Sleeping Beauty

Laugh away the January blues with Treading the Broads’ latest production. If you haven’t already got your tickets, there are a few left for the 2pm matinee on Saturday 27th January. All remaining tickets are now at the Greyhound Inn, and cost £6 for adults and £4.50 for concessions (under 16 / over 65).

You can see the highlights of the 2016 Pantomime at hicklingpanto.org

Hicking Parish Council Chair's Report

Well, that’s another year over, and once again we can look towards the Spring. Thank you to those of you who help us put together our list of road defects. We alerted NCC Highways to 17 issues and they have replied with an action plan. We will be checking that work is carried out, and following up where necessary. If you spot any other issues, please report it directly to Highways, and it is also helpful to inform our Clerk as well. We have been notified that another broadband cabinet will be installed in the village. This one will be at the top of The Street (by ‘Woodpeckers’). A date for the work hasn’t been set yet – at the moment all we know is that the entire Norfolk project is due to complete by the end of March 2020. Our next scheduled meeting is at 7pm on Monday 8th January in the Chapel schoolroom. Happy New Year
Jo Belsten
Chair, Hickling Parish Council

More information on your parish council can be found at hickling-parish-council.co.uk

Hickling Broad U3A

Happy New Year! We would like to thank everyone for attending our December meeting when musician and entertainer Paul Adams took us on a musical journey through the 1950’s. This was 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. As always we would like to say a special thank you to the tea team and to everyone who brought along seasonal snacks to share. At our next meeting at the Barn on January 12th at 2pm we will be hearing all about The Fen Orchid from guest speaker Tim Pankhurst. Tim is a well known botanist whose work has achieved international recognition. He is Conservation Manager for the East of England for Plantlife, a British conservation charity working nationally and internationally to save threatened wild flowers, plants and fungi. Plantlife was instrumental in the creation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and are a member of Planta Europa, a pan-European network of over 60 wild plant conservation organisations. Tim is widely respected as a UK expert on the Fen Orchid which is an endangered species native to this part of Norfolk and his presentation will give us all a unique insight into this rare and beautiful plant.

Discover more about Hickling Broad U3A at u3asites.org.uk

Shoreline News

Thank you to you all for Foodbank Christmas extras, wrapped gifts for St.Martins and Wateraid pounds and pennies (amounting to £342.85 over 2017 alone!!) In fact, over the last year, you have given complete strangers at home and abroad, a glimpse of something very special – the fact that you care; that you are not prepared to sit back while people worse off than us are suffer-ing. In the end we all want the same things – to live in peace, have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and a future for our children. Your dona-tions make a difference. Happy New Year from Shoreline.

Hickling Health & Fitness at Hickling Barn

Teenfit - is open to all young people between the ages of 11yrs & 16yrs each Wednesday evening at 5pm for 1 hour, at a cost of £3 pp per session and is run by our professional gym instructor Kat. Anyone that brings a participant to these sessions is welcome to stay and use the internet and/or have a free cup of coffee/tea. We want to en-courage young people to take up regular exercise which will benefit them throughout their lives. For more information call Kat on 07984771213 or pop in at any Teenfit/gym session.
Hickling Community Gym – is open Monday 7-11am, Wednesday 8.30-10.30am & 6-8pm, Friday 7-11am, Sunday 11-12.30. A free exercise programme is given when joining and is updated as and when re-quested by the member. For more information regarding Health & Fitness at Hickling Barn please call Martin on 07733456005 or Kat on 07984771213 or call in at any gym session, or see the website www.hicklingbarn.co.uk

Shoppers Coach

January brings trips on the following dates— Friday 5th to Great Yarmouth; Friday 12th to Norwich and Friday 26th to Great Yarmouth. There is a new time for the bus, 9.00am at Catfield. To confirm pick up times, prices and other information and to book your place, please contact Mrs Miles on 01692 580940.

Hickling Ladies

The January meeting is on Wednesday 17th, 7.45 p.m. at the Meth-odist Hall. The speaker will be Simon Partridge “How Hill”. £10 will purchase 2018 programme. Please return your menu choices with money if you are attending the February meal or drop into Pam – many thanks.

Knit and Natter Group

The group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 2-3.30pm at the Methodist Hall. Cost is £1 per session. You may bring your own craft to work on or help with one of ours. For further information please contact Trisha (598534) or Monica (598203).

Stalham Players Pantomime

We are performing “Babes in the Wood” at Stalham High School. Evening performances at 7.30pm on 18th, 19th & 20th January. Mati-nee performances at 2.30pm on 20th and 21st. Tickets £7.50 for adults, £4.50 under 18’s and over 60’s can be purchased from Stal-ham DIY or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/stalhamplayers

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.

Stalham and District Horticultural Society

The Annual General Meeting will be on Friday 19th January, 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Stalham High School, Main Hall. AGM followed by quiz and refreshments. Contact Andrea Hayes 01692 598070 for further information.

Age UK Norfolk - January Benefit Check Campaign

Many older people are entitled to claim benefits – but not everyone is aware of what their entitlements are, and how to claim. Age UK Nor-folk is working hard to raise awareness so that those in later life, and their carers, can claim; and helping them along the way to make those claims. To find out more about benefit checks, call the Age UK Norfolk advice line on 0300 500 1217, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

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