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General Lord Dannatt presents

Legion dHonneur to Sid Barnes

Picture by Mark Bunning Photography

On Monday 11th January at The Hare and Barrel
Hotel and Restaurant, Watton, the presentation by
General Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the British
Army and Patron of The Royal British Legion,
Norfolk County, of the Legion dHonneur was
made to Branch member, Mr Sid Barnes.
Mr Barnes, who at 89 is the second oldest member
of the Watton and District branch, has been a
member of The Royal British Legion ever since
the end of the Second World War. During that
time he has served many roles in Legion branches,
his last being as Standard Bearer for the old Group
7 before it closed down. He has also carried the
Watton Branch Standard as standby.
The award came about when the French
Government announced that they were intending
to award the Legion dHonneur to all surviving DDay veterans on the occasion of the 70th

Anniversary of the Normandy landings in 1944.

An application was sent off to the Ministry of
Defence stating that Sid had been a driver with the
Royal Army Service Corps and had driven ashore
at Arromanches a few days after D-Day ferrying
supplies and ammunition into Normandy, then on
through Belgium and into Germany ending up at
the Battle of the Bulge. Prior to D-Day he had
moved supplies down to the South Coast in the
build up to the Normandy invasion.
Mr Barnes received his medal through the post
and, as his letterbox was temporarily out of action
the postman left the package in the shed! With the
medal was a letter from the French Embassy
stating that if the recipient wished to be formally
presented with the Legion dHonneur
arrangements could be made for it to be presented
by the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom

at a ceremony to be held at the Embassy in

London. However, as Mr Barnes didnt feel up to
making the journey to London the Watton branch
made arrangements for the local presentation by
Lord Dannatt.
The assembly consisted of approximately 40
Branch members and guests, including Mr
Barnes daughter, grandchildren and great
granddaughter. Also present were Lord and Lady
Walsingham, Major Bill Kerr (Norfolk County
RBL Chairman) and Mr John Boisson (Norfolk
County Chairman elect) and Rev Gerry Foster
(Rector of Watton), who said Grace. Among the
guests were members of Sids original branch,
Castle Acre, where he was born.
Mr Barnes wore his medal for the first time when
on parade for Remembrance Sunday in Watton
last November.

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February 2016

Watton Rotary
Perhaps a slight disappointment at
Christmas was the low number of
takers for our Father Christmas presents
deliver service on the big day. Decline in
interest in this service has been the trend
over the last few years, so our Projects
Committee will be considering very
carefully whether it is worthwhile
continuing with it in future.
On 7th January, our first meeting of the
new year, we had a wear a hat evening
it was for no particular reason other

The Visit
A short story by Ken Knowles
They all gathered for a late breakfast
at the airport hotel at Heathrow, rather
later than they had anticipated, for
they had all retired exhausted after
their three day journey from Adelaide.
This was to be Steves first visit to the
Old Country in thirty years, while his
wife and two sons had never been
He had spent the last six months or so
thumbing through brochures and
travel guides to sort out a series of
hotels or guest houses, so that he
could show his family the glories of
Britain, such as the Cotswolds, The
Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District,
Wales and Scotland. But first he
wanted to drop in on his sister, whom
he had not seen for so long.
I can hardly wait to see her face
when I get there. We were always so
close, and she was so upset when my
job took me so far away, he said.
Ive got her a great big box of
chocolates, and a big bunch of
flowers, and a bottle of whisky for
Arthur, and Im so excited by the
prospect of seeing her.
Dont you think it would be a good
idea to phone and let her know were
coming?, asked his wife.
Be a bit difficult she hasnt got a
phone. She would never have one,
because she always associated phone
calls with bad news. And anyway if
she knew we were on our way, shed
be in a great panic. Probably springclean the house, clean all the
windows, Hoover the lawn, and worry
about the food, and whether wed be
all right on the road, and so on. No, a
surprise visit is the best way.
So Steve settled the hotel bill, and
went to pick up the hire car, and they
began the journey to Suffolk, to the
first stop on their itinerary, calling on
his sister on the way.

than a bit of fun. A wide variety of

headgear appeared, from a parachutists
helmet to pork pie and Bowler hats. An
array of baseball caps was provided for
the forgetful. See picture above.
Looking to the future, Rotary Day is
celebrated worldwide on February 23rd.
A few years ago we planted crocuses-in a
number of grassy areas in Watton and
nearby villages to raise funds for the
ongoing End Polio Now campaign. The
variety of crocus is one that normally
flowers in mid to late February and its
colour is similar to the purple dye used to
mark the fingers of children when given
the polio vaccine. Last year it was early
March before the flowers appeared; could
Steve had bought an AA road atlas,
and listed a few salient points, so that
his wife could help him find his way,
for though he had a general
knowledge of the area, he knew that
with all the changes over the years
things might be completely different.
The first challenge, as he saw it, was
the infamous M25, though when they
eventually joined it the traffic was
flowing freely. In fact his wife said I
thought the speed limit was 70mph
whereas they were travelling at that
speed and cars were overtaking them
without any trouble.
But soon there were the red glow of
stop-lights, and in no time the traffic
had got slower and slower until soon
it was at a standstill. As they sat in the
queue Steve was aware of a big lorry
sidling past on the inside lane, which
had the words Smiths of Aberdeen
on the back. Thats over 400 miles
away, he said, though the boys were
not impressed. Back home 400 miles
was local stuff, but they soon began to
take an interest when they saw names
like Manchester and Liver pool, which
they knew from watching football on
the television .
Of course eventually the traffic got
under way again, and they found their
way into Suffolk, with the family all
boggling at the sight of the medieval
houses in villages such as Lavenham,
until at last they arrived at their
Steve got out of the car and rushed up
to the front door and rang the bell, but
there was no answer, so he went round
to the back, being carefully watched
by the lady in the next cottage. When
she called out Can I help you?
Steve came over and said I was
looking for Jenny Mrs. Aston.
Perhaps shes popped out, Ill wait in
the car.
Youll have a long wait, was the
reply, She won a big prize in the
Lottery, so she decided to go to see
her brother in Australia.

they be early this year? However, our

President, Paul Chubbock, intends to join
in another Rotary initiative to mark
Rotary Day, that is: to walk over the
Millennium Dome. Last year, 100
Rotarians did so, and this year it is hoped
to raise in excess of 20,000 for two
humanitarian causes - End Polio Now
and Water & Sanitation. Want to sponsor
Tickets for our first Jazz at the Queens Hall
gig of 2016, with DixieMix on Friday 18th
March, will go on sale at Adcocks from 1st
February. The 12 ticket price includes a
light supper with the ever-brilliant DM
sextet. Martin Anscombe

The Watton Society

Programme for 2016
You do not have to be a member to
come to our meetings, just come
along to any meeting you wish.
Wednesdays 7.45 pm at the Watton
Christian Community Centre
17th February
The Origins and
Development of English Surnames
16th March A talk about Edith Cavell by
Georgette Vale
20th April Hear about the Maharaja
Duleep Singh who lived near Thetford
from Karen-Emma White of Thetford
Ancient House Museum
18th May Three Victorian Gentlemen
and One More. About three gentlemen
painted by a Norwich artist and the one
more is the man who had the foresight to
collect these pictures.
15th June A visit to Peter Beales Roses
and afternoon tea. Members only.
20th July Christine Adams will tell us
about her time on the railways.
31st July Lunch out and a visit to the
Museum of Mechanical Music near
Stowmarket. Members only.
21st September A talk about the Watton
Twinning Associaton, from the beginning
until now.
19th October Short AGM. Then we will
hear about the Falconer Trust, supporting a
Childrens home and Orphanage in Zambia
16th November A nostalgia film show.
Short clips from a variety of films and
21st December Music and song from
Annette Jude and Susie Turner, with
mulled wine and mince pies. 5 for
members and 8 for non members.
Cost of coming to a meeting: Nonmembers 2.50 and 50p for refreshments if
wished. Members 1.50 and 50p for
refreshments if wished. Subscriptions 5
per year
More information about the Watton Society
or full programme from John Kerr
email: johnkerr
Tel 01953 882613.

February 2016

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Wayland Mens
"Come and
Shed Project
Sing" Requiem
Here at the Wayland Partnership we are
constantly thinking of what can be done to
by Gabriel
help the residents and businesses of Watton
and the surrounding villages.
Nationally, there is a network of Mens Sheds
which have been set up in order to create a safe
and friendly environment for local men to
socialise and skill-share whilst working on
community projects. The U.K. Mens Shed
Association describes the scheme as a
place where men feel at home and pursue
practical interests
The Wayland Partnership is proposing to start
such a scheme for local men of all ages of
Watton and the surrounding villages. Initially
the scheme will meet within Wayland House
and be more of a social club, where men can
meet like-minded people and make friends,
whilst a suitable building is found locally to
run the whole scheme with a workshop.
If you would be interested in attending the
Watton Mens Shed or if you would like
further information about it or you are able to
help in anyway with its organization please
at or phone
01953 883915 so that we can establish
numbers that are likely to want to be involved.

Bradenham &

Happy new year to everyone! Our next open

meeting will be the first of 2016 and will take
place on Thursday February 18th at 7.30pm in
the Village Hall when Bridget Yates from
Gressenhall will present her talk How Does
Your Garden Grow? She will be our first
visitor of the year during which we will also
hear about falconry, wildlife gardening, and
how climate change is affecting gardeners
experiences, when we will host the Spring and
Autumn Shows, and when members will enjoy
a variety of social activities to make sure that
the year goes along with a swing. It would be
great to see you at the meetings so do come
along and join us.
If you require further information, please
contact our Chairman, Marianne Kilmartin, on
telephone number 01362 820744.

Watton Facing
A Population
in 2016
What Watton Wants (WWW)
Fighting the Over development of Watton
Some 479 houses are now approved or under
construction in Watton with a further 711
currently seeking planning approval by
Breckland Council or awaiting Appeal
In 2016 Watton could be facing a population
growth of over 3000 with 90% of the actual
and proposed development sites being within
one mile of the town centre.
The prospect of such a dramatic increase in
population only increases Watton's already
weak infrastructure with medical facilities and
schools being placed under further extreme
pressures. The town's antiquated drainage
system is well known to many residents as
being prone to flooding and giving many
sewage problems. The more houses being built
on Greenfield sites reduces the natural drainage

Mid Norfolk Singers invite you to join them at

St Peter & St Paul Church, Swaffham on
Saturday 12th March to rehearse and sing
Faures Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine.
This should be a fun day starting with
registration at 10am, rehearsal led by Musical
Director Duncan Barlow from 10.30am and
culminating in an informal concert at 7pm.
Soloists are Rosamund Walton and Andrew
Weeks. Music is available to hire if you dont
have your own copies (1 for both pieces) and
the cost of the day is 10. Tea and coffee will
be available during the day and there will be
time to get something to eat in Swaffham.
Please register online or download a form to
Alternatively you can call 07930 822979 for
more details. Audience tickets for the
performance are 5. This event is part of the
70th anniversary celebrations of Mid Norfolk
Singers - a choir of approximately 80 members
who rehearse weekly in Dereham.

IT Training for Older People
Generation Connections is an IT project,
matching older people with young people for
mutual benefit. IT training sessions started on
Tuesday 19th January and run weekly for as long
as they are needed with 12 older people signing
up to learn more about how to use their tablets,
smart phones and computers. Many of the older
people dont have family nearby who can help
them so an opportunity to get help and advice
tailored to their needs is a great benefit.
We have four enthusiastic young people who
have offered to give their time to deliver this
training over the next few months. In return the
young people can gain new skills and build their
confidence - great for those looking for jobs or
applying to higher education establishments.
If you, or someone you know could benefit from
this project either as a learner or a tutor please get
in touch with Suzanne on 01953 880204 or email

Mid Norfolk Family

History Society

Our first meeting of the year got us off to a

great start for 2016. 25 members enjoyed a
talk about the history of RAFColtishall, by a
gentleman who is a member of the Spirit of
Coltishall Association. The airfield started off
as a potato field before it became a fighter
station in February 1939 and it was officially
opened in June 1940. The first aircraft to fly
from there were Blenheims from RAF Watton.
Paul took us on a journey through time which
included the different types of planes and some
of the famous people who flew from there
during the war right through to the closure of
the airfield in 2006. He was warmly thanked
and before he and his wife Liz left, Paul was
able to answer questions from some of our
Our next meeting will be at 10.15am on
Monday February 8th, at the Pentecostal
Church, Watton, whom we thank for the
generous use of their facilities. Our speaker
will be Julie Button and she will be talking
about Dementia. For details of this or any of
our meetings, please phone Helen - 01953
884713 - leave a message and I will get back
to you as soon as I can. Or you can email me

Attendance cost is 2 for non-members which

includes a hot drink and biscuits.
17-Feb 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham NR19 2EP - Finding Out How
our Ancestors Lived Gill Blanchard
16-Mar 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham - Kindertransport Boy & Past
Sheriff of Norwic Phyllida Scrivens
20-Apr 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham Old Courts & Yards of
Norwich Frances & Michael Holmes
18-May 7.30 Library, High Street, Dereham
NR19 1DZ Making the most of online census
records Peter Christian
15-Jun 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham Service Battalions on the
Somme Neil Storey
20-Jul 7.30 Library, High Street, Dereham
NR19 1DZ FamilySearch Steve Manning
17-Aug 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham Dissent & Nonconformity
Simon Pawley
21-Sep 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham Using Postcards for our
Family History Sylvia & Michael Porter
19-Oct 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham
Snags of Researching
Military Records online Jim Lees
16-Nov 7.30 Trinity Church Hall, Theatre
Street, Dereham TBA Link to IWM &
WW1 likely Mel Donnelly

in the surrounding areas.

Watton and surrounding villages' road network
is already a major concern as many vehicles are
now using many unclassified roads to avoid
bottlenecks in the town. Saham Toney is
particularly affected as its lanes provide a
favourite short cut to the A47 at Swaffham.
With all these known problems both Anglian
Water and the Councils Highway department
refrain from from raising any significant
objections to this unprecedented rise in
planning applications even though residents
have voiced their concerns on these issues in
many letters and at planning meetings.
Surely the planners must objectively look in
the short term at the overall demands being
placed on Watton's infrastructures and not at
individual planning applications?
What Watton Wants group was formed in 2015
to support local residents in the fight against
the over development of Watton and has
attracted large community and organizations
support. WWW has established a very
successful website and a much followed
Facebook page in support of its growing
activities and is attracting some media
coverage The foremost of WWW activities has
been to introduce and to work with Watton
Town Council in the preparation and

Neighbourhood Plan. This Government

sponsored plan would have some impact in
allowing residents and local organizations to
decide what and where future development
should be allowed in Watton.
WWW is actively looking to increase its base
with professional expertise in related fields. If
you can assist please contact us via our web
Have your say in making Watton a better place
to live.
Full details on Planning Applications can be
found on Breckland Council website
Go to Planning
Search - Search for Planning Applications Enter Application Reference No. - Press
Letters should be sent to - The Chief Planning
Officer, Elizabeth House, Warpole Loke,
Dereham. NE19 1EE
E Mails to
Telephone Planning Office 01362 65212
All correspondence MUST quote the relevant
Application Reference Number.
Letters to Local M.P George Freeman should
be addressed to 8. Damgate Street Wymonham
NR18 0BQ
For further information or you wish to help
our group go to

Diabetes UK

February 2016

The Wayland News Page 4

In Your
With Lotta Potts
I sat here for some time wondering
how to start my thoughts for
February, it being the middle of
January, when I noticed it was
snowing! This should not have
come as any surprise as snow in
January is hardly news. Still, we
have enjoyed a very mild winter (so
far) and I for one had begun to think
it was going to last, particularly as
we have had daffodils in flower that
should have waited for March and on
11th I saw hazels laden with catkins
along the A47. I just hope all these
things survive. Other parts of the
country have had flowers out of
season and on the downside
horrendous floods. So February.
February fill-dike is what my mother
used to call it and generally it was
pretty accurate. If it is wet there isn't
a great deal we can do outside. If
you have a greenhouse it may have
accumulated algae during the winter,
even if you cleaned it in autumn.
That's a blow. Let's be honest, you
have to be seriously keen to clean a
greenhouse inside and out in dank
autumn and then again in freezing
wet February. I suppose it's worth it
if you have a large, heated effort
with soil borders in it but otherwise
isn't there enough housework? Sorry
if that sounds envious mine is
small on paving.
Most things that can be done in dry
weather involve preparation of one
sort or another. For instance if you
are planning to grow fruit prepare
the planting areas by digging over,
removing all roots and giving the
soil a bit of a boost with compost.
All roots should be removed as you
may not know what will come up
later in the year and you definitely
don't want new fruit trees' roots
strangled by a vigorous weed. Think
ground elder, nettles, bindweed etc.
these can all hide until the ground is
suddenly covered in spring. You
may be fortunate enough not to have
these invaders in the first place but
they do arrive via the wind and birds
or even on your feet if you walk in
rough grass. Then plant your trees in
March. I suppose this could apply to
ornamentals as well if you still have
bare-root specimens heeled in heel
in any that arrive in February by
finding a bit of spare ground, dig a
trench that will accommodate the
tree or shrub to cover the roots
completely and backfill. The best
place is probably in the veg section
as most of this will be bare soil. If
it's frozen the best thing is to put the
trees/shrubs in a large pot and cover
the roots with compost.
slightly to keep moist until it's
possible to plant out or heel in.
Obviously if the gound is frozen you
can't dig it for the preparation either
so it might all happen in one fell
swoop in March. No damage done
really you just have to keep an eye
on anything in store.
On the subject of fruit, pruning

needs to be done. Standard apples

and pears should be pruned this
month, although it's not strictly
necessary. The idea is to thin out the
tree to admit more light and reduce
the quantity of fruit to produce
bigger, better-quality fruit with good
flavour and colour. If you have
young trees they should have the
basic shape already with four or five
strong, evenly shaped branches all
around the top of the trunk. These
will be OK for a few years and after
that cut out crossing shoots or ones
that rub against others in windy
weather. Then look for the 'three 'd's
of pruning anything: dead, diseased,
dying. Remove all these to healthy
wood as well as any shoots pointing
back into the middle of the tree.
These principles apply to just about
any pruning at all come to think of it.
Some clematis need pruning now as
well. These are the ones that start to
flower in June and keep going
through early autumn. These should
be cut back hard to about two feet
from the ground. The reason? They
flower on the ends of their shoots so
if you leave them the flowers will be
lovely a very long way up with lots
of bare stems. If you aren't sure or
have lost the label just trim back top
growth to a good pair of buds then
note when they flower to prune next
year. To save doing this year in year
out see if you can identify it once it's
in flower and make a label. The best
way would be to use one of those
aluminium ones.
The species
clematis that have flowers that are
bell-shaped, or flared cups or small
saucers don't really need to be
pruned at all unless they are really
out of shape. Wayward stems can
always be tucked back into the plant
or trained on to the support. Don't
prune any that flower early in the
year until they've finished. Tuck in
wayward stems and enjoy the
A word of warning.
magnificent plant and some have
scented flowers be careful with the
armandii varieties. In a place they
like they'll take off and before you
know it they've taken over. I did
speak to a breeder once who said the
best thing was to take a chainsaw to
a mature specimen once the flowers
were over. The clue is in 'mature'
but you get the idea. The other wellknown vigorous varieties are the
These need radical
pruning after flowering once they've
made a big birds'nest but this will
lose flowers for a year or two.
Worth it as if you leave it the
Montana will show you the
underside of the birds'nest and have
lots of flowers on top, to be enjoyed
by neighbours with first floor
Keep off the grass! An optimist
(maybe me last year) suggests that if
the grass is dry you can cut it with
the blades of the mower at the
highest level. It does make the place
look tidy, particularly if the edges
are neat.
If you have second
thoughts or a new plan that involves
taking some grass out, make a turf
stack with it. Remove the unwanted
grass with about 1 of soil, thus

removing all the roots. Use a spade

but if you're getting really redesigned there are turf-stripping
machines for hire. Then stack the
turves in a solid heap like a brick
wall, grass side down. In a year you
will have a pile of the most
wonderful loam. I know, this is one
of the ideas I have tried. Not my
idea originally but I wish it was.
Have you chitted the spuds?
I haven't either due to various
problems I won't bore you with.
February really is the last chance and
it really feels as though spring is on
the way if there are a few trays of
chitting spuds on the windowsills.
Egg boxes are ideal for this and
some suppliers provide similar trays
when you buy their seed potatoes.
These have the advantage as their
cells are slightly smaller than egg
boxes and they don't hav lids that
can get in the way. Of course if you
buy eggs by the tray rather than the 6
egg box these are ideal.
You can annoy the rest of the family
with seedlings as well. It's very
tempting to get off to an early start
with plants you want to start from
seed, specially if you've just been
online or in a shed or shop where
seeds are sold. Inevitably you will
get too many.
Once they are in compost in trays, pots
or propagators they'll be away in very
short order. Then you have to prick
them out into other pots or trays and
try to stop them leaning towards the
light by turning them every day. Don't
do it! Hold back for a few weeks and
occupy any spare time outside by
looking around for what's in flower
that you like the look of and spend the
money on a good specimen shrub that
will enhance the rest of this winter and
all of next. The other occupants of the
house will be grateful for that time
until you can get at least some seeds
going outside and spare the
windowsills. A comforting thought is
that should the snow continue (now
swapped for a gale) everybody's
garden is a winter wonderland. On the
other hand keep weeding.

