Monday, 25 May 2015

Help for Old Buckenham clubs and organisations

Grants from OB 2000 Trust
Old Buckenham 2000 Trust have announced that their grant application process is now open for 2015. If any of the clubs, groups or other organisations in Old Buckenham would like to apply for a grant please either email Terri Hammond on for information and an application pack or download the information from their Facebook page at

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Photographs from Old Buckenham

Local pictures on show

Photographs from the Old Buckenham 365 project are amongst the hundreds on show in New Buckenham Village Hall this weekend. Local photographers, including several from Old Buckenham, have filled the hall with all sorts of images for The Bucks Photoshow 2015.
Entrance is free so why not go along today, Saturday, between 10am and 5pm or tomorrow from 10am to 1pm. Enjoy the photos and try out the refreshments too.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Old Buckenham calendar 2016

Calling all Old Buckenham clubs and groups
It may only be late May but the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust is already looking at creating the 2016 Village Calendar. They have decided that the theme for 2016 will be our Village clubs/groups. They are inviting all the community groups within the village to submit a photograph to represent their group. From the entries received, twelve will be chosen to each represent one month on the calendar.

The calendar will include the name of the group, who to contact if you want to join and when/where you meet so providing a great opportunity to advertise your group as well as supporting the village calendar.
Ideas for the photographs could include historical pictures, people within the group participating in an activity ie playing bowls or cricket, a picture from something the group has done, or a picture of the group in or around one of the landmarks of the village.
All photos need to be digital and, if you include any people in your picture, please ensure that you have their permission and disclose to us that you have this permission.
All pictures are needed by Sunday 21 June in order to complete the calendar in time so getting snapping now.
Please send all the photographs and descriptions of your club or group to

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Great displays in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

May's meeting was well attended when members welcomed Graham Watts from Dereham who, with slides, showed how he transformed a fairly derelict garden into one which is now opened under the National Garden Scheme. During three years he and his wife, with a little help, cleaned out the half acre pond, laid paths and created flower beds and a vegetable patch which now gives colour and form throughout the year. The Club are all looking forward to visiting the garden in July to see it for themselves.
There were some lovely flower arrangements on the competition table - the monthly trophy being won by Heather Doig with Maureen Ashfield and Alison Walker also gaining top marks in their classes. The table show for 'blossom' was won by Alison Walker.
Next month's meeting will be held on Thursday 11 June in Old Buckenham Village Hall starting at 2pm when a workshop will take place. Please bring usual flower arranging items together with a small amount of foliage to include a few small ivy trails, hosta leaves, etc, and a bunch of roses. Also bring some co-ordinating ribbon and some small beads, other items will be provided.
The competition title is 'Carnival' and the trophy will be awarded for the best use of colour. The table show is for 'The first rose of summer'. 
Visitors are always welcome and further details can be obtained from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

See Oscar-winning actor in Old Buckenham

The theory of everything this Friday
Following on from the successful  films shown so far
 this year, the next showing at Old Buckenham Village Hall will be
The Theory of Everything 
The film plots the life of Stephen Hawking as he battles, not only to survive motor neurone disease but to push the boundaries of physics and cosmology.
Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking. The showing starts at 8pm on Friday 22 May.
Tickets are £4. To reserve tickets you can email, or call 01953 860866. As usual there will be a bar, nibbles and ice cream available.
You can see a trailer at

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Upper Octave return to Old Buckenham

From Bizet to Broadway
On Saturday 27 June why not pop along to your local Parish Church and enjoy some amazing choral music. Norfolk’s popular and talented vocal ensemble “The Upper Octave” return for their fourth visit to Old Buckenham. Their production “Bizet to Broadway” combines the best of classic musical theatre with everyone’s favourite operatic arias to create an eclectic musical mix which leaves audiences wanting more. 
This concert will take place at All Saints Church, Old Buckenham , starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 which will include refreshments and a glass of wine. For tickets please phone 860845 or 860841.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Old Buckenham jumpers

Parachuting for charity
Three Old Buckenham residents will be doing a charity skydive on Sunday 14 June. Steve Miller from Fen Street was diagnosed with bowel cancer in July 2013. The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital saved his life and with the support from the Big C he is now in full remission. He wants to say a big thank you to all those people who have made this possible and will be jumping for the Big C.
Richard Dunseith and his son Will from Fen Road will be jumping with Steve on Sunday 14 June to support Cancer Research UK. Richard's father-in-law, Will's grandfather, died from cancer five years ago and they would like to remember him with this jump.
To sponsor Steve go to:
To sponsor Richard and Will go to:

