Sleeping Beauty

Tickets will be available from the Greyhound and Pleasure Boat Inns from 1st November. Performance dates are Friday 26th (evening) and Saturday 27th (matinee and evening) January. The cost is £6 (adults) and £4.50 concessions (under 16 / over 65). Cash sales only please, and sorry, no telephone bookings.

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Hicking Parish Council Chair's Report

Thank you to the small band of volunteers who cleared the Chapel Pit – what a difference that has made. I’d like to ask everyone’s help with a couple more things that are important to keeping our village beautiful. Firstly – if you put up a poster anywhere in the village, please make sure it is taken down afterwards. The three Council notice boards (Chapel pit, Staithe and Crossroads) each have a side that is left unlocked for villages notices (A5 maximum please), and there are also boards in the bus shelter. Secondly – someone is not clearing up after their dog and leaving mess on the playing field – this is NOT acceptable. Please always scoop the poop – there is now a dog bin on the edge of the field. Remember, remember the fifth of November… well, actually, this year it’s the 4th – bonfire lighting 6:30 and fireworks shortly after. The cost has been fully covered by fundraising (thank you to everyone involved), so entry will be free for villagers. We will be collecting donations for next year’s event, and food and drink will be available to buy. I hope you will all come and join us. Our next scheduled meeting is at 7pm on Monday 13th November in the Chapel schoolroom.
Jo Belsten
Chair, Hickling Parish Council

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Hickling Broad U3A

Our U3A met at the Barn this month to hear a talk by Philip Bray who is secretary to the Trust which owns and operates the Hunter fleet of heritage boats. Hunter boats are a regular sight on Hickling broad and it was interesting to hear about how they came into existence as early private hire yachts, and how the fleet has been maintained and managed over the years. The original boats are now operated by a charitable trust to which our £47 raffle proceeds were donated. Next month on the 10th November at 2pm we are hearing all about the work of Great Ormond Street Hospital. This promises to be an unusual talk of exceptional interest. The U3A motto is learn, laugh and live, and anyone who is no longer in full time employment is welcome to become involved. A year’s membership is only £15 and includes free attendance at all our monthly meetings with compli-mentary tea and cake. Alternatively, if you would like to come along to one of our meetings as a visitor it costs just £2. We run a number of interest and study groups for our members covering a wide range of subjects from philosophy and photography, cooking and gardening, country dancing and his-tory, to sailing and wildlife walks. We are a friendly and sociable crowd, with steadily growing numbers of local people becoming involved. Why not come along to see us the Barn at one of our meetings and find out more!

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Shoreline News

Thank you for your continued support for the Foodbank, especially all the Harvest donations that have and will come in. Harvest and Christmas are bumper times for the Warehouse and very necessary and welcome for restocking after the summer. There will be a new total for Wateraid next time. All pennies gratefully received. The St Martins Housing Trust helps people living on the streets to get back into the community through health care and advice, education and by providing a home and settled address until they are back on their feet—as well as emergency accommodation. Christmas is a particularly hard time and to receive a wrapped gift with a greetings tag means a great deal. If you would like to donate, presents can include confectionery, biscuits, warm scarves/gloves/socks etc., playing cards, paperbacks and small items to cheer up a room or flat—as well as toiletries. In order to help with distribution, please include a label, to indicate whether the gift should be for a man or woman and what it contains. Please bring your gifts to Ludham Church Rooms on Saturday 9th December (10.30am to 11.30am, also wrapping service available) or, give them to one of the people listed below, or ring us, we can collect if you prefer. Thank you. Julia Morris (598538); Anita Watson (598759); Wendy Bear(581427); Ros Cordiner (678682) or Roy Lawrence (536871).

