Village Events and News
New Year's Dip 2017
Getting ready to dive in
2017 got off to a wet and chilly start for several Bawburgh residents as the annual New Year's Day Dip took place. At exactly 12 o'clock noon, around twenty hardy villagers (many more supporting from the river bank) stepped into the freezing water to celebrate the arrival of the New Year and to raise funds for charity, this year's charity being Teenage Cancer Trust. This charity helps teenagers diagnosed with cancer and raises money to provide special facilities and services for these teenagers. After the dip everyone was invited back to Folly House for mulled wine and nibbles, to raise their core temperatures back to normal. In 2016 money raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust, together with money raised at the 2017 Dip reached a total of £1060. Many thanks to all those who have made this possible.
War Memorial is Grade II Listed
On the 13th February 2017, Historic England, the organisation responsible for deciding which buildings and monuments should be listed, agreed that the war memorial in the churchyard would be Grade II listed. This means it is protected by law. Historic England commissioned a report outlining the reasons for listing the cross. It states "Bawburgh's War Memorial, remembering those from the parish who fell in the First and Second World Wars, was erected c.1920. Standing in the village churchyard, it is a simple yet dignified memorial. This is a good example of the polished granite wheel-headed cross type of war memorial. It has group value with the listed church and other nearby listed buildings." The report also details the history of the cross, "Bawburgh's memorial was sited in the churchyard with the funds being raised by public subscription. The memorial was presumably erected in 1920, and certainly before October 1920, when it was photographed with floral tributes for the Thetford and Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal. It was decided that it should take the form of a wheel-headed pink granite cross, and should be placed by the path leading to the church, facing the way the parishioners would enter. It was made by J R Childs of Chapel Field Road, Norwich and was unveiled in October 1920 by Mr Barclay of Colney Hall and dedicated by the vicar and the Dean of Norwich. The memorial commemorates seven local servicemen who fell in the First World War and two men who fell in the Second World War." The report concludes, "After examining all the records and other relevant information and having carefully considered the architectural and historic interest of this case, the criteria for listing are fulfilled. Bawburgh War Memorial is therefore recommended for listing at Grade II."
Fete and Duck Race Day 2016
A resounding success! Spirits had been very much dampened during the downpours of the morning of 9th July, but the sun shone on cue at 2 pm and the Village Green filled with happy fete-goers and duck-watchers. Thanks go to the Village Hall Committee for once again putting on the event, so important in the Bawburgh calendar. The Committee would like to thank everyone who played an active part or who made a contribution, especially the team (water-rats) who set things up in the morning - not to mention the team actually in the river! Also the cake-makers and our "Beachmaster", Chris Williams, holding everything together.
Well done to the village (and visitors) on raising an overall profit on the afternoon of well over £2,000. The village hall has announced profits of between £1,300 and £1,400, the Church had a bumper result of £500, School refreshments amounted to £115, Bawburgh Youth Club stall took £32.50 and the Parent and Toddler Lucky Dip £88. Well done all!!
Local History Group (14th June 2016)
There was record attendance at the Kings Head for the exploration of the 400 year old history of the building, and 200 year records of landlords. We had the benefit of Ray Symonds' memory from Billy Johnson, through to Billy Howlett, and Tracy Howlett's childhood memories.
Seen far left, grand-daughter of Winnie and Billy Howlett.
Our thanks to Anton and Pam Wimmer for the room and coffee to add to the ambience of our discussions of how the building had developed through all the landlords.
Annual New Year Dip 2016
Twelve hardy dippers plunged into the Yare at precisely mid-day on the 1st January 2016, and twelve were counted out. Well done to Eleanor and Steve Brolly, Tracey and Martins Chapman, Symon Gaughan, Michelle Goodman, Lisa and Jon Myhill, Steve Newell, Jason Snook and Sue and Chris Williams (see photo left). Thanks to Sue and Chris for organisation and provision of refreshments. This year's dip was to raise funds for the charity St Martin's Housing Trust. £350 were raised on the day. Well done all!!
They're off! And they're coming back still smiling! Photos with thanks to Betty Martins and Jenny Press
Annual New Year Dip 2015
Bawburgh did not disappoint, with its support of the first event of 2015. A much larger gathering than usual on the Green witnessed 16 mad dippers who appeared to enjoy the experience. We'll never know what prompted this surge of interest. Maybe the overnight thaw which melted the ice of the previous three days; maybe the smell of bacon rolls, home-made mince pies and mulled wine wafting across the road from the Old Post Office; maybe the colourful bunting (normally reserved for the summer Fete and Duck Race) strung up across the Green; Maybe Rupert's dulcet tones on Radio Norfolk an hour earlier; maybe curiosity generated by the sight of an ambulance parked strategically next to the mill pond into which several people (who really ought to know better) would shortly fling themselves. Hopefully it was just an outpouring of festive good will and charitable intention. Well done to dippers Steve and Eleanor Brolly, Karl Brend, Nick Calton, Martin Chapman, Joy and Rupert Hipwell, Michele Goodman, Carolyn Hamerton, Georgiana Heatley, Adam Lewis, Colin Muir, Mike Trivedi, Luca and Emma Webb, and Chris Williams. Joy and Rupert Hipwell are delighted to announce that £750 (around £150 of which was thanks to Tina Fielden, who was disposing of garage items before her imminent move from Bawburgh, which continued at the Village Hall Coffee Morning) was collected in aid of ATAXIA UK and the dippers and supporters were also very grateful for the warming drinks and eats back at the Old Post Office. As important as the raising of funds was the raising of awareness, and it is safe to say that those of us who had never heard of Ataxia, let alone understood its cause, symptoms and implications, are now better informed. (With thanks to Rupert Hipwell for help with the above).
photos with thanks to Pamela Ross
Annual Duck Race and Fete 2014
The Green was bathed in glorious July sunshine for the Fete and, later Duck Race. Much work had been done to prepare the river, removing reeds and weed which would hinder the bright yellow ducks on their way downstream.Many thanks to all those who took part in this task, and the duties of the Duck Steward on the day, Steve Brolly, (with Ian Williams and Nick Calton).