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Old Buckenham to enter games

Norfolk Village Games
Old Buckenham is setting out to prove it is the best village in Norfolk at sports by competing in the Norfolk Village Games. The event is being held at the Sportspark, UEA, Norwich on Sunday 12 July 2015 and is certain to be a fantastic day of fun and competition. The competition is made up of ten events, archery, athletics, badminton, darts, gymnasticators, Tour of Britain Cycle Challenge, five-a-side Football, rounders, short mat bowls and tennis. There will be trophies for each sporting event and for the winning village.
If anyone from Old Buckenham is interested in taking part please contact Michelle on 01953 861160 or email

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Concerns of Old Buckenham parishioners

Public comments at April parish council meeting
The following notes have been written by the blog editor from notes supplied by the parish clerk.
One resident said he appreciated the work of the Parish Council over the last four years and the time they put into their duties. He then referred to the Chairman’s email to him regarding road safety and the cost of the newly installed flashing speed signs on B1077. He had a letter from a parish council in Holt who did not pay any money to have their signs installed as half the cost was paid by local school and the other half by Norfolk County Council (NCC). He then quoted figures of children from within the village who attended the local schools and a great majority of children attending these schools were from outside Old Buckenham. Steve Milner responded that Holt’s flashing speed signs had been paid for by the local school and NCC. They were purchased under the NCC and Town & Parish Partnership scheme and over forty other parish councils had bought SAM2 flashing speed signs under this scheme. A resident had commented on the increase in the Precept and he had replied to his concerns. The resident then said that residents should be more widely consulted on spending of Parish Council monies. Steve Milner responded that any resident may come to the Precept meeting and speak on any financial matter. Another resident said the Parish Council needs to engage more with younger people in the village and in the working of the Parish Council. Steve Milner responded that numerous attempts had been made by the Parish Council to set up a Youth Council and that a number of meetings had been arranged but no young people had turned up. A resident also raised matter of the Chapel Road School and the access road and possible parking on the school field. Also, they felt that the Parish Council should look at ways of engaging residents more in the working of the Parish Council.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Carpet bowls in Old Buckenham

New equipment for bowlers
Old Buckenham Carpet Bowls Club held on open evening in the Village Hall on Tuesday 12 May to celebrate the arrival of two new carpets. The club was able to receive grant money towards their purchase getting £900 from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and just under £600 from Breckland Council.
Visitors on the evening were able to try out the sport of carpet bowling and see if it was something that they could take up as an activity in the future.


Their original equipment will not be wasted, one of their old carpets has gone to the Attleborough Adult Training Centre and negotiations are underway for the other one to go to the Snooker Centre where it will be used for older people to play on.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes

Parish Council May meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
The meeting took place on Thursday 7 May and two members of the public also attended. Apologies for absence were received from Akis Chrisoviledes and Tim Ing. Steve Milner declared an interest in the item on the agenda concerning the Play Area maintenance.
The meeting was suspended for a short while to allow members of the public to ask questions. A note on the items discussed will be given later in this blog.
Minutes of April Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from these minutes. Tom Johnson congratulated the clerk on getting the 30mph repeater signs so quickly. The Clerk responded that the speed of them being done was due to the Norfolk County Council (NCC) Highways Engineer. Adrian Joel asked if there was any update on Chapel Road School and the transfer of land following John Alston’s recent sad death. He also raised the matter of the removal of the Traffic Management System that had been agreed for use during the construction period of the school. Steve Milner responded that a new traffic plan would ensure all traffic would come in on Attleborough Road and not through the village. Also there is a delay in transferring the land. Adrian Joel said the Parish Council should monitor the situation closely and Steve Milner said he would contact NCC. Adrian Joel also raised the question of parking being allowed on school property and Steve Milner replied that NCC policy would not allow parking of vehicles on school property.
Adoption of Accounts. It was agreed that the accounts for the year ending March 2015 be adopted, this was agreed with 8 for and 1 abstention.
Annual Governance Statement. It was agreed that the Annual Governance Statement be signed, this was agreed by 8 for and 1 abstention.
Road Safety. Steve Milner reported that a quote had been received from Westcotec for a SAM 2 system which included Portable Speed Indicator Device (SID) with SLOW DOWN legend beneath, battery powered (complete with spare battery), ‘intelligent’ charger, sign cover and clamps for a cost of £2,800 each excluding vat (data collection unit £250 plus vat and any additional bracket sets £80 plus vat). The sign and equipment come with a 12 month guarantee. The second was for an automated system which was £3,850 plus vat and the third was for a Message Maker Sign which was for £2,975 plus vat. He said in his opinion the Westcotec sign was the best. Adrian Joel suggested asking other parish councils for their views on their installed SAM 2 system. Tom Johnson said the matter should be deferred to June meeting when more was known and Paul Boggia also said details of the guarantees of the system should be obtained.
Play Area maintenance. Steve Milner said a letter had been received from a resident complaining of the condition of the Play Area. The current person maintaining the play area would no longer be able to continue due to his work commitments. Steve Milner had submitted a quote of £54 per month to carry out regular maintenance which would cover all grass cutting, strimming, minor repairs and keeping an area of one metre surrounding the play area free from weeds and overgrown shrubbery. Other councillors expressed views on the matter and Sarah Dye said it was important to have accountability of the work being done and using a volunteer would not necessarily ensure the work was done to the required standard. Sarah Dye had striven to obtain two other quotes but one was very expensive and other people did not wish to take on the work. It was proposed by Jonathan Kemp and seconded by Tom Johnson that the contract be given to Steve Milner.
Planning applications and decisions. None had been received.
Approval of accounts payable. Paul Boggia asked why the ink cartridge figure was so high. The Clerk explained that the existing printer was four years old, was starting to play up and that the supplier had provided a large A3 colour printer/copier/scanner/fax free with the 24 cartridges. It was agreed that the invoices on the cheque list be paid with 8 for and 1 abstention.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner said there had been reports of vandalism at the play area and it was hoped that identification of the culprits could be made and that all information should be passed to the police. Derek Smalley said that he would report it to the police now. The tour of Britain cycle race was coming to Old Buckenham on Saturday 12 September between 1pm and 2 pm. Steve Milner suggested setting up a working party in the village to arrange events for the day and this working party should involve other groups within the village. A meeting will be held with Breckland Council on Tuesday 26 May to discuss the day’s events. Two accidents had been reported in the village recently, one in Grove Road and one in Abbey Road. There had also been a number of near misses involving pedestrians. There was a letter in the Newsletter from a resident complaining of the increase in the precept. Steve Milner had replied on the matter also via the newsletter. It was reported that Ray Bayfield had provided a new duck house for the pond for which the Parish Council were very grateful. Peter Twissell took out the old duck house from the pond and the Parish Clerk is to write to both parties thanking them.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel said that the parish council had done well over the past four years and had achieved a lot in spite of some unfair criticism.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Carol Marshall reported that the last week of renovation of the Almshouses has taken place and they have three new tenants but still have one house available for a suitable tenant. It has cost £100,000 to refurbish the house so far and more money will need to be spent. She has one quote for the maintenance of the recreation area and will try to obtain two others. Adrian Joel said that one of the taps on the allotments was not working and he had arranged for a plumber to replace it at no cost to the Parish Council. Also an allotment holder, who had recently taken over an unattended allotment, had said it had cost them £50 to enable it to be properly prepared to use as allotment and asked if the Parish Council would refund this cost. After a discussion it was agreed that Parish Council could not refund the cost and would write to the resident on the matter. Derek Smalley said a resident had contacted him regarding the abandoned car on B1077. Breckland Council had contacted the owner who said he would have it removed soon. The police were unable to speed up its removal as it was not actually on the highway and was not causing an obstruction. Derek Smalley said he would not be continuing liaison with the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan and said it was important that the new Parish Council have a representative on the group. It was also asked if the Parish Council could send a letter to Matt Wilkins at the airfield regarding the recent crash there. Steve Milner said he had already contacted Matt Wilkins and expressed the condolences of the Parish Council. Tom Johnson said he attended the recent management meeting of the Village Hall and the question of insurance for the recreation area was raised. The Parish Clerk advised him that they had insurance cover under their general policy. The Village Hall committee asked if they could use the Recreation Area and its benches for the Village Fete, this was agreed. He also suggested a new dog bin at St Andrews Close, this was to be put on June agenda. There will be a film show on Friday 22 May. The Village Fete would be held on Saturday 4 July.
Parish Clerk’s report. Breckland Council had written to the development just off Hargham Road and the developer had suggested naming it The Old Yard, this was approved by the Parish Council. The Parish Clerk also read out an email from NCC Highways regarding past highways issues and what action had been taken.
Highways. The sign at Puddledock was facing the wrong way. The Parish Clerk will report this to Highways.
The Green. Sarah Dye said she had organised a meeting that was well attended at which they discussed a new way of managing the Green and involving the residents. They are hoping to obtain charitable status which will enable them to access grant funding. They are also going to hold a Green tidying up day after the Green has been mowed. They are hopeful they can take the managing of the Green forward in a very positive way.
The next meetings of Old Buckenham Parish Council would be the AGM on Wednesday 13 May and the regular monthly meeting on Thursday 4 June at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Cycling right through Old Buckenham

