September 2017




12th Sunday after Trinity


13th Sunday after Trinity


14th Sunday after Trinity


15th Sunday after Trinity


















All Age Worship
























Group Service






WEEKDAY SERVICE      Wednesdays 9.15am – Aldborough

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



Dear Friends

This month sees the beginning of work at Erpingham to replace the lead stolen from the South Aisle roof with a special treated stainless. We have been able to do this thanks to the generosity of so many people, both from the Benefice and further afield. We are still short of our target but hopefully we shall at least make a start with a final flurry of fundraising filling the gap. A huge “thank you” to all who have made this possible.

Those of you who came to the Alby Church weekend of Flowers and Art will know it was a great success and a super display of local talent, especially from the Aldborough Art Group. Many worked very hard to make this happen and I am very grateful to you all.

We now look forward to the TROSH which happens on SUNDAY 17th.September at its normal venue, a great family occasion we something for every age. Special additions this year, so don't miss out! Funds raised go to three of our churches, Erpingham, Ingworth and Alby.

This is the time of the year when Harvest is in so many people’s minds, particularly for our farmers. As always we wish to celebrate this in Harvest Services and Suppers. Elsewhere in Keeping in Touch you will find the dates and times when these occur. Even if you don't normally come to one of these, why not break your routine and come along you will be very welcome.

With every good wish and blessing Father Paul

The Rev Canon Paul Thomas OBE




Hooi-Ling Harrison and Edward Blandford at Erpingham on 29th.July


William George Henry Bowyer, Cromer Crematorium, 4th.August



Sunday         3rd September        10am Thwaite Sunday        

                      1st October             10am Erpingham



Week beginning Sunday




Eagle Lane, Eagle Road, Eagle Close, John Franklin Close



and Highnoon Road



Mill Lane and Church Lane



Jubilee Close, Birch Court and Lowlands



The Common, Blacksmith’s Lane and Church Lane




3.30 pm at the Rectory Tuesday 19th.September

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




Our local Food Bank is run by The Trussell Trust which is a Christian organisation. Whilst the Trussell Trust runs most of the Food Banks there are other organisations which run them as well.

  1. You can’t just walk into a Food Bank distribution centre and demand food.
  2. You have to have a form from someone like a social worker or the Job Centre who will decide if you are eligible.
  3. It is an emergency Food Bank not for long term.
  4. The food parcels are for just 3 days.
  5. When you are at one of the distribution centres there are people there who will listen to you and try and help you possibly referring you to other appropriate agencies.
  6. All the food given is weighed in and weighed out. (Please note they cannot use fresh or out of date food.)



  1. If someone is made redundant they will have to go and sign on for Universal Credit, but it takes up to 12 weeks before they can get it. The Food Bank is for just such an emergency if people run out of money in the meantime.
  2. If someone is refused benefits either initially or because of a reassessment, they can go to a tribunal appeal, but from that moment payments are stopped. The mandatory reconsideration takes up to five weeks and during this time there will not get any money.
  3. In July and August last year the Trussell Trust handed out 4,412 MORE three day emergency food parcels for children than during the previous 2 months.  Close on half go to primary school pupils and 27% to children, including babies, under the age of four. Without free school meals for those without work, and with extra child care costs for those in work and so not eligible for free school meals, some families can find it difficult to cope. Mothers can end up not eating properly and buying cheaper stodgy food just in order to ameliorate hunger.



  1. Both Erpingham and Aldborough churches collect donated food and take it to the Food Bank in Cromer where the food is sorted and packed up into parcels. It is then taken to distribution centres – often in churches such as Aylsham Parish Church - where the food is given out.
  2. Otherwise donated food can be taken direct to Cromer in the Methodist Church Hall (behind the church) on Thursday mornings from 9am. Just knock on the door at the back. Alternatively hand it in at a distribution centre and they will take it to Cromer for you.
  3. An alternative would be to donate money to the Food Bank so they can buy what they are short of.
  4. Food shortages are detailed every month and a list put up in the churches. This month they are short of


Pasta and Pasta sauce, Tinned Tomatoes, Instant Snacks – just add hot water varieties,

Long Life Milk – Semi skimmed or Full Fat, Squash and Fruit Juice, Tinned Rice Pudding, Sponge Puddings, Tinned Fruit, Crisps, Chocolate, Jam, Toilet Rolls and Nappies.


