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Thornham Village Kids Club

Come and join us on Tuesday Mornings this August......



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Thornham Fun Day and Dog Show

Classic Cars
Hunstanton Concert Band
Bouncy Castle and Slide
Children's Crafts
Face Painting
Barbeque
Real Ale
Teas
Games and Stalls



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Thornham Fun Dog Show

Win a Rosette!
Special prize for Best Dog Show Winner



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The Makers Mark 2016

Forget the common view that anything cobbled together by hand is ‘craft’. From natural fibres to precious metals our makers work directly with the raw materials to create unique one off pieces, and some of these materials are unique to North Norfolk. No-one can resist Bob Lever’s quirky birds fashioned from locally grown willow or the mysterious qualities of Rob Dunster’s pots glazed with thatching reed ash from Cley. Local Landscapes feature too, in Sarah Burt’s needlefelt and Sally Gibson’s handwoven tapestries.

New recruits Maureen Baker the Swaffham Potter, and Eira Gregory join Michelle Daniels, Penny Withers, Karen Downing and Rob Dunster making their mark on clay. Our expert jewellers Abbie Conway, Aisha Nahaboo, Madeleine Spencer, Donna Harold and Ali Kramarchuk work with precious metals, and embroiderer Deb Matthysz creates wearable art in textiles and beads.

There will be glass from the award-winning SALTGlass Studio, artist blacksmiths James Spedding from Holkham Forge and Toby Winterbourn from North Elmham. Wood turned and polished by Nigel Wright and Tim Plunkett, elegant silk scarves handwoven by Mary Wright and everything from dog leads to door mats from The Traditional Rope Company. And let’s not forget, upcycled gifts and delicious cakes from the fundraising BagLadies of Thornham.

Free entry.
Refreshments available all day.

A fund raising event for the Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field (TVHPF)

Further information from Melanie Venes - Event Co-ordinator 01485 512315
or email info@makersmarkthornham.co.uk



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into the woods and beyond

work by local artists Tod Evans & Julie Spriggs



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Winter Warmer 2015- 2016

Five evenings of entertaining and informative talks with dinner
16th October 2015
20th November 2015 (*THIS IS AN AMENDED DATE)
18th December 2015
22nd January 2016
19th February 2016

Friday, 16th October 2015
Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt MP
“Loves Labour’s Lost: my life in politics”
Patricia promises us a light-hearted, non party-political broadcast view of her career in politics and government.

Friday, 20th November 2015
Charlie Wyett (The Sun) and Oliver Brown (The Telegraph)
“A Question of Sport”
Charlie and Oliver give us their view from the press about Sport, with an opportunity for Q &A

Friday 18th December 2015
His Honour Graham Boal QC hosts “Any Questions” with Stephen Bett, Richard Bird, Susan Bowden-Pickstock and Patricia Hewitt
Graham plays the role of Jonathan Dimbleby in a fundraiser for All Saints’ Church Thornham. Please submit a question when booking a ticket.

Friday 22nd January, 2016
Jeremy Delmar-Morgan
“Einstein, North Norfolk and other little know facts”
Einstein spent time in North Norfolk before WW2 with Jeremy’s grandfather and great uncle, so Jeremy is able to tell us much more about Einstein the man.

Friday, 19th February 2016
Sir John Scarlett “Reflections" John reflects on his career with British Intelligence

Booking via email: winterwarmers@thornhamvillagehall.co.uk
£15 per head includes welcome drink and one course supper.
Doors open at 6:30pm, talks start at 7:00pm prompt.
Supper, served around 8:15pm, kindly provided by The Orange Tree Thornham
Full bar available throughout the evening.
Pre-booking essential, numbers are limited.
Thornham Village Hall
High Street
Thornham
PE36 6LX
If you have no access to email, please leave a message on 07831 935903

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Christmas Kids' Club

Sunday 20th December - 3.00pm

Tickets £3.50 Per child
with a visit by Father Christmas

To book your tickets call: 07831 935903

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or phone Ali 0n 07831 935903

On Tuesday 29 December we will be showing Frozen - the sing along edition. Doors open 2pm, the film starts at 2.30pm. Dressing up encouraged.

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Paul Wyett

Saturday 19th December - 8.00pm

Tickets £7.50 each
Fully Licensed Bar

To book your tickets call: 07831 935903

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or phone Ali 07831 935903

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Bridge Afternoon

Thursday 19th November - 2.00pm

Tickets £10 each

To book your tickets call: 07831 935903

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or phone Ali 0n 07831 935903

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Links & Halloween Quiz Night

Friday 30th October - 6.30pm

Tickets £10 each - Including Hot Supper

Bar open throughout the evening

To book your tickets call: 07831 935903

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or phone Carolyn 0n 01485 512033

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Photographic and Art Exhibition
by Liz Allen-Pytaleua and Bryan Harford

  • Refreshments available
  • In aid of Cancer Research


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    Links & Layers on View
    Mixed Media Exhibition

    Christine Leech. Chris Langford. Jill Whittaker. Clare Bennett. Sally Lawford. Pauline Wrighton. Rachael King.

    Please contact Chris 01263 822 659

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    Let’s make Thornham a Dementia Friendly Village!

