We were pleased to welcome many of the Breakfast church regulars to the Morning Prayer service on 9th September, lured perhaps by the promise of ample refreshments. Thanks to Pippa for the supplies of cake and, even more importantly, for taking the service. There was a very good atmosphere afterwards, as most people stayed for a coffee and the cakes, supplemented by fresh apple juice supplied by Hans.
We had a very interesting talk about Oxburgh Hall on May 16th, given by Roger Farmer, who is a conservation volunteer at the Hall. He told us first about the history of the building and the loss of the Great Hall. They have no pictures of the GH, but some idea of what it would have been like from other houses. The estate is enlarging its landholdings and currently doing much needed renovation. There were interesting photos of parts of the building visitors normally wouldn’t see and a promise of an update in the future. There are plans in place to start the renovation of the roof, which is not in good condition. No one wants a repeat of the potentially disastrous collapse of a dormer window, so planning ahead is needed. There was quite a good attendance for the talk, in spite of the fact that Roger had given his talk in several local venues. I’ve now heard him three times and each was interesting, with new details.
Yesterday’s Open Gardens Day was a success. I’m always worried that no one will turn up, but they do, whatever the weather. Thanks to all the people who open their gardens, but particularly for those who do all the work behind the scenes: Sandy Reid and Deb Fisher for the lunches and teas, Angela and Andrew Faherty for the organisation not only of their Plant Emporium, but also of the mechanics of the day, and Tim and Sue Scrivener, who are always involved in helping at village events.
During November and December, working parties continued with clearing debris and brambles from the walk along with clearing all the overhanging reed from the boardwalk.
Boughton Fen Report for Parish Council Meeting 14.11.2017
The summer visitors have all flown off to warmer parts of the world for the winter, with some being replaced by birds from further north keeping their feet warm here for the winter.
A cricket match took place in the first week of September against a ‘select 12’ and a team from Dave Hawkins cabins on the pitch at Boughton.
The ‘select 12’ won the toss and chose to bat. Wickets fell very cheaply in the early order: batting order Hugh Jenkins, Barry Ovel, Tom Roberts, Kevin Fisher and Geoff Proctor all went for 11 runs. It all looked very glum but the youngsters rallied round and put on a wonderful display of batting and accumulated a very respectable score. Brothers Jonny and Brynmor Jenkins started the fight back, then Bertie and Arthur Cox put on over 40, followed by father and son Phil and William Richardson who put on 6 and 42 respectively. So after a very poor start we ended with 152 off 30 overs.
Dave’s team took to the crease. Jack, Will, Gary, Ian and Tom went cheaply, but some aggressive batting from Ian W, Stuart, Chris (24) Luke, Geoff and Dave got the score along, but just not enough to better the ‘select 12’. Some wonderful bowling took place from Arthur and Bertie Cox, taking six wickets between them, Jonny Jenkins taking two and William Richardson also taking two.
Many thanks to Clare, who sorted out all the refreshments and to Boughton Cricket Club for the facilities. We must not forget David Cooper, the long-suffering umpire who always turns up for this event.