Welsh Cakes
Recipe of the month
This recipe comes to you from
Fellowship member Marian Morgan,
a Welsh lady who has settled in
Why not try making these in
readiness for St. Davids Day on
March 1st?
You will need:
8oz. SR Flour
3 oz butter
2 oz caster sugar
1 oz dried fruit
I teaspoon mixed spice
I large egg (beaten)
Sieve flour into large bowl. Cut
butter into cubes and add to flour.
Rub in with the fingertips until mix
resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add
sugar, fruit, spice and egg and mix to
a smooth dough. Roll out to a
thickness of inch cut into 2 inch
rounds. Heat griddle or heavy frying
pan. Cook cakes 2 3 minutes each
side until golden brown. Sprinkle
with caster sugar. Delicious!

The Wayland News Page 5

Evening WI

Well a new year upon us with

which to look forward to an
exciting programme of outings
and events. The first meeting saw
our new president, Anita Maslin
welcome an American Dance
Group led by Jan and Richard
Motley when some of our
members joined in and much fun
and laughter was had by all.
Members, friends and family are
eagerly awaiting the visit to
Norwich Theatre to see Sunset
Boulevard at the end of January.
Our next meeting will be on
Thursday, 11th February at
7.30pm in Watton Christian
Community Centre where Claire
Putterill will be speaking on
Legal Advice for Later Years.
Members will also donate for this
meeting's Bring & Buy sale with
proceeds going to W.I. funds all
followed by usual refreshment.
We will be holding a Green
Hearts Coffee Morning on
Saturday, 13th February 10am 12 Noon at the Watton Christian
Community Centre to coincide
with the Valentine weekend. We
are all aware of the climate
change which is affecting people,
from the floods over the
Christmas period, to the loss of
honey bees, butterflies and
changing countryside views and
beaches. The WI is part of the
Climate Coalition, over 100
organisations concerned about
people and the countryside with
its symbol being a Green Heart.
Our Annual Spring Coffee
Morning will offer its usual
delicious homemade cakes and
hot drinks but will also look at
what the future holds for us all. A
voluntary collection will be held
which will be sent to an appropriate
WI within the flooded Cumbria
area to help its members during
these difficult times.
All are
welcome, hope to see you there.
Ladies met at our Presidents
home for Craft Club on 18th
January and the Lunch Club was
held at Waggon & Horses,
Griston on Tuesday 26th January.
New Members and visitors are
always welcome, just come along
or contact Hazel Gillingham
01953 881510 for further details.
Alternatively, come to Coffee
Morning on the 13th February.

Learn to
bowl for

Dereham Indoor Bowls are

holding a 10 Week free learn to
bowl sessions at their green at
The Leisure Centre, Station Road.
East Dereham. From 4.30 pm to
6.00pm. All equipment supplied.
For more info contact Terry or
Yvonne on 01362525042

February 2016

World Inner Wheel Day celebrated

Just as Christmas is beginning to fade

into the past, each year January brings
the chance for another celebration for
members of Inner Wheel because the
10th of this month is recognised
world wide as Inner Wheel Day. Over
the years the ladies at Watton have
marked this in various ways and this
year was no exception. Being a
Sunday, what better than getting
together for a traditional English
Afternoon Tea? This took place in the
Christian Community Centre and was
attended by members and their
husbands and partners. A delicious
spread had been provided and
everyone enjoyed the opportunity to
chat with friends and participate in a
lighthearted (but quite challenging!)
quiz. President Pauline Baldry
welcomed those present and then lit a
candle in honour of Inner Wheel
across the world (Picture above).
Money raised from this event will be
donated to the Presidents charity for
this year: The Macular Society.

The monthly meeting took the form

of a Business meeting at which
various forthcoming events were
planned. This was followed by a
social half hour where members
shared favourite poems, readings and
pieces of music.
The usual round of intense Inner
Wheel activity starts again soon . . .
On February 12th from 7:30 there is
a Valentines Barn dance in Queens
Hall with dancing to the fabulous
Shinanikins do come and join us for
that, its a really fun evening and
supper is included in the 8 cost of
the ticket. For those who like
something a little less energetic, the
first Lunchtime Concert of 2016 will
take place on February 24th. The
entertainment this time will be
provided by Threes Company and,
as always, this will be followed by a
light lunch. Tickets 5. Tickets for
Inner Wheel events are available from
Mullengers and we thank them for
their help.

February 2016

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Watton Infants School 1959

As I sit here compiling the next Wayland News, its

freezing outside! While looking through some of the
pictures I have, I came across a group of slides taken in
1959 and 1960 by the teachers at the Infants School.
They brought back so many memories of the playground
and reading out on the lawns near the newt pond that I
came over quite nostalgic for the good old days. When
every day was filled with sunshine and none of us had a
care in the world! Working on the assumption that the
weather is going to stay bad for the next few days, I
thought you would like to opportunity to remember too.
Apart from anything else, isnt it lovely to see children
dressed in so many bright, different colours compared to
the dull looking uniformed masses we see today?

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February 2016

importance of

With the new law coming into force

on the 6th April which states that all
dogs must be microchipped, I
thought I would advise you that its
just as important to microchip your
cat too.
Microchipping is the most effective
way of identifying a lost pet.
Microchips dont come off or put
cats at risk of collar-related injuries.
They can also assist with ownership
disputes. Each microchip has a
unique 15 digit number linked to a
database holding your contact
details, allowing you to be quickly
traced if your cat strays and is
scanned for a microchip.
The microchip is slightly smaller
than a grain of rice and is inserted
under the cats skin between the
shoulder blades with a dedicated
device known as an implanter.
The procedure is very simple and
is no more painful than an
injection. Your cat will not be
aware of the microchips presence
once it has been inserted. The cost
is somewhere between 20 and
30, depending where you go.
Vets, local authorities and trained
and insured members of animal
welfare organisations may offer microchipping.
There is no minimum age, but cats from Cats
Protection are microchipped at the same time as
the first vaccine when they are 9 weeks old, as
part of the charitys Minimum Veterinary
Standards. And we will help you register your
contact details with the microchip database at the
time of adoption. However, your cat can be
microchipped at any time, and it would be a
good idea to get your cat microchipped before
letting him outside for the first time.
You will be sent registration documents
within a few weeks of the microchipping
procedure. Your cats microchip will be
checked by the person implanting the chip
using a hand held scanner over your cat to
check that the implantation has been
successful. The scanner will display the
microchips unique number.

Community Shop

February is the month that sees that very

romantic date of Valentines day, and this
year, being a leap year, it is your turn ladies to
do the proposing! To celebrate Valentines
day, or weekend, the shop are doing a very
special offer in the cafeteria. On the 13th and
14th February, only, you can buy a pot of tea
for two together with a piece of cake, each for
the total sum of 3.50 which if a total saving
of 1.
Of course the shop will also be stocking cards
and other items that will be very suitable for
Valentines presents which not treat yourself
to a bottle of Adnams Prosecco. If you would
like a special Valentines card made up,
please ring 01953 488567 and ask for Shirley
who will be only too pleased to make up a
custom made Valentines card, especially for
you with your own wording and names etc.,
As always we are always on the lookout for

Picture Supplied

However, microchips are not programmed

with global positioning satellite technology, so
you cannot track your cats whereabouts.
If you lose your cat, check with the database
that provides the aftercare service for you. If
your cat is found and taken to a vet, local
authority or animal welfare organisation, it
will be scanned and you will be contacted and
advised of your cats whereabouts.
Remember that should you move house you
will need to update your cats microchip
details with the database. This is essential to
ensure you can be traced should your cat stray.
And if you are feeding a stray cat in your
garden, get him scanned - he could have a
microchip and be someones lost cat.
For help or advice, or if you need assistance
with neutering, please call us on 01842
810018. Rita Thompson.
more volunteers, who are the life-blood of the
shop. If you have time to spare, during these
cold winter days, please make enquiries at the
shop counter.
A reminder that the Post Office is open all the
time that the shop is open, including Saturday
afternoons and Sunday mornings and our Post
Office does do car tax, which people do not
always realise.
Shop/PO Opening hours, Mon-Fri 7.30am6.30pm, Sat 7.30am-5.30pm, Sun 8.30am -1pm

Ovington Village
Hall Afternoon Tea

On Sunday 14th February the village hall will

be open for afternoon tea from 3pm until 5pm.
In keeping with tradition, a selection of
sandwiches, cakes and pastries will be served
together with tea or coffee for only 4 a head,
but places must be booked in advance as
space is limited. Call at the village hall any
Monday morning between 10 and 12 or phone
01953 885848 to book your place.

February 2016

We Care!
Back in 2015, Watton Churches
Together (WCT) were working
on following up the Who Cares?
Mission initiative of 2014, which
was launched at the Watton
Carnival. Watton Community
were very good to take part in
this, through answering the one
question What hurts the most?,
or put another way, What is the
one thing in life you find hardest
to handle?
This time last year, we planned a
Forum on five Thursday evenings
leading up to Easter, which were
advertised as open to Everyone.
We covered the five topics which
were the biggest hurts from the
report generated for this area:
Relationship problems, Injustice,
Suffering and Death. Loneliness
was a significant feature in
peoples responses too.
We have been finding ways to
address these, through listening to
and working in partnership with
agencies, both at the Forums and
subsequently. Christians Against
Poverty seeks to help people
with money challenges and
Heather Nunn, who came to
speak at our Forum, is the link
person based at The Well
Christian Centre, Ashill. Watton
Relief In Need Charitys
referrals by or on behalf of

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individuals living in Watton.
Food Bank is making a huge
difference to families and
individuals. It can be accessed at
the Watton Christian Community
Centre through the usual voucher
continually supply goods, along
with individuals, as we want to
support however we can.
In 2014 the Town Carol Service
organised by WCT gave the
Collection raised to the Dementia
Caf, as our awareness has grown
concerning people experiencing
Dementia and their Carers needs.
Speaking for St Marys, measures
have been taken to make the
church more dementia friendly, as
we want to support our family
members and visitors, following
the work promoted for the whole
of the town through Jan Godfrey
and the Wayland Partnership. The
Collection raised from the Town
Carol Service in 2015 went
towards the work of North
Breckland Youth for Christ
(YFC) for their Youth Caf
initiative in Watton, for school
years 6 and above. This was
launched in October 2015,
supported by volunteers from
WCT, as YFCs policy is to run
their cafes for young people with
the local churches and we are so
glad to encourage them to have a
safe place to meet socially once a
month for free.
Links are being made with those
providing Bereavement Support

in Norfolk to see how we can

serve those suffering loss in our
area and last year we ran a
Bereavement Visiting course for
those involved in pastoral care.
We are now launching a funeral
follow-up programme at St
As we take seriously the Family
Relationship problems which
impact so many areas including
housing issues and language
challenges, we have a new
Blenheim Centre, Tedder Close in
Watton. There will be a monthly
Caf Church and a monthly After
School Club called Stop Gap
Please see the flier in this paper
and please do come along to any
of our activities and services. We
working closely with
SureStart Childrens Centre,
complementing theirs and other
outreach initiatives in the area,
hoping to provide a friendly, safe
place to chat about everyday and
deeper issues if and when
appropriate, find support and
have fun and food!
WCT has other plans, along with
our regular shared services and
events, as together we want to
understanding. Who cares?
God cares and we care.
May you be blessed. Revd Gerry
Foster, Vicar St Marys Watton
and Priest-in-charge All Saints


We welcomed 22 members to our

January meeting. This month two
new members are joining our club:
Ros and Tom Thurston from
Who Dares Prunes: Our talk this
month was by Simon White from
Peter Beales Roses in Attleborough
who has been employed there for
thirty-five years.
Simon first suggested that the
biggest barrier that most people had
to pruning was fear, but to
overcome that fear we were
reassured that you cant kill a rose
by pruning. To start with it was
useful to know why we might want
to prune roses at all. The first thing
to consider was what Simon called
the three Ds. That is the dead,
damaged and diseased parts of the
plant. Obviously, for a healthy
plant, those parts need to be
removed. The next thing to
consider was the shape and Simon
suggested pruning to a wine-goblet
shape to create a pleasing effect
while allowing good air circulation
a vital aid to reducing disease.
We were then shown some of the
more imaginative ways of training
ramblers and climbers. There was
also the option, in certain

circumstances, to do nothing at all.

The talk was accompanied by an
excellent slide show, most of
which, apart from inspiring us to
plant roses (Simon had a good
selection on sale), gave us a
glimpse of the summer to come
This months competition results
Floral: First: Bill Rogers. Second:
Jill De Ruyter. Third: Sue
Cunningham. Fruit / Vegetables:
First: Sue Thomas. Second and
third: only one entry. Seasonal
Szczepanowski. Second: Sue
Thomas. Third: Hazel Dunn.
Next Meeting Our next meeting
will be on Wednesday 10th
February. This will be a talk by
Richard White entitled From Pig
Farming to Packaging.

Together Lent

We are holding weekly talks

during Lent at the Watton
Christian Community Centre on
the following evenings: 18th and
25th February, 3rd, 10th and 17th
March.The meetings will last
from 7.0 pm until 8.30 pm
and all
welcome. We hope you will join
us on this preparation for Easter.

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A Quick Look
Another month has flashed by, or at least it thats
how it had seemed to me. Perhaps it is an age
thing, but all us oldies say the same. One minute
we seem to be preparing for Christmas, then it is
gone and almost before we know it is time to make
arrangements for Easter, or our summer holiday, or
to limber up for the long jump in the Olympics,
which will be with us shortly. Surely it cant be
four years since the last one !
And before we know it, it may be our task to vote
on the big issue to stay in or come out of Europe,
and that is a great problem, the biggest decision we
may ever have to make. Fortunately we are not
short of advice on the subject, for some of the
greatest experts in the land have pointed out that to
leave the EU would be the height of folly, and
disaster and ruin would follow. So, no problem.
But wait. Other equally great experts tell us the
very opposite, that to continue our membership
would see our country sink further and further
into the abyss, and our only hope for future
prosperity lies in our immediate withdrawal.
So, in the absence of any un-biased advice, how
can we, the ordinary voters, be expected to give
reasonable consideration to the referendum
(assuming that it does actually take place) ? No
doubt, there will be some sort of compromise
and things will go on more or less as usual.
Whatever happens, Mr.Cameron will always be
blamed, for that is the way of the world. No Prime
Minister in the last hundred years has been known
solely for his or her achievements, with the
possible exception of Winston Churchill, who is
mainly remembered for steering us through the
Second World War, though his actual political
career had not always gained approval.
A similar clash of experts surrounds the
question of whether to build another runway at
Heathrow, Gatwick or elsewhere. Lord, save us
from experts !
In the headlines recently much stress has been
laid on education, and the fall in standards
resulting in many youngsters reaching schoolleaving age unable to make simple calculations.
Critics maintain that this stems from the changes
made fifty or so years back, which included the
abandonment of the method of learning timestables by rote, and these critics may well be
right, for singing out the figures to a simple tune,
though maybe a bit boring, was easy enough,
and to most us that were subject to this method
recall of simple sums like 6 times 9, or 7 x 4, is
as automatic as eating a sandwich. A leading
teaching figure has been quoted as saying that
no child needs to know their tables as the
answers are readily available on mobile phones
or other such gadgets.
If that is so, according to her no child should
have to attend school at all once they are able to
read, since all information is there on Google or
I think the answer lies behind the word
Change. While the facility to change things
that dont work is essential, there is an everpresent danger that almost every change will
have unexpected consequences. It has often been
found that when a change has been made to a
road layout, such as a reduction of a speed limit,
designed to improve safety, some drivers will
have decided to divert into side roads in an effort
to save a minute or two, so creating a rat run
that causes unforeseen hazards locally.
And despite the Second World War we were
fortunate to have a pretty good education system
and this was followed by a National Health
Service, both of which, while nor perfect,
worked reasonably well. Then came those whose
watchword was change. After that we have
never looked back, change has completely
altered those services, but not always for the
Every year at Budget time the Chancellor makes
some change to the tax system, which at first
glance may seem to be an admirable move to
most citizens, but then some unforeseen snags
appear that cause hardship to various minorities
and further changes are needed to rectify the

