Royal Wedding Street Party

The Greyhound Inn will be holding a Street Party on the afternoon of May 19th to help celebrate the Royal Wedding. Come along and join in the fun... Live Music, Tug of War, Childrens competition - best dressed Prince or Princess, Street Food, Peter and Janes' amazing games and a MR and MRS game!


Hicking Parish Council Chair's Report

Dredging of the Broad was delayed by the recent bad weather, but is now complete for this year, and should greatly improve access to the Staithe and the north end of the navigation channel. Work on the sewers in Stubb Road and Staithe Road is expected to be carried out in May/June. Details are available on the website https://inyourarea.digdat.co.uk We have been asked to install more dog bins around the village - where do you think they should be placed? Both the Church car park and The Causeway have been suggested. We already have one on the edge of the playing field, and the litter bins on the parish staithe and the Chapel car park can also be used. Not clearing up after your dog is an offence in any public area in North Norfolk and there is a fixed penalty fine of £80. We are seeking help from North Norfolk District Council to address this issue. The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Monday 16th April at the Barn, we hope you will join us to hear what many of our village organisations have achieved in the past year. Our next scheduled meeting is at 7pm on Monday 9th April in the Chapel schoolroom. Nicky Debbage (Local Housing Enabler, NNDC) will be attending to discuss Community Housing opportunities in Hickling.
Jo Belsten
Chair, Hickling Parish Council

More information on your parish council can be found at hickling-parish-council.co.uk

Hickling Broad U3A

We would like to thank everyone for attending our March meeting when local yachtswoman Gina Hilton, gave a presentation called “3 Oceans, 2 Equator Crossings, 1 Family” Gina told us all about her recent round the world sailing adventure with her family. We had a huge turnout and enjoyed delicious home made tea and cakes together afterwards. Our next meeting at 2pm on Friday 13th April is entitled Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and more! Margaret and Mike Baker will present an illustrated account of their recent travels to some astonishing, diverse and unique places on the other side of the world. Anyone who is no longer in full time employment is welcome. Visitors pay £2 and membership of just £15 per annum gives you free access to all our meetings as well as multiple wider benefits of being a mem-ber of the national U3A, including a free legal advice helpline. It also gives you access to a wide variety of interest groups ranging from photography, wildlife walking, cooking & gardening and cycling to sail-ing and philosophy if you wish. Joining an interest group is optional and is about learning new skills or developing your existing talents and it really is never too late to start learning. So if you fancy a really warm welcome, interesting speakers, good company and a nice cup of tea and cake, why not come along to our next meeting and find out more - we would love to see you.

Discover more about Hickling Broad U3A at u3asites.org.uk

Shoreline News

Thank you for all your donations to Foodbank and your pennies for Wateraid. The recent spell of very cold weather makes eking out a small income even harder especially where children are concerned. Many Foodbank outlets offer a meal and conversation as well as food and helpful advice. Supermarkets, large companies and small businesses are all doing their part to support the Foodbank with goods or money and still the need grows - they can never replace your faithful contributions. Wateraid has teams in 34 countries and since its beginnings in 1981, 24.9 million people now have access to clean water – and consequently better health and the ability to work and be educated. 1 in 9 still do not have clean water nearby and so the work continues. Thank you once again.

Hickling Filling Station

We had a very powerful speaker in March when Jonathan Conrathe spoke on ‘Receiving Power’. We now look forward to our next meeting which will be on Monday 9th April, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, when our speaker will be BARTHOLOMEW GEE. Bart was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis, doctors predicted a very bleak future saying it was unlikely he would ever walk or even sit up unaided. Brought up in a Christian home and following intense prayer Bart‘s life began to change. Against all the odds, Bart began to do really amazing things. Using his experiences, he now spends part of his time travelling around the country, telling his story. If you have never been to a Filling Station meeting, why not give us a try and come along. We offer a very comfortable atmosphere where folk can relax and enjoy listening to an interesting speaker talking about how their Christian life has made a marked difference. You will be so welcome. For more information contact David Osborne on 01692 -581418 mobile: 07786 261473 email: davidosborne_@hotmail.com

