Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Old Buckenham criterium details

Those cycle races round the Green
As well as all the excitement when the Tour of Britain rushes through Old Buckenham on Saturday 12 September, there will be a series of races on a closed circuit around the Green.
These bike races are known as a criterium (or crit) and are held on a short course (usually less than 1 mile).
Here are the details of our local races:
Race 1 of 40 minutes duration plus one lap. British Cycling 3rd and 4th Category Race Licence holders only (4th Category is entry level to the sport with a Race Licence. Elite and 1st Category are riders in the Tour of Britain). All riders start together and first over the line wins. Points are awarded to usually the first 10 places so when a rider has sufficient points they move up a category. Race may seem short but this type of racing is extremely hard due to the number of times you have to slow down for and then accelerate out of each corner
Race 2 of 20 minutes plus one lap. British Cycling 4th Category and any non BC member who wanting to give racing a try. All riders start together.
Race 3 of 10 minutes plus one lap. British Cycling members under 12 and under 10 plus any rider in this age group who want to give racing a try. All riders start together.
Race 4 of 20 minutes plus one lap. British Cycling members under 16 and under 14 plus any rider in this age group who want to give racing a try. All riders start together. Cycles must conform to BC Rules and Regulations. No disc brakes. Freewheel and drop handlebars required.
Race 5 - One lap. Dash Time Trial. For any rider of any age on any road legal cycle plus crash helmet. No membership of British Cycling required. Riders start individually at 30 or 60 second intervals. Fastest time for one lap wins. There will be prizes for age groups, etc.
So this should be great for spectators with all the sharp corners to negotiate and even a chance in Race 5 to try it yourself and find out just how hard it is...

Monday, 31 August 2015

September is busy in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for September

Tuesday 1   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 2    Luncheon Club Coffee Morning, Village Hall, 10.15am

Wednesday 2   Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 3   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

Monday 7   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Thursday 10   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 10   Social and Wine circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Saturday 12   Tour of Britain activities on the Green

Sunday 13   Harvest Festival service, Methodist Chapel, 10.45am

Sunday 13   Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 13   Produce and Handicraft Show, Village Hall, 2.30pm

Monday 14   Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Monday 14   Auction of Harvest Festival produce, Methodist Chapel, 7pm

Wednesday 16   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 16   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Monday 21   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Thursday 24   Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 25   OB Players, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 26   Balloon Festival, Airfield

Saturday 26   Autumn Fayre, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4pm

Sunday 27   Balloon Festival, Airfield

Wednesday 30   Luncheon Club outing

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Read the Old Buckenham newsletter for September

Catch up with the news
You'll find lots about the Tour of Britain celebrations in Old Buckenham and a reminder about the village Produce and Handicraft Show. Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September will be very busy...

Friday, 28 August 2015

Old Buckenham windows back in

Last panel put in position
Nearly two days work but the final medieval window was put back in position in All Saints Church this afternoon. Lots of rebuilding of the many panels has gone on at the workshops of Devlin Plumber over the last eighteen months and the glass is now back where it belongs.
The blog editor was there to watch the last space being filled.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Medieval windows back in Old Buckenham

Our glass angels are being refitted
These panels were removed in April 2014 and have been away with local firm Devlin Plumber Stained Glass since then. Today the work in returning the renovated panels to their appropriate place in the tracery of the windows is being carried out. It is time consuming work as each panel has to be individually fitted.
The medieval glass now sits behind clear glass panels so that it will not be greatly affected by the outside weather and will be preserved in the church for many, many years to come.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Producing stuff in Old Buckenham

Think about your entries
There is another big event in the village during September that needs lots of participation by Old Buckenham residents but does not involve cycling. It is the annual Produce and Handicraft Show. This is organised by the Old Buckenham Women’s Institute and takes place in the Village Hall on Sunday 13 September (the day after all the cycling activity).
Those putting in their exhibits need to have them there at the hall before 11am so that judging can begin. The hall opens again at 2.30pm so that you can come and see how well your exhibits have done. With all the keen activity at the allotments there may be some new entrants wanting to show off their skills.
Even if you have not managed to enter any flowers, fruit, vegetables, pot plants, eggs, art, cookery, preserves or photographs you can enjoy looking at all the entries and seeing who has done well.
Children’s entries are free and making them could be just the thing you need to keep the children occupied at the end of the summer holidays.

