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com Issue Number 212 - July 2014

Kimberley Townsend looks a picture during the Waton carnival held on 8th June. Picture by Bryony Horn
Following reports that 1,500 patients of
Watton Medical practice are to be de-
registered, requiring them to register
with neighbouring GP surgeries,
patients have raised concerns about the
possible interruption in the supply of
their regular monthly medication and
the difficulties of travelling miles to
collect repeat prescriptions.
Total Health Pharmacy, have put in
place a service to ensure that patients can
continue to make use of their local
pharmacy service which opens long
hours and provides easy access to
prescriptions and advice 7 days a week.
Geoff Ray, owner of Total Health
Pharmacy in Watton said, due to the
geography of our rural community,
customers have real concerns about how
to get their regular medication from their
new GP surgery, having previously been
able to access this at their convenience
and on their doorstep.
There is a degree of uncertainty and
most patients do not realise that they do
in fact have a choice when it comes to
the supply of their prescription, even if
their new surgery is a dispensing
practice. Their new surgery should
make them aware of this. Patients have
the choice of where to have their
prescription dispensed. For some it will
be convenient to have this done at the
surgery, but for others it will be more
convenient to have it dispensed locally.
We have taken the decision to make the
process easier by offering to collect the
prescriptions from the outlying
surgeries with the patients consent and
dispensing them as normal in our
pharmacy, for collection at their
Geoff explained Patients are able to
order their prescription direct with their
new surgery or we can do it on their
behalf as we offer a telephone
prescription ordering service. If you
have been receiving your prescription
from us all you need to do is call us
with details of the items you require or
let us know that you have ordered your
prescription at the new surgery. We
will collect your prescription and
dispense it in Watton. Just let the
surgery know that you would like Total
Health Pharmacy to dispense your
The surgeries we will be collecting
prescriptions from include the
Swaffham surgeries, Hingham,
Shipdham and East Harling. We have
discussed the new service with the
surgeries who are working with us to
make the process easier for patients.
When asked how much this would cost
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local pharmacy makes life
easier for
de-registered patients
Coastal trip
from Watton
There is a coach leaving Watton Queens Hall at 10am
for a coastal trip on July 10
.Would anyone who would
like to join Paul and Christna for this day to stop off at
Manor Hotel, Mundesley, for a fish and chip lunch
while looking out over the sea. Returning at 4pm the
trip will cost 16. If you would like to join us please
phone 01953 884213 to book your seat.
The Wayland News Page 2 July 2014
patients, Geoff said, We will not be charging for
this service. Having provided pharmacy services to
many of the residents of the Watton and Wayland
area for years, we want to make life easier for
those who have been affected by the new
arrangements at the surgery.
If patients have any questions about how the
service could help them then I urge them to contact
the our friendly team at pharmacy
Total Health Pharmacy is a local family run
business which has been open for 8 years
providing full pharmaceutical services to the
Watton and Wayland area. The 7-day-a week
opening hours provide an essential service after
hours to local residents.
Geoff said working in Watton we understand how
much people rely on their local services and we
hope that we can go some way to bridging the gap
for those patients that have had to move surgeries.
We are open all week for prescription collection
and general pharmaceutical advice
For more information about how to obtain your
repeat prescription, contact Total Health Pharmacy
on 01953 881157 or visit the pharmacy at 14
Gregor Shanks Way, Watton , IP25 6FA
(Continued from page 1)
Those boots are made for planting!
3rd Watton Brownies have been busy making
gifts from recycled objects as part of The Big
Brownie Birthday Challenge. The BBB
Challenge has been set to celebrate of 100 years
of Brownies and everyone who completes the
challenge will receive a Badge. For one
particular Challenge 3rd Watton Brownies
chose to recycle wellington boots by filling
them with compost and planting some plants in
them. They also recycled old mugs and put
strawberry plants in the mugs. Then, during a
recent Brownie meeting the Brownies and their
Leaders walked to Linden Court armed with the
heavy boots and not so heavy mugs and
presented their gifts to the residents of Lime
Tree Walk for their new garden area.
The gifts were gladly received and placed within
the new garden area for all to enjoy. After a while
the Brownies said their goodbyes and then went
on to Grandma Owls house and had an ice-cream
with a flake before heading back to their meeting
At Brownies you can do craft, play games, go on
outings, work in your Adventure Book, earn
Badges and sometimes Brownies even go away on
Brownie Holidays and overnights, amongst other
things. If you have a daughter aged between 7 and
10 years who would like to find out more and give
3rd Watton Brownies a try, please visit the website fill in the
information asked for and once the Brownie
Leader receives notification of your enquiry she
will get in touch with you. 3rd Watton Brownies
meet on a Wednesday night at Watton Youth
Centre from 6 to 7.30pm during term time and
are ready to give you a warm welcome.
Home Section
Wayland Show
August 3rd
I cant quite believe that another year has
come around and the Wayland show will be
We have some great categories in the Home
Section, and only one set recipe this year, so
you can all use your favourite recipe for a
round of short bread, savoury scones and 1lb
jar of lemon curd.
The parkin is the only set recipe which is
included in the schedule which can be
downloaded from the Wayland Show website.
Entry fee remains at 50p and the prize money
is 10 - 1st, 5 - 2nd, 2 - 3rd with rosettes
and certificates. We have a new guest judge
this year, Mary Kemp who was delighted to
be invited to judge the cookery section and
we look forward to meeting her on the day.
The childrens cookery category is for 4
decorated cupcakes using own recipe. The
craft categories are for a decorated stone and
an edible necklace! This should be an
interesting one. Entry is free and the prizes
are 7-1st, 3-2nd and 2-3rd plus rosettes
and certificates.
We have a photography section for a labelled
Photograph of the Norfolk Countryside.
The craft categories are a knitted or
crocheted item, a patchwork or quilted
item and any other handmade item.
The Home Section marquee is situated next
to the members car park for easy access to
drop off your competition entries prior to
8.45am. If you want to drop them to me prior
to the show please contact me, Helen Crane
01362 821440 or email me at I live at
Shipdham and will happily take care of your
craft items, photographs and jar of lemon
curd in the week before the show if you are
unable to drop off on show day.
Entry fee remains at 50p and the prize money
is 10 1st, 5- 2nd, 2- 3rd plus rosettes and
Also in the Home Marquee is the stand for
Project Linus Norfolk, who make quilts for
child/teenager cancer patients, seriously ill,
bereaved or traumatised children. They
welcome visitors to come along and find out
what its all about. There will be a display of
quilts made by the Watton group which will
be judged in the morning.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
July 2014 The Wayland News Page 3
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Fun for all will be had at this years Festival
on the Farm. This years festival will
embrace the great outdoors and explore the
wonderful wilderness in the grounds of
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. A
woodland survival camp will teach people
how to build fires and dens, the festival
menagerie is set to be bigger and better
than ever, and festival favourites the
Tortoise Club, Raptor Trust and the Barry
the Beekeeper are returning. Pif Paf
Theatre presents Bee Guides Bombus and
Borage who will be exploring all things
Bees and Pollination.
The storytelling tent returns with local
author Karen Clarke and Dereham Library
reading childrens classics such as Where
the Wild Things Are and The Gruffalo.
The Gruffalo is back for an encore
following last year's visit and children can
join him for a Gruffalo Feast. Children will
make their lunch including scrambled
snake pasta salad, roasted fox wraps (roast
chicken, with a vegetarian alternative),
purple prickle juice and much more! The
feast will cost 4 per child and there are a
very limited number of tickets available on
the day.
The Festival will be held at Gressenhall
Farm and Workhouse, on Saturday 26 July
from 10am - 5pm. The ticket price
includes entry to the museum. Online
bookings can be made at (no card
charges). The full programme of events for
the day is available at or just call
01362 656870.
Registering to vote is now simpler due to
a new online process. From 10th June
2014, people will be able to register to
vote at
vote by simply providing a name,
address, date of birth and National
Insurance number.
This new service is designed to make
voter registration easier, simpler and
faster. The launch of the new online tool
is part of a wider move to Individual
Electoral Registration (IER), where the
old household registration is being
replaced by individual registration. As
part of the transition to IER, if you are
already included on the register of
electors you will be sent written
confirmation in July/August 2014. If not
you will receive an Invitation to
Further information about IER is available
from or alternatively
direct from Breckland Council http:// or 01362 656875
At the recent Watton Town Annual
Meeting I presented a report on Breckland
Councils activities during 2013-14. If
anyone would like a copy of the report
please contact me (details at the end of the
article). A few highlights:
Breckland gave grants worth over 8,000
for the benefit of organisations in Watton
A business grant program run by
Breckland gave grants totalling 57,000 to
5 Watton businesses.
The 2013-14 savings made by Breckland
to date is 963,735 against a target of
12.4% reduction overall in Anti-Social
Behaviour (ASB) across Breckland district
compared to same time last year.
Brecklands council tax remains at 69.03
for a Band D property, by far the lowest of
any district council in the country. The
majority of the houses in the Watton and
Wayland area are in Bands A C so will
pay less than 69.03. We are able to
maintain such a low level of taxation,
whilst maintaining the services that our
residents value by being efficient and also
by maximising the use of our assets to
generate income, whilst maintaining the
value of these assets.
On the subject of funding, Breckland
Council has a wide range of grant funding
available. The funding is designed to
empower groups and individuals within
the district to deliver projects at a local
level. We have simplified the process and
applications can be filled out online, or
alternatively hard copies can be completed
and posted to Breckland. Many
worthwhile causes have been supported by
these grants and I would love to see more
applications from the Watton area and am
always pleased to help in any way I can.
Finally there has been a lot of adverse
publicity about Watton Medical Practice.
On a personal level my family and I have
never had other than excellent service from
the practice. I recall very well the furore
when the new appointments system was
mooted, but now most people will admit
that the new system is a great
improvement. Much has been made of the
current situation being caused by the
vast numbers of people that are moving
into Watton. But the reality is that since
2009 104 houses have been completed in
Watton and 307 in Carbrooke. This makes
a total of 411 homes which based on the
average occupancy within Breckland of
2.005 people per house equates to 824
people moving into new homes within the
2 parishes. If we consider that the national
recommended GP to patient ratio is 1 GP
to 2000 residents these new people would
generate 0.4 of a GP! The actual
completions for each parish by year are as
2013/2014 35 - 16
2012/2013 35 - 18
2011/2012 2 - 11
2010/2011 16 - 86
2009/2010 16 - 176
The situation at Watton Medical Practice is
not unique, it is caused by Drs retiring and
leaving for other reasons. I understand that
there are 40 - 50 vacancies for Doctors
across Norfolk, and this shortage is
occurring across the country. It takes 10
years to train a GP, so the real problem
was a lack of planning at a national level
back in 2004. I know, from a very recent
meeting that I had with the practice
manager, that the decisions taken were not
taken lightly and were taken in the interests
of patient safety, which has to be
paramount. I also firmly believe that all of
the adverse and often ill founded
comments that have appeared recently on
online social media have been counter-
productive to the practices attempts to
recruit more doctors.
So whilst we need to hold the services that
we receive to account to ensure that they
are adequate and robust, we also need to
understand that the Doctors, Nurses and
other staff at the practice operate under
very difficult circumstances. Health
provision is outside the remit of a District
Council like Breckland, however, one of
the responsibilities of Breckland Councils
Overview and Scrutiny Commission
(OSC) is to allow citizens to have a greater
say in Council matters by holding public
inquiries into matters of local concern.
Accordingly, at their meeting on the 19th
June 2014, the OSC commissioned a
group of Councillors to inquire into the
whole situation around the de-registering
of patients at Watton Surgery and report
back. They will take a wide ranging
view and speak to relevant parties. The
Chairman of the OSC, Cllr Phillip
Cowen, is the Breckland Councillor for
the Wayland ward and a number of his
residents are amongst the 1500 patients
who have been de-registered, and who
are quite rightly upset and concerned
about the situation that they have been
placed in, through no fault of their own.
I will of course, assist in any way that I
can, and hopefully the situation will be
resolved soon.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you
feel I can be of assistance on any
Breckland Council matter.
My contact details: Email:
Phone: 01953 882884 or 07778 491569
Twitter @CllrMWassell
Tackers and
Stuffers (HTS)