    Creating dementia friendly communities…
    ...with over one million Dementia Friends
    Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and
    the small things you can do that make a difference - please join us.

    Please contact John Osborne on 01485 512013 or visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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    Kids Club 2015

    Holiday-themed arts & crafts, painting, play dough, games, books and access to fabulous playground. Themes include “the seaside”, “caterpillars and butterflies”, “teddybear’s picnic”, “birds” and “summer food”.

    Email Wendelien at: wb@ianbellinger.co.uk for further details.

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    Kids Outdoor Summer Activities

    Come and Join in the Fun Swing Ball, Connect 4, Tumble Tower, Skipping, Hular Hoops, Footballs, Plus lots more!!!!

    Archery Sessions 11th, 18th, 25th August If possible Archery to be booked in advance as limited number of spaces to avoid disappointment.

    Contact Ali Chesterman on 07831935903 thornham.villagehall@gmail.com for further details.


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    Family Fun & Sports Day

    Adults £1.50, including programme and raffle ticket. Children free

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    Tennis Fun Day

    12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Adult Coaching Taster

    • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Junior Coaching Taster 11+ yrs

    • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Cardio Tennis Taster

    • 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Adult Coaching Taster

    • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Junior Coaching Taster U11’s

    • 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Cardio Tennis Taster

    Further information contact: 07733 015889 or exceltennis7@gmail.com or tennis@thornhamvillagehall.co.uk

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    Catherine Downes Silversmith - Sarah Burt Artist

    An exhibition of work by contemporary Silversmith Catherine Downes and Artist Sarah Burt. Free entry.

    Contact Catherine by email:info@catherinedownes.co.uk for further details or phone 07761 158208

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    MUSIC ON THE FIELD 2015

    BEER TENT - REAL ALES - FOOD & REFRESHMENTS - MARQUEES STALLS - FACE PAINTING
    CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA
    DOGS ON LEADS ONLY
    FREE CAR PARKING
    CAMPERS OVERNIGHT £15
    TICKETS £10 AT THE GATE CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE
    PROCEEDS IN AID OF THE VILLAGE HALL PROJECT
    Tel: Colin on 01485 512315
    Anthony on 01485 512460

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    INDIGO & BEYOND

    CONTEMPORARY WORK IN CLAY, GLASS, METAL ANDTHREAD INSPIRED BY TRADITIONAL INDIGO TEXTILES
    Contact Melanie at melanie@twill-knot.co.uk for further details.

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    Sausage Sizzle

    Admission price: £10 per person includes hotdog/beef burgerand salads plus welcome drink.
    Proceeds towards upkeep of Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field
    Tickets £10 each
    Contact John & Sue Warham 01485 512546 or thornham.villagehall@gmail.com for further details.


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    Original work by craftsmen and artisans

    2ND & 3RD MAY 2015 OPEN 10AM – 4PM FREE ENTRY CAFE
    THORNHAM VILLAGE HALL, HIGH STREET, THORNHAM, PE36 6LX

    info@makersmarkthornham.co.uk

    Following the outstanding success of its debut in 2014, The Maker’s Mark will be bigger and even better this year. Two days, more stands, but no compromise on quality, giving you a second chance to meet and buy from the craftsmen who transform raw materials into beautiful objects. There will be twenty professional makers whose work shows originality, skill and sensitivity to their materials – materials as diverse as wood, glass, metal, fibre and fabric. Pure craftsmanship.

    CERAMICS:
    MICHELLE DANIELS – Hand thrown stoneware and raku fired vessels
    ROB DUNSTER – Wheel thrown domestic ware incorporating local clay from Weybourne
    FELICITY HOYLE – Domestic ware and sculpture
    PENNY WITHERS – Sculptural and functional stoneware
    METALS – BLACKSMITHS:
    HOLKHAM FORGE – Hand forged lamps, fire screens, art in plasma cut steel
    TOBY WINTERBOURN – Unique sculptures inspired by natural forms
    SILVERSMITHS:
    MADELEINE SPENCER – Jewellery, handmade from reclaimed silver, brass and gemstones
    CATHERINE DOWNES – Fluid contemporary jewellery and functional silverware
    GLASS:
    SALTGLASS STUDIO – Contemporary glass sculpture
    WOOD & WILLOW:
    NIGEL WRIGHT – Locally sourced native hardwoods turned to perfection
    TIM PLUNKETT – Elegant and practical kitchen and table ware
    LAPWING WOODTURNING – Classic designs turned from carefully selected timber
    WHITE HOUSE WILLOW – Garden sculptures in locally grown willow
    TEXTILES:
    SARAH BURT –Felt landscapes
    KELLEE RICH – Hand printed and hand painted textile homewares and accessories
    SALLY GIBSON – Hand woven tapestries
    TRADITIONAL ROPE COMPANY – From dog leads to doormats in natural fibre rope
    TWILL&KNOT – Luxurious hand woven accessories for fashion and interiors
    The BAGLADIES of THORNHAM – Fabric and yarn upcycled into gifts and accessories
    AND everything including the wood burning stove:
    NORFOLK SHEPHERD HUTS – Built to the pattern of an old working hut used on the family farm up until the 1960’s. Locally sourced timber, locally cast iron wheels and insulated with British sheep’s wool.


