have received a lovely 'Thank You' letter
of Technology B Tech in Technology. Then a Launch Manager for the Range Rover Evoque. from the NNUH Palliative Care Team to thank
Batchelor of Engineering B Eng Degree in He is now at Lotus, Hethel, Norwich as the us for the bags. Some bags have also been sent
Auto Engineering at Coventry, followed by a Vehicle Line Director for the Evija an electric to the NNUH Chapel.
Masters Degree MSc in Auto Engineering at hypercar currently being constructed to be hey are used for families and patients who have
Cranfield. launched soon, and also gets involved in Motor been admitted without any toiletries, and
He then started work at Ford, Dunton Sport Projects. families who are staying with loved ones.
Engineering Centre as a Petrol Engine Neil is married to Helen and has 2 children, Biscuits were also delivered again for the
Designer specialising in Induction Systems both still at school. nursing staff.
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Pictured: The winners: L-R Ladies Captain Claire Carney, Sandy McCormack, Claire Bambridge and Rosie Sutterby.

Following the months of lockdown and finally being able to flowers from the ladies to thank her for all her hard work
resume golf as normal, Claire Carney, Ladies Captain at keeping everything running through difficult times.
Richmond Park Golf Club held her Captain's Day on Monday The results for the day were:
23rd August. Despite it being rather wet underfoot, the weather 1st Prize to Rosie Sutterby, Claire Bambridge and Sandy
stayed dry and 24 ladies, in teams of 3, played a Stableford McCormack with 68 points.
Waltz competition. 2nd Prize to Carol Marshal, Eileen Chard and Hilda Whitmarsh
This was great fun, made more so by each team being given a with 63 points.
"red devil" ball that was to be played in turn. The teams that 3rd Prize to Hilary Sutton, Lorna Crowdy and Julie Ellis with
returned with their ball were given a bonus point at the end of 55 points.
the competition. Only 3 teams actually did this, and they were 4th Prize to Jean Barrall, Yvonne Shaw and Margaret Taylor
the teams that came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. with 49 points.
Following the competition everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet Nearest the pin in two on the 6th was won by Dilys Gibbs and
lunch in the clubhouse where the prizes were later presented. nearest the pin on the 17th by Julie Ellis.
Vice Captain Cherrie Lawn also presented Captain Claire with

You may need to read that again as yes it really does say £2400
Afternoon Cream Tea's which will be given to St Mary’s Church.
So a very big “thank you” to all the stall holders and helpers,
Magnificent Result !!! without whom the event would have been impossible and to
each and every person who came and spent so well. A grateful
On Saturday 21st August the afternoon cream tea took place. thanks must also go to the Mayor of Watton, Jane Fountain, for
The weather was kind and soon everyone was eating, spending officially opening the event and Leina for drawing the raffle.
or busy chatting, the atmosphere was fantastic. Hopefully you will support us again next year, so see you then.
The good people of Watton never fail to amaze me. You arrived Cath
in great numbers and spent the unbelievable amount of £2400.

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