Keeping in Touch March 2018


Dear All We are now in the heart of Lent and with our faces firmly focussed ahead on Good Friday and of Easter Day. Preparing for any great day or occasion needs some form of plan, and the recognition that we are not all squeaky clean means Lent is a good time for that preparation. I’m not a great believer of giving up stuff in Lent, I believe more in doing something positive, like committing oneself to doing something to help somebody or to committing oneself more to prayer or worship. On quite another subject, I am approaching my 76th birthday and I have announced to the Bishop and our PCCs that I will retire in July. I will have served four and half years here and thoroughly enjoyed being your Parish Priest. It has been a huge privilege and I will miss greatly this splendid community. However, there are still several months before I leave and there is much still to do. I continue to look forward to serving you in this remaining period. I am doing a bit of clearing out and have several hundred slides featuring the Holy Land and art (not holiday pictures!). If you are interested they are free to a good home, together with a slide projector and carousels. Please give me a ring or drop me an email. Best wishes for Lent and Easter.

Father Paul The Rev Canon Paul Thomas OBE

FROM THE REGISTERS Funerals: 3rd February Interment of Ashes, Mary Sizeland at Erpingham.

GROUP SERVICES Sunday 4th March 10am Erpingham The Archdeacon is taking the Group service, on 4th March, his last before his farewell Service at the Cathedral Sunday 1st April EASTER DAY 10am Aldborough

MESSY CHURCH with Erpingham School in Erpingham Church on Wednesday 28th March at 2pm This is the last day of term and just before Easter so we hope to enjoy lots of Easter crafts and activities. All parents/carers are warmly invited to come and join in if you like! Any preschool children with their parent or carer would be very welcome as well. For information ring Helen on 01263 768209


Hospice Ethiopia UK Update Sue and Jamie Mumford gave an illustrated talk last weekend (4th February) to interested people from Jamie’s father’s parish in Dorchester (Dorset). The meeting was well attended & £900 was raised towards Hospice Ethiopia’s work relieving the suffering of the terminally ill of Addis Ababa. Hospice Ethiopia UK has just completed it’s first year as a registered UK charity & we had our first annual meeting on Tuesday 6th February. We are pleased to report that we raised about £36,000 last year and our annual report will be available on our website In addition, the highly successful Diocesan lent appeal raised £44,747 for a new car which we hope will soon be with the hospice. Our next fundraiser will be an afternoon playing Bridge at the Granary, Bishops Palace, Norwich on Saturday 12th May 2018 (1.00 – 1.30 pm start) Tea and sandwiches/ cakes will be provided. Tickets will be available from Sue & Jamie Mumford 01263 768699.

PRAYERS FOR THE PARISHES Week beginning Sunday March 4 Aldborough: Prince Andrew’s Close and Thurgarton Road 11 Erpingham: Eagle Lane, Eagle Road, Eagle Close, John Franklin Close and Highnoon Road 18 Aldborough: Mill Lane and Church Lane 25 Erpingham: Jubilee Close, Birch Court and Lowlands


Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in Alby Crafts wonderful gardens; a natural playground for adventure and exploring to find ten colourful chocolate eggs or more in secret hidey-holes: face painting, bouncy castle, free craft activities and storytelling. In aid of Stepping Stones Pre-School. Every child will leave with a selection of chocolate eggs. Alby Crafts & Gardens, Cromer Road, Erpingham, NR11 7QE Saturday March 31st, 10am -2pm, £4 per child, £1 per adult, 


The Friends of Thwaite Common Present Two wildlife films by local film maker John Snape “The Wildlife of Thwaite Common” was filmed 15 years ago and includes cuckoos and barn owls and the trials and successes of a family of swallows. “A Wind on the Heath” explores the unique habitat of lowland heath in North Norfolk as well as some of the colourful human residents of Mousehold Heath. John’s films have been described in RSPB Birds Magazine as “Beautiful, moving and uplifting” There will also be a short talk about bird song, toad watch and bats and an open discussion about Thwaite Common with local naturalists David North and Stephen Green. In Erpingham Village Hall on Friday 23 March at 7.30 pm Tickets £6 Tel. 01263 768441 Proceeds to ‘Norfolk Wildlife Trust Children and Nature Fund’


Aldborough Wildlife Group

Holkam Estate Overview By Andrew Bloomfield On Wednesday 14th March At 7.30 in the Church Room


Alby crafts & gardens We are holding our annual Plant and Garden Fair on Saturday 14th April, there will be free admission to our garden and a large and varied selection of stalls. From 10am – 4pm All this alongside our resident artists in their workshops, gallery, gift shop and fantastic tea room.


