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Keeping in Touch May 2018

Dear All
Easter has come and gone, and it was a pleasure to see a full church on Easter Sunday. Thank you to all who came to celebrate the Risen Christ.
The Annual Parochial Parish Meetings are all now complete. These meetings elect Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Councils. I am so pleased and thankful that we now have our Churchwardens elect for Erpingham, Calthorpe, Aldborough, Thwaite and Alby and our news PCCs are now in place. I congratulate all involved and thank them for their commitment.
Helen Burrell and Maureen D' Eath have retired as Churchwardens of Erpingham and Calthorpe respectively, both having served faithfully and with total commitment. Bless them both in their continuing service to the church at Erpingham and all of us are so awfully grateful to them.
May will be bursting into bloom and new growth as you read this, although at the time of writing it is the hottest April for 70 years, we can’t have any way of knowing what the weather is to be in the month ahead. But that’s rather like life isn’t it? We have to appreciate the present moment and trust God for our future.
I wish you a blessed May, and perhaps more sunshine! Best wishes
Father Paul
The Rev Canon Paul Thomas OBE


25th.March at Aldborough
24th.March at Alby David John Massingham and Carrie-Anne Brazier
7th. April at Thwaite John Sebastian Shirtcliff and Suzanne Frances Fletcher

Sunday  6th May
10am Thwaite
Sunday  3rd June
10am Alby

Week beginning Sunday May 6
Town Green, Thwaite Road
The Common, Thwaite Hill
Margaret Lily Way, Tinkers Close
Scarrowbeck Road, School Road


Hospice Ethiopia Charity Dinner & Dance
Saturday 14th July 2018
From 7pm
Aylsham Town Hall.
Tickets £20 (£15 for early birds before June 1st)
Buffet dinner, bar and live music: The Gentleman Gits playing rock and classical music from
The North Norfolk Ensemble
Tickets from Clare Glenn 01263 734853 and Barnwells,
The Market Place, Aylsham
info@hospiceethiopia.org.uk www.hospiceethiopia.org.uk


Farewell to Father Paul
You are invited to lunch in the Rectory Gardens Erpingham
following the Pet service to say farewell to Father Paul
on Sunday 1st July 2018 at 12 noon
It will be first come, first served so contact us asap to reserve your place
Dr Keith Harrison 01263 761698 or harriswine@doctors.org.uk


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


The Food Bank was very grateful for a lot of donations around Christmas time, but during the cold weather since their stocks have become low. Both Aldborough and Erpingham Churches collect contributions which are taken to the Food Bank on Thursday mornings. If you could help in any way with any items, but particularly those on the list below, they would be very grateful. If you are going Cromer way on a Thursday morning you can knock on the door at the back of the hall of the Methodist Church to deliver direct. Other than that please ring 01263 768209 (Helen Burrell) and we will be pleased to take it for you or bring items to any of the church services. The Food Bank are totally reliant on donations, both food and financial, to operate and are extremely grateful when people choose to support them.
Items especially needed.
Tinned Meat, Tinned Fish, Tinned Potatoes, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Tomatoes, Pasta Sauce, Sponge Puddings, Long life Fruit Juice, UHT Milk both full fat and semi skimmed, Rice pudding, Jam, Crisps, Chocolate, Deodorant, Shampoo, Size 6 Nappies, Toilet Rolls.
info@cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk www.cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk


Once a week members of Erpingham Church have been going into Erpingham C of E primary school to take assembly. This happens on a Wednesday at 12 noon for roughly a quarter of an hour. Church members in Aldborough go into Aldborough Primary school each Tuesday at 10.20am. We are looking for members for both teams to help on a rota basis
We use the material produced by the Bible Society called
which consists of stories from the Bible especially written for children The stories, introductions, conclusions and reflective moments and prayer are all written out for us.
It is important to realize, this is telling stories from the Bible, not evangelising, so we do not deviate from the script we are given. The children dress up and act out the stories whilst we are telling them and we have no shortage of enthusiastic volunteers!
Props and costumes are provided.
Because we are going into schools and in contact with children, anyone offering to help would need to submit to a police DBS check and do a safeguarding course. A basic safeguarding course can be done online.
We would also give you training and you could come and see before you commit. You would not be on your own as there is always a helper present.
Interested? Call Helen Burrell 01263 768209 or Linda Howard 01263 833323 for Erpingham
Anne Bettany 01263 786681 for Aldborough


with Erpingham School in Erpingham Church on Friday 25th May at 2pm
All parents/carers are warmly invited to come and join in!
Any preschool children with their parent or carer would be very welcome as well.
For information ring Helen on 01263 768209


Garage Sale
At the Rectory School Road Erpingham
Saturday June 2nd.
10.30 am until 3pm.
Dining Table and chairs, lawnmowers, Ikea Chair, Fireside stuff, Baskets, Dresser, Generator, Filing cabinets, shelving and much more.


