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1 The Parishes of Barton Bendish & Eastmoor; Beachamwell, Shingham & Drymere; Boughton; Wereham November 2017 Cover Illustration drawn by Mark Powell, Beachamwell

2 WELCOME GROUP 4 TEAM VILLAGE CONTACTS Barton Bendish: Jill Mason Sandmere, Church Rd, Barton Bendish Tel: Beachamwell: Eileen Powell 20 All Saints Way, Beachamwell Tel: Hope you enjoy this latest edition of G4N. Once again, there are many events taking place in the villages and surrounding area we are spoilt for choice. If you are able to attend any of those advertised the organisers will be more than pleased and appreciate your support. As always, Happy Reading The Editorial Team Eileen and Pam Thanks to all contributors and apologies to any whose work has not been shown in this issue. We promise to include your articles wherever and whenever possible. Please do keep them coming. Many thanks to the distributors, we couldn t do without you!!! Copyright Group4 News 2017 Boughton: Pam Wakeling Robet, Mill Hill Road, Boughton Tel: Wereham: Viv Scott Orchard House, Flegg Green, Wereham Tel: Please submit all information through your Village Contacts. Deadline for copy for the Dec 2017/Jan 2018 edition: 11th November ADVERTISING Alan Pickering 16 Tinkers Way, Downham Market PE38 9TQ Tel: or e:mail: If you use any of the advertisers in the magazine, please mention where you have seen their advertisement. WEBSITE Kevin Fisher, Tel

3 FROM THE RECTORY Contact details: Rev d Ken Waters God Spot: I m not a huge fan of preaching about judgment because it s used as a scare tactic so much these days in many churches. People think they can scare the heaven right into you. They think if they can make you so scared of hell then you will end up loving God. I don t see that as a way of creating lifelong disciples. It s a great way to prey on the emotions of the young or easily manipulated but it s not the key to bringing Jesus into people s lives. The main reason I have such a problem with it is because it places us as the judge. If we are telling people they are going to heaven or hell, we are casting judgment on them. Jesus tells us in the Bible that judgment will come from him, the Son of Man, when he sits on this throne of glory. So, as far as I m concerned, we don t have that power. We don t have the ability to look at our neighbour and dictate whether they love God enough to spend eternity in heaven or hell. Please, get this crystal clear, THAT S NOT OUR JOB. If you ever hear a minister say that we can do that, then stop listening, tune him or her out or change the channel. Judgment of our fellow brothers and sisters is the job of the one who is perfect. It s the job of Jesus Christ. God Bless, Ken Waters Joke Spot: Little Johnny, who is now grown up and a priest is with another couple of priests from the local churches and are standing by the side of the road, pounding a sign into the ground, that reads: The End is Near! Turn Yourself Around Now! Before it's Too Late! As a car sped past them, the driver yelled, "Leave us alone, you religious fanatics!" From the curve they heard screeching tires and a big splash. One of the priests turns to Little Johnny and asks, "Do you think the sign should just say 'Bridge Out' Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional. 3

4 RECIPE OF THE MONTH Wholewheat, Date and Banana Bread with Hazelnuts Ingredients 8oz stoned dates roughly chopped 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/2 pint of milk 10 oz SR Wholemeal flour 4 oz margarine or butter 3 oz shelled, chopped hazelnuts 2 medium ripe bananas 1 beaten egg 2 tbsp. clear honey Method 1. Put dates, soda and milk into a pan and bring slowly to boiling point stirring all the time. Remove from heat and leave until cold. 2. Rub margarine into flour. Stir in hazelnuts leaving 2 tbsp. for decorating. 3. Peel and mash bananas then add to flour mixture with dates and egg - beat well to mix ingredients. 4. Spoon the mixture into a greased and base lined 2ib/1kg loaf tin. Bake in the oven (Electric 180; Fan 350; Gas 4) for minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. 5. Leave the loaf to cool for about 5 minutes. Turn out, peel off the lining paper and place the right way up on a cooling rack. 6. Heat the honey gently then brush over the top of the loaf. Sprinkle the reserved hazelnuts onto the honey and leave until cold. Store in an airtight tin if not eating immediately. NB It may seem unusual to have a cake made entirely without sugar but this is because of high proportion of dates used. They have the highest natural sugar content of all dried fruit and if used in cakes such as this one there is no need for extra sugar. 4

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6 COUNTRYSIDE NOTES - FACTS OF LIFE There are some facts you ve probably never given a thought as to how they originated. Here are a few answers: Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have buttons on the left? When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid's right! Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help? This comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.' Why are zero scores in tennis called 'love'? In France the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called 'l'oeuf,' (French for the egg). When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans mispronounced it 'love.' Where did the term 'caddie' come from in golf? As a young girl Mary Queen of Scots went to France and Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.' So he had a course built for her enjoyment. To ensure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into caddie. Why do X's at the end of a letter signify kisses? In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfil obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous. Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called passing the buck'? In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would 'pass the buck' to the next player. Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast? In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host's glass with his own. Why are people in the public eye said to be 'in the limelight'? Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of 6

7 COUNTRYSIDE NOTES - FACTS OF LIFE lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer 'in the limelight' was the centre of attention. Why is someone who is feeling great 'on cloud nine'? Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. Now you know! Jill Mason 2018 Wildlife Calendars David Mason is selling his kitchen wall calendars for 5 each. This year they are in aid of Marie Curie Care and Support. He has paid to have them printed using his own pictures and will be donating 2.50 from each sale to the charity. The calendars come complete with envelopes and will be available at Barton Bendish village events or by contacting David Mason on or IDEAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF MARY CANEY An historical paperback novel recently published by local author Jill Mason. Mary was born to an agricultural labourer in 1790 and lived in poverty until she died in She lived almost her entire life in Barton Bendish and her story is based on a skeleton of fact wrapped up in a liberal amount of fiction. Price 8.99 Available from Ceres Bookshop, Swa am, leading book sellers, on line or contact Tel There are 8 Margaret Merrill roses free to collect. Donations would be welcome for The Friends of St. Mary s Church, Beachamwell Enquiries:

8 SWAFFHAM & LITCHAM HOME HOSPICE Quite rightly we should start with a huge thank you to Peter Harris and his epic undertaking in walking 136 miles in aid of the Hospice and the Rugby Club. Peter averaged eighteen miles a day and with the help of voluntary drivers was delivered and picked up each day, completing his walk in eight days. He started his walk from the Rugby Club and took in the Peddars Way to Holme next the Sea, along the Coastal Path finally joining the Weavers Way near Felbrigg and ending at the Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth where he enjoyed two pints of Guinness, well deserved too. We are unsure at present as to how much Peter has raised - it will be announced in next month s edition of the Newsletter but if you want to consider making a donation go onto Peter s web page at then type in Peter Harris as your friend, or alternately at our office in Brocks Way. The photograph shows Peter about to start his days walk from Felbrigg Hall to Aylsham. The Race Night in September organised by The Rotary, The Lions and The Home Hospice raised a grand total of 1,500.00, each of them receiving The Concert of Choirs staged in the Assembly Rooms with The Marham Bluebirds and the King s Lynn Male Voice Choir, who incidentally were accompanied in one of their songs by the talented local girl, Amber Battem. Singing to a very appreciative audience the evening proved to be an enormous success for the Charity, raising 1, Thanks must be directed to those who organised the evening. Our forthcoming Christmas Draw is drawing close and tickets are available from the Main Office, Brocks Road, EcoTech Park on Swaffham Look out for us in Tesco too on 21 st to 25 th November where we will with help of volunteers be selling them. The Charity is always seeking out further volunteers to join the Fund Raisers Committee, a vital part of our Organisation s day to day running. The Committee, a great bunch of individuals have always worked tirelessly together 8

