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.
A 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.