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Distribution Pigeon Post is delivered free to every home in Starston.

It can also be sent by email in PDF format. To request a PDF version please contact the Co-ordinating Editor.

Whilst the editorial team do not necessarily agree with the opinions expressed by contributors, they believe that the magazine is available for local people to air their views. Letters to the Editor must be signed. The Editor reserves the right to alter or amend any copy received. Items for inclusion in the next issue MUST reach the Co-ordinating Editor by the 12th of the preceding month, (usually earlier in December). Space in the magazine will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Photos and pictures are welcome and will be used wherever possible.

Please send copy by e-mail to: [email protected]

Advertising For advertising rates please contact

Liz Stacey: Tel: 01379 853427 Email: [email protected]

or Sue Moore: Tel: 01379 852387 Email: [email protected]

If you know of any new residents in the village please tell Norman Steer (854245) or Sue Moore (452432) so that we can welcome them in Pigeon Post.

‘For Starston People’ Copyright 2020 PIGEON POST The Production Team

Co-ordinating Editor: Sue Moore: 6 Allthorpe Rd, Harleston Tel: 452432 Email: [email protected] [email protected]

Editors: Chris Doughty: Email: [email protected]

Auriel Gibson: Email: [email protected]

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Distributors include: Brenda & David Beech, Sarah Beech, Sonja Burnett, Mandy Carter, Patricia Lombe-Taylor, Alison Miners, Rosemary & Norman Steer, and others.

ISSUE EDITOR Chris Doughty

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P ic t u r e Ga l le r y

Final Copy Date for the December edition: 12.00 Noon - Thursday 12th November

To Book the Jubilee Hall - Contact the Bookings Manager:

Robert Wood: 01379 852535 or Email: [email protected] Deputy: Joy Brooks: 01379 854755 or [email protected]

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Visitors to the village– I wonder who they’re watching?

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For Your Information

Parish Council Meeting- November 2nd @ 7.30pm via Zoom. If you would like to attend please contact the Parish Clerk who will send you a link. 01379 608590 [email protected]

The Starston Remembrance Day service will take place on Sunday 15th November at 10.45am. On Remembrance Day itself (8th) there are services at Dickleburgh (also via Zoom) at 10.50am, and at Rushall at 3pm.

Gardening. If you have anything to report on the gardening scene, or indeed if you would like to write about anything gardening related please don’t be shy, we would love to hear from you.

Harleston Library is now open, but with restricted hours. Monday 1pm to 6pm Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am to 2pm Please note that there is no ‘Open Library’ access at this time.

Harleston Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 28th November between 9.30 am and 6pm. There will be crafts and gifts to purchase and street food. Come and support your local community.

One of our regular advertisers, Robinson’s Stationers, are holding some private shopping evenings – see page 19 for more details.

The Pennoyer Centre is one of 445 organisations in England to receive a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The grant of £68,700 will be used to help preserve the Centre’s unique heritage building, as well as contributing to the development of a new website giving access to an online local history archive. It will also fund a redesign of the existing museum to allow safe access for visitors during and after the pandemic, and a collaborative community project to commemorate the WWI airships once based in the village. Anne Cleveland, Chair of Trustees for the Pennoyer Centre, said: “The Pennoyer Centre is a valuable community hub in the centre of Pulham St Mary which boasts a popular café, offers a varied programme of events and provides jobs for local people. This grant comes at a crucial time, as we restructure the way we work to meet the challenges of the pandemic, and helps us to build a secure future for this much need facility.” Other recipients of grants include the Blackpool Winter Gardens, the Severn Valley Railway and the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire.