Cash can be dropped off at any of the distribution centres. See their website for locations at

Cheques are to be made payable to Cromer & District Foodbank and can also be dropped off or posted to them at - Cromer District Foodbank,

Corner of West Street & Hall Road Cromer

NR27 9DT



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.


This year’s Sponsored Bike, Ride and Drive

on Saturday 9th September 9am – 5pm.

 Pump up your tyres, dust off your walking boots, pack a picnic and plan a route from your own door to visit as many of the most beautiful churches in Norfolk as you can. PLUS you can raise money too

Simply get sponsored for each building you visit or make a donation

  Go to to find out more. Look out for forms in one of the churches


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.


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





Sunday September 17th

Follow the signs on the
A140  Aylsham to Cromer Road

Threshing, bagging and baling wheat as it used to be done.

Vintage tractors/ machinery.

Ploughing Bygones.

Stalls and refreshments.


Fun for all the family

From 1pm


all dogs welcome - must be on leads


Birds of Prey (and flying, weather  permitting)

Norfolk Wildlife Encounter & Other animals


If  you  have Vintage tractors/machinery

Side shows or other attractions or would like to have a stall £20 at the TROSH

ring 01263 761702 or 761156


Admission £5 (children under 12 free)


In aid of Erpingham, Ingworth and Alby churches

Free parking






come and enjoy home cooked Traditional Harvest Fare

( vegetarian option)

£8.50 to include a glass of wine Licensed Bar

Tickets available from Aldborough Post Office and Village shop or tel: 01263 768059



NEW DATE         St Mary’s Erpingham

Harvest Service and Supper

6.30 pm Sunday 8thOctober

Supper £5

Bring your own Wine or Soft Drinks Tickets from Helen 768209, Ros 761702, or at the Coffee Morning



Aldborough Church will be having a fundraising stall at the Trosh on Sunday 17th September to raise money for the church loo.

If you have any bric a brac, please leave it with Anne Bettany

01263 768671. Items by the 10th Septemberif possible.



Bridge with afternoon tea

Friday 29th September

1.30pm to 5pm Erpingham Village Hall

Fundraising to replace the lead stolen from Erpingham Church Roof Tickets £10

Contact Sheila Goodley 01263 761331

Email: or Fr Paul Thomas 01263 761110 Friendly play, Chicago scoring, prizes, a raffle and afternoon tea




Aldborough Wildlife Group 

Churchyard Wildlife

A talk by Emily Hobbs

on Wednesday 13th September at 7.30pm in the Church Room



Volunteers please!

I am forming a group of volunteers who are prepared to be called in an emergency to take the defibrillator which is attached to the wall of the Erpingham bowls club to where needed in our village.  Volunteers will be trained to administer resuscitation. They must be prepared to have their names and telephone numbers distributed locally.

For more information phone Norman Smith 01263 768665




Erpingham Festival of Crafts

Saturday October 28th 10am - 4pm


Erpingham with Calthorpe Village Hall The Street, Erpingham, Norfolk NR11 7QB



Aldborough Village Shop and Post Office.

Tel 01263 768198.

New Opening Times 8-30 to 6-00 Mon–

Sat Sun 9-30 to 11.30

(no postal services on Sundays)

For Groceries, Butchery, Fruit & Veg, Fresh Bread, Chilled and Frozen, Coal, Off license, Calor Gas, Dry Clening, National Lotto, ll postal and banking services,

Free cash withdrawals from most main



Urgent help needed!

The Aldborough and Thurgarton Parish Council is looking for help from the community. At Christmas time, the village Christmas tree is placed at the corner of the Green, for everyone to enjoy. ‘Father Christmas’ arrives and gets the children to help turn on the lights, and then he distributes small party bags to the children. This lovely tradition has been taking place for over thirty years. During the week before Christmas, anyone who wants to, can come and sing Christmas carols and songs round the Christmas tree, just to enjoy being part of the village Christmas.

