DIRECTORY Parish Council Chairman - Pat Raburn Clerk - Geraldine Taylor 01842 827719 01842 828598 Borough & County Council County Councillor - Martin Storey 01842 828016 Churches St James’ Weddings—Revd. Joan Horan Methodist Revd. Stephen Oliver ( Thetford ) [email protected] 01842 828034 01842 753819 Doctors Lakenheath Surgery Feltwell Surgery 01842 860400 01842 828481 Hospitals West Suffolk ( Bury St. Edmunds ) Queen Elizabeth ( Kings Lynn ) Thetford Healthy Living Centre NHS Direct 01284 713000 01553 766266 01842 767600 0845 4647 Vets Paul Jarman Old Golf House 01842 828938 01842 814043 Police ( ask for Downham Mar ket ) 101 Taxi 01842 828471 Schools Iceni Academy—Hockwold Feltwell Primary Iceni Academy—Methwold Downham Market High School 01842 828275 01842 828334 01366 728333 01366 388717 Citizens’ Advice Bureau 01842 811511 Samaritans 0345 909090 Rubbish Clearance 01553 776676 Funeral Directors - Michael Denney & Sons 01842 862777 The Red Lion 01842 829728 Merry Christmas! It’s come around again fast hasn’t it?! Hopefully this month’s magazine will help get you into the seasonal spirit—not only is there Christmas pictures on the front and back, but inside there is listings for lots of local festive events, Christmas recipe ideas, and even fun facts to do with Yuletide. I would like to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and also send festive wishes to everyone involved with the magazine, be they delivery personnel, contributors, or part of the committee —thanks for all your support, it would be impossible without you. If you do have anything you would like to share with the magazine, or an event listing for the village, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Editor NB: Thanks also to Nick Smith for his brilliant photo of his lurcher Pip on the back cover—she looks as if she should be pulling a sleigh! Christmas Cover Competition 2014. Congratulations to winner Eleanor Swanson for her gorgeous reindeer which graces this month’s cover! Runners up were Emily Godkin and Callan Huckfield. All winners received some delicious Christmas chocolate. Many thanks to all the children that entered, we JANUARY CONTRIBUTIONS BY 10th DECEMBER PLEASE. [email protected] 51 Main St, Hockwold (items received after this date cannot be guaranteed to be included, and all inclusions are at the editors discretion) If you would like to advertise in the magazine for as little as £4 per month please contact: Sheila O’Brien on 01842 827141 Editor T: 01842 829079, email: [email protected] Sheila O’Brien—Advertising T: 01842 827141, email: [email protected] Linda Arbour—Distribution T: 01842 827217, email: [email protected] PARISH COUNCIL November 11th 2014 Present: Mrs P Raburn, Mrs M Eade, Mrs L Arbour, Mrs T Sismey, Mr S Turner, Miss R Johns. Squadron Leader Neild, RAF Lakenheath. Apologies: Mr T Gossage, Mrs D Barrett, Mr M Denney. There are still 4 allotments available for rent, please contact the parish clerk at 01842-828598 if you are interested in having one of these allotments. Road Closure: I have been given notice of the following road closure; Wangford Road will be closed from January 27th until February 15th 2015. Diversions will be in place at that time. We would like to ask home owners to please clear up any leaves that fall around your property; with the recent rain and frost these are starting to cause some problems for people using the pavements throughout the village. We have been asked, to warn all of you who walk your dog’s down by the river to be extra vigilant, as there have been some attacks, by larger dogs on some small dogs around that location. The council have been asked to explore the possibility of having a Christmas tree placed in the village; we thought this was a wonderful idea, although too late for us to do anything for this year. We will we set to work in the New Year to make it happen for next year; we will have to find an suitable position and source of electricity for the lights. The members of the Parish Council wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The next Parish council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9 th December 2014, in the Methodist Chapel, South Street, Hockwold . Pat Raburn- Chairman Minutes from the Hockwold Parish Council meeting can be read in full at Hockwold Post Office Hockwold Village Club or online at http://www.hockwold.info/Organizations/parish_council.htm Friendship Club Betty held a Christmas card workshop at our meeting and the Christmas Dinner has been arranged for Wednesday 10th December at the Feltwell Golf Club for 1pm. Olyvia Brownleigh HOCKWOLD METHODIST CHAPEL Preachers appointed for Sunday morning worship at 11am as follows: 7th Dec Rev. Solomon