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The Mallard

Issue 321 July 2018

There’s a Strong Community Spirit at the School

ake and Luke Doddington who live in Great Massingham and attend our
village Primary school wanted to make their very own contribution to-
wards the school’s project to make improvements to the playground at the
front of the school.
With their mother’s support,
they hit on the idea of walking
the Peddars Way from Thetford
to Holme during their half term
break. They set about collect-
ing sponsors and also featured
in the local newspapers.
Initially, they had expected to
raise £100 but the actual total
raised was an amazing £435!
What a feat! Well done Jake
and Luke for sticking to your
task and achieving your goal
and many, many thanks from
all at the school. Many thanks
also to all in the village who contributed to Luke and Jake’s challenge and also
for the recent ‘Sponsor a Duck’ appeal (Update in next issue).
On the 15th June the whole school performed their short version of a Midsummer
Night’s Dream to parents at the village hall. As you can see from the picture it
was a very colourful production. A school governor who attended the event re-
marked, ‘The entire performance went off without a hitch, incredible enthusiasm
from the children, lines learned to perfection, lovely and loud so you could hear
almost everyone the whole time.’ Jake and Luke chose this occasion to announce
the total raised. As you can imagine, everyone was delighted.
A huge thank you to everyone involved at the school for all you do.

Thanks to Peter James for this picture of the local poppy fields. See more on pages 8 &16