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Editor’s Notes

Jenny Lind’s Legacy

Jenny Lind was born in 1820. She didn’t have the best of starts in life, she was brought up first by distant relatives and then, after being returned to her mother, by her grandmother. It was her grandmother who realised she had such a natural and beautiful singing voice, which she encouraged, and at the age of nine Jenny became the youngest student ever admitted to the theatre school in Stockholm. At 17 she made her professional debut as an opera singer and she went on to become one of the most popular European entertainers of the 19th century, being dubbed the Swedish Nightingale. In 1847 she arrived in London for a series of concerts that proved so popular that she embarked on a provincial tour, bringing her to Norwich for the first time. It is documented that crowds lined the streets to welcome her, church bells were rung and there were gun salutes. Her visit was so successful that she returned two years later to perform further concerts for charity. This was not the last time she would visit the city, she returned in future years to follow the progress of the gift she had given the community, The Jenny Lind Infirmary for Sick Children. The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the first such facility in the country specifically for young people, was established in 1852, and only two years later the Jenny, as it became known locally, was the second. The original building was in Pottergate, and the premises were shared with The Lying In Charity for women in labour. It was run by nurses, and doctors from the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital attended only as required. It would be another 50 years before there were any resident doctors. In the first year the infirmary treated about 325 patients in total. In 1900 the Prince of Wales opened new purpose-built premises on the corner of Unthank Rd. The land had been donated by Mr Jerimiah Colman and the building costs were met by public donations. The site later housed the Pricilla Bacon Lodge after the Jenny Lind Hospital was incorporated into the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital in 1975. Since the move of the N&N to the Colney Lane site the children’s wing of the hospital has kept the name The Jenny Lind Hospital. Nowadays, approximately 60,000 young patients from all over East Anglia are treated there each year. “Of all the money which God allowed me to give away when my poor throat could call an audience to listen to it’s production. None has borne a more nobler fruit than the Jenny Lind Hospital of Norwich.” – Jenny Lind

Sue Moore Ref:

It was summer and then, one day later it was winter. Ho hum.

Looks as though we won’t be having fun in the Jubilee Hall for a bit, but the Glebe is there to be enjoyed, if we ever see the sun again. See Michael’s article on the next page.


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Back in March the Jubilee Hall was forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic which severely limited what we were allowed to do. However, since then we have not been idle. First, we decided to undertake various works to enable the Hall to meet a high level of safety for hirers and all users and to comply with the requirements of our insurance company. These changes enabled us to re-open the Hall for small meetings from 1st September.

There are now 2 new Covex sanitisers in the Hall which operate by infra-red, a new paper towel dispenser in the kitchen, tubs of wet wipes by each exit, pedal bins in the toilets, micro-fibre cloths and supplies of Dettol surface cleanser spray. There is also a new hirers agreement to reflect the COVID requirements.

We also took this opportunity of enforced closure to deal with a number of repairs and improvements.

The (very noisy) fan heater in the Hall has been replaced with an infra-red radiant heater on a timer and a new radiant heater has been installed in the kitchen. In addition we now have an electric water heater over the hand basin in the kitchen to provide instant hot water, particularly useful when food is being prepared.

During November the current emergency lighting unit will be replaced with an LED so the batteries will last much longer. These lights come on automatically in the event of a power cut. Colin Loveday and Peter Grimble have fitted a smoke alarm in the Hall and a heat alarm in the kitchen. We also took the opportunity to have the interior of the Hall repainted, together with the external bargeboards and other woodwork. The last time this was done was 5 years ago during the restoration of the Jubilee Hall.

The electrical work was carried out by John Orford, the plumbing by Pat the Plumber and the repainting by Gary Beaumont. Our thanks to all of them.

As reported in the September Pigeon Post, the disabled access to the Hall across the car park has been completed by Denny Holloway. Denny will shortly be carrying out the repairs to the car park wall and, once NCC Highways have re-profiled the bottom of Railway Hill to prevent splashing onto the end wall of the Hall, Denny will be able to carry out the brickwork repairs.