9 and raise many thousands of pounds, money that is so vital in the Hospice s existence. If you have a few hours to spare why not come along to one of their meetings as a taster, there is always a cuppa available. David Gulliver CAN YOU HELP THE MAGPIE CENTRE? September 23 at the Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, saw a very successful Equestrian Table Top Sale. The indoor arena was packed with 32 stalls and the event realised 815. Stallholder bookings have now closed for the Magpie Art and Craft Fair at Stowbridge Village Hall, Downham Road, Stowbridge PE34 3PE, Saturday November 18. This means that the hall will be filled with a vast range of artefacts: just the place to do your Christmas shopping in warmth and comfort, with refreshments on hand all day. The event runs from am to 4.00 pm. Now the search is on for new trustees. The Magpie Centre, based at Wallington Hall South Runcton, PE33 0EP gives around 114 riding and carriage driving lessons every week to people of all ages and with all levels of physical and learning disability. We have an annual budget of around 120K, of which one-third comes from grants, one-third from rider/carriage driver donations (the price paid for lessons), and the remainder from our own fund-raising efforts. We are in urgent need of new trustees. Roles include: Treasurer, Secretary, Grant Officer, Fundraising Officer and Events Officer. These roles would suit perhaps newly-retired people or any who have some time on their hands and who wish to keep their skills up to date. Knowledge of horses or people with disabilities is not essential. To find out more, just call the Magpie Centre on or, for an informal chat, call WNRDA Chairwoman, Rosie O Grady, on I, Caroline Dudley, am now Voluntary Publicity Officer for WNRDA. When I moved to Norfolk, on my own, with my four horses, in 2004 I knew nobody. I went to a dressage competition at the Magpie Centre, as a spectator, spoke to the then Centre Manager, trained as a Group Instructor and have been involved with the Magpie Centre in various capacities ever since. Apart from using my existing skills, plus a lot I never knew I had, I am privileged to be part of a fantastic team and have made some lifelong friends. However much I have given to the Magpie Centre over the years, it has given even more to me. Go on. Make that call! or Caroline Dudley 9

10 BEFRIENDING Mick and Muriel Brown of Outwell, Wisbech, have been married for 42 years and enjoy doing things together. They regularly go dancing every week and when they re not doing crosswords, gardening or reminiscing about their time working on farms, they just love to help other people through their voluntary work. When Mick, 80, read an article back in 2008 about local charity, Age UK Norfolk, needing volunteer telephone befrienders, he realised, I love talking to people and knew I could do it. Muriel [79] later joined as a telephone befriender in 2010 as we like doing things together. Age UK Norfolk s telephone befriending service offers people aged 60 and over companionship by phone, with a local volunteer. The volunteers call weekly for an enjoyable chat and also offer the opportunity to take part in a fun quiz, all of which can help to ease feelings of loneliness and isolation. Loneliness is a terrible thing, says Mick, And if you are lonely and can call another lonely person, you could both benefit. And how do they feel that people benefit from their befriending calls? Well, I always try to leave them laughing at the end of the call. I ve been calling one member for nearly ten years now and we have become good friends. We just love making the calls! adds Muriel. If you or somebody you know would like to receive calls from Age UK Norfolk s Telephone Befriending Service, or you are interested in volunteering for the scheme, please call Age UK Norfolk on or 10

11 11 Group4 News FREE HOME ASSESSMENTS ON OFFER Older, disabled or vulnerable residents of West Norfolk are being encouraged to book an appointment for a free home assessment from Careline Community Services. The assessments, which are carried out by a team of qualified staff, will help residents, who may be living with a disability or dementia, or who are simply older and less mobile, to identify concerns in their property which may be affecting their day-to-day life. The assessor, trained by the Disabled Living Foundation, will inspect the home to see whether measures could be introduced that would reduce the possibility of slips, trips and falls and generally make it easier for people to live safely and independently in their own homes. Measures that could be considered include installation of a Careline personal alarm, improved lighting arrangements, heating checks, draught proofing, smoke detectors and easy-to-use taps along with recommendations for other adaptations that may reduce any potential risk to the resident. Practical solutions for those living with dementia are also available, this includes signage or colour differentiation for those who suffer with memory loss and are visually impaired. The assessors will also be able to advise whether any grant funding is available for any works required. To book an appointment call the Careline Community Team on PHORISM 1. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail. 2. If you don't have a sense of humour, you probably don't have any sense. 3. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water. 4. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night? 5 Business Conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without. 6. Why is it that at Class Reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks? 7. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who wants to buy a car. 8. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity. 9. No one ever says: 'It's only a game' when their Team is winning. 10. I've reached the age where the Happy Hour is a nap. 11. Money can't buy happiness -- but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than in a Kia. 12. After 50, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead!! 13. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind and the ones who mind don't matter!

12 AN ODE TO ENGLISH PLURALS We'll begin with a box and the plural is boxes, But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes. One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice. If the plural of man is always called men, Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen? If I speak of my foot and show you my feet, And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet? If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth, Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth? Then one may be that, and three would be those, Yet hat in the plural would never be hose, And the plural of cat is cats, not cose. We speak of a brother and also of brethren, But though we say mother, we never say methren. Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him, But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim! Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England. We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend. If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? 12

13 AN ODE TO ENGLISH PLURALS Group4 News If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what other la guage do people recite at a play and play at a recital? We ship by truck but send cargo by ship. We have noses that run and feet that smell. We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway. And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which an alarm goes off by going on. And in closing, if Father is Pop, how come Mother's not Mop? 13

14 WHAT'S ON AT DOWNHAM MARKET LIBRARY For further information about these events, or to book your place where necessary, contact the library on We are now on Facebook. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular Events 1. Scrabble Club every Tuesday 10am 12pm (term time only) Enjoy a game of scrabble. 2. Baby bounce and rhyme - Thursdays term time only Come along and enjoy some songs and rhymes. 3. Knit and Natter 1 st and 3 rd Wednesdays in month pm 4. Brew and Banter every Friday 10am 12 noon. 50p suggested donation. Enjoy a chat over a tea or coffee. 5. Job Help free help with using the universal Jobsmatch website. Wednesday mornings or Friday afternoons. Booking essential. Special Events Make some Christmas Decorations! Tuesday 7th November pm Come along and make some Christmas decorations out of recycled materials! 1 includes refreshments and materials. Booking essential. An Audience with Tracey Warr Tracey Warr, popular historical fiction author of the Conquest trilogy, will be coming to Downham Market Library to give an illustrated talk about her writing and works Monday 27th November 2-3pm Tickets 3 includes refreshments. Booking essential. Elena Parkin, Community Librarian, Norfolk County Council, Downham Market Library. 14

15 The Mark IV Cromwell Tank on the plinth is a replica of Little Audrey 5 Able, B Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment The Desert Rats Association REMEMBRANCE DAY Sunday 12 NOVEMBER 2017 To be held at High Ash, in front of the CROMWELL cruiser tank Desert Rats Memorial IP26 5BZ The service is to commemorate all servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice over the centuries in defence of our nation. This year s event will involve support from across the civilian and military communities: Veteran Organisations, weillinvolunteers, and Monty s Rolls mobile food café. The Desert Rats Museum will be open to the public for only the second time. The Association will have a large tent in the event of inclement weather. There will be Association merchandise and an information stand. The Ride for Respect (Scooter and Bike clubs) will be there in force. Limited chairs so bring your own if needed. 7 ARMOURED DIVISION THETFORD FOREST High Ash, Thetford Forest, Thetford IP26 5BZ For more information please visit the website ADR

