August 2017




8th Sunday after Trinity


9th Sunday after Trinity


10th Sunday after Trinity


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WEEKDAY SERVICE      Wednesdays 9.15am – Aldborough

Parish Priest: Fr Paul Thomas, The Rectory, School Road, Erpingham 01263 761110 e-mail:



Dear Friends

First, an update on the Roof Appeal at Erpingham which is to raise money to replace the lead stolen by thieves by a specially treated stainless steel. So far we have received several personal donations from four figures to an anonymous £20 note pushed through the Rectory door (whoever that was, thank you very much). We have also had some very welcome awards by Trusts with more, we hope, in the pipeline.

We now have sufficient confidence to award the contact to the least expensive of the tenderers and they will start work in September. We still have a way to go in our fundraising so we have to keep up the pressure. Anything you can do to help will be much appreciated. There are some initiatives to fund raise featured in this month's magazine.

The Annual Erpingham Fête was a great success with over £1000 raised to help run the Church, and the Pet Service in the Rectory Grounds was well attended, by both two legged and four legged participants. Good weather helped greatly but it gives encouragement to hold a similar event in the future.

Aldborough is still pushing forward with a composting toilet, but constantly having to overcome difficulties with its installation. We mustn't give up. Alby has a series of events in August 12th and 13th. Including Songs of Praise at 3.30 pm on the Sunday. Do come and support them if you can. The Group Service is at Thwaite at 10.00 am on Sunday 3rd. August this month.

So, all in all a lot going on, and I would like to place on record my thanks to members of the wider community for your good wishes and support. It's so good to be here!

Best wishes Father Paul

The Rev Canon Paul Thomas OBE



Alby Wedding:

Carl Davison and Melanie Sadler                               25th June

St Faith’s Crematorium

(Violet) Joan Amies  (formerly of Erpingham) 23rd June




Sunday         6th August              10am Aldborough
Sunday        3rd September                   10am Thwaite



Week beginning Sunday




Doctor’s Corner and Hall Road



The Street and Wickmere Road



Churxch Road, Lane End and Middle Hill



Prince Andrew’s Close and Thurgarton Road



TEAS during




Saturdays August 5th & 12th Sundays August 6th  & 13th

2pm to 5pm

Come and enjoy a drink and a homemade cake whilst you look around our beautiful church.



3.30 pm on  Thursday 10th  August, at the Rectory.

“ What part does praise play in Christian life?”

Do come, even if you have not come before, you will be made most welcome


Hospice Ethiopia UK

Tickets are selling well for the fund raising (for Hospice Ethiopia) event on September 16th. With a champagne reception, supper followed by a live band (and other entertainments) this will prove to be a great event & a wonderful venue generously lent to us by Peter Sheppard & Keith Day the new owners of Wolterton Hall. Tickets are

£50 each (3 glasses of champagne from our twinned village Villiers St Dennis included as well as supper). Do contact Claire Glenn on 01263 734853 or via our website for tickets

Sue, Jamie and members of Hospice Ethiopia UK (registered charity 1171781)




Prince Andrews Chapel

Prince Andrews Close     Aldborough     NR11 7NX

Meeting on Sundays 10.45-11.45, followed by drinks and chat.

All are welcome to join us as we worship God and listen as parts of the Bible are explained each week.

Contact John (577624) or Peter (577646)



Alby Parish Church

Needs help with caring for the churchyard.

Please, if you are able to help trim the grass or help tidying up then give Father Paul a ring on 01263 761110

Even if you can only spare an hour or two!


Jumble Sale in aid of Erpingham Church Roof Fund

On Saturday 19th August from 10.30 till 1pm

We are looking for donations of clothes, footwear, books, toys, bric a brac and cakes to sell.

If you have any of these or are looking to have a tidy up to get rid of unwanted items please phone Anne or Glenn on 761357.

We can collect if needed but they can be bought to Rosebank, Middle Hill, Alby. by 18th August.

