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Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone Local Development Order (draft)

The consultation on the Greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone Local Development Order (Draft) is now open. Click here (or copy and paste link) to view and comment:
http://broadland-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/fez/ldo

Jazz Evening Saturday 14th January

There are still some tickets left for this great night out in our Village Hall. All profits are going to The Village Hall funds to help towards the refurbishment of the toilets – so please support us in this venture. There is a cottage pie or veggie crumble hot meal to be served at about 7pm with the live jazz band commencing at 8pm. Bring your own booze! Tickets are £12.50 each from Roger on 01603 880089. Please let us know your dietary requirements and we will do our best to cater for you.

 

Parish Council Meeting 9th January 2017 to include visit from Highways Dept.

Notice of Meeting of the Parish Council of Honingham on Monday 9th January in the Village Hall at 7pm.

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of the previous meeting

3. Matters arising from the Minutes

4. Finances –  including Village Hall plans and Precept Confirmation

5. Planning

6. Highways and Footpaths (see note below)

7. Leisure and Environmental Matters – including Bowls Club

8. Correspondence

9. Any Other Business

10. Future meeting dates

***********please note*******

we are expecting a visit from Highways Dept to tell us about their plans for the A47, and who knows, we might get some clues as to the route for the NDR joining the A47….

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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Honingham Birdwatch

Chatting to Trevor Smith he tells me that a kingfisher flew into their window earlier this year, he held it until it  recovered, put it on a post near the river, and it eventually flew off. Kingfishers can often be seen along the banks of the River Tud, so keep an eye out next time you are near the river….

 

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Visit from Roella – Granddaughter of the late Sir Edward Fellowes

Roella Trudgill contacted us via the Honingham website to say that she is delving into the history of her family and would love to see the Ailwyn Cup and any photo’s we have of the Fellowes or Ailwyns. Susan and Ray Grant, Julie Turner and Linda Human met Roella in the Village Hall and were able to tell her a bit more about her late Grandfather and family from photo’s and history extracts that have accumulated in the Honingham History archive. Mary loaned us the Ailwyn Cup for the day and Roella was able to take photographs of it. Thank you to all who helped! We have received this from Roella:

I really can’t thank you enough for arranging for me to see all the memorabilia relating to my ancestors – it really is much appreciated. Please convey my thanks to the others, whose names escape me so please could you remind me of them?
Below is a photo of me with the cup and the other one is of my grandfather, the late Sir Edward Fellowes, Clerk to the House 1954-1961, (b1895/d1970),cousin to Carol Fellowes, 4th Lord Ailwyn, (b1896/d1988)
My very best wishes from Roella.

 

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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