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    Curry Evening

    Three course dinner with dessert

    with Coriander & Lime


    Welcome drink on arrival

    £22 per person

    Booking essential please contact: E-mail: thornham.villagehall@gmail.com
    Alison 07831 935903

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    Thornham's annual Sponsored Walk

    Sunday, 12th April
    10.00am Meet at Village Hall - 12.00pm Finish at The Chequers
    Hot soup & rolls after the walk, kindly provided by The Chequers Inn

    ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS MAINTENANCE OF PLAYING FIELD AND CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA

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    Sportsmans Dinner

    WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER, FORMER ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL AND PREMIER LEAGUE LEGEND

    Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock


    Charity Auction

    Licenced Bar

    DRESS CODE: SMART CASUAL

    Admission £30.00

    To book please contact: E-mail: sarahayoung81@gmail.com
    Sarah 07763 218741

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    Winter Warmers

    A series of Friday evening entertaining and informative talks with buffet supper.

    Charles Rangeley-Wilson
    “Dreams of Men with Fish on the Brain or the Real Story of Salmon Fishing in Yemen”

    Charles Rangeley-Wilson tells us the true story of the transportation of salmon to Tasmania in 1864.
    A tale that is rather more far-fetched that the Yemeni version.

    Doors Open 6:30pm

    Free Glass of Wine / Soft Drink on arrival

    Talk starts at 7:00pm, with time for Q&A.

    8:00pm One Course Buffet Supper provided by: The Orange Tree, Thornham

    Each talk will leave time for questions and answers and there will be an opportunity to circulate afterwards with the buffet supper and talk to our speakers.

    * Bar Available * Finish 9:30pm * Admission £15 Advanced booking required

    To book please contact: Winterwarmers@thornhamvillagehall.co.uk 07510 914 681

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    Exhibition at Thornham Village Hall

    Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February 2015
    11am to 4.30 pm

    Exhibition by the Thornham History Society
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    Thali Food

    Spinach and Onion Bhajias (V)
    Vegetable samosas

    Chicken curry (cooked in yogurt & cardamom)
    Kheema mutter (Lean mince beef & peas)
    Aubergine, potato & pea curry (V)
    Tarka Dahl (V)
    Onion and tomato relish (V)
    Onion Flavoured Rice (V)
    Naans (V)

    Shrikhand Dessert (V)
    Greek yogurt, quark cheese and saffron)

    £22.00 per person

    Food prepared by Coriander & Lime

    Website: www.corianderandlime.co.uk
    BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: RING ALISON ON 07831 935903
    Or email:Thornham.villagehall@gmail.com
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    Kids Club

    Who? Children 0 – 12 years and parents (one adult must stay with child/children from one family)

    What? Christmas-themed arts & crafts led by Montessori nursery teacher, painting, play dough, games and books

    Email Wendelien at: wb@ianbellinger.co.uk

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    Winter Warmers

    A series of Friday evening entertaining and informative talks with buffet supper.

    Andrew Jamieson
    “Major David Jamieson VC”

    Andrew Jamieson gives a very personal talk on the extraordinary story of his father, Major David Jamieson VC.

    Jamieson was 23 years old, and a Captain in the 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, British Army during the Second World War. On 7/8 August 1944, south of Grimbosq, Normandy, France, Jamieson was in command of a company that established a bridgehead over the River Orne.

    The enemy made seven counter-attacks on the company's position, but throughout 36 hours of bitter and close fighting Captain Jamieson's company refused to give up.

    Doors Open 6:30pm

    Free Glass of Wine / Soft Drink on arrival

    Talk starts at 7:00pm, with time for Q&A.

    8:00pm One Course Buffet Supper provided by: The Orange Tree, Thornham

    Each talk will leave time for questions and answers and there will be an opportunity to circulate afterwards with the buffet supper and talk to our speakers.

    * Bar Available * Finish 9:30pm * Admission £15 Advanced booking required

    To book please contact: Winterwarmers@thornhamvillagehall.co.uk 07510 914 681

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    Winter Warmers

    A series of Friday evening entertaining and informative talks with buffet supper.

    His Honour Graham Boal QC
    “Paid Liars? Misconceptions of the Bar and Bench”

    Graham Boal gives us an insight into the workings of the Criminal Bar, having been both a QC and an Old Bailey Judge.

    Graham will attempt, with his normal wit and humour, to answer questions such as: “How do you defend someone you know is guilty?”
    “Why did X get off?”
    “Why did they prosecute if he got off?”
    Doors Open 6:30pm

    Free Glass of Wine / Soft Drink on arrival

    Talk starts at 7:00pm, with time for Q&A.

    8:00pm One Course Buffet Supper provided by: The Orange Tree, Thornham

    Each talk will leave time for questions and answers and there will be an opportunity to circulate afterwards with the buffet supper and talk to our speakers.

    * Bar Available * Finish 9:30pm * Admission £15 Advanced booking required

    To book please contact: Winterwarmers@thornhamvillagehall.co.uk 07510 914 681

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    Winter Gift Fair

    Unique gifts, seasonal produce and delicious refreshments.