This busy and vibrant group continues to
meet in Watton Christian Community
Centre from 7 to 9 pm on the 2nd and
4th Tuesdays of each month apart from
August. We also have day workshops
held in other venues. During the last few
months we have had several new
members including two as a result of the
Project Linus Norfolk Exhibition held in
Barn Ruche in May. Meetings are well
Watton and District Rotary Club
presented HTS with their Vocational
Service Award 2014 in recognition of
the work we do on behalf of Project
Linus Norfolk. The certificate and cup
were received on behalf of the group by
our Chairman Jane Lond Caulk and
Treasurer Brenda Hales. We feel highly
honoured and would like to thank the
Rotarians for this much appreciated
Activities for June include day
workshops making a Hexie Caddy for
keeping sewing accoutrements tidy, a
fabric flower demonstration at the
meeting on 24th June and on 22nd July a
lead tidy (in my experience every
modern home needs a number of these).
Looking ahead several members are
joining another group on a coach to the
Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August.
Once again there will be a coach trip in
aid of Project Linus Norfolk to The
Fabric Guild in Leicester, on 18th
September. The cost is 16. Please ring
Pat on 01953 882966 for details and
booking. Further workshops are planned
for the following months.
Currently we have a couple of normally
very active members unable to attend
meetings and other activities owing to
illness or injury. We want them to know
that we are thinking of them, miss them
and wish them well.
For further details of all our activities
ring Jane on 01953 884215 or for Linus
only email .
Details of events can also be found on
our Blog at http://htsqgroup.blogspot
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Wayland CMA
July 19th Georgia Pine
8 tll late at the Queens Hall
The difficulties at the Watton Medical
Centre in recent months culminating in
their difficulty retaining and recruiting GPs
and the sudden news last week of the
compulsory re-registration of 1500
patients at neighbouring surgeries in
Swaffham, Hingham and Shipdham raise
some very important issues facing our
town. And our country.
The growing cost and demand on
healthcare services from an increasingly
ageing society in Western countries like
ours, and the cost of advanced modern
medicines. The particular cost pressure on
rural services in areas like Mid Norfolk.
The pressure on services from an influx of
migrant labour especially in agricultural
areas like ours where businesses
increasingly struggle to find local people
who want to do manual or menial work
and made worse by the success of the
Governments economic recovery making
the UK the fastest growing economy in
Europe, driving up demand for labour.
And the pressure on local services from an
influx of new housing for commuters and
retirees, with too little investment in
In the 40 years Ive lived in and known this
area, Ive seen rural areas like ours be
treated by successive Governments in
Brussels and Whitehall as rural
backwaters: areas where Governments
feel they can dump houses and
commuters and retirees with too little
investment in services, facilities,
opportunities and the local economy. It has
led to a wave of problems we see around
us: too few people of working age living
and working in rural communities, a
decline of community spirit and local
identity, an increasingly elderly and often
lonely population as the young move out to
seek opportunities elsewhere.
I believe we need a new vision for rural
communities. With good connectivity (fast
broadband, road and rail links) and a
different approach to planning, with local
businesses back in vibrant villages and
thriving towns I believe we could see a
Rural Renaissance of people coming to live
in places like Wayland to enjoy a rural way
of life AND the ability to work and make a
Here in Watton we have seen in recent
years growing pressure on the surgery,
leisure centre, high street shops and street
market , the lack of community facilities at
developments like Blenheim Grange and
youth facilities such as the Surge: all
symptoms of a town which is on the edge
of everywhere and all too often misses out
on investment in the bigger centres such as
Thetford and Dereham.
Thats why I set up The Norfolk Way 7
years ago as a project to champion and
promote a different model of rural
economic growth and community
enterprise. Through our programme of
Speaker meetings, our Rural Enterprise
Bursary, and our new Awards scheme we
are trying to promote a new vision for this
area and put it on the map. Through my
campaigning on fast broadband, A11 and
A47, Apprenticeships I am trying to
promote our local rural economy. With the
great progress being made by the Wayland
Academy, the Norfolk rural
Apprenticeship Programme, and the 1000
local businesses in Wayland, there is lots to
be positive about.
Whilst the problems at the Doctors
Surgery are principally to do with the way
rural GP services are run by the NHS, and
the way the local surgery is organised, it
also reflects this wider pressure on rural
towns like ours.
After receiving a number of complaints
over recent months about the pressures
on GP time at the Surgery, I have had a
number of meetings and correspondence
with the Surgery, NHS England, the
local Clinical Commissioning Group,
raised the matter in Parliament and had a
meeting with the Health Minister.
I am very unhappy at the way the re-
registration of patients has been handled
on a postcode lottery bases with very
vulnerable and elderly patients told they
must now travel to a distant surgery, with
seemingly too little sensitivity to
peoples clinical need or circumstances.
But I can reassure people that Watton
will not lose its practice, and that this is
not to do with any cuts: in fact, as
David Cameron promised, NHS
spending is ring-fenced from any cuts
and is increasing year on year under the
Government, with more GPs and Nurses
in the NHS since 2010. The local NHS
are very clear: the Watton Practice is
extremely viable and well resourced and
should be able to cope with the
workload. The problems are caused by
their difficulty in retaining and recruiting
GPs. Whilst GPs in the NHS operate as
independent private businesses
contracted with the NHS to deliver
services, where a practice fails the NHS
can ultimately award the contract to
others a neighbouring GP practice or a
new group of GPs. But if we can help
recruit 2 new GPs to the practice there
should be no need for any re-
registrations or such drastic measures.
That should be our goal: to help get the
Watton practice back to full capacity.
What we need now and what I believe
the people of Watton and Wayland
would expect - is for all of us in public
office in the area to come together and
try and solve the problems, rather than
descend into party political or he said /
she said squabbling. This is too
important an issue to be treated as a
political football.
Since being elected I have been very
sensitive not to interfere in local council
politics: as the MP my job is to represent
you in Parliament, not behave as a super
-councillor or interfere with your elected
Town, District and County Councillors.
But I do believe the issue of the surgery
and the wider issues it raises are a wake-
up call and demand a new sense of
urgency and unity in helping promote
this special part of Norfolk.
Thats why I have taken such a close
interest in the Surgery, Blenheim
Grange, and the Leisure Centre and,
working with local Councillors,
suggested we pull together a Task Force
of local agencies to try and prevent any
further closures and get the investment
we need. We need to work together.
So I was disappointed to read the recent
comments by UKIP County Councillor
Stan Hebborn, criticising local residents
for complaining about the surgery, and
conveniently blaming everything on the
Government. The truth is we ALL
have a responsibility to look after our
own communities, and local residents
who have paid in their taxes all their life
have EVERY right to expect the services
they have paid for, and complain when
they dont. And as public servants we
have a duty to listen.
So lets recognise that everyone who relies
on public money whether GPs, NHS,
local Councils, MPs, or MEP - have a duty
to work together for the good of the people
we serve.
Lets use the Watton Surgery saga as a spur
to come together and speak with one voice
for our town.
George Freeman MP,
Member of Parliament for Mid-Norfolk
George Freeman MP Says the problems
with the Watton Surgery requires all
elected public servants to work together
Jazz at Breckles Church
Breckles church was packed to hear 4 top drawer musicians present a
wonderful jazz concert held on 30th May. They are all masters of
their instruments, Pete Oxborough, saxaphone and clarinet, Phil
Brook, guitar, Ivars Galeneiks, bass and Bob Dore, drums. Thank
you to all who supported the evening which made a marvellous
profit of 1,305.00 for church funds.

Luncheon Club
Hello, its Paul and Christina Weatherhill. We are still about on the
first Wednesday of every month with the Luncheon Club at the
Sports Centre. If there is anyone out there who would like to join us
please feel free to give us a call on 01953 884213. We can have a
little chat.
Church News
Carbrooke Church Lottery 18th May
2014, drawn by Rev. Neil. (Raising
money towards essential church
1st prize (40) Cherrill Saunders (No.
24), 2nd prize (20) Helen Riley
(No38), 3rd Prize (15) Dave Baker
(No. 16).
On 23rd May, a Funeral Service was
held for Alan Cammidge of Caudle
Springs, who died aged 90 years. Alan
is remembered for his cheery
disposition and as a kind and
considerate neighbour.
Afternoon Tea will be held as usual
on the 25th July at 2pm in the Village
Hall. All welcome. Come along, bring
your children, or your parents!
Arrangements are now in Full swing
for our Village Festival of St Peter &
St Paul, both Carbrooke Church and
Carbrooke School are dedicated to St
Peter & St Paul, whose festival date of
is 29th June, and in past times would
have been an excuse for a celebration.
This offers a great opportunity for
local organisations to raise their funds
and profile. We have local talents on
display, in the form of Arts, Crafts and
Music during the weekend.
St Peter and St Paul are regarded as
founders of the Christian church, St
Peter a simple fisherman, and close
friend of Jesus. St Paul, a Roman
citizen, had been responsible for
persecuting Christians, and was
converted, by a life changing event.
Peter and Paulcame from very different
backgrounds and didnt always see eye
to eye on how the church should be
run, but 2000 years later their witness
is still visible in Carbrooke.
Please support this community event,
and help our local organisations, as we
work together to enhance our diverse
facilities, creating a great place to live.
Finally, we welcome everyone to our
varied services which are followed by
coffee, biscuits and a chance to chat.
July 2014 The Wayland News Page 5