The majority of this work has been organised and co-ordinated by Peter Grimble whose commitment and energy has been second to none. The Trustees and Management Committee would like to thank him for everything he has done. Jubilee Hall Trustees

The Jubilee Hall During Lockdown

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November – the month of remembering

Do you have a favourite month of the year? To many perhaps November is the least attractive with the beginning of shorter days and darker evenings. It is a month too for remembering. It begins with All Souls and All Saints, Bonfire night and then Remembrance Day. All Souls or All Saints Day are very important as we hold in our hearts all those who have gone before us. In the Benefice we will be holding a service especially for those who have died over the past year so if you would like to come to remember someone special then please let me know. As a child I certainly have some wonderful memories of Bonfire night where, as a family, we would go out into the back garden to watch fireworks which my father had bought. The highlight was at the end with the Catherine wheel, sparklers, bonfire toffee and baked potatoes. Watching the service of Remembrance at the Albert Hall is quite amazing and I particularly love seeing all ritual and ceremony that is so well choreographed from the armed services. It is also really inspiring to hear some of the wonderful stories of courage and sacrifice made by veterans for the cause of justice and peace. This year, of course, things may be different due to social distancing. There will though still be celebrations for Remembrance Day, All Souls and All Saints in our churches and country. 2020 has been a really hard year for so many people due to Covid-19 and one hopes and prays that 2021 will bring a brighter beginning. May God bless you, give you hope and may you find joy in happy memories of the good times with your loved ones.

Reverend Sarah, Rector of Dickleburgh and the Pulhams

The Glebe Meadow During Lockdown

Although we had to be mindful of the need to prevent large gatherings we were able to keep the Glebe Meadow open during lockdown. This has been so important as the Meadow has been a lifeline for many people from Starston, Harleston and the surrounding area. The meadow mowing has continued with our wonderful mowing team, Eric Barker, Chris Doughty, Peter Grimble, Tim Nursey and Richard Read working on a weekly rota. They have kept Glebe Meadow looking really good by continuing to mow the top end, Jubilee Orchard and the paths.

Once again we were able to employ Francis Webb to cut the meadow for hay in early July (much earlier than usual) and the volunteer team helped with bale handling. Selling the bales was more difficult this year, but we eventually found two different purchasers and sold the bales for £5 more than it cost to cut and bale the hay!

The bees, carefully cossetted by Peter and Sue Grimble, have also performed magnificently and have produced around 200 jars of honey which at the time of writing has generated £640 for the Jubilee Hall with more to come. We would like to thank Janet Broadhurst for helping market the honey during lockdown, as part of her Parish Council role managing the village Emergency Plan. Peter says that the current challenge is to help the bees prepare for the winter. He hopes that the 3 colonies now present will still be alive and healthy in March. The on-going success of the bees on the Glebe Meadow owes much to Peter’s dedication, enthusiasm and, of course, his time. Thank you, Peter.

Jubilee Hall Trustees

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Well my garden is where I’ll start – more or less. A few days ago I happened to be in the right place at the right time to see the light of the setting sun striking the wall of my neighbour’s house, illuminating the glorious crimson leaves of his Virginia creeper. I was transported back to the Appalachian Mountains where I saw the plant tumbling down a natural rock face.

That set my mind rambling through memories of other trips where I’d seen familiar plants in unfamiliar places, though actually those places were their home turf. There were the Lantana I saw in Rwanda – one a pretty, pale lilac and the other bright yellow with an orange centre to the flowers. Then there were the busy Lizzies growing in profusion by the roadsides of Costa Rica. In both cases it was very arresting to see these plants, which I’d always thought of as tender summer bedding, growing wild. Come to think of it they are wild plants in their natural Tropical habitats.

Later in the Costa Rica trip I stayed in a B and B at Gandoca, on the country’s Caribbean coast. The owner of the B and B was an elderly lady called Lydia who had planted a hedge to screen her house from the road. The hedging plants were not the sort you’d see in Starston. They were Brugmansia and Croton, eight feet high and counting. My own Croton never thrived, but then it wasn’t really at home on the gloomy landing of a house in Guildford. It isn’t just the Tropics that throw up surprises. I once did a bit of botanising on the side of an ice fjord in western Greenland, in the company of a chance acquaintance, a German guy. He had ten words of English, I have six words of German but all we needed to communicate was botanical Latin. With no book to help us we identified a couple of saxifrages and a ground-hugging willow. The beautiful flower you see in the picture eluded us. Later I identified it as “dwarf fireweed” – willowherb to you and me. A very familiar plant in a very unfamiliar place.

