Made with Xara NORTON NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2017  ISSUE 409 VILLAGE WEBSITE.   The Newsletter is available on the above website amongst other news and events in the village. CHURCH WEBSITE. COMMUNITY LAND TRUST WEBSITE. SHOP WEBSITE FESTIVAL WEBSITE: CHURCH FLAG  The George Cross flag will fly from the church tower from Thursday 2nd  November until 5th  November for All Saints Day and All Souls Weekend and the Union Flag for Saturday 11th to Sunday12th November for Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday. ADVERTS  One new advert for security systems added to the adverts page and a 'one off' advert this month  - for the Song Bus – see end of newsletter. NORTON EVENTS AND NEWS AUTUMN JUMBLE SALE on SATURDAY OCTOBER 28th at Norton Village Hall.  Bargains galore, including: New/nearly new clothes/shoes, bedding/curtains/bric a brac, books, toys, cake stall, raffle and much more. Doors open 11.00am.  Admission 50p.  Children free. In aid of Hall Funds.  We will be at the hall as usual on Friday afternoon between 4.00pm and 8.00pm to receive your donations for this sale. (No electrical items please)  If anyone would like to help our merry group in any way, helping, or making a cake, or giving a raffle prize maybe -  please let us know. We are very grateful for all your support.  Contact Jennie Harris. 01935 881718. Thank you all. FANTASTIC FESTIVAL!   The 2017 Norton Festival proved to be a fantastic success.   Scarecrow Trail blazers explored the village and there was a constant flow of visitors in the church for the Harvest Displays, Photographic Exhibition of Old Norton and Refreshments.   The Hoedown, Folk and Band Concerts were excellent and well supported, as was the Harvest Communion and Raise the Song. A nett figure of £1,774.56 (including Hoedown £512.21) was raised enabling both Church and School to benefit by £887.28 each.   We are extremely grateful to everyone who worked behind the scenes to enable this to be achieved – over 130 were involved in one way or another. The general feeling is that events like the Festival bring the community and church together and next year, for the 2018 Norton Festival, a series of Concerts is to be held in the Church.  For your 2018 diary they are:- Spring Organ Recital (to be confirmed);   Wednesday 11th April – Ladies Choir (to be confirmed);   Saturday 19th May – Sine Nomine (Medieval and Renaissance music);  Saturday 6th October – The Brue Boys – Men’s Choir;  Saturday 1st December – Cantamus – sacred and secular music.  Richard Terrell (Festival Coordinator). NORTON FESTIVAL - A Harvest Weekend  Are there enough superlatives to describe this Norton Festival weekend I asked myself!?  All began with a Harvest Hoedown Barn Dance, with local band Fiddlesticks which was well attended and great fun, arranged by Sue Lowder and the Ladies Group Committee. All of the incredible Scarecrows appeared yet again - Miss Muffet was taken in temporarily when rain threatened, but reinstated upon her tuffet when the storm had passed! There were 55  Scarecrows altogether, which again brought family groups out to tour the village over the weekend following their location map. At St. Mary's, activity was intense, a superb collection of Old Norton Photographs was of great interest to residents and visitors alike. The beautiful flowers everywhere were quite breathtaking to see and the imaginative displays of the God given gifts of the earth were all represented - just amazing. The School children were able to visit class by class and marvelled at everything they saw in the church.  Fruit and vegetables were included in the display and the false snails in the wheelbarrow were again a concern for some who thought they were real! The path leading to the Church Porch featured Wellies big and small planted with plants and flowers - a very pretty picture. The refreshment ladies were kept very busy, but appreciated by everyone, visitors and stewards too. A Folk Concert took place in the Church on Friday evening which was very enjoyable and on the Saturday evening there was a Band Concert performed by the popular Stoke Sub Hamdon Band; what a variety of music they could play, so versatile. On the Sunday there were two Church Services which were well attended to thank God for our Harvest and His gifts to us.  