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Don’s Disco

On the 26th November the village hall held a 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music night. On this occasion the music was provided by Don’s Disco, run by Don Hunter from Dereham. Don very kindly freely donated his time and expertise to help us raise money for the village hall, so his efforts were very much appreciated. It was a really good night, with lots of positive feedback.











Tittleshall Ladies Male Voice Choir

Also on the 26th November, the Tittleshall Ladies Male Voice Choir (TLMVC) held their annual concert at Tittleshall Church. The TLMVC is a community choir, run by Sue Lane, of women and men from local villages, including strong support from Mileham.

The concert consisted of the choir singing selected songs acapella, some readings and then everyone joined in singing some well loved carols accompanied by an organist. Canon Heather Butcher also contributed a poem and a blessing at the end.

Tea/coffee and mince pies with lashings of cream were served afterwards to round off the evening.















Mileham Highlights

Following on from the interest shown in the Mileham Showcase in June, we will be publishing an occasional article highlighting residents of Mileham who have interesting talents and/or hobbies.


The first article is now available, and features John Griffith, who has recently donated a flight-ready 1:4.5 scale model of a BAE Hawk (which took him nine years to build) to the Vulcan Experience collection based in Doncaster.


To read the full story, please click here













Crafternoon Tea

3rd October 2016

Today was the first anniversary of our Crafternoon Tea group, which meets in the Village Tea Room. For more information on our group, please click here

Our thanks go to Brendan and Becky for allowing us use of their premises every week and to Lucy for serving us all with such good humour. Especial thanks to Becky who made us this delicious cake to help us celebrate the birthday.























And here's founder member, Dorothy Baker cutting it!


‘Macmillan’ Coffee Morning

16th September 2016

Words by Kathy Gray    Pictures by Tony Gray

The morning of the Macmillan Coffee Morning was wet and windy, but that didn't stop a good number of people coming along to support this good cause and enjoy (lots!) of delicious home made cakes, scones and coffee.

In addition to the refreshments, Jo Firmin and her 'team' - Ann and Serena - set up a bric a brac stall. Not only did people buy generously from the stall but Barney Ryder conducted an auction which attracted a number of bidders. It was a fun, sociable morning and the sum of £125 was raised for Macmillan. Thanks to all of you who came along or supported the cause.















 

‘Back To School’ Quiz

8th September 2016

Another very successful and enjoyable quiz, prepared and hosted by Mileham’s very own Shaun Tooth. Over 45 people attended, and a very good time was had by all - even allowing for the very challenging final round, which really separated the Juniors from the Seniors!


Live music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

20th August 2016

The evening was a big hit, with over seventy people attending. Mick Covey entertained us with his extensive repertoire of songs covering three decades of music. In addition to the music, there was dancing, the partaking of the odd tipple or two and a great deal of laughter. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves, and there was a lot of enthusiasm for a repeat performance.


Mileham Men’s Group

by Dave Gollop

Our July meeting was a visit to Beeston Brewery where we were given a talk by Mark Riches, the brewer, on the art of producing local ales. About 23 people turned up for this, so a very good turnout indeed.

The talk was extremely informative and the Group enjoyed it. The brewery, which has been operating for 10 years now, produces an interesting range of ales in the heart of Norfolk. Mark very kindly laid on a buffet at the Bull Inn in Litcham afterwards and we all headed back there for this and of course to try a few real ales. This was a very enjoyable and sociable evening for the Group.

More information about Beeston Brewery and their products can be found on their website at www.beestonbrewery.com


Upper Nar Gardeners

Return visit to Dale Farm

July 2016

It was much better weather on our return visit, but still requiring a switch between bare arms and waterproof coats. We received another very warm welcome from the owners, Graham and Sally Watts, and had a leisurely stroll around their amazing garden, complete with very large pond (we still thought that ‘lake’ was a better description).

Everyone seemed to enjoy the visit, as well as the copious refreshments. Tony Gray’s pictures (below) give an idea of the way that the garden has changed over the last few months - it really does look lovely at this time of year.


















Mileham Men’s Group

by Dave Gollop

We held our second meeting in the village Tea Room on Tuesday 28th June and had a good turnout of fourteen people.

We had a talk from a local couple Tim and Sue Bright who run a small family farming business in Mileham. They have developed a paddock into flower meadows and an all Norfolk rare breed fruit orchard. They are introducing their own colony of bees and are hoping to produce 2 honey based drinks, Norfolk Honey Apple Brandy and Norfolk Honey Moonshine, distilled in East Anglia and hope to sell this locally around October.


Mileham Showcase 2016

25th June

The Mileham Showcase was an unqualified success. The weather was fair (always a good omen) and everything was ready for an 11am start. John and Michael had parked their restored vintage tractors outside, and all our exhibitors were raring to go.

No-one, though, was prepared for the interest and enthusiasm shown by our visitors. We had a steady stream of people throughout the day, to see our very varied group of talented people.

The exhibitors were :-

















 




In addition to the exhibitors, we were also entertained by young musicians. At 12pm India Simpson sang, accompanied by Sam Eglington on keyboards. At 2pm India was joined by Thomas and Chelsea for more contemporary performances, ending with a lively rendition of ‘All About That Bass’.

As no event in Mileham can possibly be successful without refreshments, we were fortunate that a number of our loyal supporters made wonderful cakes, scones, tarts, flapjacks (well, you get the picture) and our refreshment team served all of these, plus teas and coffees, throughout the day.

Our photos can’t really reflect the ‘buzz’ that we all felt, but hopefully give a flavour of the event :-

















Most pictures by Tony Gray


Di Becker

Artist

Tom Butler-Stoney

Photographer

John Fenn

Vintage Tractor Restorer

Joe E R Godderidge

Artist

Lana Goulding

Lampwork Artist

Tony Gray

Photographer

Eileen Hollington

Book Folding Artist

Sue Howson

Botanical Artist

Roger Kemp

Prize-winning Horse Breeder

Sue Lane

Painter and Collagist

Mileham Crafternoon Tea Group

Knitting and Stitching

Jeffrey Pearce

Owls and Owl Ringing

John Richardson

Artist

Michael Russell

Vintage Tractor Restorer

Allys Simpson

Sculptress

Elaine Veale

Artist

Colin Warburton

Author

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