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17 Swaffham Jazz Club Tuesday 14th November Swing That Thing 6 Piece Jazz Band Tuesday 12th December Colin Mason Quartet with Eleanora (vocals/keyboard) Tap Robinson (guitar) 7.30pm Swaffham Conservative Club 23 London Rd PE37 7DD Entry 6 on the door Enquiries: or Sefo Kanuteh with his band Meriya play beautiful Gambian music Saturday November 25th 7.30 pm Swaffham Assembly Rooms 9 for members 12 non-members Accompanied children free Tickets from Green Parrot Ceres Bookshop Enquiries: Nar Valley Ornithological Society (NarVOS) Tuesday 28th November at 7.30pm The Barn Theatre Sacred Heart Convent School, Swaffham. Access and parking from Sporle Road. Please come along to this illustrated talk by Dr Moss Taylor, entitled: Norfolk Through the Lens of a Naturalist Retired Sheringham GP, Moss Taylor, is well known in Norfolk as a naturalist. He is an award winner for his contribution to Norfolk s wildlife. Moss has also written several books on birds. He has an irrepressible passion for the wildlife and, in particular, the birds of Norfolk, his adopted county. Moss s talk is bound to be a delight for NarVOS Admission 2 on the night for nonmember and visitors are most welcome. Enquiries:

18 Beachamwell Creative Writing Group Meets every second Monday Afternoon 2.30pm Everyone with an interest in putting pen to paper welcome. Enquiries: or Wereham s Pop-Up Cafe will pop up Twice Every Month 7 th and 23 rd November 5 th and 19 th December am till 1.00pm The café will continue to serve a hot drink and a pastry or a slice of home-made cake for just 1.50 PLUS A light lunch dish of the day For an additional 2.50 Enquiries: Wereham Short Mat Bowls Club Tuesdays pm Village Hall Come and meet our friendly club, find out what s involved, try a new activity, help grow our club and have some fun For more information or for a chat telephone Beachamwell Wednesday Walkers Explore the rights of way in and around Beachamwell with us We meet at the Village Hall at am FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH Walks last between one and a half to two hours All, including dogs on leads, are welcome Some paths may be rough underfoot, there may be stiles or fields may be ploughed: come at your own risk and please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the outdoors Further details please telephone or

19 Wereham Weekly Cash Bingo Beachamwell WI Village Hall Wednesdays Doors Open 6.45pm Eyes Down 7.30 Raffle and refreshments with complimentary biscuits Enquiries: All proceeds go to the Village Hall Registered Charity Number Wereham Village Hall Demonstration of Holly Wreath making by Simon White, followed by our Annual Meeting. Thursday November 2nd 7:30pm Beachamwell Village Hall Visitors welcome or Beachamwell Book Group Tuesday 7th November 7.30 Beachamwell Village Hall Book to ne discussed over a glass of wine My Dear I Wanted To Tell You By Louisa Young Annual Subscription New members welcome Enquiries: Beachamwell Local History Group Thursday 9th November 7.30 Beachamwell Village Hall Oxburgh Hall, Past & Present A talk by Roger Farmer Enquiries: Beachamwell Parish Council Meeting Monday 13th November 7.30pm Beachamwell Village Hall Enquiries:

20 Barton Bendish Bonfire Friday November 10th 6.30pm onwards Barton Bendish Hall Tickets 6.00 (No charge for children) Price includes BBQ and a glass of wine Enquiries Proceeds to St Andrew s Church and Village Hall Barton Bendish, Beachamwell Afternoon Tea and a Chat.. Wednesday November 15th 2-4pm Beachamwell Village Hall Enquiries Come and visit our pop-up Greetings Cafe and browse our selection of greetings cards. We will be serving croissants and bacon rolls with plenty of coffee! Greetings by Oscar Wednesday 15 th November 2017 at All Saints Church, Boughton between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. All cards at the special price of 1.00 each. A Boughton Village Caravan Production Beachamwell and Fincham Family History Group Tuesday November 21st 2pm Beachamwell Village Hall A chance to do some of that research, record sorting etc you ve been meaning to do but haven t quite got round to Enquiries

21 Barton Bendish Christmas Fair and Tea Saturday November 25th pm Jewellery, Cards, Gifts, Scarves Homemade and Homegrown Treats and Eats and much more. Enjoy a Festive Afternoon Tea whilst doing your Christmas Shopping Enquiries: Proceeds to Barton Bendish Village Hall Beachamwell Craft Group Wednesday 29th November Beachamwell Village Hall Bring along something you are already working on or start a new hobby in a friendly group of like minded people Bring and Buy All welcome. Enquiries: Wereham Indoor / Outdoor Car Boot Sales and Café The last Sunday of every month excluding December. The date remaining for 2017 is November 26th 9am until 1pm Cafe serving bacon rolls, sausage in a roll or egg in a roll, with plenty of tea and coffee. A warm and friendly welcome is given to everyone. Please contact Philip on or Barton Bendish Christmas Wreath Workshop Thursday 16 th, Friday 17 th at 7.30pm or Saturday 18th November at 10am at 7.30pm Cost per person - includes festive refreshment. All basic materials are provided but you can bring your own ribbon or everlasting decoration to add if you would like to, no experience is necessary and you will go home with your own beautiful Christmas wreath. Just bring a pair of secateurs and dress for mess! Places limited/rsvp required Enquiries and Bookings or

22 Wereham Messy Church Thursday November 30th 4pm pm Starts in the church followed by activities and food in the Village Hall. All welcome. Don't miss it. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Just turn up. No charge. Donations invited Enquiries Barton Bendish Christingle Service By Candlelight Sunday 3rd December 3pm St Andrews Church Come and join us at this special Christmas service for all ages. Everyone is very welcome. Refreshments will be served after the service Enquiries: or Beachamwell WI Saturday December 2nd pm Beachamwell Village Hall Christmas Fayre Delicious cakes and jams, nearly new items, decorations and unique hand crafted gifts. We also have our very own pop-up café, with a range of refreshments. Last year the soup, sausage rolls and mulled wine went down a storm! So why not come for lunch? or WEREHAM More Events Christmas Bazaar Saturday 2 nd December, 1-4 Christmas Prize Bingo Wednesday 6 th December 7.30 Christmas Quiz Night Saturday 16 th December,7.30 Christmas Carols by the Pond Sunday 17 th December

23 Barton Bendish Film Club Proudly Presents: In Bruges A Bri sh-american black comedy crime film Saturday 9th Decembber 7.00pm Barton Bendish Village Hall Tickets 4 Raffle and refreshments Box Office: Beachamwell Quiz Saturday January 13th per person Bring your own refreshments There will be a 50/50 Raffle All proceeds to The Newly formed Friends of St. Mary s Church, Beachamwell Enquiries and to book a table: or Barton Bendish A Victorian Evening of Christmas Entertainment, Music and Carols Saturday 16th December 6pm Victorian dress is optional for the audience but if you have any suitable costumes you could lend us for the cast we would be very pleased to hear from you! If you would like to take part, we would also be very pleased to welcome you to the concert party! The entertainment will be followed by light refreshments and mulled wine. Entrance is free but donations are gratefully appreciated. To book your seat phone or Barton Bendish Traditional Burns Supper Saturday 27th January 7.30pm for 8.00pm Village Hall Tickets TBA Includes a wee dram to toast the Haggis Scottish Raffle Wear a token piece of tartan! Enquiries: or

