Review Of The Year
By Jean Cooke
This is the 13th annual review of Thurne Community Archive Group’s activities.
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.
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.
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.