Hicking Parish Council Chair's ReportWe have set our meeting schedule for this year – generally the second Monday of the month. The Staithe Forum will be on 19th March and the Annual Parish meeting on 16th April. Both will be held at the Barn and we do hope you will be able to join us. Our next scheduled meeting is at 7pm on Monday 12th February in the Chapel schoolroom.
Chair, Hickling Parish Council
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Hickling Broad U3A
We would like to thank everyone for attending our January meet-ing when Tim Pankhurst came to tell us all about the rare Fen Orchid, an endangered plant which can only be found locally and at one other site in the UK. Our next meeting at the Barn on February 9th at 2pm will feature Peter Lawrence who will be presenting “East Anglian Families of Influence”. Local families, such as the Barclays and Gurneys, played a significant role in the establishment of banking in the City of London. This promises to be an interesting and intriguing afternoon. Any-one who is no longer in full time employment is welcome to come along. Visitors pay £2 and membership of just £15 per annum gives you free access to all our meetings, multiple wider benefits of being a member of the national U3A, as well as access to a wide variety of interest groups ranging from wildlife walks and cycling to sailing and philosophy! So if you fancy a really warm welcome, good company and a nice cup of tea and cake, why not come along to join us.
Discover more about Hickling Broad U3A at u3asites.org.uk
Shoreline NewsWriting this on New Year’s Eve is a good time to thank you all for the donations to the Foodbank, St Martin’s and Wateraid. The sad truth is that the New Year does not bring hope, and happiness for the future, to everyone and it seems hardship is going to increase before it improves. However, great strides ARE being made by Wateraid, St. Martins is doing its best to extend its services and the Foodbank uses the Christmas response to help keep food stocks at a good level through January and February. Many groups and individuals in our four villages were very thoughtful and generous at Christmas with specific responses to St. Martin’s and the Foodbank. None of this is possible without people who care enough to make a difference –thank you from Shoreline.
Hedgehogs should be in deep hibernation for a few more weeks and will start to emerge in March. Having lost 1/3 of their body weight, they will be extremely hungry and thirsty. If you would like to help, leave some fresh water (a heavy, flat bowl is perfect), add a simple escape ramp to garden ponds or overflow drains (an old piece of wood or a few old bricks propped up near the edge is fine). Hedgehogs love meaty cat / dog food (no fish) or hedgehog biscuits. To deter local cats, use an old side plate or plant pot base to cover the food (the hog will easily knock it off notifying you of its presence!) If you see a hog out during the day, it is highly likely to be in need of your help. Put on some gardening gloves, gently put the hog into a cardboard box with some cut up newspaper. Contact any local hedgehog rescue or take to a local vet. I use Foxy Lodge rescue at Hemsby Tel. 01493 384237 and they may collect the hog from you. For any help if you cannot get to a rescue centre, please contact HICKLINGHEDGIE@hotmail.com Thank you!
A BIG THANK YOU The Greyhound Christmas Bake Off was an entertaining after-noon where our talented village baked sausage rolls, Yule logs, Christmas cakes, and Mince pies, which were auctioned to raise £200 for Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich, by our very generous customers. The Christmas Hamper Raffle was won by Chris Cartwright (he did buy a lot of tickets) and raised £200 for the Hickling Newssheet plus a further £50 from the Quiz Night collections. Well done everyone.
OIL SYNDICATE It is with regret that the Greyhound is no longer able to offer this service to the village. We are in the process of trying to find someone else to take it on, but as yet nothing has been formalised. We will keep you posted via the Newssheet.
Norfolk Broads Filling Station
The Norfolk Broads Filling Station re-opens on Tuesday 12th February at the usual time of 7.00 for 7.30. Our first speaker for 2018 is Eldred Willey who is part of Billy Graham’s Rapid Response team which goes promptly to disaster areas. This year he has supported the grieving community around Grenfell Tower and offered spiri-tual and emotional care in the wake of the deadly attacks at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge. In May the team also ministered alongside local churches after the deadly bombings in Manchester. As a result, Eldred has some fascinating stories to tell of God at work in the midst of disaster. Do come along and join us, you will find a friendly and warm welcome. You will be free to relax and enjoy the music and listen to an interesting and stimulating speaker. Those people wishing for prayer can receive prayer at the end as part of the ministry time. For more information contact David Osborne on 07786 261473 or email at email@example.com.
The trips in February are to Great Yarmouth on Friday 9th and Friday 23rd. To confirm pick up times, prices, to book and for more information please call Mrs Miles on 01692 580940.
Those ladies attending the meal at The Bridge, Acle on Wednesday February 21st are reminded that the time is 7 p.m. for 7.30.
Pancakes and Messy Church
Tuesday 13th February 10 -12 Children's craft activities, plus pancakes, what more could you need in half term! All welcome if you have children or not, pancakes served all morning and children welcome to come and join in craft activities based on Love. Please note children cannot be left unattended, and finishing time a bit earlier than usual. Donations will be welcome for Christian Aid. More info ring Trisha 598534 Easter Messy Church, Weds. 4th April, 10-1.
Hickling Infant School
We have come back to school with a bang this January! We are very excited to be working with Norwich Puppet Theatre on a special venture called the ‘Ragdoll Pro-ject’. We have visited the Theatre last to see a performance of Thumbelina and learnt about the different types of puppets. We also learnt how the puppeteer con-trols the puppets and their voice! Next week we are looking forward to the Puppet Theatre coming to Hickling! They will be working with us to create our own puppets and backdrops for two whole days. We look forward to sharing our photos on our school blog which can be found on the website.
The pre-school children have had a good start back and have welcomed more new children! They are busy enjoying all aspects of school life and integrating into the main school really well. We have started transition mornings ready for school in Sep-tember on a Wednesday morning where the children join Miss Arnold for a couple of hours. We feel sure that the children will be more than ready for school in Septem-ber and the transition will be seamless! You are welcome to come and visit the Pre-school or school anytime! Just contact the school office on 598355. We take chil-dren from 2 years and 15 hour funded places available.
Saturday 24th February at The Church Rooms Ludham “Open The Book” Training Day beginning with Tea/Coffee at 9.15am to start at 9.30am and finish at 3.00pm. ( bring a sandwich, other refreshments provided.) Irene Nicholson from the Diocese of Norwich will be leading us on the day. Open the Book is a bible society initiative, telling stories from the bible in dramatic form. Budding Actors/Actresses needed for dramatic role play. People needed to make props and to pray. Come and find out more about it or contact Revd Deborah to find out more on 01692 6783823. All will be made welcome.