Watton Medical
Should I have
spoken sooner?
From The Editor, Julian Horn
In a report published in 2012*, The Carnegie
Trust says The Trust is convinced that a robust
and reliable news media are essential for an
informed democracy and healthy society. and it
that same belief that has driven me to publish
The Wayland News, the past 18 years.
I am sorry that, from time to time, I have been
intimidated, to the point that I haven't published
reports about something happening in our
community that I know is wrong.
Most of these things have not really mattered
that much, but I may have missed a chance to
prevent or at least reduce, the worry and stress
now being suffered by the people deregistered
by Watton Medical Practice.
As far back as January 2012, I became very
concerned because a number of people were
approaching me, as Editor of their local paper,
seeking help because they were afraid to
complain of their experiences at the practice. I
should point out that this did NOT relate to the
medical care they received from the Doctors but
related to the administration of appointments
and other 'back office' matters.
I was so moved by what I had heard that I
wanted to broker a meeting to see if these
complaints were well founded and widespread.
In the spirit of co-operation I emailed the
management at the surgery as follows (for
brevity these are edited extracts but in no way
have I misrepresented what I said):
Just so as you are aware, I am printing this
piece in February. The reasons are self-
explanatory from the words.
The people who have approached me have
expressed (what are for them) real fears and I
feel deeply troubled for them.
If what was said to me is correct there are
people, in the later years of their life, who are
frightened and feel unable to speak.
Sadly there was no way I could persuade them
to speak to yourself or the surgery because of (I
hope) unfounded fears of the consequences of
complaining . . .
The editor of this paper has been approached
by residents expressing concerns about their
experiences at Watton Surgery. Sadly, they feel
unable to express their concerns in person and
have appealed to this publication for help. In
conjunction with others we are considering
organising a confidential meeting with
concerned residents to establish whether this
really is a problem that needs to be addressed
and, should the concerns be proven, ways in
which we might address the issue.
In this exploratory meeting there will be no one
present from the medical practice so you need
have no worries about being able to speak
freely although hopefully in later meetings we
can bring all sides together to find a good
A response came back the same day.
Because the reply contains a confidentiality
footer, I am not going to reproduce the text of
that email; but I was accused of inciting
trouble and that if the piece (above) went to
print the surgery would need to contact their
solicitors. They claimed the allegations were
ludicrous and like many other issues are
totally unfounded and rubbish.
All of these assertions were made even though
they had no idea about who was complaining or
what they were complaining about.
I would describe my experience with that first
reply as akin to being bullied; which was exactly
what some of the people who were appealing to
me for help at the time were saying was
happening to them.
There then followed a long exchange, initially
bad tempered, during which I tried to engage
with surgery management to find a way forward.
There was a meeting between myself and the
Practice Manager, a Doctor, and the Chair of the
Patient Liaison Group (PLG), but it became
clear to me that NO criticism of the surgery was
going to be tolerated either by the surgery, or by
the Patient Liaison Group Chairman.
As a result of an error by the PLG, I was
accidentally copied in on exchanges between the
PLG and the Practice Manager. I cannot print
the emails I received from the surgery (although
I have retained them and I will make them
available to any formal investigation that may
take place and has the right to see them) but,
MY final email to them should give you the gist
of what had been said:
I am not publishing the piece in the next
You may be aware, [Name Removed] accidently
replied to me rather than you and I cannot
ignore the import of what he said (even taking
into account the circumstances at the time.)
There is a clear desire indicated in this and
previous emails to remove any reference that
criticisms have been made of the surgery - this is
in both in the reply to the last email and in the
previous emails.
And I fail to understand how, given the strength
of feeling I have observed that any reference to
criticism must not be published, I can
reasonably report this issue.
I am not prepared to sanitise the piece in the
way that is being asked; instead I am going to
review the whole issue quietly and take advice
on what my role is here.
I will be asking my original correspondents to
get in touch again and will appraise them of our
discussions and the information and procedures
you have supplied.
I really do feel that a golden opportunity has
been missed here to improve relations between
the surgery and its patients.
[last line edited out]
I did take advice, and I thought long and hard
about what had been said to me; and I am sorry
now that I did not (publicly) pursue this matter.
It is my strong belief that the pressures that have
led to 1,500 people being deregistered from
Watton Surgery, with only 2 weeks notice, were
clearly building as far back as 2011.
I did draw these matters to the attention of the
NHS Commissioning department in 2012; there
was another meeting, but in the end, nothing
effective was done to change things.
I feel I may have contributed to this problem by
remaining silent, when every bone in my body
was telling me to speak out about the complaints
brought to me. As you can see, I have changed
my attitude somewhat.
Councillor Wassell writes this month: I also
firmly believe that all of the adverse and often ill
-founded comments that have appeared recently
on online social media have been counter-
productive to the Practices attempts to recruit
more doctors.
The same views have been expressed by County
Councillor Stan Hebborn.
BUT I would like to ask WHY were people
complaining so vociferously on Social Media
about Watton Medical Practice?
How does Cllr Wassell KNOW that the
comments on social media are ill-founded?
It is my belief that in the same way that I
experienced, the 'Social Media Moaners' are
voicing their complaints in the only way they
feel is open to them.
I have been told by some of those self-same
complainers, that they felt bullied, felt they were
ignored and some have even said they felt
belittled by their experiences with Watton
Medical Practice.
I realise that working in a Medical Practice IS
stressful. In today's society people believe
everything should go according the expectations
they have been given; we expect good medical
care and we no longer compliment someone
when they simply do their job 'properly'.
But when something goes wrong or if
expectations are not met, then we complain.
Nothing can be done now that will change that.
Watton Medical Practice is there to serve us in
the best way possible, medical care is not
charity, it is something we pay for and are
entitled to.
Those who work in the management of the
surgery do so by choice, but the people who
really need our support, the 1,500 who have
been dismissed by the surgery, have had no
choice and have not been consulted.
Myself, my wife, my son and his wife and my
grandchildren all rely on Watton Medical
Practice for our health care, particularly as two
of my grandchildren suffer from Cerebral Palsy.
And, honestly, I am printing this with some
concern that we will be singled out for speaking
out on behalf of the people of Wayland. I hope
this fear is unfounded, but it is the perception
that it might be possible that has kept me silent
these past couple of years.
The problems at Watton need to be thoroughly
investigated by the Care Quality Commission
who are the ONLY organisation with authority
to ask the questions that MUST be asked.
We NEED to know why what has happened
came to happen.
We cannot blame national or regional issues
because the other practices around appear to
have been able to cope with the sudden and
massive influx of those patients dismissed from
Watton Medical Practice.
How is it that we are such a special case that we
can't cope with what we have or recruit the
Doctors needed in order to cope?
The NHS have said, quite clearly: It should be
noted that NHS England has no plans to
commission a second surgery in Watton as the
existing practice, with sufficient GP resources
supported by other clinical staff including Nurse
Practitioners, would be able to provide services
to the local population.
If it SHOULD be able to cope and it can't, then
clearly something has gone seriously wrong.
You cannot blame the people who publicly
complain about the service they have received.
We all DESERVE to have FULL and proper
answers from those in control of this situation, not
just the excuse that it is the moaners on Facebook
or Streetlife who are putting doctors off coming
here. Please, please let me have your views on
this, by letter, by email or by word of mouth.
If you think I am wrong then please tell me.
*'Better Journalism in the Digital Age', The
Carnegie Trust, 2012
Coming to St Mary's
For those of us who missed a music treat last year,
at St. Marys we are delighted that renowned
musician, Philip Aldred together with his choir,
Dolce has kindly offered to give a concert at 7pm
on 12th July 2014 in aid of the Organ
Refurbishment Fund. Tickets are 7.50 and will
include seasonal refreshments and may be obtained
from the Church Office and at Adcocks in Watton.
There will be a raffle too!
Philip is passionate about choral music. This
passion led him to study conducting at Durham
University where he gained his degree is Education
and Music. He also studied Music at Trinity
College, London.
He was appointed Chief Examiner in Music at the
London College of Music in 2008. He is currently
examining in Istanbul, having examined in South
Africa, Barbados, Kuala Lumpur, Stornaway, Isle
of Skye, Turkey, N. Ireland as well as in the UK
earlier this year.
He is the Director of Dolce Choir a mixed choir
of 16 voices who sing a variety of music from the
Renaissance to the present day - Byrd to Snow
Patrol!. He is also the Musical Director and
founder of the Norwich Music Group, NMG a
large choral society and orchestra who perform the
great choral works in the fine churches and venues
in and around Norwich.
Our Organ was built in 1887 by Norman Brothers
of Norwich and restored in 1974. Since then it has
been maintained regularly, but the time has come
when essential repairs need to be carried out. To
enable us to do this essential work, we have
initiated the Organ Refurbishment Fund which was
launched in July 2013. Please do come, enjoy
wonderful music and support us in our quest!
Rev Gerry Foster, Vicar, St Marys Watton
The Wayland News Page 6 July 2014
May and
June at the

It is always busy at Wayland House
with tenants, clients and visitors
coming and going throughout the
day, but the past two months have
been exceptional.
Any local issue, controversy or
publicity always brings an increase in
visitors wanting information,
assistance or just to mull things over
and while they are all, always most
welcome, in a period when we were
short of people because of holidays
and were busy planning a special
event in the Gallery, Watton found
itself in the News and the number of
visitors more than doubled.
In addition to the exhibitions and the
constantly changing display of craft
work in the Dragonfly Gallery, we
were delighted to welcome a new
patron to the Gallery joining the
wonderful Peggy Spencer MBE. Sue
Welfare is a prolific and talented
writer and artist and we celebrated
her new role as patron at a cheese and
wine reception at the Gallery. This
was a lovely evening with both our
patrons and a large number of invited
guests in attendance. The following
weekend Sue was with us again for a
sell-out felting workshop. We hope
that she will teach some creative
writing classes in the autumn.
At the beginning of May we were
really pleased to display some of the
work of the Wayland Academy
GCSE Photography group alongside
the work of professional and semi-
professional photographers
celebrating East Anglian Life and
The Acorn Learning Centre has also
been busy. Earlier in the year we ran
computer courses and smart phone
courses; more recently we have run
tablet training and in mid-June we
completed a series of Ipad courses. In
the midst of all this activity the
second Ready for Work programme
began with ten Year 10 students
working together to prepare
themselves for the world of work. It
is a delight to see their growing
confidence week by week.
In the meantime we have spent time
researching, talking about and writing
to Partners about Dementia
Awareness in order to develop a
dementia aware community that
will encourage sufferers from this
illness to feel safe and supported in
their community.
In addition to our own projects we
work closely with our partners so
Carnival Day found us helping to
man the Chamber of Commerce stall
raising awareness of the Chamber
and funds for Age UK Norfolks
dementia campaign. We were also
working on the art-work and
publicity for the Town Teams
Classic Car Event on June 22nd.
Despite the hectic schedule at
Wayland House we do get out and
about occasionally to Pride
Meetings and funding meetings at
Breckland Council, to a coffee
morning for Tourism Businesses at
College Farm, to the Wayland
Women in Business Lunch at Broom
Hall, to Safer Neighbourhood Team
meetings and to meet with the Head
of the Wayland Academy.
Special Visitors have included a
whole host of local artists, Peggy
Spencer MBE, Sue Welfare,
Michael Wassell, Leader of
Breckland Council, Joanne and
Aileen from Age Concern Norfolk,
George Freeman MP and Nigel
Pickover, Editor in Chief of the
The best news of June has been the
award of World War One Heritage
funding from both Breckland
Council and the Heritage Lottery
Fund totalling 10,400 for a project
which will focus on the impact of
WWI on a rural area such as
Wayland on its way of life, its
women and children, its agriculture.
Shop News

The front of the shop is now
looking great, and the painting will
commence very shortly. Thank you
to Alan and Elaine for providing all
of this for us. We now have all of
our services up and running,
including the Lottery.
The Post Office is now open the
same as shop opening hours, which
are 7.30am-6.30pm Monday to
Friday, 7.30am-5.30pm on
Saturdays and 7.30am-1pm on
Sundays. We are stocking a lot of
local produce, including asparagus,
fresh strawberries and honey, all
from local farms in the area.
Meat, which is very popular, is
supplied by Barnards and we have
the front of the shop looking very
attractive with plants from Walnut
Tree nursery. We have local
Norfolk beer, which is flying off
the shelves, as well as Pipers
crisps and the delicious Divine
chocolate, which tastes as divine as
its name.
Hingham bakery produce is
proving to be a great success,
particularly with its specialist bread
which is available at weekends. We
have a local Norfolk mill flour,
which is also proving to be popular.
We have our own range of
Rocklands Community shop cards,
which can also be personalised and
made up to order.
The cards will normally be ready
the following day to collect, if the
details are left at the counter. If
there is anything that we do not
stock that you would like us to,
please write it in the comments
book, at the counter and we will see
what we can do.
The tea-room with its sumptuous
home- made cakes, is definitely
worth a visit and proving to be
popular. We are still in need of
Volunteers to sign up. Our
volunteers are so important to us
and together and help to provide us
with a relaxed and friendly
atmosphere, that so many people ,
comment on.
So if you can spare two and a half
hours a week, or more, please go
along to the shop and sign up. It is
a very enjoyable and worthwhile
experience which is not difficult to
do. There is always somebody on
hand to help and train you. The
shop is doing well, but we are
always looking for more customers,
so please tell your friends to come
along and if you have not yet
visited, do please come along and
visit us, where you will receive a
very warm welcome.
Win a car
with the
New Build
To help raise the necessary funds for
this exciting project to provide the
1100 inhabitants of this vibrant
village the committee has plans to
build a new hall at an approximate
cost of 1million.
To help with that East Anglia Leisure
directors are planning a competition
to raise vital funds.
The Competition is a Penalty Shoot
Out where players select 5 locations
from a 6x6 goalmouth grid. Each
line costs 2 and the prize is a
brilliant yellow and black. The
winner has the option to upgrade if
required. The suppliers are Thurlow
To access the competition rules and
entry form please go to
There will also be an event at
Sainsburys, Attleborough on
Saturday 28th June where the car will
be on display and players can do so in
cash or by cheque if they prefer not to
go on line. It is hoped we can secure a
date for The Forum, Norwich later in
July. Your help is very much needed.
Please support the New Build Project
and who knows you may win this
fabulous car.
Friends of Shipdham
School Summer Fete
The Friends of Shipdham School will be holding their Summer Fete and Car
boot Sale in the school grounds on Saturday 12th July from 1pm - 4pm.
We have lots of stalls and attractions planned including Arena Displays, Craft
Stalls, Bouncy Castle and Slide, Tea Cup Ride, Hog Roast, Beer Tent, Archery,
Games, Tombola, Refreshments and lots more. If you would like a craft stall
or car boot pitch we still have space available, please contact us via email at, leave us a message via the school office,
01362 820300 or contact us via our Facebook page.
News from

