Near Norwich the
Norfolk Broads & Coast
History:- Heydon Minstrels
Despite its name this village concert party had a strong contingent of Cawston members. Originally conceived as a minstrel show by an American airman based at Heydon in 1953 it evolved under the direction of Jim Howard into a variety show with Jim as the Norfolk comedian and compere and his wife as pianist.
The group travelled around more than 44 Norfolk villages giving their full length show of sketches and songs for more than twenty years.
As well as the original American members of the cast Cawston was represented by Dewings: Dinah (Aves), Mollie (Mack); Teddy and David; Lees: Lennie, Alan and Roy; Howards: Jim, Sylvia, Mary and Christopher.
Heydon families: Flo and Robert Wadlow; Peggy and Wendy Knowles; Jean Rowe (George).
Taverham: Chris Hurst.
The Good Old days
Back row: Teddy Dewing, John Aves, Sam Green, Billy Mace,
Jim Howard, Mrs Mace, Mollie Dewing, Don Aves,
Front Row: Sylvia Howard, Flo Wadlow, Marjorie Barnes,
Derek Aves, Jean George, Peggy Knowles.
Cinderella - Written by Jim Howard
Performed at Heydon & Cawston
Left to Right: Robert Wadlow, Marjorie Barnes, Occy Lee, Lennie Lee., Peggy Knowles,
Jean Rowe, Jim Howard, Alan Lee, Flo Wadlow, Pauline Hewitt, Wendy Knowles.
Standing: Mollie Dewing, Liz Aves, Dinah Aves, Mrs A. Vincent, Jim Howard,
W. Mace, Ted Dewing, John Aves, Mrs Mace, Jean Rowe.
Seated: Don Aves, Marjorie Barnes, Mr Green, Peggy Knowles, Flo Wadlow.
Back Row: Teddy Dewing, Liz Hall, Marjorie Barnes, Mollie Dewing, Peggy Knowles
Billy Mace, John Aves, Dinah Aves, Mrs Mace ? Jean George (nee Rowe)
Front Row: Henry mack, Don Aves, Al Dextras, Annie Vincent, Jim Howard, Flo wadlow.