Joseph (S) 14th Dec No service at 11am 14th Dec Carol Service * 21st Dec Rev. Harold Wilkinson 28th Dec Mrs. Margaret Gibson (S) = Sacrament * December 14th Carol Service Please come along and join in our carol service at 4pm led by Rev. Harold and Mrs. Joy Wilkinson from Brandon. Light refreshments will be served after the service. Wishing each and every one of you a very happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful New Year. Margaret Allsop W.I There will be no meeting of the W.I. in December as we are going out for a Christmas meal. Season's Greetings to you all. Anne Dyke HATS News First of all, thank you to everyone who supported us and made ‘Aladdin’ a great way to begin the count-down to Christmas. We are very grateful to the many people who work very hard behind the scenes, as well as those whose contributions are more ‘visible’. We are indebted to the Brandon and District Photographic Club who took such amazing photos of cast members - these were a tremendous help to us in publicity. Thank you, as well, to the many people and businesses in the village and surrounding area, who allow us to display posters, sell tickets for us, or promote us in any way. We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to entertaining you again in 2015 – watch this space for details of our spring production! For more information or general enquiries about HATS, please contact Gary on 01842 814679. St James’ Church Services: December—January, 2015 Rector: The Rev Joan Horan, BA Associate Priest: The Rev KR Waters Curate: The Rev Dr BJ Zych For unto you is born this day in the city of David – a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. November 30 Advent Sunday (Feast of St Andrew) Benefice Holy Eucharist The Rev Dr BJ Zych: St Andrew’s, Northwold, Patronal Festival 10.00 a.m. December 7 Second Sunday of Advent Holy Communion: The Rev KR Waters 9.15 a.m. OT: Daphne Young: Isaiah 40: 1-11 Epistle: GC Whitaker: 2 Peter 3: 8-15a Gospel: The Rev KR Waters: Mark 1: 1-8 Intercessions: Mike Macey Sidesman: Graham Whitaker December 10 Breckland Brass Band Carols & Readings 7.30 p.m. December 14 December 21 December 23 December 24 Third Sunday of Advent Holy Communion: The Rev KR Waters OT: Karen Laedlein: Epistle: Paul Laedlein: Gospel: The Rev KR Waters: Intercessions: Karen Laedlein Sidesman: Colin Holman Fourth Sunday of Advent Holy Communion: The Rev KR Waters OT: Mike Macey: Epistle: Sue Annear: Gospel: The Rev KR Waters: Intercessions: Mike Macey Sidesman: Graham Whitaker 9.15 a.m. Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-end 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 John 1: 6-8, 19-28 11.00 a.m. 2 Samuel 7: 1-11 & 16 Romans 16: 25-end Luke 1: 26-38 Christingle Service: The Rev KR Waters Christmas Eve: St Mary’s, Feltwell Holy Eucharist: The Rev Dr BJ Zych 4.00 p.m. 11.00 p.m. December 25 Chriatmas Day Holy Eucharist: The Rector 9.15 a.m. OT: Leslie Hardwick: Isaiah 52: 7-10 Epistle: GC Whitaker: Hebrews 1: 1-12 Gospel: The Rector: John 1: 1-14 Intercessions: Graham Whitaker Sidesman: Graham Whitaker December 28 Benefice (St George’s, Methwold) Benefice Holy Eucharist: The Rector 10.00 a.m. January 4 Epiphany Benefice (St Mary’s, Feltwell) Benefice Holy Eucharist: The Rector 10.00 a.m. Benediction (St Mary’s, Feltwell) 6.00 p.m. ________________________________________________ Cleaning Flowers December 6: Mrs Millard Advent: no flowers December 20: Mrs Hardwick & Mrs Young Advent: no flowers January 3: Mrs Arnold Mrs P Spate ________________________________________________ An event not to be missed! Breckland Brass Band Carols with Christmas Music and Readings Wednesday 10 December in the Church 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £6.00 (accompanied children free) from Audrey Fuller (828529) or on the door Followed by mince pies and mulled wine Christmas at St James’ Hockwold, 2014 Wednesday December 10 at 7.30 p.m. Christmas Music, Carols & Readings with Breckland Brass Band Followed by mince pies and mulled wine Tickets: £6.00 (accompanied children free) from: Audrey Fuller (828529) or on the door —————————- Tuesday December 23 Christingle Service 4 p.m. The Rev KR Waters ———————————–—— Christmas Eve at St Mary’s, Feltwell Holy Communion, 11.00 p.m. The Rev Dr BJ Zych ————————————— Christmas Day Holy Eucharist: St James’ 9.15 a.m. The Rector ———————————————- 1st Sunday of Christmas December 28 Holy Eucharist, St George’s, Methwold 10.00 a.m. The Rev KR Waters Rector’s Christmas Message 2014 Are any of you ever curious about what a vicar does after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve? Wait up for Santa? Sit by the fire in woolly slippers slowly sipping a hot toddy and