Also if anyone can help on the day it would be greatly appreciated




Aldborough Village Yard Sale, Sunday 10th September 10am – 3pm

Stall bookings are going well, and if you haven't managed to book your space yet, you have until 20th August to claim a spot on the map!

Monies raised from the event will go towards two community projects: Refreshments will be kindly served by the Community Centre Committee throughout the day, to raise money to keep the Community Centre going. However proceeds from the stall fees (£6 per pitch), donations and map sales will go towards a start-up fund for village speed signs.

We do still have a few spaces left inside the community centre if you want some shelter, so grab them before they all go!

For further information, please email or call 761883.



Aldborough Village Care

Following on from the success of our first three Memory Lane Cafés

We are pleased to announce future cafe dates for 2017

Wednesday August 16th Wednesday October 11th Wednesday December 6th

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us for a free cup of tea and a slice of cake

2-4 pm Aldborough Church Rooms

We hope these Memory Lane cafés will give people the opportunity to meet with friends old and new to share memories and laughter. Look out for the posters nearer the time





FRIENDLY BRIDGE GROUP meets at 7.30 each Tuesday in the bar room

at Aldborough Community Centre. If you would like to come and play please contact Sue 761310.  Not necessary to bring a partner – singles welcome






1pm onwards

(Off the A140, Aylsham to Cromer Road)

Flying Birds of Prey weather permitting & other animals Threshing, bagging and baling wheat as it used to be done. Vintage

tractors/machinery Ploughing Demonstrations Bygones Entrance £5 children under 12 FREE



REFRESHMENT TENT – need lots and lots of cakes, filled rolls, scones etc. please ring Helen 01263 768209 or (

PLANT STALL – need plants, vegetable, flowers etc. -Ring Ros 01263 761702

CAKE STALL –  Ring Ros 01263 768597

TOMBOLA – Items well in advance please ring Marian 01263 761704

GOOD AS NEW – Anything accepted that will sell – (bottles included) ring Joyce 01263 761356

Setting up or taking down tents etc. please ring Alan 01263 761156

If you can help on a shift in the refreshment tent please ring Helen 01263 768209.

If you can help with car parking or taking ticket money please ring Colin 01263 577288

If you would like a stall (£20) at the Trosh please ring Ros 01263 761702




£10                                                                 £5



Mr. M. Allen


Mr. & Mrs. Warner



J. Warne


R. Rayner



R. Rodgers


A. Sharpe



Mr. A. Bales


G.I. Harrison


We currently have 4 spare numbers for allocation. Please contact Jan Jeavons on 01263 761620



Smart Homecare (Aylsham) Ltd

We are a small local company that specialises in providing bespoke care in the comfort of your own home

We are CQC registered and can supply References on request We offer a 24-hour phone number service for your peace of mind

We don’t charge for cancelled visits due to respite, family visits or hospital visits if we have 48 hours notice

Contact: Amanda Avard 01603 278287 or 07876 827114



This well equipped building is ideal for all kinds of events. We have a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable bar room, large hall with a stage. full sized-snooker table, table tennis table, badminton net and WiFi.

Further information and hiring rates please contact Bob Eke on 768759 or

Our next event will be a quiz and supper on the 29th September. Teams of 4. Please contact Steve on 768749 or


Friends of Thwaite Common

As it is now a year since the inauguration of the Friends of Thwaite Common it seems a fitting time to update everyone with what has gone on over the past year. The last couple of meetings have taken part in The Alby Horseshoes which makes for a very pleasant venue and our thanks are extended to Richard the publican for making us welcome and it is a good opportunity to remind everyone that you are all very welcome to attend.

The past year has seen several working parties out on the common clearing ragwort and brambles to make way for a vast array of wild flowers and grasses.

Our thanks to all those who braved the weather and the prickles to go scrub bashing and if you have a burning desire to assist it is an ongoing project and help is always welcome.

A plant survey was carried out in April, but as many plants were not in flower it made it difficult to identify them. However, several new species have been identified and the spreadsheet that is on the website has been updated.