The Benefice Choir sang Anthems to celebrate the Harvest. I am sure you would like to join me in sincerely thanking Richard and Anna Terrell for their vision in planning the whole weekend for us -endless e mails, phone calls, computer work, plus gentle encouragement to us all. We also thank Sue Lowder and the Ladies Group for all of their input at the weekend, Sue encouraged people to display Scarecrows once again, highly successfully. Our beautiful St.Mary's Church and our Church of England Primary School are both precious to us here in this village and so all funds raised will be divided between us. In all, it was an enjoyable, wonderful, unforgettable Harvest Weekend, which enabled us to welcome visitors to the church and the village, but also brought all of our own Community here at Norton together once again. Mary Brown Member of the PCC and Benefice Council together with Martyn Hamlin Representing St.Mary's Church at Norton. HOEDOWN Wow, what a great time was had by all at the Hoedown on 30th September. Thanks to all who came along and made the evening such a success. Fiddlestix and caller Will Antell did a fantastic job, and kept everyone dancing until the very end. Sue Lowder. SCARECROW TRAIL  A very big thank you to everyone who joined in, and created a scarecrow for the trail. There were around 55 in all. Hearing the comments, and seeing smiley faces made it all so worthwhile.  Sue Lowder. THE NEWSLETTER AGM will be on Wednesday, 1st November  7.30pm in the Reading Room. All welcome. NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS OF NORTON SCHOOL (FONS) We had some wonderful news this month:  The Norton Festival organisers have very kindly donated £887 from their profits of the Harvest Festival events to the outdoor musical equipment fund.  All the children enjoyed the scarecrow trail and exhibition in the Church and the Hoedown, from personal experience, was such an enjoyable evening.  We know it was a busy time for everyone involved and greatly appreciate the donation to our cause.  We hope to order the musical equipment in the next month. There was a new parents' coffee afternoon which was very well attended and was a good opportunity for us to get to know the new Reception class parents.  Our AGM was better attended than usual and we covered a lot of ideas for the coming months. Our Wine and Words evening raised £107 - it was such a relaxed evening.  Lots of books were donated, sold and auctioned.  The remainder will go to the Village Hall Jumble Sale and any left after that will be swapped for cash at a shop in Yeovil. The children's Christmas cards have been sent away to receive proofs in the next couple of weeks. Our Bag2School collection is on November 2nd at 9.00am.  We receive 40p per kilo.  Details of what they can accept can be found at  Anything suitable that is not sold at the Jumble Sale will be sent to Bag2School.  Please drop any bin bags of donations up to the School (top of the steps) by 9.00am that day. The Christmas Fair is on Friday November 24th, 5.00-7.00pm at School, supported by Stoke Band. We have some great raffle prizes already.  We hope you will be able to pop along to join in the festivities, have some mulled wine, visit our café and support local stall holders - all providing a lovely setting to get us ready for Christmas! If you have ideas for any of these events, for future fundraising, or you would like to lend a hand, then please feel free to share your ideas with us when you see us in School,  or message us via our Facebook page: Friends of Norton Sub Hamdon School or email Emily at  Emily Waters (Secretary). THE WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING in NORTON  3rd November  The Coffee Morning in Support of Macmillan Cancer is on Friday November 3rd from  10am - 12.30pm at The Flax Barn, Broadmead Lane, Norton sub Hamdon, TA14 6SS.  We have a super selection of stalls selling Silver Jewellery, Cakes & Bakes, Phoenix Cards, Cottage Crafts, Stained Glass Ornaments, and Unique Handmade Gifts & Fragrances.  There will also be a Grand Raffle.   We look forward to seeing you.  Jayne English 01935 881119. NOVEMBER FLU JAB SESSION:  Thursday 2 November 5.00 – 6.00pm  If you are housebound and cannot attend a clinic, please contact the surgery.  