Hedgehogs in Hickling

Sadly, British hedgehogs are becoming a rare sight in our gardens. But don't despair! Here are some reminders which will attract hedgehogs into your garden:
• Leave some fresh water in a shallow, heavy based bowl.
• Leave a small area of garden as natural as you can. Log piles, hedges, long grass, piles of dead leaves and shrubs with branches that reach the ground are ideal habitat.
• Try to use wildlife friendly slug repellent instead of slug pellets.
• Check for hedgehogs before lighting bonfires, clearing leaves or mowing around trees or shrubs.
• Never give hedgehogs bread and milk. Meaty (non-fish) flavoured cat or dog food or hedgehog bis-cuits covered with a plastic lid or old plate is perfect & will deter local cats.
• Hedgehog wandering around in the daytime or lying out in the sun? The hedgehog is likely to be unwell and need assistance from a vet or shelter.
• Never be afraid to pick up a hedgehog if you think it may need help. Lift them gently (wearing gloves) & transport to a shelter or vet. Any help required, please contact hicklinghedgie@hotmail.com

Hickling Pre-School

After the snow has come a slight bit of sunshine and we have been outside at any opportunity! We went on a Bear Hunt looking for one shiny wet nose...if you see anything around Hickling suspiciously simi-lar, please let the children know! We also are lucky to have Harry 'the reading dog' come into Pre-School once a week. The children love their time with Harry and he sits and enjoys a story read by Gemma or Zara along with the children. We are getting very full in Pre-school, so much so that we are having another member of staff! Due to this we can still offer spaces with funding or without. Just pop along to the main school or contact us on our Facebook page.

Help Wanted

Dear friends in Hickling, Do you feel inspired to help out at St Mary’s Church, Hickling? In particular we have a vacancy for a Church Warden and a PCC Treasurer. If you would like to consider either of these very worthwhile voluntary roles in the Parish would you contact The Rector in the first instance, Revd Deborah Hamil-ton-Grey, we would love to hear from you and you would be warmly welcomed into our community. rector@watersidegroup.org.uk / 01692 678382

Village Fete

Our village Fete will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 11am-2pm. If any organisations or local crafters/businesses would like a pitch please contact Deborah Mayhew on deborahmayhew3@gmail.com or 07908701783 to request a booking form or for more information.

Shoppers Coach

April trips are to Great Yarmouth on Friday 6th and Friday 20th. As always for more information on times, prices and to book your place please contact Mrs Miles on 01692 580940.

Hickling Infant School

We are very excited to announce that we have been given a baby hare – ‘leveret’. This has been gifted to use by the ‘go go create’ scheme sponsored by the charity Break. The hare will be decorated by the children and placed in Norwich City cen-tre to be a side shoot of the very popular ‘go go trail’. This year the theme is hares. Previously there have been dragons, gorillas and elephants! We are very lucky to have been awarded the hare (normally costing £1,000) and we hope to portray how special Hickling is and the surrounding area to all the visitors to the city. We will let you know where it is placed when we know more…you can then go hunting for the hare in the summer months!

Hickling Ladies

Wednesday 18th April, 7.45 p.m. at the Methodist Hall will be our Charity evening when we shall learn more about the work of the Mu-seum of the Broads. There will be a larger raffle plus refreshments. All Ladies welcome.

Methodist Church News

Maundy Thursday - March 29th at 7p.m. A simple supper to celebrate the Last Supper. Easter Messy Church -Weds.4th April, 10-1, craft activities based on the Easter story, plus lunch. Please remember children must be accompanied by an adult, for more info. please ring Trisha 598534.

Hickling Barn News

Your Ideas, Events and Feedback - Would you like to organise or have a great idea for an event at Hickling Barn? Not sure how to go about getting it off the ground? Our events team are here to help with as much or as little input as you require, please get in touch and let us know how we can help you with your event. We are also interested in having your feedback around Hickling Barn, good or bad! You can leave feedback using the feedback page on our website at www.hicklingbarn.com.

Yoga for Beginners

Beginners and Returners at Hickling Barn. 6 week introductory course Tuesday 3th April - 10th May, 5.30-6.30pm. £30 for 6 weeks. Ongoing classes and catered workshops planned! Please bring a yoga mat if you have one - some equipment can be provided. Contact Rosanne on 0777 642 6714 with any questions.

Knit and Natter

The group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 2-3.30pm at the Meth-odist Hall. Cost is £1 per person. You may bring your own craft or help with one of ours. For further information please contact Trisha (598534) or Monica (598203).

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