All in a Garden Green
a celebration of the garden through the ages in music and words
St Mary’s Church, Erpingham, Norfolk, NR11 6PF
Friday 8th June at 7.30pm
Tickets £10 (includes refreshments) available from Father Paul (01263 761110),
Helen (01263 768209), Ros (01263 761702)
or on the door
performed by



North Norfolk Chorale

President: Marchioness Townshend
Concert showcases masters of the Baroque
On Saturday 19 May 2018 at 7.30 pm North Norfolk Chorale will give a concert at St Peter and St Paul Church, Salle. It will feature works by two masters of contrasting strands of Baroque music: Purcell and Bach.
The choir will perform Henry Purcell’s first Ode to St Cecilia, “Welcome to all the pleasures”; an image of St Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, appears on the Chorale’s publicity. The concert will also feature the aria “Dido’s Lament”, from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. The instrumental version of this piece will be familiar to many as one of the songs played by the massed bands at the Cenotaph every year on Remembrance Sunday.
From Purcell’s England we move to the German Baroque, and to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. His church cantata BWV9 “Es is das Heil uns kommen Her” (“It is our salvation come here to us”) was composed in the 1730s for the sixth Sunday after Trinity, while his motet BWV230 “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden” (“Praise the Lord, all ye nations”) was published after his death and draws its text from Psalm 117.
Other works in the concert will include a performance of local composer Charles Damsan’s setting of “Proficiscere Anima Christiana”.
Tickets can be purchased (including early booking discount) at £13.00 each online at north-norfolk-chorale.co.uk, or by calling 01692 405591. Online bookings will attract a small booking fee. Tickets may also be purchased on the door at the full price of £15.00.
Jonathan Dodd, the Musical Director of the North Norfolk Chorale, said “we are tremendously excited to be performing these works in the wonderful acoustics of Salle church. Do come and listen; you won’t be disappointed!”
The Chorale has also announced a series of concerts during the summer and late autumn of this year. More details will be given nearer the time, but the following dates and venues are planned:
 Friday 6 July: Blakeney Church
 Saturday 7 July: North Elmham Church
 Friday 23 November: Stalham Church
 Saturday 24 November: North Walsham Church.
Maggie Smyth, Chair of North Norfolk Chorale, said “we are looking forward to bringing the choir to the attention of new audiences in venues we have not sung in previously, and we warmly encourage people to come along and see us”.


Please come and join us for COFFEE AND CAKE
at Aldborough Church Room Friday, 18th May 2018
10 am to 12.30 pm
to raise funds for this year’s Christian Aid Week
For more information about Christian AidWeek please visit caweek.org
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The Trosh needs you !
We would like more local organisations and businesses to be represented.
Will you have a stall to promote your activities?
Could you help with setting up, providing cakes or help managing the car park?
If you can contact Alan Witham 01263 761156



Save Our Pub – The Erpingham Arms – UDPATE
A meeting was held on Friday 13th April 2018 in the Erpingham with Calthorpe Village Hall.
The meeting was arranged to gather support to keep The Erpingham Arms as a pub and not given residential planning permission.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along – we were overwhelmed by the support!
There were over 100 people at the meeting from the village and all were in favour of keeping the building as a pub.
The current owners have applied for pre-planning advice on change of use. The change of use cannot be granted until the property has been on the market for at least 12 months at a reasonable market price. This was reiterated by Norman Smith who attended the meeting.
Also at the meeting was the local Pub Protection Office from CAMRA. He advised us to immediately apply for an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on the pub. If this was accepted, it would mean that when it did go on the market the community would be approached to see if we could raise the money to buy it. It would also give us status to apply for grants.
The campaign is moving forward and further updates will be added in to Keeping in Touch.
We need to form a committee for the campaign and anyone who is interested please send an email to the address below.
We also have a facebook page – Save our Local Public House. Our Village Needs You. Our email address is campaignforpub@gmail.com
We will post further updates via Keeping in Touch but if you would like to join our communications list please email us at the above address.
or Ros Horne 01263 761702 rjhorne8@btinternet.com


Ladies Who Sing
Musical Director: Janet Kelsey
Saturday 5 May 6.00pm
Aylsham Methodist Church, White Hart Street, Aylsham
Admission free
Retiring collection in aid of Nelson’s Journey


Aldborough Open Gardens
Sunday June 10th 2018
11.30 am - 4.30 pm
Entrance £4.00 Under 16s free
15 village gardens
Plant stall
Vintage Farm Machinery collection
(courtesy of Mr W Hammond)
Community Gardening projects :the surgery, the allotments and Aldborough Primary School
Art Exhibition
Craft Fair
Sealed bid sale of garden items
Ploughman’s lunches, homemade cakes, teas and coffees
In aid of Aldborough Community organised by Aldborough Garden Club Aldboroughgardening.com