Mallard News
This parish magazine is
published every month for the ‘Histry Bits’.... The Worst Job in the World?
Anybody who tries to tell you that life on the farm was better
residents of Great and Little
Massingham with the support ofin the old days is talking rubbish. Poorly-paid, back-breaking
the Great Massingham Parish
Council, the Parochial Churchlabour in mud and snow and driving rain was the rule, not the
Council and Massingham exception. But there was one job that outstripped all the rest for
Village Hall Trustees.
mud, tedium and squalor - and it didn’t even exist until just
e-mail: before the First World War – the production and harvesting of
mallard.editor@btinternet.com sugar beet.
Editorial Committee The first sugar beet factory was set up at Cantley, near Norwich
Editor: Bev. Randall. in 1912, and during the 1920’s a further 17 factories were built
6 Abbeyfields
Great Massingham around the region. These were later amalgamated to form the
01485 520 899 British Sugar Corporation which, until the 1950’s, set quotas
Treasurer: David Baines and processed the entire crop, saving many small farmers from
01485 520 966 bankruptcy, at that time.
Website: Caroline Boyden After the beet seeds had germinated, they needed singling, to
01485 521 816
give the growing plants space to develop. Known as ‘chopping
Deadline for the out’, this was done by gangs of men using hand hoes, working
next issue their way methodically backwards across the vast fields of beet
July 20 that surrounded the village. It was truly exhausting work, with
no protection from the driving rain and gales that turned fields
In this issue into seas of mud.
Beet harvesting was no better. Before the advent of mechanisa-
• School News tion, everything was also done by hand. Known as ‘Knock and
• ‘Histry’ Bits Chop’ the beet was uprooted, knocked together to remove as
• Historical Society much of the mud as possible and its leafy upper stems sliced
• Parish Council Report off using a hooked, machete-like beet knife, before being
• Parish Council Matters lobbed into an accompanying cart. Lorries would later visit the
• Village Hall Events
• West Norfolk Folk farm to ferry the mountains of waiting beet to the various fac-
• Quiz Night tories for processing.
• Craft & Chat Of course, things are better now. But, next time you get stuck
• Trefoil Guild behind a gigantic, state-of-the-art beet-harvester occupying the
• Mother & Baby entire width of a narrow mud-clogged country lane, try to be
• Gert & Daisy patient. Things used to be a whole lot worse!
• Mobile Library David Miller -With thanks to Clive Casburn and Peter Brown.
• Grassroots Malawi
• Fitness for Health
• Village Yard Sale
• Strollers
• Poppies
• Pre-School Report
• Coffee Morning
• Chairman’s Report
• From the Rector
• Church News
• Church Services
• Film Night
• Ladies’ Night
• Macmillan date
• Community Cars
• Dates for your Diary Don’t forget the Historical Society meeting on 9th July at 7.30pm
Mallard News Parish Council Matters
Parish Council Report - June meeting PLEASE DO NOT FEED
Four councillors attended the meeting on the THE DUCKS OR GEESE
18th June. Also present was the Clerk. There is no need to feed the ducks or geese.
A Parish Council vacancy still exists and Bread and processed food can cause them
parishioners are invited to apply for this harm. There is plenty of vegetation, their
post. Full details available from the Clerk. natural food, available for them. This year,
There had recently been a visit from the we have far too many ducks and geese so
Highway Rangers (Norfolk County Coun- we do not want to encourage them to stay.
cil) and a number of outstanding items The Parish Council would prefer not to have
have been attended to. to take drastic action to reduce the numbers
Concern was expressed with the increasing but will have to, if this problem is not re-
number of Greylag Geese in the village solved naturally.
and advice is to be sought on how to best We hope that Parishioners will refrain from
deal with the current situation. (see right) feeding the ducks and geese and let nature
Next meeting, Monday 16th July, 7.30 pm. take its course. Please give your support.
Do you have a hedge beside a footway? The Parish council have received com-
The Parish Council has had complaints plaints regarding vehicles parked on the
regarding hedgerows that are overhanging footway. Pavements are for people!
the footpaths. This causes problems for If your car even partially obstructs the path
pedestrians and, especially for those with it causes a serious hazard for many people
prams or elderly people with walking aids using the pavements and dangerous if they
and wheelchairs. If your hedge is causing have to step into the road. (See note left)
a hazard please cut it back. Similarly, low Please, please think of others and park with
overhanging tree branches and banks that all fours wheels on the road.
extend over footpaths also need attention. Pavement parking is illegal and antisocial
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Historical Society 2nd Monday 7.30pm poetry writing. Please join us.
Youth Club Tuesdays 6.45- 9.15pm Many thanks to everyone who attended
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Mallard News
Gert & Daisy.... .... Well, here we are agin.
The weather hev bin a bit up and down hint it? As we write this, the sun is shining but
thas a bit black over Will’s mother’s, but we aren’t worried cos on Saturday we’ll be
flying off ter Minorca from Norridge airport. On our own!
We hope Bert will be able ter manage to feed himself. Last week he picked up a Chinese
from Tham’s but, as company wus coming, he thort he’d better pop it in the oven ter
keep warm. Chinese takeaways come in plastic containers!
Hev yew sin the poppy fields on the Gayton and Grimston Roads? They are bewtiful int
they? Wonder if they’re harvesting them fer the seeds? (see pictures on page 8)
Daisy’s 10th grandchild arrived safely on 22nd May – a bewtiful little girl, aptly named
Bella. Awl the family are dewing well.
Daisy hed a birthday and we awl went fer a meal at the Fox in Weasenham. Lovely meal
as usual. Hope ter go back very soon.
Hope yew will awl be celebrating Norfolk Day on 27 th July. It is the first time we hev
hed a Norfolk Day. Daisy will be flying her Norfolk flag and speaking in Norfolk awl
day long (as normal) so, if yew are a furriner, yew might not understand her.
The Coronation Club hed a luvly afternoon tea at Aldiss’s. There wus cakes, sandwiches,
sausage rolls, quiches and as much tea and coffee as yew wanted. Everyone enjoyed it
and hed a walk round the shop buying bits and pieces. Someone almost fell asleep on
one of the comfortable beds!
Dew yew keep atroshing. Don’t git sunburnt! Gert and Daisy
No Norfolk words this month – we’ve run owt. Hev ter speak ter Keith Skipper!
Quote of the month:
When I see lovers have carved their names in a tree, I don’t think ‘How romantic’,
I just think it’s surprising how many people take a knife out on a date!
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Strollers GET ACTIVE…….
Skylarks in April
Eleven Strollers drove over to
Roydon Common for our April
walk. The weather was balmy -
in keeping with most of us! We
were greeted by the uplifting
song of skylarks, almost invisible
in the clear blue sky above us.
The walk took us through sandy
heathland and along the edge of a
wood where the songs of various The group before setting off

woodland birds added to the pleasant surroundings.

