A warm welcome to the website for Honing
The village is in the Parish of Honing with Crostwight, in Norfolk
UPCOMING EVENTS IN HONING and the VILLAGE HALL 2023
- POP UP CAFÉ in Honing Village Hall 10am – 12pm every month, to coincide with the Mobile Library visiting the village hall car park 10.45 – 11.05am. Dates so far for 2023: TUESDAYS 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 28 March and 25 April. Drop in for delicious cakes and bakes, and coffee/tea at rock bottom prices!
- MONTHLY QUIZ NIGHT in Honing Village Hall starts at 8pm. Last Tuesday of every month. 2023 dates for the next 6 months: 31 Jan, 28 Feb, 28 March, 25 April, 30 May, 27 June. £1.50 per person. Bar open – snacks provided. EVERYONE ALWAYS WELCOME! Contact John for details 01692 536071
- NEW!! Starting on 3 February every week…*FOOD ON FRIDAYS* 5 – 7pm
BASKET MEALS from £5 weekly on Fridays in the Village Hall Club Room. ALL WELCOME! Come and see what the Club Room has to offer, alongside our friendly welcome.
More information from Carole on 01692 218718 or 07539 356001
- NEW!! KARAOKE on the 3rd Friday of each month from 7pm in the Village Hall Club Room. All welcome, and please come and enjoy the Club Room. Contact Carole for more information on 01692 218718 or 07539 356001
- A message from our Rector, The Revd Helen Lynch: “I’m going to be spending Thursday mornings in the Smallburgh Benefice – Dilham church – through the winter as it’s the warmest place! If anyone wants to pop in to have a chat – about something, nothing, or anything, the kettle will be on and biscuits ready 10am-12pm every Thursday morning. Be lovely to see you if you would like to drop in. Helen”
- Advance notice of the return of the Honing Daffodil Mile Sunday on 26 March 2023 11am – 4pm. More details to follow including refreshments in the Village Hall. If anyone would like to help with the day, including baking cakes and savoury food beforehand, and helping in the kitchen on the day, we’d love to hear from you and either email here on our contact form or ring 07775975574
*Regular classes in HONING VILLAGE HALL*
- Join our PILATES classes which are held on Wednesday mornings 9.15-10.15 and 10.30-11.30am. No prior experience needed. For further details, please contact Julian Askham firstname.lastname@example.org 0788655302
- TAI CHI – weekly on Thursday afternoons 2-4pm. Contact Geoff 01692 402143 or mobile 07833135116
- LINE DANCING – a friendly group meeting EVERY Friday afternoon 2-4pm, AND the 1st Monday evening of each month. Contact Trish 01263 834085
- Contact Joan Baker 01692 651353 for all Village Hall bookings, and Carole Bedingfield 01692 218718 01692 218718 or 07539 356001 for information about the Village Hall Club Bar and bookings.
HONING AND CROSTWIGHT CHURCH SERVICES: Click here for information on weekly church services
- JJ’s Bakes – A NEW HONING BUSINESS! Rachel Evans ‘Baby Baking Extraordinaire’ specialises in Baby Led Bakes suitable from 6 months+. Allergen free & vegan friendly options available. Contact JJ’s Bakes on Facebook @JJ’sBabyledbakes, Instagram @Babyledbakes and email email@example.com
- Two new CROSTWIGHT CHURCH publications are available: History and Guide 43pp, and The Wall Paintings 31pp. Fascinating expert new research and beautifully written by Fiona Williams with full colour illustrations. £5 per booklet and available via contact form or 01692 651116
- CROSTWIGHT WALL PAINTINGS APPEAL – Click here to support us in saving our nationally important 14th century wall paintings.
- ‘HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS: illustrated walks in Norfolk‘ by local Honing author Marion Addy. Pick up your copy from good local bookshops and online, and enjoy the walks, our countryside, lots of local and historical detail, and handpainted illustrations. See more on the EDP website.
- With Spring on its way we start to think about getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks? Walking in Norfolk https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/norfolk has loads of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. John Harris (who maintains the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Norfolk (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’. With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
- Three great ‘STROLLING AROUND HONING‘ walks around the village have been updated by Paul Morse and added to the website under LOCAL WALKS. Enjoy our countryside!
- ‘Nicholas Parker of Honing: A Fifteenth-Century Norfolk Gentleman‘ by Dr John Alban and Professor Carol Rawcliffe. £10 per printed copy (including full colour photographs) of their fascinating lecture are now available from Peter Williams. Click here for further details or to buy a copy.
- HONING STATION: Channel 5’s series “Walking Britain’s Lost Railways” episode on Friday 17 April 2020, presented by Rob Bell, featured the railway line between King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth, and includes Honing Station (filmed June 2019).
- Visit BFI Player to watch excellent film footage compiled in the 1960s of the North Walsham and Dilham Canal, its history, its buildings and boats. The canalised River Ant runs through our village. See also the link on the right hand side of this page to the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust.
- Honing’s Old Village Shop Museum – Click here (or on ‘History’ at the top of this page) for information and photos
- To report any problems with roads or public rights of way in the parish, please click on this link to Norfolk County Council’s Highways department
- Our local job centre is in North Walsham. Click here for link to website
- Requests are occasionally received to buy a copy of ‘Village Voices’. There are currently no copies available, and it isn’t possible to reprint it, but if anyone ever wishes to sell their copy, please email here.
We welcome all suggestions and amendments for this website. Please click here to use the contact form.
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HONING is in the large parish of Honing with Crostwight in the northeast of the county of Norfolk. The parish of Honing with Crostwight, in the 2011 census, recorded a population of 312 inhabitants. Its northern boundary is with the civil parish of Witton whilst to the south is the parish of Dilham. To the west lies Worstead and on the eastern boundary is the parish of East Ruston. There are several areas of Common land within the parish which include Crostwight Common and Honing Common.
The village sign depicts a labourer honing his scythe, and the tree depicts the many orchards which once graced the village. Since 1935, the civil parish of Honing has incorporated its very small neighbouring village of Crostwight. The name Honing derives from the Old English for something approaching “settlement of the people at the hill or rock.”
The village is 15 miles north-northeast of Norwich, 13 miles south east of Cromer and 135 miles north-east of London. The village lies 4 miles south east of the ancient market town of North Walsham. The nearest railway stations are at Worstead and North Walsham for the Abellio Greater Anglia Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. For the purposes of local government, the village falls within North Norfolk District Council.
The Weavers Way long distance footpath runs across the south east corner of the parish along part of the old track bed of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (which ran between North Great Yarmouth via Peterborough to the Midlands and the North). The total length of the Weavers Way is about 56 miles between Cromer and Great Yarmouth. The disused North Walsham & Dilham Canal runs along the south west boundary of the parish.
Apart from the beautiful medieval church of All Saints’, the village consists of Crostwight Hall, cottages and outbuildings many which are now converted into homes, an Old Rectory, and a few other houses.
Crostwight parish church stands on its own down a grass track not far from the Old Rectory, but is distant from the rest of the village. Click here for a guide to the church.