Tour of Britain Cycle Race
Saturday 12 September is set to be a momentous day for Old Buckenham. The penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain will pass through Old Buckenham on that date. It is unsure which road will be taken as the cyclists leave the village but they will be entering on the B1077 from Attleborough. Breckland Organiser Stefan Gifford has asked for the race to come through this village because of the amenities, namely the Green and our ability to host a major event.

In addition to this major sporting fixture passing through, a number of cycle races will be held on the roads around the Green and off road cycle races on the Green -  these will be organised by Diss Cycling Club. The additional races will aim to make this an all day event which will be supported by other attractions on the Green
To enable the cycle races to occur safely it will be necessary to close the road from Manor Pond to Hargham Road and onwards to the B1077 junction. The aim is to close this road from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. While this may cause some inconvenience, it is hoped that residents affected will be patient and help support the occasion. Car parking outside of the race circuit will be organised so it will be possible for you to position your vehicles to ensure you can exit Old Buckenham should you wish. If you have thoughts on this and the plan for the day you can do this either by email to or by telephone on 01953 860866 (before 7.30pm in the evenings).

Monday, 11 May 2015

Cafe time in Old Buckenham

Hugh's cafe open this coming Friday
Why not come along, you'll be most welcome.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

A Green future in Old Buckenham

Making the best of our village Green

To everybody who came to the meeting about the Green a couple of weeks ago - a thank you  from Sarah Dye for coming and for sharing your views and suggestions.  She has had a lot of positive feedback about the meeting and what it is trying to achieve, which is sincerely appreciated and very encouraging.
Sarah quickly ran through a potted history of the Green in numbers from 1791 to 2015.
Those attending listed what’s good about our Green: free access to open space; protected focal point for the village; history; the huge variety of wildlife; ponds & trees – all featured in the discussion.
The list of users and possible uses of the Green was long: two wheels, two legs, four legs and the aforementioned wildlife all featured; perhaps music; definitely sport and leisure; sheep and hay; school activities and events.
The list of jobs to be done was equally long: mowing; trimming and strimming; weeding and seeding; drainage; tree work; pond work; paths and parking areas; seating; litter picking; gathering opinions and communication and fundraising.
So how should the work be supported and funded? Suggestions were: the current Green Right holders; grants; the Parish Council via precept; donations and fees from commercial users or events.
There was a very open discussion about what sort of organisation might be created for effective day-to-day management and in the end, there was general consensus that it could be:
  • A new organisation – working separately but alongside the current group of Green Right Proprietors,
  • It would have clear aims and objectives and a strong constitution which all interested parties could agree to,
  • Charitable status would enable applications for grant funding – a charitable trust might be a good structure.
There would be a place for trustees and committee members but also experts (grant funding, trees, wildlife, etc) and a database of people who are just willing to help with practical jobs or have equipment and skills to guide those projects.
And the name for this new group?  There is now a list of suggestions – feel free to send Sarah yours.
Even before the new organisation is formed, plans are afoot for a ‘Green Day’ (after mowing and before the Tour of Britain cycle race descends on the village on Saturday 12 September) to work on some specific jobs on the Green. All will be very welcome – date to be decided.
So thanks again for showing an interest. And if you would like to take part or just receive information about what’s happening next, drop Sarah an email ( to let her know of your interest.
Otherwise, watch this blog and/or the Old Buckenham village newsletter for news about next steps - if we can get a lot of people doing a little bit each, then together this will achieve a huge amount.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Latest murder mystery in Old Buckenham

Murder at the village hall
Following the success of their pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk', Old Buckenham Players are back with their May production 'Curtain up on Murder' by Bettine Manktelow. With twists and turns through every scene, this thriller should keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the very end. Set in a theatre at the end of a pier, it concerns an amateur dramatics society rehearsing for their latest production. All is well until an untimely death starts the wheels of doubt, paranoia and accusation turning. This only grows when subsequent strange and tragic happenings add to the panic of the group, throwing them deeper and deeper in to disarray.
But who or what is to blame for the dark events? Will the truth ever be found out? Join the Players for a night of intrigue, suspense and of course above all, enjoyment.

Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May at Old Buckenham Village Hall. There'll be a raffle and a reasonably priced bar serving a range of soft and alcoholic drinks. Tickets are on sale now, cost just £8 and can be purchased by calling 01953 861336 or in person from Old Buckenham Stores or Nuts 'n' Bolts in Attleborough.
If you want to learn more about Old Buckenham Players, to find out what they do and how they do it and to make sure you are up-to-date on their forthcoming shows you can use the website:

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Voting in Old Buckenham

The day has arrived
The sun is out, the bunting is out and the first people are out voting at the village hall in Old Buckenham.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Harry Potter at Old Buckenham High

Hogwarts Express reaches Old Buckenham
After months of planning it was time this week for Old Buckenham High School students and staff to share the magic at their first ever Harry Potter Big Event.
Forty seven wizards and muggles convened after school for an evening of fun activities designed to celebrate the books. The event started in the school library with students donning the Sorting Hat to be placed into the four Houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin. Once assembled they embarked on a Diagon Alley Hunt followed by a Quidditch Tournament in which the house teams received points for each Quaffle goal they scored before the Golden Snitch was thrown into the hoop - no mean feat considering everyone involved had to hold a wand during play!

After their zealous performance, refreshments were served with drinks in potion bottles aptly labelled ‘Wolfshane Potion’, ‘Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent’ and ‘Bubotuber Pus’. Students also made wizarding name badges, decorated cupcakes and had the chance to earn house points in the Harry Potter Bingo and Quiz with the winning house being announced at the end of the evening in the Prize Ceremony. There was much rejoicing as Slytherin received the title ‘House Victor 2015’ with a staggering 610 points, 130 points more than Ravenclaw in second place. Year 7 student Tilly Rawling won the best decorated cupcake competition and many more prizes were handed out in the raffle.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Four months into Old Buckenham project

One third of the year recorded
An interesting insight into life in Old Buckenham can be seen by going to:
Each day since the beginning of the year, a group of volunteers in the village have been ensuring that one photograph is taken within the parish of Old Buckenham and posted up on the website given above. Just click on the coloured lettering above and see for yourself what has been going on. So enjoy the well over a hundred odd pictures and come back again later.
See what has been taken in the last few days and remember there are just over a couple hundred more photographs to be taken during 2015.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Old Buckenham WI April meeting

Learning about Gambia
 The smallest country in Africa, Gambia, was the subject of the talk at the April meeting of Old Buckenham WI. Not only is it the smallest but also one of the poorest countries of the world.
Janet Clark, the speaker, and her husband were moved by the poverty of the people when they holidayed in Gambia a few years ago. When they arrived back home in Norfolk they decided to start a charity – GATE – Gambian Aid Through Education.
Raising funds in Britain enabled the couple to buy mosquito nets, to drill wells, provide vegetable seeds and secure education for the children of the villages they support. Literacy and numeracy rates are low in this impoverished West African country with no known natural resources. Tourism is limited to the coastal strip and the rest of the population depend on fishing and farming for an income. So far the charity has put three teachers through teacher training college and is continually looking for sponsors for their various projects that make a real difference to rural communities.
Susan Hunter, the President, gave a short report about the Annual Meeting of the Norfolk Federation of WI at St Andrew's Hall in March. The excellent speakers included the national chairman, Janice Langley, and the Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles.
The annual bursary provided by Old Buckenham WI to help pay for a course at the WI Denman College in Oxfordshire was drawn and the winner this year of £150 was Jenni Cooke.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Old Buckenham events during May

Diary dates for May

Friday 1    Pre-school quiz, Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm

Sunday 3    Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Tuesday 5    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 6    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Wednesday 6    OB 2000 Trust AGM, Church Rooms, 8pm

Thursday 7    Polling station open, Village Hall, 7am to 10pm

Sunday 10    Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Monday 11    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Tuesday 12    Carpet Bowls Club Open Evening, Village Hall, 7pm