QUIZ NIGHT 9th MARCH 7.30 pm Prompt £6 per person to include light supper Aldborough Church Room To book a Team please ring Yvonne 01263 768076 Proceeds to Parkinson's UK Holkam Estate Overview By Andrew Bloomfield On Wednesday 14th March At 7.30 in the Church Room.


ERPINGHAM WITH CALTHORPE VILLAGE HALL 200 CLUB LATEST RESULTS: £10 £5 15/01/2018 45 D. Snelling 98 D. Clayton 22/01/2018 186 B.Golbourn 71 S. Green 29/01/2018 182 Mike Allen 86 G. Harrison 05/02/2018 132 C. Argent 188 M. Colebrooke The March draw will take place later than usual so two lists will be published in the April edition.

PANTOMIME Thank you to all our lovely audiences who supported us so enthusiastically over the four nights of the pantomime. DVDs of “Sleeping Beauty” will be available shortly and can be ordered at Aldborough Village Shop and Post Office for £7.50.

Keep Moving - Stay Fit!! at Erpingham Multi-Use Games Area next to the Village Hall: a great place to meet and play all your favourite outdoor games Now ….. try Walking Netball - all ages & abilities welcome. Fridays 10.30am Call 01263 768262 for info, or just turn up & play.


Erpingham School An Egyptian Extravaganza What did the Egyptians wear? Why did they build the pyramids? How did they make mummies and whose mummies were they anyway? These were just some of the questions which Class 2 researched last term. The children really enjoyed finding out the answers, especially discovering the gory details of mummification! We mummified our toys, made clay cartouches and visited the Castle Museum to think about whether we should remove treasures from Egyptian tombs or not. What a fabulous term’s learning, the children worked hard and became real experts! This term our topic is Monsters and Mayhem and we look forward to our time learning about dinosaurs and their habitats. We will be trying to discover why the dinosaurs really became extinct and if any are still alive today! If you are interested in joining us at Erpingham please call the office on (01263) 761365 to arrange a visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!


VILLAGE CARE EASTER CAFÉ Celebrate the beginning of Spring with us on Wednesday March 21st from 2-4 at Aldborough Church Rooms Our theme for the cafe will be Easter Look out for our green teapot poster for more details.

Aldborough Gardening Club will be showing the Black Bark Films & the Landworkers Alliance production ‘In Our Hands’ ( subtitled ‘Seeding Change’ this is a 60 minute production highlighting alternative, sustainable growing methods, seed sourcing and food production. Of interest to anyone who is concerned about how and where their food is produced and relevant to those of us who grow any amount of their own veg & herbs etc. Pantomime goers will be aware of the new cinema/screen at the Community Centre, if you haven’t seen this in action yet, this may well be first of many film productions to be screened here.

Friday 16th of March. Aldborough Community Centre Bar open 7.00 pm, Film 7.30 This is a non ticket event, open to all, free….., optional voluntary donation of £2, partly to cover costs, and a donation to the East Anglian Landworkers Alliance After the film there will be an update on preparations for Aldborough Open Gardens Day, Sunday June10th. 

AGEWISE A free event promoting living well and maintaining independence Monday 9th April 10am – 2pm ACT Centre, St. Michael’s Avenue, Aylsham, NR11 6YA Advice and information about: Finance and Benefits. Mobility and assistive aids. Housing and home care. Day services. Personal assistance. Befriending. Handy person. Support for carers. Counselling support. Personal safety. Fraud and scam awareness. Dementia. Eyesight. Hearing. Diabetes. Arthritis. Cancer. Transport services. Social groups and clubs… and much more! Enjoy a free cuppa and piece of cake! Our community café will be open for snacks and lunch - Wheelchair accessible Transport available upon request Accessible parking and toilet facilities Tel: 01263 733385

Erpingham with Calthorpe WI We are still buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm for Archaeology following a really stimulating talk by Peter Purdy. He described the fascinating discoveries made during the digs which took place in 2016 and 2017 of objects from the Roman occupation and settlement of the site at Woodgate in Aylsham. We opened this talk to friends and we all had a wonderful evening. We are now looking forward to visiting the dig which will happen at Woodgate Nursery in August and seeing what is discovered this year. In March we celebrate our 68th Birthday. Traditionally we invite members of neighbouring WIs to come and celebrate with us with an entertaining speaker and special refreshments made by our members – and, of course, birthday cake. We have a magician to wow us this time – I think perhaps a first for this WI. Cheered by the increasingly longer days and the promise of Spring brought by flowers appearing and birds singing we are starting to think of outings and visits, walks and cycle rides. We always welcome visitors and if you are thinking you might like to find out about us we will be delighted to see you. We know it can be daunting to just turn up to a meeting where you might not know anyone , so if you would like to talk to someone before you try it please ring Yvonne or Clare.

