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Stoke Ferry & District Ladies Group
Programme 2019
For more information call Janet on 01366 328666

Barton Bendish Film Club


Downton Abbey

Saturday 8th February

Doors open 6.30 for 7:00 screening

Barton Bendish Village Hall

Tickets £5.00

Free post screening refreshments included.
To reserve your seat please contact


tel 01366 347849

or  email


Barton Bendish Film Club


Downton Abbey

Saturday 8th February

Doors open 6.30 for 7:00 screening

Barton Bendish Village Hall

Tickets £5.00

Free post screening refreshments included.

To reserve your seat please contact

or tel 01366 347849

or  email


Barton Bendish Village Hall will be closed
from the end of March until September for major building work
t is intended to hold a drop in session at the Village Hall, before work commences, outlining the proposals in detail.
We still hope to be able to hold a few events throughout the spring and summer. We will keep you posted


Have a green Christmas this year!

Breckland residents are being asked to carry out the "Scrunch Test" on their festive wrapping
paper this year  to make sure the right thing goes in the right bin.

Residents are urged to ensure foil paper, glitter and sticky tape doesn't go into recycling bins.
Recycle only good quality paper goes in without tape attached.

Carry out the test; scrunch the wrapping paper in your hand. If it stays scrunched, it can go in
recycling bin but if it bounces back, it can't be recycled and needs to go in the rubbish bin.
Please make sure no glittery items get placed in the recycling bin and that, where possible,
sticky tape isremovedfrom their wrapping paper. These items cannot be recycled and end up
contaminating the county's recycling.

For more information visit


Take your dog mess home or use the facilities provided by the village.

3 of 5 (2 not closely examined but yuck) spotted on the right going down
Foulden road between the Church and Chalk row. Sun 13th Oct


 Gooderstone Swan
Fish & Chip night
Booking only. Tel 328365

Future Forest

Venue: High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, IP27 0AF.

The Forestry Commission's celebration of 100 years of forestry

A dramatic sculptural installation reflecting the role forests play in protecting our future environment

Future Forest will be available to view at
High LodgeThetford Forest
from 4 October 2019 to 30 May 2020.

Future Forest features ten life size figures, based on classical motifs and representing custodians of the past looking over our forests. They will be displayed in a series of dramatic settings which act as a stage, setting up a dialogue between each figure and its forest environment. 

The installation reflects the vital role that trees and woodlands play in protecting our natural environment and the next generation’s role as custodians of our forests.

 Deserts Rats Association Dog Show
proves another success yet again for Oxborough

Despite a very hot August day, the dog show, car boot sale and games proved
to be a popular event raising £685.20 for the Deserts Rats Association
after running costs.
Over 80 dogs competed in 20 classes and there were at least 22 car boot stalls.
 Letter from Lt Col SP Copley-Smith REME below expresses thanks for the contribution.


Car park trial launch date announced for Swaffham

Time limits on some car parks in the centre of Swaffham are set to be introduced as part of a trial which aims to boost the town's economy.

From Monday, August 19th, drivers in Swaffham will be limited to parking for a maximum of two hours in Market Place, Pedlars and Pit Lane car parks. These Breckland Council-owned car parks will remain free to use for 2 hours with no return, but drivers will be required to display a ticket in their car and people who exceed the two hour limit will be liable to pay a fixed penalty notice. Theatre Street Car park is not involved in trial and remains free to use with no time restrictions.

Breckland Council agreed to introduce the enforced time limits on a trial basis after being approached by Swaffham Town Council. It is hoped that introducing maximum stays will make parking spaces more readily available and encourage more people into the town, providing a boost to local shops, cafes, and other businesses. It will also make parking in the town more consistent, as on-street parking in the nearby area already has time limit restrictions.     


Carl’s Taxi Service operates from Gooderstone servicing surrounding communities. For more details - click.



Heating Oil Security
Keep safe. Advice from Norfolk Constabulary


 The Oxborough SAM (Speed Awareness Message) sign has now been operation for over one year.
If you are interested you may like to see a snap shot of the examples of data that has been recorded

1. One shows the average speed recorded on a given day

 2. Average speeds during 24 hours over a given week.
3. Average traffic volumes during 24 hours over a given week.

4. Over a given period of about 25,000 recorded vehicles,
less than 25% kept within the speed limit.

5. The daily traffic volume over an average week
6. The average speed in each hour of the day over a 1 month period.
7. Less15% of extreme speeds the 85% of traffic is 37 MP

8. Traffic analyses report
Fund raising for Prostrate UK raises £580.
The fund raiser ‘race night’ which took place at Gooderstone Swan has raised £580 for the charity.
The event was supported by over 50 villagers and pub locals including many from Oxborough and surrounding villages and including many donations from well wishers who could not attend.

