Sleeping Beauty

Costumes are nearly ready, scenery is in production, lines are learnt…. Treading the Broads have another hilarious show for you…. Oh yes we do! Saturday evening’s performance sold out in just two weeks, so you’ll need to be quick if you want tickets for Friday evening (26th January) or Saturday Matinee (27th January). Get them from either the Pleasure Boat and Greyhound Inn. Tickets are £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

We hope that you all enjoyed our bonfire night event. It was a lovely evening, the heavy rain earlier in the day didn’t seem to affect the massive bonfire, and the fireworks were superb. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a huge success, and to all of you for your generous dona-tions. We raised enough to pay for next year’s event, so our fundraising in the next year will be for other village causes. At our November meeting we set the precept for 2018/19. Our grant from NNDC is being cut by 7% again, with a further cut expected in the following year. We can’t keep absorbing the cuts, so have agreed to increase the precept by 2%. This works out at an average rise in council tax of 38p per household for the year. We are very grateful to all of you who continue to help care for and maintain our village— this is a massive help in keeping our costs down. The Broads Authority are consulting on the final version of the Broads Local Plan — this sets out the policies they will use to decide on planning applications. The Plan can be viewed online at or in hard copy at Stalham Library. There is also a drop in session at Potter Heigham Village Hall on Saturday 9th December (10-12). The deadline for responses is 4th January. Our next scheduled meeting is at 7pm on Monday 11th December in the Chapel schoolroom. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Jo Belsten
Chair, Hickling Parish Council

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Hickling Broad U3A

We would like to thank everyone for attending our November meeting when David Taylor came to tell us about Great Ormond Street Hospital, its history and its current day work. As always we would like to say a special thank you to the tea ladies for doing such a sterling job at our meeting. We look forward to our December meeting at Hickling Barn on Friday 8th December at 2pm when our talk will be “Rock and Roll Will Never Die” As a special Christmas treat, musician and entertainer Paul Adams will take us on a musical journey through the 1950’s. This is a mixed audio visual presentation with pictures, music and live singing a perfect afternoon of fun and relaxation before the Christmas rush starts in earnest. Visitors (£2 Entry fee) and new members (£15 annual subscription) are always welcome. Please feel free to bring a small plate of seasonal nibbles to share during the afternoon if you wish.

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Shoreline News

Foodbank: Your donations at this time of year often include Christmas treats. Thank you for those on behalf of the recipients. Christmas without chocolate or cake or festive food must be doubly difficult if you are struggling to get by. It is your generosity this month which helps keep the Food-banks going until the Spring. A reminder that the very last day for Christmas gifts to St. Martins is Saturday, 9th December. Gifts can include confectionery, toiletries, and warm scarves, socks etc. all wrapped and labelled with a cheery greeting. If you would like your donation collected please contact Julia Morris 598538 or Anita Watson 598759 or bring them to Ludham Church Rooms on Saturday 9th December 10.30 to 11.30 for a wrapping service!
Wateraid: £83.79 has been paid in - thank you again.
We wish you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas from Shoreline mem-bers - and thank you for your continuing generosity.

Hickling Infant School

We are excited to announce that our Christmas Fayre will take place at the Infant School on Monday 18th December 2017 at 2pm. There will be various stalls where you can purchase last minute Christmas presents and tree decorations plus plenty of games and fun for all! We are also hoping to have a visit from Father Christmas in his grotto. If you would like a table or any more information please contact the school on 01692 598355 or alterna-tively email Please come along and support your community school!

Norfolk Age UK– Looking for Respite Care at Christmas?

If you’re a full time carer or spend a lot of time caring for someone, it’s important to make time for yourself too, for your own health and wellbeing and to give you energy to carry on caring. That’s where respite care can help, particularly at times like Christmas. Age UK Norfolk can meet such demands with its 20 bed respite unit at Grays Fair Court centre in Norwich. Each comfortable apartment has en-suite facilities and your own TV. The path to respite care can be taken in 2 ways. First through the social services system via Norfolk County Council, and care packages taken this way will be funded if the patient meets the necessary criteria. Or there is a self funding option. Grays Court runs a special programme over the holiday period and visitors are welcome. Regular facilities such as hairdressers salon, foot care, computer with internet access and library are all available. To find out more about respite care at Christmas, or any other time, then contact Age UK Norfolk’s Grays Fair Court on 01603 594747 or contact Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020.

Greyhound News - Bake Off

Christmas Bake Off in aid of Priscilla Bacon Lodge on Sunday 10th December at 3pm. The categories are as follows — Decorated Cake; Mince Pies; Yule Log; Your best Sausage Roll. All are welcome.

Hickling Bowls Club

The Club has had a good season playing six teams in four leagues. We won the Broadland Charity Shield, beating our close rivals Potter Heigham in the final. Our BBQs proved popular, all parishioners are welcome to these. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 8th December, 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall. Members wishing to enter any County Competitions, who cannot attend the AGM should contact the Honorary Secretary, Peter Crook on 598294 before 14th January.

White Christmas - Film

To be shown at the Barn on Wednesday 20th December. Thanks to the generosity of parishioners attending the recent Blues Café at the Barn, enough money has been raised for a free matinee showing of the classic film “White Christmas” on Wednesday 20th December at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Everyone is invited to come along and share some Christmas cheer with their friends and neighbours in our village. Not only is admission free, but there will be complimentary hot drinks, spiced apple juice and nib-bles to enjoy. Do come along and join us for this lovely seasonal event.

Hickling Pre-school

Pre-School are really excited to be taking part in the Infant School Nativity this year down at the church on Wednesday 13th December 17 at 10am. We will be dressing up as angels and singing some songs. We would love to invite the whole community to this event, please spread the word. Also, if you are interested in viewing one of these sessions or your child at-tending our well-resourced purpose built Pre-School pop in anytime or con-tact the school. We take children from 2 years and 15 hour funded places available – be quick though, there are only a couple of spaces left!

Shoppers Coach

In December the bus trips are to Norwich on Friday 8th and to Great Yarmouth on Friday 22nd. For more information and to book your seat please call Mrs Miles on 01692 580940.

Hickling Ladies

The meeting on Wednesday 13th December, 7.45pm at the Methodist Hall will be a Christmas Quiz with Chat evening. Raffle and refreshments. Happy Christmas to our members and thank you for your support in 2017.

Methodist Church Events

Carols and Readings for Christmas — 10.30am, Sunday 24th
Carols by Candlelight—6.30pm, Sunday 24th
Brief Informal Worship for all the Family—10.00am, Monday 25th

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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