24 BARTON BENDISH & EASTMOOR VILLAGE NEWS What a contrast this October is from last. When we arrived last year we enjoyed a scorching summer followed by a glorious Indian Summer. We thought that Barton had its own micro climate. I remember one in Hunstanton that people were seeking out shelter and shade in the heat of the afternoon... Anyway, the lanes look wonderful and the maple in our garden is turning bright red yet again. It is impossible not to feel inspired by our surroundings. Recently I was pointing out to my son that Canon Reid was Rector at St Mary s for almost sixty years. He pointed out a memorial plaque to Agnes Berney which points out that The virtuous woman is a crown unto her husband. I m always happy to learn. David Mason tells me that there is growing interest in a follow up walk in the footsteps of Mary caney. I do hope so. Apart from adding background detail to a fine novel, which continues to earn excellent reviews, our village is steeped in fascinating history. We are the successors of many generations whose lifestyle was very different from our own but their traditions and contributions should be recognised and honoured. We also have an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who fell during the First World War. Next year marks a hundred years since the war to end all wars ended and we are still trying to learn the lessons. There is significant funding to support whatever our villagers decide to do to commemorate the war in ways which will be meaningful to us all. The Projects Committee are looking for suggestions. It was good to see 400 raised at the Macmillan Coffee Morning. For a small village, so much of real value is happening all the time. Numbers don t come into it when people work together. I m looking forward to Trafalgar Night, the Remembrance Service at St Andrew s when we can discover more about the men from Barton and Eastmoor who never came back and the Barton Bonfire. This seems to be our best opportunity to meet the Count who does so much for our community. A new lease is on offer for the village hall and a new floor for it promised. Although, it shouldn t be forgotten, we all need to play our part. I am told that the Berney Arms is to have a bit of a facelift and that Sunday night quizzes are under consideration. The pub is keen to support the community more fully. We should be glad of this. Finally, how good to see our phone box and church railings resplendent in their new paint. Ask and a volunteer comes forward. Of such things are communities made. Andrew Stephen 24

25 BARTON BENDISH & EASTMOOR VILLAGE NEWS 25 Group4 News Congratulations to Olly and Tiv on the birth of their baby son Sebastian John. The Phone Box Thanks must go to Mel Parker for making our village look even smarter by painting the rather tired looking phone box and the railings in front of the War Memorial. It s amazing what a difference a lick of paint can make! Macmillan Coffee Morning Our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning was very well supported. Thanks to everyone who served teas, made the cakes, donated raffle prizes and cakes to sell and helped in many different ways. Also, of course, thanks must go to everyone who came along and gave so generously and to those who weren t able to be there but instead sent donations. We didn t quite break last year s record but even so managed the very respectable total of Trafalgar Night Supper Once again Linda and Mhari, ably assisted by Joan, Elizabeth, Janice and Emily in the galley, came up trumps with a new to Barton celebration of Lord Nelson s victory over the French. By some miracle they even ensured that the great man himself was there to command the occasion! The food was delicious and beautifully presented, the entertainment superb and the choir, even without either their conductor or musical accompaniment, sang wonderfully well. Another very enjoyable evening. Barton Bendish Hall BBQ and Bonfire - Friday 10 th November 2017 All are invited to enjoy a Bonfire with BBQ at Barton Bendish Hall on Friday 10 th November from 6:30pm - 9:30pm. A suggested donation of 6 per adult payable on arrival to include a BBQ and a glass of wine. All proceeds to St Andrews Church and the Village Hall. Children are welcome and must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Remembrance Service 12th November Barton Bendish will be taking part in the act of Remembrance on Sunday 12 th of November at 10.30am at St Andrews Church. A wreath will be laid at the village war memorial during the service. The names of those from the village, who gave their lives, will be read out accompanied by a little information about each one. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Should there be someone whom you wish to be remembered at this time and have their names read out please can you contact either Churchwarden and we will include them. It would be wonderful to know a brief history about them if it was possible. Linda or Mhari

26 BARTON BENDISH & EASTMOOR VILLAGE NEWS Wreath Making Workshops PLEASE NOTE - due to the popularity of the wreath making workshops, places are now only available on the evenings of Thursday November 16th and Saturday November 18th. Everything needed will be supplied but a pair of secateurs will be required. Please bring your own special decorations or ribbon for the finishing touches! Refreshments are provided. Please contact either Linda or Mhari ASAP to book a place. Christmas Fair Saturday November 25th 2-5pm Jewellery, cards, gifts, scarves and home grown and homemade treats will be on sale at the Christmas Fair being held in Barton Bendish Village Hall. There will be a raffle with some super prizes and afternoon teas will be served. Do come along and stock up with Christmas presents for your friends and family. Proceeds from the afternoon will benefit the Village Hall. For more information please contact Mary Tel Christingle Sunday 3rd December at 3pm Rev Ken Waters will be taking the Christingle service in St Andrews Church on Sunday 3rd December at 3pm. Everyone will be most welcome. Festive refreshments will be served after the service. Barton Bendish Film Club Barton Bendish Film Club Presents In Bruges Saturday December 9 th at 7.0pm In Bruges is described as being a British-American black comedy crime film starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. As usual, please reserve your seats by replying to this , or calling or through the Barton Bendish Film Club website. (Join our mailing list using our contact us webpage for details and timings of all our screenings.) We look forward to seeing you then. Victorian Evening Saturday 16th December at 6pm Calling all thespians and entertainers. The Victorian Evening of Christmas Entertainment is being held in the village hall on Saturday 16th December at 6pm. We are asking anyone who would like to tread the boards and perform to contact either Mhari or Linda Don t be shy - new acts are always very welcome. Variety is the spice of life as they say! 26

27 BARTON BENDISH & EASTMOOR VILLAGE NEWS Group4 News Marham Christmas Lunch Each year, as a goodwill gesture, RAF Marham invites a number of local parishioners to a Christmas lunch at the base. It is nearly time for that Marham Seniors Lunch which usually takes place on the first Wednesday in December. If you are eligible, i.e. over 65, live in Barton or Eastmoor, and have not been invited before, please call Anne Parker on and you will receive an invitation for either this year or be put on the list for next year. Quiz Sheets Calling all quiz fans! Our word quiz sheet is back and this time it has a literary challenge. The questions are themed on Books and Literature. All the answers are either book titles or names of authors. They are still only 1 and are available from The Berney Arms, St Andrews Church, the Churchwardens and at Barton Bendish events. If you are able and willing to sell some sheets on our behalf please do get in touch. Contact either Linda or Mhari All proceeds to church funds. The closing date for entries is Saturday November 25th 2017 Thank you. Calendars David Mason is selling wildlife wall calendars for 5 each, this year in aid of Marie Curie. He has had them printed using his own pictures and will be donating 2.50 from each sale to the charity. The calendars come complete with envelopes and will be available at village events or by contacting David on or New book The Life and Hard Times of Mary Caney An historical paperback novel recently published by local author Jill Mason. Mary was born to an agricultural labourer in 1790 and lived in poverty until she died in The story of her life is set in Barton Bendish and based on a skeleton of fact wrapped up in a liberal amount of fiction. Price 8.99 Available at village events and from Ceres Bookshop, Swaffham, leading book sellers and on line. Barton Bendish Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held on 20 th September 2017 The Chairman, Cllr Will Chapman, presided over the meeting and seven members of the public were in attendance. 27

28 BARTON BENDISH & EASTMOOR VILLAGE NEWS The Parish Council was pleased to co-opt Mrs Anne Parker from Church Road as a new Parish Councillor to bring the council up to their allowed number of seven. She was warmly welcomed by all of the Parish Council and we look forward to working with her. The Annual Return for 2016/17 had been completed by the External Audit; there were no comments or suggestions. The Highways Engineer for Norfolk County Council had advised the Parish Council that, unfortunately, they would not be considering an extension of the existing 30mph speed limit to include Boughton Long Road, as the area did not meet their criteria, and there was no funding for such works in the budget at the present time. The Parish Council still hoped to apply for funding from the Norfolk County Council Parish Partnership Scheme for 2018/19 to help with the cost of installing a trod (informal footpath) along Boughton Long Road, on the stretch of the road around the bend. Cllr McAlister reported that a volunteer had come forward to repaint the telephone boxes in the parish, which have been adopted by the Parish Council; the work had been completed on the Church Road box and the Eastmoor box was to be painted soon; the Parish Council expressed thanks to Mr Mel Parker for this work. Cllr McAlister is currently collecting a list of nominees to attend the next Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch at RAF Marham, which is normally held in the first week of December. If you are a senior citizen who would be interested in attending and have not already been contacted by Cllr McAlister please contact Anne Parker or contact the Clerk on the details shown below. The Parish Council can nominate 15 residents to attend so if there is insufficient space for everyone to attend this year your name would be carried forward to next year. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 th November This will be an Ordinary Parish Council Meeting starting at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. Miss Sarah Thorpe, Parish Clerk Telephone number: Further information is available on the Parish Council website at 28