Wednesday 13    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 13    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 13    Parish Council AGM, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Thursday 14    Breckland Flower and Garden Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 14    OB Players, Curtain up on murder, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 14    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Friday 15    Hugh's Cafe, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4pm

Friday 15    OB Players, Curtain up on murder, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 16    Spring Fayre, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4pm

Saturday 16    OB Players, Curtain up on murder, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 18    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Saturday 22    Village cinema, The Theory of Everything, Village Hall, 8pm

Wednesday 27    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 28    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Old Buckenham's May newsletter

With a special four-page supplement
It's got an angel on the front and four pages about the Women's Institute in the middle. If you don't get a copy delivered to your house then copies are available to pick up now in all the usual places.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Duck house back in Old Buckenham

Afloat in Rod Alley Pond
The sunken old duck house has been removed and a brand new building is now proudly floating in the pond for the ducks to inhabit. It is thanks to Ray Bayfield and friends that this has happened, a perfect example of the sort of cooperation between villagers that was discussed at the meeting last Saturday morning (see blog post on Saturday 25 April).

Trust the blog editor to notice that the sponsor's message on one side of the roof has not turned out quite rigth.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Old Buckenham Women's Institute presents...

Recent history on show in village hall
What connects the radio-controlled clock in the village hall, the tables in Old Buckenham mill, a seat on the Green and the village sign? If you had come along to the event in the village hall yesterday evening, you would have realised that they were all provided by courtesy of Old Buckenham Women's Institute.
The first WI in the UK met in September 1915 at Llanfair PG, Anglesey, North Wales. The movement was founded in 1897 by Adelaide Hoodless from Stoney Creek, Ontario.
The formation of WIs in villages in the UK went from strength to strength and at the first conference in October 1917 60 delegates came from 127 institutes. A constitution was adopted by the newly formed National Federation and from that time there have existed three main aspects of the organisation; the village WI, on which the whole movement rest; the County Federations, who foster their own WIs; and the National Federation, whose duty it is to provide guidance and a united structure, to which all WIs and County Federations would become affiliated.
The Norfolk Federation was formed in March 1918 and there are several WIs in this county who will also celebrate their centenary within the next 2 to 3 years.
The present Old Buckenham WI was formed in 1967, although there had been a much earlier WI in this village which probably closed in the 1950s. Reading the minutes of the monthly meetings make interesting reading – they are certainly a social history of our time. All their meetings were held in the old village hall (situated on Attleborough Road) until the new hall was built in 1979.
In November 1977 Jean Wade was elected as President and two months later the decision was taken to raise money for a village sign and a ballot was taken in June 1978 on the final choice of design. The new village hall was opened on 31st May 1979 followed one month later by the unveiling of the village sign.  Always trying to maintain their involvement with the village they have provided story sacks for the Primary School, tables for the windmill and have always been in evidence at the village fetes and organise the Open Produce and Handicraft Show each September.

Last night's event was organised to celebrate the national Women's Institute centenary and to also showcase much of what the Old Buckenham members have done for the village and for the wider community.

After everyone had taken the chance to look around the displays and reminisce, Susan Hunter gave a short explanation of what the evening was all about and then introduced Rachael Duffield who described the 'Seven Ages of Woman' in both song and verse. Rachel soon had everyone enthralled with her performance and had the audience of some seventy people singing along with her.
Finally it was time to cut the celebratory cake and wash it down with a glass of wine as well as enjoying those refreshments that the WI do so well.
Lots of effort went into producing this evening and it probably opened many people's eyes to the contribution Old Buckenham WI makes to life in Old Buckenham.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Future of Old Buckenham Green

Looking after our heritage
Over forty people gathered at Old Buckenham village hall this morning to discuss ideas on the future management of Old Buckenham Green.

The meeting was ably led by the chair of the Old Buckenham Green Right Proprietors, Sarah Dye, who went through the history of the area going back to 1791. She got the audience to list the good things about the Green, the need for improvement, the jobs that needed doing, who might do them and who would finance any necessary work. 