Two ‘strugglers’ at the end After about a mile, the group split into the fitter, more ener-
getic walkers and those less so and more interested in the
flora & fauna. We eventually met up again and proceeded
to the ‘Three Horseshoes’ where we were joined by two
non-walkers. We enjoyed a sumptuous lunch and more than
enough food. There was no walk in May but …….
Seaside Strolling
On the 10th June, Strollers went to Thornham for our walk.
We assembled at the Lifeboat Inn and proceeded to the
coastal path. The sight of the sea and marshes and the call
of sea birds provided a very different experience to our
usual walking environment. After reaching the path, we
followed it towards Holme. One of our group spotted some
samphire in the marsh and clambered down to pick some
for his tea. Our group of ten then divided, with half of us
taking the short route back to the main road whilst the others continued to Holme beach.
As we walked, the day improved and the sun was pleasantly warm on our backs. Our
path took us through the reed beds and meadows and then along a track through the
woods. A cuckoo called and speckled wood butterflies danced in the dappled sunlight.
Reaching the main road, we quickly joined a permissive path back to Thornham Village
Hall and then back to the Lifeboat Inn for lunch.
Eventually, thirteen of us sat down to dine in a circular pavilion with a round table en-
compassing a ‘Lazy Susan’. Lunch was excellent! I would certainly recommend the roast
pork. All in all, a very different and enjoyable day and one we hope to repeat
Why not join us next time? Contact me to know more. Andrew Bickerton

Another picture from

Peter James of the
beautiful poppies in
the fields along the
Gayton and Grimston

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Ducklings News from Pip ………………….
Our Diary of What’s been happening in June
The pirate ship was sailing the seven seas. It probably wouldn’t get very far as it was six
crates, a pole and a flag. ‘Where are we sailing to? Their reply - Tescos!
Maths - More luck with the maths as this was counting gold coins. By the end of the
week some of us could add coins together to make up to 10.
Planets again this year. One parent thought the silver emergency blankets were to keep
the sun out but the children knew that we were inside the space ship. Silly mummy! As
the week went on, we learnt about the solar system and the oldest could put other children
in the positions of the planets and know which ones moved around which. Even the two
and a half year olds ‘got’ gravity - ‘Big jump, come down. Succinct!’
Running - We run around all the time but this month we tried some organised running,
into two groups, running round Emily, running back. All except one kept going and just
didn’t stop!
Trips - We have had some trips
out this year, when we could fit
into a couple of cars. The toilet
system at Castle Acre Castle
was of particular interest - imag-
ine those discussions. The beach
was great for rolling down the
dunes. Apologies to the couple
who got squashed. This week
we went, with school, to a music
session with instruments, sing-
ing and stories. Most impressed
with our children’s behaviour.
(see picture right)
We took the older children to the Damien Hirst Exhibition and used the theme of circles
and dots for our own activities. Some very artistic T shirts were created with circle de-
signs, circles painted on the windows, circles in the air. Fantastic!
How we work - Children learn through play - it is their ‘work’. Besides the phonics, the
maths and the mark making that is generally adult led or initiated, children explore, dis-
cover, use imagination and learn to get on with each other.
We have homework sheets but these are taken by the children, or not, as they want. New
experiences bring resilience and confidence.
One particular day, the children sat on the tyres in the sunshine for an impromptu concert.
As parents arrived to take them home the children sang, ‘ you are my sunshine, my only
sunshine’- with Makaton signing. Perfect picture, lovely children. Never a dull moment!

Coffee Morning
Saturday July 14th, 10am - 12pm
St Andrew’s Church, Little Massingham
Delicious cakes, tea, coffee, raffle.
To support Church Funds
All Welcome! Please come and support.

I am pleased to present this year’s annual report and would again like to record my
thanks to my fellow Parish Councillors for their support. Their regular attendance at
meetings has enabled us to carry out our business successfully and reach satisfactory
We have again benefitted from the advice and support afforded by both County Council-
lor Dark and Borough Councillor Tilbrook. They have attended most Parish Council
Councillor Dark by using part of his allocated annual allowance helped, with Parish
Council support, secure funding to enable the Highways department to carry out much
needed improvements to the length of footway on Station Road between Mill Lane and
Rudham Road.
Councillor Tillbrook has kept us informed of matters relating to the Borough Council
and has been very helpful with advice on planning and housing matters.
Parish Councillor Andrew Bickerton decided to retire from the Parish Council during the
year and I would like to record my thanks to Andrew for the work he has done on the
Council and also for the support he has given me over the years. Andrew continues to
remain active particularly with Speed watch and is not slow in informing the Council of
his strong views on all matters relating to wildlife and bio-diversity. He was the main
motivator to provide the signing along Abbey Road to prevent vehicles parking on the
Cuts in Government spending continue and we must remain vigilant to make sure that
we ae not overlooked or put to the back of the queue when it comes to accessing the ser-
vices provided by other local authorities.
We have taken advantage of a partnership with Norfolk County Highways, where we
provided two gated entrances to the village, with half the cost being met by the County
Council. This coming year we hope to do the same in providing speed recognition signs
in the village.
Unfortunately, the Village Hall was unsuccessful in it’s bid for lottery funding and is
now preparing to approach other funders with a revamped but smaller plan, concentrat-
ing on the aspects of most importance to the needs to the Hall. The Parish Council has
again lent it’s support to the project and has pledged seventy-five thousand pounds from
ring fenced monies. We wish the Hall every success with its bid to continue providing
the village with this increasingly important asset.
Further work has been carried out on Weasenham Road. Mr Brun kindly cleared the area
near Malthouse pond, the area to be replanted later this year with grasses and indigenous
species of trees. It is hoped that this will improve wildlife in the area by giving access to
other wildlife areas via established corridors of hedgerows and meadows. Advice on this
obtained from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust via the Bio Diversity Group in the village. This
is part of an ongoing quest to balance the needs of wildlife with maintenance of our
greens and ponds.
During this year we were made aware of a problem regarding house numbering and con-
fusing Post Codes, resulting in an ambulance and other medical support experiencing
difficulties in locating a property. We have opened discussions with the Borough Council
to find a solution to the problem. It may be a contentious issue to resolve and will in-
volve many properties. Discussions may be protracted and will at some stage require
consultation with all those affected.
The village is indebted to the many voluntary organisations and groups working within
the parish, far too many to mention for fear of missing anybody out. The Council has
Chairman’s Report continued…….
been able to assist some of these financially throughout the year, including the Bio Di-
versity Group, Bowls Club, Community Cars and the Church. We have also funded the
cost of the Youth club leader, administered the running of the allotments and regulated
the fishing in Scotsman’s Pit.
Add to those the several individuals that voluntarily pick up litter, empty litter bins, tidy
and mow areas of the churchyard and raise funds for various charities, all are indications
that we have a very good community in the village. Visitors to the Village often remark
on the friendliness of local people and how pleasant it is to have complete strangers say
hello or good morning.
Great Massingham has many assets, and the biggest of these are its inhabitants, who
through there various clubs and organisations are, I think, becoming increasingly inclu-
sive and welcoming.
We now enter the last year of the Current Parish Council with elections to be held next
May. We have to deal with the challenges of new regulations regarding Data Protection
and prepare ourselves for any other changes in legislation effecting local communities.
Within these and in all debates, we will not always be unanimous in our thoughts but I
hope we can agree that if another’s opinion differs from ours it does not necessarily
make it wrong. Vic Cross, Chairman. May 2018

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Message from Reverend Judith to all Parishioners