Dee the Gardener

Notes From A Starston Garden

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News From Starston Church

On behalf of St Margaret’s PCC I would like to pass on our thanks to all those who have supported the church financially recently.

The Pigeon Post appeal. Thank you to all who made donations to the church in response to our appeal for funds to help offset the takings we would have made had the annual Fete & Barbecue taken place. Over £400 was raised and is much appreciated.

Norfolk Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride. The Norfolk Churches Trust exists to preserve and protect, through financial aid and advice, the many architecturally precious religious monuments of the County which features the largest cluster of medieval churches in the world. For the first time in a number of years Starston had dual representation for this event. Auriel Gibson chose to take part for the first time and elected to travel by car in order to actually enjoy the delights of our local churches. Unfortunately, many of the churches visited were closed because of COVID 19 but nevertheless she enjoyed the experience and her report appears elsewhere in PP. Dicken Lombe Taylor and family summoned up their muscle power and travelled in traditional manner, by bike visiting many of the nearby churches during the day. Thank you all for taking part and also to the sponsors. £300 plus Gift Aid was raised, half of which returns to the church. Next year perhaps we can persuade more to take part and more sponsors to contribute. Well done. John Formston Starston PCC

Battle of Britain Service, St Margaret’s Church

Starston has traditionally held a Battle of Britain service in mid-September, so it was good that, despite Covid-19 restrictions, we were able to do so this year to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle. The Revd Norman Steer, who serves as chaplain to the Dickleburgh branch of the Royal British Legion, took the service. The standards and representatives from both the Harleston and Dickleburgh RBL branches attended, as well as piper Robert Rayson and bugler David Woodrow. We remembered the bravery and sacrifice not only of the pilots of the RAF and European and Commonwealth air forces who took to the skies to defend the country against the threat of a Nazi invasion, but also of all those who supported them, including the ground crews, the WAAF plotters, the radar operators, the parachute packers, the Air Transport Auxiliary who ferried the aircraft to the squadrons and the Observer Corps. The poem Battle of Britain, written by the Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis to mark the release of the film Battle of Britain in 1969, was read at the service. Rosemary Steer

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The Cinnamon Trust

The national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets. Dog walkers and short term fosterers needed.

The charity was founded in 1985 and seeks to relieve anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by the elderly and terminally ill people who need help to look after their pets. The Cinnamon Trust are urgently looking for dog walking volunteers in our area. They are struggling to find help to walk some lovely pets of all shapes, sizes and ages. Any time you can spare would be a great help. If you would like some more information, or if you would like to volunteer the Cinnamon Trust would love to hear from you. You can call on 01736 758701 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Registration forms can also be completed on-line at or by emailing [email protected] Please quote appeal 12076 The Cinnamon Trust is a Registered Charity, No. 1134680

Harleston & District Dementia Friendly Community & Café

November 2020

At this stage unfortunately it seems very unlikely that we will be able to hold the Dementia Cafes again this year. We will start again in 2021 as soon as its safe for everyone to return, the plan is to hold two Cafés a month- one being a Music Therapy session which had proved very popular before lockdown. Please contact me if you wish to discuss getting involved in our organization, or would like any further information. [email protected]

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Haunted Harleston?

Shopping in town on a warm September afternoon, you little expect to see figures wandering the streets in velvet breeches and doublet. They tend animals, they spin wool . . . . . . they argue, they trade gossip.

Richard Frere complains to his mother about the difficulty of collecting rent from people who don’t have the means to pay.

Joan and Nicholas Cooke are busy in front of the Swan, discussing business and putting the world to rights.

But Richard Frere died in 1637 and the Cookes were running the Swan when King James sat on the throne of England. Ghosts? Here in Harleston, in the autumn sunshine?