The main suggestion put forward was that a new independent body needs to be formed that would contain representatives from all those interested in the Green and that could aim to have charity status thus allowing it to obtain grants and other forms of income. This idea will be investigated further and another meeting arranged in the near future to consider a suitable name, a constitution and membership of such a body.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring in the air in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

Fifty members met for the April meeting and enjoyed a presentation by Lois Gills's entitled 'Spring is in the Air'. With spring flowers in abundance Lois also gave tips on seasonal planting for pots and troughs with her top tip - if you want to keep your hostas slug free don't plant them anywhere near bergenias! She also told about a 'Blossom and Yarn Festival' to be staged in the six churches of the Wayland Parish - each with a different theme – between Friday 10 and Monday 13 July. Not only will there be fresh flower arrangements but others made from knitted squares, together with life-size 'people' and animals, also knitted.
The new president for the coming year, Mrs Jan Orbell, was presented with her badge of office by outgoing president Mrs Marjorie Greenwood.
The Club's fundraising for the year for Scotty's Little Soldiers culminated in the presentation of a cheque for over £600 to one of their representatives. The money will go towards giving holidays and bursaries to children who have lost a parent during military service.
There was a wonderful display for the monthly competition table, title 'Blossom included', and it was won by Heather Doig.
Next month's meeting will be held on Thursday 11 May at 2pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Graham Watts has been invited to talk on the making of his garden at Dereham. Although his garden is opened under the National Garden Scheme, the club will be making a private visit for their July meeting.
The competition title will be ‘Garden Delights’ and a trophy will be awarded for the best use of garden plant material. The table show will be for ‘Blossom from the garden’.
Visitors are always welcome. Further details from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Old Buckenham's next film show

Old Buckenham Village Hall Cinema
Friday 24 April sees the third blockbuster in this spring season of films. Come along and see Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly in The Imitation Game on Friday 24 April starting at 8pm.
Tickets cost £4 each. To book by email go to or call 01953 860866.
To watch a trailer go to
See you there.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Old Buckenham Scouts move forward

Uniform changes
Monday 20 April has been a special day for the 1st Old Buckenham Scout Group.
For some time they have been struggling to get the material for their harlequin neckers (older readers may remember them being called neckerchiefs) but with no success. Following a vote by the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders a new necker design was chosen and it has now been approved by both the District and County Scout Commissioners. To mark this change to the Group, parents and friends were invited to a presentation evening in Old Buckenham Village Hall when the new neckers were given to each member of the Group and some of the newest members were invested.
Both the County and District commissioners were there for this event and the opportunity was taken to photograph all the members of the Group before many enjoyed the drinks and homemade cakes.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Latest Old Buckenham quiz result

More questions answered
There may only have been six teams at the quiz in the Village Hall on Saturday 18 April but there was keen rivalry as usual. The questions had been set by 'Maggie's Mob', the winners of the last village quiz in the autumn of 2014. After the eight rounds on a wide range of subjects the winners were the Old Buckenham Women's Institute A team with a total of 77 points. So they collected the large cup and have the honour of setting the questions for the next quiz this coming autumn.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Old Buckenham Village Hall AGM

