Treading The Broads

Thanks to everyone who came to see Sleeping Beauty the Pantomime. It was another sell-out production and we all absolutely loved putting on the show. Our audiences keep our small company alive and we really appreciate your support; you make our hard work worth it! Watch this space for our next performance ………

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Hicking Parish Council Chair's Report

By the time you read this, this year’s dredging of the broad should be complete. It will improve access to the whole staithe area. Anglian Water will be carrying out maintenance work on the village sewerage system in late spring; the exact dates have yet to be confirmed. We have arranged for the willows at the Chapel Pit to be cut back. We are very grateful to Debi and Tony at the Greyhound Inn for setting up and running the oil syndicate. Un-fortunately the Parish Council is unable to take this on. This year’s Staithe Forum will be at 7.30pm on Monday 19th March at Hick-ling Barn. We will have updates from the organisations that use the staithe and the broad and we do hope you will be able to join us. The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Monday 16th APRIL (not March), also at the Barn. Our next scheduled meeting is at 7pm on Monday 12th March in the Chapel schoolroom.
Jo Belsten
Chair, Hickling Parish Council

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Hickling Broad U3A

We would like to thank everyone for attending our February meeting when Peter Lawrence presented “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 was an intriguing afternoon where we heard about the history of Banking as well as the role that some local families also played in the abolition of slavery. Our next meeting at the Barn on March 9th at 2pm will feature local yachtswoman Gina Hilton. Gina lives in our parish and is giving a presentation called “3 Oceans, 2 Equator Crossings, 1 Family” Gina will tell us all about her recent round the world sailing adventure with her family, involving 157 paper charts, 236 malaria tablets, 7 people and 30,000 nautical miles of sailing. An afternoon of adventure not to be missed!

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Shoreline News

£76.50 has been paid in to Wateraid– another great sum, thank you. Wateraid say that clean water changes everything in seven ways. When someone has access to a safe water supply it leads to good health; the opportunity to learn and run businesses; it gives back time which would have been lost collecting water; frees children to be educated; water to wash in and keep clean rebuilds dignity; sewerage systems eliminate major killers such as cholera and all these unlock the potential to really live a full life. That list makes our pennies very powerful. Foodbank customers are, of course, year round and not seasonal, but the generosity of people over Christmas means the shelves are well stocked at the beginning of the year. Those shelves are rapidly emptying so anything you can donate to help will be very welcome. Thank you.

Hickling Filling Station

Monday 12th March in The Barn, 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Please put the date of our March meeting in your diaries. Our speaker will be Jonathan Conrathe who was with us back in January last year when we had an incredible eve-ning. Jonathan goes all over the world preaching and winning souls for Christ. He shared some of the almost unbelievable experiences he had been involved in over recent years in Africa with the witch doctors and incidents of people being healed from incurable diseases. Jonathan is passionate about his faith and loves to share his experiences and wants to show how God is very much alive and doing amazing things in our world today. If you are able, please come and join us, you won’t be disappointed. Anybody interested will be most welcome to join us for prayer on Thursday 8th March in The Stables (adjacent to Stalham Baptist Church) beginning at 7.30. For more information contact David Osborne on 01692-581418 mobile:- 07786 261473 or email:

Garden Tools Required

It’s that time of year when we go to the shed to sort out tools for the garden and we are hoping that people might find the odd spare hand tool or fork, spade rake or hoe to donate to the Barn? Our lovely garden is maintained mainly by voluntary effort and donation and it would make like much easier if we had some tools there all the time. If you do have any to spare you can drop them off anytime - just leave them by the front door and one of us will collect them. Many Thanks

Hickling Pre-School

Our numbers continue to grow and we are excited for the future of the pre-school in the village. We offer excellent, nurturing education to the children in our care. We have a Hickling Pre-school Facebook page where you can view comments from parents and find out a little bit more… Alternatively come and see the pre-school in action for yourself! We welcome visitors at anytime. Ring the school office on 598355 to book a time or just turn up on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday and we will gladly show you round. Also, if there are any people who would like to come and volunteer some of their time to read stories to the children or just become involved in the pre-school we’d love to hear from you.

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. / 01692 678382

Shoppers Coach

Trips in March are to Norwich on Friday 9th and to Great Yarmouth on Friday 23rd. For more information on times, prices and to book please call 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

Brian Hedge will bring his music quiz to the meeting on Wednesday 21st March, 7.45pm at the Methodist Hall. Raffle and refreshments as usual. 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

Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners - all ages and abilities welcome! Coming soon at Hickling Barn. Call Rosanne on 07776426714 for more information.

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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