A wonderful June is almost over
with July and end of term heading
our way. We will be very sad to see
our Year 6 children leave flying
the nest of school and off on the
next step of their exciting
educational journey to high school.
The end of term will be filled, as
ever, with a talent show, leavers
prom, leavers lunch and the leavers
service in the church.
The schools community event took
place in June. The evening was
attended by many, representing
groups, businesses and other
relevant parties. The Year 6
children were proud to show the
visitors around, and gave a
wonderful commentary about the
school. The working groups
throughout the evening looked
thoughtfully at the future thinking
about what changes will need to
happen, and how we can work
together as a community to manage
and support each other through this.
The chair of governors, Helen
Thomas-Jones, closed the evening
with a thank you speech, and
promoting the importance of
governors, as well as sponsorship
to help us, financially, secure the
future. There are still opportunities
to be involved, so if you were
unable to attend or would like to
make contact with the school,
please call or email the school
We look forward to the outcomes
of the event, thinking about the
next steps for us all. As we see out
the end of the school year we also
look ahead to the beginning of the
next academic year. September
brings about some changes, but for
the good. We will have nursery
children (aged 3+) joining us at
school. There are still some spaces
available if you and your child
would like to join with us here at
Great Hockham.

Diabetes UK
Our June meeting was was rated as
very good by our members! We
were entertained and sometimes
amazed by our speaker Graham
Davey. He is an antique dealer and
a collector of weird and wonderful
objects* and he brought with him
several items, some unusual and
some made of strange materials.
We were able to handle some of
these items and tried to guess a)
what they were, b) what could they
could be used for and c) what were
the objects made of.
This in turn led to some interesting
discussions and laughter. It has
been unanimously agreed that we
would like to invite Graham, (and
his lovely wife), back to see us
again next year.
At our next meeting on July 14th,
our speaker will be Radha
Chilleystone, Podiatrist, a regular
visitor to us. We meet at the
Pentecostal Church, Watton, (and
we thank them for the generous use
of their facilities) at 10.15am. 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
* So obviously he was extremely
interested in John!!
July 2014 The Wayland News Page 7
Carnival this year was a little different for
us because we had our Weeze Twin Town
families here at the same time which was a
bit hectic but very enjoyable.
Our Carnivals are quite a lot different to the
Weeze Carnivals and our visitors were very
happy to carry our Twinning Banner and
walk in the parade, they also joined in and
helped us on our Tombola and Gone to the
Dogs games. The day was certainly a
different experience for them. On the
evening before the Carnival we had Open
House this is where we all get together and
celebrate another year of being twinned
(our 27th year). With excellent weather the
crowds certainly came out and made it a
really successful Carnival day and we also
had a successful, enjoyable time with our
Weeze friends.
Every year Cheryl Clayton from the
Carnival Committee writes to all the Junior
Schools in the Wayland Area asking for a
10 or 11 year old girl to take part as
Carnival Princess or Attendant, when we
have the names of 6 or 7 girls the Twinning
Association then choose one girl to be
Carnival Princess and the rest are her
Attendants, we then along with their
parents dress them in our white dresses,
which we look after very carefully as they
are now 27 years old and with 7 different
colour sashes and matching headdresses
(the Princess always wears red and a tiara)
the girls look absolutely beautiful and get
very excited when taking part in the
festivities. Every year Alison at The
Village Florist makes and donates the
lovely bouquets that match their colours
and the girls get to keep them as a
memento of the day. Many thanks to
Alison, the girls were delighted with them.
Each year I take photographs of the girls
singly and also with their parents. Each girl
receives printed copies of both. The girls
who took part this year were:- Sophie Bates
(Princess), Faith Muggeridge, Olivia
Bailey, Kimberley Townsend, Jasmine
Bush, and Tia Mallows (Attendants)
It was great to see Mike Wormalls lovely
cars again this year, the Mayor of Watton
John Rogers rode in a wonderful white
vintage convertible followed by the
Carnival Princess and her five attendants in
a white open top London taxi. The girls
were so excited about everything and had a
truly magical day altogether.
The ATC pipe and drum band were
extremely good especially as they have
only learnt to play the pipes this year.
The evening finished with all our helpers
having a delicious Chinese meal together.
A huge Thank You to my committee and
all of our members for all their help in
making the day the success that it was.
Next year it is our turn to visit Weeze, two
members of the Weeze Tambourcorp Band
are looking for a twinning link in Watton,
preferably two couples in their fifties, if
you are interested in making a link with
these families this would be the ideal time
and opportunity to visit Weeze and meet
the people and learn about their culture.
Please contact me by telephone or e-mail
below and I will give you more
information about them.
If you would like to know more about the
Watton Twinning Association please
contact me on 01953 883317 or
Margaret Devine (Chair)
Watton Twinning Association
Lef to Right: Jasmine Bush, Olivia Bailey, Tia Mallows, John Rogers ( Town Mayor), Sophie Bates (Princess),
Kimberley Townsend and Faith Muggeridge.
Inner Wheel Club of Watton
The Inner Wheel Club of Watton held its AGM recently at the home of George
and Judy Wilson. The formal business meetings were preceded by a delicious
two course supper provided by out-going President Pam Challand.
After the meal, the monthly Club meeting was held and the business included
making final arrangements for the forthcoming annual Strawberry Tea and also
allocating an impressive 1100 to various charities. This brings the total
money donated to charity during the past Inner Wheel year to 3970
Inner Wheel members are grateful to all the people who supported the events
which have raised this amazing amount.
The Annual General meeting followed after a short break. Officers reports
were submitted and adopted and the programme for the coming year was
distributed. Presentations were made to retiring President, Pam Challand ,
retiring Treasurer, Pauline Baldry and Judy Wilson the hostess for the evening.
Outgoing President Pam Challand handed over the Collar of Office to her
successor, Brenda Davis, (pictured right) and wished her well for the year
On the previous Tuesday members, with their partners and friends, enjoyed a
lovely day out in Suffolk visiting Lavenham in the morning and then taking a
cruise on the Orwell Lady from Ipswich in the afternoon. The weather was
glorious wall to wall sunshine all day and the Cream Tea on the boat was
seriously scrumptious. A great time was had by all!
Club activities tend to quieten a little during the Summer although more
interesting outings are planned. However, come September and October, the
Wheel starts turning again in earnest with a Gardeners Question Time on
September 11th , the first of a new season of Lunchtime Concerts on October
1st. and a presentation entitled Marie Lloyd Queen of the Music Halls on
October 17th. We look forward to welcoming Wayland News readers to any or
all of these events. Lesley Cowling Club Correspondent.
July 2014 The Wayland News Page 8
traditional village fete
and car rally success

Bradenham Village Fete, Sports and Vintage Car
Rally on bank holiday Monday was a huge
success. Hundreds of families took advantage of
the glorious weather and enjoyed taking part in the
many activities to offer on the village green. The
sun shone on all of us and we had the most
successful Fete ever. Successful, not just because
we raised over 4,000, but because of the huge
numbers attending and fantastic atmosphere.
Everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Yes there were the usual grumbles about queues
and things running out but most people were
generally having a good time and the day was a
success. Funds were also raised for the Norfolk Air
Ambulance service from many generous voluntary
Sports Day Prizes (and record winners) George
Tufts Shield 1st, Alistair Raper & Joe Taylor;
2nd, Adam Thacker & Lewis Watts Fountain
Shield 1st, Joe Taylor; 2nd, Adam Thacker
Kathleen Lord Sheild 1st, Georgie Grey &
Robyn Joseph; 2nd, Alice Hart Jean Tufts Shield
1st, Joe Taylor; 2nd, Jake Wilford
Grand Draw prizes: 100 Helen Modart, 50 Mrs
Dixon, 25 Dee Ruppert 5John Allen, 5 John
Tufts, 5Derek Rant, 5T. Ladge, 5 S. Tagg
Congratulations to all our Sports Winners and
many thanks to Jo, Ruth, Jenny, Suzie and Lizzie
Ostler for running the sports for us again so
Thank you to Huey for organising the spectacular
display of vintage cars, bikes, tractors and army
vehicles. The numbers grow every year and attract
such a good natured crowd.
A big thank you for everyone who helps, year after
year and even more thanks to some who have said
this will probably be their last year. Thank you for
many years hard work. It was great to see not
only new faces helping this year but younger
Tin-Can Cooking
On Thursday 12th June 2nd Watton RAF
Brownies had our tin-can cooking night. The
weather was good being dry, sunny and a lovely
June evening just what we needed for our
cooking outside. What we used is a baked bean
tin with holes in it to let the air into the tin. We
then had a tile on the ground to stand our tins
on. The tins were turned upside down so we
could put our tee-light under the tin to light it,
putting a little oil on the tin, before putting our
bacon on it.
Yes, it does work surprisingly well!
Halfway through the cooking the girls turned their
bacon over with a cocktail stick. When cooked
the girls had a roll and had tomato sauce on it and
enjoyed eating it. They had their drinks to wash it
down. The Brownies thoroughly enjoyed
themselves you can tell by their smiling faces, and
singing brownie songs.
This evening we were helped by a member of the
Trefoil Guild, which was a great assistance to our
pack. They are still within the Guiding Movement
and help out when they are needed at different
events. Thank you for your help.
If your daughter should be interested in joining
Brownies then do give us a call on 01953 882992.
Our age group is between7-10 years old.
We have lots of fun and interesting activities that
we do. We meet on a Thursday evening at the
Blenheim Centre, Tedder Close, Watton.
Wayland Chamber
at the Carnival
The committee of the Wayland Chamber of
Commerce ran a game at the Watton Carnival
on 8th June, promoting local member
businesses whilst raising money for Age UK
Norfolks dementia awareness campaign.
Chamber Chairman, Paul Adcock, said We
had a fantastic time at the carnival. Several
Committee members helped at various times
during the day and we raised 105 for Age UK
Norfolk towards helping raise awareness of the
difficulties faced by those living with dementia
in our community. This is particularly
important for local businesses who deal directly
with the public, whether face-to-face or on the
First and second prizes of a family ticket for
Go Ape and a giant teddy Bear were won by
Mrs Val Winter and Mr Paul Short.
The Wayland Chamber also sponsored the stage
at the event.
Right Paul Adcock, JanGodfrey and Michael
Wassell on the Chamber stall
Little Acorns Playgroup

Sunday 8th June was a glorious hot and sunny
day for Watton Carnival. We had a tombola stall
to raise funds for our group so we could purchase
new toys and equipment for the children. The
good weather brought out lots of people to
support us and we raised a grand total of 210.40
As the summer holidays are getting closer some
of our children have been visiting their new
school before starting in September. We send
them our best wishes and hope they settle in well.
If anyone has a child who is 2 years old or soon
will be we have places available for September.
We run from the front hall of the Youth &
Community Centre, Harvey Street, Watton
8.45am to 11.45am Monday to Friday term time
only. For more information please call in and see
us or give us a ring on 07843772712 or
alternatively call Angie on 01953 883233 or
Dawn on 01953 881382.
The Wayland News Page 9 July 2014
On 5th of May, 48 members of the Watton
U3A went on holiday to The Isle of Wight.
We visited Carrisbrooke Castle, the prison
of King Charles I, and the history museum
run by an independent charitable trust. The
museum was founded by HRH Princess
Beatrice, Queen Victorias youngest
daughter, as a memorial to her husband
Prince Henry of Battenberg. We took a trip
on The Isle of Wight steam railway in one
of the beautifully restored Victorian/
Edwardian trains, which gave us an idyllic
view of the islands unspoilt countryside.
We visited the Waltzing Waters, which
dance to music, The Needles, and a
donkey sanctuary. On our last day some
of the members visited Osborne House
and gardens, Island home of Queen
Victoria and Albert, a splendid house with
many rooms full of wonderful treasures
and paintings. On our way home we
stopped at Browns Restaurant in Windsor
where we had a most enjoyable lunch. Our
thanks go to Ron Upton and his wife
Margaret for organising such an interesting
and enjoyable holiday.
Our speaker at the meeting on 29th May
was Dennis Powell, who managed a
cinema in Norwich in the 1950s. He
presented a talk on Cinema from Earliest
Beginnings. He explained how things
developed over the years until the advent
of the talkies in 1927, and the heyday of
cinema in the 1930s to the decline of
cinema in 1953 when there was an
explosion of TV sales, as people wanted to
watch the Queens Coronation. This badly
affected cinema audiences, and the rest as
they say is history.
Alans pub lunch group will meet at The
Millwright in Toftwood, on Thursday 10th
Brians group will be meeting at The
Garden Centre in Bawdswell, on Tuesday
29th July. Susan Pages gardening group
will be visiting Blickling Lodge at
Blickling on Sunday 6th July.
The next monthly meeting will be on
Thursday 24th July when Tom Ormiston
will be presenting The Work of
BLESMA, The British Limbless
For further information on The National
U3A go to
Watton & District University of the Third Age
The weather did us proud on Friday June
6th, when we welcomed Carbrooke
descendants, John and Dorothy Johnson
from Michigan USA, whose ancestors
were James and Elizabeth Sayer, born in
the late 1700s. They had a large family.
John is descended from their son William,
who emigrated to America to start a new
life in 1840s, which must have been quite
an undertaking, leaving a quiet little village
in Norfolk, everything he knew, and travel
across the world into the unknown!
James and Elizabeth had another son
Henry and one of his sons left for London.
Patti Moore was also able to join us. She is
descended through Henry, and hoping to
move back to Carbrooke. John, Dorothy
and Patti were delighted to meet each
other, and discuss their connections. Sayer
is quite a common name in this area, so if
you have that name in your family, perhaps
you are related too.
We were also able to welcome Anthony
and Phyllis Boddy, from Harwich, whose
ancestor (Anthony Boddy) was also born
in Carbrooke, and his father was a
Shepherd at Shipdham Road ( Tun Moore
in 1851).
We started the day, by attending the
Community Assembly at the school, and as
the date coincided with the D-Day
Landings, Mr King explained the
importance of the events to the children.
We were then shown around the school,
and how much it has changed since
Anthony Boddy would have attended in
the 1850s, soon after it was built as a
single roomed building! We followed this
by a look around the church, and John and
Dorothy were able to visit the grave of
their ancestors. We had a quick look
around the village and then Mr and Mrs
Johnson visited Woodrising where they
also have connections.
A most enjoyable get together was held in
the Village Hall at 2pm over tea and
refreshments, as local residents arrived and
we chatted about Carbrooke in past times.
Although our older residents lived here
during the first part of the 20th century,
Carbrooke life was probably more similar
then to what it had been 200 years earlier,
than what it is today.
Thank you to everyone who took part, it is
great to be able to show off our village
like this, and the visitors were very
appreciative, we presented them with local
books and information.
Next meeting: Wednesday 9th July 7pm
in the Church. All welcome to our
informal meetings. We are also hoping
for another visit to Norwich Records
Office on Wednesday 2nd July, contact
me if you are interested in going. Still
seeking local information relating to
WW1 .
Facebook: Carbrooke History and
From: Angela Weatherill
Dorothy & John Johnson by Carbrooke
grave of ancestors
Christian Aid
in Watton

Once again the people of Watton have
shown great generosity in their support of
Christian Aid. Envelopes were distributed
in the churches and members were invited
to make a donation themselves and ask a
friend to do likewise.
A street collection was held on
Wednesday 14th May and a total of 16
people took a turn with a collecting box
at various strategic points in a High
Street which was decorated with red
Christian Aid balloons.
The box collection realised 302:86. At
the Christian Community Centre a
selection of home made soups were on
offer and these were enjoyed by around
80 people who donated a total of
A coffee morning at St.Marys Church
added a further 160.13 to the coffers.
As a result of all these efforts, plus the
envelope collections, 1365.13 has
been sent to Christian Aid. This amount
will increase when the tax refund from
gift-aided donations has been claimed.
Thank you to everyone who worked so
hard to make this result possible.
You can be sure that the money collected
will be put to good use amongst the
poorest communities of the world.
Lesley Cowling
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Bradenham & District
Horticultural Society
Our July meeting is also our annual Sweet Pea and Rose
Competition and if that's not worth attending on its own we
are also to have a talk entitled 'Rare, Interesting and
Unusual Shrubs' by the returning and ever-popular Jim
Paine from Walnut Tree Garden Nursery in Rocklands. If
Jim's previous visits are anything to go by there'll be a bit of
retail therapy as well.
The meeting will be on Thursday 17th July in Bradenham
Village Hall at 7.30pm. Any questions?
Contact Marianne Kilmartin
01362 820744
Watton Evening
Women's Institute
Paul Bryant made a welcome return at a recent meeting. His
talent as an artist cannot be challenged as he enthralled
members and guests as he produced first a seascape picture
and then one depicting flowers during the evening. They
were both raffled and two excited members went home
with the results.
As usual we took part in Watton Carnival with its Fairytale
theme, three or four pink fairies attracting a good number of
visitors to our Tombola stall and bran tubs for the children.
What a great occasion it was?
The diners club visited Babaco in the High Street this
month enjoying a excellent meal whilst the venue for June
is Broom Hall. Craft club members have been producing
some lovely work and great ideas.
In July we are pleased to welcome Rachelle Duffield who
returns to Watton this time as Queen Victoria. She will
speak about the Queens wardrobe before gradually
dressing in the style of the day.
New members and visitors are always welcome, just come
along to the Community Centre by 7.30pm or for further
details ring Hazel Gillingham on 01953 881510.
A Quick
Look Round
Without doubt the biggest story
of recent weeks concerned the
local elections, and the success
of the UKIP party. This was
hardly a surprise in view of the
recent talks about trying to
disentangle our country from the
EU. But many government
officials have stressed the fact
that only a relative few people
chose to exercise their vote, and
calls have been made to make
voting compulsory. While it may
appear that this would be able to
produce a more accurate
assessment of the feelings of the
electorate, obviously there would
be lots of individuals who would
maliciously vote for the most
unlikely candidates, or spoil their
voting papers, with possibly
disastrous outcomes.
While voting used to be a most
cherished entitlement, in recent
years there has grown the feeling
that elected members have less
and less chance to air the views
of their constituents, due to
dictatorial methods used by
central government, and thus
local interest has diminished.
There is also the bugbear of
traditional voting. In many areas
it is a case of if the family have
always voted for, say, Labour,
then nothing will change them,
and no arguments in favour of
any other party candidates will
be even considered.
With just a under a year to go
before the next General Election
we will be bombarded with all
manner of suggestions for
improving our world, and we
will have to try to judge which
party is most likely to fulfil its
Unfortunately, as with all
elections, there will never be a
unanimous result, so the outcome
will be a disappointment to
many. But thats life.
Looking around in a different
direction I see that there seems to
be a real prospect of the
driverless car, which sounds
interesting. If this does come
about, perhaps we wont have to
travel so much ourselves. We
would be able to telephone an
order to Tesco, then send the car
to pick it up, while we doze off
in our armchairs. And there are
many things to attract our
imagination, such as will there be
automatic signs in addition to
winkers, to enable the car to vent
its rage against any other one
guilty of tail-gating or cutting
up ?
If it takes as long to introduce the
driverless car as it has to
popularise the all electric one, I
doubt if many of us will still be
around to see them.
Much has been written in recent
months about the decline in the
number of birds in evidence
these days, and, as usual the
RSPB has put the blame on the
poor old pussycat, which they
say accounts for up to ten million
songbirds each year. Of course
they may well be right, but they
also report a huge drop in the
numbers of wading birds, and I
am sure that the humble cat can
have little to do with that.
Whatever the cause there has
certainly been a big drop in the
number of birds in my garden,
where they used to be queuing up
at the feeders, but now only visit
On the subject of gardens, I read
the articles in Wayland News by
Lotta Potts and appreciate the
many tips given therein, but after
all consideration I still feel that the
best thing in my garden is the good
old Weed.
Weeds will grow anywhere, they
dont need watering, so you can go
on holiday without worrying about
them, they seed themselves, arent
fussy as to the type of earth they
are in, and you dont even have to
go to the garden centre to get them,
they sow themselves and come
completely free. What more could
a gardener want ?
It is probably that Im old-
fashioned, but am I the only one to
think that the world has become
scruffy ? It used to be the essence
of the British Summer to watch the
cricketers in their whites, but
nowadays, at least in senior
cricket, they turn out in the most
ghastly coloured outfits, while the
leading tennis players often look
like tramps that have invaded the
court. This may not apply so much
at Wimbledon, who have a rule for
kits to be predominantly white,
though this does not seem to be
strictly observed.
And even the Prime Minister often
wears no tie with a suit. Theres
nothing really wrong with that,
though we have always reckoned
that the leaders should be
distinguished from the underlings,
thus the different uniforms for
officers to separate them from
Other Ranks in the armed forces.
I have recently returned from a
short break in Welsh Wales,
travelling by coach, and the thing
that impressed me most was that
through the whole journey, which
took in the counties of Cambridge,
Leicester, Stafford, Chester and a
bit of Lancs, only very rarely did
we see any sign of human
habitation. Obviously the
motorways avoided the towns, but
for miles and miles all that was to
be seen was great expanses of
open green fields, just occasionally
with the odd farmhouse .All this
unoccupied land made sense of the
governments plans to build
thousands of houses, though they
seem to be concentrating on the
South, which is over-crowded
My few days in North Wales
surprised me in that all the
natives actually talked to each
other in Welsh (in Scotland, for
instance, only English is
generally in use), and even the
road signs are in duplicate with
the Welsh to the fore and an
English translation beneath,
which was a good thing with all
those place names (mostly
seeming to include two Ls, as in
Llanberris). In fact I became so
used to seeing the double L, that
on the way home when I saw a
sign saying Drive Carefully I
thought we had reached another
Welsh town !
My whole visit was favoured
with fine weather, so I can
treasure the memory of sitting in
the sun, enjoying that Welsh
delicacy, an Iced Eddford.
Good afternoon.
Remember, remember the
5th of November this is
obviously most associated
with bonfire night and Guy
Fawkes and his (misguided?)
attempt to blow up the Houses
of Parliament.
However, this year,
Wednesday November 5th
will mark the 40th
Anniversary since Watton
Country Market (then the W.I
Market) began trading. We
are planning some special
events in the run up to our
Ruby Anniversary, with the
culmination of events on the
day itself. More details will
be revealed over the next few
months as things are
During the past 4 decades an
awful lot has changed, but
what has stayed constant is
the Country Market ethos of
offering locally produced
goods at attractive prices in a
convivial atmosphere.
With summer now here,
there are plants aplenty on
offer and soon the first of the
new season fruit and veg will
be available. Bakery,
preserves and free range eggs
are here all year round, as are
a diverse range of
handicrafts, knitting, wooden
toys and greetings cards.
Come in and see us at the
Christian Community
Centre. We are open every
Wednesday from 8.30 until
11.30. All produce may be
left for later collection (by
11.15 please). Refreshments
are available, as always in
the adjacent hall, courtesy of
the church.
Watton Country Market
Coffee Morning
at Queens Hall
The ladies from Stow Bedon Church
will be hosting a coffee morning at the
Queens Hall Watton on Saturday 5th
July. Homemade cakes, sausages rolls,
ploughman's lunches from 12.15
Coffee and tea served from 9.30 till
1.30. Homemade jams and
marmalades and a selection of gift
items and books also on sale. All in aid
of St Botolph's Church, Stow Bedon.
West Norfolk
Aviation Society
The West Norfolk Aviation Society
meets every first Tuesday of the month
at 7-30pm in the Methwold Social
Club and the speaker for the evening in
July will be Chris Haliday who will be
talking to us about his experiences with
rockets. Guests are welcome.
July 2014 The Wayland News Page 12
Summer Fayre
Holme Hale Village Hall
Saturday 19th July
12 Noon - 6pm
Fun dog show, Tombola, BBQ
all kinds of stalls, Birds of
Prey, Tractors, Mini Club
Plenty of things to do
Music and Refreshments
A short story by Ken Knowles
Henry woke up early and decided he
needed to visit the bathroom, so he got
up quietly so as to not rouse his sleeping
wife. He suddenly remembered it was
the first day of the new month, so in
keeping with the old superstition he
mouthed the words WHY TRABITZ.
Way back , when he was about eight
years old, his mother had told him that it
brought good luck to say these words the
very first thing on each new month,
though it was some considerable time
before he realised that what she had
actually said was White Rabbits.
At first he thought WHY TRABITZ
must be a magic word like
ABRACADABRA, since it was used
to bring good luck, but when he found
out the expression was actually using
ordinary words, he wondered how they
could really work. Nevertheless, with his
mother reminding him as each new
month came round, he joined in with the
general belief, and usually managed to
utter the words as soon as he awoke on
the first morning, though naturally there
were times when he forgot completely,
or remembered just too late and said
something else first. Perhaps it was those
occasions that were followed by the
minor mis-fortunes that befell him, such
as grazed knees through tumbles in the
He recalled on time, when he had
become a teenager and rather sceptical
about all these superstitions, that he had
deliberately refused to comply with the
tradition, just to test its validity, and sure
enough later that day he crashed on his
bicycle and broke his wrist. Of course
even that could have just been
coincidence, so the safest way was to
conform, and now seventy years or so
later he still said White Rabbits the
very first thing on the first day of every
month. He made a quick calculation in
his head twelve months each year,
seventy five years, he must have said it,
well. quite a lot of times (getting a
bit rusty, he realised).
Henry crept back into bed, and lay there
waiting for his wife to wake up, and in
due course she sat up, and looking at the
clock, said Good heavens, is that the
time ?.
Henry was most surprised, for his wife
rarely failed to say the magic words, but
he said nothing, and hoped nothing ill
was awaiting her.
Then when his wife said she would get
up and make some tea, Henry said that,
no, he would make it, and when, after
breakfast she went to get the ironing
board out, Henry said to leave it to him,
he would do the ironing.
When she said she would go to Tesco, he
insisted on driving her there, and pushing
the trolley round the aisles, and in fact
everything she started to do throughout
the day was over-ruled by Henry, much
to her puzzlement.
Eventually it was time to go to bed,
and she could contain her feelings no
longer. Are you feeling alright ?, she
asked him. Usually you plonk your fat
bottom on that armchair, with your
nose in your newspaper, or your eyes
glued to the telly, and you dont lift a
finger to help me, but today you seem
to be falling over in your efforts on my
behalf. Its a bit worrying, to say the
least. Perhaps I should take you to see
the doctor.
No, Im quite O.K., its just that I was a
bit worried that something might happen
to you, as you forgot to say White
Rabbits when you woke up this
Oh, I didnt forget, you daft old fool.
The 1st. isnt till tomorrow !
Shipdham &
District Book
The Book discussed in May was
This isnt the sort of Thing That
happens to Someone Like You .
This was promoted as a collection
of short stories set in the Fens. It
read as a book of notes, lists and
ideas with few recognisable stories
with a beginning , middle and end,
most might be described as
jottings. One or two were set in
what the Fens but many were
further north indicating the author
shares the common misconception
that the whole of the large county
of Lincolnshire and surrounding
areas are the flat fenland drained
by dykes and cuts. Many of the
places named are distinctly
undulating and some
comparatively hilly. The general
verdict from the members who
managed to read the whole book
was depressing. Looking for
something positive one said it was
alright to dip in and out of when
sitting around on hospital waiting
rooms, another thought it was the
literary equivalent of the Modern
art as typified in the Turner Prize
or an impressionistic view as see
through a childs eyes . The same
member drew our attention to a
spark of humour. Overall as our
first venture into this genre it was
On 18th June we discussed The
Thread by Victoria Hislop. The
novel is about Greeces second
city Thessaloniki beginning in
1917 when there is an even
distribution of Muslims, Jews and
Christians living and working in
harmony. 30 years later only
Christians remain. The story is
told through the lives of two
people who live through the
political turbulence, war, fire and
catastrophe bringing it up to date
until 2007.
The majority of members loved
this book, several having read it
for the second time. It was agreed
that Hislop researches in great
detail including the references to
fabric, tailoring and dressmaking,
the background of many
characters. Those who knew the
basic history surrounding the break
up of the Ottaman Empiire and rise
of Ataturk together with the
invasion of Greece by the Germans
in World War II felt that this put
the flesh on the bones so to speak.
We learnt much about the lives of
ordinary people caught up in this,
many losing homes, loved ones,
forced to flee and worse. One
dissenting voice felt that there was
too much research, it was over
plotted and she did not finish it.
The discussion then opened up to
the fate of the Jews throughout
history, persecuted and massacred
including here in Norfolk; the
continual displacement of people
through war and invasion; the lot
of women often forced for their
own survival to marry men they
found repulsive who were often
violent and the destruction of lives
through the craze for power
whether it be political or religious
in its source. The conclusion was
that humanity has learnt little and
this evil continues. We are now
even more aware of it through
modern media.
The book for discussion on 16th
July is The Hundred Year Old Man
who Climbed out of the Window
and Disappeared by Jonas
Who Cares?

We Care, and
we truly believe
God Cares.

Who Cares? Is a mission
initiative around the biggest
national survey this year asking
one question What hurts you the
most? or put another way Whats
the one thing in life you find
hardest to handle?
All kinds of groups in Watton will
be invited to help with responding
to this question over the two
months of June and July, launched
at the Watton Carnival on Sunday
8th June.
On the afternoon of Wednesday
30th July, well have 20 young
delegates in Watton from the
Newday annual conference held at
the Norfolk and Norwich
showground. They will be helping
to increase the number of people
we can ask.
The response to this question will
be kept anonymous, but to give age
bracket and gender will help in the
analysis. The responses will be
entered on a special computer
database with Wattons code. A
feedback report will be generated
and returned to Watton Churches
Together. Well then be
prayerfully considering how we
respond positively and actively to
what has been raised. In the
meantime, were already praying
for Gods direction for all of us
taking part.
Who Cares? We care and we
truly believe God cares and we
want Him to inspire how we can
show that more and more, as we
reach out empowered by His love.
If you would like to join us at
Watton Churches Together
gatherings, as we take part in the
Who Cares? county-wide
initiative, forming part of the
HOPE 2014 mission throughout
the country, please contact the
Revd Gerry Foster 01953 881439.
Its a wonderful opportunity to go
forward with our Mission
Statement: Reaching out with the
power and love of Jesus in a
caring, family atmosphere.
Caston VA
Primary School

The summer term is always a busy
time of year, with lots of events
and trips. Please see below for a
sample of our school life here at
Caston VA Primary School.
Birthdays: We would like to
congratulate the following children
who have a birthday in June: Izac
Price, Charlie Cockerill, Aimee
Fowler, Junior Allen, Sophie
Cooper and Harrison Downing.
July: Annika Hargreaves, Ashton
Cockerill, Liam Gwillim, Ryan
Aldis, Craig Gwillim and Brandon
Sharing our learning assembly
(S.O.L.A) We welcomed parents/
carers to our SOLA assembly for
Kingfishers Class in June. These
SOLAs are an overview of the
learning over the half term (not a
big formal performance but a
chance for the children to share
their learning from the classroom).
We look forward to the Seagulls
SOLA in July, based on their
current Seaside Topic.
Father Bob Father Bob will be re-
starting Pray and Play in July, due
to demand. We welcome him into
school for these sessions. They are
for pre-school age children and
anyone in the local area is most
welcome to attend. They will start
on Wednesday 2nd July from 10.15
-11.30am in the school hall.
Catering Parents and carers have
been able to sample our new
catering contractor EATs this term
as we have been offering the
opportunity to join your child for
lunch. We look forward to
extending these to the local
community in the new academic
Golden Mile The Golden Mile
programme is up and running in
school and the children are really
enjoying the challenge. The
children have run 455.73 miles
since the start of this programme
this summer term. Well done
Seagulls and Kingfishers Classes.
Cluster Sports We have a very
busy term of Cluster sports this
summer term from football, to
Multi skills to the Wayland
Olympics. We wish all our children
the very best for the competitions.
School Council - Fundraiser -
Chicks for sale The School Council
have chicks for sale as one of our
school Bantam chickens laid 16
eggs and we are most fortunate to
have 10 chicks as a result; 10 per
chick. Please register your interest
with the school office (tel: 01953
483304). All proceeds to the
playground games fundraising as
decided by the school council.
School Garden - plants...can you
help? We are setting up a school
garden this term with support from
Wayland Academy and Mrs
Dunnett. If there are any keen
gardeners out there in the local area
who would be willing to help in
our garden (subject to DBS checks)
please contact the school office.
In addition, if anyone has any spare
fruit/vegetable plants and would be
willing to donate them to school,
we would be very grateful. Thank
Walk to school week We were
fortunate to have permission to
park in the village hall car park for
this event. We would like to thank
the parents and carers who made
use of this facility and to the
village hall for their permission to
support us in encouraging children
to walk to school.
Easyfundraiser We are registered
with this service and can you raise
money for us every time you shop
online with Amazon, M&S, Tesco
and many more! Please see the link
below. Thank you.
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Watton Churches Together
Service Calendar for July
St. Marys Church, Watton
1st, 3rd & 4th Wednesday at 9.30am Holy Communion
2nd Wednesday Morning Worship
Church Office opens Tues, Wed & Thurs 9am-1pm
Tel: 01953 881252
Sun 6th 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 13th 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 20th 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 27th 8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am All Age Worship
12 Noon Holy Baptism
6.30pm Choral Evensong

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: Deacon S Sowerby 01953 881035
Sun 6th Church Anniversary
10.45am Mr J Winner
6.30pm Mrs J Roebuck
Sun 13th 10.45am Rev. D Greenaway Holy Communion
6.30pm Rev V Spencer
Sun 20th 11.00am Deacon S Sowerby
6.30pm Mrs E Warby
Sun 27th 10.45am Mrs A Fox
6.30pm Miss J Woor

Pentecostal Church, Dereham Road, Watton
Children have their own programme during the
Sunday morning services on 6th, 13th & 27th
Sun 6th 10.30am (Zambia) Stories from the Mission Field
Sun 13th 10.30am (Zambia) Stories from the Mission Field
Sun 20th 10.30am Next Steps Family Service
Sun 27th 10.30am (India) Stories from the Mission Field

