Wildlife, wildfowers and our own local environment
Many people take the view that this fenland part of Norfolk is flat and boring, and intensively farmed, without much in the way of wildlife or plants. However, a closer look often reveals much more than is first perceived.
Bill Miller, a long standing resident of Boughton passed a piece of work by his son David to the Parish Council recently, and with his permission we re-create the work here.
It is a fascinating insight into Boughton in 1969. It was written before the many changes that have occurred in and around Boughton including the by-pass around Stoke Ferry, and at a time when many still worked on the land. The original document, including some illustrations, can be viewed on the Group 4 website in Boughton/History section.
All Saints’ Church
Christmas started for us with the decoration of the church in time for the traditional celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols. Several people had donated greenery and Geoff had very kindly given us a tree. It was smaller than usual at my request , as some of us are getting too old to put the star on a ten foot tree. It was beautifully decorated by Maryse and Tony and looked wonderful. Judith, Sandy, Jenny, Angela and I decorated the rest of the church with the greenery and baubles, with dozens of candles spread around. I’ve finally managed to use the old Advent candles! Our little church always dresses up beautifully and looked warm and welcoming for the carol service. There was a good congregation and choir, with Tom on the organ to lead very good singing. Thank you to all the readers who were complimented on their reading. Even in a small church like ours, being heard at the back of the church isn’t as easy as you’d expect. After the service, another tradition was kept, with villagers bringing plates of food to eat along with the mulled wine prepared by Sandy. It was a most enjoyable evening.
The Christmas Crib service was held in Geoff’s barn ( where would we be without Geoff and the team of helpers who prepared the barn for the large congregation?) Pippa led the service, with helpers and a team of animals watching. Bubbles the donkey did sterling service again and Big Eric the boar was in the background, next to the cows. The collection of £236.04.from that service has gone to Embrace, which used to be BibleLands.
On Christmas Day, we were fortunate enough to have a service in our church this year. It isn’t always possible because there aren’t enough clergy to go round, but it was our turn this year. It was a very well attended service , with nearly 40 people drawn from Boughton, Beachamwell, Barton Bendish visitors, Wretton and possibly still further afield. It’s good to join with others. Many more had been to the midnight service at Wereham. Many thanks to Morton McConnell for playing the organ at Boughton. He’s much better than me and it was much appreciated.
Thanks to Robin and Pippa for taking our services so warmly. They have been worked hard this year because of Barbara’s absence. I’d also like to thank Rev Brian Redgers and Anne Clarke for helping us to keep the eight parishes going during this time.
The 5th biennial Boughton Scarecrow Week was held at the end of October. Boughton was again blessed with warm and sunny weather for the event run by The Boughton Village Caravan, (BVC) who have been putting on social events in and out of the village for some 9 years now.
The week during which a magnificent 20 entries saw scarecrows displayed an open theme, and on show all around the village, culminated in a bbq and prize giving event on Saturday 31st afternoon at the Boughton Village Centre.
The Halloween themed afternoon, with The Fabulous Bacon Boys on duty to provide bacon rolls to entrants and visitors alike, saw nearly 70 people attend, also enjoying teas and cakes provided by the BVC
Judging started at 12.30pm with County Councillor Martin Storey, Parish Council Chairman Tom Roberts and lifetime Boughton resident Tam Payne climbing aboard the hayride, kindly provided and driven by village farmer Geoff Proctor.
Clad in hi viz jackets, and guided by Boughton resident Frank Reid, the hayride toured the village judging the crows on display.
This year proved particularly difficult to judge due to the high standard and varied nature of the entrants, and the judges remained in the deliberation huddle for a long time deciding the winners. They were sustained by bacon rolls and cups of tea.
Winners in the children’s section were the Chandler & Stacey family’s joint effort called ‘The Campsite’, which included a magnificent 11 scarecrows!
Highly commended were Henry & George Simpson, with the help of Mummy and ‘Colin the Gruffalo’
The children received a commemorative mug, a cash prize, a medal, bags of Halloween goodies and a certificate.
Winner of the adult section was Kevin & Debbie Fisher for ‘Cannonball Clive’.
Highly commended were Andrew & Angela Faherty for ‘Mr Hedges’
The adult winners received commemorative mug, bottle of wine and certificate.
A magnificent day enjoyed by all, and the BVC thanks all those who helped to make the day a resounding success. We look forward to the next event in 2017.
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