There is a monthly bird walk that takes place on the 1st of every month and to date we have identified 59 different species using the Common. A detailed list with pictures can be found on the FOTC website.

The bat survey has been going 5 years and is carried out at 3 sites in a 1km square. No new species have been identified this year and the results of the survey can be found on the website. Several members expressed an interest in a bat walk around the common and an expert is currently trying to be found to conduct it.

The Common now also houses a new bench sited alongside Weaver’s Way where it is especially welcome and sitting on it is a very pleasant way to pass the time. The beauty is that when you stop, nature comes to life. Whilst sitting on the bench a few weeks ago something caught my eye in the long grass, it was a pair of antlers attached to a grazing Roe Deer. I sat for some time watching the deer and he carried on munching his way through his lunch oblivious to my presence.

The gates on the Common have often been faulty and there was a large muddy patch in front of the one onto the Weavers Way so the FoTC set to repairing some of the gates and trying to eradicate the muddy patch.

The electric fencing was installed and activated in time for the arrival of the 16 Belted Galloway cattle which are now doing an excellent job of grazing the Common for us. It is a joy to see them and their young savouring the fruits of the Common.

The footpaths at the west end have been kept clear by the working parties along with the Weaver’s Way and associated paths in the central section, and a footpath was cut from Toll Bar Cottage across to the Weavers Way, an appreciated addition. It enables walkers to avoid using the road and the dangerous bends that are on it just there.

It was getting very confusing when referring to the 4 ponds on the Common so to help identification they now sport the names (from west to east) Hall pond, Middle Common pond, Old School pond and East pond. Old School pond has a pigmy weed issue and discussion is being held as to the best way to deal with this invasive species; however people are advised to avoid the pond to try and prevent it from spreading to the other ponds in the vicinity.

There are plans to arrange a fungi walk and Tony Leech, the Norfolk fungi expert, has agreed to lead it. The walk will be on Tuesday 17th October at 2:00pm and people wishing to attend should meet outside Toll Bar Cottage. There is no charge for the walk.

This morning a group of about 15 of us enjoyed a very informative butterfly spotting walk lead by Helen Burrell. Despite the blustery and not particularly warm conditions we spotted about 13 of the expected 20 species that the Common supports.

A year on I think it is true to say it has been a positive and fruitful venture and the Common is reaping the benefits of being managed sympathetically and it is a real pleasure to see so many local people enjoying it.

The Friends of Thwaite Common meetings are to be held 3 monthly and the next is scheduled for Thursday 28th September at 7:00pm at Alby Horseshoes. Hope to see you there.

For further information and photos please visit the facebook page, Friends of Thwaite Common and the website:


.Jinny Wells      Walpole Barns            Thwaite Common




MS Society North Norfolk Group Charities Day

Sunday 3rd September 2017-12noon to 5pm In the grounds of Mannington Hall, Norwich,

Norfolk, NR11 7BB

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Walpole

Organised by Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Norfolk Group.

Entertainment to include:

Sam Smith Singers, Bob Wilkinson, Dancing, Cromer Seaside Strummers Ukulele Band, Anything Goes, Other activities include Dave the Doughnut, Face Painting, Happisburgh Owls & Birds of Prey, Charity & Craft Stalls, Art Exhibition. Crayford  & Abbs Mobility.

Ice Creams, Teas, cakes & light luncheons Additional entry to Mannington Hall £1

Adult Entry £6 (Concessions  £5) -  Children FREE

For more information please call our Co-ordinating Officer Sue Wright on 01263512689 or visit                 MS Registered Charity No. 1139257





The Hall will accommodate 80-100 people Ample parking

Disabled access and facilities are provided.

The Hall is an ideal venue for private functions.

Modern, fully equipped kitchen.