Aldborough Wildlife Group
Visit to Templewoods Moth Trapping
Northrepps by Greg Bond
Sunday 13th May at 10.30 9am on Saturday 19th May
We are meeting at Templewoods at John Brown’s House, The Green


Celebrate RAF 100 Centenary
at a
Spring Buffet Dance
Aldborough Church Room Saturday 19th May, 7 – 11pm.
Dance again to Soul Alliance Live Band
Tickets £12 from Aldborough village store or from Ron Hayton tel. 01263768059.
Licensed Bar
Fancy Dress ? – Flapper or Forties, Sixties or Noughties – you choose or not !
Proceeds towards Church Room maintenance.


For the
Summer Fayre on the Green
in Aldborough on the 23rd June 2018
(proposed date)
Dog Show Stalls Tug o’ War Hoopla Maypole Wacky Races
Get involved and help us make it a fabulous day for the whole village!
Please email if you would like to have a stall/ pitch or run an activity

Any profits will go to ensure the fayre, which dates back to the 13 Century, continues to run as an annual event


The Children’s Society
Annual box opening to be held Wednesday, 9th May 11 am at Glenys Padgham’s house.
Alternatively please contact Enrica on 761410 or email enricamayb@aol.co.uk

Great news from Erpingham VC Primary School:
Ofsted say we continue to be a 'good' school. Our inspection took place on 14th March 2018.
The inspector, Julie Winyard, particularly praised our new pre-school provision and Forest School curriculum.
Little Brown Hare pre-school is based outdoors and allows children to thrive in a nuturing environment. 'Children settle in very rapidly because they enjoy the outdoor setting and have strong support from the well-trained manager and staff.'
Our school offers Forest School from Forest Friends for parents and toddlers to Forest School for Grown Ups. This means that parents and grand-parents can join in the fun! Parents learn all sorts of new skills and can sit around the fire sharing experiences and ideas. It means that they can continue outdoor learning at home with families.
We also offer Flexi-Schooling. This is a bridge between home school and full time school. It allows pupils to learn with their friends in the classroom and to follow their passion for learning with their families at home. Pupils are expected to attend school at least 3 days a week. The majority go on to attend full time secondary education.
The inspector recognised our:
strong and effective leadership team, highly effective team of governors, pupils feel very safe at school, pupils make progress
One parent said: ‘I heard about the school through friends. Everyone knows everyone. Both my children are thriving here. I like the focus on outdoor learning.’
Pupils love their school and all talk with great enthusiasm about the impact of ‘forest school’ on their well-being. One pupil said, ‘You don’t have to be boxed in the classroom. You can learn outside as well.’
Because of our unique offering, 'Parents are very happy with the school and many travel long distances to bring their children to school every day.'
If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Angie Hamilton
Executive Headteacher Blue Sky Federation Erpingham Church of England Primary School 01263 761365


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.


Erpingham with Calthorpe WI
After our lovely Birthday Party in March cake and magic providing the themes we are at last beginning to enjoy warmer drier weather, which of course means we are struggling to find time to do all the wonderful stuff on offer to members of our WI.
Still, we are often seen walking around the area; short, long and Nordic walking several times every week and the Women Walk the World event up and coming soon. We are planning to hold a summer cricket event, (details to follow soon) and hope you can join us. Several members continue to swim regularly, and talk has been heard of the cycle group emerging again in the better weather. Of course coffee and cake will always be on hand for refuelling.
Craft plays a big part at the moment.15 of our members took part in our recent W.I. countywide Centenary Salver competition, (Last year we took first prize)
We achieved a respectable 4th place this year, in formal judging, and won the popular vote, “The People’s Choice”, voted for by visitors to the 2 day exhibition of entries. A small group of diehards have already begun to work on an entry for this year’s Royal Norfolk Show competition, no resting on our laurels.
May will see a discussion on this year’s Resolutions to be put forward at our annual conference, big issues such as plastic waste, mental health and loneliness were all suggested as matters for activism within the national WI. There will also be a talk by a local author, Anne Olivant, and time for us to share a cup of tea and a chat.
This month’s meeting will take place on Wednesday 22 May at 7,30pm, in the village hall. Our meetings a usually held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and we welcome guests.
President: Clare Wilson 01263 761350.
Secretary Yvonne Moore 01263 768358.
For further information please contact Rosalind Horne on 01263 761702 or email: erpvhall_bookings@btinternet.com www.erpingham.org.uk


Computer literate? Need some cash?
We are looking for someone to help us build a new website for the benefice.
Do you have the necessary computer skills that could help a group of (more mature!) people to do this?
We are happy to pay a one-off fee . For more information
please contact: Linda Howard 01263 833323