Roman Catholic Community
Each Sat 5.30pm Mass at Watton Methodist Church

St. Nicholas Church, Ashill
Tuesdays at 10.00am Holy Communion
Sun 6th 9.30am Lay Led Morning Worship
Sun 13th 9.30am Family Holy Communion
Sun 20th 9.30am Morning Worship
Sun 27th 9.30am Holy Communion

St. Georges Church, Saham Toney
Sun 6th 11.00am Lay Led Morning Worship
Sun 13th 11.00am Family Holy Communion
Sun 20th 11.00am Morning Worship
Sun 27th 11.00am Holy Communion & Holy Baptism

S.S. Peter & Pauls Church, Carbrooke
Sun 6th 10.30am Family Holy Communion
Sun 13th 10.30am Morning Worship
Sun 20th 10.30am Holy Communion
Sun 27th 10.30am Lay Led Morning Worship

St John the Evangelist Church, Ovington
Sun 6th 6.00pm Missa de Angelis Sung Communion Service
Sun 20th 10.30am Lay Led Morning Worship
Breckles, Caston, Great Hockham, Griston,
Merton, Stow Bedon & Thompson
Worship Calendar for July
Sunday 6
Sunday after Trinity
10:30 am United Holy Communion Griston

Sunday 13
Sunday after Trinity
9:00 am Matins (BCP) Merton
10:30 am United Holy Communion Stow Bedon

Sunday 20
Sunday after Trinity
9:00 am Matins (BCP) Gt. Hockham
10:30 am United Holy Communion Thompson

Sunday 27
Sunday after Trinity
9:00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Merton
10:30 am United Holy Communion Breckles

Sunday 3
Sunday after Trinity
10:30 am United Holy Communion Caston

Watton area Food Bank donations received at all
regular Sunday morning services

Wednesdays, 10:15 am, Caston Primary School Hall
For those of all our parishes with children aged 0-5
Worship with kiddies Christian songs; social & play time

Sunday, 6
July, 7:00 pm, Rectory
Friday, 19
July, with other Church youth groups, 6 pm, Necton

Enquiries: Revd. Bob Nichols
Tel.: (01953) 483222; Email:

All Saints Church, Threxton
Sunday 6th July 10am All Welcome
Wed 2nd July Annual Summer Outng
Mon 21st July 12 for 12.30pm Lunch at Griston
Wagon & Horses
Dance Away
at the Queens Hall
Ballroom, Latn and Sequence dancing
July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. admission 4
St Marys Church, Watton Saturday 12
July at 7pm
Renowned Musician Philip Aldred
with Dolce Singers in Concert
Something for every musical taste
In aid of the Organ Refurbishment Fund

Tickets 7.50 to include seasonal light refreshments
From the Church Office 01953 881252 or Adcocks
Electrical Shop, High Street, Watton
Thought For The Month
by Pastor Neil Starling, Watton Pentecostal Church
When I was growing up, I really did not like mushrooms. They looked
grey, slimy and unappetizing, and I couldn't imagine why anyone would
want to eat them! The rest of my family told me they were delicious, but
I was not convinced. The fact is, I had never actually tasted them, but I
couldn't imagine I could possibly like them.
Then one day I had a meal which had mushrooms in. By the time I
had realised what I was eating it was too late - and I discovered that I
was actually enjoying them. Now I love just about any meal that
contains mushrooms!
Many people dismiss God as 'not for me', without actually finding
out what it means to have a relationship with God. Many times I
have heard people say things like 'Religion is fine if that's what you
want, but I don't need it', or 'God is irrelevant in modern society' or
other such statements. But in the Book of Psalms it is written:
Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34 verse 8)
It is only by entering into a true relationship with God that we can
really discover that He is real, and that He is good, loving, forgiving,
compassionate, righteous and just. But how can we enter into that
relationship? We can do so by asking God to forgive us for all the
wrong things we have done in the past, and recognising that we can
receive that forgiveness because Jesus took the punishment we
deserved when he died on the cross. Be assured that God will not
turn you away - in the Bible God says:
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:13)
I wish I had discovered the pleasures of eating mushrooms much earlier,
but at least I enjoy them now! I have tasted, and seen that they are good!
God is good, in so many ways. His love is a transforming love,
changing lives for the better. But don't take my word for it - taste and
see for yourself!
Shellrock Circle Club
For The Over 50'S of Rocklands and the surrounding villages.
Venue: The Village Hall, The Street, Rocklands.
On Wednesday the 11th of June the club enjoyed a Bring and Buy sale
which helped to sell a few of the items donated for the Spring Fete. A
reasonable sum was achieved and then the afternoon continued with a
quiz which Margaret (our Quiz Master) assured us would not be "too
hard." This was won by Reg & Gillian Ellis of Attleborough.
A few rounds of "Hoi" was played as most people seem to like
playing this game. This was won by Mrs. Gerry Dunning of
Shropham. The competition for the letter "N" was represented by
items as diverse as nettles to necklaces. The necklace of Audry
Kirby of Rocklands was the winner.
Next month's letter will be for the letter "O."THIS IS AN OPEN
been thinking of coming along to see if they would like to join our club.
On the 9th of July we will be entertained by Mr. Tony Barker with his
musical instruments, songs and jokes. What better way to spend a
summer afternoon.
Meet old friends, make new ones, and be entertained at the same time.
Entrance is just 2 at the door and this includes tea/coffee and biscuits.
Doors open at 2pm and the activities end at 4pm. Hope to see you soon.
Allyson Blandford (Sec) contact phone No. 01953 488103.
The Wayland News Page 14 July 2014
In Your
With Lotta Potts
As the old red top tabloids used to say
'Phew What a Scorcher'. Well the early
part of June was just that but it went a
bit downhill. All the plants that had
taken advantage of the wet winter had a
surge of growth once it got hot. It all
looked wonderful if a little wild and
woolly. Then it cooled down and got a
bit damp so if that continues we shall
be looking out for potato blight. This
occurs when we get a 'Smith Period' of
warm humid weather. Who Smith was
I have no idea. For those of us who are
growing spuds for the first time it starts
off as inoffensive brown spots on the
potato leaves. Then it spreads rapidly
from leaf to leaf. At this point cut off
all the foliage down to just below the
ground as once it gets into the stems it
shoots down into the tubers and you'll
lose them. Blight will also attack
tomatoes and again remove any
affected foliage. If the weather is wet
before you notice blight you can spray
potatoes and tomatoes with Bordeaux
mixture which is readily available.
Unfortunately it needs to be done every
two weeks until mid-August and after
rain. That could be quite a lot! The
other plan would be to grow tomatoes
under cover if you can and to grow
early potatoes which are normally
harvested before blight. Second earlies
are a bit at risk but will keep under
ground for a little while after the foliage
is removed and main-crop are most at
risk but unless you have a particular
variety in mind they are so cheap it
makes you wonder if they are worth the
effort. Added to which greengrocers
and supermarkets are selling them
marked for variety, rather than just
'reds' or 'whites'.
The other essential in the veg plot is to
keep it well watered. If any veg is
subject to a 'stop-go' situation it will
deteriorate and the crop will be well-
nigh inedible. A boring job but if you
want good crops it has to be done.
Hanging baskets are the worst
offenders for drying out whether they
have tomatoes, herbs or ornamentals in
them so the only way to rescue them is
to dunk them in buckets of water so
they absorb the moisture properly. This
applies to small pots and containers but
large containers need to have water
dripped into the middle then as it is
absorbed pour a little quicker. The
other hint with water is to spray runner
beans that won't set as humidity helps.
Runners are notorious for requiring
huge amounts of water up to advice that
they should be watered even in the rain.
I love brassicas and butterflies. I don't
love caterpillars so that's a bit of a
problem. I have found the best thing is
to net the cabbages etc. while butterflies
are about and hope they can lay their
eggs on nettles in somebody else's
garden. Not too charitable I know and I
also know that butterflies are fussy
about the nettles they use. However,
not being a naturalist I just hope they
find some to suit.
Flowers should be dead-headed
regularly, particularly those in
containers. Sweet peas should be live
headed ie picked for vases just about
every day as once those furry little pods
get going the plants have done their job
and stop flowering so keep them
picked. If you are growing for show
then they need to be grown up
individual canes and every time they
reach the top take them down, run them
along the ground and up another cane.
Also they need to have the tendrils
removed so have to be tied in. The
results are spectacular but it's a bit
labour intensive.
Once a patch of flowers has finished it
might be a good idea to cut the stems
and foliage back as some plants will
give you a new flush later in the
summer. Irises are a prime example
and now is the time to divide them as
well. Ease the plant out of the ground
with a fork but don't spike the
rhizomes. The clump is then pulled
apart and discard all the oldest parts
from the middle then divide up the
healthy young bits that were round the
edge. Cut the foliage down by half and
put two or three new plants back so that
the rhizomes lie along the ground with
only the roots and half the body buried.
They need a good baking to produce
flowers next year. The big perennials
such as lupins and delphiniums need to
have the flower spikes removed once
they've gone over. You could, of
course, cut them while in full flower
and enjoy them indoors. Again, there's
a good chance that they'll produce a
small flush later on.
Once you have harvested or cut back
you have spare ground so why not sow
some seeds? Cottage gardens always
had fruit trees, veg and flowers all
growing together. It's not as easy as it
looks but fill up the ground and it will
look like that. Not if you want a
regimented ordered garden! Things to
sow now include main-crop carrots,
lettuce, spring cabbage, kohl rabi,
turnips, endive, oriental leaves and
anything else you have been succession
sowing. It's as well to water this ground
before sowing and sprinkle a little
fertilizer to give it all a boost.
Some roses need to be pruned this
month. All the climbers, ramblers, old-
fashioned and shrub roses that only
produce one flush of flowers usually
finish by the end of July. These are the
ones to prune except the varieties that
are grown mainly for their autumn hips.
Basically it's a case of hard pruning the
varieties that make lots of growth
(mainly ramblers) to keep them within
their framework but the smaller
varieties just need a bit of a tidy. The
roses should have more detailed
instructions but if all else fails you can
refer back to the grower or retailer.
Modern bush roses dont need summer
pruning but do need dead-heading.
This can seem like pruning as to dead-
head tidily usually involves removing
quite a bit of stem with the old flower,
back to a leaf or bud.
The other pruning that gives people
headaches is wisteria. It will run riot
and attempt to take over the roof and
wheedle its way into the loft. If you
have a wisteria it's the one plant you
can't neglect when it comes to pruning.
If it's to grow against a wall make sure
you put in horizontal wires then train
the stems along until it's covered as
much wall as you want. In July cut
back the long, whippy tendrils back to
6 (15cm) to stop it going everywhere.
It should build up short flowering spurs.
Whilst cutting the whippy bits back cut
the main stems back to their limit on
the wire. It will continue to make
growth during the season and will need
cutting back again in mid-winter. It's
very hard to kill by pruning. You might
lose flowers a year after July pruning if
you get it wrong hard to see how
but persevere. You can also train
wisteria into a standard by letting it
twine up a strong stake then keep
stopping the new shoots until it forms a
dense head. If you do this it will still
need to be pruned now but at least it's
more accessible.
The grass will need to be cut regularly
but if we do get a lot of hot weather
don't cut too short or even leave it until
it's had a wet. Don't waste water on it
as grass will recover from crispy brown
to green very quickly after rain.
We're coming up to the holiday season
which I'll go into in more detail next
time but if you need to go now pick all
the veg that's ripe and freeze it, cut the
flowering plants down a bit and bribe
next door to water and pick flowers and
veg. Beware of having hanging
baskets and containers at the front in
case you can't persuade anyone to
look after them. It's a bit of a give
away if they suddenly disappear or
die. On the other hand, if you are at
home this month do keep weeding.
Ashill and
Holme Hale
How different our gardens looked in
spring and early summer this year
compared with the long cold spring
of 2013. However, how do we keep
the beds and borders full of interest as
we move into August and beyond?
How do we fill the gaps left by the
earlier flowering plants. Shelagh
Ashe, a garden design consultant
from Sparham, gave a truly
inspirational talk at our May meeting
on this subject.
Tree and shrub gardens are the easiest
to maintain. Whereas the perennial
border, favoured by large estates with
many gardeners, requires the highest
maintenance. Shelagh concentrated,
therefore, on the mixed border, which
is the average gardener's choice, and
illustrated her presentation with
photographs of many different
designs. Firstly, we looked at
structure. A good yardstick is 'does
the garden look good in February'.
Texture and shape are just as
important as colour. Evergreen
foliage is always useful and spring
bulbs are, of course, the first 'gap
For later colour plant sedum, fuschia,
penstemon and asters next to spring
and summer flowers. Penstemon
should be cut down to about 6 inches
in April and sedum chopped by a
third in May to encourage sturdy
stems and late flowering. For the
front of border use plants which hold
their foliage well, which will disguise
gaps behind it. Suggestions for plants
in full sun where herbaceous
geranium or dianthus. While for
shade try hostas, heucheras or
Other ideas included late flowering
deciduous grasses, vegetables with
coloured leaves, such as ruby chard,
and, in dry shade cyclamen or white
periwinkle. Pelagoniums in pots
placed in gaps are very handy,
especially when the ground can be
baked in August, as they need little
watering. Even interestingly shaped
empty pots or ornaments can be
Finally there are climbers which
flower late in the season. Shelagh
recommended the vitacella group of
clematis. They are hardy, often free
flowering and easy to prune as they
can be cut right down in February. A
succession of flowering could be
delphiniums followed by perennial
pea and then clematis. What a
wonderful spectacle that conjures up.
Thursday 24th July: Dr Ian Bedford
'Silent Invasion'
Thursday 28th August: AGM,
Vegetable show and 10th anniversary

