At the November meeting of Diss U3A, Tony Diamond gave us a humorous talk entitled “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”. This is a familiar historical topic, but his delivery was unusual and the illustrations were amusing. He even successfully encouraged the audience to participate in singing popular songs of the day, including, finally, Greensleeves. He presented each of the wives in a sympathetic way, but regarded Henry VIII as a tyrant, determined to ensure the succession of the Tudors.
The next meeting of Diss U3A will be on Thursday 1st December 10.30 am in the United Reform Church, Diss. The guest speaker will be Sally Cummings whose talk will be: Women Can Fly. Refreshments will be served before the meeting.
For further information on Diss U3A please visit the website: www.dissu3a.org.uk
On Friday the 16th December the Lophams’ Society will be hosting it’s pre-Christmas get-together in the Village Hall between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. This is a FREE event and all residents of the Lophams’ both past and present are invited to come along and join us in raising a glass of Christmas cheer. As well as mulled wine and soft drinks there will be a selection of finger food including French bread and cheese, biscuits, mince pies and festive nibbles. Many of those who attended last year’s drop-in were complimentary about the new-style get-together and we hope that this year’s event will be just as enjoyable. So if you haven’t been before or haven’t “dropped-in” for a couple of years please come along and join us for a drink, a nibble and a catch-up and help get the festive season underway.
There was a great turnout at the Village Hall on the 14th October when 75 people turned up to take part in the Lophams’ Society Autumn Quiz. Once again chairman Roy Clark, this time acting as question master and scorer supplied a variety of interesting and entertaining questions which meant at the end of 8 closely fought rounds only a handful of points divided the teams and only one point separated the winners on table three from their nearest rivals on table 10. The ploughmans’ supper served in the interval went down well and the chairman expressed his thanks to those members of the committee who worked hard both in the kitchen and behind the bar to make sure the evening was a success.
The next Lophams’ Society event is the Christmas Get-Together on the evening of Friday 16th December and is free to all residents of North and South Lopham.
The committee of The Lophams’ Society met recently to agree the Programme Of Events for 2016.
The first being: THE SPRING QUIZ which will be held on FRIDAY 15th APRIL.
Future events will be:
A SUMMER MUSICAL EVENING (details to be confirmed) on SATURDAY 9th JULY
THE AUTUMN QUIZ on FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER
THE CHRISTMAS DROP-IN on FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER
All events take place in the Village Hall and can be booked in advance (other than the DROP-IN which is FREE to Lophams’ residents).
Please telephone 01379 688408 for details. Please put the dates in your diary. We look forward to seeing you.
Wild plant charity Plantlife (www.plantlife.org.uk), are hoping to reach out to many wild plant enthusiasts and nature lovers by inviting them to become wild plant ‘pioneers’ and subscribe to a free quarterly e-learning bulletin to learn more about our native wild plants via the ‘Wild About Plants’ project website – www.wildaboutplants.org.uk . The Wild About Plants team deliver Plantlife’s outreach programme and work to help people reconnect with the outdoors and their local greenspaces. Working with schools, families and communities from all walks of life and with fantastic free downloadable resources, the team hope to engage people with the nature on their doorstep. In recent years subscribers have been asked to record the plant life in their local area and recount what they used to see/pick and forage for.
Plantlife have just launched “flowers on the edge” their annual road-verges campaign. They are asking communities to record how their road verges are looking this summer by taking photos and sending in stories.
The Wild About Plants team Wild About Plants is funded by Natural England through Access to Nature, as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme. It is a partnership project involving partner organisations throughout the country.
Founded by a secondary cancer survivor and Macmillan Cancer Voice, Jay Hurley, The Art Of Life is a volunteer led group that helps people who are living with Cancer. They run regular art and colour therapy sessions and other activities in the Diss area.
See their website at www.theartoflife.org.uk (opens in a new window) for more information, how to get involved in their activities or how to support their work by making a donation or volunteering some of your time.
