RACKHAM OUR CHAIRMAN
canít believe how
quickly time is going
by this year
and so far
we seem to have had a
mild winter. Iíve been able to enjoy the sunshine,
as I spent some of my half term being a tourist
around Norfolk with a friend who came to stay.
I always enjoy being able to explore this glorious
county we live in. We had a great time visiting
iconic Norfolk places (those ones you often see on
postcards!) such as How Hill, St. Benetís Abbey,
Happisburgh lighthouse, the Bure Valley Railway,
Ranworth church, the seals at Horsey, Felbrigg,
Sheringham Park and Norwich Cathedral.
often ended up talking about how we pronounce
things as she has a distinctly northern accent,
it didnít stop us having a good mardle though. I
do recall that when we first knew each other at
university in the walking club, my Norfolk phrases
sometimes earnt me some funny looks from other
members. I distinctly remember it wasnít until the
end of one rather long walk when I announced I
was Ďknocked upí that I found out the phrase had
an entirely different meaning to being very tired!
It was good to see some of you at the FOND AGM
in November at Yaxham Village Hall. As a result of
the meeting there have now been a few changes to
the committee and you will find an up to date list of
contact details in the latest Mawkin. Both the treasurer
(Toni Reeve) and secretary (Lyn Fountain) stepped
down from their roles, although Toni is still going
to be on the committee. Again I would like to
thank them for all the work they have done for
FOND, as a token of thanks we presented Lyn with
a FOND memories clematis and Toni with a bottle
of wine. I am pleased to announce that we were
able to fill both these officer positions at the AGM
and also add another member to the committee.
We welcome Richard Reid as our new treasurer,
Ann Reeve as our new secretary and David Raby
as a committee member; I wish them well in their
new positions and look forward to working with
them. I would also like to thank Alan Cooper for
his work as technical officer, he too stepped down
at the AGM. I am pleased that Stewart Orr agreed
to return to this role which he has previously done.
Stewart has been busy sorting our recordings and
has some exciting ideas which I look forward to
working on with him. Please do get in touch if you
are interested in being involved in any recording
work. After the formalities of the AGM we were
treated to the light-hearted tales of My life in Steam
by Bev Woolner, always a joy to hear him speak,
thank you Bev.
I was very pleased with the success of our panto
The Wizard of Ouse, it was particularly great to
see so many people there all enjoying themselves.
I know a lot of time and effort went in to it, but Iím
sure those of you who came will agree it certainly
paid off. Thank you to those who came to support
us and to all those involved in helping to put the
show on. It was also lovely to hear the Trosher
entries, I hope people enjoyed contributing to our
new poetry category, hopefully we will get even
more entries this year.
The winning Trosher entries are just one of the
many things printed for you to enjoy reading in
the latest Merry Mawkin. Iif you missed the panto or just
need a reminder of the many laughs do take a look
at some of the photos in the latest Merry Mawkin.
Hope to see some of you at the Celebration of
Norfolk Dialect event in Cromer.
Fare ye well,
P.S. My mother she say, when her brother was at
university, everybody thought he had a harmonica
but he actually had a little sister, referred to in his
Norfolk way as ďOur Monica.Ē
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, 7 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.
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!
||If you want to get in contact or make a comment or ask any questions please
Email the Chairman
as Id love to hear from yew, tergether!