LITCHAM

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Held in Jubilee Hall on 4th April 2011 at 7.30pm

REPORTS from VILLAGE ORGANISATIONS

 

 

Organisation

Submitted By

LITCHAM  BELLRINGERS

 Tim ANGELL

Litcham CHILDRENıS Centre

 Pam Arrowsmith

Litcham  COMMON  CONSERVATION  Group

 Tim ANGELL

Litcham COMMON MANAGEMENT  Committee

 Tim ANGELL

COUNTY COUNCILLORS Report

 Mark KIDDLE-MORRIS

LITCHAM  HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 David SHEPPARD

HIGH SCHOOL

 Jeremy Nicolls

Friends of Litcham HIGH SCHOOL

 Alison Briston

JUBILEE HALL

 Mark KIDDLE-MORRIS

LEGs Litcham Entertainment Group

 Judith Semmons

METHODIST CHAPEL

 Stephen Lynn

Friends of LITCHAM  PRIMARY SCHOOL

 Christine WATTS

ALL SAINTS PAROCHIAL CHUCRH COUNCIL

 Richard Vogt

Litcham LADIES GROUP

 Judy Rourke

LALGA

Litcham Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association

 John Jones

Litcham Relief in NEED CHARITY

 Liz Christie

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

 John Jones

Litcham YOUTH SPORTS CLUB

Richard Bailey

 

 

 

LITCHAM  BELLRINGERS

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011

 

The past year has seen Litchamıs bells rung only infrequently, due to their generally poor condition and a lack of ringers within the village. However, with the help of people from other villages we are able to ring the bells for some special services, such as weddings.

 

The bell restoration project is making slow but steady progress and the Bell Fund now stands at over £3,335. The total estimated cost of the work to be carried out is approximately £40,000 which seems a daunting target. However, we are fortunate that the Friends of All Saints charity has also earmarked some of its funds for the bell project.

 

Litchamıs bells and tower are part of the heritage of the village and I would be happy to show them to anyone who is interested.

 

Tim Angell

 

 

Litcham CHILDRENıs CENTRE

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011

 

 

Litcham Childrenıs Centre is very pleased to provide the following report from April 2010 to now.

 

The number of under 5s in the childrenıs centre area has risen over the last year a 457. At the moment the centre has 262 registrations.

 

We have supported several charities over the past year including Comic Relief, Macmillan and Little Discoverers. Lots of fun and fundraising was had by all.

 

The Centre has employed two family workers Ali Ledger and George Agent to work in the providing help and emotional support for families.

 

As a Childrenıs Centre we have had the pleasure of working with many individuals and organisations and organiations both professional and voluntary.  May I take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the centre over the past year and hope for their continued support in the future?

The centre works in the partnership with Litcham Childcare who has a transfer control of control agreement to work within the Centre to provide quality Childcare.

 

The Centre supports three Stay and Play for Children and their parents within the area; the area also has a mobile Toy Library that visits parents, Stay and Plays, Pre-schools and Primary Schools. Over the past year the centre has provided many courses for parents including Baby Massage, First Aid and Story Sack Making.

 

Perhaps the biggest change or challenge for the future is the redesign of the Childrenıs Centres; as our Centre has fewer the 600 Children  it needs to be amalgamated with another centre. At the moment there are tow options in the consultation as a Childrenıs Centre  we feel a third option should be considered. This would be to extend the boundaries of the Litcham area to further support parts of Swaffam, Dereham and possibly Fakenham.

At the Centre we have had three years experience of providing services to rural localities and would welcome the challenge of extending our area.

 

Pam Arrowsmith, Litcham Childrenıs Centre Co-ordinatoir.

April 2010

 

 

 

Litcham  Common  Conservation  Group

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011

 

Litcham Common Conservation Group was set up in January 2004 to assist with conservation work on the common. 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. However, the group is a member of, and insured through, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV). The groupıs only income this year was a grant of £250 from Litcham Parish Council, for which it is very grateful. This covered the cost of insurance and expenses such as minor equipment renewals.  