President: Clare Wilson 01263 761350 Secretary: Yvonne Moore 01263 768358 


ALDBOROUGH COMMUNITY CENTRE The AGM will be held on Thursday 26th April in the bar room. The committee is made up of representatives of clubs and groups who meet there as well as 6 public members. As with most committees new faces are always welcome on board, so if you would like to help with the running of this village facility, or would like to know more, please contact Sue Metcalf on 761310 - and don't forget, we have a full sized snooker table and table tennis table available for hire. See list on window for weekly activities which take place. 


LADIES WHO SING Ladies, do you love to sing? Two or three more singers are needed to join a small, friendly, ambitious ladies' choir, directed by Janet Kelsey. The ability to read music reasonably well is a requirement but it is not necessary to be able to read at sight. Rehearsals take place twice a month on Thursday afternoons in Aylsham or Erpingham. Concert planned for Saturday 5th May. For further details please contact Chris on 01263 768441

Report of the Ordinary Meeting of the Erpingham and Calthorpe Parish Council held on Wednesday 17th January 2018 in Erpingham with Calthorpe village hall The Chairman Norman Smith welcomed all those present and he led the Council in congratulating Mr A Witham who had been awarded the British Empire Medal. There were no Declarations of interest and the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on November 8th 2017 were approved and signed. Under matters arising on highways councillors considered potential sites for a ‘ SAM’ speed monitor which the Clerk would pass to Norfolk County Council for evaluation. A new village sign for Calthorpe has now been cast and will be positioned on the post prior to its installation, for which arrangements with Norfolk County Council have been completed. On dog fouling the Council will consult with the Village Hall Committee regarding notice locations and a new bin site. Under planning the Council heard that the application at Middle Cottage, Glenholme, The Street, for demolition and a new building had been withdrawn. In his finance report the Clerk reported that the Council’s pension provisions will need to be reviewed and that VAT claim procedures are to change in 2018. The Council considered the purchase of a new dog bin for which the Clerk had obtained a quotation and the Council agreed to go ahead with the purchase. Payments due were approved for the Calthorpe sign siting, the Calthorpe sign casting, the Erpingham Village Hall. room hire, the registration renewal for the Information Commissioner, the Clerk’s membership of the Society of Local Council Clerks, the Norfolk Playing Field Association subscription, HMRC for paye and reimbursement for printing. In the Clerk’s report he advised that BT had written to say that the Erpingham ‘phone box does not come within the scope of the ‘adopt-a box’ scheme. The Clerk passed over a disk of 2017 computer files for safe keeping by the Chairman. He would be attending a course on ‘end of year’ accounts in February. In members’ reports potholes were identified on The Street and on Eagle Road – the Clerk would notify highways, reminding them about the trees left in the layby on Cromer Road. Councillors discussed the unresolved flooding on Lodge Lane and the Clerk was asked to write to the landowner, copying other interested parties. The accident record at The Street/A140 junction was reviewed so the Clerk would ask the County Council about any appropriate warning signs. The meeting heard that a village group would be set up to further the aim to build suitable changing facilities for the sports ground. Following Part 2 Business there was no further business and the meeting closed at 20.45.

Keeping in Touch A BIG thank you to all the donations received. It helps enormously. Treasurer: Stephen Price 01263 761524


Diary Dates for 2018

Quiz Night, Aldborough Church Room 7.30 9th March

Two Wildlife Films, Erpingham Village Hall 7.30 23rd March

Easter Egg Hunt, Alby Gardens 10am - 2pm 31st March

Agewise, ACT Centre Aylsham 10am – 2pm 9th April

Plant & Garden Fair, Alby Crafts 10am - 4pm 14th April

Fashion Show, Wolterton Hall 2pm 23rd April

Aldborough Community Centre AGM, in the bar room 7.30pm 26th April

Spring Dance, Aldborough Church Room Saturday 19th May

Harvest Supper, St Mary’s church Aldborough Saturday 22nd September

Harvest Festival, Aldborough Sunday 23rd September

Erpingham 5K Rural Run Sunday 23rd September

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


THE NEXT ISSUE Please send copy for the April edition by 14th March to the Editor: Linda Howard 01263 833323 Donations and enquiries about donations should be sent to the Treasurer: Stephen Price 01263 761524 Advert enquiries should be submitted to: Stephen Green 01263 761350


HOUSE AND GARDEN SERVICES STEVEN WADE, Thwaite Common. 01263 768538 Architectural design. Drawings & designs for all buildings, new and old. Planning & building regulation applications.

