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).

Wild Flower Project

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.


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.

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What Can You Do?

Making room for and encouraging wild flowers is easy, here’s a few suggestions!

* Collect seeds, sow and grow

* Share seeds with friends

* Make room in your garden for wild flowers, some like Pink Campion and Ox Eye Daisy look just as lovely as any garden centre plant. Foxglove, Mullein and Teasel are also very impressive.

* Plant wild flowers in a container

* Weed considerately.  Does it really have to come out or could there be a space for it in its own right?

* Learn about the different kinds of wild flowers. There’s lots of information on line and in books.  For example:

* Join our Wild Flower Project

* Think about where wild flowers could be planted around Thurne, Ashby and Oby.

* Take note of where wild flowers are growing now.

* Think about where wild flowers used to grow and which species they were.

* Enhance what you already have.  You probably already grow some wild flowers without even realising, Snowdrops, Foxgloves, Violets, Lily of the Valley, Evening Primrose to name a few.

AGM Summary

AGM 2016 Summary

The 11th AGM of the Thurne Community Archive Group (TCAG) was held on Tuesday 5th April 2016 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 were 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 launched

· Village Diary continues to be kept

· Display at Thurne Fete in July

· Website expanded to cover new and existing projects

· Stitching project continuing.

On conclusion of the formal business, Simon Partridge, Director of the How Hill Trust, gave a most interesting and enthusiastic talk on the history of the iconic building at How Hill and its transition into an educational trust.  Afterwards there were refreshments and the opportunity to meet Simon and view  Village Scrapbooks, the Graveyard Survey and the website.

Follow these links to the Friends of How Hill and the How Hill Trust webpages.

AGM Review Of Year

AGM 2016 Review

Review Of The Year

By Jean Cooke

This is the 11th annual review of this group’s activities.

At the AGM last year, when we celebrated our 10th birthday, we recalled what we had achieved over the past years and Jenny had made a cake decorated with a map and tiny models of all the houses of the village on the top.  The cake was enjoyed at the end of the evening with a cup of tea or coffee.

With the AGM business complete Philip Bray from the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust gave a talk entitled ‘Percy’s Lovely Ladies’.  This most interesting talk outlined the history of the Broads and the building and growth of the fleet of traditional Broads sailing yachts that still grace our waters today.  They are based at Percy Hunter’s boatyard at Womack Dyke.

Our Projects

wild flower project was launched last summer.  The number of wild flowers growing on our verges and in the hedgerows seems to have declined over the years so we aim to reintroduce more by collecting seed and growing new plants.  We also hope to survey and record where different varieties of flowers have been seen.  Other areas in the village are also to be enhanced with the planting of daffodil bulbs.  Some have been set along the roadside bank of the playing field and a corner of the playing field has been worked over with bulbs planted and wildflower seeds sown in it. To help fund this we have been fortunate to receive a grant of £200.  Our local councillors Barry and Mary Coleman donated £100 each from the Great Yarmouth Borough Councillor’s Ward Budget.  This year more planting will be done.

Stitching – Progress on this has been slow but following much discussion the design for a stitched map was decided.  This is about to be traced onto fabric, then stitching can begin.

The website has been live now for just over a year and William has regularly kept everything up to date.  The events page is updated quarterly and new pages have been added with the development of the wildflower project.  A report accompanied by a slide show of photographs, taken by Bill  Olive, of our visit to St Benet’s Abbey  was also there for all to see.  We are extremely grateful to William for all he has done and continues to do with the website.  At present he is spending a considerable amount of time on a digital archive.  He has cleverly managed to rescue all our photos previously entered, by us, on the old, now dysfunctional, COMMA programme and is working on the structure of a new searchable archive which he hopes to have near completion next year at this time.

Fleur has set up an entry for us on the Community Archives and Heritage Group website.

Outing – In August a party of twenty plus went on a visit to St Benet’s Abbey.  This was a most enjoyable  outing; we were given a very interesting guided tour of the St Benet’s site, by a volunteer member of the Friends of St Benet’s Abbey, after which we enjoyed a picnic lunch.  Thanks are due to Sue Curtis for arranging this very successful outing.

At the village fete we again had a display and a ‘treasure hunt’ competition was run.

Pat George continues to keep a diary of village happenings.

Looking back to when this group was first set up I think we have achieved mostly what we set out to do, and much more, and when the digital archive is up and running I think our initial aims will be fulfilled.


This year we will continue with our current projects and other things that crop up for us to do. If others would like to join in with us, have any suggestions or want to lead a project of their own in connection with the group we will be pleased to hear from them.

For their contribution and support to the group thanks must go to the steering group and to William.

Wild Flower Project

Pink Campion & Ox Eye Daisy

Pink Campion and Ox Eye Daisy are two lovely flowers to grow and very beneficial for wild life.

Pink Campion

Pink Campion is in flower from May to June.  It is a perennial and once established will come back year after year.  They are very tolerant and grow well in a meadow or in semi shade.

Pink Campion can be grown easily from seed.  You can either scatter seed directly in growing position or grow in trays and then transplant.  Sow seed in the spring or early autumn.  The plants will grow to a height of between 30 to 100 cm.  There is also a White Campion and sometimes you get a cross pollination of the two which has delicate pale pink flowers.

In the language of flowers Pink Campion symbolises gentleness.

Pink Campion is also known as Bachelors’ buttons which suggests it was once worn as a buttonhole by young unmarried men.  Other local names include Johnny Woods, Ragged Jack and Scalded Apples.

Ox Eye Daisy

Ox Eye Daisy is in flower from May to July.  They are perennials and once established will come back year after year.  They grow well in a meadow or in a garden.  Seed can be cultivated in the same way as for Pink Campion and they grow to the same height range as well.

In the Language of Flowers, Daisy means ‘innocence’.

 The word daisy comes from two Anglo-Saxon words: daeges and eage, which mean ‘day’s eye’.  When the flowers open, the white petals uncover and surround the yellow ‘florets’ at the centre.  The yellow ‘florets’ resemble the sun, so the flower is considered to be the ‘eye’ of the day.

The ox eye daisy was also known as Marguerite after the French princess who adopted it as her official emblem.  Princess Marguerite of Angouleme (1282-1317) was known as Daisy.

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Wild Flower Project – Start

Concept Of The Wild Flower Project

We are planning an exciting new project with the aim of enhancing and assessing the wild flowers in the villages of Thurne, Ashby and Oby.

Wild flowers are very vulnerable in many ways and some of the ones that we can remember from the past have disappeared: Orchids from Dubeck, Violets near the Church, Lady’s Smock on the marshes…

However Thurne, Ashby and Oby are still great places for wild flowers to flourish and with some consideration and planning we think we could add greatly to what we already have.

Having as wide a variety of wild flowers as possible will not only complement the visual appearance of our villages and be very beneficial to bees and butterflies and other pollinating insects. It will also benefit all of us in return.

This project is beginning to take shape although ideas and suggestions are very welcome. So far we have thought we would collect and collate information about wild flowers that grow in the parishes of Thurne and Ashby with Oby and consider what could grow in the future.

The following tasks are under consideration:

· a photographic record of wild flowers currently growing in the parishes

· an audit or snapshot survey to quantify the status quo

· a summary of or links to information on identifying native wild flowers

· a survey to identify habitats that could be colonised by other species as well as any measures to safeguard existing stocks

· gathering seed and growing new plants.

AGM Summary

AGM 2015 Summary

The 10th AGM of the Thurne Community Archive Group (TCAG) was held on Tuesday 31st March 2015 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 were re-elected en bloc unanimously.  The Chairman presented a Review of the Year which is presented here but the main highlights were:

· Stitching Project framed and hung in Methodist Church

· Village Diary continues to be kept

· Display at Thurne Fete in July

· Website went live in December 2014

· Mapping project taking shape.

On conclusion of the formal business, Philip Bray, a Trustee of the Hunter Heritage Fleet, gave a fascinating and highly informative talk entitled Percy Hunter’s Lovely Ladies.  Afterwards there were refreshments and the cutting of a special 10th Anniversary Cake baked by Jenny Davies.

AGM Review Of Year

AGM 2015 Review

Review Of The Year

By Jean Cooke

This year is quite a milestone in the history of this group as we celebrate our tenth anniversary and in that time for such a small group and community, I think, it’s remarkable what we have achieved over that time.

This past year, following last year’s AGM, a ‘Show and Tell’ session, where folk had brought along items of interest to tell us about, produced some really interesting stuff from a Neolithic axe to a chug.  All things brought created much discussion and the session proved to be most successful and we thought that we must do it again sometime.

The stitching project was unveiled and now hangs in the Chapel and is much admired by all who see it.  Thank you to Jenny for leading this project and keeping us all going.  Jenny also introduced ideas for a new project on ‘mapping’.  This was followed up by interested parties meeting and discussing how to further the ideas.  The stitching group is already in action on samples for another piece.  Bill Olive has produced a map of the village in photographs and William has started work on compiling a digital map that works by taking us back in time.

Throughout the year we have had several meetings with both John Aves and William Booth regarding our website and I am delighted to report that just before Christmas we went live on (the website was on display during the evening).  The site has nine pages; the digital archive page as yet has little to see as we are at present sorting out key words and categories etc. for all our material.  We are indebted and extremely grateful to John and William for the time they’ve given to producing this website – we just couldn’t have done it without them.  William met up with John and finally pulled things together and sorted it out for us, and thankfully he is willing to continue work on it in the future.  It is hoped that the site will be updated quarterly with things like the events page.

We had a display at the village fete and Pat has again kept a diary.  This year we propose doing another display at the fete and to run a competition.  In the summer we hope to organise a guided trip to St Benet’s Abbey followed by a social get together and we will of course continue to work on the digital archive page of the website. 

Fleur highlighted some of the things we have achieved over the past ten years in the publicity article she wrote for this meeting: the scrapbook, the Village Survey, the updating of the Churchyard Survey, ‘At the Water’s Edge’ the book that was compiled and published about our village, the acquisition of the Manorial documents, the stitching project and now the website.  We also have peoples’ reminiscences and quite a large collection of photos.

Thank you to the steering group, four of us founder members, and all who have participated in and supported any of our projects or activities over the years. I  find it most satisfying to think that the work we  have done on the history of this community will be available for folk to see in years to come and hopefully will not be lost in the mists of time.

AGM Talk

AGM 2015 Talk


A fascinating illustrated talk was given by Philip Bray on the story of Percy Hunter and his boatyard on the Norfolk Broads from 1932 to the present, including a brief history of the waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk and a description of the work needed to maintain this Fleet of traditional wooden sailing cruisers to its original high standard.

Philip is a Trustee of the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust and Secretary of the Friends of NHFT.

Hunter’s Yard is located in Womack Dyke which leads off the River Thurne about a mile or so above Thurne Mill.

Further information on Hunter’s Yard and the Norfolk Heritage Fleet Trust can be found on their website or telephone 01692 678263.