 

Volunteers meet on the second Saturday of each month and carry out tasks agreed with Norfolk County Councilıs Countryside Department. Over the past year the work done has included cutting and burning scrub, clearing rubbish and litter, and trimming back vegetation blocking the paths.

 

Individual members of the group carry out regular welfare checks on the ponies that graze the common, on a rota basis. They also help round up the ponies from time to time for inspection by a vet or farrier.

 

The volunteers come from other villages as well as Litcham, and have ranged in age from eight upwards. Those who come enjoy the physical exercise, company, pleasant surroundings and a sense of achievement.

 

Tim Angell

 

 

Litcham Common Management  Committee

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011

 

Litcham Common is a Local Nature Reserve and the Committeeıs primary responsibility is to manage it as such, particularly taking account of the siteıs importance as an area of lowland heathland.

 

During the year ended 31 March 2011 the Committee was made up of representatives from Norfolk County Council (Sarah Cureton), Lexham Hall Estate (Neil Foster), Litcham Parish Council (Mike Oldfield), Litcham Common Conservation Group (Tim Angell), and also three residents of Litcham (John Jones, John Mitchell and Dave Wheal).

 

Due to financial cutbacks we have been informed that there will be no further money available from Norfolk County Council for management work on the common. The staff support previously provided by Sarah Cureton has also been withdrawn from 1 April 2011. These changes will have a significant impact on the way in which the Management Committee operates and we are currently investigating alternative sources of funding.

 

The four Dartmoor ponies that graze the common have continued to do a good job keeping down the vegetation and opening up the area to the north-west of the Dunham road. The ponies are regularly checked by volunteers on a rota system and rounded up roughly twice a year for a thorough check, and to have their hooves trimmed. So far, no major health or welfare issues have arisen.

 

It is hoped that in the future the other side of the Dunham road will also be grazed. Norfolk County Councilıs Highway department has confirmed that it now has no objection to the proposal to install cattle grids on the Dunham road so that the ponies will be able to roam freely over the entire common.

 

The cattle grids would be installed in conjunction with the erection of stock proof fencing around the outer perimeter of the common, as well as the introduction of a number of road safety measures. The total estimated cost of the project is £100,000 and two applications have been made for grant funding, the results of which will be known in June 2011. We would still need to find a further £5,500 Œthird party fundingı ourselves though. This is a major project and anyone who has any questions or concerns is invited to speak to a member of the Committee.

 

In November 2010 we were presented with a CPRE Award at the Assembly House in Norwich. The award is in recognition of the conservation work being carried out on Litcham Common, and also the level of community involvement. The Committee is very grateful to all the volunteers who contribute in different ways to the work on the common, and helped us win the award.

 

Tim Angell

 

 

COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011

 

The headlines since last I reported to you have all been about the results of the last election and the subsequent appraisal of the financial health or otherwise of the Country.

 

The autumn comprehensive spending review impacted on all local government finances with spending power of local authorities reduced by a maximum of 8.9%. As a result of the review Norfolk County Council have had central government grants reduced by £155m over the next 3 years. 

 

Norfolkıs ³Big Conversation² was initiated in an innovative way, the amount we spend on all the discretionary services we provide were included in a consultation document and we asked people to identify those services that they attached the most importance to.  Whilst it is regrettable that some services have be reduced in scale and others removed completely we have managed to keep some of the services that are so important to our largely rural population such as:-

 

Post 16 education travel

Repairs to rural roads

Childrenıs Centres

 

 

All remaining services will be looked at with a view to making them more efficient, this will include a review of all the jobs within the Council.  Indeed a review of the senior and middle management posts has been undertaken and 750 FTE posts have been removed affecting over 1,000 people.

 

As you will all be aware the very cold weather before Christmas tested the County Councils gritting policy.  The PFI contract we have in place kept up the supply of salt so that we didnıt run out.  However, some of the gritting that we carried out was not effective as the efficiency of the mixture is dependant on the temperature remaining above about -6 and lots of vehicle movements grinding the mixture into the snow and ice. 

