Amenities

Honingham Bowls Club – First Roll Up Evening 27th April 2017

Despite the rather dodgy weather, the inaugural Thursday Roll-up evening was a great success. More than 30 people turned up to try their hands at bowls, Pool, Darts, Table football, Chess and Crazy golf. Thanks to many donations of drinks and nibbles, a wonderful social evening took place.

 

What will happen when we have a lovely warm evening? We are very encouraged. If you are interested, why not pop down next Thursday 630 till dusk and have a try. Bring the kids, as there is lots for them to do.

 

All you need is a pair of flat soled shoes to avoid damage to the green. Look forward to seeing you………………

Bowls Club…..can you spare an hour or so this Saturday?

The green has now been scarified and starting to look super.

However, lots of jobs still to do, so if you can spare a couple of hours this Saturday morning, 10 am onwards, we’ll be glad to see you.

HONINGHAM BOWLS CLUB NEWS March 2017

 

The Bowling Green is starting to look good. The next event in our calendar is assembling a work party to help with scarifying the green and tackling lots of DIY jobs. If you can help, come along at 10 am onwards on 8th April and bring your favourite tools.

 

It has been decided that there will be no form of “Membership” so that all will feel welcome to use the facilities free of charge – bowls, crazy golf, pool, darts to name a few!

 

We are going to have a regular “Roll-up” evening on Thursday evenings from 6.30 pm onwards starting on 27th April. All equipment provided – just bring some flat soled shoes to prevent damaging the grass. BYOB of course!

 

The green will be available for anyone to play, anytime, 24/7. Come along to see what is available in this, your village amenity

 

This year’s big event will take place on Sunday 25th June – more publicity to follow but get the date in your diaries.

Good News re Litter Picking Team

News from John Skipper re Litter Picking:
Glad to report that Natasha Cargill has decided to take over from me as Litter Warden. A much needed cleanup is being arranged for 19th March.
I have informed the picking team, and I will be helping Natasha for the first couple of sessions (- Pat & I will be continuing to be part of the picking team).
If anyone would like to join the litter pickers please see Natasha or John for further details.

Litter Picking for Honingham – New Warden needed

After several years doing the job, John Skipper is relinquishing his duties as Litter Warden for Honingham.

Despite appeals within the Picking gang, nobody has yet come forward to take his place, so it looks like the end of organised picks. (However, many of the gang are walkers and dog owners, who will no doubt carry on the job informally.)

The loaned equipment will have to be returned to Broadland DC.

Skip would like to record his thanks to the valiant pickers who have worked on this task for many years. Since it was formed 7 years ago we have filled 336 sacks of litter, plus collecting lots of other nasty items dumped on our roadsides and alerting BDC about fly tipping in the area.

If anybody is interested in taking on these duties, please contact Skip on 880720 for more information.

Thank you from Sally Blyth

At Christmas time, my daughter lost her puppy’s extendable lead on the field. Despite criss crossing the field, 4 of us failed to find it and had to bring the puppy home on a rope! A new lead cost £25.
Imagine her delight during her next visit at half term, to find the lead in a plastic bag hanging on the fence. Some kind person had found it and helpfully left it for whoever had lost it. We have no idea who it was but would like to say thank you via this site.
We now have a spare lead to keep in Honingham ready for her next visit.

Thanks a lot.

Sally 🐕 x

Library Van Weds 22nd Feb

The library van will be here in Honingham on Wednesday 22nd February……0940’ish at Fellowes Road and 10’ish at The Pump.

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Power to the People!!

Great News – the electricity supply to the Bowls Club has now been reconnected. Thanks to George Middleton and Craig for getting that organised.

During the past few weeks the green has been treated with chemical to improve the water penetration, and then lawn sand has been spread to kill the moss and weeds, and fertilise the grass. All made possible by the Parish Council’s funding to purchase the necessary machinery and chemicals.

Now we can get a bit of light and warmth in the pavilion we are planning to have a Committee Meeting with a view to organising some kind of Social event, as well as deciding what work can be achieved in the coming months to get ready for the start of the fun on the green. Watch this space……..

We thank you all for your interest and support.

Merry Christmas!

Bell ringing this evening at The Pump, then in The Buck, lots of favourite Christmas Carols……and singing! Well done everyone.

Merry Christmas One and All!

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An Autumn walk around Honingham

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Autumn Wildlife Walk Round Honingham – with Jerry Bart

It was a beautiful cold but bright Sunday morning and I decided to go for a birding walk  from our house up Mill Lane and through the woods to Berry Lane. I had already seen a Little Egret from our kitchen window in the Tud so felt confident of a fruitful walk.

I am sure many of you dog walkers know this route well.

The first people I see are a couple walking back from Susan Grants house with two jars of her wonderful jam. Stopping just opposite the old pig sheds saw my first birds. Blackbird, Wood Pigeon and Blue Tit. Was just about to move on when I saw another bird fly away towards the giant poplars. I saw a white rump and thought …maybe a Bull Finch or possibly the very rare Brambling. I didn’t count it as wasn’t sure.

Moving through the woods the leaves were mostly blown down and I was able to see Natasha’s eco-house through the trees. I went off the path hoping to scare a  wintering Woodcock into the air. Unfortunately no luck.

Walking on Chaffinch and Great Tits appeared in the canopy. I scanned them closely looking for a Brambling or even a Redpoll. No luck until I nearly got to Berry Lane. From the field on the left up popped a Chaffinch. Then I took a second look and thought…that’s a bit different. I tried to double checking through the bins  and as usual it flew off just as I was focusing. However I saw the white rump. Now 80% sure it was my dream winter bird. Once in Berry Lane I saw a pheasant, a  flock of long tailed tits and then an unexpected bird. Willow Tit high in the canopy. Definitely a good day so far I thought. Then I caught some movement high up and hoped this was the bird I was really after. Then yes..a  beautiful male Brambling and realised the one I saw before must have be a female which is a bit duller than the male. Then I saw 4 more feeding on the seeds high in the trees. This was only the second time I had seen this bird in Honingham. The last time was 2010 in that very cold winter when Julie and I first moved here.

Feeling well pleased I moved on to the bridge hoping for a Kingfisher or a Grey Wagtail. No such luck but Jackdaw and a Carrion Crow flew over adding to my list. Turning into the field back to the village came Robin, Wren and more Blue Tits. Scanning high I hoped for a Red Kite. But no.

Passing Anthony’s plantation two flashing white rumped birds flew into the bushes. First Bull Finches of the day then a Wren and Hedge Sparrow (Dunnock).

Almost at The Buck and I scanned the field for Red Legged Partridge. No joy. Strolling back to the Old Mill I saw House Sparrow and Starlings. Stopping at the bridge I crept up over the wall hoping for that elusive Kingfisher. Now that would have capped off a great walk. It was however not to be.

That’s what I find so wonderful about bird spotting. You never know what will turn up and often the ones you expect to be around seem to disappear.

All in all a great hours walk.

When you are strolling around our wonderful village why not take some binoculars with you. You will be surprised what you may see. If you see anything different and are not sure what it may be just email me the description and I will try and help identify it for you.

 

Jerry Bart – The Old Mill Honingham