News and Events

South Norfolk’s Queen’s Treasure Trail

For the Queens Platinum Jubilee, South Norfolk Council have created a free treasure trail that takes adventurers across the district to explore different areas and put together puzzle pieces to find the Queens Treasure!

This is a great activity to do as a family over the summer holidays. You can download a free online copy of the trail here

Until 30th October, we have a wonderful competition available for those that complete the trail with two different prizes up for grabs, including:

  • Bressingham – a fun family day out for two adults and three children
  • Whitlingham Country Park – day out with the ranger, learning about conservation and getting involved, followed with lunch with an open fire and a guided walk.

South Norfolk council also have some Queen’s Treasure Trail booklets available, please get in touch to find out more.

Alpington and Yelverton Celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Over the long weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the beginning of June, Alpington and Yelverton villagers enjoyed a variety of events to celebrate this unique occasion.

The Jubilee Quiz at the Wheel of Fortune pub was a well attended and fun opening to the events and the following evening’s Wine Tasting held at the Village Hall was both informative and a great social occasion.

The traditional Village Fete on the Saturday afternoon was blessed with good weather and very well attended.  Mr Sam greatly entertained both children and adults with his Punch and Judy and magic shows and Splat the Rat and Bowling for the Pig were a hit too!  

We were also treated to a performance by the Alpington and Bergh Apton Primary School choir.  The Tombola stalls had a successful afternoon raising funds for local groups.  The TWIG refreshments marquee served delicious cakes which were much appreciated.

During the afternoon, Mrs Jenny Purple was presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her being the longest living resident of the Village, having been born in and lived her whole life in Alpington and Yelverton.

Mrs Jenny Purple was presented with a bouquet of flowers

Sunday’s Big Picnic had to be moved into the Village Hall due to the inclement weather, but those who attended were treated to a performance of great sing-a-long tunes by Ukulele Group Jelly and the Biscuits.  This culminated in the National Anthem followed by Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, Bryony Falkus cutting the magnificent Jubilee Celebration Cake made by Leo Smith.  This delicious cake was then shared out to all who attended.

The magnificent Jubilee Celebration Cake made by Leo Smith.

These celebrations were a success due to the volunteers who planned this over the year, and helped either on the days or beforehand putting up bunting, creating the flyers and banners, erecting the marquee and baking cakes.  

A big thank you to all the volunteers and also local people and businesses who loaned the marquee, straw bales, games, made banners, donated prizes and supported the events.

July 2022 – jobs to do in the garden

June was a very dry month so watering probably dominated most of your evenings and the hot weather has continued into July.

Weeding, feeding and dead-heading

Control the weeds on paths and pull out weeds in your flowerbeds.   Increase the feeding of seasonal patio pots and baskets – they will benefit from a weekly feed of liquid tomato fertiliser or liquid feed.

If you dead-head bedding plants, annuals and roses, as this will encourage more flowers to form. If delphiniums and geraniums are cut back after the first flowers they should flower a second time and they will also benefit from an application of Blood, Fish and Bone or a slow-release fertiliser.

Watering

Continuing with your watering routine as required this month. Bedding plants, leafy vegetables, seedlings, new plantings and plants in pots are most prone to drying out. If possible, water your plants early in the morning or in the evening and avoid watering during the hottest part of the day.

Protecting from disease or pests

Some diseases and pests thrive in hot summer conditions, so check susceptible plants – such as roses – for issues such as blackspot, mildew and rust. Treat and spray as required.

Water features

If you have a pond, rake out any overgrown oxygenating plants and algae, topping-up the water levels using rainwater collected in your water-butts if you can.

Mowing

If the weather is hot and dry, try not to mow too often and raise the height of the cutting deck on your mower. Brown patches on lawns in hot spells are inevitable but the lawn will recover quickly, so there’s no need to water. It’s better to use the water for your pots, baskets and flowering borders.

Painting and refreshing

Warm, dry summer weather is perfect for painting wooden sheds, fences, arches and arbours. There are lots of traditional and other vibrant colours on the market to brighten or refresh any wooden structure in your garden. 

Relaxing

Even though there are always lots of things to do in our gardens, hopefully you will be able to relax for some of the time and enjoy your Summer garden with your family and friends.

Man lying down on back in garden

Alpington & Yelverton Village Trail

As part of our Village Festival there was a Village Trail for people to follow.

Here are the answers to the questions on the Trail going from the top at Yelverton Village Pond to the bottom at the Wheel of Fortune, Alpington and then the photo clues on the reverse of the sheet.

And heres the trail sheet in case you missed it and want to give it a go before you read the answers!

The Answers

Yelverton Village Pond- What is commemorated here?  Answer:  the friendship of Derek & Joyce Stansby on the plaque on the bench.

Junction of Dranes Lane and Back Road – Why do the villagers want sunny weather?  Answer: Each year the Village Community Benefit Fund receives a payment from the solar farm based on the solar energy generated.

Garrick Field- When was the Garrick Oak planted?  Answer: 26 November 2002 .  

When was Yelverton Football Club founded?  Answer: 1947

St Mary’s Church- Whose names are on the Commonwealth War Graves?  Answer:  Private W J Burrows ( the only one visible)

Village Hall – What is commemorated here?  Answer: The community’s resilience in the year of the Pandemic 2020/21 on the blue plaque beneath the Village Hall sign.

Wheel Road – Does living here ensure good luck?! Answer: Maybe! as the street sign is for Fortune Green.

The Wheel of Fortune- How many wheels can you spot on the outside of the pub?  Answer:  there’s two easily seen outside , one on the Pub Sign and one fixed on the garage wall but if you venture into the covered courtyard you will find another one fixed to the outer wall of the pub.

Wheel Road- How many houses are there with Cherry in their names?  Answer:  There are two cottages next to each other, Cherry Tree Cottage with a visible name and well done if you knew that next door is Cherry Cottage.  Also well done if you spotted Cherry House on Wheel Road.

Photo clues

Feathered friends:  weathervane on top of Jarquin, Wheel Road;  Quackers on Church Road, Yelverton; the duck house on Yelverton Pond; Two Hoots on Dranes Lane.

Animal friends:  Yelverton Village Sign at junction of Church Road and Framingham Earl Road featuring a horse and a donkey; horses in the stables on Dranes Lane; alpacas in the field off Back Road 

Architectural details:  the bell cote at Alpington & Bergh Apton Primary School; gable end of Pond Farm, Dranes Lane; 1966 in brick on bungalow at Alberta Piece, Alpington; date sign on 1 Church Road, Yelverton.

Rockland Annual Flower and Vegetable Show – Sat 16th July

ROCKLAND ST MARY AND DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB

ANNUAL FLOWER AND VEGETABLE SHOW

To be held in the Parish Room

On Saturday July 16th 2022

All CLASSES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A charge of 20p per exhibit entry will be made

Entries will be accepted 9.30 am. – 10.45am

OPEN TO PUBLIC VIEWING 12.30 PM – 3PM

Schedule can be found in the attached flyer below: