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Newsletter No 75

October, 2017.

Welcome to the final Newsletter of 2017 to bring you up to date with forthcoming events. First, however, a look back to our visit to Carrow Road in July and our last meeting, in September, relating to the Roman remains at Caistor St. Edmund.

The Visit to Carrow Road on Saturday, 22nd July.

A group of over twenty members and guests were met by the tour guide, Alan Andrews, and taken into the playing area of the ground, where the immaculate area of turf was being meticulously mown by two groundsmen. Alan explained to us how the grass had been grown over a fine nylon mesh to aid its growth and stability. An opportunity was given for members to occupy the Managers’ dug-outs beside the pitch before moving up to the area of the Directors’ Box. We were then given information on the early history of the club, the reason why they are known as ‘the Canaries’, and how the decision was taken to move to the Carrow Road site, having had two previous venues in the city.

Alan then directed us to the interior of the main stand and led us to the impressive Trophy Cabinet, which was packed with memorabilia going back over many years. We then made our way down to the players’ changing rooms and were intrigued to discover the difference between the high-spec decor of the home team’s facilities and the drab, basic state of the the room for the visiting players. This was explained away as being a ‘psychological tactic’ commonly adopted by most professional clubs. Finally we were taken to the Press Room, from where televised interviews with the Manager take place and here Alan rounded off our tour by taking questions. We very much appreciated the opportunity to take photographs together with the time that Alan gave to us and were impressed by the depth of his knowledge of the club’s history.

The visit then concluded with the group walking to Yellows Restaurant for lunch,subsidised in part or in whole by Norwich City F.C. returning our tour fee of £10 back to their catering account.

Belonging and Belongings in the Land of the Iceni,on 12th September.

The September meeting was a huge success. There was an exceptionally large gathering to hear the historian Natasha Harlow speak on Belongings and Belonging, relating to Iceni and Roman finds in Norfolk, Suffolk and neighbouring counties. Natasha originated from the Norwich area, studying at the UEA. She was involved with the Dragon Hall project before moving to complete her Doctorate at Nottingham University.Her talk spanned a 300 year period from 100BC to 200 AD. Before the Roman invasion the Iceniwere quietly going about their business, living in scattered homesteads as opposed to large settlements. Initially there were no great local Iceni chiefs, with the possible exception of Boudicca, to strongly oppose Roman rule. Although there was some primary resistance they were forced to accept Roman authority, new boundaries were created but the Iceni largely retained their own identity.

Much of our knowledge of this period comes from archaeological research. Over 3,000,000 pieces have originated from East Anglia, many carefully plotted on maps by Natasha. They include evidence of the lifestyle of both Iceni and Roman occupancy, the former being more culturally backward. There are hairpins, coins, brooches, rings, chariot hooks or embellishments and religious artefacts. Tweezers, cosmetic grinders, hairdressing aids and toothpicks are indicators of the Roman obsession with grooming. Norfolk rates as the top county for finds, often unearthed by searchers using metal detectors.

There is late Iron Age evidence of trade interaction with other groups. The finds from Alpington and Yelverton support this. Caistor St Edmund was not a fort but a Roman settlement. Life was more sophisticated for the Romans. Seal bosses, writing tablets and stylus tools reveal literary expertise. It was a time of great change and transition in many respects. Hoards of coins and jewellery across the region are not easily explained. The Fenwick Hoard was hidden beneath the floor of a wealthy home in Colchester around 61BC and never reclaimed.

Speculation surrounds the Snettisham Hoard, a wonderful collection of jewellery and gold torques. It is not known why these valuable pieces were hidden. Was it a tribal or individual collection buried for safekeeping or a gift for the gods?

Natasha was happy to answer questions and fired us with her enthusiastic approach. We are privileged to live in such an archaeologically rich county. What next will be unearthed?(With thanks to Shirley Wright and Sylvia Ford for this comprehensive account of the meeting.) 

Date of our next meeting Tuesday, 14th November –

The History of Norwich Theatre Royal

by Jason Raper, the Theatre’s Education Manager.

Prior to Jason’s talk we shall hold our A.G.M. It is hoped that this part of our meeting can be concluded within an effective timescale. Should you have any item for the Agenda, then please forward it to me as soon as possible.

A Date for 2018! – Our first meeting of the New Year will be held on Tuesday, 9th January at the Village Hall. The theme for the evening mardle will be ‘Kill or Cure’, looking back to the effective or sometimes questionable treatments for common complaints of years gone by.

The Alpington and Yelverton Local History Website.  

This, thanks to Mike Wooldridge, is active and accessible by googling Alpington VillageHall – then clicking on ‘Alpington Village Hall (WordPress) – then ‘Groups’ then ‘History Society’…..      Brian Bugg.



 Tuesday  9 January

 Kill or Cure  – Our Mardle evening opens the 2018 programme at the Village Hall.  We will look at the medicines we remember from childhood or that have turned up in old records.  Bring any remedies you remember.  Light refreshments will be served.

 Tuesday  13 March

Frolic, Fervour & Fornication is about the unexpected items that crop up in our parish registers, which once resided in the parish chests; revealing a great deal about the lives of our ancestors.

Pip Wright is our speaker from Suffolk

 Tuesday 8 May

The hoard of Alpington – Steven Dunthorne returns to update us on this as yet unpublicised find.

What does it consist of & what is its worth?

 July – Visit to Carlton Colville Transport Museum

 Tuesday 11 September

The history of plant life with Robin McDonald

Robin’s interest in plant life originates from her hobby of orchid cultivation in commerce and in the wild.  It comes from the intertwining of plant life; which is a fascinating history of fact and fiction, embodying

scientific curiosity,  stories with mythical themes and religious overtones.    Her talk may be controversial in essence but hopefully will titillate the fancy of the history society members.

Tuesday 13 November

And then the guns fell silent”. On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War, John Ling will illustrate the stories of the last three Bergh Apton men to die in its battles.

 Alpington & Yelverton Village Hall

Church Road, Alpington NR14 7NU                                7.30 pm                               Guests £3.00            Refreshments served













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