RACKHAM OUR NEW CHAIRMAN
ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE
THE WORLD OF FOND
keeps on going and Im enjoying taking an active part
in it. Being chairman has definitely been an experience so
far; Im certainly learning new things and Ive
had many interesting emails and adventures.
had an exciting adventure in the BBC One Show
studio, just before Christmas. The One Show ran
a piece about the Devonshire dialect and then had three representatives
of other local dialects in the studio quizzing Shirley Bassey.
representative was from Lancashire, another from the Black
Country, and me from Norfolk!
had to say a line from a Shirley Bassey song in dialect and
then she had to try and work out which song it was from. She
needed a lot of hints! It was all good fun and gave the Norfolk
dialect an airing to a large TV audience. It was also interesting
to meet other dialect enthusiasts and, in the future, I look
forward to working with them again.
HAD SOME INTERESTING EMAILS...
one from The Times newspaper asking for an opinion
on an article about the use of Norfolk dialect in Arthur Ransomes
book, The Coots of the North. This
request I was able to pass on to our president, Peter Trudgill,
whose response then sparked a media discussion in various
newspapers. You can read his response, more in depth, in the
email put me back in touch with my A-level Biology teacher,
who is now retired and lives in Somerset, and happened to
get in contact when he was browsing our informative website
and left a message in the guest-book.
MOST SUCCESSFUL PANTO
first dew as chairman was the FOND panto, Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs. I was extremely pleased
with the success of this and a BIG thank you to
all those who worked so hard to help make it happen. It was
great to see so many people there, despite the change in venue
Im glad you pay attention to whats in your
Mawkin! The colourful action photographs and lively
report in the centre of this edition certainly show the fun
that was had by all.
SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Trosher competition winners were also announced at the panto;
well done to these, and I hope you enjoy reading their stories
in the spring Mawkin.
encourage more people to enter the Trosher competition Im
looking to open it up to other forms of composition, as well
as short stories. We will be launching the competition at
the next dew in Cromer and more information will
be available in the next Mawkin, once things have been finalised,
but do you start getting your thinking caps on!
CELEBRATION OF NORFOLK DIALECT
is again going to be part of the fringe events at the Cromer
Folk on the Pier Festival, where we will be hosting
a session of dialect-themed monologues, poems, songs and music
at the Cliftonville Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday, 8 May,
assuming we will be there at the same time as last year
12.15pm to 1.15pm but watch this space for any changes
of time etc.
FOND dew will be part of the fringe events of
the Folk Festival and will precede the Shrimp Davies Memorial
session, where things such as Norfolk step dancing will take
you wish to know more about the event in Cromer, please contact
me or keep an eye on the Folk on the Pier website
for the finalised timings: http://www.folkonthepier.co.uk/Artists/
hope you can come for an afternoon out and maybe even join
in with some of your own dialect entertainment (please get
in touch if youre interested in doing this, so we may
have a rough idea of numbers)
ON, TERGETHER, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
look forward to there being lots more exciting things in the
future for FOND, and, in order to keep moving forward, maybe
some of you would like to come on board and join the committee,
perhaps even take on a role such as membership secretary or
help to maintain FONDs Twitter page.
you might just be somebody who could give a talk about the
Norfolk dialect, as Im looking to create a list of people
willing to do this. Whatever you are prepared to do, please
help us by continuing to talk about FOND to your friends and
neighbours and help promote the work we do.
But most of all be proud of our dialect.
My mother she do say, Thass all very well the chairman
describing me as her right-hand woman, but I dont know
my left from my right!
leave your comments or any questions in the FOND
as wed like to hear from yew, tergether!