Despite it being a cold wet evening The Lophams’ Society’s optimistically named Spring quiz held on 15 March was well attended and it was heartening to see so many familiar faces amongst the teams. Over 60 people took part and at the end of eight rounds of sometimes challenging questions only half a point separated the two top teams resulting in a win and six bottles of wine for table eleven and a consoling Easter egg for each member of table two. During the interval a warming chilli supper was provided by Paddy Miller who was ably assisted by Jan Tate in the kitchen and Bill Bedford in the bar. The questions were provided by Simon Dilloway who as usual took the part of question master and was on this occasion assisted by Steve Reynolds as scorer. As the quiz coincided with Red Nose Day it was announced by the chairman Granville Horan that the society would make a donation to the charity from part of the proceeds of the raffle, all other profits from this evenings quiz would as usual go towards funding the free Christmas drop-in event in December.
The next Lophams’ Society event is a (hopefully) summer BBQ on 6 July. If you would like to join the society and help out at any of the three events held during the year please contact the chairman on 01379 640355.
Despite the evening being wet and windy the Christmas Drop – in event held on the 14th December was a great success. Over 80 adults and children turned up at the village hall to enjoy a festive spread washed down with plentiful amounts of mulled wine and soft drinks. The Deneside Ramblers provided the music throughout the evening and kept the atmosphere seasonal with carols and a Christmas singalong. Following the visit from Father Christmas, Jennie Vere organised the children into an impromptu and energetic performance of The twelve days of Christmas, a great curtain raiser for the celebrations to come.
The Lophams Society’s next event is a quiz night to be held on 15th March, the proceeds of which will go towards funding next year’s Drop – in on 13th December 2013.
From Jackie Brown: In September 2003 when I started South Lopham Ramblers I was anxious that anyone would be interested so it was a pleasant surprise when fourteen keen walkers arrived. We now have about twenty five people in the group. Whenever possible we like to use footpaths or quiet lanes in and around the Lophams and have even ventured to other villages. Eventually more people were joining us from North Lopham hence the name change. In fact we now have several members who come from other villages so our success has expanded. In the New Year Ted Young has kindly agreed to take over from me as organiser, although I still hope to walk with the group. After January 2013 please contact Ted on 01379 687833 for information about the group or details of the 2013 programme.
The Lopham’s Village Sports Team came away from the Breckland Village Games as champions after a hard fought competition. A fantastic team effort winning the athletics, rounders, archery, climbing wall and senior table tennis, and also competing in darts, football, tennis, badminton, fitness triathlon and carpet bowls.
The Lophams’ Painting Group meets weekly at the Lophams’ Village Hall on Wednesdays from 0930-1230 and is looking for new members.
The membership is £20 per month which includes the weekly use of the hall, refreshments and a visiting tutor each month.
For more details please contract Tim Colyer on 01379 687718
On a misty March morning Lophams Ramblers set off for one of our regular walks around North and South Lopham. Gradually the weather cleared, although it was chillier than the previous couple of days. This photograph was taken by one of our newer members on 2 March 2012.
We continue to meet on the first Friday of the month usually at 0930 for a walk of about 5 miles in the local area. As we occasionally have to change the walk and therefore the meeting place, the programme for future walks will not be advertised in advance. New walkers are always welcome.
Rolfe’s track is a footpath from the visitor centre at Redgrave and Lopham Fen joining with the Redgrave Road that was created and dedicated due to the efforts of the community and Parish Council. There will be a community walk of the footpath on Saturday 10 March 2012 starting at 10am from the visitor centre. All are welcome to join us. The walk is reasonably easy going and will take around 30-40 minutes. Link to Google Maps for the Visitor Centre (opens in new window).
Want to try something new? For those of you that have never tried judo but live in the Lopham/Diss area Kumo Judo Club are running the new British Judo Association Adult Beginner Courses (ABC) at the Lophams’ Village Hall. This is aimed at those people that have never tried the sport before. It is suitable for all ages and sizes! It’s done in a relaxed environment and ideal for those that want to get or stay active, learn how to defend themselves or just want to get in on the Olympic action by trying one of the largest Olympic sports in the world!
The dedcation of Rolfe’s Track as a Public Right of Way