29 BEACHAMWELL, SHINGHAM & DRYMERE VILLAGE NEWS Ian Phillpot to The family and I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts following the passing of Ian on the 16 th of October. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be sadly missed by all. Betty Phillpot Parish Council Seven people can easily plant about 1000 daffodil bulbs an hour. Who knew? The Parish Council bought 1500 Ice Follies bulbs. These scented daffodils open yellow and then turn white and will naturalise. Hopefully, around a hundred yards of Chestnut Walk will show the results around March and April Fingers crossed till then. Well done to those who turned out. If the planting is a success, then we can perhaps do it again next year! Chrissy Barr (Photograph by Simon Smith) If you have any items for the agenda please give them to me in writing at least a week beforehand. As always, if you have a query or a problem, you can consult the Councillors at any time they are more than willing to listen and help if they can. 29

30 BEACHAMWELL, SHINGHAM & DRYMERE VILLAGE NEWS Cllr Richard James has been co-opted onto the Parish Council to replace Pat O Donnell who resigned in August. Due to the resignation of Julie Ive in September there is a vacancy for another co-option. If you are interested please let me know. The Royal Air Force Marham Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch will be held on Wednesday 6 th December. Each Parish is requested to nominate a number of its residents so if you are interested and would like to be considered please let me have your name asap. Dates for future Parish Council meetings are: 2018: January 8 th, March 12 th and May 14th The Parish Council website is Eileen Powell (Parish Clerk) St Mary's Church It was a pleasant surprise to have four children attend the family service: they were brought by the Reader from Wretton. It would appear that the only way of getting children to attend St. Mary's Church is to import them - with the exception of the candlelit carol service. Remarkably, there were as many as fourteen of us in the church, including the Reader and the organist. The raindrops glistened on the leaves of the cherry trees outside the church in the glimpses of early autumn sunlight and the figures on the stained glass window glowed as if with an inner light. Instead of the usual dirges with their military metaphors as if addressed to a God who is perceived as a crusty old general, we sang the beautiful, rather more modern hymn, Be still for the presence of the Lord is here. It is worthwhile going to church if only to experience a moment of stillness in one's life of getting and spending, in the words of Wordsworth. The hymn was followed by another of my favourites, Dear Lord and Father of mankind/ forgive our foolish ways. I was struck yet again by the lyricism of certain lines in this lovely hymn: Drop your still dews of quietness, / till all our strivings cease. The writer of the hymn, John Greenleaf Whittier was a 19th century American poet and Quaker who strove much of his life to abolish slavery. The words of the hymn were taken from his poem entitled, The Brewing of Soma. Soma was a sacred ritual drink used to 30

31 BEACHAMWELL, SHINGHAM & DRYMERE VILLAGE NEWS heighten the perceptions of its imbibers so that they might experience the divine. Religion, like poetry, is an attempt to transcend the merely rational since rationality cannot in itself begin to penetrate the mysterious nature of existence. It was good to hear the children's voices echo between the ancient walls as they took turns to read passages from the Bible and to join in with the final response of the peace that passes all understanding while through the side window I watched another autumn shower darken the surrounding headstones, eroding still further the names and dates of those who have worshipped in this church throughout the centuries. James Knox Whittet Friends of St Mary's Church A Group has been formed to help with the long term commitment for the building maintenance of our very special Grade 1 listed medieval building - one of only 5 in the country with a thatched roof and round Saxon tower. It s a tall order but the first meeting was a positive success with some great fundraising ideas and a hopeful feeling for the future of our beautiful church. It s not too late to be a part of the modern future so please do get in touch with me if you would like to support in any way. Caroline Sanderson Beachamwell Village Hall (Charity registration number ) Accessibility Project: As this edition goes to press, it s all over bar the decorating and we are looking forward to re-opening the doors to all our regular bookings in the week beginning 16 October. As somebody said to me in ASDA last week It s been so boring without the village hall. What greater compliment could you ask for? There will be a full press release and photo in the next edition. Auction: The Auction of Promises has been postponed until Beachamwell Village Hall Committee Contact: Leah Spencer or 31

32 BEACHAMWELL, SHINGHAM & DRYMERE VILLAGE NEWS Wednesday Walkers The walk down Murgot s Lane towards Barton Bendish and back along the paths to St. John s was the seventy-third excursion for the Wednesday Walkers! Over the months since we started in October 2012, we have walked a surprising two-hundred and fifty miles or thereabouts exploring the rights of way around Beachamwell. It takes some fourteen months to walk all the rights of way in the parish, so each month finds us walking in a different direction and we rarely cover the exact route twice. Most months a dozen or so Walkers meet at the Memorial Hall for a ten o clock start so that we are back in the village well in time for lunch. It s all very friendly with no formal membership: walkers just come along when they are free to do so. Some walkers manage every month, others occasionally; and we are always pleased that new folk continue to join our rambles. Our fame has spread, with the help of G4N and by word of mouth, so now walkers not only 32

33 BEACHAMWELL, SHINGHAM & DRYMERE VILLAGE NEWS come from Beachamwell, but also from neighbouring villages and from as far afield as Swaffham and Brandon. Our next walk is on Wednesday, 1 st November. Sue Pennell ( ) and Leah Spencer ( ) Photograph by Simon Smith WI On Thursday, October 5 th, Beachamwell WI members were entertained by a most interesting talk by Liz Nally on Antique Quilts and their stories. Liz brought a number of beautiful old quilts, each of which had a story to tell. Liz is not just an expert on the making and stitching of quilts but had in some cases found out about the individuals who had made them. A fascinating evening which got us all talking. Next month, we will be back in our usual home in Beachamwell Village Hall for a demonstration of Holly Wreath making by Simon White, followed by our Annual Meeting. As always, visitors are very welcome to join us. On Saturday 2 nd December there will a warm welcome for all visitors to our CHRISTMAS FAYRE. The doors of Beachamwell Village Hall will be open from 12 till 3pm for the sale of delicious cakes and jams, nearly new items, decorations and unique hand crafted gifts. We also have our very own pop-up café, with a range of refreshments. Last year the soup, sausage rolls and mulled wine went down a storm! So why not come for lunch? Maggie Mackenzie ( ) or Helen Ranger ( ) Beachamwell Local History Group The Group is hosting a talk on Oxburgh Hall by Roger Farmer on Thursday, November 9 th at 7:30pm. Entitled Oxburgh Hall, Past and Present, the talk will include a brief history of the house and some of the people who lived there, a behind the scenes look at the work going on to preserve the house today, as well as a guide to the unseen Oxburgh, the parts visitors never see. The venue is Beachamwell Village Hall and the cost (payable at the door) will be 3, to include refreshments. This is a unique opportunity to find out more about one of our local historical gems. Maggie Mackenzie ( ) Mobile Post Office Monday and Thursday Tuesday and Wednesday