Until a few years ago, the Christmas tree was donated by the Felbrigg estate. Now we have to pay for a tree, which currently costs £150. The bag of goodies that Father Christmas gives to the children of Aldborough and Thurgarton (and children who have links to the village,) are usually bought and assembled by anonymous donors from the village. Usually about 100 gift bags are made, at a total cost of approximately £100.

The Parish Council are happy to continue providing the Christmas tree, but we are not able to fund the gift bags now that our last ‘Secret Santa Helpers’ have decided to step down. We need people to help in order for this to continue. Do you feel that you would like to contribute to the cost of the bags? Or hold a fund raising event to fund it? Could you help source the contents of the bags? Or put the gifts in the bags once they have been purchased? Or co-ordinate this project?

Please contact Parish Councillor Andy Hick at the Black Boys Pub, Aldborough, if you can help, or would like to find out more about this project.

Thank you.





“as if”



7.30 P.M.


Come and enjoy this variety show Tickets  £7 to incl tea/coffee




Latest Winners:








G. Dancaster


N. Smith



J. Compston


O Witham



B. Clayton


K. Young



F. Pointer


M. Waite


20 Week Winners:

£150      11           J. Caismir             £100   31  S. Mollard          £50      82    P. Perriss


Fancy seeing your name here in print? There are still 3 spare numbers available. Contact Jan Jeavons on 01263 761620


Thanks Tony from all of us


Tony Baillie, who sadly died at the end of last year, was thinking of the village when he made his will. He very generously left bequests to Village Care, the Community Centre and the Parish Council; we are all extremely grateful.


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 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



Another  Date for your Diary!

We will be holding our AGM for Village Care on

Wednesday September 6th at 7.30pm in

Aldborough Church Room.


Please come and join us to hear about our events over the past year and to enjoy free refreshments.

We hope to include a short talk by a mystery speaker !!



Mediterranean Buffet Supper

The Supper/Dance at Aldborough Church Room on the 22nd July was a great success enjoyed by everyone including the band. The event raised a total profit of £661 for Church funds and the organisers wish to thank all who attended for their energetic participation, people who donated funds/raffle prizes, provided food, or helped in any way. RH


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



Free singing workshops starting in Sheringham September 2017

Mondays 2:00pm to 3:30pm            

Lighthouse, Sheringham from 11 September 2017

Following a very successful programme of taster sessions across North Norfolk earlier this year, Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) will be starting a new SYHO North group in September at Lighthouse, Sheringham. SYHO is NOT a choir! The singing workshops are drop-in sessions to promote good mental health and well-being, and are open to anyone over 18 who likes the idea of singing in a group. Singing with others really lifts the spirits. People with experience of mental health problems and challenges are always specially welcome.

SYHO is run by volunteers but the sessions are led by experienced, professional voice coaches used to working with varied groups in a community setting. You don’t need to have a good voice or be able to read music. Join in the glorious harmonies of world music, pop, spirituals and much more. There is no need to book in advance, you can just come along on the day.

Refreshments - including chocolate biscuits!- are provided, and the sessions are free of charge, though donations are welcome.

These award winning workshops have been running for 12 years, first in Norwich, then expanding to Attleborough, Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth. Now people in North Norfolk also have a chance to benefit from what SYHO offers.

Full details and list of term dates on


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




Where there’s a Will there’s a way ................. to help Erpingham Church

Are you thinking about making or updating your Will ? Would you like to give something to the church but you are not sure how to word your gift or what it will be used for ? Erpingham Church now has the following Legacy Policy, which you may find helpful.

“St Mary’s Church, Erpingham welcomes all gifts in wills, however large or small, and we promise to use your gift to make a difference to our parish. Our Legacy Policy is to use gifts to help fund significant development projects, whether buildings, equipment or staff.

Since needs change over the years, we encourage you to leave a gift in your will for the general purposes of the parish rather than for a restricted purpose. We will discuss possible uses of your gift with your executors when the time comes, bearing in mind your known areas of interest in the church (e.g. music, buildings, children and youth, overseas mission or aid) and the church’s priorities at the time.”