A full house
at Ovington
On the 24th May Breckland Js and
the Harmonettes sang to a full church
surrounded by beautiful flower
arrangements arranged by the local
residents in Ovington.
The Breckland Js sang their full
programme of songs. This included
solos and 2 part harmony. They were
also joined by the Harmonettes
(ladies quintet) to sing Rule the
World and Lean on Me.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the
concert and the Breckland Js were
thrilled to help raise 2000 for the
local community.
Their next concert is on the 19th July
at Wayland Academy 7pm - 9pm.
Where they will be singing with the
Breckland Harmony Choir,
Harmonettes, dancing and singing
acts from the Wayland Academy
students to raise money to send a
little girl with Cerebral Palsy to
Disney Land to see the princesses.
Look out for the posters in town
Thank you to everyone who helped in
any way towards the success of the
Ovington Flower Festival and to the
many people who visited raising the
grand total of 2,000.
Keeping local tradition alive, the long
established event of Watton Carnival
took place on Sunday receiving support
from local organisations and businesses.
The sun beat down on Watton High
Street and hundreds of people took to the
The day started with open air morning
worship which was lead by Tina Pawsey
and was a great church's together effort
with lively praise and songs and very
well attended.
Cllr John Rogers the newly elected Town
Mayor performed the opening and was
delighted by the event's community spirit
and support and at how well attended the
free children's attraction 'Spider
Mountain' which was sponsored by
Watton Town Council, with hundreds of
children using it throughout the day.
Heading the parade was the 864 (Watton)
Squadron, Air Training Corps Pipes and
Drums Band. closely followed by two
chauffeur driven vintage cars, courtesy of
Breckland Belle Classic Carriages
transporting the Town Mayor and the
Carnival Princess Sophie Bates and her 5
The procession was larger than
recent years and well attended by
local groups. An array of vibrant
fairytale costumes, from dragons to
knights with a hoard of mascots from
Arnies-Attics Fancy dress including
Mickey Mouse, Iggle Piggle Peppa
Pig and flowerpot men plus many
There was live entertainment from Dale
Bullimore (singer), The Indie 500's
(Band) with a performance from Watton
Pantomime Group, and belly dancing
demonstration from Daughters of the
East, plus storytelling by local children's
entertainer Kevin Chilvers.
Cheryl Clayton from the organisers said
The organising committee have
received positive feedback from stall
holders and participants alike, and the
day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Cheryl continued We would really like
to thank our main sponsors this year,
Watton Town Council, The Wayland
Chambers of Commerce and Ridgeons
Timber and Builders Merchants, and for
the donation from Eastwood Catering
and Consulting Ltd.
There is a full photo gallery of the
day on
The sun showed up
and the crowds turned
out at Watton Carnival
please menton
The Wayland
when shopping with
July 2014 The Wayland News Page 15
Watton Hockey Club is a thriving club and are looking to give something back to the community so over the summer we are offering free
hockey coaching for anyone aged 6-60 every Thursday in August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. For more details, contact the Club at the Sports
Centre, Dereham Road, Watton or visit or on Facebook Watton Hockey Club
The Watton under-10 boys entered their first tournament in
Dereham and an enjoyable time was had by all.
The development girls play in a development league and finished in
fourth, their highest ever position, after a tremendous season.
Watton Hockey Club offering free coaching
Watton Rotary
Round Up
June was a very busy month for Watton
Rotary Club. At our first Thursday evening
meeting of the month we presented our 2
annual vocational awards to the person and to
the group that had shown exemplary
dedication to an objective. Silvia Slaughter
received the Individual Vocational Cup for
her work masterminding the regeneration of
Thomas Bullock Park in Shipdham. Recent
visitors from Shipdhams twin town, Noyant
la Gravoyre, had commented on the great
improvements in over 30 years.
The Group Vocational was received by Jane
Lond-Caulk, leader of the Watton Hackers,
Tackers & Stuffers group. Having been going
for some years as a hobby, members of the
group became involved with Project Linus, an
organisation which aims to provide a sense of
security and comfort to sick and traumatised
babies, children and teenagers through the
provision of new home made patchwork
quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets. The
group is now making and sending over 20
quilts a month to the NNUH as well as to
Nelsons Journey, and Norfolks James Paget
and QE2 hospitals.
On 7th June we ran the coffee facility in the
Queens Hall, a quiet morning raising some
96. Next day we had a straw tombola stall
for Carnival day. We made 329.50 for
Rotary supported charities, including
WaterAid (a demonstration box was on
display), and the End Polio Now campaign.
Many thanks to Cheryl Clayton and her team
for the excellent arrangements including the
The following Thursday we presented the
prizes for our young designer competition,
run within the curriculum for year 11 students
of Wayland Academy. The winner was
Charlie Read for his "Horror in Gotham"
board game, which was judged to be
meticulous in concept, detail and
manufacture; in fact it was far beyond the
syllabus brief. Charlie received a certificate
and prize voucher for 30. The runners-up,

Pictures: Top - The Young Designer winners with teacher John Allott, President
Roy and Coordinator David Branson. Below: Jane Lond-Caulk receiving the group
cup & Silvia Slaughter receiving the cup from President Roy Challand.
who received a certificate and 15
voucher each, were Sky Noble for her
Japanese dress, and Caitlin Shaw for her
African wedding dress. Both garments
were cleverly conceived and beautifully
The end of the month sees the annual
change of presidency: Francis Ulrych is
taking over from Roy Challand. As it is
our special year, our Diamond Jubilee, the
handover meeting has been moved to the
Queens Hall on Friday 27th June with an
invited audience of paying guests. There
will be a full report in the next issue.
For further information about Watton
Rotarys activities, including pictures of
the winning young designers work, see
our on-line almanac at,uk
Martin Anscombe
A funeral home in Watton is joining other
funeral homes around the UK to help bring
communities together as a mark of respect
for the 100th anniversary of World War
One which falls on August 4th.
Breckland Funeral Services, 25 Norwich
Road, Watton is appealing to the local
community for any photos from the Great
War, which can be carefully copied and
displayed on a remembrance board in the
funeral home, along with a short
description, as a montage of remembrance
for the whole community.
Tanya Marwood, Manager of Breckland
Funeral Services, said: We want to
commemorate the huge sacrifice made by
millions of men and women during the
Great War and believe that by bringing
people together in an act of remembrance
and displaying local photos and artefacts,
we can mark the anniversary of the Great
War in a way that really means something
to our whole community.
If you have any WW1 photos which can
be copied in for the display, along with
some background information, please
contact Laura Stevens at Breckland
Funeral Services, 25 Norwich Road,
Watton or call on 01953 881229. The
Remembrance board will be displayed
from August 4th, until November 11th,
the anniversary of the end of World War
Funeral home appeals for photos to mark WW1 anniversary
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Sat 5th Queens Hall Coffee Morning 9.30 till 1.30 hosted by
Stow Bedon Ladies in Aid of the Church.
Thurs 10th Coastal trip form Watton, See front page
Sat 12th Philip Aldred with Dolce Singers in Concert at St Marys
Watton. See article Page 3

Sun 3rd Wayland Agricultural Show, Brandon Road, Watton.

Always read the articles for more events not listed here!
May has seen the usual rush of fun
activities, as usual the month commenced
with the Wolfgang Escrima Pack training
day, followed by all the preparations for the
National Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu competition held
in Cambridge.
The day got off to an early start with the
younger students (pictured) opening the day.
Honbu students Romeo Brennan, Rauiri
Bruce and Artemis Bruce, all represented
their dojo in the infant section, followed by
Persephone Bruce, Grace Norcutt, Aston,
Bradley and Ruby Green, Adam and Sam
Lucas, George Ward, Cassius Francis and
Joe Kemp competing in the junior section.
Honbus teenagers also put out a strong
representation with Sebastian Weatherill,
Hayden and Mia South and Morgan
Mcarthur all bringing home a medal. Well
done to all those who took part.
Students of the month for May goes to
infant class, Ava HARRISON and junior
class, Joseph KEMP. Well done to you both
for you dedication and commitment to
May has also seen a busy time with progress
medals being awarded to :- Rebecca
Bradbury, Kaine Sale, Rauiri Bruce, Conner
Riches, Myles Staisorowski, Callum Lodge
Xavier Harrison and Jack Whitlam
News from Caston Dojo - Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu
Cum Grano Sallis
(with a grain of salt)
Ever since I crept past my three score years and ten. I have been inundated with offers of
help to do things which hold no interest for me what so ever.
I do not wish to Google, boogie, blog, divulge my personal problems or idiosyncrasies via
Facebook, town crier or any other method. I have no desire to text, or E mail on any subject
nor do I wish to receive them.
I remember Spam with some affection. Sky diving is for the birds, I have not visited a
cinema for thirty years or indeed watched a film.
The current crop of actors are woeful, from the pale insipid young ladies to the whey faced
young men who depend upon two days facial stubble to create an aura of maturity which
even the whiz kids of computer technology cannot create.
I do not need a television the size of a barn door and often wonder why those who do never
have net curtains, but fortunately each to his own and I am able to follow my own interests
without let or hindrance and am glad to report that I am having a wonderful time. Thank you.
From the
new owner
of the
Hello, my name is Chris Nolan and
I have recently taken over the
Drome Garage, Watton.
I would like to thank Geoff &
Derek Angell for all their help to
get me 'behind the wheel' of Drome
Garage & I wish them well in their
retirement. I would like to let all
Drome customers that I have
retained the workshop staff Neil,
Dave & Kevin who are fully trained
& experienced, and able to work on
all makes of vehicles. Trina, Nancy
& Abbey will be in the shop & on
reception. They will concentrate on
stocking up the shop with all new
products. That leaves me rounding
off the team with 30 yrs experience
in all aspects of motor vehicle
We pride ourselves on customer
service & great honest
workmanship & would like to
welcome all loyal and new
customers to Drome Garage
Watton. 01953 881 343