34 BOUGHTON VILLAGE NEWS Boughton s Bottle goes to Brussels. As this episode is written it is: - 1year, 193days, 16hrs, and 5minutes until we leave the EU. The great and good on both sides of the table are currently embroiled in negotiating the terms of Brexit. The Bottle is not impressed with progress thus far. The rhetoric from the EU side i.e. Michel Barnier and Jean-Claude Drunker- sorry! Junker has not instilled a sense of confidence. Theresa May and David Davis have asked if the Bottle might attend the next set of meetings to calm things down somewhat. We have agreed on the condition that our Bottle tables the demands of Boughton regarding the final outcome, which are as follows:- 1 Boughton retains exclusive control of its fishing waters. No quotas 2 The CAP is replaced with the BAP (Boughton Agriculture Policy) free spuds. 3 The Boughton underground railway as detailed in the telephone Kiosk has total freedom of movement and expansion rights. 4 All wines will be tax free. Also free at the point of purchase over Christmas 5 All Beers & Ciders will be tax free. And free at p.o.p over Christmas d & e above apply additionally on Open Gardens day. 6 Frank & Tim will nominate any other free wine days as they see fit. 7 Boughton reserves the right to control its borders, and unmanned welcome centres will be established at Cavenham Corner; and the junction of Oxborough road and Stoke road. 8 Boughton reserves the right to adopt any further rules as we think them up. 9 Any EU divorce bill demands will be rejected outright by the bottle; however any donations to Boughton will be gratefully accepted. The Bottle has our authority to walk away with no agreement as and when the bottle decides. Should the EU wish to formulate rules for Boughton, they will be ignored. The really worrying thing is that Barnier has a bottle too, but with a blue top!!! Frank and Tim 34

35 BOUGHTON VILLAGE NEWS 35 Group4 News Greetings by Oscar Pop-Up Café: Many of you attended and enjoyed our very first Greetings by Oscar pop-up cafe in September and going by the number of cards sold it was a great success indeed. So much so that a number of you have asked for another pop-up before the end of the year. We have re-stocked and are ready to serve you with bacon rolls and croissants on Wednesday 15 th November between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm at All Saints Church. Come along and buy bargain greetings cards all at 1.00 each, some of which are high street names and there will also be a sprinkling of Christmas as well. The Boughton Village Caravan Boughton Cricket Club: A cricket match took place in the first week of September against a select 12 and a team from Dave Hawkins cabins on the pitch at Boughton. The select 12 won the toss and chose to bat. Wickets fell very cheaply in the early order: batting order Hugh Jenkins, Barry Ovel, Tom Roberts, Kevin Fisher and Geoff Proctor all went for 11 runs. It all looked very glum but the youngsters rallied round and put on a wonderful display of batting and accumulated a very respectable score. Brothers Jonny and Brynmor Jenkins started the fight back, then Bertie and Arthur Cox put on over 40, followed by father and son Phil and William Richardson who put on 6 and 42 respectively. So after a very poor start we ended with 152 off 30 overs. Dave s team took to the crease. Jack, Will, Gary, Ian and Tom went cheaply, but some aggressive batting from Ian W, Stuart, Chris (24) Luke, Geoff and Dave got the score along but just not enough to better the select 12. Some wonderful bowling took place from Arthur and Bertie Cox, taking six wickets between them, Jonny Jenkins taking 2 and William Richardson also taking 2. Many thanks to Clare, who sorted out all the refreshments and to Boughton Cricket Club for the facilities. We must not forget David Cooper, the long-suffering umpire who always turns up for this event. Geoff Proctor Harvest Supper: Boughton hosted the annual Harvest Supper on September 30 th. It has been the tradition to hold it in each of the four churches of the old benefice on a four year rota. It was well supported, with friends from Beachamwell, Wereham, Downham Market, Shouldham and Brookville, together with visitors from further afield. Sandy and her team prepared a change from the traditional menu, with roast beef and all the trimmings and 45 people sat down to eat after Ken Waters had said grace. After the meal, Sandy and Tom Golden entertained us and we finished with the now traditional singsong. Thanks to all those who helped prepare the meal and raise 370 for church funds. I hope the tradition will now continue in spite of the rearrangement of parishes under the new grouping. Pam Wakeling

36 BOUGHTON VILLAGE NEWS Remembrance Sunday Boughton together with Beachamwell, Shouldham, Shouldham Thorpe and Fincham will be taking part in the joint Remembrance Day service at Fincham on November 12th at It will be led by The Rural Dean. There will be a short Remembrance Ceremony at Boughton War memorial on Saturday November 11th at 10.00, led by Paul Coulten. Bill Wells will play the Last Post. The village wreath will be taken to Fincham on the Sunday for blessing within that service. Names of Boughton war dead will be read at both services. We are due to receive a plaque commemorating the war grave within the churchyard at some point in the near future. Paul Coulten FROM RUPERT BROOKE THE SOLDIER If I should die, think only this of me: That there s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England s, breathing English air, Washed by rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven. 36

37 COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD Group4 News MOBILE LIBRARY VISITS - Please note changed days/times DATE VILLAGE LOCATION TIME Thursday Barton Bendish Hatherley Gardens 09:55 am 21st November Beachamwell Old Post Office 10:15 am Drymere Telephone Kiosk 10:40 am Thursday 6th & 20th November Boughton Mill Road 14:20 pm Church Road am Wereham Queen s Close 16:20 pm For services to all Group 4 villages ring Mobile Library Information on or look at the website - VILLAGE BUS SERVICES FROM ROUTE OPERATOR DESTINATION Barton Bendish 31 (Saturday) Lewis Coaches Swaffham Beachamwell 31 (Saturday) Lewis Coaches Swaffham 18 (Tuesday) Eagles Coaches King s.lynn & Swaffham Boughton 18 (Tuesday) Eagles Coaches King s.lynn & Swaffham Wereham 28 (Mon to Sat) Coach Services King s Lynn 40 (Mon to Sat) Coach Services Thetford/Downham Timetable requests:- (01603) Traveline or ( Call cost 12p per minute FARMERS MARKETS Ely Second and Fourth Saturday 8:00-2:00pm Fakenham Fourth Saturday 8.30am to 12:00pm RAF Marham First Thursday 12.00pm to 5.00pm Swaffham No longer trading King s Lynn Third Friday For information:- or your local Tourist Information Office VILLAGE, COMMUNITY and PARISH HALL BOOKINGS VILLAGE, COMMUNITY and PARISH HALL BOOKINGS Barton Bendish Bill Tasker Barton Beachamwell Bendish Leah Bill Tasker Spencer Beachamwell Boughton Pam Leah Wakeling Spencer Boughton Wereham Doreen Pam Wakeling Rolph Wereham Doreen Rolph

38 CHURCH SERVICES (SOUTHERN GROUP) Date and Time Location Service Sunday 5th November The Fourth Sunday before Advent 9.30 am Methwold Holy Communion 9.30 am Whittington Service of the Word am Beachamwell Holy Communion am West Dereham Family Service 6.00 pm Wereham Evensong Sunday 12th November Remembrance Sunday am Methwold Remembrance Service am Wereham Remembrance Service am Barton Bendish Remembrance Service am West Dereham Remembrance Service am Wretton with Stoke Ferry Remembrance Service Sunday 19th November The Second Sunday before Advent 9.30 am Methwold Methodist Service 9.30 am West Dereham Service of the Word 9.30 am Whittington Service of the Word 11.00am Beachamwell Family Service 11.00am Wereham Morning Prayer Sunday 26th November The Sunday Next before Advent 9.30 am Methwold Service of the Word 9.30 am West Dereham Service of the Word 9.30 am Wretton with Stoke Ferry All Age Service am Boughton Holy Communion 6.00 pm Barton Bendish Evensong Thursday Services All Souls Service Whittington 2nd at 6.00 pm Holy Communion Boughton:9th, 23rd at Compline Wretton with Stoke Ferry 16th at 5.30pm Churchwardens Barton Bendish: Mhari Blanchfield /Linda Webster Beachamwell: Vesna Hudson Boughton: Pam Wakeling Wereham: Sheila Smith Baptisms and Weddings Please contact the Churchwarden in your parish. 38