September 19th was, in fact, a Living History day in the town, a day to share the stories of some of Harleston’s seventeenth century residents. The event grew out of the work carried out

by a local history group as part of the ‘Mayflower 400’ commemorations for 2020. Led by local historian Stephen Poulter, the group made visits to the Norfolk Record Office, trawling through old wills to piece together the lives of Harleston residents in the early 1600s, when two of the townsfolk – Edward and Samuel Fuller – left for the New World aboard the Mayflower.

Ben Potterton, a Trustee of the Otter Trust who is also a specialist in the breeding of rare-breed animals and birds from around the world, brought a collection of his beautiful heritage animals into town. The Cookes were accompanied by ‘Yale’, a Suffolk Punch. We saw Richard Frere’s mother, Alice, carefully feeding her Rosecomb bantams at St John’s church. And on the Market Square, Edward and Samuel Fuller’s elder brother, Thomas (who did not make the journey on the Mayflower to the New World), was accompanied by a pair of Norfolk Horn sheep. The Fullers were important butchers in the town – one theory postulates that this may be where Samuel Fuller learnt anatomy and the skills with a knife which were to serve him as a self-taught doctor to the little colony he helped to found.

Problems from long ago created a curious echo, as Alice Frere worried about the plague, which had reached Diss, she told her son. Richard responded with a flourish of bravado – “Rumours of the plague are greatly exaggerated, Mother!” – causing a ripple of amusement from the onlookers.

Migration to the New World did not spare the Mayflower passengers from sickness. Half of them died in the first harsh winter, including Edward Fuller and his wife. But here in the Old World, in 2020, we were blessed with warm sunshine as shoppers stopped to eavesdrop on these visitors from the seventeenth century and learn a little about Harleston’s past. Eileen Ryan

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Church Visits

Norfolk Churches Trust – 12 September 2020

My particular take vis a vis churches has been that, as well as providing centres of worship for today’s believers, they also represent a visible history of a bygone era. This trip also caused me to think further – in addition, their everyday role in secular society.

Most of the churches I visited this year were closed but I was able to reflect on their external characteristics-many round towers reflecting their early origins, some pre-Norman and some of later build, but most having been repaired with octagonal caps. The porches of the churches reflected news of the local communities and occasionally an historical reminder of rough justice e.g. the stocks in the porch of St Margaret’s of Antioch, South Elmham. The rood screens were often so intricately carved that one

could only ponder over the length of time they took to carve and to mourn over

those that were defaced mostly, I assumed, at the Reformation.

I was impressed with the cultural centre that had been achieved in St Mary's, Bungay. In 1976 it became apparent that to maintain two parish churches was not financially possible. Dissension was resolved by converting St Mary’s into a cultural centre and retaining Holy Trinity as a place of worship. Some pews had been removed and a wooden floor fitted to permit drama and musical events. Where a single church exists in a community, I personally feel that the modern move to remove pews and to replace with chairs is appropriate thereby permitting one church to function in both a secular and religious manner. By so doing, the church has the potential for a new win-win situation – to become central again to community life and to benefit from an im-proved revenue stream to support its fabric.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day and would strongly recommend the activity to others, believers or not! Donations raised £220, 50% of which will come to St Margaret’s Starston and the remainder to the Churches Trust. Thank you to my sponsors. Auriel

St Margaret’s South Elmham

Inside St Mary’s Bungay

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A potter in our midst : Lucy Cave

I met Lucy over Sunday lunch just before lock down: she had moved to Starston in 2018. Lucy started to talk about an interest she had in pottery and how she would like to take it up again when she was able to get her ‘shed/studio’ up and running. I pricked up my ears as I had been interested in pottery as a possible retirement interest but, when I tried it out, it was a disaster for me! Lucy started pottery about twenty years ago when a work colleague suggested going to a pottery class. (Lucy was a Maths teacher and still does teach to ‘A’ level standard on a home tutoring basis). She found she could naturally ‘throw’ her clay on the wheel, absolutely essential and, failure to be able to do so, was my downfall! Since then Lucy has been working on her own, experimenting with different clays and with different firing regimes. There was a break caused by her moves and she has now returned to her love of “feeling the clay on my hands” and the love of “production - a real sense of achievement”. She likes the idea of her work “being enjoyed and used by others”. I have a mug that I use for my morning coffee and enjoy the feeling of its having been made by someone I know who lives in the village.

