Thursday, 13 December 2018

Old Buckenham High School helps homeless

Charity begins at the High School
Every year students at Old Buckenham High School enjoy a tradition that has become deeply embedded over the years. This is the Hampers for the Homeless competition where the whole school gets involved by donating food and then decorating hampers to be donated to the local Norfolk charity St Martins Housing Trust in time for Christmas. The hampers are judged for best decoration and most filled with the winning forms receive small prizes for their efforts. 
This year judging was carried out by representatives from St Martins, from Attleborough Sainsburys, who provided the prizes, and the school's deputy head. The clear winners were class 10F who created a beautiful house filled with all sorts of food under the snowy roofs and having flashing lighting too.. They were followed by classes 8F, 8B and 9T who provided other decorated boxes of items. All were then loaded into a van and taken off to Norwich to be distributed to those in need.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Old Buckenham thatching update

All Saints Church ‘Raise The Roof’ 
The thatchers have been hard at work during the last month and have already completed the south side of the Chancel roof. They expect to have finished the north side and the ridge before Christmas. It looks fabulous, well worth going to have a look in person (or to check out the Old Buckenham blog for many photos).
The Chancel is about one third of the total roof that needs to be re-thatched and this has been wholly funded by generous giving and fundraising within the Church and the village, together with a recently received grant for £7000 from the Norfolk Churches Trust.
Fundraising for the nave roof will start in earnest in February next year. An application is being made for a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this next stage of the work. Details about the opportunities for community involvement in this exciting project will be published once there has been a response to the Heritage Lottery Fund application.
Another load of Norfolk reed

South side now waterproof

Halfway up the north side of the roof

Saturday, 8 December 2018

More Old Buckenham fund raising

A very jolly morning
Chapel Green School had their first Christmas coffee morning and fete in Old Buckenham yesterday. The hall was buzzing with various stalls doing good business. Many villagers took the opportunity to visit the school and pick up the many bargains. The Friends of Chapel Green School have announced that £658 was raised by the event.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Thatching progresses in Old Buckenham

South side very nearly complete
Work has been continuing on the re-thatching of the chancel roof of All Saints, Old Buckenham. In all sorts of weather, from drizzly rain or bright sunshine to balmy afternoons and freezing mornings, both the builders and the thatching team have carried on working. The south side of the roof is now waterproof and the north side is ready to have the reeds installed. Hopefully the work will be complete by Christmas Eve in time for the candle-lit carol service.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Picturesque Old Buckenham

Evening views
What ever you may think of the clearance work done around Ottomer pond on the village Green, it does provide the opportunity to take interesting photographs.
Just click on the picture to see it at a larger size

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Old Buckenham December newsletter

This month's newsletter
Copies are out and about in the village now. Look inside to see news, views and events during December.

Ten years ago in Old Buckenham

Still blogging
It is ten years ago today that the Old Buckenham blog came into existence. In that time it has had (if you can believe the counting software) over 110,000 visitors averaging out at 30 people per day. The most was 161 on 8th of Otober 2016.
Some 83% come from the UK, 7% from the USA and 1% from France. Over the ten years there has only been one visitor from the Faroe Islands, Swaziland and Monaco. Most people look in on Mondays and least on Saturdays.
Thank you to all our regular readers and keep on looking in to see the words and pictures that illustrate what goes on in this wonderful village of Old Buckenham.