39 CHURCH SERVICES (NORTHERN GROUP) Date and Time Location Service Sunday 5th November The Fourth Sunday before Advent am Shouldham Morning Prayer am Marham Café Church (Methodist Chapel) am Stow Bardolph Holy Communion am Tottenhill Holy Communion 3.00 pm Wimbotsham Memorial Service Sunday 12th November Remembrance Sunday am Shouldham Thorpe Wreath Laying Ceremony, then am Fincham Group Remembrance Service am Stow Bridge Remembrance Holy Communion am Nordelph Remembrance Service at the War Memorial am Watlington Remembrance Service Sunday 19th November The Second Sunday before Advent am Shouldham Holy Communion am Marham United Worship (MC) am Nordelph Holy Communion in the Village Hall am Runcton Holme Holy Communion Sunday 26th November The Sunday Next before Advent 9.30 am Fincham Holy Communion (said BCP) am Marham Holy Communion (Holy Trinity) am Wimbotsham Holy Communion am Wormegay Holy Communion Thursday Services Holy Communion Fincham 2nd, 16th and 23rd at 10am Baptisms and Weddings Please contact the Churchwarden in your parish: Fincham Cathy O'Brien Marham Philip Fay Shouldham Brian and Ann Hullah Shouldham Thorpe Gordon Reid Shouldham Thorpe Gary Eggleton

40 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS Lizzie Baddock Very sadly we have had to say farewell to a dear friend who died very suddenly, and sooner than any of us expected, on the evening of Sunday, the second of October. Lizzie had so many friends and was such a valued and meaningful member of our community quite simply her contribution was immense. So many of us who have been her friends both old and new for over 40 years (and much less) would like to share some of our special memories of her. When we moved to Wereham 32 years ago with a young daughter and a baby, we didn t know anyone in the village. Lizzie was the first person to befriend me. She was so warm and loving, but more than that, she had integrity. She took everyone as they were and in over 30 years I never heard her say a cross or mean word about anyone. She was also incredibly talented in many crafts and used those talents not only to create a beautiful home for Greg and Matthew but also, she took the time and care to make things for her friends, from homemade cards to hand made gifts; decorations she made over 30 years ago still hang on our Christmas tree every year and will now be even more special. She will live on not only in our hearts but also because there are little bits of Lizzie everywhere, from gifts in our homes to cuttings in our gardens and to the pinnacles on the church tower. Thank you, Lizzie, for being you "Oh Debbie!" This was Lizzies usual response to a fundraising idea that went too far or was just plain silly. It was always said affectionately, with a giggle and a twinkle in her eye. We will miss you Lizzie A friend who touched our lives in many ways. A friend who will be missed dearly. A friend who will remain in our hearts forever. God bless and keep you Lizzie. Xxx "I remember when I first came to live in Wereham with my young family 26 years ago! We had moved to Norfolk from Hampshire, leaving behind friends and relatives and feeling very lonely not knowing anyone at all. I sat on the grass at the village pond with my two little girls aged two and four and we fed the ducks! A lovely lady came over to us full of smiles and introduced herself- it was Liz she was the first person that made us feel welcome in Wereham and I have never forgotten it. During their childhood our daughters and their little gang of friends always knew 40

41 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS that Lizzie was special, whether chatting to her behind the counter or in the late village shop or just a little wave to her from the bridge whilst waiting for the school bus! The most wonderful thing was Liz s dolls house. My three girls were enthralled by the detail and Liz loved showing them what she had created! Such talent! She will be so sadly missed." "I remember what marvellous times we had when we were all young and newly married. There used to be a carnival in Wereham in those days and Lizzie always organised the float. First of all we would all meet in her house and Lizzie would choose a theme and then it would be decided what our costumes would be. Lizzie was so good at just cutting out costumes helping us with them or sewing them for us if necessary. We used to have so much fun. I remember once we all went as the Mothers from Fame!...You should have seen what Lizzie's bedroom looked like when we had all prepared ourselves for the float! They were such good times and Lizzie was the centre of it all." "I have over 40 years of wonderful memories of times spent with Lizzie. Lots of good times away for weekends in our caravans, gathering cockles on Hunstanton Beach, helping with Open Gardens and much more. In the last few months I have done my best to give her help and also positive thoughts.." "She was a very special friend and a lovely lady. She had a great influence on a lot of people and we will all miss her." "Lizzie particularly loved Evensong at St Margaret's Church that she helped to save." "She was a lovely person both inside and outside. A light has gone out in our village. "I thought the world of Lizzie. She helped me with so much. She was such a good friend and was just always there for me. What a wonderful person she was in every way." "A truly gifted homemaker, gardener and crafter with this special interest in all she created with her wealth of knowledge. To be remembered always." "On the Saturday night before Lizzie died I had been kept awake all night by the tawny owls hooting and calling in the churchyard opposite. The next day listening to "Tweet of the day" by coincidence it featured tawny owls, explaining it was the males that made the mating calls etc. I ed Lizzie to share this 41

42 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS with her and did not see a reply till Monday morning. She replied saying yes she had heard the tawny owls too and thought that this was the time of year they began to pair off. She also revealed that she and Greg were all packed and ready to go in the caravan to Houghton Mill for a few days. She wrote "if we don't go soon it will be too cold. Greg has helped me pack the van and we are all ready except for the last minute things. We have a good heater on board and so we thought we'd give it a go? Talk to you soon, take care with much love Lizziexx While reading the the telephone rang and it was with the sad news that Lizzie had passed away the previous day. I will never be able to hear the tawny owls calling in the churchyard again without thinking of Lizzie." One word that to me sums Lizzie up completely is lovely. We first met when we moved here 27 years ago she was then one of the two smiley cheerful assistants in the village shop. As our children got bigger, with the shop just a stone s throw away, they were sometimes sent on errands or allowed to go and buy a few sweets alone so have their own very special memories of Lizzie from those years. She was the lady we chatted to on our visits to the pond to feed the ducks or play at the playground, as well as a friendly, welcoming face at church. For those who don t remember the state of the church at that time, it was in poor repair with scaffolding propping up sections of the south aisle, no floor beneath the pews on one side, and buckets to catch rainwater in strategic spots. It was Lizzie, with support from Greg who got the first wave of village fundraising off the ground, later backed up with grant funding from the lottery and other charities. What a transformation that made! Some years later, Lizzie and I worked together on other phases of church updating - complete rewiring when the electrics were condemned, then installation of electric heating to replace dangerous portable Calor heaters. We made a good team ploughing through swathes of paperwork, forms and correspondence together and she helped me keep focussed in our dealings with English Heritage who weren t always sympathetic to proposed solutions. Lizzie was always at the centre of things when it came to organisation of the annual church festival, showing off her artistic flair when it came to displays inside the church I will always remember the fabulous wedding dress display she coordinated with Ivy some years back. And of course there is Open Gardens, which Lizzie initiated 14 years ago and organised each year since ours has been one of the smaller gardens open on several occasions, and we understand the pleasure this has given to countless visitors over this period plus the considerable boost to funds 42