reading the bible? Or if you happen to be from the Antipodes, have a long conversation with family on the other side of the world who are, by that time, well into opening their presents and carving the turkey or throwing another prawn on the ‘barbie’ in the summer sunshine on Christmas Day? Well it may surprise you to know that this vicar did none of the above last Christmas Eve. As all my close family were either in Feltwell or bizarrely in Lapland I wound down from the wonderful high of full on ‘bells and smells’ Midnight Mass by slumping in front of the TV watching episodes of a “Big Fat Gypsy Wedding”! Yep, quite a sad thing to admit, eh? But strangely it turned into profitable sermon fodder for the next morning. The very last scene in the episode I was watching at around 2.00am involved a mother and daughter staying in a garish resort somewhere hot and sunny. They stood overlooking the pool discussing the forthcoming Christmas wedding and the mother made a statement that made me sit up in disbelief. She said very simply and matter of factly: “God is dead. Christmas is just about family.” I was stunned. A couple of hours earlier I had presided at first Mass of Christmas – this great feast of the living God. The great feast of the birth of Jesus, who is called Emmanuel – God with us. The birth that changed the world. This gift of Emmanuel – God with us – is not simply a past event – the birth of a holy child over 2000 years ago who later suffered an ignominious death died by hanging on a cross - fondly remembered but just a folk tale along with nodding reindeer, elves and old men in red. The birth of Jesus, his life and death are historical fact, as is testified not just in Scripture but by both Roman and Jewish historians. In the Gospels we have first hand accounts of another fact – the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. This is not simply a fanciful tale dreamed up by grieving and deluded women. There were too many eyewitnesses. Christians believe that our God lives as He continues to engage with the world He created and loves to draw people into his family. As the gypsy mother said - Christmas is about family. Christmas is about family – God’s family to which we all belong. We belong to God’s family whether or not we have loads of relatives or none to share the day, its gifts and feasting with. This gift of the living Christ present among us is indeed a wondrous gift but it is so silently given and in such a seemingly ordinary way that it is so easy to fail to grasp its significance. Jesus’ birth – that great stupendous gift of salvation – was witnessed by very few – Mary, Joseph, few scruffy shepherds, some foreign kings and maybe a few farm animals. Today we can receive that wondrous gift of God with us if only we choose to perceive it. John Betjeman concludes his poem Christmas with these words: No love that in a family dwells, No carolling in frosty air, Nor all the steeple-shaking bells Can with this single Truth compare That God was man in Palestine And lives today in Bread and Wine. In the 2,000 year old family meal of the Church – the Holy Eucharist/Mass - Jesus, God with us, our living God quietly and unobtrusively enters our lives, transforms us and draws us into His family. I can’t think of any gift that could ever be better than that. So I have an invitation to all…come to the party this Christmas – join the family celebration and meet the living God – Jesus – God with us - as we celebrate His coming among us afresh. I wish you all a happy, blessed and safe Christmas. Joan [Rector] Christmas Eve and Christmas Day service times: Midnight Mass at St Mary’s Feltwell and St George Methwold at 11.00pm and at St Mary’s Southery at 11.30. Christmas Day Mass at St James Hockwold at 9.15am, St Mary’s Weeting at 10.00am and St Andrew’s Northwold at [10.00 or 11.00am ] The Ideal Opportunity To Come and Visit! Well, we have almost reached the end of anther year! Next year will be a particularly significant one for RSPB Lakenheath Fen, as the reserve will celebrate its twentieth birthday on 31 October 2015. On the eve of the beginning of this very important year, I would like to ask you all a question: have you ever visited us before? If you have, that’s fantastic news and if you haven’t, why not come and visit during the coming festive season? Now, I know that Christmas is a busy time and the weather isn’t always great. However, if you do feel the urge to take a break from the festive rush, why not come and visit for the first time? The reserve is open at all times and there are circular walks of up to four miles around the various trails. If you are into wildlife, there are two viewpoint shelters and a wildlife watching