Barningham: Tightly knit village’s can-do spirit

Barningham village feature.    The community speed wath group.   Eddie Sier, John Davis, Keith Smith and John Dobson.

Barningham village feature. The community speed wath group. Eddie Sier, John Davis, Keith Smith and John Dobson.

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Villagers have rallied round to combat speeding motorists - one of the biggest issues blighting the tranquil and picturesque village of Barningham.

Eleven volunteers have formed a speed watch group which logs the details of vehicles whizzing along the B1111 before passing them onto the police.

The group, co-ordinated by Eddie Sier, use equipment including a speed gun and vehicle activated sign funded by County Cllr Joanna Spicer.

It is a measure of the tightly knit village’s can-do spirit - taking action to ensure needs are met.

The parish council aims to install play and sports equipment including a basket ball post, football goal and swing seat for older children on part of the cricket meadow.

Chairman Brenda Last said: “The hope is to start to get those in this year and maybe each year we can add another piece of equipment as funds become available.”

The council even electrified the manually wound 1887 clock at St Andrew’s Church for the diamond jubilee. The clock was installed for Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee.

As well as the church, the village boasts a primary school, shop, post office, pub and village hall.

The parish council also owns Aggie’s Piece - a small piece of land which it runs as a wildlife area.

Mrs Last said: “We’ve lived here 25 years now and it’s a nice village.

“There’s getting on for just under 400 houses.

“The village hall does its best to put things on for people . We’ve got a weekly social club, knit and stitch, carpet bowls, Rainbows and Brownies.

On Barningham’s history, she said: “It’s been like very many agricultural villages - very self contained up until the middle of the 20th Century because a lot of people never went beyond the village.

“It had more shops, a garage and bus depot at one point but over the last 50 years a lot of that has disappeared. We’re lucky we still have the shop and post office.”