    Organised by the BagLadies of Thornham, the fair will feature over 20 stalls offering a wide range of high quality products, many of them hand-made, at prices to suit all pockets. The multi-talented BagLadies will be selling up-cycled fabric products including a new range of cushions and gifts, as well as jams, chutneys & preserves, and bags of course.

    The expert artists, cooks and craftsmen we’ve invited include:
    Abahna – Natural luxury bath, body and home fragrances.
    Bob Lever – Bird sculptures, plant supports and garden ornaments made from Norfolk grown willow.
    Chris Hoten – Colourful, handmade and unique bead jewellery and accessories.
    Garden Force Centre, Creake - Fresh Christmas wreaths and baskets.
    Heather B – Decorative stags, ducks and pheasants made with love in Harris Tweed.
    Lou Howell – Delicious homemade treats for the whole family, from truffles to meringue kisses!
    Madeleine Spencer – Unique handmade silver jewellery.
    Nigel Wright Woodturning –Locally sourced native hardwoods hand turned and beautifully finished.
    Nutmeg Soaps – Handcrafted cold pressed soaps, carefully mixed from a blend of pure essential oils.
    Phil Arthur – Terracotta owl jugs and smaller ceramic gifts.
    Rob Dunster – Domestic ceramics from the Anglo-Japanese tradition.
    Rod Bucknell Photography – Seascapes, landscapes and wildlife photographs, framed or on canvas.
    Sally Gibson – Handwoven tapestries, handmade tassels and Christmas decorations.
    SALT glass studios – Sculptures & contemporary glass; sand cast, free blown and kiln fused.
    Sarah Burt –Contemporary landscapes and seascapes in vivid colour, hand crafted in merino wool.
    The Traditional Rope Co – Beautiful things for home and garden handmade in natural fibre rope.
    Twill&Knot – Luxury Handwovens; accessories for fashion and interiors.
    Woodward & Davey – Hand and frame knitting in hand-dyed silk, wool and indigo dyed cotton.
    Delicious cakes, savouries and hot drinks, including mulled wine will be available through the day.

    The Winter Gift Fair will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November. Entry is free
    Further information from Melanie Venes 01485 512315

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    Winter Warmers

    Friday, November 21st

    “Captain William Hoste – Nelson’s Protégé

    A welcome return to Thornham of the Reverend Christopher Wood

    Doors Open 6:30pm

    Free Glass of Wine / Soft Drink on arrival

    Talk starts at 7:00pm, with time for Q&A.

    8:00pm One Course Buffet Supper provided by: The Orange Tree, Thornham

    Each talk will leave time for questions and answers and there will be an opportunity to circulate afterwards with the buffet supper and talk to our speakers.

    * Bar Available * Finish 9:30pm * Admission £15 Advanced booking required

    To book please contact: Winterwarmers@thornhamvillagehall.co.uk 07510 914 681

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    RNLI Coffee Morning

    Christmas Cards, Wrapping Paper, Diaries, Calendars, Gift ideas!

    Bring and Buy Cake & Produce Stall!

    ALL WELCOME - Bring a friend!

    BRIDGE DRIVE - SAME DATE AND LOCATION

    1 FOR 1.30 Prompt start, £10 per person including Afternoon Tea, Enter in groups of 4 - Ring Angie Coker(572886) or Lois Carrick(572708) Numbers limited

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    3 Create...

    is a newly formed creative partnership by Norfolk artists Sarah Burt, Catherine Downes and Elizabeth Fitzgerald Carter

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    Big Open Skies

    An Exhibition of recent paintings by Shirley Carnt. "I'd be delighted to see you there"

    Shirley Carnt (Deterding) is a truly international artist who, since the 60s, has exhibited worldwide with regular shows in Central London as well as her annual exhibitions in her native Norfolk, England.

    She now lives and works from her studio at Coastguard House, on the edge of the marsh at Thornham, where uninterrupted views of the sea, marsh and the ever changing sky continue to give her inspiration.

    Shirley has also produced a number of illustrated books.

    Shirley has recently been awarded Oil Painter of the Year by Aspire magazine.

    www.shirleycarntartist.com

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    Bouncy castle, children's games, cakes and refreshments, real ale bar, barbeque, 5-a-side soccer, vintage cars and much more!

    Adults £1, Children free

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    Watercolours, photography, mixed media, pencil

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    Kids Club

    Who? Children 0 – 8 years and parents (one adult must stay with child/children from one family)

    What? Themed arts & crafts led by Montessori nursery teacher, painting, play dough, games and books

    Email Wendelien at: wb@ianbellinger.co.uk

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    Media Release no 2

    Music on the Field – Thornham 2014


    Missed Glastonbury? Couldn’t get to Cambridge? Then come to Thornham’s Music on the Field 2014 for a great afternoon/evening of music on Saturday 2nd August, starting at 2.00pm.

    After a two year break the show returns to its original home on Thornham’s new playing field, with the best line-up yet.

    Kick starting the event as first act up are Laura and the Sounds Easy Jazz trio. Laura wowed the crowd at last summer’s gig on the Church Green with smooth, rich vocals gliding through jazz classics. The bluesy numbers showed edge and power. A line-up of some of the most versatile and experienced players in the county ensures a polished performance.

    The 3.00 o’ clock slot sees local favourites and Indie Rockers, Jimmy Rockit, take the stage. They are sure to bring along their fan base and get the crowd rocking. A change of mood sees Pennyless as the next performance. Well known to Thornham audiences this is their third visit to the village, bringing their mix of traditional folk and innovative new material, the versatile trio will receive a warm welcome.

    Then a new act to the venue graces the stage at 5.00pm -The Rockin’ Bishop of Lynn. After his successful Festival Too performance there is real interest in this performance. Another mood change at 6.00pm will please fans of Bob Dylan as Back Pages play a selection of his material which changed the music of the second half of the 20th century.

    Blues Tubes take the stage at 7.00pm with their brand of Blues and Rockabilly, to be followed by Darling Coreys, another band new to Thornham. An all-female blue-grass band from Norwich, their set is eagerly anticipated. Also new to Thornham are Red Dust, who are highly recommended. The evening closes as always with the Festival Ensemble who are sure to bring the evening to a rousing close with audience participation.

    Families will enjoy the Children’s tent and entertainment in the afternoon and the Play Area will be available throughout. The inner man and woman will be satisfied by the BBQ and refreshments served from the hall. There will also be a Real Ale bar and a Pimms tent.

    Admission is £10 for adults, accompanied under 12’s free entry. No advance booking this year, cash only entry at the gate. Free parking on-site if ground conditions permit. Campervans for overnight stay only £15, conditions apply. Dogs on leads will be admitted. Toilets, including disability access, available in hall.

    Proceeds from the event support and help develop the activities of Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field Ltd, the charitable company which manages the facilities.

    For further information contact Monica on 01485 517168.

    Media Release 1 Music on the Field – Thornham 2014

    Music on the Field returns bigger, better and with more on offer for all the family to Thornham’s Playing Field on Saturday 2nd August after a two year absence.

    No music festival can claim credibility unless it has been flooded at some point and this was the case in 2012 and 2013 saw the new village hall being constructed on-site so alternative concerts were held on the church green.

    The 2014 Festival sees a wide variety of musical styles with some great new additions to the line-up as well as the return of bands enjoyed previously by local audiences. Eight bands feature with the concert opening at 2.00pm and playing till late.

    Young Indie Rockers, Jimmy Rockit, feature along with Laura and the Sounds Easy Jazz trio, who wowed the audience last year on a hot summer’s day on the green. Pennyless, the innovative Lincolnshire folk trio, play the venue for the third time by popular request. New additions to the bill see the Darling Coreys, an all-girl blue-grass band from Norwich, Blues Tubes give it a little Rockabilly and Back Pages singing and playing from the Bob Dylan songbook.

    Among the most eagerly anticipated acts, following his success at Festival Too, is the Rockin’ Bishop of Lynn. Closing the programme, as is traditional, will be the Festival Ensemble.

    Alongside the music there will be a children’s tent with Face-painting, juggling and jokes and the play area. Every festival needs its refreshments - a Pimms bar, Beer tent with real ales, food, BBQ and refreshment tent provide these.

    Practical details: Adult admission £10, under 12’s free. Campervans for overnight stay only, an additional £15, conditions apply. Dogs will be admitted if kept on a lead and under control. Parking on-site free, if ground conditions permit. Toilets, including disability access, available in the award-winning hall on site with first aid post also.

    For further information contact Monica on monclare@btinternet.com .

    For further information contact:
    Monica Clare Music Director 01485 517168 or monclare@btinternet.com

    Colin Venes 01485 512315 or colinvenes@btinternet.com .

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    Thornham Village Hall

    The West Norfolk based painting group 'ART 21' is holding a Summer Exhibition in Thornham Village Hall. The group consists of eleven, well known, local artists, and will display an interesting and varied mix of subject, style and media.

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    Creative Writing Workshop

    Admission price: £25 per person.

    A relaxed and informal day of writing exercises (prose and poetry) in an inspirational setting. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.

    To book call 01553 692798 or e-mail suekburge@hotmail.co.uk

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    Thornham Village Cinema

    Live by satellite from the National Theatre - Skylight

    Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy play former lovers in a West End revival of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry. The play concerns Kyra Hollis, a teacher living a thread- bare existence in North-West London, who is briefly reunited with Tom Sergeant, her much older ex, a restaurant entrepreneur. They were once united, but are now divided on just about every issue: class, politics, sex, privacy and money. .

    Thornham veterans v Thornham C.C.

    22 June 2014
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    Last Sunday, 22nd June saw an entertaining 20 over cricket match between Thornham veterans, many of whom tried to defy the passing of the years to take on Thornham C.C. in the annual challenge match. Ages ranged from 10 to 70. The sun shone, the field was bathed in sunshine, the teas and sandwiches much appreciated. All in all, the essence of Village Cricket. The result – well, it was close, but also unimportant.

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    RNLI Quiz night with Supper on Saturday

    Come along and join our version of Mastermind! We invite teams to come along and pick their brains against other RNLI supporters and friends. We will provide a delicious supper and a formidable quiz master. There will be an open bar available to buy your drinks. Maximum 6 persons per team, less if you like! Entry is £10 per head to include supper.

    Please book your team with Terry Morris on 01485 512005 or email: morris_t2@sky.com . A fun evening will be guaranteed!!

