“Do you remember?”

A page to allow Honingham friends old and new to catch up with friends all over the world!

New Parish Council Website

Honingham Parish Council have a new website which is now available. Please note that this website will no longer be updated. To view the website please visit;


Mrs Betty Hodgson Church Farm House

Sad news, resident of many years Mrs Betty Hodgson passed away yesterday at her nursing home. Susan Grant has more details; the funeral is probably next week.

Can you help?

Had an enquiry today from someone doing research on his family tree; trying to trace his cousin, surname Hanwell, who lived on a farm in Honingham……

Thats all the info I have, but if anyone has any info would they let me know on the Honingham email honinghampc@gmail.com or tel 01603 880089

Many thanks


Barnado’s Boys

Do you remember the Barnado’s Boys at Honingham Hall?
Paul Blyth went to school with many of them and became firm friends with some; he has recently been in touch with Leon Squires, one of his school friends who was a Barnado Boy, and Leon came to see Paul and Sally recently, and they have just made a visit to Leon. Paul and Leon are hoping to arrange a reunion of as many “old boys” as they can and hope that the website may provide a way of getting in touch with them – Barnado’s would not be able to supply this information for obvious reasons.
This from Paul and Sally:
Leon came to see Paul in late March and was able to look at some of the archive material the village hall has about the Dr Barnado’s boys at Honingham Hall. They remembered each other and started thinking about other boys and whether they could arrange a reunion. Leon now lives in Tiverton and so when Paul  went to Devon in April, they could meet up again – this time with their respective wives, Jacky and Sally. Leon has a painting of Honingham Hall by Alf Baldwin which he had brought along. When Alf Baldwin retired from looking after the boys at Honingham Hall, he and his wife lived in one side of what is now Paul and Sally’s house.
If anyone has any contact with ex Honingham Hall boys, could they please let them know that a reunion is being considered.

History of Honingham

Received this today:

I was very pleased to see mention of my great grandmother Alice Curtis and her dear friend and my sisters godmother Emma Curson on your website. I understand that a Mr and Mrs Perrett now live in the house that was once the village shop. The last time I was in Norfolk was in the early 1980s to visit Emma Curson who had suffered a stroke and to see my great uncle Ted ( Curtis ) who was living in the house at that time. He died shortly after in such sad circumstances.
I have very dear childhood memories of Honingham …not least of fetching water from the pump ! I know I would find it greatly altered .
With many thanks , Jan Morris Jones.

Sunday Funday

we have 2 events in Honingham this Sunday (4th)…12 noon until 5pm for bowls, and 2pm to 5pm for the Hall.

Honingham Bowls have a go day, at the old Bowling Club, nothing formal just roll up and have a go! Also target bowls to win a small prize, and crazy golf or croquet for the children. Do have a go at “bowl in a box”…..prize is seeing Craig Matless eat his Next Sunday lunch in the pub – wearing a dress ? This just has to be won…..photos will be obligatory Craig!

From 2pm the Village Hall is holding Honingham History Day…..a wonderful archive of stories, events and photo’s, see which families first lived in your house, read about life in the Village School (closed for a week to get the black currant harvest in, or a measles epidemic), the murder at Honingham Hall, the Honingham Hoard, the Americans stationed here during the war, and lots more. Teas, soft drinks and cakes will be available, plus a raffle in aid of the Village Hall. Any offers of help, raffle prizes or cakes gratefully received on the day or contact Linda on 01603 880089.

Information Required

Does anyone in the village remember what we did to celebrate HM Queen’s Golden Jubilee? We have photo’s and memories from her 25th, and William & Kathrine’s wedding…..but nothing re the 2002 50th. If anyone has any memories or photo’s could you please let us know? Susan 881536, Sally 880286, Julie 881133 or Linda 880089. Thank you.

We will be meeting again this Friday (15th) at 10am in Village Hall re planning for Honingham History Day. Please come along and share memories and pictures.


Honingham History Day

Honingham History!

There is a lot of interesting stuff to know about our village, we agreed at the Tuesday Coffee Morning this week. And several of us have that stuff in the attic!

We agreed that there are probably many people living in the village now, who would like to know a bit more about it. So we propose, with the agreement of the Village Hall Management Committee, to hold a Honingham History Day from 2pm to 7pm Sunday 4th Sept. when everyone will be able to see our history, through documents, photos and souvenirs. There will also be teas and cakes, of course. This event will take some preparation! If you would like to be part of that, and of course, if you have things of interest to share, please come and join us in the village hall from 10 – 11am on Tuesday 14th June and Tuesday 12th July, when we will be sorting and planning. How exciting is that!!!

For those of you unable to come along to our coffee mornings, if you would like more information or if you have items that you think we would like to include (photos, letters, artefacts etc.) then please contact one of the organisers and we will be pleased to chat.

Frances 880345, Julie 881133, Linda 880089, Sally 880286, Susan 881536

Do come and help us! And put 4th Sept. in your diaries……

Frances Middleton

Help wanted by Alan Hinchliffe

Email received from Alan……………………

I am 76 years old and looking through your very interesting site I believe i may have found my cousins Eileen and Alan Hinchliffe. Their mother was called Agatha, who I think was married to my uncle Harold.

Can this be confirmed please – any help would be much appreciated. Kind regards, Alan.

If you have any information for him, his email address is alanhinchliffe@uwclub.net, or just post a comment on this page for him to read.

Facebook contact from Carol Reil

As a child I lived with my mum, dad and brother Andrew at 8 Fellowes Rd. We lived opposite Tom Wright who lived at No 5 and his sister Roma at No 3. I remember playing on the green with my brother and his friend Gordon Symmonds. We lived next door to Rita & Ronnie Barker and Cyril Curtis.

My name then was Carol Newson. My Mum & dad are Francis and Vinnia Newson.

I am friends with Roma and the family. Louise attends the N&N Association for the Blind with me.

(if you remember Carol why not go into her facebook post and send her a reply?)