LITCHAM ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Held in Jubilee Hall on the 24th April 2006 at 7.30pm

REPORTS from VILLAGE ORGANISATIONS

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Organisation

Submitted By

LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Mike Oldfiled – Chairman Litcham Parish Council

ALL SAINTS CHURCH (Parochial Church Council)

Richard Vogt - Churchwarden

Litcham BELLRINGERS

Tim Angell

Royal BRITISH LEGION

John Jones

Litcham COMMON Conservation Group

Tim Angell

Litcham COMMON Management Committee

Tim Angell

LITCHAM  HIGH  SCHOOL

Jeremy Nicolls

LITCHAM  HOMEWATCH

John Relph

Litcham Jubilee Hall Committee

Diane Collen

LITCHAM  & DISTRICT LADIES  GROUP

Joyce Green

LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

Stephen Lynn

Litcham  Methodist  Chapel

Stephen Lynn

P L A Y 2 0 0 0

Judith Bently

Litcham  Primary School

Christine Watts

Litcham  Relief In Need Charity

Mike Oldfield

Red Cross Medical Loan Depot

Hermione Birkbeck

Litcham  Youth  Group (Sports)

Richard Bailey

Litcham  Youth  Project

Judith Bentley

 

 

 

LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

Chairman's Report

Presented at

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

April 24th 2006

As always the Parish Council has attempted to keep the Village clean and tidy and the road and pavements, light, hedges and signage up to date. Although this does sometimes mean waiting for the relevant agencies to get round to it. We also pay for the churchyard maintenance carries out by Norfolk County Services.


During the year ten planning applications have been submitted. Only one was refused after objections were made. Another passed with conditions. The rest were passed with no objection. Of these only the ten metre mast at the primary school called for more information.


Many of you wondered what the posts that appeared in November were for. As you may have noticed they were for dog fouling signs which Breckland took four months to screw on.


During the year we have had visits to Council meeting by David Spencer and Phil Daines of Breckland Planning and Development Services who explained the new Local Development Framework and answered question afterwards. Polly Jackson of West Norfolk Council for Voluntary Services came along and was looking for volunteers for a whole host of schemes. Tracy Baxter the Breckland Council Anti-social Behaviour Officer explained all about A.S.B.Os, their relevance, how to keep diaries and how she attempted to use mediation to resolve problems, sometime in association with Police Officers. This matter is still ongoing.


W.P.C. Beard and Community Support Officer Sarah Loveday told us that they had been assigned Litcham as one of their villages. They make occasional visits to the village when available. So together with the mobile Police Station that visits the village on Thursdays at Front Street, wee do have a reasonable Police presence in the village.


Throughout the year members of the Council and the Clerk attended Presentations, Standards Seminars and Councillor Training Sessions. During the year Carol Hilton and Tim Angell stepped down and we thank them their time. Chris Mitchell and Trevor Carter have been co-opted to replace them.


The creation of a Jubilee Hall Trust is moving to a conclusion and should be completed this year. Pedestrian access to the new churchyard extension is being negotiated with the P.C.C. Road safety is still a major issue, particularly in Church Street where cars are now regularly parked on the pavement making it impossible for wheelchair users, especially at school-time.

On a lighter note, another outstanding issue is the disposal of a set of Carpet Bowls Equipment. Enquiries have been made but it would be better if someone in the Village could come forward and perhaps try and get a Carpet Bowls Club of the ground again.


Finally during the year we have made donations clubs and organisations with in the village and outside as follows:


   Air Ambulance - 100.00

 Bellringing sign - 75.00

 British Legion - 18.00

 LEGS - 200.00

  
Citizen Advice Bureau 50.00

  
Common Conservation Grp. - 200.00

 Homewatch Extra Sign - 25.00

  
Primary School (Art project) - 100.00

  
Youth Club - cricket kit - 535.00

 
 Tittleshall Bowls Club - 250.00

 
 Primary School (Internal Audit Fee) - 100.00

  
Groovy Movers Mar - 135.00

   Donations: 12

   Total=1788.00

This year we decided to make no change to the Precept but you may have seen from the Council Tax Bill that Litcham had an increase of 1.9%. This was due it seems (according to Norfolk County Council) to an increase in the number of rate-payers claiming discount.

Mike Oldfield, Chairman LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL
24th April 2006

 

 

All Saints Church

Annual Report for Parish Meeting,

Worship  A full pattern of worship has been maintained throughout the year with two services every Sunday plus additional one for all feasts and festivals. Attendance has been maintained, with excellent attendance at both Christmas Eve services and that on Christmas morning.
All Morning services are now 10am. That on the first Sunday of the month bring together all the parishes on the Upper Nar Group for Holy Communion.
Towards the end of the year a shorter service designed for younger people was introduced on third Sundays. This needs more family support and it's continuation is to be reviewed after a trial period. The Boys choir has fluctuated in numbers, but currently has several promising members.

Finances and Fund Raising  Income has modestly exceeded general expenditure for the year, enabling an additional payment towards the Parish Share. Although we have been unable to pay this in full for several years, we continue to contribute all we can, with the target of returning to full payment.
As always, we depend on a combination of regular giving, under the Gift Aid scheme wherever possible, and special fundraising events. These have contributed a substantial amount this year.

The Church Building 
 No major restoration works are in hand at present, enabling us to carry out the more minor running repairs always needed on a 500 year old building. Several improvements have been made to the furnishings, including new pew cushions and a new wine red carpet to the central aisle. Carpet has been removed from the sanctuary, thus restoring the dignity of the earlier stone and wood floors. Consideration was given during the year to a new lighting system, but this is beyond our means at present.

The Churchyard  The extension to the Churchyard came just in time, a number of burials already having taken place in the new section. We remain grateful to the Parish Council and County Services for their effective maintenance of the Churchyard.

The Ministry and Benefice Reorganisation  The major consideration at present is the imminent retirement of the Revd. Boston. This, together with the retirement of Revd. Cole, has led to a reorganisation of the benefices in this part of Norfolk. There is to be a further reduction in the number of priests in the Deanery. Litcham and the Upper Nar Group of Parishes will be joined by other surrounding parishes, increasing the existing seven up to as many as eleven. This will put greater demands upon new incumbents now to be recruited. The Wardens and the Church Council of all the parishes likely to be affected are currently discussing with the Diocese how all this may best be arranged. Whatever happens we are very glad that Jonathan Boston is to remain in the village where he has established so many connections and made so many friends.

It may safely be assumed the very well supported and long running publication of "Church and Village" is likely to further extend its scope and circulation.

Richard Vogt, Church Warden, April 2006

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Litcham  Bellringers

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24 April 2006


The title "Litcham Bellringers" is now a slight misnomer as, following a 50% drop in numbers, the use of the plural "bellringers" is no longer appropriate.

Despite Litcham having only one active bellringer at present, there has been regular ringing at the church over the past year because people from several local villages take it in turns to ring at different churches in succession. Over the past few months regular practices have been held at Litcham on the third Tuesday of each month between 7.30 pm and 9.00 pm, and the bells have also been rung for services on special occasions at the request of the Rector, such as for the Trafalgar celebrations and on Christmas Eve.

Over the past year the church bells have been rung for four weddings, and in addition a tribute quarter peal was rung in March.

The tower was open on the day of the village fair last June with visitors given the chance to have a go at bellringing. This proved a popular event, as a result of which three people decided to learn to ring properly, one of whom is continuing to do so, albeit in a different parish.

Bellringing has taken place at Litcham since 1670, and it is hoped that more villagers will take up the hobby to ensure that the tradition will carry on. In particular, people like to hear the bells rung for weddings, and at present this relies on the goodwill of people from outside the village who give up their free time at a weekend.

Although ringable, Litcham's bells are currently in a relatively poor condition. It is hoped that an expert will look at the bells in the next few months to determine what repair work is required.