Please note the car park will only be available for drop off/collection. HAMDON YOUTH GROUP has been welcoming so many young people we have decided to split our Monday youth club into two sessions. From 6th November these are 6:30pm - 8:00pm  for years 6,7,8,9 and from 8:00pm-9:30pm for years 9+ stating that year 9s can go to both. We hope the extra space will make the Youth Club even more enjoyable for our young people. Please note we welcome young people from  Norton, Chiselborough and West Chinnock. The programme for November for Monday evenings at the Lighthouse in Stoke is: 6th November - Board games/ Programme Planning, 13th November - Biscuit Decorating, 20th November - Movie night. For more information please contact Lou Chant on 07402 987921 or email CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday 11th November at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall 1.00-4.30pm  Over 30 stalls selling local handmade and homemade gifts including preserves, children's items, shabby chic, cards and more - perfect for pre-Christmas shopping!  A huge prize raffle, tombola, refreshments, bottle stall, fun and games for all. This free event is not to be missed. We welcome everyone from babies to the elderly  - there will be something for everyone to enjoy! In aid of West Chinnock Playschool. NORTON MOVIE NITES at the Lord Nelson. A change of programme for November: Tuesday 14th November will show A Sense of an Ending, cert PG, 108 mins, based on the dryly comic novel by Julian Barnes and starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Harriet Walter. A man receives a mysterious legacy from the past which causes him to review his present life. Doors open 7.45 pm, film starts 8.00 pm. £5 tickets in advance only from Norton Shop. Contact Geoff Byham with any queries, 881422.  Please don't phone the shop - thank you. The last film of the Autumn season will be A United Kingdom on Tuesday 12th December. Follow Norton Movie Nites on Facebook. LAUGH-A-MINUTE STAND UP COMEDY at the next Hamdon Ha! Ha! Bringing another line-up of funny people to the Lord Nelson, resident MC TOM GLOVER is back to open the night with FREDDIE FARRELL. Our headline act is JESSICA FOSTEKEW, a top notch comedy writer and performer, supported by newer acts SARAH BREESE and RIORDAN DEEHAN JACKSON. Another great night of live comedy entertainment in your local skittle alley. There’s more information about all these acts on the Hamdon Ha! Ha! Facebook page, where you can also win a couple of tickets on our Like ’n’ Share promotion. Saturday 18th November. Show starts 8.00pm.  Tickets £9 from the Lord Nelson… Pass it on!  ...Lindsay Higgins. LADIES GROUP  Beautiful photos of birds in flight, and out on the water on the levels, were the subject of wildlife photographer John Crabb. He gave an amusing illustrated talk on his love of wildlife photography and the enjoyment he found once he had retired, inventing a number of  camera systems in his back garden. Each time the results were more amazing than those before. His photos and prints were available to purchase and were snapped up after his talk.  On 21st November there will be an entertaining talk about life aboard a cruise liner. Our speaker may even sing a song or two and will tell us of the many celebrities she has encountered aboard ship.  Monday 11th December is the date for our Christmas Social. This year we shall hold it in the meeting room at the Village Hall. Details will be given at our meeting in November.  We welcome visitors and new members at any time. Sue Lowder 881805. COFFEE BREAK !  The Coffee Mornings restarted after a summer break   The September Coffee Morning, at the Hollies, Higher Street, raised a record £336.02 making the total so far this year £1,501.72.   The final Coffee Morning this year, on 22nd November, is being held at Manor Cottage, Great Street on Wednesday 22nd November at 10.45am. If you would like to host a Coffee Morning on the fourth Wednesday of the month in 2018 please contact the Coordinators – Tricia Kirkham or Anna Terrell. STOKE GARDENING CLUB   The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd November  at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall and will be a  Social Evening.  For further details  please contact Sue Winwood on  823671. CHOCOLATIER TO VISIT NORTON  An invitation to all - a chocolatier will give a talk on her amazing chocs with tasting! Only natural ingredients are used, no artificial colours or flavourings. A mix of truffles, pralines and creminos will be available to taste,and then the opportunity to buy.  Just in time for Christmas, a special treat after that special lunch. Please come along to Norton Village Hall on  Monday 4th December at 2.30pm.  Look out for the posters next month.  Sue Lowder. ST MARY'S NORTON, CHURCH GUIDE  A reminder that the new Church Guide, produced with text by Professor David Palliser and 18 colour pictures from Roger Webb, is available at £2 from the Church. This 20 page guide explores not only the Architecture of this Grade 1 listed building (which is included in Simon Jenkins 1000 best Churches in England) but also its history and that of the village of Norton. David Palliser concludes that 'St Mary's is ... a treasury of heritage and beauty as well as a house of worship.' VILLAGE SUPPORT  How glad am I that we moved to Norton! Thank you so much to everyone who has sent good wishes, messages of support and offers of help since Roger's stroke three weeks ago. I hope you will understand my not replying to you in person. He is making steady progress but we still have quite a few weeks recovery in front of us. Eventually he should be moved to South Petherton for rehabilitation.  Thanks again, Sue Webb CHURCH SERVICES IN NORTON Sunday  5 11.00am All Age Worship Sunday 12 8.00am Communion 10.55am Remembrance Sunday  19 6.30pm Evensong Sunday 26 8.00am Communion For Sundays when there are no services at Norton see the notice in the church porch  – spare copies always in church. SPECIAL SERVICES IN NOVEMBER   ALL SOULS SERVICE  Each year in November (this year Evensong at Norton at 6.30 pm. November 19th) there is a special service to remember those who have a died during the past year or so. Within the service there is an opportunity to light candles and to give thanks. This is always an opportunity to remember others who have died in recent years. If there are names that you would wish us to remember can you please let Peter know (or names can be added to the lists in church from early October). Rev Peter Thomas 881202. CHRISTINGLE SERVICE St Mary's Norton will be holding their annual Christingle Service on Sunday 3rd  December at 3.00pm.  Many of you are familiar with this Service and know how delightful it is seeing the children processing around the church with their Christingles.  It is a lovely start to the preparation of Christmas and throughout the Country, Churches and Organisations are holding Christingle Services in aid of The Children's Society helping them support children who are not so fortunate as our own.  So please support us this year by having a collecting envelope and come to the Service and join in the enjoyment of children both young and not so young!  For a collecting envelope please contact Phyl Lawrence on 881283. CHRISTMAS SERVICES  IN DECEMBER at NORTON Sunday  3rd  3.00pm Christingle Service Tuesday 19th  7.00pm Carol Service     Christmas Eve  Crib Service 4.00pm Christmas Day Prayer Book Communion  8.00 am   OTHER CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE Christmas Eve 11.30pm ‘Midnight’ Communion – Middle Chinnock  Christmas Day: 9.30 am Family Communion– West Chinnock 10.45 am Family Communion – Chiselborough Sunday December 31st  10.00 am. A single service for the 7 benefice parishes with the Archdeacon of Wells JOURNEYING TO BETHLEHEM  Advent tells the story of travelling towards Christmas. Sunday December 3rd the figures of Mary, Joseph and a Donkey will travel from house to house. If you would like to share in this journey please let me know.  The figures are a few inches high and there is a brief prayer as they are handed over. I will work out a route from the names I receive by November 28th.  Rev Peter Thomas. WELCOME to Ann and Nick Fairweather who have moved in to New Road. We hope they will be very happy in our village. PARISH REPORT FOR  OCTOBER 2017  Planning:  There have been no planning applications for the Parish Council to consider this month. The Ham Hill Bonfire: Back by popular demand. FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 5.30pm-8.00pm Bring the dog. NO FIREWORKS.  Make a guy and follow the candlelit procession.  Burn the guy, drink Tinkers Bubble spiced apple juice, dip marshmallows in the fire and watch the fire dancers. The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday 13th November at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. Members of the general public are more than welcome to attend.  