hide. December is a great time month to see birds of prey, especially the marsh harriers that call the reserve home. We have two resident pairs of barn owls, which are often seen hunting in the afternoon near the visitor centre. The resident kingfishers should also be around, as long as the reserve pools aren’t too frozen. If you aren’t into wildlife, the reserve is a peaceful place where you can get away from the hubbub of Christmas time. There are some fantastic views from the reserve’s viewpoints and as the reserve is on an eastwest axis, we are often treated to some fantastic sunsets, so don’t forget your camera! On the subject of cameras, if Father Christmas brings you a new one on the “big day”, why not come and try it out at the reserve? Whether it is a compact or a digital SLR, there are plenty of photographic opportunities so why not come and get creative?! If you snap anything that you would like to share with us, we would love to see them, so please e-mail them to: [email protected] The visitor centre will be closed 24-31 December but the toilets will be open daily 27-31 December. We will then reopen on New Years Day, when we will usher in our anniversary year in style! I hope this article has convinced you to come and visit us this festive season. We are on your doorstep, so come and see us! That just leaves me to wish you all a peaceful and restful festive season from the team at RSPB Lakenheath Fen (and Sammy from the Brecks office of course!) Merry Christmas to you all! David White, Communications Officer RSPB Lakenheath Fen RECIPE—Butternut Squash with Blue Cheese and Pecans Christmas is approaching with the speed of an out of control sleigh, and now is the time to get planning the meals for the festive season. This one serves as a vegetarian alternative to the Christmas turkey; it adds the right balance of mellow warmth to any plain wintry dish and is a good whole meal on days when you just feel washedout. Ingredients 2 kilograms butternut squash 3 tablespoons olive oil 6 stalks fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme) 100 grams pecan nuts 125 grams crumbled roquefort cheese (or similar blue cheese) Sea salt Ground black pepper Method Preheat the oven to 180°C Halve the squash, leaving the skin on, and scoop out the seeds, then cut into 2.5cm / 1 inch cubes; you don't need to be precise, just keep the pieces uniformly small. Put the squash into a roasting tin with the oil. Strip the leaves from 4 stalks of thyme, and sprinkle over the butternut squash. Roast in the oven for about 30-45 minutes or until tender. Once out of the oven, remove the squash to a bowl and scatter the pecans and crumble the cheese over it, then toss everything together gently. Check seasoning and add the last of the thyme, torn into small sprigs to decorate. Happy Christmas to all our loyal readers. Thanks to Nigella for the inspiration. Enjoy! Tim Fothergill December Gardening. You may not want to be working outside at this time of year, but luckily there's not a lot to do! If you haven’t already it's time to think about winter pruning apple and pear trees whilst they are dormant. Before pruning apple trees it is essential to identify the cropping habit of the tree. Apple cultivars fall into three groups: Spur-bearers produce fruit on two-year-old wood, and as spurs (short, branched shoots) on the older wood. This habit gives spur bearers a tidy and compact appearance. Spur bearers are the largest group and include cultivars such as 'Cox’s Orange Pippin’, 'Sunset', 'James Grieve', 'Earl, Victoria' ‘Greensleeves', and 'Lanes Prince Albert' Tip-bearers produce very few spurs. They are relatively uncommon. Fruit buds are found at the tips of long shoots produced the previous year. The overall appearance of the tree is more untidy than spur bearer and the branches look sparse without spurs. Any form of pruning that involves shortening shoot tips will reduce the yield of tip-bearing apples and is therefore best avoided. Some cultivars are partial tip-bearers, pr oducing fr uit on the tips of the pr evious year's shoots and also on some spur. Cultivars include 'Bramley's Seedling’ and 'Discovery'. How to Prune Spur-bearing varieties: Always use a sharp pair of secateurs, loppers and a pruning saw. Start by removing crossing, rubbing, badly placed, overcrowded weak, dead, and diseased, damaged and dying branches. Keep the centre of the tree open by removing larger branches with a sharp pruning saw. If several large branches need to be removed, spread the work over two or three winters as very hard pruning encourages even more vigorous growth. Reduce the height and spread of any branches that have grown too large by cutting them back to a vigorous lower