Tim Angell

 

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Royal  British Legion

Litcham, Tittleshall & District Branch

Annual Statement presented to Litcham Parish Meeting 24th April 2006

Membership of the branch now stands at 18. We are still looking for new members, as with so many other branches of the legion the membership is getting so much older, should anyone know of any likely candidates for membership, please contact myself or any member of the legion.
Ron Shaw continues to host our meetings at Fourways.

During the year we have held six branch meetings, to which we are grateful to our former chairman, now acting as Vice-chairman. We hold our branch meetings on the third Monday in the months of January, March, May, July, September and the Annual General Meeting in October.


We again were fortunate in having the support of Arthur Clarke as the area Poppy Appeal Organizer, along with the support of the many other local volunteers, acting as house to house collectors. Our Special thanks to those collector who made the 2005 house to house collection for the Poppy Appeal a record year along with the collections from the churches, local businesses and the local schools. We are always looking for new collectors, more especially in the Beeston and Lexham Areas.

We attended the Armistice Service in November at All Saints Church, Litcham, followed by the memorial service held at the American War Memorial in Beeston. We held a Bar-B-Que in August to commemorate VJ Day, marking the end of the war in the Far East. The event was held at Fourways, along with the Litcham Historical, also the Tittleshall was invited.

John Jones, Branch Secretary

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Litcham  Common  Conservation  Group

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24th April 2006

Litcham Common Conservation Group was set up in January 2004 to carry out practical management work on the common in support of the objectives of Litcham Common Management Committee. The group is relatively informal, with no written constitution or formal membership list, and uses the Litcham Common Management Committee bank account to hold funds.

The group has established a routine of carrying out monthly work tasks, and meets on the second Saturday of the month, starting at 10.00 am. The specific work to be done on each task is agreed with Norfolk County Council's Countryside department, and mainly involves clearing and burning scrub and birch. Other jobs have included picking up litter, raking mown vegetation and keeping the paths clear.

The turnout on tasks has varied between two and twelve people, including children, which is down compared with the previous year. Most volunteers live in Litcham, but some come from other local villages such as Beeston. This year the group had its first Polish volunteer.

The main expenses for the group are the cost of insurance (approximately 180 per annum) and tools, such as bowsaws, pruners and protective clothing. The group is very grateful to Litcham Parish Council for a grant of 200 made in November 2005.

There is a lot of work which needs to be carried out on the common, and the conservation volunteers play a significant role as part of the overall picture. The benefits include a day out in pleasant surroundings and the company of others, being active and the sense of achievement from doing something worthwhile. New volunteers are always welcome.

Tim Angell, Co-ordinator


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Litcham Common Management  Committee

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24 April 2006

In 1984 Litcham Common was declared a Local Nature Reserve under the terms of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. A management committee was appointed to oversee and implement a management plan; the committee currently comprises representatives of Lexham Hall estate (the freeholder), Norfolk County Council, and four residents of Litcham (one of whom is the volunteer warden of the common). Litcham Parish Council has been invited to nominate a representative to join the committee.

The twenty-one year management agreement for Litcham Common which was signed in 1984 between Lexham Hall estate and Norfolk County Council came up for renewal in February 2005, and both parties agreed that this should be renewed. Litcham Common is particularly important as an example of lowland heathland, a habitat which has declined significantly across the country as a whole in the last sixty years. The objectives of the management plan include maintaining and increasing the areas of open heathland and reducing the areas of scrub (particularly birch) and bracken. However, many of the established trees will be kept so that there is a balance of wildlife habitats. The importance of the common to local people is also recognised with the provision of the car park and benches, and the maintenance of footpaths. The following work has been carried out on the common over the past year:-
Due to concerns about poor visibility from the car park onto the Dunham road, the vegetation in the areas around the car park has been mown. Similarly, the main paths through the common have been mown and cleared of overhanging vegetation. The heath restoration programme is now in its fifth year of a Countryside Stewardship Scheme Agreement, from which funding is received.