 

The heavy weather also did considerable damage to the roads, which had only just been repaired from the ravages of the previous winter and many temporary repairs have had to be carried out,  these will be replaced during the summer maintenance programme which is due to start in April or May.

 

The hot topic at the moment is the proposal to site an Energy from Waste facility at Saddlebow near Kings Lynn.  Norfolk County Council Cabinet yesterday let the contract for its construction however there is along way to go, including a licence to operate from the Environment Agency, before a clod of earth is moved.  The imperative to move away from land fill is driven by the ever increasing cost imposed by the landfill tax, at present £44 per ton deposited rising to £80 per ton by 2015.  The facility at Saddlebow, if it is built, will take 260,000 ton of waste per year over the course of the 25 year scheme at an estimated cost of £500m.  (One year at £44 per ton = £11.4m saved in landfill tax)

 

MARK KIDDLE-MORRIS

 

 

LITCHAM  HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting on 4 April 2011

 

My name is David Sheppard and after a year as a member of the Society I am now reporting that year briefly to you.

It was with great pride that I and other members assisted the selection and display of historical memorabilia both local and national 1909-2009which was part of the general celebrations for the Jubilee Hall Centenary(2009).Our archives were well and truly plundered to achieve individual decadal displays,but all members found it worthwhile.

 

Later in the year I provided some interesting photo albums for display at Tittleshall Open Day(July 12th),which the organiser Arthur Drinkwater said created a lot chatter about the names of old characters from the past.

We were invited also to Courtney House (for old folks), to give a short talk about some local Litcham and Tittleshall history. I attended with Mr Ron Shaw and another member(Don).

 

After a brief introduction from Ron I gave a short talk on the general area and its significance of buildings and the Church which houses the famous Coke family mausoleums.The folks came much more alive when I showed them an actual Queen Elizabeth I seal concerning Edward Coke himself.

 

In discussion with other members it has become clear that general interest,especially from the young and in particular school parties, has been non existant.Of course our museum like some of its members(many in their 80s) has maybe frozen in time.Nevertheless over 200 visitors many from out of area saw our Museum in 2009/10.

This is not to say that year in year out the same names come forward voluntarily to help keep the place staffed every weekend. Ron Shaw also has after hours weekday appointments with people from far and wide with an ever increasing trend of clientle seeking their family trees.

 

Mr Shaw and two other members (Don and John Howson) escorted a  party of student Industrial Archeologists from the University of East Anglia and guided them around one of the Lime Kilns which Ron has excavated  in the past. Their Leader was very pleased with all the information  and a reasonable donation given to the Society.

 

Returning to the subject of youth interest in history it would be one our ambititions to try and understand if there has been a shift in the type, if any history taught in the local area and whether there is a tendency to steer clear of anything which may echo political or military dogma as part of a curriculum. Failing that, members wonder whether schools who use to bring parties to us are worried that we might need to fulfil some either health and safety criteria or do members need to be CRB checked???

I know I have been checked but some members might deem this not needed.

 

However, in order to bring the Society into the 21st Century these actions may have to happen.Of course the old group would like to see new members join to keep us going. It is a unique private museum and its future is not certain. Until it can be it would be nice if local people would give us a visit. It is free and any artefacts, anecdotes, group photos, sporting, work or long term residents memories would be of great interest. I have made these requests especially for 20th century items in a regular column in the Church and Village magazine. There are some interesting names on the tombs in All Saints, perhaps the local clergy or villager could give the Museum a lead on them?

 

The Society at Fourways is at a cross roads physically and metaphorically and so any help Parish Council members can help move forward with the problems raised would be most appreciated.....

Thankyou for hearing our report... DAVID SHEPPARD  CHAIR LITCHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

 

David Sheppard, Chair Litcham Historical Society.