Louise Brooks (Clerk to Norton sub Hamdon Parish Council) 881882.. ST MARGARET'S HOSPICE FUND RAISING – no coffee morning this November but Christmas cards can be ordered from Averil Batten. Please ring 881446. OTHER EVENTS AND NEWS HONEY POT is open 10.00-12 noon at the Rectory, Chiselborough, on 4th, 18th and 25th November, and at Chiselborough Autumn Market on Saturday November 11th - so look for us there that day. Anne is taking orders for fairtrade Christmas goods and cards - all orders need to be in by mid November, so ask to see the catalogue if you would like to order anything. FOOD BANK AND PILSDON We are making a collection of food donations for the Lord's Larder (Yeovil Foodbank) again this year - look in church(es) for the Christmas shopping list (also available online). Also, winter clothing for the wayfarers of Pilsdon: please look out some warm winter items suitable for 'men of the road', as there is a constant need for warm jackets, woollens, sock, gloves, scarves and hats - also walking and wellington boots (large sizes). Both collections will be made between November 13th and 26th. Please bring items to The Rectory, Chiselborough, or leave in the labelled boxes in Church. Please ensure food is within its date stamp and that clothing is clean - as Peter & Anne cannot take on that task! We will be delivering the collections on November 27th/28th. ADVENT CRAFTS - an all age opportunity to start getting reading for Christmas. Our theme this year is 'Christmas in a box' so come and join us on Sunday 26th November, West and Middle Chinnock Village Hall, 3.00-5.00pm for a sticky afternoon of festive fun, cunning creativity and a tasty tea.. Children - bring a grown-up with you and show them what to do! (Aprons - a good idea).  Contact Anne 881202 for more details and to offer help THE SHACK  (PG13)  This film will be shown at Odcombe Church on Friday 3rd November at 7.00 pm.  Free entry, donations for Wateraid.  Refreshments available.  Bring a cushion!  MARTOCK CHURCH  on 25th NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM -  Cwmbach Male Voice Choir from South Wales   Founded in 1921, these 70 singers have toured 7 EU countries, South Africa & twice in Canada in recent years, sung at the Albert Hall, Barbican, NEC, Notre Dame & many UK cathedrals and performed with the Halle, Sinfonia & BBC Wales Symphonies and major bands. For us they will sing Welsh, operatic, folk & show songs. Tickets £10 on door, £9 from 822706. Accompanied children under 16 free. BOOK CLUB will meet on November 28th at 2.30pm in Chiselborough Village Hall - with pre-Christmas goodies and book chat. There is no Library van in December, so bring along ideas for 'good reads' as an anti-dote to winter weather... over to you! We hope to have a selection of books from the van, as our 'group read'. Please bring back any overdue books. Ring Anne 881202 or Janet  881566 for more details. All book lovers are welcome. FRIENDS OF NORTON CHURCH WINE CLUB   Regrettably, it was not possible in October to hold the monthly Wine Club draws in the Lord Nelson. Sadly Roger Webb, who handles the administration of the draw, was taken seriously ill a few days beforehand.  Appropriate adjustments will be made to Wine Club members’ subscriptions. All those who know Roger will be joining the members of the FNC committee in wishing Roger a speedy recovery. A MONTH TO REMEMBER  The Latin ‘novem’ gave its name to November.   Its meaning ‘nine’ reminds us that it was the ninth month in the earlier ten month Roman Calendar.   When two months were added to the beginning of the year November still held its position as the penultimate month.   Today it is very much regarded as a month of remembrance with All Saints (1st) and All Souls Day remembering The Departed, remembering Guy Fawkes (5th) and Remembrance Sunday (this year 12th) those who died serving their country.  