branch. Shorten the previous year’s growth on each main branch by about one third to a bud facing in the required direction to encourage the development of new branches and spurs. Cut back any young laterals (side shoots) growing from the main framework to five or six buds if there is not enough space to allow them to grow as secondary branches. While looking closely at branches and twigs it is a good time to check the health of your trees. Infestation by woolly aphid can also lead to knobbly swellings that should be removed if possible at pruning time. Other Jobs to do in December: Protect pots and taps from frost by wrapping insulation around them. Bubble wrap is ideal and probably in plentiful supply if you are ordering Christmas presents over the internet! If you have a greenhouse. Clean and insulate greenhouses, and check the heater works. Even a little insulation will make a huge difference to your heating bill Clean and repair your garden tools and book the lawn mower in for a service. New tools are always a welcome present, as are new gardening gloves especially good quality ones. Take care not to let leaves accumulate around Alpine’s, they will die if left damp. Cover bare patches around clumps with alpine grit to encourage re-growth. Finally, whatever you are planning for your garden next season, Paul and I are available to offer advice, we look forward to meeting all of your gardening needs in 2015. Have a merry Christmas. Rachel Sobiechowski BSc (Hons) P&R Garden Supplies, Fengate Drove, Brandon 01842 814800 www.p-rgardensupplies.co.uk Messy Church There will be a Christmas Party for Messy Church and our intended date is 18th December at 3.30 until around five o’clock. This will be a continuation of our successful pattern with fun activities but with party games and party food. This is a great opportunity to test your artistic and creative talents as well as having a good time. We look forward to seeing you there. Vandalism at Primary School Could we ask that every keeps an eye on the primary school over the Christmas break. We have had several incidents of vandalism recently, and are concerned that this may happen agaion. If you do see anything please contact the police. Many thanks, and Happy Christmas! Staff at Iceni Academy Hockwold Bonfires Please may I ask that all bonfires be lit late in the afternoon or in the evening, I came home at 1pm to find a bonfire had been lit nearby and smoke being blown across my garden covering my nice clean washing in smoke, please can you light your bonfires later in the day, I would be very grateful for your help and co-operation. Thank you, A Hockwold Resident. West Norfolk Aviation Society Members and guests of the West Norfolk Aviation Society http:// www.westnorfolkaviationsociety.org.uk/ met on Tuesday 4th November and were treated to a very colourful speech by ex- Royal Naval Air Service pilot, Peter Lawton; it was entitled ‘Down Among the Weeds’. He recounted how, after leaving the service, he started a crop spraying business flying in, what appeared to be, an even more hazardous arena than during his service career. His accidents did not result from insecticide contamination but from poorly maintained farm tracks (runways), collisions with power cables and badly placed trees. On Tuesday 2nd December the society meet again and will welcome WNAS member Mark Burch. He will talk to us about his experience working as an air traffic controller at Norwich Airport and Duxford. The club secretary has decided that his speech should be called: ‘A Crash Course in Aviation’. Xmas Facts Yule Never Have Known BEFORE turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard. MANY parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with the needles being a good source of Vitamin C. CHRISTMAS pudding was originally a soup made with raisins and wine LONDON sweetmaker Tom Smith created the first Christmas crackers in 1847, based on the sweet wrapper design HANGING presents on trees may come from the Druids who believed the tree was the giver of all good things ROBINS on cards were a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them ALTHOUGH now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices CAROLS began as an old English custom called wassailing, toasting neighbours to a long life. HANGING stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return THE holly in a wreath symbolises Christ's crown of thorns while the red berries are drops of his blood. Sheila O’Brien SUDOKU 9 8 3 9 7 2 4 1 1 8 7 5 8 6 2 4 7 7 6 1 2 4 9 8 5 3 7 5 Solutions for November Sudoku and Crossword will be in the December edition of the Hockwold Village Magazine. NOVEMBER SUDOKU NOVEMBER CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS ACROSS 1 – Guillotine 5 – Become 7 – Gladstone 8 – Encryption 9 – Opponents 10 – Neutral 12 – Kebab 15 – Tome 17 – Ode 18 – Eagles (The) 21 – Argo 23 – Jai Alai 24 – UN 26 – Newark 27 – Chopin 28 - Roundhead DOWN 1 – Gleeson 2 – Libretto 3 – Tactful 4 – Eggnog 5 – Bedrock 6 – Manitoba 11 – Sutton 13 – Bad blood 14 – Regency 16 – Majorca 19 – Luna 20 – Sack 22 – Guard 25 - Anka 5 4 3 6 9 1 7 2 8 6 1 8 2 4 7 5 9 3 7 2 9 8 5 3 6 4 1 9 3 5 7 1 2 8 6 4 8 7 2 4 3 6 9 1 5 4 6 1 9 8 5 3 7 2 3 9 4 1 6 8 2 5 7 1 5 7 3 2 9 4 8 6 2 8 6 5 7 4 1 3 9 West Norfolk Inter-Village Games Sunday 28th June 2015 Hockwold entered the Inter-Village Games from 1993 to 2002 and, through a great team effort, won the event twice, in 1994 and 1997. There has been some recent interest from previous village participants and encouraging support from the organisers at the Borough Council, so I am considering entering a village team in the 2015 event. I need support from a handful of interested people to help form and manage each of the individual sports teams if Hockwold is once again to take part in a great fun day out at Lynnsport Leisure Centre – and ‘having fun’ is the key ingredient. Hockwold would be entered in the ‘small villages’ category and, if we should win, will have the opportunity to take part in the Norfolk Village Games held in July 2015. The available sports are: Archery, Badminton, Darts, Fitness Triathlon, Gymnasticators, Indoor Bowls, Mini Athletics, 5-a-side Football, Mini Soccer, Netball, Rounders, Squash, Table Tennis Most of the teams are either mixed adults/juniors or adults or juniors - more details can be found on the event website http://www.intervillagegames.co.uk/ If you would consider helping to put the teams together and/or be a team player, or need further information, please contact me – details below. I still have the ‘Yellow-peril’ Hockwold T-shirts, let’s see if we can put Hockwold back on the sports map again! Jeff Millard Tel: 01842 827428 Email: [email protected] Poundsworth Fresh Fruit And Vegetables Is One Year Old! Please take a minute to read what Poundsworth can do for you. Free Home delivery Home grown and locally sourced produce fresh each week Larger quantities of produce available Why not place a regular weekly order so you can ensure every chosen item stays fresh until you wish to use it? Share a box of produce with a friend! This is a great money saving idea and cheaper as I can pass savings on to all my customers by buying in bulk. A fruit basket makes a delightful and thoughtful present for a special occasion like a birthday; an anniversary or a get well gift. This can be attractively wrapped for you and you choose the amount you wish to spend. Raffle and tombola prizes can be made up on request. Please look at poundsworth.co.uk and see weekly special offers and keep up to date with the latest produce available. If you do not own a computer, you can contact Penny on 07952 183040 or 01366 728711 to discuss your requirements. There are customers all over Thetford who enjoy good quality produce; recipe tips and knowing when items are seasonally available. Would you like to be one of these people? I do hope so. I look forward to hearing from you! Penny Black [email protected] Thank You! Very many thanks to whomever left two jars of delicious jam on my doorstep last month—they are much appreciated. I would thank you in person, but I don’t know who left them! Laura Fothergill Mobile Library Timetable 4th Dec—Hockwold 10.35am — 10.50am The Church 10.55am — 11.10am 32 College Road 11.15am — 11.30am Main St, Bell House 11.35am — 11.45am Pearce’s Close 11.50am — 12.20 The School Hockwold Village Club Main Street 01842 828840 Our venue offers to its members and Bone-fide guest’s, Bowls, Craft Club, Crib, Cricket, Darts (Ladies and Men’s), Pool, Whist, and Bingo. December Sat 20th Christmas Draw and Music from Marc Jacobs New Year’s Eve we Welcome Back Al Sharp We can also cater for Private Functions: (Christening’s / Wakes / Birthday Parties) Your Annual Membership is Adult is £7.50 OAP and Junior (16-18) is £4.00 NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME. St. James’ Church, Hockwold WANTED Would you like to keep the bells of St. James’ Church, Hockwold ringing? Can you come along on a Monday evening from 7.30pm? Can you climb a stone spiral staircase? If so, then a warm welcome awaits you , but children must be accompanied by an adult. For further details, telephone Sue Annear (01842) 815430 KEEP FIT / AEROBICS CLASS Every Monday (except during school holidays and Bank Holidays) 7.30 – 8.30 pm Hockwold Village Hall £4 a session ST 1 Session Free Sovereign Bridge Club. Duplicate Bridge Club The