We cater for all events, birthday parties, private functions or just a regular venue to hold club or society meetings

The Hall is regularly used by WI, Parish Council, Indoor bowls, Wednesday morning Coffee Club, Erpingham School, pilates classes and various other group

For info contact Rosalind Horne on 01263 761702 or email:

Erpingham With Calthorpe WI report

June was the month of our garden meeting when we gathered in the garden of a member to hear about our latest activities and enjoy their plants and garden design (we were all looking forward to sitting around the huge pond). Scorching hot dry summer in England so of course it rained.

We enjoyed the meeting anyway, in Clare’s sitting room and looked out of the window at her verdant garden where the plants were loving the rain.

Much nicer weather was enjoyed by members who went to the Brancaster Fabric Art Exhibition, the source of some real inspiration and delight.

June also provided us with another opportunity to create: our craft team, a smaller group now as so many gardens need tending, set about a project for the Royal Norfolk Show competition. And reader, we won! We are having a good crafting year. No more competitions, but a large new project is anticipated to keep us busy for a while. Check out our website or facebook page for details of the Map Project.

So, now we look forward to August and the second half of our busy year. Our website and facebook page will keep you informed of our plans and activity which we can hardly keep up with. The website is still coming together and more photos and information are being added all the time.

Our walkers and swimmers are maintaining their good level of activity, as we try to stay fit and make our plans for the September Sports Week.

Our map project continues to develop, and information about our Map Project Day on 2 September 2017 is elsewhere in this publication. Hope you can join us for a walk, or a look at material and photos provided by members of our new History Group, or for cake, at the village Hall.

August will see our members out on the Broads for a river trip, and on a Fossil Walk at West Runton, and at our next meeting on 23 August we will be hearing about The Plantation Garden in Norwich from Lesley Kant. The competition is “A picture of your garden”. For an up to date idea of what we are doing check out our web site, and let us know what you think.


Erpingham with Calthorpe WI Village Map Project.

In 1987 members of Erpingham with Calthorpe WI worked together with Norfolk County Council to produce a map of walks around our village. Recently a copy of this map came to light.

Our regular WI walking group used it as the basis of one of our regular Tuesday walks. It was one of the best attended walks we have conducted, the weather was very kind and we were able to see that many of the highlights of the walk were still in place. We also spotted the changes wrought over the last 30 years and decided to update the map.

The scope of the map will be extended to include the whole of the delightful Thwaite Common - a protected area for wildlife.  We will add more detail in that area and the layout of the paths, some of which had altered over the years will be updated.

We were fascinated by the brief detail given about some of the notable places seen on the walks, and began fact checking and updating the information. Soon we had almost enough material to write a book. This has resulted in the formation of the History Group, a whole new group whose members, including some non-WI members will do research in depth on the stuff that most interests them and will report on its findings in due course. Documents, photos and artefacts are emerging, as well as stories from older residents.

A date has been fixed to unveil the new map, nothing like a bit of time pressure to focus the mind: 2nd  September 2017.

Our WI plan to take over the village hall for the day, open a WI cafe with cake, snacks and a place to enjoy a cup of tea with fellow walkers. We are also going to display some of our many “historic” finds and photos, with information about notable sites of historic interest. The walkers could take in the historic local church, St Mary’s, (Open 10am -4pm) where, amid medieval splendour, the WI sponsored “Erpingham Embroidery” is permanently on display. Members of The Friends of Thwaite Common will be on hand to talk about the wildlife you might hope to see, and the conservation measures that are taking place and they are offering guided walks on the Common at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm

Much more information about the launch and regular updates on the activities of the map designers, the History Society and the Map Embroidery group will appear on our newly redesigned website, so please check on our progress on

President:  Clare Wilson - 01263 761350.  Sec: Yvonne Moore 768358.



Report of the Ordinary Meeting of Erpingham with Calthorpe Parish Councils held on Wednesday 12th  July 2017 in Erpingham village hall

The Chairman Norman Smith welcomed all those present and there were no declarations of interest. The minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on May 10th 2017 were approved and signed. Under matters arising on highways it was understood that outstanding issues had been addressed but there were further items for the Ranger team which the Clerk would pass to Norfolk County Council. The path from Blacksmith’s Lane has been cut but not by the highway authority so the Council may be asked to contribute.

Under planning the porch at Compasses House, Calthorpe the storage container on land north of Cromer Road, Ingworth and a boundary fence at 21 Lowlands, Calthorpe had all been permitted. The Council had  no objection but expressed concern about the waste water disposal at the Hand carwash, Alby Filling station on Cromer Road. For the Parish Council the Clerk had prepared an application and the Council agreed that it should be submitted for a variation in a condition in MUGA consent relating to a hedge height. The  Council considered if lighting should be provided on the Broadland Housing development, Eagle Road and decided that lighting would not be required. North Norfolk District Council had asked the Council to consider/nominate areas of the parish for local green spaces designation. The Clerk would circulate the document and asked members to indicate any areas for nomination, to enable a response to be made. The Clerk was asked to request an update from North Norfolk District Council on an enforcement issue.

In his finance Report the Clerk had received the 2016-17 contribution to grass cutting from the football club, which had been banked; CGM had continued to bill the Council for grass cutting which the Clerk had  rejected firmly – hopefully this will not re-occur. A paye payment had been made to HMRC for the first quarter. The Internal Auditor’s report had been circulated to members and the positive comments suggested that there were no areas for attention by the Council. Payments due were approved HMRC paye, annual report printing, dog bin collections, a planning application fee and, grass cutting.

In his report the Clerk advised that he had arranged for the Annual Report to be prepared and was grateful to Joyce Duffield and Ann Goreham for its distribution. CT Baker had offered to send a speaker to a Council meeting to further publicise the Post Office van – members asked the Clerk to arrange this.  The Clerk  would place on circulation details of forthcoming training courses for members.   The Clerk  asked members about their wishes to be circulated some of the many emails sent to the Council/Clerk and the Clerk would be left to determine the appropriate ones to send on.  The next meeting would be on September 6th 2017.

In members’ reports the council heard about a possible fault with the defibrillator, that a small trophy display cabinet would be made for the Village Hall. On SAM speed monitors – this would be placed on the September agenda. Two highways issues about uneven road would be passed to Norfolk County Council. With no further business the meeting closed at 20.45



Keeping in Touch

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Diary Dates for 2017


Exhibition of Art & Flowers Alby church                                                         12th August

Songs of Praise followed by cream teas, Alby church                                 13th August

Jumble Sale, Erpingham church in aid of the Roof Appeal 10.30 – 1pm        19th August

Erpingham Village Walking Map WI Event                                                      2nd September

MS Charity Day at Mannington Hall                                                                3rd September

Norfolk Churches Trust Cycle, Walk, Drive                                                    9th September

Yard Sale, Aldborough                                                                                      10th September

‘Wolterton Extravagant Day’ for Hospice Ethiopia, Wolterton Hall                   16th September

TROSH 1pm                                                                                                      17th September

Aldborough Church Harvest Supper, Church Room 7.30                                 23rd September

Rural Run                                                                                                         24th September

Quiz and Supper, Aldborough Community Centre                                           29th September

Cathedral Mission Day 10am – 4pm                                                               14th October

Erpingham Harvest Service and Supper in Church 6.30pm                          Sun15th October

Thwaite Harvest Supper 6.30pm                                                                      22nd October

Festival of Crafts, Erpingham                                                                           28th October

Aldborough Harvest Festival 11am                                                                 29th October

Erpingham Concert, string quartet 7.30                                                          15th December

Community Carols &Cromer Brass Band Aldborough Village Centre             17th.December

Erpingham Carols by Candlelight and Pageant 5.00 pm                                 24th December

Epiphany Barbecue in church grounds Thwaite 12.30                                                  6th  January 2018

To put your event into the Diary Date calendar email  or phone 01263 833323


THE NEXT ISSUE   Please send copy for the September edition by 14th August  to the Editor:

Linda Howard 01263 833323

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Anne Bettany 01263 768681

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