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.
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.
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.