Sovereign Center, Trafalgar Industrial Estate, Downham Market Monday afternoons 1.30pm to 4.30pm £1.50 per session, including a Tea break. Contact: Jean Wright 01366 383247 MINI MARKET Every Saturday 9am to 10.30am Hockwold Village Hall Dot Barrett T: 01842 827 227 Rebecca Johns T: 01842 827268 HOCKWOLD CRAFTS GROUP CRAFT CLUB Every Tuesday evening Hockwold Village Club 7.30-9.30pm Contact: Sheila O’Brien Tel: 01842 827141 Iceni Academy Hockwold Christmas holidays begin 22nd December Spring Term starts 5th January ART FOR PLEASURE Weeting Village Hall Art for Pleasure is an Art Group which meet on Thursday mornings at 10.30am in Weeting Village Hall. We have varying abilities from beginners upwards and would like to welcome new members. If you would like to know more please contact: Beryl Pountney on 01842 828750 WHAT’S ON—DECEMBER 2014 Mon 1st Keep Fit / Aerobics—Village Hall—7.30pm Bell Ringing—St. James—8pm Bridge—Downham Market—1.30pm Tues 2nd Craft Group—Hockwold Village Club—7.30pm West Norfolk Aviation Society—Methwold Social Club—7.30pm Wed 3rd Friendship Club Community Steel Pans—Iceni Academy—6.30-7.30pm Thurs 4th Art For Pleasure—Weeting Village Hall—10.30am Fri 5th Carpet Bowls—Weeting Village Hall—10am-noon Ladies Section—Feltwell Golf Club Oxburgh Hall—Festive Foliage Workshop—10am Sat 6th Mini Market—Village Hall—9am Oxburgh Hall—Wreath Making Workshop—10am Christmas Crafts and Gifts—Village Hall—10am-2pm HIAM Sports & Social Club—Country Line Dance Sun 7th RSPB Lakenheath—Festive Foray—1pm RSPB Wild Walks In Thetford—11am Oxburgh Hall—Wreath Making Workshop—10am HIAM Sports & Social Club—Ballroom and Sequence Mon 8th Keep Fit / Aerobics—Village Hall—7.30pm Bell Ringing—St. James—8pm Bridge—Downham Market—1.30pm Lakenheath Flower Club Christmas Demo—Lakenheath Village Hall— 7.30pm Tues 9th Craft Group—Hockwold Village Club—7.30pm Parish Council—Methodist Chapel—7.30pm Wed 10th Magazine Deadline Community Steel Pans—Iceni Academy—6.30-7.30pm Friendship Club Christmas Dinner Carols with Breckland Brass Band—St. James’ - 7.30pm Thurs 11th Art For Pleasure—Weeting Village Hall—10.30am Fri 12th Carpet Bowls—Weeting Village Hall—10am-noon Ladies Section—Feltwell Golf Club Oxburgh Hall—Christmas Treats Workshop—10am Sat 13th Mini Market—Village Hall—9am Oxburgh Hall—Meet Father Christmas Sun 14th Carol Service—Methodist Chapel—4pm RSPB Lakenheath—Christmas party—10.30am Oxburgh Hall—Meet Father Christmas HIAM Sports & Social Club—Children’s Christmas Party Mon 15th Keep Fit / Aerobics—Village Hall—7.30pm Bell Ringing—St. James—8pm Bridge—Downham Market—1.30pm 16th Craft Group—Hockwold Village Club—7.30pm Wed 17th Friendship Club Community Steel Pans—Iceni Academy—6.30-7.30pm Cancer Support Group—Lakenheath Pavilion—4pm-6pm Traditional English Christmas—Thetford Singers—Guildhall, Thetford— 7.30pm Thurs 18th Art For Pleasure—Weeting Village Hall—10.30am Messy Church Christmas Party—3.30pm Fri 19th Schools finish for Christmas holidays Carpet Bowls—Weeting Village Hall—10am-noon Ladies Section—Feltwell Golf Club Oxburgh Hall—Christmas Tree Festival HIAM Sports & Social Club—Line Dance Disco Sat 20th Mini Market—Village Hall—9am Oxburgh Hall—Christmas Tree Festival Sun 21st Oxburgh Hall—Christmas Tree Festival Mon 22nd Keep Fit / Aerobics—Village Hall—7.30pm Bell Ringing—St. James—8pm Bridge—Downham Market—1.30pm Christmas Carolling—Thetford Voices Tues 23rd Craft Group—Hockwold Village Club—7.30pm Christingle—St. James’ - 4pm Wed 24th Christmas Eve Holy Communion—St Mary’s, Feltwell—11pm HIAM Sports & Social Club—Country Line Dance Thurs 25th Christmas Day Holy Eucharist—St. James’, 9.15am Fri 26th Boxing Day Sat 27th Mini Market—Village Hall—9am Sun 28th Mon 29th Keep Fit / Aerobics—Village Hall—7.30pm Bell Ringing—St. James—8pm Bridge—Downham Market—1.30pm Tues 30th Craft Group—Hockwold Village Club—7.30pm Wed 31st New Years Eve HIAM Sports & Social Club—Rock and Roll WHAT’S ON—DECEMBER 2014 Tues RSPB Lakenheath What’s On In December Lakenheath Fen Sunday 7 December Festive Foray 1pm-4pm Take a few hours out from the stresses of Christmas preparations, and join us for a walk around the reserve just before Christmas to see the wildlife that is making Lakenheath Fen its winter home. Mince pies and mulled wine will be provided afterwards. Adults £8/ Children £4 (NonMembers) Adults £6/ Children £3 (Members) Sunday 14 December Christmas Party 10.30am-12pm Join us for a good, old fashioned Christmas party! There will be games, activities and plenty of festive treats on offer. Children £5 (NonMembers) £2.50 (Members) All children must be accompanied by an adult, although accompanying adults are free. In the local area Sunday 7 December Wild Walks in