And, Lucy is now moving forward again with her love of pottery and has started experimenting with mixing her own glazes - “an art in itself” she tells me. “The results cannot be known until the pieces have been fired” - quite exciting but it must also be disappointing on occasions - a bit of a ‘leap in the dark’ and Lucy tells me she keeps careful notes of the weights of the different chemical combinations and the ‘mix’ of the successful glazes. Lucy’s work is available to view in the studio and she is also able to ‘make specials’ on request.

You can make contact with Lucy: 07786 321025 [email protected] Auriel

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This recipe is for Barm Brack Tea Bread. It comes from Hamlyn’s All Colour Cook Book from 1970 when I bought the book new. I’ve never been a brilliant cake maker but this tea bread turns out good every time, and I love tea. Christina Greathead

Ingredients: ¾ pint cold tea 7 oz soft brown suggar 12 oz mixed dried fruit 10 oz self-raising flour 1 egg Cooking time: 1hour 45 mins Oven: 160 degrees C with Fan 180 degrees C without Method: Put tea, sugar and dried fruit in a bowl, cover and leave to soak overnight. Tea that has been left over during the day can be saved and used. Well grease an 8-inch round cake tin or a 2Lb loaf tin. Beat the egg and stir into the flour and combine with the tea-soaked sugar and dried fruit to make a smooth mixture. Turn into your tin and cook in a moderate oven. Cool on a wire tray. Serve sliced with butter.

Barm Brack – Moist Tea Bread

For your amusement—True or False?………………………….

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Driving Horses in Competition


First, the competitors must complete the Dressage phase, consisting of a sequence of set movements (driven from memory) to display the schooling and obedience of the animals. The dressage arena is 40 x 100 metres.


On the second day, competitors drive the three timed sections of the cross-country marathon course. The last challenging 10km stage includes up to eight obstacles, to be negotiated at speed against the clock, which leads to adrenalin pumping, mud-flying action. The obstacles are often built around natural features (water, steep banks etc.) and are made up of a series of lettered gates which must be driven in the correct order. With different routes within the obstacles, this leads to tight turns which require a great deal of judgement and skill from the driver, in order to complete them with the minimum of time penalties.


The climax of the three-day event is the Cones Driving Competition, which equates to the show jumping phase of a ridden event, testing the skill and competence of the driver and the suppleness and obedience of the animal. The objective is to drive, in a set time, through narrowly spaced pairs of cones with only centimetres to spare on either side of the wheels! Cone Driving requires a steady hand, nerves of steel and a steady hand.

Jenny and I competed at this sport for roughly 25 years, with a pair of twin horses. They were crossed Irish Draught/Thoroughbred. Twins are very rare in horses. Approximately one in a thousand births goes the full term. Normally a vet will terminate the pregnancy if it is discovered that the mare is carrying twins, as the mare probably won’t survive and there is a great risk that the foals won’t survive either. In our case the vet thought the mare was carrying a lot of water as he could hear no second heart beat. The breeder had a licence to carry the Queen’s horses and bred race horses. As the first foal was born his 6 year old son ran up to dad shouting that there was something else coming out of the mare. Dad reminded him about afterbirth but the lad said ”no Dad it is black”. Dad now feared for his mare so fed her kids’ sweets to build up her energy. They all survived, we bought the twins and the mare continued to breed. Chris Doughty

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Christian Aid and Traidcraft

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sadly the Christian Aid coffee morning and Christmas card sale at Starston Grange will be postponed this Autumn. However, for those wishing to support the charity, Christmas cards and gifts can still be purchased on-line from Traidcraft.

Traidcraft is a UK based ‘Fairtrade' organisation established in 1979. The organisation has two components: a public limited company called Traidcraft plc, which sells fairly traded products in the UK, and a development charity called Traidcraft Exchange that works with poor producers in Africa and Asia. Christian Aid and Traidcraft have been working together for 30 years, having both helped to set up the Fairtrade Foundation in the 1980s. When you buy charity Christmas cards from Traidcraft, a donation is made to Christian Aid and is used to help the world’s poorest people.

There are many exciting items to buy on-line including cards. Order on-line at . Enjoy browsing!

We look forward to holding our coffee morning once more in 2021.

Until then, stay safe and best wishes. Sue Grimble

The Value of Wine

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine – I salute you.

However, there are those who don’t -they are usually seen with a bottle of water in their hand. Benjamin Franklin said ”In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria”. In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink one litre of water each day , at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1Kg of Escherichia oil (Ecoli) – bacteria found in faeces. In other words, we are consuming 1Kg of poop annually. So people who drink water are, basically, full of ____. However, we do not run that risk when drinking wine, beer, rum, whisky etc, because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, brewing and fermenting. Remember : Water = poop. Wine = Health Therefore it is better to drink wine and ____, than to drink water and be full of it.

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County Council Report

Congratulations to everyone that was nominated in the recent annual South Norfolk Community Awards. The awards were announced by a virtual event on Zoom where the chairman of the council called the winners up and congratulated them on their achievements. There were ten awards given for different categories and locally we had two winners, the Diss Volunteer Group of The River Waveney Trust winning the Environmental Champion of the Year and the Special Recognition Award went to six year old Conner Root from Harleston for raising £8,000 for Banham Zoo by riding his bike over 100 miles. I would like to say a big thank you to all of the sponsors that support these awards and a special thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who keep our communities going. The Stars of Norfolk & Waveney Awards have been launched and all of the categories and information on how to nominate can be found at We have had many local winners in recent years and the deadline for nominations is Sunday November 1st. At October's NCC cabinet meeting support was given for the delivery of the Long Stratton Bypass and it was agreed to add this to the capital programme. The project would be mainly externally funded with 70% coming from the Department for Transport's Major Road Network Fund and 30% from local contributions and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) contributions. The target date for work to start is mid-2023, with the road open to traffic before the end of 2024. The Development Consent Order application (planning permission) to build and operate the Great Yarmouth Third River has been approved. The construction of this new crossing is a crucial part of wider plans to improve travel in and around Great Yarmouth, and in doing so, supporting regeneration and economic growth aims in the borough. Construction is expected to start in early 2021 with completion early 2023. By building this new crossing it will support the access to the outer harbour where the wind energy companies are looking to expand their operations over the coming years. Also, it will add support to much needed dualling improvements on the Acle Straight (A47) which in turn will give much better access to the port and improve the safety on this road. NCC has been announced the winner of 'Digital Council of the Year' at the Connected Britain awards. Total Telecom, the organisers of Connected Britain, said: “Norfolk County Council has made huge progress towards its ambition of becoming the best connected rural county in the UK. Having to overcome the considerable challenge of its rural geography, the Council has managed to improve digital learning in schools, build the UK’s largest LoRaWAN network, and is engaging fully with government to take advantage of the Local Full-Fibre Network programme; all of which will have a long-lasting effect on the county's digital future”.

Best Wishes Martin

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Answers to the October Crossword

Quick Quiz

November Quiz

1. Armisitice Day is commemorated on 11th November, a date that has been significant for centuries. What was celebrated on 11th November previously? 2. In which year was the Gunpowder Plot, now celebrated on 5th November? 3. Who is the patron saint of musicians, her day is celebrated on 22nd November? 4. What should you do on Stir Up Sunday, the last Sunday before advent? 5. Where did a dog called Laika go on 3rd November 1957? 6. What was a son of Norfolk doing in Egypt in November 1922? 7. From November 1942 women were allowed to do what in church (C of E)? 8. In November of what year was Terry Waite released from captivity in Beirut? 9. Which future prime minister was born on 30th November 1874? 10. The first Rupert Bear strip cartoon was published in 1920, in which newspaper?