If you can’t find the schedule that was distributed with the July newsletter then you can ring Doris on 01953 861322 to get another one.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Pond clearing in Old Buckenham

Ponds on the Green being 'tidied up'
Yesterday the pond at Manor Corner was cleared out and today it has been the turn of the larger pond at Post Office Terrace.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Bradley Wiggins coming to Old Buckenham

Tour of Britain rushes through in September
Saturday 12 September is the date when famous cyclists will pass through Old Buckenham on their way from Norfolk (Fakenham) to Suffolk (Ipswich). The official tour website indicates that the cyclists will be through between 12.02pm and 12.26pm with an optimum time of 12.14pm. The timetable shows that they are expected to take just one minute to get from the Old Buckenham road sign in Attleborough Road to the crossroads at the start of Crown Road. Don't blink or you may not see them pass.
Remember there is plenty of other entertainment and cycling on and around the Green that day so make the best of an opportunity unlikely to come again for many, many years. 

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Having a meeting in Old Buckenham?

A place you can book

Old Buckenham Methodist Church is now available for community groups, organisations and individuals to book for events, presentations, music and other activities. The church was renovated in 2001 and as well as the main church room has a kitchen, toilets and ample parking. The building is available for £7.50 an hour. For more information or to make a booking please refer to our website www.oldbuckenhammethodist.yolasite.com phone 01953 861207 or email oldbuckenham.methodist@inbox.com .

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Interview on Old Buckenham concert

Today's top Tip
If you missed the item on Radio Norfolk earlier today about the Chicory Tip concert in Old Buckenham next month then you should find it at:


and just go forward to about 2 hours 35 minutes into the programme.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Chicory Tip perform in Old Buckenham

Remembering the music of the seventies

Have you got your tickets yet to see the real Chicory Tip (not a tribute band of youngsters) at their concert in Old Buckenham Village Hall on Saturday 22 August? The performance will start at 8pm and tickets cost £8 each.
The band were 'Top of the Pops' with their song 'Son of my Father' which was the number one hit in the UK Singles chart for three weeks in February 1972.
If you do remember the song and would like to hear more about it then tune in to BBC Radio Norfolk on Wednesday 12 August when there will be an interview with one of the band's members. It will be part of what is normally the Stephen Bumfrey show which this week is being presented by Chrissie Jackson and the interview is expected to take place at about 2.30pm.

If you can't remember the song then that is even more reason to tune in and listen. Of course you can listen later via the BBC Radio Norfolk website, or i-player or even by recording it using Freeview on channel 719.
The concert here in Old Buckenham will be a great night out so get you tickets now. You can email boxofficeobvh@gmail.com or call 01953 860866.

Steve Milner

Friday, 7 August 2015

Colourful Old Buckenham allotments

Lots of plants now in flower
In October 2010 the Old Buckenham allotments had just been marked out on a newly ploughed field. Lots of effort has gone in to fight against the weeds and the local fauna. The site is rather colourful at the moment with flowering plants and vegetables enjoying some sunshine.
Potatoes, runner beans, yellow courgettes, pumpkins, artichokes, sunflowers and sweetcorn are all doing their bit to brighten up the place. 

Perhaps we will see some of the ripened produce an the show benches when the village Produce and Handicraft Show takes place in the village hall on Sunday 13 September.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

See the best films in Old Buckenham

Come along of Friday evening

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Day two at Old Buckenham Airshow

More sun and even more people
It was more fine weather for the second day of the Old Buckenham Airshow. There were crowds of people sitting in the sun waiting for the air displays to start. Some got prepared with a nice cup of tea while others joined various queues for their fish and chips, ice cream, doughnuts, etc. The newly-completed toilet block at least reduced the queuing elsewhere on site.
Once the aircraft started flying, the cameras were out in force to record the hair-raising displays. Then it was just a matter of emptying a huge field full of hundreds and hundreds of cars.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Day one at Old Buckenham Airshow

Fun in the sun
The blog editor knows that taking photographs of fast moving aeroplanes is a skilled activity so he has chosen to mainly show pictures of more slow moving objects at the first day of the Old Buckenham Airshow.
The car park started to fill up early and there was a regular flow of people though the entrance gates. There were lots of things to do before the flying display in the afternoon. You could go for a helicopter ride, sit in a very large car while it drove over some other cars, examine various classic cars, look at some classic aircraft, enjoy an alcoholic drink in the shade of the trees or just sit down and wait for the display to start.