Report of the meeting
The following notes have been written by the blog editor from the minutes of the meeting.
Eleven members of the public were present at the meeting on Wednesday 1 April as well as committee members. Richard Crawley and Chris Dalton had sent apologies for not being able to attend.
In her chairperson’s report, Lynn Milner started by thanking all who have worked tirelessly over the year to make sure Old Buckenham has a healthy, thriving village hail.
Pledges made last year have been completed including an on-line booking system, building of financial reserves for future building improvements, an improvement in car park usage with an income stream to maintain and repair it, completion of the audio visual project, installation and general use of broadband for all hall users, the continued programme of entertainments such as cinema, bingo, quizzes, village fĂȘte and concerts, etc.
There is a database for forthcoming events and activities, information for future events can now be emailed and placed on Facebook.
The hall is in receipt of a grant of money from the Parish Council to help improve the hall fabric by providing thermal insulation thus reducing running costs. Further grant success from the local Council will allow the purchasing of computers for the use of residents, further details will be announced later. There is also a grant for the provision of seating on the front terrace and some landscaping which will provide an additional area for people to meet and relax.
For the future the hall is faced with two key projects; finance for a prompt car park re-surfacing plus further improvements to the fabric of the buildings such as thermal efficiency, decoration and repair.
Thanks are due to the friends, hall users and residents of Old Buckenham, without whom, the hall not be in the position as is in today.
The treasurer's report was presented by Graham Dye. The balance in the general fund at the end of 2014 was £8,645 with a further £11,185 in the major works reserve fund. In the public discussion the car park income was questioned. Steve Milner explained the permit scheme the parents are buying (at 40p per day) for using the village hall car park. Sixty permits have been issued and the money is ring-fenced for car park repairs. The Pre-school leader said the pre-school have difficulties in paying for parking as they themselves are a charity. A member of the public stated that in the archives of Village Hall minutes it allegedly states that the Pre-school was granted free parking in the village hall. Linda Foulger will investigate and report back to committee.
A member of the public commented that the fete takings were disappointing. The committee said there had been positive feedback but another member of the public thought that the increased price of tables, etc, did not encourage participation. This year's fete is on Saturday 4 July and will have an American theme.
In reply to the question of whether the recycling revenue will decrease in future, Graham Dye said he thought this was to be expected. Asked if the bottles from the local pubs can be recycled for Village Hall funds - bottles can still be collected from the pubs, despite new arrangements where glass and paper can be placed in black bins. Collections from the container in the village hall car park continue to raise revenue for hall.
Secretary Linda Foulger told the meeting she had contacted all local schools and user groups asking for representation on the Village Hall Management Committee. In response to an advertisement in the Old Buckenham newsletter, Roisin Howard volunteered to join the committee.
Details were given of the WI Centenary celebrations to be held in the hall on Saturday 25 April with archive material and entertainment. A live screening from the Royal Albert Hall of the national WI AGM is being organised for Thursday 4 June, all are invited. Steve Milner told the meeting of the cinema evenings shown at the Village Hail. The Italian evening was particularly enjoyable. The new electronic equipment that has been installed has been very successful. The possibility of showing classic films, children films and matinees performances would be investigated.
Alison Frank asked the meeting if they had any other fund-raising ideas. Antiques and collectors fairs, craft fairs and farmer's markets were discussed. Lynn Milner told the meeting that future events will include the ‘Chicory Tip’ pop group, Gilbert and Sullivan opera and a magic show.
The Old Buckenham Players representative had spoken about dates clashing with school events. It was pointed out that the Old Buckenham newsletter has lists of future dates as well as the village website so future planning should be easier.
Lynn Milner, Mike Craven-Romain and Roisin Howard were elected unopposed as committee members. Lesley Coates and Claire Hancy representing Buckenham Pre-school volunteered to join the committee. Ron Brewer asked if the Village Hall Management Committee would allow their contact details to be published in the newsletter. Members agreed to have their email addresses included. Jill Emms asked if the minutes of Management Committee monthly meetings could be published in the village newsletter.
Eileen Oliver asked about hire fees for the Senior Citizens annual lunch. This, and general hall hire fees, will be discussed fully at the committee meeting on Wednesday 8 April and Eileen Oliver advised of the outcome. Jill Emms asked for the website to be updated and Steve Milner will correct this.
It was asked if the heating could be turned on more than 15 minutes before hall use to allow the hall to heat up. Mike Craven-Romain does this 30 minutes before a hall booking. The timings of hall use was questioned and the meeting was informed that all users should leave hall at their allotted times as stated in hire terms.
The availability of basic cleaning materials for hall users was queried and Jill Emms told the meeting that there was a cupboard in the foyer which could be used to store small amounts of cleaning/toilet supplies. This will implemented.
The date of the next village hall AGM will be Wednesday 6 April 2016.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Afternoon tea in Old Buckenham

Teapots and cafetieres on Friday

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Curtain up on Old Buckenham Players

Come and find out who did it
Following the success of their pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' earlier in the year, Old Buckenham Players are back with their May production 'Curtain up on Murder' by Bettine Manktelow. With twists and turns through every scene, this thriller should keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the very end. Set in a theatre at the end of a pier, it concerns an amateur dramatics society rehearsing for their latest production. All is well until an untimely death starts the wheels of doubt, paranoia and accusation turning. This only grows when subsequent strange and tragic happenings add to the panic of the group, throwing them deeper and deeper in to disarray.
But who or what is to blame for the dark events? Will the truth ever be found out? Join the Players for a night of intrigue, suspense and of course above all, enjoyment.
Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May at Old Buckenham Village Hall. There'll be a raffle and a reasonably priced bar serving a range of soft and alcoholic drinks. Tickets are on sale now, cost just £8 and can be purchased by calling 01953 861336 or in person from Old Buckenham Stores or Nuts 'n' Bolts in Attleborough.
Would you like to learn more about Old Buckenham Players? To find out what they do, how they do it and to make sure you are up-to-date on their forthcoming shows you can use
their website: