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Wild Flower Project 2020

2020 – Year of the Global Pandemic

The first Lockdown in March 2020 followed by the subsequent Social Distancing restrictions meant there were no group activities in connection with the Wild Flower Project.

Lockdown Good Friday 2020 – Ducks Taking Advantage Of Human-Free Staithe

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Wild Flower Project 2018-19

Community Wood Planting

The focus of attention shifted from planting communal areas in the village and efforts to encourage planting indigneous varities in residents’ gardens to tackling the large canvas of the Community Wood.

Acitivites ranged from planting perimeter hedges to laying out sweeping walkways with cluster planting of wild flowers.

Primroses and native bluebells were planted in the open central area of the wood and snowdrops are dotted among the trees.  The hedging comprises hawthorn, dog rose, field maple, guelder rose, hornbeam and wild privet. It is hoped these will attract and provide food for the wildlife.

Tree species planted are a mixture of evergreens and deciduous and comprise common, red and evergreen oak, lime, beech, yew. hornbeam, holly and silver birch and more shrubby plants such as dogwood and guelder rose are mixed among them. This has been a wonderful community project with lots of parishioners taking part in the planting .


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AGM Summary

AGM 2019 Summary

The 14th AGM of the Thurne Community Archive Group (TCAG) was held on Tuesday 9th April 2019 in Thurne Methodist Church.  The Treasurer’s Report showed that the financial position of TCAG remains healthy but, of course, donations are always welcome to help further and support the work of the TCAG.  The Steering Group was re-elected en bloc unanimously.  The Chairman presented a Review of the Year which is presented here but the main highlights were:

· Community Wood a reality

· Village Diary by Pat George comes to an end

· Display at Thurne Fete in July

· New scrapbook planned

· TCAG Digital Archive moving forward

On conclusion of the formal business, we were delighted to welcome Graham Gislam who gave a most interesting talk entitled ‘Recovering Local History’.  After the talk, there were refreshments and the opportunity to meet Graham and view Village Scrapbooks and other items from the TCAG collections.


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AGM Review Of Year

AGM 2019 Review

Review Of The Year

By Jean Cooke

This is now the 14th Annual Review that I have written since this group was set up back in 2005. In more recent years I always think I will find nothing to say and then discover I can at least fill an A4 page.

Following last year’s AGM our speaker for the evening was Steve Prowse, a National Trust Ranger at Horsey and Heigham Holmes.  The talk was centred on the Broads, Horsey Mill and Staithe and the wildlife found on the estate.  This was illustrated with slides.

With recent laws regarding Data Protection, Fleur has been in touch with those on our contact list to ask if they wish to continue to be kept there.

At the Village Fete, part of our display was based on ‘childhood memories’ which had photos and a questionnaire.  There was also some information on the proposed new community wood with a map, a sketch and planting ideas.

Community Wood

It is now three years since a community wood was first muted at one of our meetings and we can finally say the idea has come to fruition.  Along with several other willing hands, those of us who are able have helped with all the work to bring this about.  To ensure good management both now and especially in the future, the one and a quarter acre plot of land was sold to the parish for the token cost of one pound so that such a condition to the sale could be applied.  A management team has been elected and it is good that Ann, one of our steering group members is part of that team of five.  Other members being Thurne parish chairman: Jonathan Molineux, Ashby with Oby parish chairman: Alan Cooke, Leslie George and Steve Sayce.

Ann has designed the layout of the wood with winding paths and a central open glade.  She also devised a colour coded planting plan after the team had decided what trees should go where.  In December, mixed hedging was planted along the three open edges of the plot and in February the protective wire fence was erected and gates were put in place in the south facing boundary.  The trees were also planted in February.  The initial idea was for a memorial wood with trees being planted to commemo rate those fallen in the two world wars but the idea expanded to more of a community wood. Although the majority of the planting is complete, I’m sure if anyone wanted to donate a tree in memory of someone there is still space to accommodate a few more.  This group has contributed and planted primroses and native bluebells.  Trees which have been planted are: red, common and evergreen oak; beech, lime, hornbeam, silver birch, dogwood, holly, yew, hazel and guelder rose.

Other Activities In 2018

William has generously given time to help us compile a digital searchable inventory of all the material we hold and a group of interested people have been meeting regularly since the autumn to help achieve this.  William has also got our photos off the old computer and he, with the help of Bill Olive, has been working out a way for searching these on the website. These will be available to be view online in due course and even as a slideshow if desired.  We are extremely grateful to him for the many hours he has dedicated to this.

Jean and Jenny press on with the stitched map and Pat continued to keep a diary although now after ten years of doing this she has called it a day (is there a joke there somewhere?) so thank you Pat.  If anyone would like to take on keeping a diary on a similar vein i.e. village happenings, weather etc. that would be much appreciated.

Realising how popular the WI scrapbooks were one of the group’s first undertakings was to compile one of our own which again people have enjoyed looking at.  That was nearly fifteen years ago so we are now thinking about doing another and topics for this are being discussed.  We are hoping too to get other people involved as we did with the first one.

I am really grateful for the continued enthusiasm and support of the steering group, which has kept us going all these years and hope that this enthusiasm persists with them and the support from others, to keep Thurne Community Archive Group alive for many more years to come.


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AGM Summary

AGM 2018 Summary

The 13th AGM of the Thurne Community Archive Group (TCAG) was held on Tuesday 17th April 2018 in Thurne Methodist Church.  The Treasurer’s Report showed that the financial position of TCAG remains healthy but, of course, donations are always welcome to help further and support the work of the TCAG.  The Steering Group was re-elected en bloc unanimously.  The Chairman presented a Review of the Year which is presented here but the main highlights were:

  • Wild Flower Project continues
  • Village Diary continues to be kept
  • Display at Thurne Fete in July
  • Website continues
  • Concept of Community Wood moving forward

On conclusion of the formal business, we were delighted to welcome Steve Prowse, Ranger at Heigham Holmes, who gave a most interesting talk entitled ‘The National Trust in The Broads’.  After the talk, there were refreshments and the opportunity to meet Steve and view Village Scrapbooks and other items from the TCAG collections.


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AGM 2018 Review

Review Of The Year

By Jean Cooke

This is the 13th annual review of Thurne Community Archive Group’s activities.

2017 AGM

At the 2017 AGM last March we had an illustrated talk entitled ‘Norfolk’s hidden archaeological gem’. This was given by Ivan Cane from the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust.  His talk covered  the history of the canal from 1826 to the present day and included the work the group of enthusiastic volunteers has achieved in re-establishing the canal, its locks and their plans for the future.  (A walk along the canal banks is well worth doing to see what they’ve done).

Activities In 2017

Following a request from Martham History Group for a guided walk of the village we were most grateful to John Wheeley for taking this on for us.  This took place in July.

At the village fete we again had a stand. Our theme was ‘an electronic free zone’; here we had a display of the games we used to play, these included: quoits, yo-yo, dominoes, whip and top, skipping rope and several more.

Our summer event, in August, was a ‘dyke dipping morning’.  This took place on the marsh at the rear of Red House.  The things we found were most interesting from small fish to different insect larvae.  Equipment for our ‘fishing’ was lent by How Hill and much fun was had identifying and recording our finds.  It brought back memories of my childhood days when we dipped with a jam jar tied to a length of string.

In September we took part in the Macmillan Coffee morning held at the Lion which took the form of a craft exhibition.  We took along our framed stitched panel and the map in progress.  We also had some of Jenny’s and Jean’s crocheted animals and Fleur’s pottery on show.   Some pieces were sold and the money was donated to Macmillan.

As part of the wildflower project, in October, we had an autumn event to which we invited people to come to a morning session, at the Methodist Chapel.  Here they helped to make the seed balls which were to be put in the packages, along with bulbs and distributed to all households for planting.  Bluebell bulbs have also been planted.  It is good to see the results of our planting with the daffodils around the village making a fine display.

Community Wood

The suggestion put forward at our 2016 AGM to plant commemorative trees in memory of those from the village who died in war grew into the idea of a community wood.  After unfruitful conversations with NCC regarding obtaining a piece of land for doing this an area has now been given by Alan and Jean Cooke and the transfer of ownership is now in the hands of the Parish Council.  Planting of trees and hedging should commence in the autumn. We will continue to give our support to this.

Our Plans For 2018

Fleur has been attending a palaeography course at the Norwich Record Centre which she hopes will help with transcribing some of the older manorial documents.

It is hoped to do a reprint of the book ‘At the water’s edge’.

Jenny and Jean will plod on with the stitched map, Sue and Pat will keep the churchyard survey updated and Pat will continue with a village diary.

Conclusion

Thanks, as always, must go to the members of the Steering Group for all their support and to William Booth who keeps the website updated for us.


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AGM 2017 Summary

The 12th AGM of the Thurne Community Archive Group (TCAG) was held on Tuesday 28th March 2017 in Thurne Methodist Church.  The Treasurer’s Report showed that the financial position of TCAG remains healthy but, of course, donations are always welcome to help further and support the work of the TCAG.  The Steering Group was re-elected en bloc unanimously.  The Chairman presented a Review of the Year which is presented here but the main highlights were:

· Wild Flower Project continues

· Village Diary continues to be kept

· Display at Thurne Fete in July

· Website continues

· Stitching project continuing.

On conclusion of the formal business, we were delighted to welcome Ivan Cane who as the East Anglian Waterways Association’s Archivist for the North Walsham & Dilham Canal Records gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘Norfolk’s Hidden Archaeological Gem’- the North Walsham & Dilham Canal 1826-2026.  During the interval, there were refreshments and the opportunity to meet Ivan and view Village Scrapbooks and the latest progress on the Map Stitching project.

Follow this link to the North Walsham & Dilham Canal Trust website.


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AGM 2017 Review

Review Of The Year

By Jean Cooke

This is the Group’s 12th Annual Review.

Following the business section of last year’s AGM we had as our speaker Simon Partridge, Director of the How Hill Trust. This was a most interesting talk starting with the history of the house and estate on to how it became a centre for environmental education and the activities that go on there now. The gardens there are open to the public all year round and there is also a tearoom.

We also had on display the scrapbooks, Pat’s diaries, the churchyard survey, information on the wildflower project as well as William having set up screens showing the website.

Our Projects

The wild flower project which was started in the summer of 2015 has progressed; more bulbs have been planted by the public toilets, and in the autumn all households in the parish received a bag with some bulbs and wildflower seed balls to sow and plant.  To help record the plants and flowers growing in and around the village a ‘wildflower safari’ was arranged.  Eight people joined in this with four couples taking different routes and listing where and what plants and flowers they had seen on route. This concluded with a picnic.

Jenny and Jean continue to work on the stitching project a quilted map of the village.

Sue and Pat continue to look after the Churchyard Survey and Pat still keeps an annual diary of events of interest in and around the village.

We are most grateful to William who manages the website; here he keeps our projects and events pages updated and has also added some useful links to the Thurne Parish Council, the Community Archives and Heritage Group, both our churches, the How Hill Trust and other websites of interest

At the village fete we again put on a display as well having a wildflower seed ball making activity and a treasure hunt game.

Looking forward, work will continue on our projects and research is currently being done in looking at a site to plant some trees.  Leslie George is conversing with his landlords, NCC, regarding parcels of land that might be used, one to the east of the Church and the other to the rear of it.  It was also good to see the community pull together this March (2017) to help him plant hedging along the track at the rear of Home Farm and up beside the footpath towards Church Road.  This will do much to improve the landscape and help wildlife.

If there is a village fete in the summer, we will be provide a display and an activity there and we also hope to arrange an outing.

Martham History Group has requested a tour of the village as part of their programme of events and on the evening of Thursday 18th July 2017 and John Wheeley will lead this.  We will also put on a display and refreshments for them at the Chapel for after the tour.

Conclusion

As was said in last year’s review most of the group’s goals have now been reached but we will continue to enjoy and update our projects and if anyone has a new project they wish to pursue we will do our best to give our support.

For their contribution and support to the continuation of this group thanks must go to William as well as all the steering group members.


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Wild Flower Project

Hedge Planting March 2017

Hedge Planting

18 March 2017 – Hedge Planting Day 1 – Good Progress Made

The Wild Flower Group and volunteers from the village joined with a local farmer to plant hedges along the bridle way running eastwards from Home Farm during the weekend 18/19 March. The mixed hedge which contains 4,000 plants is made up from hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, field maple, crab apple and dog roses. After planting, the plants were staked and protected from rabbits, hare and deer.

Thanks to all who came and helped. Your work will be appreciated by people and wildlife in the years to come.

25 March 2017 – Hedge Planting Day 2 – Further Progress Made

Planting along the eastern edge of the field was completed (southwards alongside the bridle path from NGR TG 40933 15864 to its intersection with Church Road).


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Community Planting

Transforming a community area by planting wild flowers

Roadside Daffodils

Preparation started in October 2015. The planting area is a 1 m wide strip of roadside verge over 20m long adjacent to the fence alongside the playing field.  The contractors responsible for cutting the grass have been involved from the start and have cut round the area (23rd March) planted with cultivated daffodils which should come into flower by mid-April. 

Work done in 2016
Bulbs and Seedbombs

At the Thurne Fete in July 2016, we held a seed bomb making stall explaining how they were made and the seeds we were using in them.  This was a great success and we received several generous donations to our funds.

In September, we bought in a stock of native daffodils, snake fritillary and species tulips. Combining this with our stock of seedbombs we distributed to every household in the village a package containing 5 native daffodils, 3 snake fritillaries and several seedbombs with instructions for optimum planting or distribution. We were gratified by the warm reception that our packages received.  Next year we have plans to extend this distribution.

Planting

a) A group of us planted the species tulips and other bulbs and seed bombs in the grass in front of the public toilets in the Autumn.

b) The Verge from Thatched House to the playing field has been cleared. For this we are very grateful to Leslie George. We propose to spray this off in the spring and then replant with wildflower seeds and grasses.