Advertise here for just £30 for a whole year, just ring:01263 761350

HAYNES ELECTRICAL of ALDBOROUGH (Part P approved. Electrical Safety Register incorporating ELECSA,NICEIC,ECA). Prompt efficient service & competitive prices for all industrial, commercial and domestic electrical needs. Free estimates. (Over 30 years self employed.) 01263 768033 or 07796458718) or

P.D. NIGHTINGALE PAINTER & DECORATOR City and Guilds of London Established 1985 Tel: 01263 768119 or 07983 357998 E-mail:

STEPHEN CLARK ELECTRICAL (NICEIC approved including Part P) Your local contractor. Any industrial, commercial and domestic work including PAT testing, free estimates. 01263 768576 (Mobile 07824 997 963) Email:

P A LUKE ELECTRICAL NICEIC registered, Part P approved domestic and commercial electrician. No job too big or small. Call Pete for a free no obligation quote. PHONE: 01263761890 Mob: 07506872498 email:

Pegg Electrical Services (NICEIC approved/Domestic installer) Domestic, commercial, industrial wiring, test and reports. 46 years experience. Please call Andy on 01263 768564. Mobile 07799 264370.

M. NEWLAND, BUILDERS All building work undertaken. Over 30 years experience. 077 8090 3694 or 01263 768323

ACCOMMODATION CHESTNUT BARN, School Road, Thurgarton NR11 7PE Recently converted spacious holiday barn with 3 en-suite bedrooms and a mezzanine, sleeps 10, pets welcome, large parking area and garden with trampoline and table tennis. Contact Kate Hammond 01263 761169

HALLS PROPERTYSERVICES Ltd 01263761819 PVCU windows, doors, conservatories. Fascia & guttering, kitchens, bathrooms & wet rooms, all general building work. Local authority grant work undertaken. Free quotations.

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JASON BURTON CARPENTRY & JOINERY, Aldborough Free estimates, all work considered. Jason Burton , 01263 761108 or 077 7409 7793

BUTTERFLY COTTAGE 2 self-catering properties in the picturesque village of Aldborough Open all year. Short lets out of season. Janet Davison 01263 761689 Open all year. Short lets out of season.

HERITAGE PAINTERS- Local family-run PAINTERS AND DECORATORS covering all aspects of interior and exterior work. Call Josh on 07552 851359 for a free quote.

ROPER HEATING SERVICES. Oil boiler servicing and Maintenance and Heating Faults and Breakdowns. Call Steve on 07788414514 OFTEC & Gas Safe registered. Specializing in oil boiler servicing and new boiler installation. All plumbing work. Free estimates.

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AYLSHAM HEATING - GasSafe registered heating engineer. GAS - OIL – LPG Servicing … Maintenance … Repairs …. Installation Tel : 01263 825910 / 07917 420770.

TEUCER WILSON, stone carver & letterer Bespoke hand carved signs, memorials & garden sculpture. To view my portfolio please visit email or phone 01263 733723

JONES THE SWEEP Stoves, open fires & solid fuel appliances swept. Member of Guild of Master Sweeps. Fully insured. 01263 833362 or 07799

ANN COLMAN CRAFTY CARDMAKING HAS MOVED From Autumn 2017 new address 64 Yaxleys Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6DY. To visit our shop stocking paper craft materials/card making classes: 01263 735518, 07789 224341 email Website

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ANDY DANIELS, YEW TURN. Timber framed buildings, carpentry, wood- turning, landscaping, repairs, restoration. 30 Silvergate, Blickling. 0776 8680926/01263 734413

AYLSHAM COMPUTER AND WEBSITE DESIGN Website Design & updates, Computer repairs (24Hour option) at home or in shop, New computers & Ink Cartridges etc, Broadband and WIFI problems, Tel 01263 731020 15 Red Lion Street Aylsham NR11 6ER or

SIGNS & GRAPHICS – All kinds of signs designed and produced. Traditional to modern – vehicles, shops, boats, houses, restoration. Large format digital printing – banners, canvas, photos, posters. Paul Riches 01263 768082 Rose Cottage,ThwaiteCommon

PROPERTY AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE. Excellent service, professional standard. Building works, slab laying, Plastering, painting, decorating, gardening, large or small jobs. Flat packs and shelving. Local- willing to travel. Neil Martin 07908 415971 or 01263 579627

KEVERNE DEWICK Bespoke Handmade Furniture, Woodturning and Woodturning courses 01263761400 or

