WVBS - August 2011

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Nightjar evening:

Starting from the newly renovated Marsham Arms the group assembled at Marsham Heath in search of this enigmatic bird. The secret of Nightjar watching is for the group to be as quiet and unobtrusive as possible, not always easy with a large group but this year serenity was achieved and several birds made an appearance. The fact that we had a quiet group and our vivacious club secretary Lin, did not attend this year, are entirely co-incidental.

Going farther afield, a small group of intrepid members visited the Hebridean islands of Mull and Iona where they saw the majestic White tailed Eagle, also a Golden Eagle and a distant view of a Golden Eagle chick peeping over the side of the nest. Other highlights were Puffins and a Corncrake. Well over a hundred species were recorded.

Sennowe Park:

Members assembled at the Raptor Watchpoint at Great Ryburgh for a visit to this stately Edwardian home and were welcomed by the owner Tom Cook. Then, in the capable hands of ace birder, artist, and wvbs member Steve Cale, this picturesque estate of lakes and woods was explored. A very distant Kingfisher and a Little Ringed Plover were spotted by eagle-eyed members and a quick I.D. course by Steve helped identify a Mediterranean as it Gull flew from one of the lakes. Many thanks to Tom Cook for making us welcome and to Steve for leading an enjoyable afternoon. A total of 60 species were seen including Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Little Egret, Avocet, Hobby, Blackcap, Goldcrest and Reed Warbler.

Rutland Birdfair:

Many of our members will be visiting the British Birdwatching Fair at the Egleton Nature Reserve in Rutland on the 19th to 21st of August. One of the biggest wildlife events in the UK which attracts over 20,000 visitors. Lots to do and see for all interests and age groups – well worth a visit.

Dates for September:

On Thursday 15th our first Autumn talk is by Professor Fred Cooke, 'A thousand years of birdwatching in the Castle Rising area'. Starts at 7.30 p.m. at Weston Longville Village Hall. On the 25th we visit Breydon Water and Berney Marshes. Non-members are welcome at both these events.

Colin Wright [010603 – 740548] www.wvbs.co.uk

Wives Club - August 2011

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When going to press we had not had our annual trip to the Cromer Pier Show – a write up of the night will be in the September edition.  There will no Wives Club in August so all those going on holiday and those staying at home enjoy yourselves.

Our next meeting will be on 8th September when we will have Richard Dawson give a talk entitled My Life from Bell Boy to Piper.  Something tells me we are in for a good night – I can almost hear the bagpipes now.

Aircrew Association -August 2011

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We held a barbeque at the King's Head on 13th June. Weather was good and we all sat out in the garden and enjoyed a super meal and excellent service. Our next Ladies Lunch is on 8th August, again at the King's Head.

Construction of the Bomber Command Memorial has commenced at Green Park London that is in memory to the 55,600 Airmen who lost their lives in World War II. The Queen will dedicate it in May next year.

At the last reunion of my Squadron only eleven people who operated on that squadron are still alive. Fortunately we are supported by sons, daughters and grandchildren.


North Elmham Gardening Club August 2011

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On a lovely evening in June we visited Graham and Sally Watts who took over ownership of Dale Farm in Dereham 4 years ago and have completely redesigned it and created what the NGS describe as a "2 acre plant lover's garden with spring fed lake".

Using a combination of cottage garden type planting and the use of wooden sculptures this beautiful garden has a very natural feel of peace and serenity that belies the hundreds of hours of hard work that Sally and Graham have lovingly put into it. The garden also has a vegetable growing area, an orchard and a large lake. We were made very welcome with a tour of the garden followed by tea and homemade cakes, and plants for sale.

Schedules for the Annual Show on August 6th are in the Post Office. Everyone is eligible to enter so go and pick up a copy.

Editorial - August 2011

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The following was received before the meeting with PCSO Charlie Stone took place and is largely answered in that article – see Policing the Village

I read with some interest the piece in the Magazine’s Parish Council report about the 20mph speed limit in the village and quote “It was reiterated (by Norman Lowe who was at the WI organised meeting) that the Police would not as a rule prosecute for infringement of the 20mph speed limit as their equipment is not sensitive enough at low speeds and most motorists actually break the limit anyway which makes it unenforceable.”  The last part of this I find almost unbelievable, so if we all break our Country’s laws they become unenforceable?
There is apparently an unwritten police rule giving an allowance of 10% plus 2mph, so the effective speed through a 20mph zone can be as high as 24mph, before prosecution. So I find it hard to believe that the Police do not have equipment that is effective in recording speeds above 24mph.  Surely it is NOT a question of measuring LOW speed; more a question of:  Is the speed limit being exceeded?
This comment is ‘ducking’ their responsibility.  Many vehicles pass through our village’s 20mph zone well in excess of 24mph!  It’s time the Police took their responsibility seriously!  Isn’t this something that the Community Plan asked for?
Our elected County Council spend a great deal of money on creating speed limits and I am sure we would not want this money wasted on speed limits that are not enforceable…which seems to be the case, as far as the police force of the same County is concerned.
Martin Sullivan

Our thanks for donations this month go to Anon

WVBS - July 2011

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So much happening in May: The Wild about the Wensum event at Pensthorpe was once again a great success, lots of visitors, excellent weather and plenty of interest in our stand. We also supplied experts to act as guides in the hides. Well done everyone it was a long day but well worth it.

Twenty early risers turned up for our popular Dawn Chorus walk with Glenn & Lucy under whose expert guidance we were able to pick out dozens of songsters. The end of the walk, as always, was followed by al-fresco bacon baps.

Then there was the Costessey fete: after over months of drought the weatherman promised heavy rain on the bank holiday – but what do they know. We set up our stall in bright sunshine, had loads of visitors, dismantled and went home and were on our first ‘G & T’ before the rain came (all ten minutes of it). Many thanks to Alec Waller for his help and provision of an assortment of many interesting objects which drew lots of interest. Also thanks to my grandson Matthew, who helped on the day - and is still hoping to be paid for his efforts.

Another first for the club, we visited Lackford Lakes in Suffolk. A 121 hectare reserve with lots of  lakes and hides and we spent the whole day from  9.30 am to until 4.0 pm. Over 70 species were seen including hobby, spotted flycatcher and a nightingale. Thanks to Alec Waller for leading the trip and thanks also to the Suffolk Wildlife trust for their hospitality and everlasting supply of tea.

After our talk last month by the BTO on nest finding and recording, several members put theory into practice on the BTO reserve at Thetford. Under the masterly guidance of Dave Leech a dozen nests were found, including blackcap and whitethroat, more excellent hospitality from the staff at the BTO.

A good month May - ask any Canary watcher.

Dates for July: Just one event.  On Sunday 24th  we will be visiting Blakeney Point, an internationally important breeding area for seabird colonies as well as common and grey seals.

Details of all our events can be found on our website.
Colin Wright [10603 – 740548] www.wvbs.co.uk

Wives Ckub - July 2011

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For our June meeting we had Christine Humphries give a really interesting talk regarding tracing your Family Tree.  She explained how she got started and why. 

She gave some very useful hints and practical advice on where to start and who best to contact.  She herself has been able to trace her family tree back to the mid 1600.  

She related some of the stories involved and had folders of interesting material e.g. copies of birth, marriage and death certificates she had been able to obtain.  Her talk definitely inspired anyone who was thinking of tracing their own family tree.
One thing she did say was even if you didn’t want to do a family tree if everyone spent just a few minutes and jotted down a brief history of themselves  i.e. when and where you were born, which schools you went etc. and put this information in an envelope in a drawer and then just forget about it.  In years to come it will help keep the history of your life and what it was like to live in that era for someone else.  We all went away saying what a good idea.

Next month will be our annual visit to the Cromer Pier Show. 

Pickups will start at 4.15 from the usual places, giving us plenty of time to have a meal before the show which starts at 7.30 pm.  Last year it was a really hot evening so let’s hope we will be lucky again, but whatever the weather I know a good night will be had by all.            

Sheila Page

WI - July 2011

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Our May meeting was open to all the residents of the village.  The theme was Community Safety for your Village, something which concerns us all.

The Breckland Police and Anti-Social Behaviour Team came to explain their role and discuss our concerns. 

You will be delighted to hear that North Elmham is an extremely safe place to live and any disturbances are few and minor: however, the team did urge us all to report any problems to them as soon as they happen so that they can be 'nipped in the bud' so to speak. 

There was a good attendance of approximately 50 people and the WI would like to thank all those that came.

'Tea in Texas', you may recall hearing about the exploits of a group of WI ladies from Pakenham in Suffolk who took a very English tea to the USA.  We were able to learn first hand about their adventures as they were the guests of Swanton Morley WI who hosted our group meeting.  We all enjoyed this talk very much and wonder if we would have the gumption to ever take on such an endeavour.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 27th July and will be a presentation on Research, Science and Food.

PS.  All this talk of tea and cake prompts me to say on behalf of the committee a big thank you in advance to all those of you who have offered to make all sorts of goodies for all the various events that are coming up.  (watch out Texas !)

Rosemary Dyer-Perry