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and James Watson from North Elmham took over the school kitchens at Neatherd High School from 6.00pm. All cooking had to be completed by 7.30pm when the difficult task of judging the mouth watering menus began.

The judges included Cllr Theresa Hewett from Breckland Council, Tina Pemberton, head chef at Brovey Lair restaurant in Ovington, Stuart Green from the Breckland Youth Council, Gareth Woodward from Dereham Safer Neighbourhood team and Gaynor Bosomworth, food tech teacher from Neatherd High School.

Wade-Martins who heads up her band of hardy volunteers.

There’s no admission charge and the ample car parking is free as well. Yes, you really do get something for nothing. It’s right in the centre of our Norfolk village on the B1110 about 5 minutes north of Dereham and less than half-an-hour from Holt, Fakenham and Reepham.

The Flower Festival in the Church attracts thousands every year. The theme for 2010 is GREAT JOURNEYS. To find out which famous travellers are depicted in flowers, you will have turn up and see for yourself. Our proficient flower arrangers are scratching their heads – Marco Polo, Scott of the Antartic, and the Moon Landing are all on the shortlist!

Bob’s Spiral Staircase Challenge is for those fit enough to climb the Church Tower. It’s thoroughly recommended and well worth the effort for anyone who appreciates spectacular views over our beautiful Norfolk landscape. Organ recitals will certainly enhance the atmosphere.

Tina said; “I have been very impressed by what the pupils have cooked, the ones that haven’t used a recipe have been more creative and it’s great to see them just getting on with it. It’s all in the taste in the end!”

Yazmin Godfrey, aged 15, won the competition after impressing judges with her creative dishes and her presentation of the food. Her winning menu consisted of a starter of pan fried sea bass with a pea puree and a main of pork and almond stuffed chicken breast, crushed new potatoes, fresh vegetables with a tarragon sauce.

When asked if she felt confident that she had done enough to win Yazmin said; “I felt I struggled a bit with the timing issue but pulled myself together. I cook a lot at home for my parents, so I hope I have done well.”

Yazmin will receive a personal one-to-one cookery lesson with Tina Pemberton, head chef at Brovey Lair restaurant in Ovington where she will cook for three guests of her choice at Tina’s restaurant.

North Elmham Festival

August Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th, and Monday 30th.

For sure there are numerous friendly villages in Norfolk. And without doubt, North Elmham is up there amongst the front-runners in always offering a warm welcome to one and all.

The two pubs serve tasty meals every lunchtime and evening; clubs, societies and activities abound every day of the week; there are two woods to wander around; the cathedral ruins go back over a millennium; AND EVERYONE SAYS ‘HELLO’! It’s the kind of community that you yearn to be part of. And now you can be.

For the last three decades the villagers have thrown open their doors, so to speak, across all the August Bank Holiday Weekend. What more could you ask for?

It’s now very well established that the residents have an annual ‘get-together’ in the form of a traditional village festival. “There’s an open invitation for anyone to come along and join in – the more the merrier”. exclaims Susanna

Away from the Church, there is much to amuse all the Family too. Melodies old and new on the Fairground Organ. Hop on-board John’s pristine vintage ‘bus from the Eastern Transport Collection for a free ride around the village and then on to the preserved railway station at County School. The Tombola has more winners than losers. Eva will happily talk you into buying tickets for the daily Raffle Draw that has some unique prizes; don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Of course, our Festival would not be complete without Craft and Book stalls. And on Monday there is a massive Car-Boot Sale; all you serious bargain-hunters should aim to arrive early but the opportunistic browsers could pitch-up when it suits them.

Janet’s specially mounted exhibition of local official records will appeal to all you budding historians. Some of these displays have never been on show to the public before. Particularly if you have local connections, this could prove to be a most enlightening experience.

So, drop in for an hour or stay all day. The choice is yours. And if you need to relax then restorative refreshments are readily available throughout the weekend. Come and enjoy Heather’s salad lunches that are both tasty and healthy. Leave room though for the homemade cakes which are just too delicious to miss. But don’t take our word for it, check them out for yourselves.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, Stephen Pocklington’s classical music concert in the Church amongst the flowers on Saturday evening is simply magical. You’d be wise to get your tickets in advance for this most prominent cultural event performed by professional players and singers from all over the country.

It’s a truly community occasion. It is always a memorable weekend for all the villagers. And you can be part of our community, no matter where you come from. All you have to do is come AND SAY ‘HELLO’ to take away your own memories.

Any profits are in aid of the Church which is costly to maintain in good order. Call 01362 668435 for more details. Or otherwise you can visit www. for more info about the Festival as well as all the news and gossip on life in the village.

Important Numbers Police non - emergency number 0845 456 4567

In an emergency always dial 999 – (when should you call this number?) Here are some guidelines of when you should use the 999 emergency number. If a crime is about to be or is being committed, or a serious crime has just occured. If someone is hurt and may need medical help. If there has been a road collision and someone is injured or if another accident is likely to occur because of the position of the vehicles. If there is a fire which may cause injury to people or animals or damage property.

Gas Emergency Number - 0800 111 999 Orchard Surgery , Dereham - 01362 693029 Toftwood Medical Centre - 01362 691196 Theatre Royal Dereham - 01362 852800 Mattishall Surgery - 01362 850227 Elmham Surgery - 01362 668215 Swanton Morley Surgery - 01362 638100 Watton Medical Practice - 01953 881247

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Southlands Dental Practice, Swaffham - 01760 721385 Breckland Council Telephone Numbers

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Norfolk County Council - 01603 222 264 Dereham Town Council - 01362 693821 Watton Town Council - 01953 881007 Swaffham Town Council - 01760 722922 Wymondham town council - 01953 603302 Town & About 2010


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