Hickling Infant School

We’ve got exciting news from Hickling Infant School! We are celebrating after being awarded a Premier League Primary Stars Nike football kit! We have been given a full professional looking kit in Hickling colours with a bright, padded goalkeeping shirt. We are mad about sports and are excited to play in some tournaments/matches again this year. We are sure that our talent alongside our new expert kit will bring winning results. Also, we know it’s early but never too early to get a date in the diary – our Christmas Fayre will be held at Hickling Infant School on Monday 18th De-cember. We invite the whole village to come buy gifts, play games and eat cake…come and celebrate this special time of year with our lovely children

Bell Ringing Room

Following the above request for bell ringers, the church has spent a lot of effort and time restoring the bells to a fully working condition. As many of the congregation know, a secondary system of bell chiming (utilising the ‘Ellacombe Apparatus’) has been repaired and made operational for the last two years. As you can appreciate, over years of non-use, the Bell-Ringing room has suffered neglect and is in need of renovation prior to utilising its full potential. We are looking for volunteers to assist in returning this room to its former glory and making it functional once again. Saint Marys Church at Hickling is very special. Of all the churches in Nor-folk (and there are a great many), Saint Marys Church is unique in that it has the ‘Heaviest Ring of Five’ (the largest/heaviest group of five bells) in the county. To help hear that unique sound ring out across our village once more, and if you can spare some free time painting/cleaning etc., please contact Warren Egerton on 01692 598370 (or by e-mail - Your assistance would be very greatly appreciated by all. Also, we know it’s early but never too early to get a date in the diary – our Christmas Fayre will be held at Hickling Infant School on Monday 18th De-cember. We invite the whole village to come buy gifts, play games and eat cake…come and celebrate this special time of year with our lovely children!

Hickling Bell Ringers

As many of you are aware, the bells at Saint Marys Church have recently been repaired and are now ready to peel once more. The Parochial Church Council of Saint Mary’s Church are looking for people who are interested in learning how to become a competent campanologist. You may have never touched a bell rope before or you maybe already experienced in bell ringing (perhaps you rang the bells at Saint Mary’s Church previously), please ex-press your interest and experience by contacting Jane Egerton on 01692 598370 (or by e-mail - This offer is directed pri-marily at residents of Hickling. The Parochial Church Council would be happy to hear from you, via the contact details above, and are initially seeking to find how many people (and their relevant experience) are interested.

Christmas Wreath workshop

Reminder that this will be taking place on Friday 15th December,1pm-5pm, cost £20 per person. For info. & bookings call 07905 241076, email

Hickling Toddlers

Hickling Toddlers is a friendly group of Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers who meet each Wednesday at Hickling Chapel from 9.30-11.30am. We have lots of new faces join us all the time but if you haven’t popped in yet, please do. On Wednesday 22nd November we have a photographer, Louise Walpole coming to take relaxed snaps for those who choose. Prints are really good value. Everyone is welcome, just come along. Looking forward to seeing you or call me for more information, Lydia Hale 01692 598542.

Hickling Pre-school

We are excited to say that the Pre-school children in Hickling have started their ‘Forest School’ sessions. They are enjoying hunting for mini-beasts, building dens and learning through exploration. If you are interested in viewing one of these sessions or your child attending our well resourced purpose built Pre-School pop in anytime or contact the school. We take children from 2 years and 15 hour funded places are available.

Shoppers Coach

Coaches in November run to Great Yarmouth on Fridays 10th and 24th No-vember. For more information on times and cost and to book please contact Mrs Miles on 01692 580940.

Hickling Ladies

On Wednesday 15th November we shall be holding our Charity meeting for Happisburgh Owls, 7.45pm at the Methodist Hall with raffle and refresh-ments. This will be an OPEN meeting for anyone interested in seeing the birds and supporting the Charity.

Methodist Church Events

Christmas Fair, Saturday 25th November, 10am-2pm. All usual stalls, crafts, gifts, wreaths etc. Teas and light lunches served.
Advent Display, Saturday 25th November, 10am-2pm. Advent display of decorated boughs, the theme is stars. Any group or individual wishing to take part, please let Trisha (598534) or Monica (598203) know.

Knit and Natter Group

Runs every 1st/3rd Wednesday of the month from 2-3.30pm at the Methodist Hall. You can work on your own craft or help with one of ours. Cost £1 a session. More information from Trisha (598534) or Monica (598203).

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