43 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS this has made to St Margaret s Church. Lizzie will be remembered for always being at the heart of the Wereham community, and is someone the community has taken to their own hearts. Lovely Lizzie one very special lady. Quotes taken from some of the cards that Greg received and chosen by him. "What an incredibly courageous lady." "I have such fond memories of her through childhood Lizzie taught me to sew and everything I can do now came through her." "Lizzie was lovely lady." "She seemed to have a spare second heart and took me on board." "Lizzie was such a gifted person her craft work her greeting cards and her beautiful needlework as well as her love of books." "Open Gardens! Now that was Lizzie really in her element!" "I won't forget Lizzie's kindness in coming round to welcome me when I first moved to Wereham." "Lizzie was a beautiful person generous and kind. It was lovely to have known her." "In all the years I knew her I never heard Lizzie say a bad word about anybody, nor did I hear anyone say a bad word about her." "When Lizzie said she would do something you knew she would see it through. In everything she did in the village you cannot name one thing she gave up on." Lizzie was creatively speaking exceptionally gifted in so many ways. Who can forget her wonderful work with miniatures? The wonder of her Dolls' House! And then there was the Village shop in all its infinite variety all the miniatures, perfect in detail made by Lizzie herself not just bought from some extravagant children's toy shop! But the most abiding of Lizzie's qualities, I think, was her extraordinary warmth which came with that wonderful smile and gentle voice. She was the most deeply caring person in every way. And espoused every good cause that ever there was! Everyone will tell you the best friend you could ever have. I just feel grateful to have counted her as my friend and especially to know that her strong and abiding faith saw her safely and calmly right up to the end. I haven t known Lizzie for as long as everyone else has but I have always been struck by her wonderful enthusiasm and willingness to get involved in whatever we do. As you know she was involved in Messy Church right up to the very last moment 43

44 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS Wereham Harvest Festival Wereham's Harvest Festival was celebrated in style. Faye and Maddie read the Bible reading of the sower and the seed and then the children acted out the story. The spectacular harvest loaf made by John Millard was shared by all the congregation together with freshly squeezed local apple juice and cheese. Many thanks to Brian Bruce for providing the vintage tractor for us all to admire and have our photos taken next to. Many thanks too for all the donations of tinned and dried food (over 40 items ) which were given to the Downham Market food bank. Wereham Messy Church Thursday 30 th November 4pm. This is our Messy advent service. We start in the church at 4pm with a short family type service with children reading, playing instruments and singing. We then go to the village hall for activities and food. All are welcome. No charge. Donations invited. For more information please contact Debbie or Ian Rye Macmillan Coffee Morning We held a coffee morning in the village hall (new hall next year!!!) on Saturday 23 rd September. We raised the fantastic amount of 846, which was up on last year s figure ( 700). Thanks go to everyone who helped and supported the event, to those who baked an incredible array of home-baked goodies, to those who gave and supported the huge raffle and to all who attended on the day. Thanks to Stina who sold her lovely paintings on the day, to Rosemary who brought along items made by Wereham Crafty Folk also to the George and Dragon for hosting one of the games. Well done everyone. Wereham Tots Just a reminder that we meet Friday mornings from 10.00am til noon. Teas, coffees on tap for parents/carers. Healthy snacks for children. Vast 44

45 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS amount of toys/equipment to play with and a different craft each week. Term time only per session for up to two children, 50p extra thereafter. Do pop in and join us. Wereham Parish Council Next Meeting Date Tuesday 14 November 2017 (Ordinary Parish Council Meeting) Agenda items must be received before the end of the month prior to each meeting, items received after this time will not be possible to discuss. Please send to the Parish Clerk at The Agendas for meetings are always published on the Wereham Village Notice Board three clear days before the meeting, on the Wereham Parish Council Facebook Page and on the website You will also find minutes of all meetings here too. Wereham Parish Council has a Facebook page that anyone can apply to be a member of. The Wereham Village Group page is not administered or monitored by the Parish Council. The best way of contacting the Parish Council is to contact the clerk directly by or telephone. If an immediate response is required the best way is to telephone. Guess What? There were smiles all round and laughs a plenty at the Guess What? event organised by Wereham Heritage Group on 16 th September. If you missed it, you missed a treat. Peter Bates from Hilgay has been an avid collector of stuff for over 50 years. During this time he has amassed a vast collection of agricultural equipment and now obsolete household objects from devices to broadcast seed and butter churners, to gas powered bicycle lights and hair crimping tools. He brought a selection of these along to share with us, keeping us entertained with demonstrations of the way they would have been used, plus personal memories and anecdotes. There were a separate selection of numbered items which we were invited to identify, selecting from 3 possible answers with a prize for the best score well done Jim! I did spectacularly badly at this, changing a number of my answers from originally correct ones to others before submitting my answer sheet for marking there s clearly something to be said for going with gut instinct rather than thinking too hard. Correct answers included a poker for a steam engine, nutmeg grinder, RAF airfield landing light, diver s shoe, saddle holder, a device for binding handles to witches brooms and a thatcher s needle. 45

46 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS Wereham Craft Group. By the time you read this we will have had our Craft Fair and we hope you liked what you saw. The Craft Stall will be out again on December 2 nd for the Christmas Bazaar which will be from 2pm until 4pm. We will also be having an open day on November 24 th from 10am until and again from 2pm until 5pm there will be coffee, tea and mince pies on offer on that day, a chance to pick up a few Christmas presents with the opportunity to shop in peace and quiet. We look forward to seeing several of you on that day. If you ladies that work would like us to stay open a bit longer in the evening do please let me know. For details contact Rosemary on , Short Mat Bowls As from October 10 th the short mat bowls group will meet on a Tuesday afternoon 2pm until 4pm, this is for the winter season and we will review it again in March/April Any former Wereham or Stoke Ferry player will be very welcome to join us. 2 per player to include tea, coffee and biscuits. Players are very welcome to bring wives, husband s partners for a natter and a cup of drink and watch the game unfold. For details contact Philip on , or Car Boot Sales and Cafe The car boot sales continue to thrive we only have one more this year so why not have a turn out before Christmas and make a little bit of extra cash. We have started doing a 50/50 raffle at 1 per strip with half of the money going to the village hall and half to the first number picked out at the end of the morning. At the September car boot we took 40 so 20 went to the village hall and the remaining 20 went to the lucky winner who was Janet Winter. The next car boot sale is November 26 th then we have a break until the end of January For details contact Philip on or Village Hall Bonus Ball Club The lucky winners of 60 each in October were Pauline Holland and Angela Goddon congratulations to you both! Helen Richardson, Secretary. For all the pictures and feedback from our events, log onto By clicking on the Like option, you will be kept up to date on events, pictures and the progress towards a new village hall. 46

47 WEREHAM VILLAGE NEWS October Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee As Christmas creeps ever closer, the Friends of Wereham Village Hall are busily making plans for our usual run of Christmas events. This starts with the Christmas bazaar on Saturday 2 nd December always a good source of different and interesting gift ideas as well as a range of festive refreshments and treats and the opportunity to catch up with the main man himself before the big day yes Father Christmas will be in attendance! The Christmas family prize bingo will be on Wednesday 6 th December. Everyone is welcome and there are always a great range of prizes to suit all ages. The Christmas Quiz night is on Saturday 16 th December and is followed on Sunday 17 th by Carols by the pond, which is straight after the Christmas Nativity church service. Please make sure you order your tickets in advance. As you are aware the old hall really is on its last legs now. There is a never ending list of maintenance tasks required to keep it usable. A massive thank you to everyone involved in supporting the current hall, both through fundraising and helping with events, but also for all the practical help with fixing toilets, repairing cupboards, sealing leaks, patching holes in the roof..the list goes on! You are all the duct tape holding the building together until we can finally move into our new hall in 2018! Update from the New Build Project Team Having completed the necessary below-ground works drainage, service intakes, wall foundations, floor sub-structure and the steel frame, mid- September saw a fleet of ready-mix concrete lorries, a giant concrete pump and a gang of enthusiastic operatives complete the placing of the entire concrete floor in a single operation lasting no more than five hours. Since then the brickwork has gradually been gaining height though heavy rain showers have not helped progress. For more regular updates and photos, follow us on our Facebook page. Victoria, John E, John M and Rachel 47

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