Photo with thanks to Neil Bond
£1,200 was made by the Village Hall, in addition to £65 by the Youth Club and £231 by the Church on their Bottle Stall and Guess My Name soft toy (which was Lindy Lou) won by Mrs Capp. Eleanor Brolly made it a double whammy by winning the Children's raft race (as well as her success in the Bawburgh Bake off earlier in the year). The Grand Draw hamper was won by Nicola Stroud of Norwich. Winners of the Duck Race were Louise Garnham, Kerry Sylvester, Gary Williams, Julie Cunningham, Chris Kemsley and Susanne Atkins. Well done to all helpers before, during and after the Fete.
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations
Hockering Lane Residents residents organised a celebration of the Queen's 90th Birthday with a street party on 11th June 2016. Photo with thanks to Rachel Scott.
Fete and Duck Race Day 2015
The above was a resounding success, with the Village Green full to overflowing and a great trade done by all the stalls. There was an amazing family atmosphere, summed up by this lovely photo of the Buck family. More than £2,000 was made across all village organisations on the day.
Chris Williams kept things going with his excellent compering. 1,000 ducks took part in the Duck Race and was preceded by the excitement of three heats of the children's Duck Raft Race (hampered slightly by head winds) then in glorious warmth, but not too hot sunshine, the 23rd Annual Bawburgh Duck Race had a count down, by Russell Martin, captain of Norwich City FC and more amusing commentary by Chris. Profits by the village were in excess of £1,500 (of which £500 has been given to the Church), the very busy Youth Club games £60, School refreshments £130 and the Church Bottle Stall £320. Many congratulations to all and thanks to helpers and excellent entertainers, Wright's Duo and St Withburga's Ringers.
Wandering in the Forest for EACH 14th June 2015
Bawburgh Wanderers show off their medals following their Walk for Life (for East Anglian Children's Hospices). Well done to (from the left) Jenny, Helen, Betty, Julie, Michele, Sarah and (behind the camera) Christina.
On a cloud smothered and cool Sunday morning, seven Wanderers undertook a sponsored walk in the Thetford Forest to raise money for EACH - East Anglian Children's Hospices. The walk threaded its way along well marked pathways with a great sense of peace - wonderful bird songs, pine resin scenting the air, and incredibly the rain held off until we had completed the mini-challenge. Thanks to many individual donations and a most generous one of £100 from the Village Hall Committee, the Wanderers were able to donate a grand total of £336.79 to the EACH project. Thanks to everyone who took part or helped in any way, especially Sarah Catchpole for the wonderful idea.
Trouble at Mill 2014
Four years ago, looking downstream from our upstairs mill windows, we noticed damage to the flint river wall below our front lawn; the force of the mill race teeming down the sluice had destroyed the foundations. After a variety of proposals, we decided on a wider inspection, covering the brick retaining wall that supports the drive by our bridge. This 3-metre high wall had been built in September 1893, and was supported off timber piled foundations. We hired a diving team from Yarmouth-based Red7 Marine, and over the video in their control cabin we heard their diver reporting "Here's a void!..Here's another void!" There sounded to be more voids than solids! After several delays, work on replacing the foundations eventually began on Monday 20th October 2014. Villagers were alerted by the arrival of a giant 120 tonne capacity Liebherr mobile crane with 56 metre reach that towered over the village. During one morning, it transferred 12 modular steel sections that bolted together to form a 50 square-metre floating work platform, culminating in another powerful crane being delicately lowered into the central section (see photo). The platform is secured to the river bed by two raisable steel columns called spud legs. The platform houses a steel cabin, air compressor, gas cylinder, generator, diving and building equipment; it can be nudged into working position by a small motor punt.
The Red7 Marine team spent their first two weeks dredging the wall foundations and installing vertical I-beams close to the brick wall; these provided support to timber shuttering panels which slotted between the beams down to the river bed. On 12th November a concrete pump, unfolding its hydraulic arm to a high of 20 metres, pumped concrete behind the bottom row of shutter panels and into all those voids. Three further concrete pours have been completed since then, but 15 hours of heavy rain on Sunday, 23rd November forced a week's delay, Two further pours are required to complete the wall strengthening.
The giant mobile crane returned to remove all the equipment, on 9th December and a return of the un-encumbered river, should have happened by the time you receive your January Bawburgh News.
Thanks to Roger Thompson for the above. Photo record with thanks to Pamela Ross
Open Gardens 2014
11 gardens were opened on the 8th June, and the whole village was bathed in glorious sunshine and smiles. £1,049.95 was raised net of expenses thanks to the energetic gardeners and helpers. 50% of this went to the local charity, the Big C, 25%to the Church Fund and 25% to a village Amenity which was later agreed to be a bicycle rack for the Village Hall. Meanwhile, back at the Village Hall, refreshments and BogArt were in full swing, with second hand books being sold to those who enjoyed reading. Profits for BogArt were increased due to a kind donation of a painting and greetings card of St Mary and St Walstan Church by Louise Bacon. Her painting was raffled, which, together with the sale of cards, made a total of £300 of BogArt profits, to be shared between the Church Fabric Fund and Big C charity. Everyone was delighted that Sandy Munro won the church painting - a worthy winner considering all the work he has done for the church (and the village) over the years.