Thetford 11.00-12.30pm Join our monthly group walk for adults in Thetford; the walks are varied in route and topic, each providing an opportunity to learn something different about the wildlife and heritage of Thetford and the Brecks. This is a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors in the fresh air, meet new people and enjoy learning more about what can be found on your doorstep. For any budding nature enthusiasts, complete beginners and budding photographers you’ll have the chance to see brilliant urban wildlife such as kingfishers up close. No need to book just meet us at the Captain Mainwaring statue in the bus station car park 15 minutes before the start of the walk. For more info contact 01842 753732 or [email protected] Outdoor clothing and footwear is essential and binoculars are recommended Booking is essential for all events unless stated otherwise. For all enquiries and bookings, please contact: 01842 863400 or email: [email protected] Other Information: Most events have outdoor components so please dress appropriately. Stout footwear and warm, waterproof clothing are strongly recommended. We suggest you bring a torch to evening events. Oxburgh Hall What’s On in December Oxborough, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE33 9PS Telephone 01366 328258 Email [email protected] Friday 5 December 10am – 4pm Festive Foliage Workshop Create your own woven wreath ring (from hazel, willow and bird cherry) as a table decoration with a candle centrepiece and decorate with natural materials such as cones and beech nuts. £30 (all materials provided) Booking essential Saturday 6 December and Sunday 7 December, 10am – 4pm Wreath-making Workshop Enjoy a festive day making your own holly wreath with the expert help of Oxburgh’s gardener. Morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon tea included. Please bring apron & secateurs. £30 (all materials provided) Booking essential Friday 12 December, 10am – 4pm Christmas Treats Workshop Join us for a day of making sweet Christmas treats. £35, including lunch Booking essential on 08442 491895 * Meet Father Christmas Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December Join in the fun and meet Santa in his grotto. Last tickets sold at 3:30pm. Free entry to estate, £5 per child to meet Santa Christmas Tree Festival 19, 20, 21 December See Oxburgh decorated for Christmas, as our staff and supporters display trees based on different themes in the Hall. Normal Admission To avoid disappointment, please book events in advance on 01366 327242, unless otherwise stated. A small booking fee applies to bookable events Lakenheath Surgery Notice Board www.lakenheath.surgery.co.uk The Surgery 135 High Street Lakenheath Suffolk IP27 9EP Tel: (01842) 860400 Fax: (01842) 862078 New clinical computer system During December and January the practice will be in the process of changing to a new clinical system called “SystmOne” The new system will bring many benefits for both patients and clinicians providing your treatment It will allow, with your consent, hospital consultants and out of hours services access to your GP medical record Staff training will be taking place during December and January We would like to thank you for your consideration and patience during this time of transition Summary Care Record GP practices are required to provide an automated upload of summary information to the Summary Care Record by the end of March 2015. The Summary Care Record contains information about a patient’s medication, allergies and any previous adverse reactions to medicines. Other relevant information can be added with the patient’s consent. Hospital consultants and out-of-hours services will be able to access this information, with the patient’s consent. The practice SCR upload is due to take place on 25th March 2015 If you wish to opt out of the SCR upload, please collect an opt out form from the surgery. During October 2014 70 Patients failed to keep their appointments If you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible as another patient may need it. Lakenheath Surgery Notice Board www.lakenheath.surgery.co.uk The Surgery 135 High Street Lakenheath Suffolk IP27 9EP Tel: (01842) 860400 Fax: (01842) 862078 LAKENHEATH FLOWER CLUB Welcome you to a flower arranging demonstration by Mr. Tony Brown “Festive Delights” on Monday 8th December 2014 at 7.30 pm in Lakenheath Village Hall. Buffet & Refreshments Tickets £12.00 (Recommend they be purchased in advance) Please apply for tickets enclosing s.a.e. to: Mrs P. Spate, Kew Cottage, 165 Main Street, Hockwold, Norfolk. IP26 4LY Tel 01842828166. or Mrs H. Milner, Tel: 01842860997.
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