Treading The Broads

Treading the Broads Theatre Company have announced that the next pantomime will be Sleeping Beauty. The performances are planned for the 26th and 27th of January 2018, so mark them in your diaries now. Tickets will be going on sale shortly and will be available at The Greyhound and Pleasure Boat pubs.
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Hicking Parish Council Chair's Report

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the annual parish walk, we all had a wonderful time, the lack of footpath signs has been noted and we will be contacting the relevent authorities to get these replaced. Our next scheduled meeting will be at 7pm, 11th September in the Chapel schoolroom.
Jo Belsten
Chair, Hickling Parish Council

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Hickling Broad U3A

Our U3A met this month to hear a talk by Donna Minto from the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. Donna told us about the wide range of support services and activities that NNAB provide for people with visual impairment as well as bringing along a range of devices that assist people with their daily living. Our next meeting is on the 8th September when Debs Lewis will be coming to tell us all about the history and present day running of the End of The Pier Show at Cromer. Anyone who is no longer in full time employment is welcome to become involved in the U3A. A year’s membership is only £15 and includes free attendance at all our monthly meetings with complimentary tea and cake. Alternatively, if you would like to come along to one of our meetings as a visitor it costs just £2. We also run a number of interest groups covering a wide range of subjects from philosophy and photography to sailing. We are a friendly and sociable crowd, with steadily growing numbers of local people becoming involved. Why not come along and find out more!
U3A Voices of Hickling Interest Group. This group is involved in recording oral histories from Hickling residents for the Norfolk archive. We would be very interested to hear from anyone in the village who would like to get involved in this important piece of work. Please contact Steve Whitby on 01263 721227 to find out more.
U3A Cycling and Walking Interest Groups Our cycling and walking groups would both like to welcome new members. They are an excellent way to explore our local countryside in good company. Both groups operate at a pace suited to people in their 50's and beyond, and outings usually include a stop off for a cuppa or a pint depending on the location. Next cycling date is September 21st and walking is September 6th. Call Roy Smith on 01692 598060 for more information and to book your place.

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Shoreline News

Foodbanks began with a limited shopping list of food that was long- life, or canned or dried. That need continues, of course, but when fresh food was offered from time to time, a new strategy needed to be put in place. So now, many collection points for Foodbank boxes also offer a free meal on top of advice and a chat. Holiday clubs for children also benefit where the youngsters can learn to prepare and cook food as well. Toiletries have been added to the list of possible donations and there is also now a “Babybank” for other items beyond nappies. – all started, run and continued by volunteers. Pennies for Wateraid come in every week – thank you! Giving fatigue is totally understandable, particularly as prices rise, but every penny – every tin of fruit makes a difference.

Hickling Hunnies Pre-School

It was the end of an era on 20th July when Hickling Hunnies closed for the final time with a fantastic tea party for the children, parents and friends of the Pre-School. Arrangements are well under way for the transfer of the pre-school provision to Hickling Infant School. As a committee run organisation Hunnies was unusual, as the vast ma-jority of Pre-Schools are now managed by schools who have the expertise and resources to ensure that the provision complies with everchanging legislation and is robust enough to navigate through an ever more challenging Ofsted inspection. It has been increasingly difficult over the past few years to recruit voluntary committee members who are willing to give huge amounts of their own time, undertake statutory training, and be accountable for all aspects of how the Pre-School is run. It is for this reason alone and only after serious deliberation that the Hunnies Management Committee made the decision to close and were delighted that The Swallowtail Federation were able to take up the reins.

Magnificent Machinery

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been unable to put on the Hickling Magnificent Machinery Show for this year but we are intending on bringing it back for 2018. Thank you for your support. Dave and Amanda.

Short Mat Bowls

Short Mat Bowls in Hickling Barn starts again on Tuesday 5th September at 2pm. A warm welcome awaits all old and new members. A fun way to spend a Tuesday afternoon , including tea and biscuits. Look forward to seeing you. Telephone Harvey 598725 or Mike 598878.

No Frills Music

Have you ever said ‘I wish I could play something’? Well with a little help you can. So read on! I would never have stuck with music if it involved the complicated theory, I was taught to play brass many years ago at Stalham Secondary School by my woodwork teacher and still enjoy playing at fetes etc. I am thinking about starting a very basic music tuition, for any age. I am no expert but can help with the basics reading music and getting a tune out of various instruments, Cornet, Tenor Horn, Euphonium, Trombone and Tuba. If clarinet or saxophone are more to your taste, perhaps my partner Carolyn can help you? No matter if you’ve played in the past and lapsed or would like to start from scratch. We do not claim to be music teachers, but are keen to get people playing something and you can move on to a professional teacher and/or amateur band should you wish to. We are not doing this for profit but there will be a small charge to cover expenses. For more information call George & Carolyn on 01692 598086.

Shoppers Coach

September dates, Fri 1st to Norwich, Fri 15th and 29th to Great Yarmouth. For more information and to book please call Mrs Miles on 01692 580940.

Hickling Ladies

There will be a General Quiz night by Pam and Pat held on Wednes-day 20th September, 7.45 p.m. at the Methodist Hall. Refreshments and Raffle as usual.

Methodist Church Events

Weds. 13th Sept. 7p.m. Antiquities Quiz and Supper, tickets £5.
Sunday 17th September 10-30a.m. Family Harvest Celebration, an informal time of worship to celebrate harvest suitable for all ages, led by Rev. Mike Bossingham, followed by bring and share lunch.
Saturday 23rd Sept. 7p.m. Harvest Supper with music from the Broadland Scratch Band, tickets £5.

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