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    Live by satellite from the National Theatre - A Small Family Business

    A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

    Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Live by Satellite        

    Thursdasy 29th May 2014 - Doors open 6.15pm, performance starts at 7pm. - Drinks may be purchased at the Bar - £10 per person

    Live by satellite from the National Theatre - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

    Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

    Christopher, fifteen years old, has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion of killing Mrs Shears' dog Wellington, he records each fact about the event in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of the murder. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

    Thornham Village Hall

    Tennis and Cricket Taster Morning!

    Thornham MUGA and Playing Field Saturday 25th May 10:00 – 13:00

    Come and try out and join in!

    Click here for the full poster.

    Thornham Village Hall

    The first Maker's Mark exhibition and sale of work at Thornham Village Hall on Sunday 4th May was a runaway success. More than 544 people visited the display by 17 artisan and craftsmen makers, setting a new record for one day attendance at a hall event.

    The Makers were all impressed with the hall and its facilities and the visitors were all impressed with the work of the Makers. All reported good sales figures, some noting it as the best event for several years.

    Everyone was able to enjoy the refreshments on offer from the Cakes and Ale café and the relaxed rural environment.

    A number of the makers will be seen again at the pre Christmas Gift Fair to be held in the hall at the end of November, and all seem keen to return for next year's event which promises to be even bigger and better . Note the first week-end in May 2015 and watch this space.

    Details on both events will appear regularly on the web-site and Facebook pages.

    Click here for the full information poster.

    Thornham Village Hall

    Table Top and Car Boot Sale

    Table Top and Car Boot Sale - £5 per car - £5 per table

    For details contact: Sue Hardy 512320 or Janet Needham 512460

    Organised by the BagLadies of Thornham

    Thornham Village Cinema

    Live by satellite from the National Theatre - King Lear

    Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale as King Lear in this highly anticipated production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

    To book your tickets, please contact 07787 255597 and leave your details

    Thornham Village Hall

    Sale of original work by Craftsman and Artisan

    New event! Here’s a chance to view and buy from the craftsmen who transform raw materials into beautiful objects. Top quality hand made products from materials as diverse as wood, glass, metal, fibre and fabric.

    Among those featured, James Spedding of Holkham Forge is the current link in the chain of an old lineage of Norfolk village blacksmiths. Each piece is unique and lovingly crafted. Also unique, the intricate delicacy of plant forms in Lotte Attwood’s photograms, each a one-off exposure onto photographic paper. Rob Dunster describes his English hardwood weaving equipment as ‘engineered craft with both function and aesthetics in mind.’ Rob’s shuttles have been busy, as you’ll see in the range of fabric and accessories from Norfolk Handwovens.

    From functional pot to sculpture, clay is perhaps the most versatile material. Michelle Daniels creates useable items for everyday in stoneware, but recently rediscovered the pleasure of raku firing. Her non-functional vessels are inspired by patterns in the landscape of Kerala. Every one of Phil Arthur’s birds has a different personality. Each lidded jug is assembled from 5 individual pieces of terracotta, slip painted and decorated with scraffito designs.

    The hands that shape the clay, the weaver who throws the shuttle, each maker leaves their mark.

    For more information please contact Melanie Venes 01485 512315 melanievenes@btinternet.com

    Click here for the full information poster.

    Thornham Village Hall

    SPORTSMANS DINNER

    CHARITY AUCTION IN AID OF THE CHILDRENS LIVER DISEASE FOUNDATION

    Special Guest Speaker, Former England International and Arsenal Legend Ray Parlour.

    Friday 2nd May from 7.30pm.

    Admission £30.00
    Click here for the full information poster.

    KLWNBC Mayor's Design Award

    29 April 2014    NEWS FLASH!
    Thornham Village Hall

    Thornham Village Hall wins the Community building of the year in KLWNBC Mayor's Design Awards.

    Click on the image for an enlarged view
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    English Horse Racing at its Best

    An Exciting evening with all the thrills and spills of the turf.

    Friday 25th April from 7pm.

    Admission £2.00 each at the door - Thornham Village Hall
    Click here for the full information poster.

    Thornham Village Cinema

    From the director of the 'The Queen' BAFTA award winner. Judi Dench as the Irish woman searching for the son taken from her when a baby and assisted by Steve Coogan playing the journalist Martin Sixsmith. Funny and beautifully done at all levels. Even if you have seen this in the cinema on release you will want to see it again.

    Proceeds to Thornham All Saints Church renovation fund
    Released: 2013   Director: Stephen Frears
    Writer: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope: Stars: Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Steve Coogan

    To book your tickets, please contact 07818 028687 and leave your details.

    Thornham Village Hall

    Thornham Village Disco with Dick Ropa

    Admission £7.00. Buffet and Licensed Bar

    Tickets available from Ron Williamson – 07789276365 or Antony Needham – 01485 512460

    Proceeds in aid of Thornham Cricket Club

    Click here for the full information poster.

    Thornham Village Hall

    Images of Norfolk.
    An exhibition of paintings by Barbara King.

    www.barbaraking.co.uk

    Click here for the full information poster.

    Examples of Barbara King's work: (click to zoom)

     

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    Sunday 13th April starting at 10am from the Village Hall Car Park
    Refreshments in the Village Hall afterwards.

    Sponsorship forms are available from Janet Needham, Sue Hardy, Colin Venes, Alister Symington or Stephanie Mocatta.

    Proceeds to support Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field Ltd:

    Click here for the full information poster.

    Thornham Village Hall

    The latest sessions of computer training started on Thursday 27th Feb and Friday 28th February. Classes take place in the afternoon and are taught by consultants from the Thornham based Tec Tamers. Further classes are available on Thursday 13th March and Friday 14th March, and then Thursday 27th March and Thursday 10th April. All lessons start at 2.30 and finish at 4.30pm. The training is designed for the novice computer user who simply wants to learn more.

    To sign up ring Lou Howell on 07831 935903 or Tony on 01485 512032 or email:

    Contact soon as these courses are very popular. All courses will take place in the new Village Hall.

    Heritage Exhibition Day - Thornham

    Saturday, 22 February 2014
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    Following the successful grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund Stephanie Mocatta co-ordinated Thornham’s first Heritage Exhibition in the new hall. Some 300 people visited the exhibition over the two days, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February. The village community responded enthusiastically to the idea, turning out attics and cupboards to loan and donate a varied selection of items reflecting aspects of Thornham’s history. Key features of the exhibition were inevitably Thornham Ironworks with a number of stunning artefacts made by village craftsmen from 19th and early 20th century, including fire-screens, lamps, and a personal favourite, the delicate rose made by Noah Francis. These items were well supported by a range of photographs and documentary evidence, including a Sales brochure. The village school, which closed in the mid 1980’s was also well represented, with photographs and the school’s punishment book from the 1920’s proving of great interest. A commemoration mug for the closure was also on display. Thornham war hero, Major Jamieson VC, was a popular focus of interest along with a range of militaria, as was the display concerning HMS Thornham and the crew’s visit to the village. The old ship’s bell was there for all to see. Additionally there was a miscellany of items, press cuttings and photographs of a village and its people. The centre of the hall was dominated by the stunning enlargement of the post card showing not only the Coal Barn, with the Jesse Mary moored alongside, but the Grain Store standing proudly in the background. Along with the older history of the village our contemporary history was not ignored. Julia Rafferty’s photographs of the Queen’s visit at the end of January 2014, showed on a continuous loop. Next to this the latest instalment, though not the final version, of West Anglia College Media students DVD with the farewell to the Drill Hall and the interviews with village residents was a big draw. The corner café provided refreshments enabling visitors to enjoy a break before commencing on a second circuit of the hall to ensure nothing was missed. This was a truly successful village event and is now sure to become a regular feature on the events page. Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed by loaning items for display, the support team and Stephanie for organising the event and finally of course to everyone who came and enjoyed the event. Thanks also for the donations which totalled just over £150.

    Colin Venes
    24th February 2014

    Official opening by H.M. the Queen

    Tuesday, 28 January 2014
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    The photos you see here were all taken by Julia Rafferty, who was given special permission to be the only photographer at the event. Julia has worked closely with the Project Team and is now running Digital Photography classes for all levels in the Hall. If you are interested in joining any of Julia's courses, please contact us via the website.

    We are working on Julia's photos and hope to offer everyone the opportunity of buying a souvenir of the event, either in the form of individual printed photos, or as souvenir book and CD. We hope to have these available for sale in time for the Heritage Day on February 21st and 22nd.

    View ITV (Anglia) Coverage (click here) (Vimeo) - or click here (YouTube) - or downloadable link here
    Click here to listen to BBC Radio Norfolk coverage
    Click here for Lynn News coverage
    Click here for EDP coverage

     

    Tuesday 28th January 2014 will be a day long remembered by the people of Thornham. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, came to Thornham to the delight of the crowds outside and the 120 people inside the hall.

    The Queen arrived at 11.30 am and was met by Major John Rodwell, of The Honourable Corps of Gentleman at Arms, The Queen’s Body Guard, who had along with the Trustees helped to arrange the visit. The Queen was resplendent in a deep red coat and hat. She waved to the crowds, acknowledging the enthusiastic welcome and flag waving, particularly from the children of Brancaster Primary School.

    Major Rodwell presented John Warham, Chair of the Trustees of Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field, who escorted the Queen into the lobby of the hall and presented fellow trustees and parish councillors. Ian Barrett, Company Secretary, then escorted Her Majesty around the hall, showing her five display stations and meeting other members of the extended support network within the community. The Queen looked at how the Playing Field and Hall had been developed since 2007. She spent considerable time looking at the display by the BagLadies of Thornham and was given a ‘BagLady bag’ made by Melanie Venes.

    The Queen continued on to the meeting room where an ICT lesson was demonstrated by Tony Morris and Steve Henderson and the Queen spoke to members of the group including Derek Batterbee. The tour continued with Carolyn Barrett and other volunteers from the Soup and Sandwich lunch team showing the work they do to provide monthly lunches for the community. The final display showed Thornham Ironworks, a key part of the heritage and history of the village, and who had made gates for Sandringham and other smaller items, recorded in photographs. The Queen appeared delighted to recognise some of these. The display was put together by Stephanie Mocatta who is leading the history/heritage development thanks to generous loans and donations from members of the village. Antony Needham and Vic Hardy provided a technical and village insight into the artefacts and photographic display.

