District news, April 10, 2015

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Contact: Rose Storf

01553 617550

Sunshine Club –Rose Storf welcomed members to the meeting along with a group from Ezone, from North Lynn.

Carleen, from Ezone, explained about the group and what members do including making items including candles, cards, jewellery and woodwork and many other products. A number of these items were on display.

After the talk and a cup of tea, club members finished the meeting by finalising arrangements for the 68th birthday lunch at The Winch, West Winch, on April 29.

Bingo – The regular bingo session and club draw took place in the Memorial Hall and raised money for hall funds.

In the draw those members who each received £10 were Alison Burt, L and P Bettinson, Jackie Franklin, Mr Brock and Jean Green.

The numbers were drawn by Kevin and the caller for the bingo was D Bunkall.

Other helpers were T Chilvers, B Kent, R Bridges, M Gooding and R Storf.

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Contact: betty hodgson

01553 828399

Marshland Society – The society had Adrian Parker as speaker for its February meeting.

As chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas he gave a review of the work going on at the chapel, in Lynn.

Members saw illustrations of the work to turn this grand building into a superb venue for future events such as concerts, exhibitions, art displays and musical events.

He said that Lynn Festival is keen to return to this venue with its superb acoustics.

It is expected to be in a finished state by August.

The meeting at the beginning of March welcomed Stephen Temple who gave an insight into the value of anaerobic digestion on the farm as a useful method of dealing with slurry from his cow herd and other waste materials.

The plant produces methane which, in turn, is burned in an internal combustion engine to produce energy in the form of electricity for the farm and the National Grid.

The system also produces quite a lot of spare heat which is used to heat the farmhouse, farm buildings including the cheese-making enterprise, and also a row of cottages and for warming the cows’ drinking water in the winter.

At this meeting the Society welcomed a contingent from Terrington Young Farmers’ Club who saw the talk as an interesting subject for the farmers of the future.

Speaker at the final March meeting – also the last until the autumn – was Dr Gordon Jamieson from the John Innes Centre, at Norwich.

He talked about the study of genetics in relation to food crops throughout the world and outlined world problems in the production of food crops, especially wheat which is the stable crop of so many countries.

He stressed the vagaries of climate and outlined breeding work in manipulating genes and the very complicated DNA of wheat.

This meeting was preceded by the annual general meeting with no changes to officers or committee.

This has probably been the Society’s best ever year with an average of more than 50 people attending each meeting.


Hunstanton Civic Society – The realities of life in ‘The Workhouse’ was the subject of an illustrated talk given by Charlotte Paton.

She suggested that workhouses were a necessary evil, because, for the poor and destitute, there was often nowhere else to go.

The building of the workhouses in the 1830’s caused widespread fear among the poor. Looking like prisons, being run like prisons, and never sure of release, the poor had reason to dread the time when they would need them, whether through hunger, illness, or infirmity.

But the workhouse did feed and shelter people at a time in their lives when starvation was the only alternative.

They clothed them and in the case of children, schooled them and taught them skills that might help them gain employment in later life.

When there were far more labourers in the countryside than required, there were few options for families, except those brave enough to emigrate, or seek work in the towns; but that meant their aging parents might not cope without the support of their children.

The regime inside depended on the Master and the Board of Guardians. Many were kindly, but as the Guardians also financed the houses along with other tax payers, they wanted to ensure that the Masters ran a tight ship. They also wanted what they considered the feckless to be put to work. As time went by the rigid rules slackened and things improved.

Nowadays, many former workhouses have been converted into stylish private accommodation, which indicates just how well designed and constructed most of them were.

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Contact: marie Hall

01945 881026

Easter – The village had a busy Easter, beginning with the parish church annual Maundy Supper. The candlelit meal of bread and soup with salad, wine and fruit juice was served to parishioners from St. Johns, Tilney St.Lawrence, Tilney All Saints and Magdalen.

Everyone was welcomed by the Rev. Martin Dale and his wife who along with helpers Tim and Sue Clayton and Christine Chaffe provided the food.

On Saturday, April 3, the Methodist Chapel opened its doors for its monthly coffee morning with stalls of books and bric-a-brac and a raffle. Tea and coffee was served. Helpers were Nanette Rose, Veronica Nelson, Ken Wilson, Joan Cousins, Madge Dawson, Christine Pomfret, Fiona Peters with Elaine and Lucinda Knight. Proceeds amounted to £170 for chapel funds.

At the Parish Church. Church Warden Christine Chaffe along with her helpers gave the children aged between three to 11 years from St. John’s, Tilney All Saints and Tilney St.Lawrence primary schools and St. Johns Pre-School a challenge as they searched the graveyard and church for hidden Easter eggs.

Parents were served tea and coffee as Rev. Dale told the story of easter with songs and hymns accompanying himself along on his guitar. The morning ended with Prayers. Every child left with a chocolate egg or novelty.

Easter Sunday was celebrated with a joint service of communion led by Rev. Barbara Pearman.