The nine races provided great excitement amongst punters, horses for bonus race ten were auctioned, and through the generosity on many punters the bids raised £103 after prize money was deducted.

My thanks go to Libby at the Swan, those who sent me donations, Steve who did the auction and grand bunch of punters for there support of Prostate UK.

                                                   DIY waste

Charges were introduced on 1 April 2018 for all DIY type construction and demolition waste.
You can still dispose of all household waste free of charge at any of our recycling centres.

DIY waste guide prices

The following DIY waste can be disposed of at all of our 20 recycling centres.
Cost per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent:
Rubble - £3
Timber - £3
Non-recyclable DIY waste - £5*
Metals - free
* This includes all general DIY waste that is non-recyclable for example roofing felt, plastics (window frames, guttering, fascia boards etc.), insulation, acrylic baths, turf and soil. Unsorted or mixed materials will also incur this charge, so keep your recyclable DIY items separate.

You can dispose of flat glass, plasterboard and tyres at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, Ketteringham, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Mile Cross and Thetford only.

At the recycling centre
When you arrive speak an advisor who’ll assess your load and give you a price.
They’ll take your payment before you unload your waste.
Recycling centres only accept card payment for amounts over £10.
For amounts under £10 they accept cash, except at Mile Cross where card payments only accepted.
You’ll pay less if you separate your waste – the charge for separated materials is lower than mixed loads which are classed as non-recyclable.

Our advisors may ask to inspect any materials you want to dispose of in the non-recyclable bins. This helps us maintain our high levels of recycling and so we can refuse any hazardous waste.
Any decisions made by our advisors about DIY waste are final.

Pay as You Throw - price guide from 1 April 2018
Cost per item or per 80 litre bag or equivalent
Rubble - £3
Timber - £3
Flat glass - £5
Plasterboard * - £9 (£15 at Mile Cross Recycling Centre)
General waste - £5
Tyres* - £4 per tyre
Metals - free
* only available at main plus sites

                A fitting quote taken from The Mail on Sunday 

Police Connect message. Please be aware

Police are urging residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be police officers. Click to notice board for more

It comes after previous incidents in recent months where elderly residents have been targeted in Norfolk

On each occasion the victims received a call on from someone claiming to be a ‘Detective Sergeant John Carod’ or a ‘Detective Sergeant John Witmore’ either stating he needed help with an investigation or officers had intercepted some males who had her credit card details.

He said: "We’re urging members of the public, particularly the elderly who are primarily being targeted, to be vigilant to cold calls made on the telephone.

"I would ask people with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours to make sure they are aware of this type of scam.”

Officers have this advice:
• Never give out personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
• If someone calls claiming to be a police officer, ask for their identification number and police force. Hang up and call 101 using a different phone. If you can’t use a different phone, wait at least five minutes before calling back. A genuine police officer will not mind waiting while you check.
• Police and banks will never ask you to give out personal details such as account numbers or PIN numbers.
• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible.
• Never hand over money to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere.

Anyone with concerns about such calls should contact Norfolk Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 1

Flint Masterpieces returned to Brandon

The flint panel masterpieces, created by William Carter in the second half of the 19th century have found a new home at the Brandon Heritage Centre where they will help tell the fascinating story of Flint in the Brecks.

The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership team was made aware of the existence of the Brandon Library flint murals as a result of research carried out by the scheme’s ‘Flint in the Brecks’ project being delivered by the Breckland Society. The 7 panels were made by Master flint knapper William Carter (1857–1904) of the Gun & Building Flint Manufacturers, in Brandon, and donated to the Brandon Library by five of his descendants.

Darren Norton, Brandon Heritage Centre Manager said:

“These panels represent what an expert Brandon flintknapper could achieve, simply using hand tools and an expert eye for how flint flakes apart, and will be key for the centre in telling the story of Brandon flintknapping. When you view the panels, look at the intricacy of the horse ears and legs, and also how each shape interconnects with the next.  Then look to our recreation of a flintknapper’s shed and see how basic it is. This will show you how skilful the knapper was.”