CHRISTIAN MADSEN LANDSCAPE GARDENERS Gardening-LandscapingMaintenance-Tree surgery Fully qualified & insured with 18years experience Free Estimates and advice Tel: 01263 577304/07842567212 email:

THE HARE & MOON GALLERY at Alby Crafts & Gardens. An ever- changing selection of handmade quality art & craft; paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, Claire Knight’s paper cuts & the Art Angels range of British printmakers’ greetings cards. Commissions taken, workshops offered. 01263 768820

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DOCTOR WHEELGOOD CYCLES cycle sales – servicing - spares – repairs Dealer of Dawes cycles and Frog Kids bikes. 11 Mundesley Road, North Walsham NR28 0DA 01692 405033

THE PURPLE PARROT GIFT SHOP at Alby Crafts & Gardens. Selling a range of cards, toys, bags, scarves, candles, jewelry, plants and so much more. Nicola Geere - 01263 761573.

ERPINGHAM HOUSE FARM , The Street, Erpingham. NR11 7QD Free range eggs. Also hard-wearing machine-washable mohair socks in a variety of styles and colours. Firewood, bulk or bags. 01263 761208 or 07887 745 425

THE PET STOP Unit 3, Groveland Farm Shop, Thorpe Market Road, Roughton, NR11 8TB Food & Accessories for your pets, Birds, & Poultry. Small to Bulk Bags Tel: 01263 834969 Website:

IAN WRIGHT Farm fresh pork from our own herd of rare Essex sows Orders taken for roasting joints, chops, sausages, bacon, hams. 01263 761461, or see us at Aldborough’s Farmers’ Market, 1st Sun

NORFOLK CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTRE 60,000 wonderful books for children. Come and have a look! Parents, children, teachers, everybody welcome! Open Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-5. Church Lane, Alby NR11 7HB Tel. 01263 761402

TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS - for all your catering needs. Themed children’s parties, funeral wakes, business lunches, all fresh homemade produce. 5* rated NNDC. Able to provide crockery, glasses, hire of wedding cake stands etc. 01263 768076

MARTIN SERVICE STATION LTD (Ex Alby Service Station) Monday - Friday 6am-6pm, Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 8am - 4pm Fuel, autogas, off license, lottery, groceries, frozen food, newspapers. ATM - free cash withdrawals. Friendly service. 01263 761393

THE BESPOKE BAKER Specialist in GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN cakes and bakes. Tea parties, celebrations, weddings or just because you want a great cake! 5*Rated Kitchen. Meg Foster 01263 768015 or 07929 669993. Facebook: The Bespoke Baker Meg's Gluten Free Cakes

THE CUT HUT – hairdressing at The Old Bakehouse on Aldborough Green. Weds, Fri, 9.00-5.00. Saturdays by appointment only. Cash or cheque only (no cards). 07928 850697

GUITAR LESSONS . Most styles, all levels, beginners welcome. Please ring Dave Morrison. 01263 761740

ERPINGHAM WITH CALTHORPE VILLAGE HALL Located in the heart of the village, the hall is available to hire throughout the year. It provides excellent facilities for clubs, children’s parties, wedding receptions, anniversary celebrations, theatre, dances, exhibitions, wakes and much more. Contact Rosalind Horne on 01263 761702 or Email erpvhall

SKIPJACK LEISURE POOL. 01263 761352 or 07867555068.Swim in the privacy of a pool with spa, swimjets & sauna.. ½ hour & 1 hour slots. Children’s parties welcome. Tollgate, Ingworth

MANNINGTON GARDEN AND COUNTRYSIDE walks open every day of the year. Broadwalk across meadow with bird hide. Lavatories. Car park £2 – season ticket available. Children’s nature activities in school holidays. Events programme 2017 (begins April) now available. Gardens reopen late May. 01263 584175

STEPPING STONES PRE-SCHOOL, in the grounds of Aldborough Primary School, provides all day, morning and/or afternoon sessions for children 2 years to school age. Children of 3+ years are entitled to Government funding for up to15 hours or 5 sessions per week. 01263 768766.

MIXED STYLE YOGA CLASSES for all abilities. Tuesdays 6.30- 7.30pm and Thursdays 9.30-10.30am in Aldborough Church Room. Contact Em to book a mat at tel: 07977331496

COACH LAMP PRIVATE HIRE (Taxi) Suppliers of holiday travel throughout the UK, to all major Air & Sea Ports. Seven seater executive vehicle for stress free holiday travel. 01263 735765/,

INFINITY MASSAGE and BEAUTY with Cheyenne Burton. At The Cut Hut on Aldborough Green, or in the comfort of your own home. 07780330579 or

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