16 October 1998

Seeing historic Norfolk

It is said that we should learn something new every day. Well the day I met Norfolk-Norwich FWC at Wymondham I think we all increased our knowledge extensively.

We started with a tour of the Heritage Museum, a fine conversion of what was originally a merchants house built in 1350AD. In 1598, it became a house of correction. In 1779, it was described as the vilest prison in England by John Howard, the prison reformer. The building eventually housed the magistrates court and Norfolks rural police force. One of our members, June Clarke, was especially interested in the building as part of it had been her childhood home when her father was police superintendent.

It is now divided into the award-winning museum, a resource centre seating 50 people, and is home to the local Red Cross and the Citizens Advice Bureau. It also contains eight residential units.

The next part of the visit was a guided walking tour of the town, where we were led down old passageways and told that many of the houses are timber framed but had been brick-clad in the 19th century.

We followed the trail commemorating Robert Kett, leader of the Norfolk Rising in 1549, and gleaned even more of the history of this town built on the banks of the River Tiffey. Our walk ended at the abbey.

After lunch at the Abbey Hotel I left the Norfolk members enjoying the afternoon sunshine but not before I had sold them some of the FWC sweatshirts* from the boot of my car like some shady market trader! Jean Howells

*FWC sweatshirts are also available by post: Size large; cost £15.99 inc p&p.

Farm Womens Club

CARMARTHEN

Sun, Nov 1, 12.30 for 1pm. Harvest Lunch at Castle Maldwyn Hotel. Cost £11. Husbands and friends welcome.

Contact M L Morris (01267-241453) or

Ann Jones (01559-384447) by Oct 26.

DERBYSHIRE

Tues, Oct 27, 7.30 for 8pm. Harvest Supper and dance at Brailsford Institute. Tickets £7.50 each. Apply to

Hazel Massey (01283-732023) or

Nancy Burton (01332-840944) by Oct 21.

DORSET

Tues, Nov 3, 12 for 12.30pm. Meet for lunch at the Bulbury Woods Golf Club, Lytchett Matravers and a talk Japan Revisited by Mrs A Syrad.

Send £10 to Phyllis Barker, Wayneflete, Dorchester Road, Lychett Minster

BH16 6JF by Oct 26.

ESSEX & SUFFOLK

Fri, Oct 30, 7.30 for 8pm. Meet at Gosfield village hall for harvest supper.

Cost £11. Names with cheques to Edna Philp, Hewsons Farm, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex CO9 3EE by Oct 25. Contact Edna Philp (01787-461029).

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Tue, Oct 20, 1.30pm. Meet at Westonbirt Arboretum to see the autumn colour. Contact Sue Baber (01452-750313).

HEREFORD-SOUTH

Tue, Oct 20, 2.30pm. Meet at the Community Centre, Ledbury for a talk on healing by Mrs Joanne Lewis. Contact

Mrs &#42 Phillips (01531-670411)

ROXBURGHSHIRE

Tue, Oct 20, 7.45pm. Meet at Hassendean Burn for talk on Riding for the Disabled by Susie Elliott. Contact

Nancy Parrish (01450-870278).

SHROPSHIRE-SOUTH

Thur, Oct 29, 10am. Meet at Margaret Dales home, Caynham House, near Ludlow for coffee morning. Raffle and bring and buy stall in aid of Cancer Care. Friends welcome. Contact Margaret (01584-872313).

STAFFORDSHIRE

Tue, Oct 27. Coach leaves Lichfield 10.15am, Eaton Lodge 10.30am, Darlaston 11am to meet Cheshire group for lunch at Saxon Cross Motel. Cooking demonstration by Mornflake. Names to Isobel Smith (01543-480678) by Oct 20.