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The Poems Prayers and Promises Picnic 2012

Including The Country Roads Walk and An Evening with John Denver

Saturday June 16th 2012 at Natural England's Dersingham National Nature Reserve, Norfolk.

We will meet at the John Denver Bench at 12 noon for the picnic, which is on the old sea cliffs looking over the nature reserve. We may see a variety of birds, including Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, Wood Peckers and if we are lucky, Deer and Muntjac. The John Denver Bench was installed in 2006, so this is now our sixth year of the celebration.John's Bench

After the picnic, for those who wish to, we will have a Country Roads Walk around part of the reserve. Taking in the board walk over the peat bog, the pond and woodland walk. The first part of the walk to the board walk is only a very short walk from the JD bench, so some friends may only want to do this part, which is ok.

John often spoke of habitat and how important it was to have the right habitat for the wildlife. Over the years, Nature England have created this habitat for the local wildlife with great success for Marsh Harriers, Buzzards, Nightjar's, Dragonflies and Damselflies etc. With the wardens and volunteers, the work is still ongoing.

There will be some free time between the picnic and the evening get-together for friends who do not want to do the Country Roads Walk. Perhaps visit Sandringham, Wolferton village, Hunstanton, Bircham Windmill, RSPB bird reserve Snettisham, or the many beaches in the area.

This year’s 'An Evening with John Denver' will take place at the Old Friendship Hall, Sunnyside Close, Heacham.

Doors will be open at 5.00pm for a meet and greet and a fish and chip supper. Around 6.30pm we are pleased to announce that we will have Paul Gilbert, and our good friends Neil and Gill Sharman entertaining us with music and stories, celebrating John Denver's life and the friendship we have found from John's beautiful music.

'Your heart to mine, my heart to yours. Talk about opening window, talk about opening doors.'

To cover the cost of the hall, tea and coffee etc, there will be a ticket/donation of £3, with any profit going to a local charity. Also there will be a evening interval for tea & coffee, including a raffle.

The charity we have chosen is the local Lifeboat at Hunstanton. They have got a large hovercraft there, because of the sands in the Wash. It's a great vehicle, but takes a bit of looking after though.

The evening will finish at 9.00pm so we can tidy up and vacate the hall by 9.30pm.

Things to remember for the day

You need to bring with you a packed lunch with a drink for the picnic, good footwear, a light coat in case of rain, suntan cream, camera & maybe binoculars, bird book, nature book.

A fold away chair maybe or a picnic rug/sheet.

There is a free car park at the reserve.

There are no toilets at the nature reserve, nearest ones are at Sandringham Visitors Centre.

Please remember to order your fish and chips ( other normal fish & chip shop items available of course) a week before the event. We will ring the order through the Thursday before (14th) & pick them up from the village after 5.00pm.

We will provide tea, coffee & soft drinks.

If you want to provide your own evening meal and drinks that would be fine.

We would be grateful for any donations for the evening raffle if you wish, thank you.

Once you have confirmed you are attending the P.P.P.P., we will give you Val's mobile number for if you need to contact us on the day.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want directions, map or any more information about the picnic, walk or evening get-together etc.

We hope to have fine weather & a day of friendship remembering the life of John Denver.

If you want to come to the P.P.P. Picnic, and/or the walk and/or evening event, please email us at:-

Please join us.

Thank you & take care, love Paul, Val & not so crazy Daisy. XXX

Website Links

Please check the John Denver Bench on our website for more information & location, the link is:-

Link to the FoJD page JD Bench information is;

Natural England website & information on Dersingham NNR, the link

Local websites for accommodation and tourist information





West Norfolk:-

The Queens Sandringham Estate:-

Birchham Windmill:-

Norfolk Lavender, Heacham:-

Snettisham Park Farm:-

Holkham Hall:-

Local Nature Reserves

Natural England Holkham NNR :-

Natural England The Wash NNR:-

Holme Dunes NNR:-

Natural England Dersingham NNR:-


RSPB Titchwell:-