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about the sorts of purposes your gift might fund, and how/if you would like your gift to be acknowledged, please contact Father Paul (01263 761110) or one of the churchwardens: Helen Burrell (01263 768209) and Keith Harrison (01263 761698).

If you would like to make a gift to our church in memory of a loved one, please do come and discuss this with us too.

Further information can be found in leaflets available in Erpingham Church and at



The retirement of Aldborough’s much-loved head teacher was marked with an afternoon of songs and celebrations at the end of July.

After 12 years as head of Aldborough Primary School, Tina Casburn stepped down after a 39-year teaching career spent throughout Norfolk.

Spearheaded by her deputy, Jill Morgan, the afternoon featured songs and vignettes performed by the children, a humorous play performed by the staff and music performed by the teachers and governors, followed by food and drink provided by the school’s cooks Tracy Hindry and Kerry Clarke.

Mrs Casburn said she was delighted to see so many present including members from the village and paid tribute to the wonderful community she’d had the pleasure to work with.

During Tina’s headship the school has enjoyed special links with Village Care, which provides transport to those who would otherwise be unable to attend hospital and surgery appointments. The school worked closely with Village Care to raise money for the village defibrillator and jointly shares the responsibility for its upkeep. Earlier in the year the school also hosted a ‘Memory Lane’ Café for residents in conjunction with Village Care.

During Tina’s headship, the school has built ever closer relationships with the village. The children regularly attended the village AGMs and on one memorable occasion arrived wearing hard hats and carrying a model of the new £2.6 million school extension made of cereal boxes to show residents how the refurbished school would look when completed!

Other notable achievements include the school successfully campaigning for the gritting of Alby Hill during sub-zero temperatures; several Christmas and Easter fairs in the Community Centre and Green Rooms and the weekly ‘Open the Book’, Christian-based assemblies jointly hosted by Aldborough-resident Anne Bettany.

The school has also been a keen supporter of the village panto, boosting the first night audience. The governors frequented the Black Boys pub after their termly meetings and in July several children joined in the Garden Club Flower and Vegetable Show.

Tina leaves the children in a 21st century school building which very much suits the excellent, dynamic and creative teaching and learning that everyone associates with Aldborough. Alison Read the new head teacher is very much looking forward to leading the school.




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.

For 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





New members and guests are always welcome

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, usually in the Church Rooms on the Green.

Full details of the remaining 2017 program are on the


Aldborough Community Gardening

The Club will be starting 2 community gardening schemes in the village:

1. A half allotment site will be taken on this September. We will then prepare the ground in a ‘no dig’ style, a blanket cover of cardboard, followed by manure, compost and finally grass clippings in October.

In March 2018 the site should be ready for direct planting of veg plugs, flowers, etc. It will be available for club members & anyone who registers an interest.

If  you would like to be involved, or register please contact the club by email;  and we will keep you informed of developments and dates.

2. An oak raised bed of seating height, outside the Surgery waiting room. We will be starting in early Spring  2018. The plan is for a planting scheme of herbs and edible flowers. Once established everyone attending the Surgery is invited to use, tend and enjoy this small community garden.

We will be looking for volunteers. The construction and planting should take place over two consecutive weekends, weather permitting.

The Club will be part funding these projects by holding an Aldborough Open Garden Day, Sunday 10th June 2018.

If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact the club by email as above.



Ingworth 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




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 recently decorated Hall is available for hire and is an ideal venue for wedding receptions, christening parties, birthday and anniversary celebrations, wakes, exhibitions, theatrical and musical performances and other cultural activities. It’s already used on a regular basis by the WI, Parish Council, Erpingham School, Indoor Bowls club, Wednesday Coffee Club, Pilates classes and various other groups and organisations.

Modern fully equipped kitchen. Disabled access and facilities. Ample parking.

For further information please contact Rosalind Horne on 01263 761702 or email:                                                           


Creative Arts East, 19 Griffin Court, Market Street,

Wymondham NR18 0GU (:  01953 713390


‘Our Day Out’ Gives Older People Time to Shine

‘Our Day Out’, the fortnightly dementia-friendly workshop project, continues to push forward with a wide range of free activities to engage older people across the Norfolk area. Delivered by professionally trained arts practitioners, musicians and dancers, the project is run by arts and community development charity Creative Arts East, with special funding from Spirit of 2012.

