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In 1982 a competition was held to design a Village Sign for Bawdeswell.
The design chosen was by 15 year old Mark Fairhurst a pupil of Reepham High School.
It depicts the legendary Reeve of Bawdeswell stopping at Balder's Well.

The sign was carved by Harry Carter of Swaffham and ended an era of making similar signs for many villages around Norfolk. "This is definately the last one!" he is quoted as saying.

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new village sign

By 2011 the sign had deteriorated as a result of wood rot and a new one was commissioned by the Parish Council.
The opportunity was taken to add more elements of the village's past to the scene depicted.

The rural scene was  crafted and painted in Norfolk-sourced English oak by husband-and-wife team Kelvin and Mary Thatcher, of Croxton Hamlet, near Fulmodeston.

It was unveiled by  Charlotte Lilwall and a group of other children who had come along, accompanied by 93yr old  Mrs Irene Ames, and Andy Battley.

The project was organised for the Parish Council by Ailsa McColville.

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