February / March 2023 Issue.
Dear Readers welcome to 2023! We hope the New Year has been rewarding so far and will exceed your expectations! We would like to extend our warmest wishes to you all.
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We would like to thank Kathryn Horton and James Howells for very generously offering to fund and print the last issue of the Parish Pump, and Maddison Horton for her hard work. Without their generosity, we wouldn’t have been able to produce a December issue.
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Time to get Walking again!
With Spring on its way are you looking for some local Norfolk walks?
Walking in Norfolk has loads of walks to download and print for free. It also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more!
Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group, all the information you need is available at: https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/norfolk
East Tuddenham Parish Council
Breckland Distrcit Council may allow the parish to spend the balance of £812 from the play area fence grant on other recreational benefits. The Parish Council are consulting with the Village Hall.
A plaque has now been installed on the Boardwalk.
The bus shelter needs repairing and councillors are looking to see if this is something they can do themselves. If this is something you can help with, please contact the clerk.
Council was pleased to see and hear from a member of the public and District Councillor Paul
Claussen at their December meeting. Please come along to find more information about what is going on in the parish.
The Parish Council have been contacted by a member of the public about the impact council decisions have on those with disabilities. Councillors are keen to find out more and invite anyone with input to come to a parish council meeting and raise their ideas in the public session.
The Parish Council have replaced the pads on the defibrillator at the village hall and donated to the church for a new notice board.
In December the Parish Council set their 2023/24 budget. This year the precept has been set at
£8,935, which is an increase of £27.57 per annum for a band D property. See the website for more information on the budget.
Dates for 2023 parish council meetings have been agreed upon and are on the website.
The next meetings are 7 February and 7 March. Please come along and hear what your council are doing.
-by: Lorraine Trueman, Clerk to East Tuddenham Parish Council
The East Tuddenham Parish Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except for August) at 7:30 pm at the Jubilee Hall, where we will discuss village matters.
We welcome anybody who would like to attend. Further details, including agendas and minutes from meetings, can be found on the East Tuddenham Parish Council website https://www.easttuddenhamparishcouncil.org.uk/
East Tuddenham Jubilee Hall
We are seeking someone to fill the paid position of Caretaker to help with the cleaning and maintenance of the hall.
The role would be to liaise with hirers ascertaining their needs, making sure the hall is locked and unlocked as needed, ensuring the hall is clean and tidy, and that the hirer has everything they require. You would need to be flexible and able to manage your time around what is needed. This is a post that can possibly be shared.
If you feel that this is something you would be interested in or able to do then, please contact a member of the committee or get in touch with Martyn Barrett, Chairman (07766221670) or Ted Hickling, Vice Chairman (01603 880774) for further details.
Social Club membership
The Social Club is a members’ club. We are required by our licence for those using the club to be members. Subscriptions for social club memberships are now due for renewal for 2023.
Application/Renewal for annual membership forms are available at the social club bar. The cost of membership remains unchanged ie Adults £5, Senior citizens and under 18s £2.50. Snooker Club membership also remains unchanged at £7.
It is hoped to have a firework event on the playing field this year on Saturday 4th November.
A large group of helpers is required to enable this to go ahead. We are looking for enthusiastic villagers to come forward to help plan and organise the event. We need the names of those willing to commit to helping take this forward. The event cannot go ahead without sufficient help.
Celebrations this year!
The King’s coronation in May.
The 40th Anniversary of the Jubilee Hall on the 7th of October
These are events we can celebrate as a community but we need to hear your ideas of what form you would like these celebrations to take and how you can help realise these ideas.
Please share your ideas so that planning can start!
An East Tuddenham resident has mentioned that they are regularly disturbed by a very low frequency ‘mechanical whomp whomp’ noise and vibration that appears randomly and at all hours, day and night. Has anyone else heard this as well?
If so, please let us know either by email or the East Tuddenham Community Page on Facebook so we can try and track it down.
What a wonderful evening! Thanks to everyone who came along to the Honingham Pump before Christmas to listen to Bellfolk ring. Many of you sang along to the carols and Christmas songs very heartily. Thanks also to the couple who came adorned in Victorian costumes. You looked wonderful!
We must extend sincere thanks to the management of ‘The Buck’ who added to the camaraderie by providing mince pies for the assembled crowd. When everyone started to feel chilled, their complementary nibbles and mulled wine made us feel very welcome inside the pub. It really was an occasion to warm our hearts and after this (and our visit to The Goat Shed) our collection, for the M S Society, totalled an amazing £261.54 A big THANK YOU from Bellfolk.
A Bit about Bells… or a brief introduction to ‘Bellfolk’
Several newcomers to the area have told me that they were totally unaware of there being a long-established handbell group based ‘on the doorstep’ in Honingham.
Consequently, I thought that it may be interesting to know a little bit about Bellfolk. I could go
on…and on….and on about our history, but I will restrict myself to recent events.
Paul Blyth, the former village blacksmith, rang handbells at Christmas as a boy and he worked out that 2022 was the 60th anniversary of handbells being played in the village before Christmas. When I first joined the team in 1986, it was under the leadership of local enthusiast, Michael Goodman. At that stage, we used to travel around the area for about 2 weeks before Christmas ringing from the back of an open truck. (Great fun but no longer allowed due to insurance changes.)
But bells are not just for Christmas and the team rings an assortment of music all year around, using over 40 bells. Sadly, Michael died several years ago but the group still uses the same 3 1/2-octave set of traditional English handbells kindly lent by the Goodman family.
In addition, we received a lottery grant from “Awards for All” to acquire a 3-octave set of hand chimes, which we use alongside the bells. The present members are not all local and travel from as far afield as Gorleston, Reepham or Norwich to ring with the team. We go out to entertain a variety of groups, perform concerts, ring for weddings and we also take part in rallies with other teams.
We practise at Honingham Village Hall on a Thursday evening between 7:30 pm and 10:00pm and would welcome new members. It helps if you can read music, but is not essential.
If you fancy a very different but absorbing musical hobby, why not get in touch or come along to our next Open Session on Thursday 23rd March?
There will be more information nearer the time on Facebook and our website. It’s fun!
– by: Linda McCord (firstname.lastname@example.org)
News from All Saints East Tuddenham : All Change!
Do you ever feel like the world is shifting and swirling so fast that it is different from one day to the next? It is simply a fact that we live in an age when everything seems to be changing before our eyes. Technology seems to move on a daily basis as we are bombarded with the latest must-have gizmos and gadgets. Then there is the cost-of-living crisis, and the difficulties facing the NHS. Open fields becoming housing estates. Climate Change. Sometimes we just want life to stop and remain the same for a while just so we can catch our breath, but life isn’t like that, change is inevitable. Nature by the very changing of the seasons encourages us to embrace change.
As we enter the season of Spring our minds may immediately think of the new growth of nature, the bare trees beginning to bud new leaves and the snowdrops appearing through the dark cold earth. Seasons are a time when we are reminded that life goes on and sometimes, we have to roll with the changes, keeping our eyes focused ahead even if we are unsure quite where we are going. We get older and hopefully wiser.
For the last 3 years, I have been Assistant Curate in the group of churches and villages within the Mattishall and Tudd Valley which includes East Tuddenham, Hockering, North Tuddenham, Welborne Mattishall andYaxham. I have learned a great deal about how churches and rural communities work and got to know many different people in the different villages. I, like all of you, have lived and worked through a pandemic. I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with schools and care homes, with individuals as they prepare for confirmation. I have supported those who are bereaved through a funeral service and beyond. I have baptised babies and officiated at weddings.
However, my season here is coming to an end and I will be moving on to a new role of Team Vicar in a different part of the Diocese of Norwich.
I am truly thankful to all those I have met along the way and for all that I have experienced.
Through all the changes that have been and all that lie ahead for me and for those I leave behind, it is good to remember that there is one thing that never changes — and that is Jesus Christ! He was in the past exactly who He is in the present and precisely who He will be forever! That’s why in the bible in the book of Hebrews Chapter 13 verse 8 it says, ‘Jesus Christ remains the same Yesterday, today and forever.’
My hope and future is based on my relationship with God in Jesus Christ who died and rose again so we can live our best lives through all the changing scenes of life.
All Saints Church services for December and January
5th February – 10:30am / Holy Communion
12th February – 10:00am / Benefice Service -St Michael’s Church, Hockering. / Holy Communion – Andrea’s Farewell Service.
19th February – 10:30am – Morning Worship
5th March – 10:30am / Holy Communion
19th March – 10:30am / Morning Worship
– by: Rev Andrea ‘ With every blessing’
Church Contact details:
If you want to know more about the Christian faith go to our website
or contact one of the clergy:
Rev Mark McCaghrey: 01362 882260 email@example.com
Rev Sally Thurgill: 01362 692745 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for the great turnout for the Carol service at East Tuddenham Church on Christmas Eve 2022, and thank you to Chris and Eleanor for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine afterwards!
Honingham Parish Council
Honingham Parish Council met on January 11 th – a departure from previous years, but the addition of an extra meeting offered the opportunity to review the budget at month 9, consider the current economic climate and use this data to agree the budget for 2023-24.
After careful consideration, the council agreed to set the precept at £10,199. The council acknowledged that whilst this was a 15% increase on the previous year for a Band D property, it did allow for the amount of general reserve to be maintained. See the website for more information on the budget.
We welcomed David Allfrey, Assistant Director Infrastructure Delivery, Community & Environmental
Services – Highways at Norfolk County Council.
Previously, both the council and parishioners had raised concerns about the impact on the village of
proposed road closures when the A47 works take effect.
Mr Allfrey was very helpful; he explained lots of monitoring was planned to make sure the consequences were different to those already anticipated, and that these would be reviewed again 6 months after the completion of the scheme. He promised to work with the council if issues are identified.
In the meantime, David agreed to arrange for a vehicle count on The Street and Colton Road to
provide the council with a reference point.
The council were pleased to Co-opt Mrs Stacey Bertram to the council. Stacey has lived in the village for the last 6 years and is keen to help move the parish forward with planned projects.
District Councillor Peter Bulman reported on his involvement in local matters and offered to assist the Council in liaising with the Highways department after repeated requests to maintain potholes etc. had seemingly largely been ignored.
Dates for the council meetings have been agreed. These are displayed on the village notice boards and on the website. The days of the next meetings are 8 February and 8 March. Please do come along.
-by: Fiona Johnston
Fiona Johnston – email@example.com
The Honingham Parish Council meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except for August) at 7pm at the Village Hall. Please see the Council website for agendas, minutes and other information relating to the village. https://www.honinghampc.info/
For Council matters please contact the Parish Clerk, Fiona Johnston – firstname.lastname@example.org
Honingham Church Services
5th (Septuagesima) 11:00
12th (Seximagesima) 11:00
19th (Quinquagesima) 9:30
22nd (Ash Wednesday) 7:30pm
26th (Lent I) 11:00
St Andrew’s Church
St Andrew’s Church
St Paul’s Chapel
St Paul’s Chapel
St Andrew’s Church
5th (Lent II) 9:30 Holy Communion / St Andrew’s Church
12th (Lent III) 11:00 Mattins / St Andrew’s Church
19th (Lent IV) 11:00 Holy Communion / St Paul’s Chapel
26th (Lent V) 11:00 Mattins / St Andrew’s Church
MOBILE LIBRARY TIME TABLE
The Mobile Library is a service that is currently under threat. Using the service more in our villages may help keep these local routes open to us. Books can be ordered from the main library and delivered via the mobile library, please ask on the mobile library for more details. Calls on Wednesday, normally every 28 days
East Tuddenham dates
22 Feb 2023
22 Mar 2023
Ex Post Office
1 Feb 2023
29 Mar 2023
26 April 2023
24 Maw 2023
Honingham Village Hall
Farmers Market – Honingham Village Hall – Friday 17th February 9.00am to 3.00 pm
Easter Quiz – Honingham Village Hall – Saturday April 1st. Keep date free more details to follow.
Table tennis – Honingham Village Hall – every Wednesday from 2.00 to 4.00pm
For a loving Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s day is around the corner and as the saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Meanwhile, the way to a lady’s heart remains conveniently a mystery.
And whether you are trying to impress a new fling with a dîner en tête à tête. Spoil the whole family. Indulge your childhood sweetheart or trying to rekindle the spark. Or perhaps, simply celebrating the beauty and love you have for yourself, Valentine’s Day should be on the menu.
While many singletons may dread this day, Valentine’s Day is just a day to reflect and bask in the meaning of LOVE. Past. Present or future. Because the true beauty of love is that it is as unique and universal as it comes. And what else is as unique and universal as love, you may ask…FOOD!
So go ahead and celebrate yourself, your loved ones, your dog if you will! But my gosh have a good loving meal while you’re at it!
Recipe: Beetroot & Goat Cheese Risotto.
Wine: Dry Rosé
Beets and goat cheese are the lovebirds of any good kitchen, a true match made in heaven.
This striking duo works beautifully in salads with crushed walnuts sprinkled on top or as a soup with crumbly chunks of goat cheese to finish it off. And this recipe is really just a take on the beetroot and goat cheese soup that my partner, Tom likes to make for the family. But I’m adding a little twist to it by adding arborio rice and turning it into a risotto instead.
Accompanied with a crisp and dry glass of rosé (which you will need a splash of to deglaze and stir the rice with anyway) makes for a colourful and flavourful (but simple) Valentine’s Day dinner.
Because no one wants to be tied to the oven when “First Date” is on!
Beets peeled and cleaned, roughly cut. (you can use frozen or pre-cooked ones.)
Vegetable or Chicken Stock
Butter (salted or unsalted)
Shallots finely chopped
Goat cheese (preferably whithout the skin if you’re using goat cheese from the supermarket)
Pine Nuts (Keep some to finish )
Fresh Chives to finish.
1- Rub the beets in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place them in an oven-safe dish and cook at high temperature for 25-30 min until tender. Set aside.
2- In a pan quickly roast the pine nuts. Set aside.
3-In a blender combine, the pine nuts, the goat cheese, and the beetroot with a splash of olive oil. If the consistency is too thick add a teeny bit of water. You don’t want it to be runny! But rather a smooth and creamy consistency.
4-In a small saucepan bring the stock to a simmer and keep warm but don’t boil.
5- In a medium braiser pan (or high side wide bottom pan) melt the butter and sauté the shallots until they become translucent.
6- Add the rice and stir it around until it’s coated in butter. Add the splash of wine and reduce. Stirring constantly.
7- Once the alcohol has evaporated, on low heat, slowly add the hot stock with a ladle. One at a time and making sure the rice has absorbed the stock before adding the next ladle of stock.
8- Keep stirring until the rice is al dente or to your liking.
9- Once cooked add the purrée from the blender to the risotto
10- Finish with some goat cheese chunks, roasted pine nuts, and chives. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I have learned to cook by eye from my Mum, so I’m unable to give exact measurements but a quick google search should come up with a perfect recipe to follow 🙂
-by Clàudia, with love X
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