    At the conclusion of the tour, John Warham thanked Her Majesty for coming to open our hall and she was presented with the book showing Thornham’s history in photographs. John invited the Queen to unveil the plaque commemorating the event and to be the first entry into the hall’s Visitor book. The visitor book was subsequently signed by all present. The visit concluded with Seth Clarkson presenting a posy of flowers to Her Majesty on behalf of all the children of the village.

    The most striking features of the visit for many observers were the easy and relaxed way in which Her Majesty spoke to so many of those in the hall as she undertook the tour which gave enormous pleasure and great memories to so many people and the warmth of her smile and evident pleasure throughout the visit.

    The Queen left the hall shortly after 12.00pm and waved again to the crowds, who were then invited in to the hall to see the displays. This was a private visit so media were not allowed in the hall during the visit, but both BBC and ITV crews plus local radio and press gave coverage of the event which the Trustees have been able to capture for the archive.

    A final note to thank Helen and Lifeboat team for catering, James Fox and West Anglia Media students for their work, Julia Rafferty for photographing the event, copies will be available to order, Major and Mrs Rodwell for their support and help, the Trustees, their partners and other volunteers for all of the work in making this happen, before during and after the event and finally everyone who came along both inside and outside the hall to make this such a memorable day in the life of Thornham village.

    Colin Venes
    For Trustees TVHPF Ltd.
    4th February 2014

    Farewell to the Drill Hall and Opening of New Hall

    Saturday 21 September 2013    Drill Hall, followed by the New Hall
    Thornham Village Hall

    The village hall opened for business on Saturday, 21st September. 250 people gathered in the Drill Hall to bid a sad goodbye and to give thanks for the wonderful service it has provided for the village for more than 100 years. Drill Hall Chairman, Antony Needham gave an emotional farewell tribute. After a champagne toast to the Drill Hall, the Smithdon school band marched us across to the new hall where a reception line of twelve children, representing the new generation welcomed the guests.

    After speeches of thanks and welcome from John Warham, Chairman of the Trustees, and Parish Council Chairman, Wendy Brooks, guests were treated to first class buffet provided by Helen and Steve Stafford and the team at The Lifeboat Inn.

    The evening was brought to a close by Rev. Christopher Wood, Rector of the Saxon Shore Benefice who blessed the hall and offered a short prayer that it would become the cornerstone of the community.

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    Folk in the Churchyard

    Saturday 31 August 2013    All Saints’ Church, Thornham
    Thornham Village Hall

    Entry was £5.00.

    A lot of Irish and English, a bit of Cajun, Bluegrass.
    Original songs in harmony,
    and a pot of Jiggety Folk…!

    Free admission for children under twelve.

    Barbeque and Real Ale Bar.
    Proceeds in aid of Thornham Village Hall and All Saints’ Church.

    www.pennyless-music.co.uk

    Family Fun Day

    Saturday 25 August 2013    The Playing Field, Thornham
    Thornham Village Hall

    Many came along to the Playing Field on Sunday, August 25th to join in our popular end of summer Fun Day.

    Loads of activities for all the family.

    Proceeds go the Thornham Playing Field and Cricket Club.

    Click here for the full information poster.

    Sausage Sizzle

    Thursday 22 August 2013    Red Brick House, Thornham
    Thornham Village Hall

    The fifth, and probably last sausage sizzle took place on Thursday, August 22nd from 6.30 to 9.00pm. It is hoped that the Sausage Sizzle will move to the Village Hall and Playing Field next year.

    Thornham Annual Yard Sale

    Sunday 28 July 2013    Various Addresses in Thornham
    Thornham Village Hall

    This year’s Yard Sale was bigger and better than ever with fifteen addresses taking part.

    Tea and refreshments as well as maps of the village to point the way, were on sale and the weather stayed fine and visitors came from far and wide.

    The event made over £1,200 which goes to the BagLadies of Thornham to help with village projects. Thanks to all who supported this popular event.

    Jazz in the Churchyard

    Saturday 6 July 2013    All Saints’ Church, Thornham
    Thornham Village Hall

    Jazz in the Churchyard took place on a wonderful summer afternoon. More than 100 people turned up to listen to Laura and the Sounds Easy Trio skilfully working their way through a number of favourite old standards.

    With vocals from Laura, who reminded one jazz fan of Ella Fitzgerald and Madeleine Peyroux, and the Sounds Easy Trio’s accomplished backing, the audience were delighted and impressed.

    Classics such as Polkadots and Moonbeams and Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll thrilled everyone present. Eddie Reed showed why he is in demand on both guitar and vocals, Mike Smith produced some great bass solos and Trevor Dockerill, who has worked with Ronnie Scott and Ken Collyer, played clarinet and saxophone of the highest order.

    There was a barbeque and strawberry treats stand and the bar was kept busy all afternoon quenching thirsts.

    The event raised a total of just over £700 of which £140 goes to the Church and the balance to the new Hall Fund.

    Once again, the volunteers were the heros of the afternoon - many thanks to them all.

    If you couldn't make this event, then make sure you are here for Pennyless at the end of August.

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