Thinning and clearance of trees has been carried out over the winter in an area to the east of the road. In addition, contractors have cleared trees from an ancient archaeological site, in order to preserve this. The Litcham Common Conservation Group has cleared scrub, particularly birch and gorse, from several other areas.
Funding is received through the Woodland Grant Scheme which is presently in year five of a five year agreement. Over the winter the Conservation Group carried out limited thinning and cutting of trees on the wetter western side of the common in order to create an irregular boundary where the woodland meets the heathland; this should be of benefit to the wildlife. Several areas of grassland have been mown, with the cut vegetation raked off by the Conservation Group, in order to provide a variety of habitats for the benefit of wildlife.

One issue which arose during the year was the nuisance caused by people camping on the common for extended periods and having fires, and in particular the amount of rubbish which was left behind. Reluctantly the Management Committee has decided that in future it will enforce the bylaw which bans unauthorised camping and fires. This is a great shame as the Committee is keen for as many people as possible to use the Common, as long as this is done in a responsible way.

Looking to the future, the intention is that management work will be carried on more or less as now, but with the reintroduction of grazing by sheep, cattle or ponies at some point, which is the ideal way of maintaining the heathland habitat. Originally it was hoped to fence the perimeter of the entire Common and have cattle grids installed at either end of the road where this cuts through. This would have enabled livestock to freely graze the entire site. However, Norfolk County Council no longer support this option due to the volume and type of traffic now using the road. As an alternative, the Committee now favours erecting fencing so that there are three separate secure grazing areas, one to the west of the road and two to the east. It is worth stressing that there would be no loss of public access. When formal plans are produced these will be subject to full statutory consultation, but the Committee would welcome any comments or questions in the meantime, whether from the Parish Council or individuals.

Tim Angell 


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Litcham  High  School

Annual Report to Litcham Parish Council 2006

1. Site The new block, incorporating a low-energy heating and air-conditioning system, is now fully in use and is a vast improvement on the mobile classrooms it replaced. External lighting has been rationalised to reduce the total number of lights and consumption of energy, whilst maintaining security and health and safety requirements. External decorating continues. Building work during the summer break will include a new floor to the gym, a new layout at the front of the school, to improve the bus picking up arrangements and parking and a toilet replacement project. Air-conditioning is needed in School House (computer block), but its listed status precludes the use of conventional, externally-mounted equipment.

2. School Roll The current roll stands at 575. The standard admission number is 112 per annum, and as such the school remains over-subscribed. Fortunately, all children in the catchment area still get a place.

3. Specialist Status Phase 1 (2002 - 2006) of the science specialism finishes in August. We are looking forward to redesignation for a further 4 years. An invitation event will be held on 7 July to mark the first phase. As a high-performing secondary school, we have been invited to bid for a second specialism. Details to follow.

4. Exam Results GCSE and key stage 3 SAT results continue to place the school in the highest category of secondary performance.

Jeremy Nicholls, HEADTEACHER
24th April 2006

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                                                                              Litcham  Homewatch

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24 April 2006

As a fellow 'Homewatch Co-ordinator' I have been asked by John Mitchell to write and present a report on the Litcham Homewatch to this Meeting.

The Litcham Homewatch consists of 12 'Local Co-ordinators' and one overall 'Area co-ordinator' for the village. This is currently John Mitchell who is responsible for organising the 12 local Co-ordinators. These have changed somewhat recently and John has issued an up-to date list that has been published in the Church and Village magazine. The 'Local Co-ordinators' receive regular messages from the Homewatch Co-ordinator for the Dereham Area, these are short reports about local crime and sometimes warnings about bogus callers or the latest local scam.
 These reports now are now published on the website under Homewatch/Messages and John also puts some on the Village notice board.


There are 'Homewatch' signs through out the village and courtesy of funding from the Parish Council a new sign was added this year on the Lexham Rd. so that there is now a sign on every approach to the village. John would like to remind all villagers that many insurance companies will offer a discount of 10% if you inform them that you live in a 'Homewatch' area.

John Relph, Homewatch Co-ordinator

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Litcham Jubilee Hall Committee

Report for Parish Meeting 2006

The Hall funds have improved this year as the bookings have increased due to the Playgroup's extended hours and the weekly use by the Youth Club. In addition we have had several booking for Coffee morning, parties and meetings.

The committee have had two fund raising events. The ploughman's lunches for the village fair have raised 163.00 and a coffee and lunch morning in March raised 226.00. Our next fund raising event will be an exhibition sponsored by the Historical Society on Saturday the 29th July. Our only concern is that if and when the Play Group moves to the Primary School, our income will be reduced substantially.

The Trusteeship with the Church has still not been finalised, but we are told it is near completion.

We are still suffering some vandalism to the outside of the Hall but it has improved and the Youth Club supervisors are doing all they can to improve matters

Diana Collen

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Litcham  & District Ladies  Group

Report to Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24 April 2006

The Ladies Group has again met each month and though we have lost some members we have welcomed three new members and an ex-member who came to a meeting whilst visiting Norfolk.

With the numbers now at eighteen space is sometime difficult in peoples' homes but there is always the garden! At meetings we enjoy each others company and have had someone to show and sell us greetings cards and wrapping papers. We have a book exchange which leads to some discussions. We have also enjoyed looking at gardens and last year we visited Long Sutton Butterfly Farm and had a short bus tour of the Fens and which included visiting the place where the only British pope was born. As usual there was the a summer Barbecue and a Christmas lunch at Longham.

The ladies continue to support and contribute to fund raising efforts in the village. This year we have sent a donation to Quidenham Children's Hospice as our charity and the ladies supported generously a member who did a walk for Cancer Research.

The group shows no signs of flagging and we are making plans for outing as the weather begins to improve.

Joyce Green.

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Litcham Entertainment Group

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting held on 24th April 2006

Following the need to shelve plans for our debut last July, we finally hit the stage in January, with our pantomime, "Cinderella". Comments about our show were very favorable and buoyed up by the success, we are now well into rehearsals for a variety show in July.

We meet on Thursdays at Litcham Methodist Church.

We are delighted to have gained some new recruits and are hoping to launch a junior section in the Autumn, which will join us for next years pantomime which will be Aladdin and will be in February 2007.

Stephen Lynn

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Litcham  Methodist  Chapel

Report for Parish Meeting held on 24 April 2006

We have completed our refurbishment that was underway at this time last year. The final phase was to replace the exterior railings that are now hoop topped, which we consider a safer design than the previous pointed design. We held a dedication ceremony along with our Harvest Festival service in September. We have also been presented with a new set of Hymnbooks by one of our members.

Our congregation continues to grow, with three new members being confirmed in January.

Our Minister, Heather Snape, has completed her training and will be ordained this September at the annual Methodist Conference in Edinburgh. We have begun preparations for our Church Centenary in 2009, which, while it seems a long way off at the moment, will be with us in no time.

Stephen Lynn

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P L A Y 2 0 0 0

 

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting held on 24th April 2006

Fundraising has continued with the help of an ever decreasing committee of dedicated people. Various events are being organised for this year including a Quiz Night and a Beetle Drive.

Later this month representatives from the Parish Council and Mrs. Diana Collen for Play2000 will be meeting Mr. Tony Needham of Breckalnd Council. It is hoped that he will be alble to offer help in finding funding for a suitable piece of land to situate a recreation area in the village. It is important that we continue with this work as even the most stalwart of committee members are beginning to feel despondant.

Finally, a very big thankyou to everyone who supported Play2000 by attending their events and by making donations. We would be grateful to receive the continued support of the Parish Council.

Judith Bentley
Chairman
Play 2000

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Litcham  Primary School

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24th April 2006

I am pleased to provide the following report of school news, events and successes from April 2005. 
Pupil numbers have continued to increase. In September the school opened with 80 pupils and is presently 97, which means that for the foreseeable future the school will continue to have four classes. This for us is tremendous news. In January '05 the predicted numbers for September '06 and beyond meant that the school would have had to organise the pupils in three classes to be able to work within the school's funding allocation. The number of children with special needs has grown and we currently have three children who need 1:1 support. 
The school remains very popular with local families, and we have maintained the strong support of parents and other local community members, and they continue to be very effective ambassadors for the school! We have pupils who travel to us from Mileham, Beeston Swaffham, Scarning, Castle Acre, Weasenham, Weasenham All Saints and Necton. We are of course the local school for Tittleshall, Longham and Lexham.

KEY STAGE 1 & 2 Results for '05. Happily our results did show an improvement over those obtained in 2004 at Key Stage 2, particularly in English. The Key Stage 1 results were a little lower than the previous year. It must be remembered that at Key Stage 1 each child was worth 10% and at Key Stage 2, 5% approximately. Six children only joined the school in Year 6 and two only weeks before the tests! 


Farewells; Mr Mike Oldfield who has been a school governor for many years resigned. The school is grateful for his time and commitment.


Welcomes; Miss. Alana Davies took up her appointment to be the Class 1 teacher in September and Mrs. Kirsten Stibbons who had been working voluntarily on Thursday mornings agreed to be the release teacher in Class 1 whilst Miss Davies had her planning, preparation and assessment time. Kirsten is now expecting a second child in August and we wish her well. Mrs. Rosie Hanson was appointed to work for two days within the school as a class teacher in Class 4 for two days a week. Rosie is also expecting her second baby in September and we wish her well too. We are about to advertise her position. Mrs. Zeta Wright was awarded a further temporary Classroom Assistant's post and Mrs. Amanda Sheard and Mrs Lay have been appointed as Special Needs Teaching Assistants. Mrs. Sadie Bailey has also had two temporary positions in school during the year to help us by supporting a pupil temporarily and latterly to provide cover for Mrs Surr, whilst she supports the Year 6 Booster group, prior to their end of Key Stage 2 Assessment Tests. In September we welcomed Mr. Karl Dickerson as a P.E Instructor one day a week, enabling the school to give Class Teachers the 10% time awarded for planning, preparation and assessment by the government; known as PPA time. Mrs Dawn Royal was appointed as a cleaner to work alongside Gary Fulcher our caretaker. Mrs. Cook, our specialist Music teacher also delivers French across the school. Her time with us one day a week has enabled us to increase the quality of music provision in the school. During the Summer Term '05 and Autumn Term Mr Richardson, a choirmaster and one of our parents supported us in raising the standard of singing by taking two choirs. In September the County Music Service were able to offer us Mrs. Elizabeth Denis, a violin teacher and Mr. Mike Fawcett, a keyboard and guitar teacher. Mrs. Wendy Surr and Mrs. Pippa Cook teach the recorder groups. Presently 25% of the pupils are learning to play an instrument. The school is currently developing relationships with schools in Kenya and France. The Headteacher and Mr Michael Nodes were funded to look at the French Primary Education System during the Spring half term. 


The school day has changed in that we now finish teaching at 3.20pm when the bus children leave and the lunch break now starts at 12.30pm. The school day has changed to ensure that at Key Stage 2 the children are taught for the recommended time. Children in Class 3 & 4 do not have had afternoon break. 
Every class now has an interactive whiteboard and staff are presently developing their skills in using these as they teach. Mr Michael Nodes, our ICT Coordinator, has been given funding to support teachers in the school.


Events 
At Christmas Class 1 & 2 performed a Nativity and Class 3 & 4 performed 'Scrooge'. A Carol Service was held at Church. At the end of the Spring Term the school had a musical concert with all the classes contributing a song and individuals and groups played a range of pieces that they had learnt in their lessons. 
Each term the school has decided to have a week where we all focus on a particular topic.