February 2016
Perhaps the wear-worn saying If it aint broke,
dont change it could well be adopted as the
watchword for all government ministers.
On a more cheerful note, many of us were quite
delighted to see that one of the icons of our
engineering past, the locomotive Flying
Scotsman, has been brought back to life, and
once again is to be seen on our railways, thus
recalling memories of the time when this
country really led the world in many fields.
In the between-war years of our youth, besides
our record breaking railway engines we had the
fastest car in the world in Bluebird, driven by Sir
Malcolm Campbell, the Queen Mary captured
the Blue Riband, the recognition of the fastest
cross-Atlantic liner, while the Empire flying
boats were the envy of every nation.
Though the Flying Scotsman was just one of many
engines of its class, it has always been the most
famous, and has carried the flag all over the
world, from Australia to Canada and the United
States, and its revival will be a welcome addition to
the surprisingly large number of steam lines that
still form a great part of the English tourist
industry, and while it has come back in the rather
grim black livery of British Rail, it is hoped that in
the near future it will be restored to the original
colours of L.N.E.R. green.
One of the facets of modern life that we should be
ashamed of is the careless attitude of many to the
subject of litter. To those of us who were brought
up to respect our surroundings, to see someone
blithely dropping unwanted wrappings on to the
pavement or in to the nearest field is most
distressing, and we welcome the news that the
penalty for doing so is to be increased to 150.
But while that intention is laudable, what is the
point if there is no-one to police the matter?
There are increased penalties in place for using
telephones or eating while driving, yet with cuts
in our law enforcement departments, these and
many other by-laws are merely pie in the sky
measures drafted by the authorities to give the
impression that all is under control.
Of course the main stories of this winter have
been the terrible floods that have devastated
many parts of the country, and we keep our
fingers crossed that our own county is spared. It
is only natural that those most affected seek to
blame the government for insufficient protection
measures having been taken during the better
times, and, as in most cases where failures are
suggested or proved, the answer has been that
Lessons have been learnt. This phrase has been
used so many times over the last few years that
if true, means that we have probably the most
educated government in history !
Good afternoon.


In the second of this series, Lesley Cowling

looks into the reasons behind the names of
Harvey Street and Sharman Avenue
The origins of the name Harvey Street seem to
go back to 1700s when , in 1720, Edward and
Mary Harvey built Harvey House, the large
Georgian dwelling behind the High Street, most
recently known as Quinton House and which is
currently being converted into apartments.
Obviously a man of means, Edward is thought to
have been a wool merchant. His son Robert
inherited the property and he lived there until his
death in 1826. Robert was married to Charlotte
who lived to the ripe old age of 94 and was a
prominent benefactor to the town.
Kellys 1902 Directory records that she gave a
public recreation ground of 2 acres for the
purpose of providing somewhere for children to
play: this became known simply as the play
piece and on it the Youth Centre was built. The
Charlotte Harvey Trust a registered charity is
still administered by the Town Council to help
those in need in the town.
Sharman Avenue is named after members of a
well-known Watton family business. From the
early 1900s Frank Shaman was a beer retailer
and pork butcher in Watton trading from
premises on the High Street.
In the early days butchers had their own
slaughter houses and Frank would go to H.G.
Barnhams Wednesday livestock sale to
purchase two pigs which he would then pay a

local lad (my father being one of them) 6d to

drive them through the High Street to the
slaughtering premises behind the shop in Harvey
Street. Sharmans butchers continued for many
years, some readers may remember when
Franks son Horace had the business and many
will recall Peter (Horaces son) and Adrian
(Peters son) keeping alive the family trade.

Circle Club
For Rocklands and the surrounding districts
Venue: The Village Hall. The Street.
Rocklands NR17 1TP ( Contact Allyson
Blandford 01953 488103.)
We all hope at this Christmastide that the spirit
of peace and love will extend to encompass the
whole year. So can we further express our
gratitude to the teachers, parents, helpers, and
children of Rockland Primary School for giving
up valuable "learning time" to memorize the
traditional carols they sang for our club. Our
disappointment was entirely motivated by our
enjoyment and our wishes that it was a longer
programme. We look forward to continuing
what has become a pleasurable tradition.
Our first meeting of 2016 was surprisingly well
attended even though it was such a cold day.
Everyone seemed happy to catch up with
friends. Margaret presented us with a quiz in
the form of a story with certain words omitted.
The missing words were all types of birds.
After the initial look of total incomprehension,
we all tested our knowledge of birds, some of
us trying to use the names of birds that would
have made no sense at all but caused a lot of
hilarity. The winner with the most right
answers was Eileen Ward of Watton. The
afternoon progressed with the raffle and the
teabreak after which we all took turns at the
game of ping-a-pong. The winner with the
highest score was John Darlow of
Attleborough. The task for letter "E" was won
by Ann Thorndike of Attleborough with a
bunch of eucalyptus.
February the 10th will be our next meeting
when it will be a "bring and buy" sale, so bring
along all those items that are too good to throw
away but are surplus to requirements. You may
pick up a bargain. Usual time 14:00 hrs till
16:00 hrs.

Project Linus
Norfolk latest

In 2015 we received or made 420 quilts and

gave out 419 in Norfolk to seriously ill,
traumatised or bereaved children between 0
and 19 years. These were distributed through
Community Child srvices; some womesns
refuges and Regional Foster Placement.
This year we are not having an exhibition nor
a coffee morning but a proactive Open Day.
This will be on Saturday April 16th at Watton
Christian Community Centre, 57 High St,
Watton IP25 6AB from 9-30 am to 3 pm. This
will involve quilts being made up or finished.
If you able to help and would like to do so
please book a place by phoning Alexandra on
01362 850922 or email as spaces are limited.
If you would just like to pop in, have a coffee
and see what we do please visit us between
the times above. You will be very welcome.
Donations will be gratefully received to help
cover the hire of the halls and go towards
materials for the quilts.
On average a lap size quilt costs a minimum
of 40, for materials alone, quilters do not
charge for time or skill.
We hope to see you on 16th April. Please
book your place as soon as possible if you are
able to help with the finishing of quilts.