Richard Terrell NEWS FROM VILLAGE AGENT  A few heating myths busted thanks to Money Saving Expert. Should I leave the heating on low all day even when I'm out, or turn it up only when I need it? According to leading energy experts at the Energy Saving Trust, as well as British Gas, the idea that it's cheaper to leave the heating on low all day is a myth. They're clear that you'll save energy, and therefore money, by only having the heating on when it's required. Should I run appliances at night?If you're on an Economy 7 or 10 tariff, you'll pay less during the night, but a higher rate than average during the day. But if you're on another tariff, it doesn't make any difference. Should I leave lights and appliances on, or turn them on and off each time? Turn them off when you don't need them. Also avoid leaving TVs and other devices on standby. If my heating is on, should I keep doors open or closed for each room? It's better to keep doors closed for the area you want heated. Radiators, electric panel heaters and convection heaters all work by creating a convection current in a room. As hot air rises, it circles around to the other side of the room, cools and sinks and travels back along the floor to the heater to be reheated again. An easy way of seeing just how much energy you are using is to have a SMART METER installed, then you’ll see in pounds and pence just how much it costs to boil a kettle full of water! It will also mean an end to balancing on a chair to read the meter, or having a big credit balance if you pay by direct debit. Installation is straightforward - a phone call to your energy supplier will get you an appointment. It takes about 2 hours and the supply will only be cut for a short time. The meter is replaced and you get a little display unit to show you how much gas and electricity you are using in pounds and pence. The engineer will have a photo ID card, and won’t try to sell you anything – the SMART METER is FREE. You will also get a booklet of energy saving tips, to help keep your bill down. If you have gas, the engineer will also check gas appliances for safety. Most people can have a SMART METER, even if you have a prepay key meter. There are accessible displays if you might have trouble reading the standard display unit. It doesn’t use the internet or the existing mobile phone signal. The SMART METER simply sends your meter reading to the supplier, and you get accurate bills. To get a SMART METER, please phone your energy supplier. Village Agents are a charity who give advice on staying independent in your home, managing your finances, queries about transport, becoming a carer, starting social groups and just about anything! You can find me at local coffee mornings and events or call and email or 07968521746 Incidents of attempted fraud where people are coming to the house to install a smart meter FOR  A COST. You will only get a smart meter if you phone up your utility company, book a date and answer key questions over the phone.  The fitter will not ask you for any money or sell you anything when he arrives.  He will also have your password if you request one during the initial phone call. ONE OFF ADVERT: SONG BUS  A fun and interactive singing group using pictures, puppets and instruments.  Run by experienced pre-school /infant teacher.  For Children 0-4 years old with an appropriate adult. Term time Tuesdays from 31st October. 10.30 – 11.30am  £3.00 per session. At  Martock Christian Fellowship  TA12 6JL Contact Jeanette Rumbelow 07749 733686 or 01935 881712. ITEMS FOR THE NEWSLETTER should be in the box on the POST OFFICE counter, or sent by email to:  by 4.00pm on the 19th of each month except near Christmas when the deadline is a week earlier.   NEWCOMERS TO OUR VILLAGE.  If you know of anyone who has moved in to Norton, please ring one of the editors on the phone numbers below with their details so that we can welcome them to our village.    THE NEWSLETTER is produced monthly by the Newsletter Committee and is distributed free to every house in the village by volunteers who give their services free of charge.  The Editor is Mrs Janet Hutton (881566), Assistant Editor Mrs Daphne Bishop (881888) email:  NB. All emails are replied to as soon as possible - please check if no acknowledgement is received by the deadline date.    DISCLAIMER.  This edition of the Newsletter contains information which has been supplied directly to the Editors of the Norton Newsletter.  None of the information published within expresses the views of either of the Editors or Members of the Norton sub Hamdon Newsletter Committee and should not be relied upon.  Any comments should be addressed to the Committee via the Newsletter email address.      South Somerset