The first of these was a Nelson Week which has led to the school being involved in several projects, including the planting of a new wood near Burnham St Thorpe and the creation of a Nelson's Seat in the school grounds with visual artist Nicola Marray Woods. This was funded by Awards for All and Litcham Parish Council and Ford Preservation. We visited the 'Time and Tide' and 'Norfolk Nelson' museums. During the Spring Term our focus was Africa and this term we will all be looking at Food. This spring the Friends organised an Easter Craft session for the whole school, which was a huge success and we are grateful to all the parents who came along and helped us. Once again we entered the "Yellow Pages" recycling competition and are also presently collecting mobile phones. We shall be collecting clothes too for recycling. Mr Ben Lovesey, a parent built a compost bin for the school. We also have a team of Energy Busters. 


During the Summer Term of '05 Classes 2, 3 and 4 went to the Norfolk Show. The whole school went to Houghton Hall for a Cluster Multi Cultural Event and Class 1 went to Houghton Hall for 5 morning sessions to be at their Forest School. We are training Mrs. Alana Davies and developing our grounds to be able to deliver the programme to our children on the school site. Class 2 visited Gressenhall Museum and Pizza Express in King's Lynn. Year 6 took part in a Crucial Crew Event in King's Lynn about how to keep themselves safe. Class 3 & 4 have visited the Material Recycling Facility & Landfill at Costessey. Last term Class 4 had a trip to Swaffham Water Works and Class 1 has been to Swaffham Fire Station. Year 6 pupils visited the Music Room in Litcham. 
Years 5 & 6 are to enjoy a residential trip to the Kingswood, Overstrand Conference Centre for two nights and three days in June. This year we entered two teams of Year 5 & 6 pupils in the local heat of the K'nex Young Engineers challenge. 
Several of our gifted mathematicians in Years 5 & 6 join with others in the cluster at Litcham High School every two weeks after school to work on problems.  The Clubs offered through the year have been Film, Netball, Golf and Art. A Premier Soccer coaching session ran last year too. The school has taken part in two Football Tournaments. We entered two teams into the Cluster Event in which there were 12 teams and gained a first and 8th place. At the South Greenhoe Tournament we gained, Best Player of the Tournament and the Fairest Team in the Tournament. Class 2, 3 & 4 each have a term's swimming lessons at the Dereham Pool. Seven girls are to attend a Football Festival held in Watton. 


The School Travel Plan successfully earned us a grant of about 5,000 which was spent on ride on vehicles, a shed to house these and a playground road layout. Cycling proficiency will again be offered to children in Year 6. We also run road safety programmes for Class 1.
Visitors to school include Rev. Boston (half termly assemblies) and a representative from Young Carers, a Community Policewoman, the school nurse and Mr Jonathan Bowman of Victory Limited, who came during our Nelson Week. 
The pupils have raised money for the following charities Red Nose Day, Jeans for Genes, Trees for Africa, following non-uniform days and 10 for a charity which provides music experiences for children with Special Educational Needs and one which supports children with cancer. We also once again collected sugar for the homeless and contributed gifts of food at our Harvest Festival, celebrated at the Church. 


Our Friends have continued to plan a number of events throughout the year, a Beetle Drive, a School Fete and a Disco at the end of each term. They have also supported school functions by providing refreshments. Our school uniform is managed by the Friends and is now offered in a wider range and carries a new logo designed by the children. 
Our Playground Angels have continued to watch over the playground for us at break and lunchtime. The School Council has been active and many of their ideas have been put into place. The Council regularly welcomes members of the Governing Body to its meetings and send them their minutes. The present Council is made up of two Playground Angels and two members from each class. It was decided that Council representatives will serve for two terms. They have continued to be involved in the appointment of full time staff and successfully campaigned for School Discos and drinking water being available in classrooms. They have also asked for reading partners in a different class and written to the school governors pointing out improvements that could be made to the building. 


