Wereham News September

NEW DRAMA GROUP We are aiming to set up a new drama group for Wereham and all of the surrounding villages. It is anticipated that we shall meet regularly in the Wereham Village Hall.
Open to all ages, we are not only looking for people who enjoy acting and singing, but also those who would like to try their hand at directing, stage management or set design.
Can you help to make sets and costumes or props? Or perhaps you have skills in lighting and sound which would be invaluable to us.

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STOKE FERRY & DISTRICT LADIES GROUP

On Aug 1st at 10am, 17 members & friends left Stoke Ferry on a Harrods coach trip.
Our first stop was the lovely old Lincolnshire town of Stamford. Here we saw a large proportion of beautiful old listed buildings, which gave the feeling of going back in time, in spite of having a high street with plenty of shops to browse in.
After a nice lunch, the coach took us on to Rutland Water, where we boarded the Rutland Belle, a pleasure cruiser that that gives tours around the lake. While cruising we were served with a lovely afternoon cream tea, and listened to a commentary telling us the history of the area.
The reservoir is man-made, and began construction in 1971 to provide water to the surrounding area. It took 4 years to complete & a further 4 to fill. Many homes and farms, & even one whole village were lost. One landmark that was preserved was St Matthew’s church, once the private church for the Normanton Estate. It is now a museum, and given access via a specially built causeway.
The dam is 1200 metres long, but is barely visible because of the landscaping. Extensive nature reserves have attracted a number of endangered species, especially the osprey.
Rutland Water has become an important tourist attraction offering something for everyone, including sailing, cycling, bird watching and walking.
After a very interesting day, we returned to Stoke Ferry at 6pm.
Everyone thanked Mrs Gillian Smith for organising such a lovely trip.
Claire Lankfer
(secretary)