They were flagged up by members of the Breckland Society as potentially under threat because the old library was expected to be demolished at some point, and their future was unclear.

Following discussions between the BNG team, Suffolk County Council and Brandon Town Council as well as the family of William Carter, a rescue plan was hatched. With money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, made available through the BNG ‘People’s Pot’ grant scheme, specialist contractors engaged to excavate the built-in panels from the wall, and put into storage until a new home could be found.

This week, Mr Norton announced that the centre has secured funding to refurbish its flint display, including housing the flint panels in dedicated units, which it is hoped will be completed by April next year.  For now, the panels are in temporary displays at the centre, in the popup display room, which is open every Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm, until the end of October, with free admission.  The centre not only tells the story of flint but also Brandon's rabbit fur industries, the connection to the forest – important even before Thetford Forest; and the town’s social history from medieval to present day, via the World Wars.  To get a taste of what is happening at the centre just visit its website,


Aviation runs through the veins of artist Colin Mason of Oxborough, Norfolk. When old enough he joined the ATC, and then when he left school, he joined the RAF. After leaving the RAF and too young to retire, he worked for a couple of civil airlines until he was old enough to retire.
Over those years, he developed his natural talent of sketching and painting in oils and acrylics, exhibiting his work in various galleries in London and overseas. Out of all the commissions he has undertaken, the one that stands out above all others is the montage that he painted for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund when he was a Battle of Britain artist of the year in 2010. The painting was of a Spitfire and Hurricane flying over Bentley Priory and was a tribute to “Stuffy” Dowding and all those who fought and died to protect this Country in its greatest hour of need. The painting was auctioned in 2010 at the Gala Dinner held in the Guildhall, London for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent and a wonderful group of Battle of Britain pilots who fought and came through those terrible times. It was a memorable evening and a great honour that the painting went for a very large sum. All of the proceeds from the painting was donated to the RAFBF, after being purchased by none other than Piers Dowding himself, who is a direct descendent of “Stuffy” A fabulous honour for the artist and the painting, side by side in his London home.
Although aviation art is his passion, Colin does also paint other subjects that include seascapes, landscapes, and figurative art. Last year he was commissioned to paint a seascape which was presented to the President of the Ocean University in China by the Vice Chancellor of Norwich University. The painting was called The Yacht School and depicted six yachts sailing in the evening sunset, with the reflection of the sun setting colours bouncing off the sea. It was truly a lovely painting and was very well received.
In 2014 Colin and his wife Elizabeth opened the Arts Lounge Gallery in the centre of Swaffham where prints of the painting “Wings Over Bentley Priory” were sold out, but one of only two very special montage prints can be seen. The only two in the world containing the whole story, priceless is what has been told and it can be seen in the Arts Lounge Gallery in Swaffham.
As a professional artist and teacher you can view some of Colin’s work and those of other very talented artists in the gallery. If you wish to learn to paint, come along and enjoy one of his classes and have great fun while you learn.


Friday Lunch Club

For many years the Iceni Partnership has organised a Friday Lunch Club
for those who want to mix a good meal with good company.

A Main Meal, Desert and either tea or coffee for £6 in Swaffham
Community Centre and a chance to make friends, spend time chatting or
doing a bespoke crossword.

Recently we bid for a grant to work in partnership with Swaffham
Community Transport to offer free transport to those people living in
the villages surrounding Swaffham for a limited period of time.

If there are people in Oxborough who would like to take up this offer  please contact Don or Jonathan on 01760 722800.
Don Saunders
Manager - Iceni Partnership

Letter from a past resident.

Dear editor
Thank you for continuing to manage the Oxborough website. Since we left Oxborough I realise even more how important it is in informing everyone of life in the village both residents and those of us who are ex-residents but still have an interest in events. We lived in the village for 29 years so are obviously still interested.

It is very sad that some elements are not kept up-to-date i.e. news on the church, which was obviously our first interest. This beautiful building is the centre of the village and attract visitors from all over the world and in our time we were contacted by many people who had read about the terracotta screens for example. Where is the information, the accounts which should be made public as so many people help with fundraising ?

Hewars Charity – Charity Commission website is complete but no information has been added to the website for some time although this is a village charity and I am sure making the accounts visible will be of general interest.

There are so many things that go on in the village that people, looking to buy particularly, would be interested in as would people from nearby villages such as the village hall and gardening club activities.

It is such a shame that much of this useful facility is ignored, we still look forward to keeping up to date.

Valerie O’Dwyer

Message from a resident for the Oxborough Messenger.

Some years ago when the Bedingfeld Chapel and the church was re-roofed an offer was made to protect this in the form of alarms and lights, but the PCC declined quoting the cost that some £400 was to expensive for a state of the art system.
What now that the lead has gone and all that fund raising,what for, not a lot.
How short sited can people be and what is the cost now???

Colin Mason


The rock that shaped a region

Still nobody knows exactly how it is formed though it is thought to be the remains of sea creatures such as sponges being squashed under immense pressures inside limestone rock that create it’s tough and glassy surfaces. Flint can be seen all over the Brecks, it has gone from being used to make fire and various tools, to building homes and being used in guns. It has truly shaped the modern landscape of the Brecks and you can find out how by visiting Ancient House Museum in Thetford.


 Bill Basham’s flint alphabet. Photo copyright Ancient House Museum

Alphabet of capital letters, made from 26 individual flint flakes by Bill Basham of Brandon in the 1920s; extraordinary skill used - it took him over two years of his spare time; each letter about double the size of a postage stamp; each letter sewn onto a single piece of card'
 Over the last 11 months, the museum has hosted Breaking New Ground’s Heritage Lottery Fund supported ‘Flint Rocks’ exhibition, an interactive exhibit charting the timeline and usages of flint in the Brecks. It has been seen by 6000 people so far. There is one month left to go of the exhibition so come and visit while you still can and see fascinating items like the flint alphabet and flint necklace, expertly and painstakingly knapped by master flint knapper Bill Basham from Brandon. There also flint tools, a recreation of a Grimes Graves flint mineshaft and one of the great collection of flint masterpieces, a horse, knapped by William Carter. Due to the importance of this wonder material to the local area, a roaming exhibition has been created to go out to the community and allow more people to learn about this unique aspect of Brecks heritage, which will begin touring in January 2017.

One outstanding additional element that came out of the museum working on the flint exhibition was a relationship that was struck up with the Obsidian Museum of Okinawa in Japan due to the similar properties and usage of flint and exhibition. Grimes Graves is not officially twinned with the Obsidian Museum and pupils from Thetford and Okinawa have visited both countries to learn more about their linked heritage.

Nick Dickson, Breaking New Ground Project Manager said “The craftsmanship and skill with which has flint has been knapped away with for thousands of years in the Brecks is truly something to behold. Breaking New Ground is very proud to have worked with Ancient House to allow so many new people to learn more about their local heritage”.

Museum Curator Oliver Bone from Ancient House Museum said “we have been really pleased with the reaction to the Flint Rocks exhibition with some people travelling long distances to come and see. Flint is such a strength of the museum collections and a distinctive part of local Brecks tradition that it is great to shine a light on this fascinating story.”.

Ancient House Museum Learning officer Melissa Hawker commented “it has been great working with a variety of community groups and schools on Flint Rocks included Thetford Academy who were able to show some of the art work created by their pupils inspired by the theme of flint.”

For more information on this and our other 36 projects, click on or find us on social media by looking for TheBrecksBNG.


                                           UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).

This is an independent national body which is run for young people by young people.

"Kieren Buxton is currently on placement as a trainee Youth Worker at The Benjamin Foundation. Kieren is currently a youth parliament member as is Emily Fox one of the Breckland YAB young commissioners. Please if you have any questions for them or have young people who may be interested in this opportunity get in touch with them, Kieren’s email is
Full details click.

  Come and join   

Oxborough Village Social Evening

 Thursday evenings from 7.00pm onwards.     Venue Oxborough Village Hall

 We have a number of activities running including darts, dominos and cards with many others being considered but do bring along any ideas or games you might like to introduce.

Open to all residents; drop in, even on casual basis and join in the range of social activities.

 There is a £1.50 per evening charge to cover overheads but will include the various refreshments provided.

 Open to all residents; drop in, even on casual basis and join in the range of social activities.
   Just turn up and enjoy a friendly evening and
if you want to, participate in some of the activities.




PLEASE continue to use the recycling bins at the village hall.

All monies raised from these recycling bins (£1000) remains within Oxborough.

It is used to support maintenance on our village hall.


WEDNESDAY 5.30 -6.30pm. £4

Please wear loose clothing & trainers, bring an old towel
(for time on the floor) and a bottle of water

Let’s get fit for Summer

Tel: Susan 07900 587825


Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?