Finally the school is hoping to provide a breakfast club; an after school club every night as well a holiday play scheme to further serve its community. A grant to do this has been awarded and Ofsted have agreed that our premises, plans and policies meet with requirements to offer up to 24 places. We are currently advertising for a Play Supervisor and Play-worker.  Our committed staff and Governors fully appreciate the continued support of our parents, friends and the Litcham community and beyond for the work of the school outlined in this report; I trust that it will prove informative to members of the Litcham Parish Council and its parishioners.

Yours sincerely, Christine Watts,
Headteacher, April 2006

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Litcham  Relief In Need Charity

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24th April 2006

Trustees 2005-6:

Mike Oldfield


Jonathan Boston (Rector)


Vince Piffero

Sadie Bailey


Karen Bradley

 

Brief outline of Finances:

 Opening balance on 1st January 2005

 8539.08

 Made up of : Capital

 5778.15

 Income

 2760.93

 Allotment rents, Wayleave and interest during 2006

 311.26

 Closing balance on 1st January 2006

 8556.59

 

It is once again worth putting on record that there is money available to parishioners for help in times of hardship. The Schools, Health Centre and the Rector are aware of that this assistance is available. Also any students going on to further education may be able to get help with books etc. that may be required for their studies. Just to let you know that any of the trustees can be contacted for further information.

Mike Oldfield, Trustee
24th April 2006

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Red Cross Medical Loan Depot

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting held on 24 April 2006

We have had a busy year with the medical loan service. People come here from many local villages to borrow equipment which enables patients to be nursed at home, whether recovering from an operation or an accident or any illness. We get calls from the Swaffam, Dereham and Fakenham areas.

This service relies totally uncharitable donations and the Red Cross is very grateful for peoples generous help. As I mentioned last's the international work carried out by the red Cross in disaster areas receives much well earned acclaim. However the less newsworthy day to day help provided on the home front, not only medical loan but many other volunteer services should also be recognised and applauded. It can be a lifeline for recipients.

Hermione Birkbeck

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Litcham  Youth  Group (Sports)

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting 2006

UPDATE July 1st 2006 - Unbelievably numbers have risen again!

Football 153

Youth Club 72

Activity Week 92

Tennis 24

Cricket 79


TOTAL 420

There were a record 72 teams at the recent Five-a-side competition.


Next season football numbers will increase again as will be running under 7's, under 16's and 2 teams at under 14.
Thanks to the Parish Council their financial help and support in purchasing Cricket kit. All elements of the club are run by voluntary help, a lot of dedicated people who make the whole thing possible.

Richard Bailey, Youth Leader

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Litcham  Youth  Project

Report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 24th April 2006

The Litcham Youth Project (also known as The Groovy Movers!) started in July 2005. Many of the teenagers in he Village look forwards to their Thursday evenings in the Jubilee Hall. The Project is run by two youth and Community workers from Breckland Council and four volunteers, Diane Collen, Sadie Bailey, Sharon More and myself.


We have table tennis kindly donated by the Reverend Boston, a pool table, bought with a donation from the Fireworks Committee, a television donated by Litcham High Scholl and a Playstation 2 bought with a donation from Litcham Parish Council.

At a few fund raising venues in the village the members have been invited along to man their own stall and have raised funds which have allowed us to buy extras, including a table tennis net, bats and table tennis balls. A donation was given by Mr and Mrs Bevan, who have encouraged the Project from the beginning.


We try to plan a different theme every week and have had a table tennis competition and have flipped pancakes and made cakes to name just a few. In the future we are planning a trip to Fakenham Bowling Alley and hope to go to Pleasurewood Hills sometime during the summer season. All these things take time and planning, especially when you have to carry out Risk assessments.


As the Project seems to be a success we would hope that we could rely on the continuing support of the Parish Council. A big thank you to everyone who has helped us either with donations or with their time.

Judith Bently. Voluntary worker at Litcham Youth Project.

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