Open Gardens  – The proceeds from this year’s Village Open Gardens event held over the weekend of 17/18 June 2017, which amounted to just over £1,100,  have now been given to four charities as follows: BIG C = £300; EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospices) = £300; All Saints’ Church, Ashwellthorpe = £200; St Nicholas Church, Fundenhall = £200. The remaining sum is earmarked for future fund-raising events/raffle prizes.

Summer Outing on Sunday 13 August 2017 – Don’t Forget – Our summer outing this year is a special visit to Raveningham Hall – Meet there at 1.45 p.m. Cost £6.00 for Gardening Club members and £10.00 for non-members. Please let Lynn Preston (01508 489313) whether you will be attending as we have to give advance numbers.



Ashwellthorpe Atoms, 

which has members from amongst the players who meet at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall every Monday evening from 8.00 to 9.00 p.m., is our table tennis team in Division 1 of the Wymondham and District Table Tennis League. Our 2016/2017 Winter Season League team was made up by William Cugnoni, Tom Reed, Daniel Watson and the Captain, Scott Morgan.

Ashwellthorpe Atoms joined Division 1 in the 2015/2016 season, with Henry Cugnoni (also from our Monday night club) playing as well as the above four, winning the Summer League. In the following 2015/2016 Winter League season, the Atoms played 18 matches and finished in 5th place out of the ten teams. In the 2016/2017 Winter League season, which has just ended, the Atoms were 4th (as at 1 May 2017) – more matches won, fewer matches lost, and more points scored. They also won this year’s Handicap Cup.

So WELL DONE the Atoms!

You, too, could come along to the Ashwellthorpe Table Tennis Club on Monday evenings – any age or skill welcome. See you there.



More than a dozen gardens – both large and small – will be open to visitors during this year’s Open Gardens weekend organised by the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club, some regulars and some new ones to enjoy in what, we hope, will be glorious weather. Tickets and a map of the route,  as well as refreshments, will be available in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall (NR16 1AA) and in various gardens – cost £4.00 for adults covering both days; accompanied children free. 

All Saints’ Church in Ashwellthorpe will be presenting a Flower Display where you can vote for your favourite and St Nicholas Church, Fundenhall, will be putting on a display of Gardening in a Barrel. Various gardens will also have plants to sell.It is hoped that some local musicians will provide pop-up entertainment in different locations.

Come along yourselves; bring your friends and neighbours; enjoy the weekend; and help the charitable organisations being supported.




The next meeting of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be held at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall (Satnav NR16 1AA) on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 7.30 p.m. for 7.45 p.m. when the speaker will be Hilary Reid talking about making a Wildlife Pond. Please bring friends and neighbours along – all visitors welcome.

Open Gardens Weekend on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June 2017 – if you are able to volunteer in someone else’s garden, please let Debbie de Spon know (01508 488300) – spare pairs of hands selling tickets or giving information always handy. What about growing a few extra plants or dividing a thriving shrub to provide pans to sell on the day? -again,  contact Debbie de Spon.

Summer Outing to Raveningham Hall   Sunday 13 August 2017 – slight change to meeting time: Muster at 1.45 p.m. for brief talk about the garden and then a tour from 2.00 p.m. o 4.00 p.m.

Tuesday 3 October  2017  -the speaker will be Trevor Harrison from Creake Nursery on ‘The Winter Garden’

The Christmas Party is still the same date as already advertised – Tuesday 5 December 2017



Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club is hoping to increase its membership, so please share this information with friends and family and anyone you think might be interested, especially if they are new to the area. Non-members can pay a£2.00 “drop-in” fee and are very welcome.

Here is the programme for the rest of the year:

Tuesday 4 April 2017 – Speaker: Hilary Read “Making a Wildlife Pond”

Saturday 17/Sunday 18 June 2017 – OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND

Sunday 13 August 2017 – 2.00 p.m. Outing to Raveningham Gardens

Tuesday 3 October 2017 – to be advised

Tuesday 5 December 2017 – Christmas Party


The Wreningham and District Women’s Institute meets at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, The Street, Ashwellthorpe, on the second Tuesday each month starting at 7.30 p.m. (unless indicated otherwise). The President for 2017 is Mrs Shirley Moss (01508 489460) and the Secretary is Mrs Carole Bradford (01508 489211), both of Ashwellthorpe. You’re very welcome to come along to any meeting to see what the WI is all about and enjoy the varied programme of talks and demonstrations.