Eventually it was time to wend your way back to the car park, start on a journey home and to savour the enjoyable day that you have had.

What's on in Old Buckenham during August

Diary dates for August

Saturday 1   Old Buckenham Airshow

Sunday 2   Old Buckenham Airshow

Sunday 2   Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Tuesday 4   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 5   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 5   Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Monday 6   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Friday 7   Village cinema, Village Hall, 8pm

Sunday 9   Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Monday 10   Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 13   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Wednesday 19   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 19   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Saturday 22   Chicory Tip concert, Village Hall, 8pm

Thursday 27   Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 29   Green maintenance day, 10am start outside Ox & Plough

Friday, 31 July 2015

Yet another Old Buckenham village newsletter

August issue is available

If you are not amongst those people who get one delivered, you can pick up a copy now at the usual places such as the church, the pubs and the village shop.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

More on the Tour in Old Buckenham

Celebrate on Saturday 12 September
If you live in the village then you should have all the details on the flyer that has arrived through your letterbox. But you may be one of those people tempted to come here to Old Buckenham to see the Tour riders come through on the road through the Green and to enjoy the other events being put on to entertain you.
Car parking sites have been organised on the main ways into the village and there will also be a secure bike park for those cycling here. Some local cycling clubs will be coming over to watch the world's top cycling teams race through Old Buckenham and then enjoy a fun-filled day for all the family. There will be amateur road races on a circuit around the Green during the afternoon as well as a beer festival, children's fun fair, and food and craft stalls.
The local bike rides will start from outside the Ox and Plough pub at 9.30am, the Tour of Britain will rush through sometime between noon and 1pm and the racing around the Green will start at 1.45pm. From 3pm onwards there will be the chance for food, beer and fun...
To keep up-to-date with arrangements check out facebook.com/oldbuckenham.tour 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Busy time for Old Buckenham WI

Talk, walks and events
Members at the July Meeting of Old Buckenham WI enjoyed an inspiring talk from Edward Bates on the work of the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB). Edward has been blind from birth but with the help of a Braille tablet delivered a lively and entertaining account of the charity which is self-funded and has bases in Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Kings’ Lynn as well as Norwich. Apparently there are 20,000 people with some sort of sight loss in the Norfolk area. The NNAB has twenty self-contained flats and a nursing home in Norwich. They also help with the provision of aids to sight as well as classes in art and craft, basketry, dancing and photography to provide companionship and help for blind and partially sighted people. There are between 270 and 300 people who work for the NNAB on a voluntary basis

The busy summer continues with Old Buckenham WI having their annual Norwich Walk, a stall at the Village Hall Fete, a fund-raising Garden Party and a Progressive Supper. Over a dozen members attended an evening at the Gressenhall Museum to mark the WI Centenary Year. Despite it being the wettest night of the year there was the opportunity to enjoy music, floral displays, hand sewn quilts, the Centenary Salver competition (where Old Buckenham gained a very creditable fourth place), and memorabilia from the past years of the WI in Norfolk.
Hopefully there will be a quiet August and then it will be the Produce Show at the Village Hall on Sunday 13 September where they are looking forward to lots and lots of entries.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Fun and games in Old Buckenham

Sun comes out for Family Fun Day
After a night of pouring rain, yesterday afternoon brightened up for the Family Fun Day and Craft Fair on the Green outside the Ox and Plough. The stallholders found it rather chilly in the brisk wind but things warmed up once the games started. Ben Devlin was in a mischievous mood setting up various challenges that involved getting wet, scoring at basketball, balancing on planks, feeding a ball down drainage pipes and throwing beer kegs.