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DIANA RACKHAM – OUR NEW CHAIRMAN

 
DIANA RACKHAM  

I’M ENJOYING THE EXPERIENCE

WELL, THE WORLD OF FOND keeps on going and I’m enjoying taking an active part in it. Being chairman has definitely been an experience so far; I’m certainly learning new things and I’ve had many interesting emails and adventures.

I had an exciting adventure in the BBC ‘One Show’ studio, just before Christmas. The ‘One Show’ ran a piece about the Devonshire dialect and then had three representatives of other local dialects in the studio quizzing Shirley Bassey.

One representative was from Lancashire, another from the Black Country, and me from Norfolk!

We had to say a line from a Shirley Bassey song in dialect and then she had to try and work out which song it was from. She needed a lot of hints! It was all good fun and gave the Norfolk dialect an airing to a large TV audience. It was also interesting to meet other dialect enthusiasts and, in the future, I look forward to working with them again.

I’VE HAD SOME INTERESTING EMAILS...

...including one from The Times newspaper asking for an opinion on an article about the use of Norfolk dialect in Arthur Ransome’s book, ‘The Coots of the North’. This request I was able to pass on to our president, Peter Trudgill, whose response then sparked a media discussion in various newspapers. You can read his response, more in depth, in the spring Mawkin.

Another email put me back in touch with my A-level Biology teacher, who is now retired and lives in Somerset, and happened to get in contact when he was browsing our informative website and left a message in the guest-book.

A MOST SUCCESSFUL PANTO

My first ‘dew’ as chairman was the FOND panto, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. I was extremely pleased with the success of this and a BIG ‘thank you’ to all those who worked so hard to help make it happen. It was great to see so many people there, despite the change in venue – I’m glad you pay attention to what’s in your Mawkin! The colourful action photographs and lively report in the centre of this edition certainly show the fun that was had by all.

TROSHER SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The Trosher competition winners were also announced at the panto; well done to these, and I hope you enjoy reading their stories in the spring Mawkin.

To encourage more people to enter the Trosher competition I’m looking to open it up to other forms of composition, as well as short stories. We will be launching the competition at the next ‘dew’ in Cromer and more information will be available in the next Mawkin, once things have been finalised, but do you start getting your thinking caps on!

A CELEBRATION OF NORFOLK DIALECT

FOND is again going to be part of the fringe events at the Cromer ‘Folk on the Pier Festival’, where we will be hosting a session of dialect-themed monologues, poems, songs and music at the Cliftonville Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday, 8 May, 2016.

We’re assuming we will be there at the same time as last year – 12.15pm to 1.15pm – but watch this space for any changes of time etc.

The FOND ‘dew’ will be part of the fringe events of the Folk Festival and will precede the Shrimp Davies Memorial session, where things such as Norfolk step dancing will take place.

If you wish to know more about the event in Cromer, please contact me or keep an eye on the ‘Folk on the Pier’ website for the finalised timings: http://www.folkonthepier.co.uk/Artists/

We hope you can come for an afternoon out and maybe even join in with some of your own dialect entertainment (please get in touch if you’re interested in doing this, so we may have a rough idea of numbers)

COME ON, TERGETHER, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

I look forward to there being lots more exciting things in the future for FOND, and, in order to keep moving forward, maybe some of you would like to come on board and join the committee, perhaps even take on a role such as membership secretary or help to maintain FOND’s Twitter page.

Alternatively, you might just be somebody who could give a talk about the Norfolk dialect, as I’m looking to create a list of people willing to do this. Whatever you are prepared to do, please help us by continuing to talk about FOND to your friends and neighbours and help promote the work we do.
But most of all be proud of our dialect.

PS: My mother she do say, “Thass all very well the chairman describing me as her right-hand woman, but I don’t know my left from my right!”

DIANA RACKHAM
Chairman



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