Tuesday 10 January          Speaker: George Rockingham from PACT – Competition: Christmas Card depicting animals

Tuesday 14 February         Bring and Buy

Tuesday 14  March               Speaker: Patsy Martin on EXTEND classes – Competition: A Recipe for a Healthy Dessert

Wednesday 22 March         Birthday Meal (not at Village Hall)

Tuesday 11 April                  Speaker: Dave Balcombe “Looking out for Whales and Dolphins” – Competition: A Picture of Wildlife from a Magazine

Wednesday 12 April           Joint Meeting of the Kett Group of local WIs (not at Village Hall)

Tuesday 9 May                      Resolutions Meeting – Discussion and vote on the National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM

Tuesday 13 June                   Speaker: Amy Newmeir “My Suitcase, My Patience and Him!” – Competition: Things I have lost while on Holiday

Tuesday 11 July                     Afternoon Summer Party (venue to be agreed)

Tuesday 8 August                 Speaker: Anna Meek “The Galapagos Islands” – Competition: Photo of Favourite Holiday Destination

Tuesday 12 September        Speaker: Stan Chapman “The History and Role of a Magistrate” – Competition: Howe many words can you make from “magistrate”?

Tuesday 10 October              “Edith Cavell”  Meet Nurse Edith Cavell in the early hours of 12th October 1915 with Georgette Vale – Competition: An Autumn Fruit, Flower or Vegetable in a nice setting

Tuesday 14  November          Annual General Meeting of the Wreningham and District Women’s Institute

Tuesday 12 December          Christmas Party with “The West End Waiters”





The next meeting of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be at The Piggeries, Hall Farmhouse, Ashwellthorpe at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 11 October. Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, who live in the village and are co-authors of several books including “The Herbalist’s Bible” and “Kitchen Medicine”, will be talking about garden plants and weeds and how we can use them,  and will be bringing with them slides, plants and copies of their books.

If you wish to come along to this meeting and join the Gardening Club, phone Debbie de Spon on 01508 488300



The Players are holding a Murder Mystery Evening at Wreningham Village Hall on Friiday 30 September 2016 – come along and see if you can work out who it was. More details nearer the time.


DON’T FORGET – the outing on THURSDAY 16 JUNE will be a private tour of Blacksmith’s Cottage Nursery, Langmere Road,  Dickleburgh (Postcode IP21 4QA starting at 6.30 p.m.  Ben Potterton, the owner and Nurseryman, will give a short talk and a tour of the gardens which are home not only to many different plants, but also to kookaburras, cranes, storks, miniature donkeys, squirrel monkeys and alpacas. Please contact the Secretary, Debbie de Spon, on 01508  488300 (a) if you wish to go on this outing and (b) if you also want to car share and (c) if you wish to become a member of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club.


Two matches have been held this year for the first time, between Ashwellthorpe and Wymondham Shuffleboard teams – the first being in our Village Hall and the return match in the North Wymondham Community Hall in Lime Tree Avenue. The first match was held on Wednesday 10 February  and the Wymondham Shufflers had to hold a draw to decide which eight players from Wymondham would make up their team for the eight Singles matches arranged here. The Ashwellthorpe players were Alan Dawson, Rosemary Lee, Keith Longmore, Louise McNair Young, Shirley Moss, Gordon Robbie, John Saunders and Liz Saunders.

Amid rising tension and excitement, the scores from each match were low and close which denotes a tight, even, competitive game with each player not wanting the opponent to score points, and one match was drawn!  The final tally was a Wymondham win by 4 matches to 3 with 1 drawn. Wine and nibbles were taken during the course of the evening and at the end of the competition, friendly doubles games were held between various people. A return match in Wymondham was fixed for later in the year.

At the return match in Wymondham, the format was slightly different with four doubles and nine singles matches being played on the two courts set up in the Hall, with the mats used being the poly-plastic clip-together variety. Not only are these mats longer than the rubber roll-out mats used in Ashwellthorpe, the surfaces are also incredibly quick. In some of their club meetings, Wymondham Shufflers add wax to the base of the discs used before adding the silicone gel which aids the movement of the discs. Quite a lot of difference for our Ashwellthorpe team to get used to!

Annette and Paul Bunting  took the places of Keith Longmore and Louise McNair Young at the re-match and Jennifer Robbie was the ninth member to compete in the Singles. The evening was long but flew by with the four doubles matches being played first – Wymondham winning three out of these four matches. Refreshments also flowed and were enjoyed during the whole evening which went on to encompass nine singles matches. Ashwellthorpe came out on top in these Singles winning by 5 matches to 4.

A few photographs can be seen below with the first being the February match in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, with the Wymondham Shufflers having an elevated view of the matches in progress


l to r John Saunders, Jennifer Robbie, Liz Saunders, Shirley Moss at North Kett Community Hall, Wymondham 15 April 2016

l to r John Saunders, Jennifer Robbie, Liz Saunders, Shirley Moss at North Kett Community Hall, Wymondham 15 April 2016

centre of picture cluster: l to r from Annette Bunting in red, Rosemary Lee, Alan Dawson, Paul Bunting

centre of picture cluster: l to r from Annette Bunting in red, Rosemary Lee, Alan Dawson, Paul Bunting