St Benet’s Abbey 1000 years celebrations 1019-2019

“A Time to Gather Stones” photos from the play telling the story of 1000 years of St Benet’s Abbey performed in June 2019 at St Benet’s Abbey, Ludham, Horning and Neatishead.

Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf and their links with St Benet’s Abbey.  Research undertaken by members of the group was on display at an exhibition in St Catherine’s Church at Ludham 3rd-11th August as part of the 1000 year celebrations of St Benet’s Abbey.  This will be on display again at Neatishead Farmers’ Market on Saturday 12th October.

WW1 Commemoration November 2018
On 11th November 2018, the United Kingdom and its friends overseas marked the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.  Our villages commemorated this too with a number of events.

Annual General Meeting 2018
The AGM was held on 17th October 2018.  The Chairman’s Report Oct 18  is available.  The meeting was followed by short presentations by Claire Penstone-Smith and Gareth Pritchard entitled “From the WW1 Battlefields to Blighty”.

Barton Black Shed Display
We have completed a display at The Black Shed about its history, together with that of Barton Staithe and the ‘Hole in the Wall’.

The Norfolk Punt Club: 90 years of sailing, fun and social change on Barton Broad
Neville Khambatta, a member of the Punt Club for over 30 years, illustrated his talk on Wednesday 18th January 2017, with photos of  sailing on Barton Broad in days gone by and the changes in Norfolk Punts over the years.  As they celebrated their 90th year in 2016 it showed the sailing, as well as tea and cake on the club’s pontoon, was enjoyed as much in its early days as it is today!

The History of How Hill and The Broads
A fascinating illustrated talk was given by Simon Partridge, Director of How Hill Trust on Monday 28th November.  How Hill has recently been made a National Nature Reserve and is one of the treasures of The Norfolk Broads.   How Hill House overlooks beautiful gardens, wetlands, historic windmills, woodlands and the river Ant. Schoolchildren stay in the house virtually every academic week of the year and make full use of the unique position of the house in the heart of the Norfolk Broads national park.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM took place on 24th October 2017.  The Chairman’s Report is available to read, together with a further document presented at the meeting on “Looking forward” for the group.  A “Friends of NIBCHG” has been formed and details will be available here.

Norfolk Historic Buildings Group (NHBG) On 21st September the group enjoyed a fascinating introduction on investigating the history of your house by Lynne Hodge of NHBG.   She began with the basic medieval design of an oblong shape divided into three buttery/pantry, hall, parlour, with a fire in the centre of the hall and how this developed over the years.  Lynne explained how brickwork, roof timber structure, shape and size of windows, roof shape and material, has changed over the years and what we should look for to discover those houses that are genuinely old, as opposed to those that are modern and made to look old!

Battle of the Somme Commemoration
We should like to thank the RAF Radar Museum at Neatishead for displaying our exhibition to remember the 12 men from our villages who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the Battle of the Somme which was on display there until the end of November 2016 together with maps and information relating to the battle itself and the Norfolk Regiments’ involvement in it.

Neatishead School Reunion
A very successful reunion took place on Sunday 28th February  at the New Victory Hall, Neatishead of many people who attended Neatishead and Barton Schools over 50 years ago.  If you have memories of the school to share please contact Carol Horner via email  or check out the Facebook page ‘We grew up in Neatishead”

“Living through World War One in three Norfolk Broadland Villages: Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf”            2014 – 2016
In March 2014 we were awarded a grant of £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this two year project. More details can be found on the project’s NIBCHG Great War website and also on WW1 pages on this website.

Postcard Quiz.  In December 2014 the group was represented at the Christmas Fair when a 25%-75% competition was mounted to help raise funds for the hall.  There is a downloadable PDF document with details of the competition, if you would like to have a go at it.  You can also download the Competition Answers to see how well you did.