Women's World
Day of Prayer

On Friday 4th March, Come and join us for

coffee from 10.00am onwards at Watton
Methodist Church,
before the annual
Women's World Day of Prayer Service
beginning at 10.30am. All are most
Further details from Margaret
Cator 01953 881252

Dance Away at The Queens Hall

Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing
8pm to 11pm Admission 4.
No dance in February, our next is
March 5th, then April 2nd, May 7th

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Watton Churches Together

St. Marys Church, Watton
Follow us @StMarysWatton If I can be of help to you please
do not hesitate to contact me, on 01953 881439, I shall be
available at church on Tuesdays
between 10.30am and 12 noon - Gerry Foster
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion 2nd
Wednesday Morning Worship. Tuesdays 7.30am - 8.00am,
Thursdays 5pm - 5.30pm Saturdays 9.30am - 10am Parish
Prayers. 5pm - 6pm Pray & Praise
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252
Sun 7th

Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Wed 10th Ash Wednesday
Group Service of Holy Communion &
Imposition of Ashes
Sun 14th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Informal Holy Communion
Sun 21st 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 28th 8.00am
Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Worship
Watton Methodist Church
Every Wednesday the Church is open for quiet
reflection and prayer between 10.15am & 11.30am
Its your quiet place. At 10.30 there is a half-hour Midweek
Service in the Large Vestry led by the Minister or a Church
Member. Minister Rev E Reddington 01760 720858
Sun 7th
10.45am Rev B Winner
Rev E Reddington
Sun 14th 10.45am Miss J Woor
Mr & Mrs M Cook
Sun 21st 10.45am Rev E Reddington
Local Arrangement
Sun 28th 10.45am Mrs J Roebuck
Rev A King
Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church
St. Nicholas Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 7th
Lay Led Worship
Sun 14th 9.30am
Family Holy Communion
Sun 21st 9.30am
All Age Worship
Sun 28th 9.30am
Holy Communion
St. Georges Church, Saham Toney
Sun 7th11.00am Lay Led Worship
Sun 14th 11.00am Family Holy Communion
Sun 21st 11.00am All Age Worship
Sun 28th 11.00am Holy Communion
Sun 7th
Sun 14th
Sun 21st
Sun 28th

S.S. Peter & Pauls Church, Carbrooke

10.30am Family Holy Communion
10.30am Morning Worship
10.30am Holy Communion
10.30am Lay Led Worship

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington

Sun 7th
Holy Communion
Sun 21st 10.30am
Lay Led Worship

All Saints Church, Threxton

Our first service for 2016 will be on Sunday 7th
February at 11a.m. A warm welcome to all.

You are welcome to join us for the Snowdrop

Service at South Pickenham Church on
Sunday 7th February at 3pm.
Refreshments will be served after the service.

February 2016
Breckles, Caston, Great Hockham, Griston,
Merton, Stow Bedon, Thompson
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:4)

Sunday 7th February - First Sunday before Lent

10:30 am United Holy Communion, Thompson
Wednesday 10th February - Ash Wednesday
7:00 pm
Holy Communion with the imposition of ashes,
Sunday 14th February - First Sunday of Lent
9:00 am
Matins (BCP), Merton
10:30 am United Holy Communion, Breckles
Sunday 21st February - Second Sunday of Lent
9:00 am
Matins (BCP), Gt. Hockham
10:30 am United Holy Communion, Caston
Sunday 28th February - Third Sunday of Lent
9:00 am
Holy Communion (BCP), Merton
10:30 am United Holy Communion, Gt. Hockham
Youth Groups (ages 11+)
Sunday 7th February, 7:00 pm: The Way (Caston Rectory)
No Connect meeting this month
Sunday 13th March, 7:00 pm: The Way (Caston Rectory)
Enquiries Revd. Bob Nichols
Tel. (01953) 483222; Email


Wed 3rd 2pm Tea and chat at Watton CCC
Mon 16th 12 for 12.30pm Lunch at Griston Waggon & Horses

Thought for the Month

Fr Gordon Williams, Our Lady of Pity Catholic Church

How can we live a more faith centred life?
When does the journey of faith begin? For the Christian it
is usually baptism. When that person is an adult it is
usually the culmination of a spiritual journey. When that
person is a child or an infant it is more a sowing of a seed
that must in time flourish and grow. Some people
question infant baptism, even though it has a long
tradition in the early Church to baptise children of
Christian families.
Whether baptised as an adult or as a child, that seed of
faith still needs to grow and mature. The practice of living
by faith takes time and effort, it doesnt just happen. We
say baptism is a gift, a grace, and that is true, but that
does not mean its fruits will just happen.
It is only with time that we come to realise that our lives
are a mystery, that we have a divine nature at the center
of our being.
So how are we to develop a deeper sense of what it means
to have a faith that will guide our daily lives? It has been
said that faith is the gradual awakening to the spirit
within. For some this awakening is dramatic like St Paul
on the road to Damascus, or like St Francis of Assisi, St
Augustine and many others. For most of us it is a slow
gradual awakening that often takes years.
To live by faith is to be open to the divine spirit. For
many this does not mean following one of the traditional
Christian Churches. Many today seek spirituality outside
of the Church. Some prefer to call themselves spiritual
rather than religious. This usually indicates a desire for
faith without being part of institutional religions.
This generation, made up of all ages tends to seek a
spiritual path outside of clerical hierarchies. Today many
are searching for teachers not preachers.
In times past most were unaware of other traditions, other
faiths. But now we life alongside many of the great
religions of the world. We cannot help but be touched by
them, and often inspired by them.
For some time now the West has looked to the East not as
an alternative path but as a way of renewing their own
faith life.
In my own practice of Zen meditation I personally have
found much to resonate with my own faith, a contemplative
dimension that is often lost in our wordy liturgy.
Faith is always more than an assertion of beliefs. We
should never just resolve to stick to our beliefs and never
explore other truths. There are many truths as the
physicists tells us!
Faith will make us question what we believe and help us
see why they should or should not be held to.

Wayland Partnership
Delighted as HAPPY
Project Gets the Go Ahead!

Just before Christmas we finally heard that we had been

successful in our application to the Peoples Health Trust for
funding to deliver a new two year project aiming to tackle
loneliness and isolation in our Wayland communities.
The HAPPY project will build on existing schemes and start
new initiatives that help to bring people together to make new
friends and ease loneliness. This is particularly targeted at
under 35s and over 60s but we hope it will have a positive
impact across the whole community. We are currently
recruiting for a Community Outreach Worker to deliver the
project and once they are in place we will be getting out into
the community to build partnerships and develop ideas to
make a difference to peoples lives.
If you would like to know more about this project, please
880204 or
email .