One ofOmy son P
favourite books in childhood was The Very Hungry
Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It describes the adventures of a tiny caterpillar as
he munches his way through many exciting foods, growing bigger and bigger
until he becomes a cocoon and, ultimately, a beautiful butterfly. Children
identify with this story. Eating too many treats can mean having a stomach ache but the
hungry caterpillar had to be so greedy to be transformed into a butterfly! It’s about posi-
tive transformation.
Many of Jesus’s stories or parables are about transformation too. The word parable liter-
ally means ‘to throw alongside’; there’s a sense of strength here and also surprise. God’s
kingdom is nothing if not surprising – and counter-cultural, subverting conventional
power systems such as, in Jesus’ time, the all-conquering Roman Empire. And still the
Gospel message continues to inspire and energise us to this day. Parables allow us to use
our imagination to engage with Jesus’s stories in each new generation and compel us to
challenge conventional ways of looking at the world. We could all do with some uncon-
ventionality occasionally – think of President Donald Trump and North Korea!
St. Iraeneus, one of the Fathers of the Church, said in the fourth century that: ‘the glory
of God is a human being fully alive.’ I would strongly suggest that we are all in a pro-
cess of transformation, becoming ever more authentic to our particular calling, what-
ever that calling may be. This may involve munching our way through the right food, or
taking the right exercise or reading the right books or sharing the right conversations.
However, ultimately, we need courage and to have the space in our lives to listen to our
families and friends but also to be influenced perhaps by external factors for good, in
order to grow and develop both as individuals and as communities.
St Benedict, known as ‘the father of Western monasticism’, wrote a renowned Book of
Rules to order life in community, which people still find helpful today. Life in commu-
nity doesn’t have to mean a religious community, it can apply to any situation where
people are living and working together, such as our village communities here in Norfolk.
Two of St. Benedict’s most important rules are: don’t judge your brother or sister; and
don’t grumble. The first word in his book is ‘Listen’. Let us heed this wisdom of St.
Benedict and continue together on this lifelong journey of transformation.
Summer is a wonderful time - of rest and recuperation, holidays, good times shared,
village fetes and sunny days (hopefully!) Have a wonderful summer!
With my prayers and gratitude, Judith.

CHURCH NEWS….. School Leavers’ service will be held on

Walking Through our Parishes Friday 6th July in St Mary’s Church, 2pm.
In our year of prayer and pilgrimage, we Please join us to wish the children well on
have planned four walks in our parishes. their way to senior school.
The first was on 30th June at East Walton. Coffee Morning at St Andrew’s, Little
The second walk is on Tuesday 10th July Massingham, Sat.14th July. (See page 9)
from St Mary’s , Great Massingham. Meet
at 2pm. The walk is an easy four miles along FUNERAL
lanes and footpaths. Strong shoes or boots. From the Parish Register
Please bring your own picnic. Drinks will be 6 June Ephraim Green, at St Mary’s
provided. Great Massingham
Our thoughts are with
Wednesday Teas, every Wednesday, at St all his family.
Mary’s from 3pm to 4.30pm. Please join us.

Church Services - July
Date Time Service Location
1 July 8.30 am Holy Communion Ashwicken
9.30 am Family service Harpley
10.30 am Morning Praise Gayton
10.30 am Holy Communion Grimston
11.00 am Holy Communion Great Massingham
6.00 pm Evensong Congham
Wed. 4th July 9.00 am Holy Communion Harpley
8 July 10.30 am Group Holy Communion Harpley
4.00 pm The Gap Pott Row Methodist
15th July 8.30 am Holy Communion Roydon
9.30 am Holy Communion Little Massingham
10.30 am Holy Communion Gayton
10.30 am Morning Praise Grimston
11.00 am Family Service Great Massingham
11.15 am Sung Holy Communion Harpley
6.00 pm Songs of Praise Roydon
Wed.18th July 9.00 am Holy Communion Grimston
22 July 8.30 am Holy Communion Congham
10.30 am Family service Grimston
11.00 am Holy Communion Great Massingham
3.00 pm Celtic Service Gayton Thorpe
29th July 8.30 am Holy Communion Ashwicken
10.30 am Prayer and Praise Service Grimston
10.30 am Holy Communion Little Massingham
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Floor Boards, Wood Block/Parquet,
Norfolk’s Agent for Aga, Hunter Engineered & Laminate Floors
& Parkway Stoves. Sealing • Staining • Waxing • Oiling
Moisture Issues, Floor levelling
Free advice & Quotes, Contact Chris on
01945 780166 or 01485 521707 or 07894791723
www.norfolkwoodburners.co.uk www.crgibbsflooring.co.uk

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est 1990
Call 01485 542576
Or 07818 602258
Boiler Servicing, New Heating Systems,
Bathrooms, Breakdowns, Repairs,
Upgrades, All Plumbing Covered.


