June 2002

The walk to the Ancient Cross on 28th April was well attended and the weather was fine. We tried to follow the Walsingham Way but a fallen tree had completely blocked the path. The alternative path was just as pretty, through what remains of the beech belt and on to the "yellow brick road" of the forestry track. The site of the cross is difficult to find but the Forestry Commission have made it easier by marking the base of a tree in line with the cross. All that remains of the cross today is the upright. In 1936 the right angles of the cross were still in place. How long will it be before no trace of it remains? It is the oldest surviving structure in Weeting so steps should be taken to ensure its survival. We returned to Lynn Lodge to enjoy a splendid cream tea supplied by Mandy and Larry Wilkes and were entertained by their two children, Hannah and Elise. Well done to all the Wilkes family for providing such a splendid tea.

EVENTS

Our next event is at the Weeting Country Show and Steam Engine Rally on 20th /21st July. This is our event of the year and not to be missed. "A PAGEANT OF WEETING HISTORY". All the significant phases of the history of the parish will be depicted from the Stone Age to the Second World War. The parade will take place twice daily on Saturday and Sunday. We shall also have a display of documents from our archives on our stand where the first of our publications in the series "The History of Weeting" can be purchased together with greetings cards etc. Anyone wishing to join us in the Pageant, particularly school children, should contact Gerry Moore as soon as possible as they will have to be fitted with costumes. We are looking for two men to play the parts of WILLIAM ANGERSTEIN and W G GRACE. W G Grace was about 6ft tall so any tall cricket enthusiast without a match that weekend and willing to help out please let Gerry know. W G Grace played cricket in Weeting and planted a walnut tree on the outskirts of the cricket field. The tree survives to this day, still producing walnuts each year.

On 24th August we are holding a Farm Walk and Sausage BBQ for members and friends. TRIP TO SUTTON HOO A coach trip to see the famous Sutton Hoo Treasure will take place on Sunday 15th September. We still have a limited amount of seats available so if you wish to join us phone Gerry as soon as possible to put your name on the list. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis so don't leave it too late. The cost of coach and admittance to the exhibition will be £10.00.

HISTORY GROUP MEETINGS

Our meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month. Anyone wishing to join us is most welcome. Quite often someone from the village will turn up with old school photographs, newspaper cuttings etc which we like to take copies of for our archive so please remember us when next having a sort out.