February 2016

Whats on at
St Marys Church,

Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, 9th February, at St

Marys Church, Watton. Come and enjoy pancakes
followed by tea and coffee at St Marys from 12
Noon until 2pm. Donations for St Marys funds.
Thur 18th Feb 3-5.00pm Messy Church at St
Marys Church, Watton. Fun, food and friendship
for all the family
St Marys Church Watton 100 Club St Marys
Church are starting a 100 Club. Tickets are
12.00 for the year, (i.e. 1.00 per month) with the
chance to win 50.00 in the monthly draw. Tickets
may be purchased by mid March for the first draw
on 17th April. If you are interested please
telephone Cath on 01953 885811 for further

Lent Teaching Series at

St Marys Church, Watton

During Lent we shall be following a special

teaching series at the 10am Services on
Responding to Gods Call
14th Feb Geoff Freeman, Parish Funding Support
Officer, speaking on Giving financially and
21st Feb Giving over hopes, fears, decisions
trustingly Exodus 14: 10 31; Psalm 71: 1 8;
Romans 8: 18 28; Luke 12: 22 - 34
28th Feb Giving time to serve willingly TBC
6th Mar Giving love unconditionally
(Mothering Sunday) Deut 6: 4 15; Psalm 18: 1
3; 1 John 4: 16b 5: 2; Matthew 5: 43 - 48
13th Mar Giving life completely Jeremiah 31:
31 34; Psalm 121; Jude 17 25; John 19: 16 - 30
20th Mar Giving praise thankfully
(Palm Sunday) Deut 10: 12 22; Psalm 34: 1
10, Philippians 4: 4 9; Luke 19: 28 48

Shipdham &
District Book

Jesss life is a mess her ex has left her with

two children (and a smelly dog) to bring up,
cash is in very short supply and shes juggling
two jobs just to stay afloat.
When her mathematical genius daughter
Tanzie gets a chance to enter a competition
with a huge cash prize to enable her to attend
an independent school tailor made for
children like her, Jess will stop at nothing to
get her there.
Meanwhile Ed Nicholls is also going through a
rough time. Tricked into a spot of insider
trading by a dodgy girlfriend, he faces losing
the software business he built from scratch as
well as the affluent lifestyle that went with it.
When Jess and Eds worlds collide, a very
entertaining road trip ensues.
This book had a mixed reception from the
membership although nobody actively disliked
it. Some thought it predictable with shallow
characters and another described it as clever
trivia.It was felt to be ordinary whilst almost
believable. Others liked the characters and
enjoyed it as a light read suitable for a holiday
period, Christmas or when problems are being
experienced in life. There were flashes of
clever social comment and chacterisation.
The book for discussion in February is Amy
Snow by Tracy Rees.

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Tha Ovington Crower

(Nu yare edishun.)

Hare yew gittin on tergitha, thas tunned cowld leartly so hoop

yew hev got yore winta drors on, cos thet ole wind wholly
whip arownd wills mawthas.
I wooz hevin a pint or tew in tha pub larst wik wen boy Colin
cum in, I hent sin him abowt fer a while so I arsked him how
he wooz gitten along.
Well Sid he say Didnt think Id git hare tonite he say
Hed a stroke on Wensday thet meard me sit up. Wood hev
hed anutha, but she gi me a rite ding o tha lug he say. Allus
gud fer a larf is Colin, which is morrun I can say fer Horry,
cor heese bin in a rite snot since larst week.
Yew no I sed he wooz gooin ter be inna panto, well he got
hisself orl tricolearted up larst Sundi an set orf on his ole bike
fer tew goo ter Hingham, ware tha panto wooz tew be held.
Wen he got thar tha ole horl wooz
orl shut up an nowun wooz
abowt. Waal thas a rummin
he say Wossa gooin on
Then an ole chap cum past an
towld Horry Thas bin moved
tew Tuddnam ole partner,
yewll hefta git a move on cos
thet start in harf nower if yew
wonta see it
Cor blarst say Horry Im
spoosed ter be in tha danged
thing Tha ole boy lukked Horry up
an down an sed Praps thar new
wot tha wooz a dewin , moovin it tew Tuddnam, yew shore
yew wooz in it?
Cor he wooz suffin rore wen he cum rownd tha nex
Did yew goo ter the panto he say Well yis I say I musta
missed yore bit cos I dint see yew up an stearge
Thet tuk a good harf day and sevral tots o whisky afore he
carmed down. How cum yew new ware tew goo he say
Thas bin on tha nootis bord fer oova a wik I towld him,
They hed tew move it ter Tuddnam cos tha horl at Hingham
wooz hevin sum werk dun onnit
No wun towld me he say
I wunda why I sed when he coont hear.
Were got orl tha ole beet dun at larst, go ter hell iffen thet
warnt orl whooly wet tha fer tha larst few loods, an we cudnt
help mearking tha roods a bit sluddy.
Wen eva I see tha ole Parish Cowncil Chair Wummen cummin
up tha rood I nip ahind tha hedge sharpish cos I no sheel hev a
goo at me agin.
Thar hent a lot gooin on in tha willage at tha moment but we
hev got a meetin in tha Horl nex week, ter see how we ken
spend tha lottry munny wos bin given tew tha Chuch. Horry
an me hed sum gud idees, but tha ole wicar dint see tha need
fer beer mearkin in tha westry. I shell let yew no how tha
meetin goo next time.
Anotha of boy Colins darft bits. A trubble
orl arownd tha willage in harf an hour.
Well fare yew well tergitha and dunt fergit.
Dew yew kip a troshin. Boy Sid

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February 2016

Toms Kickboxng Academy in Shipdham

Are you looking to get fit or try something

new for 2016 and meet new people. Why
not give martial arts a go. Toms
Kickboxing Academy is a fully insured and
established academy based at Shipdham
Centre on Bullock Park. TKA has been

open for 4 years and is run by head

instructor Tom Oldridge a 2nd Dan belt
with 10 years experience in the industry.
All of our instructors are first aid trained
and CRB trained and are 1st Dan black belt
and above with years of experience under

there belts to help you with all your martial

arts needs.
Just want to do fitness? Not a problem. We
also tailor the exercises and the sessions to
help you work on mainly fitness.

Watton U3A

881110 if you would like to become a

member of the Watton U3A, or would
like further details.
For further details on the National U3A,
go to

The members were split into teams with

names of rose varieties. Handel was the
winner with 49 points followed by Blue
Moon with 48 and Albertine on 45. In
addition, the sock game arranged by
Jackie and David Priestley provided
much amusement. Members had to
determine, by touch only, the everyday
object hidden in each of the 20 socks.
Our thanks go to them for all their hard
work especially as they also created and
raffled the Christmas hamper along with
other prizes. Finally a big thank you to
all the unnamed helpers who made
tea, washed up and generally cleared
away. A great team effort as usual.
What's on for the next three months:
February 25th Tony Goode - 'Spring
March 24th Simon White (Peter Beale's
Roses) - 'Singing the Blues'
April 28th Ian Roofe - 'Summer Baskets'

The speaker for the February meeting

will be Sammy Fraser from the RSPB
giving a general talk with emphasis on
Breckland Birds.
The No 1 Pub Lunch group will be
meeting at the Windmill at Great
Brian Euler's Pub Lunch
Group will be meeting at The Wagon &
Horses at Griston on 23rd February at
12.30. Please telephone Brian Hinkins on
01953 884902 if you are unable to go, as
Brian Euler will be on holiday.
There will be a garden visit in February
to see the snowdrops in flower.
We will be collecting membership
renewal payments at the February
Secretary, Anita Taylor on 01953

Ashill and
Holme Hale
Garden Club

Christmas may seem a distant memory

now but this is the first opportunity to
thank all those who made the club's
Christmas party so successful. Over 50
members enjoyed the delicious buffet
provided as usual by Vicky Maslen and
Susan Luff. Also, following an enjoyable
tradition, chairman, David Green, acted
as quiz master for two quizzes, one on
gardening and the other about Christmas.


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