The sessions welcome all older people, and are also supportive of those living with early to mid- stage dementia (and their carers), as well as older people living with long-term health conditions, or those who feel isolated within their community. The ‘Our Day Out’ groups are based in Attleborough, Watton, Dereham, Thetford, North Walsham and Wells. The sessions are tailored so that they are accessible and beneficial for everyone to experience something new, in a safe and friendly environment.

So far in 2017, the groups have been enjoying making-music with Paul and Les, combining digital music acoustic instruments to make their own original compositions, as well as fun and entertaining dance sessions with Green Candle and Glass House Dance Company, specially devised to benefit and engage the whole body with gentle exercise.

These are some recent comments from people who have been to the ‘Our Day Out’ sessions

“Why didn’t anyone tell me this was this much fun when I was younger!”

“I enjoy being in the company of younger people at the sessions because I don’t get the chance nowadays”

“Even though my dementia isn’t that bad yet, it's so nice to be here to see others that have the same thing as you. Sometimes I forget my words when I talk to people but when I am here I don’t have to worry about that”

‘Our Day Out’ sessions are all about having fun and feeling good afterwards, and Creative Arts East are keen to hear from older people who would like to join these friendly and inclusive creative activities. There are also opportunities for people who would like to become involved as volunteers, and help someone smile this summer.

In September, the groups will be taking part in some special ‘love themed’ Tea Dance events with Spilt Milk Dance Company and which will involve arts and crafts, cake, dance performances, games, and (optional) fancy dress! Friends and family of those coming along are most welcome too!

For more information on the sessions or any of the ‘Our Day Out’ groups, please contact Lea Schiller at Creative Arts East on 01953 713390 or email More information is also available on

‘Our Day Out’ September sessions:

Attleborough – Friday 8th Sept. 10am-12pm (Music Workshop) and Friday 22nd Sept. 2pm- 4pm (Tea Dance event) , St Mary’s Community Hall, Church Street NR17 2AH

Dereham - Friday 8th Sept. 2pm-4pm (Music Workshop) and Friday 22nd Sept. 10am-12pm (Tea Dance event), The Meeting Point, St Withburga Lane, NR19 1DF

North Walsham – Thursday 14th Sept. 1pm-3pm (Singing workshop) and Thursday 28th Sept (Tea dance), 1pm-3pm, Cameo Café, 73 Happisburgh Road, NR28 9HD

Thetford – Friday 1st Sept. 2pm-4pm (Singing workshop) and Friday 15th Sept. 2pm-4pm (Tea Dance Event), Thetford Methodist Church, Tanner St, IP24 2BQ

Watton – Thursday 7th Sept. 2pm-4pm (Music Workshop) and Thursday 21st Sept, 2pm-4pm (Tea Dance Event), Watton Christian Community Centre, 57 High Street, IP25 6AB

Wells-next-the-sea – Tuesday 12th September 1pm-3pm (Singing Workshop) and Tuesday 26th Sept. 1pm-3pm (Tea Dance Event), Wells Community Hospital, Mill Road, NR23 1RF


Good looks aren’t everything. Remember that when you buy apples this autumn. The frosts in April affected the size and appearance of this year’s crop and so many of the apples this autumn (harvested from August to October) may be ‘ugly’. There may also be fewer British ones around.

The warning has come from the National Farmers’ Union





The Friendly Invasion – USAAF in East Anglia 1942 -45 Tutor: Ian McLachlan

When: Every Wednesday afternoon from 27th September @2.00 p.m. (4th  October and 1st November at Cawston Road Chapel)

Where:            The Friends Meeting House, Pegg’s Yard, Red Lion Street, Aylsham, Norwich, NR11 6ER

Cost:                £50.40  for 7 sessions of two hours each.  Courses may be free to students on income-based benefits

The course explores the build -up of American personnel in East Anglia and studies the development of US air power in the region. It examines the social and cultural impact of over 400,000 young men on mainly rural communities. It will look at the establishment of airfields dwarfing nearby villages, the aircraft and weaponry deployed. The big picture will be interspersed with personal accounts and stories showing the heroism, drama and tragedies affecting families both here and in the USA.

Booking:         Jill Sheringham           01263 733140

Stewart Gosling         01263 732496 To enrol online visit




Erpingham with Calthorpe WI.

The sun really did shine on our village Garage Sale this year and the 30+ stall holders provided recycle opportunity for the many people who dropped in for the event.

Stallholders seemed to do well, and the WI cafe at the village hall were kept very busy selling the donated cakes and savouries and some tasty rolls made with free range local bacon and sausage from a very local supplier. Best of all it was a lively and social community event. The improved parking facility at the village hall meant that the traffic was better handled and no problems were reported this year. Thanks to everyone who took part. We might do it again in 3-4yrs time, when we have all had the chance to collect more stuff.

Another big event is on the horizon. In the last edition we gave details about an old WI map of our two villages, and our plans to hold an event on 2nd September 2017 to launch an update. A wonderful new map has been printed, in full colour and with pictures and lots of fascinating details. It will be available at the village hall on the day, and we hope to encourage people from far and wide to walk the local footpaths and have a crack at an eye-spy quiz, (meant for the children but really interesting, everyone will want the free quiz

sheet to take around on the short walk). We will be working with lots of local folk who have interesting old photos and items, and with the group who did the dig at the historic site in the village last year, to present an interesting display. Friends of Thwaite Common are conducting escorted walks to look at the special flora and fauna found there. There will be a cafe open at the Village Hall, The Street, Erpingham. See more information on our website and end the summer holiday with a great day out. Also on the day, there will be an update of our plans for a new fabric art work.

Keen embroiderers from the villages might like to speak to our team if they wish to take part.

Some of our members with friends and partners did have time to enjoy a lovely evening on a Mississippi Paddle Steamer from Horning, when after a damp and overcast day, the clouds parted and the sun came out. They spotted grebes, herons and kingfishers and saw a whole new view of The Broads.

The regular walking and swimming groups are helping us prepare for a full on sports week in September when we will vary our activities with fencing, cycling and perhaps horse riding. This is still in planning so lookout for a full report of activity in a future newsletter. A trip, including a guided tour, to Grimes Graves, a Neolithic site near Thetford, is the day out for September.

In July members made a large donation of useful items and toiletries to Leeway, one of our charities. We will be collecting items for this refuge organisation on a regular basis.

We will be meeting as usual, on the 4th Wednesday of the month, when the talk will be about the wonderful Plantation Garden in Norwich.

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




Put it in your diary NOW ….

Erpingham 5k   the family-friendly

Rural Run

10.30am, Sunday 24 September

from       Erpingham Village Hall Adults

£5,      Under12s and Under15s £1

Entry forms:                     



In God’s House

There are a faithful few, who work unseen and unobtrusively give their best.

Who spend their lives perfecting little things, which often pass unnoticed by the rest.

Theirs are the hands that dust the altar rails, that change the flowers and keep the linen fair.

They sweep the aisle with cheerful reverence and polish silver with a murmured prayer.

These are the quiet ones, who freely give their time and thought and love with glad accord;

Who softly tread the by-ways of resolve –

And share the peace of God for their reward.

Joan B. Howes Bryher, Isles of Scilly 2017




Diary Dates for 2017


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                                            6th  October

New Date Erpingham Harvest Service and Supper in Church 6.30pm Sun    8th October

New Date Cathedral Mission Day 10am – 4pm                                             14th October

Thwaite Harvest Supper 6.30pm                                                                     22nd October

Festival of Crafts, Erpingham                                                                           28th October

Aldborough Harvest Festival 11am                                                                 29th October

Classical Guitar Concert, Erpingham church                                                17th November

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 October edition by 14th September  to the Editor:

Linda Howard 01263 833323

Donations and enquiries about donations should be sent to the Treasurer: Anne Bettany 01263 768681

Advert enquiries should be submitted to: Stephen Green 01263 761350

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