Violet Norman

As I am sure you may have already heard, Violet Norman, one of our Honingham Village stalwarts has sadly passed away. We have received the following from Shaun Harvey:

Violet was 85 and as you know sadly passed away on 4th January at Oakwood House care home where she had been since just before Christmas.

Violet and her husband Albert (or Ally as he was better known) were part of the fabric of the Honingham Village for 60 years after Violet moved from Stoke Holy Cross into the Old Post Office immediately after her wedding to Ally in October 1957.

Honingham owes much to Violet (and Ally) who were staunch supporters of the Village community particularly the Bowls Club, Village Hall and the Whist and Craft Clubs.

They were instrumental in raising funds to build the β€˜new’ Hall in 1982 and, I understand, even donated land to facilitate building. Although both were very modest and humble I doubt the Hall would have come to fruition without them.

After opening the Hall in 1982 Ally acted as treasurer and committee member until he passed away in 1994 and Violet amongst other activities was responsible for Hall bookings and (without fail) cleaned it twice a week every week (and again after every use) for well over 20 years. Violet did much more – too much to list, but, I recall her cooking 100+ baked potatoes and frying onions for the barbeque at the Village fireworks event every 5th November for many, many years – no mean feat in itself!

I am sure she will be sadly missed by her many friends in and around the Village.

Funeral arrangements are still to be settled, but, I understand the service will be at Earlham Crematorium. I will advise the date and arrangements as soon as confirmed.

Shaun

5 Responses to Violet Norman

  1. Skip says:

    Thanks for that, Sean. A lovely lady, and a very sad loss to our community – we have a lot to thank her for.

    Any thoughts for some sort of memorial for Vi in the Village Hall?

  2. Brian Webb. says:

    ……………………. my fondest memories of Violet,
    As I was brought up in this same village as Violet’s husband Ally, weekends especially Sundays the lads would make their way into the city and spend time in the cafe’s before queueing up at one of their favourite picture houses for an evening show, I would say probably that could have been one of the first meeting places where Ally met up with Violet. I remember Violet on many occasions getting off the No 34 bus in the village, from her home in Stoke
    Holy Cross, but was well rewarded on her return trips as Ally was a proud owner of a Standard 8 motor car. Violet spent many years working for Woolworth’s stores at the bottom of St Stephens Street in Norwich. As most local folk
    would agree they both served the village community one hundred percent right to the end. God Bless.

  3. Louise Beaton says:

    I am very sorry to see this. Ally was my mother’s cousin. Their uncle William Arthurton commemorated on the lovely Honingham War Memorial. Mum moved from Frans Green to Kent after marrying but I was back in touch through the Norfolk Association of Village Halls , of which he was a founder member. I was very conscious of the huge amount that he and Violet had done for Honingham. They were a shining example to everyone . What a difference they made.
    My thoughts will be with you on Tuesday. Louise Beaton, Chichester.