On Saturday 1st June, villagers and members of Mundford Parish Council gathered on the village green to bury a time capsule, full of items and information relating to the village in the Jubilee year.
In 2007, an initial time capsule was buried on the village green to signify 1000 years of the village, placed under a 1.3t boulder. Gavin Cater of Northwold kindly used his heavy-lifting equipment to move the boulder, allowing councillors to dig down and bury the new capsule alongside the original.
Items placed inside the new capsule included a 50 page folder, full of pictures of the village, a review of Mundford’s Jubilee celebrations, minutes of a recent Parish Council meeting, a copy of the current register of electors, a review of the recent STANTA tour, & details and photographs of the church, village groups & organisations & shops. Some people contributed personal views of village life and their families, and there was information and newspaper cuttings highlighting the Football Club’s victorious season, when they gained promotion into Senior football for only the second time in their history, and played at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City.
Thank you to all those that contributed items for the time capsule, and to the volunteers including council members that took the time to make this such a memorable event.
View more images of of the time capsule burial here and a pdf report with all the images here.
On 23rd April 2013, a beautifully sunny Tuesday evening, 110 residents of Mundford were treated to a tour of the Stanford Training Area. With only a small number of tours arranged each year, demand from residents had been high and two coaches, with guides, took us around the area. Around 30,000 acres in size, it was established in 1942 through the evacuation of the villages of Buckenham Tofts, Langford, Stanford, Sturston, Tottington and West Tofts. Virtually every soldier who crossed over to France on D-Day would have been through Stanta at some point. Since then, those serving in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan have followed. £366 was raised for the STANTA charities, and just a sample of resident comments are shown below.
“Fiona and I just wanted to say a big thanks to you and the council for the tour last Tuesday evening. We thoroughly enjoyed it and found the whole experience very informative. It gave us an insight into what’s happening on our doorstep and helps us to understand what all the noise is about when they are practising live manoeuvres. If possible, please pass on our thanks to Mez and all who allowed us to visit the site.” Sam & Fiona Peate
“Dear Fran, just wanted to say how much Dave and I enjoyed the trip around the Battle Area, and we learned such a lot. Please pass on our thanks to the Officer (Mez?) for his clear and detailed history and descriptions of the area. A great trip, thank you.” Dave and Jennie Warren
“We just wanted to say “Thank you” to you and everyone else who arranged last night’s STANTA tour. It was really interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed it.” Liz & Colin Clifford
“Thank you for facilitating the superb visit to STANTA. We both learnt so much and enjoyed an evening with fellow villagers.” Sally & Tony Rode.
The Council are aware that the grit bins are either getting low or have run out of grit. We are waiting to hear from Norfolk County Council Highways on when another delivery will take place to re-fill the bins. Obviously there is great demand for these services so please understand that it may not be done for a few days. Please be very careful when walking round the village.
The Parish Council are delighted to announce that three new grit bins are now available. The new locations are Fir Close, Brecklands and Adeane Meadow.
There are now 9 grit bins in Mundford. The Parish Council would like to remind residents that the salt and sand mix provided by Norfolk County Council within the bins is for highway use only. It should never be used on private drives and paths. It is also only meant to be placed on footpaths.
The Council are very grateful to Mr Paul Lynch for organising the volunteer gritting programme for Fir Close and the Brecklands. Mr Lynch and his team of helpful volunteers will be gritting the footpaths in these areas when there is severe weather i.e snow. The Council would like to point out however, that the only reason we managed to secure the grit bins in these two estates and to have them filled was because Mr Lynch and his volunteers came forward to help with this project. In line with NCC Highways policy, the grit is only to be used in severe weather only and not just for icy weather.
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On the 4th June after a damp start the sun came out at the Village Hall and we had a good turnout of people to take part in the Jubilee Fayre. The Fayre was the appropriate occasion to resurrect the Mundford Mile which hadn’t been held for several years, and many of the runners remembered the time when the Mundford Mile was held every year. Because of its success the Trustees of the Village Hall are very enthusiastic to continue the event on an annual basis, and some of the volunteers have agreed to help with the future events.
An on-line Treasure was set up to raise money prior for the fayre but unfortunately this did not attract the numbers that we had hoped for, the committee agreed that this would be more successful during the winter months when people are more likely to be at home and needs to run for a longer period of time to help people get into the swing of it.
On the day of the Fayre we had a mix of Charity stalls, Tombola’s, a car boot sale, pony rides and also an animal area where children could pet miniature sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. This was a big favourite with the children. The rounder’s teams proved very competitive and volleyball was also available for anyone who wanted to play.
Over the event made over £600 in profit which was given to the Village Hall to support future events. The committee would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors, the Breckland District Council for their support and donation, Didlington Nurseries for their kind donation of the plant sale, Ian and Amanda of Evergreen Carriages for the animal petting area and the Rainbow Riding School for bringing along the ponies.
Winners of the Mundford Mile races are listed below;
1st Lady: Sandra Cooper
1st Man: Mason Thorogood
1st Girl under 16: Elloise Cordy
1st Boy under 16: Archie Blakemore
1st Man over 50: Ian Cooper
1st Lady over 40: Rosemary Matlock
1st Girl under 12: Kayla Aspin
1st Boy under 12: Aiden Try
1st Girl under 10: Maddie Ralph
1st Boy under 10: Liam Cronin
1st Girl under 8: Kezia Hayden
1st Boy under 8: Tom Hayden
View images of the fayre from the Parish Archive here.