October Answers: 1. Bayern Munich 2. Leeds Utd, West Brom, Fulham 3. Seven 4. Lando Norris & Carlos Sainz jnr 5. Zak Crawley 6. Sophie Ecclestone 7. 1935 8. George Darling 9. Virginia Wade 10. France


1. Kagoul 4. Mohawk 7. Pineapple 9. Ache 10. Plea 11. Ace 12. Easily 14. Tripos 16. Behind 18. Annals 20. Owl 21. Nene

23. Itch 24. Eastwards 25. Nether 26. Starve

DOWN 1. Karate 2. Opie 3. Leeway 4. Muppet 5. Help 6. Kraals 7. Phosphine

8. Elephants 13. LAN 15. Run 16. Bunion 17. Doctor 18. Always 19. Sphere 22. Each 23. Idea

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November Crossword by Nona

1 2 3 4 5 6




10 11


13 14 15


17 18 19

20 21





1. Harmful (8) 7. Corpulent (5) 8. The other way round (4,5) 9. Assistance (3) 10. Vegetable (4) 11. Beefeater (6) 13. Connect logically (6) 14. Mixture (6) 17. Brawl (6) 18. Nail of an animal (4) 20. Specific age (3) 22. Occurring every three years (9) 23. Muslim name for God (5) 24. Out of the blue (8)


1. Demon (5) 2. Shakespeare tragedy (7) 3. Hand over (4) 4. Fibres in the body that transmit impulses of sensation (6) 5. Big old American car (5) 6. Castrated equine (7) 7. Porridge ingredient (7) 12. Width (7) 13. Primitive person (7) 15. Gold bars (7) 16. Coconut flavoured run (6) 17. Defect (5) 19. Slang for boot (5) 21. To trim or prune – Scottish or Northern English (4)

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Benefice Services in November

Web Site for all information on the Benefice:

Key To Services

HC: Holy Communion PC: Parish Communion

BCP: Book of Common Prayer SW: Sunday Worship

CC: Café Church

Starston PCC Secretary: Ruth Cawcutt. Tel: 01379 852087 Email: [email protected]

1st All Saints

8th Remembrance


15th 2 Before Advent

22nd Christ The


29th Advent Sunday


10.50am Remembrance Live & Zoom

9.30 am Holy


9.30am Holy


Pulham Market

9.30 am

Holy Communion

9.30am Holy

Communion Live & Zoom

Pulham St Mary

9.30am Holy

Communion Live & Zoom

9.30 am Holy


Rushall 3pm






11am Church

Open for Private Prayer


Benefice Service

Venue and time to be confirmed

Please be aware that service details are now not published until close to the date. The Benefice Office suggest you contact your local minister, church warden or church office for up to date details.

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Starston Parish Council

Martin Wilby County 01379 741504 [email protected]

Clayton Hudson District 01379 676259 [email protected]

Community Services

Starston Village Web Site:

Local Councillors

Local Buses - from Starston to Harleston and Starston to Long Stratton and Norwich

For information Ring: 0871 200 2233

12p a minute plus access charge

Border Hoppa - dial-a-ride service Ring: 01379 854800

Police - (non-emergency) Ring: 101

Safer Neighbourhood Team Email: [email protected]

Report Power Cuts Ring 105

NHS Emergency & Urgent Care Services (Including Emergency out of hours chemist)

Ring: 111 when it’s less urgent than 999

Refuse Collection and Queries Ring: 01508 533830

Harleston Information Plus Ring: 01379 851917 [email protected]

Ann Leitch Chair

N’hood Plan [email protected] 01379423387

Richard Franklin Vice Chair Village Sign [email protected]

Janet Broadhurst Footpaths Emergency Plan [email protected] 01379853480

Lucy Cave Member [email protected] 07786321025

Stuart Griffin Welcome Co-ordinator [email protected]

Fay Fitch Philip Astor

Member Member

[email protected] [email protected]

Clare Crane Clerk to the Council and RFO 01379 608590

To contact Starston Parish Council: [email protected]

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Printed by Town and Country Printers, Diss 01379 651107

Denny Holloway Bricklayer

Brick Work, General Building,

Hard Landscaping etc

01379 853471 or 07939 144446