Contact Su’en Miller
Tel: 01485 520 988 Parsley Barn
Mob: 07968 246 083 Weasenham Rd
Email: suen.miller@foxcotte.force9.co.uk Gt Massingham
Or book via www.airbnb.co.uk PE32 2EY


Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer, A Warm Welcome Awaits
Children's Fitness Instructor, GP Exercise Referral Instructor
Nutrition and Weight Management,
Level 2 ASA Swimming Teacher, First Aid Qualified. Heath Farm, Lynn Lane, Great Massingham
01485 520828 www.lingscountrygoods.com

Welcomes old & new members

High quality fitted and free-standing

furniture. Individually designed,
Excellent facilities and
a friendly atmosphere. personally installed by experts from
Good beer, real ale, wines and spirits
all at competitive prices. our Great Massingham workshops.
Separate snooker room. www.tenacityinteriors.com
Satellite, large screen TV.
Outside drinking area.
Entertainment throughout the year.
Membership applications can be obtained CALL TODAY
from the club bar 01485 521888

Useful Numbers
Organisation Contact Phone No.
Allotment Association Gill Goold 0750 824 2223
Baby & Toddler Rachael Lockwood Contact Village Hall
Biodiversity Project Mike Jackson 520 056
Borough Council Tim Tilbrook 01485 601413
Bell Ringing Denys Winner 520 598
Bowls Club Peter Wadham 520 796
Church Contacts Revd Judith Pollard 01485 601 251
or Revd Jane Holmes 01553 636227
Community Car Scheme Office 520 823
Coronation Club Jill Whitmore 520 609
County Council Stuart Graham Dark 07450 679 355
Doctors Massingham Surgery 520 521

The Film Night Arthur Allen 520 628

Fishing Warden Deke Overson 520 143
Guide Trefoil Guild Shirley Rae 520 259
Massingham Historical Society Peter James 521 706
Tennis and Multi-Sports Club Arthur Allen 520 628
Parish Council Kevin Webb (Clerk) 01328 855 046
Vic Cross (Chair) 520 387
Pre-School Pip Armitage 07807 185 746
Police Non-emergency 101
School Ann Beardall 520 362
Village Hall Hall & Bar & Vic Cross 520 588/520 387

The Village Store & Post Office OVEN CLEANING

• Fresh Bread Daily from Ridouts Bakery
• Holiday Insurance & Foreign Currency SOFA CLEANING
• Take Away Food Menu
• Fresh Fruit and vegetables Call the local experts now

Clean Tech
Ray and staff
welcome you to
your local shop,
7days a week.
FREE local deliveries
every Thursday ! 01485 609223
Mon. to Sat. Village Store Card, cheque and cash
8am to 5.30pm Great Massingham
Sun. 9.30 -12.30 payments accepted
Tel: 520 272

Ladies’ Night
Thursday July 19th Bowls Challenge
7pm for 7.30pm, £4 entry.
Great Massingham Village Hall Monday
‘The Post’ July 9th
Oscar winners Steve Spielberg, from 7pm
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks
team up for the first time in this Massingham
thrilling film based on a true Social Club
story that exposes a decades-
long cover-up of government Some ladies have bravely agreed to
secrets that spans three decades challenge the men to a game of bowls.
and four U.S. presidents. If you would like to play,
Coming in August - The Ladybird
no experience is required but flat, soft
shoes are a must. Sign up in the club or ,
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY alternatively, turn up on the night.
28th SEPTEMBER 2018 If you want a laugh come & watch,
it’s Ladies’ Night at the social club so
why not come & join us? This is the 4th of
several events for Female Club members.
GREAT MASSINGHAM £2 sign in fee for non-members, or join
CALL: 01485 520 823 for the year on the night -it is only £10.

Dates for your Diary – July

Date Event Time Place
1 July Biodiversity Open Garden 2 - 5 pm 4 & 6 Kennel Barn
2,16,30 July Craft & Chat 2pm to 4.30 Village Hall Bar
8,22 July West Norfolk Live 7- 10 pm Village Hall Bar
9 July Ladies’ Night 7pm Village Hall
9 July Historical Society 7.30 pm Village Hall
12 July Trefoil Guild 7pm Village Hall
14 July Little Massingham Church Coffee Morning 10 - 12 am Little Massingham
16 July Parish Council Meeting 7.30 pm Village Hall
19 July Film Night 7 for 7.30pm Village Hall
21 July Poker Night 6.00 pm Village Hall Bar

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