 

 

LITCHAM HIGH SCHOOL

Annual report to Litcham Parish Council - 4 April 2011

 

 

The GCSE and other results for the summer exams 2010 were among the best ever achieved by Litcham students. They were a particularly successful year group in many respects, apart from their academic success. They were also a very pleasant group of young people who deserve to do well in life.

 

Thereıs a very clear and obvious link between attendance at school and performance. Overall attendance at around 94% is well above county and national levels, with a particularly low level of persistent absence. However, there is no room for complacency and the school operates a range of incentives to encourage good attendance and strongly discourages all but unavoidable absence. 

 

The schoolıs student profile has remained broadly the same, though the proportion of students with special educational needs continues to rise and at 32% is well above the national average and puts a severe strain on the schoolıs resources. The proportion of students claiming free school meals – the governmentıs key indicator of deprivation – has risen sharply from about 7% to 12%, which brings it closer in line with the national average. This followed a campaign by the school to encourage take-up amongst those entitled, but probably also reflects the popularity of the school dinners, as prepared by catering manager/chef, Simon Nobbs who gained a distinction award at a gala dinner, in London in November. From September 2010, the Litcham catering partnership, under his management, took over the running of the primary school meals operation. Meals are also provided for Beeston, Brisley and Great Dunham primary schools, with Mileham to follow after Easter.

 

Learning about the history and geography of your area is an important part of young peopleıs education.  In the past 12 months, year 7 students have visited Norwich Castle to help them gain a better understanding of the important role of Norwich and its castle in the history of Norfolk and East Anglia and year 10 students of GCSE geography carried out urban studies field work in Norwich.

 

A significant step in education in the area was taken in September, with the creation of a single governing body for the high school and Litcham Primary School. It is hoped that this will lead to the amalgamation of the two schools as an all-through 4–16 school, with the important bonus of a very popular childrenıs centre. This could provide a template for sustainable education in rural areas and is strongly supported by the local authority.

 

Our students are always keen to raise money for good causes and recent fund-raising has focused on breast cancer research and Children in Need.

 

The past year has seen the retirement of several long-serving members of staff, including Robin Corrigan (head of maths), Pat Richardson (head of languages), Susan Sunter (head of art) and Dennis King (teaching assistant). Recruitment is never easy in this very rural area, but we do appear to have appointed some fine and worthy successors.

 

Finally, we are now enjoying the stunning new dance studio which is a superb addition to the schoolıs facilities.  Professional dancers and performing arts administrators who have viewed the studio have said it is as fine as any in the country. Local primary schools will be able to use it and indications are that it will also be sought after by community dance and arts groups.

 

Jeremy Nicholls, Headteacher, 4 April 2011

 

 

Litcham HIGH SCHOOL PTFA

Annual report for Parish Council

 

With school budgets being cut the work of the PTFA has become more important recently.  We aim to raise money to provide extra items that are not able to be funded for the pupils by ever tightening Departmental budgets. These items help to enhance the pupilıs learning experience and often allow more practical experiences for them.

In the last year we have held a very successful Induction Disco for years 6-8 enabling the children coming up from the feeder Primary Schools to get a taste High School life. We also held a Valentineıs Disco for Years 7-9 where Yr11 students sold cupcakes and glow sticks to raise funds for their Prom. We have encouraged and helped the students to be proactive in fundraising and a keen group of fundraisers has developed, maybe these will be the future PTFA members. Unfortunately the Christmas Disco was a victim of the seasonal weather in the run up to the end of term.

We took part in the Village Fete by running the Tea Stall, Tombola and Bouncy Castle together with various games run by the pupils including a game to raise money for the Yr11 Prom. 

This year we held a Christmas Fair and raffle, the first for a few years, which was supported well by parents, staff and local residents. Many of the festive stands be were run by parents and people living within the catchment area of the High School.  We plan to make this a regular event.

For the second year we decorated a fundraising Christmas tree in conjunction with Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice at the Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival. We have booked a tree again for 2011.

Our fundraising events have enabled us to buy various extra items for the use of the High School pupils including table tennis tables, tailors dummies, items to start a Gardening Club, voice recorders, music software, a music loop system, cold boxes to enable food to be taken on trips and a metal scroller.

We would like to thank the parents, staff and members of the community for their continuing support of our fundraising events. Without their support we would not be able to provide many of the items which unfortunately are not now able to be funded from school budgets and make school life more enjoyable.

 

Alison Briston, Litcham High School PTFA Secretary, .4.2011

 

 

 

Report of the Litcham JUBILEE HALL Management Committee

Litcham Annual Parish Meeting – 4th April,2011.

 

This year has seen an increase in the number of bookings and the balance at the end of the financial year is slightly increased from last year.  The reserve account balance is £4544.30 and the current account stands at £296.63.

 

We are seeking a grant of just under £3000 from Breckland Council to enable the installation of a disabled toilet and baby changing facility which we are sure will enhance the ³saleability² of the hall.   There are other outstanding works which will require attention in the near future; the exterior will require re-decoration; the roof and guttering will require some attention and the rear garden could benefit from a makeover!  We are hoping that most of these works can be carried out on a self help basis and therefore at minimal expense.

 

Last year the Trustees of the hall decided that in their opinion the hall was not financially viable and the only option was to dispose of the site, possibly for housing.  The Management Committee met to discuss the proposal and unanimously decided to try to persuade the Trustees to reconsider their proposal.  The 2 competing facilities in the village; the high school and the Methodist Chapel have constraint placed upon them in terms of hire conditions or cost that make the Jubilee Hall an attractive proposition to hire for many activities.  Litcham Youth Club have made inquiries about moving from the high school.

 

With the support of the Parish Council we hope to keep the Jubilee Hall running for the benefit of all parishioners for the foreseeable future.

 

Mark Kiddle-Morris.

Chairman Litcham Jubilee Hall Management Committee.

 

 

LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP: LEGS

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting – 4th April, 2011

 

Following the cancellation of LEGs annual pantomime for 2010, LEGS 'bounced back' and presented another successful show - "Dick Whittington and his Cat" during the February half term 2011. LEGS performed to almost full houses with great support from the audience. Every performance was different and no performance was perfect! But the audiences seemed to enjoy it even more!

 

LEGS welcomed several new members to their group and hope that they, and others will get involved in the production for 2012. Rehearsals should start in September 2011 so any newcomers, whatever talents you feel you have or haven't got are welcome!

 

Our Treasurer's report (Mary Osborne) indicated that it costs around £1000 to produce the pantomime; our overall profit was around £770 but there are still some outgoing costs to arrange. We anticipate being able to contribute around £350 to £400 to local charities or charities of particular interest to members in the group. It is great that we are able to keep our ticket prices at such a reasonable cost and still make a profit. Many people within and outside the group assist in reducing these cost such as Hortons printing; Matt Cross' links with stage management and David Walker talking nicely to Tufts!

 

Thanks must also go to our box office - Michael Fuller and our excellent pianist Marion Boenisch. Without these people, and others, as well as the support of our audiences we could not continue. So thank you!

Shortly after the production some of our group performed some of the pantomime songs at The Crown Nursing Home, Little Dunham and were well received. We enjoyed their cakes too!

So here's to 2012!

 

Judith Semmons, Chairman LEGS/ Co-producer

 

 

METHODIST CHAPEL

Report for Litcham Annual Parish Meeting – 4th April, 2011

 

The new Methodist year, which begins in September, saw us joining the new enlarged group of Churches which stretches from Blakeney in the north to Great Ellingham in the south, Holt in the east and ourselves on the western fringe. The 32 churches within the group are overseen by four full time and one part time (shared ecumenically with the United Reform Church) Ministers and assisted by 30 local, or Lay preachers.

 

We are encouraged to see our congregation maintaining in numbers and, particularly at our first Sunday Café Style worship services, growing on occasions quite considerably.

 

We were pleased to accept the gift of a new Pulpit chair, presented by the Wagg family in memory of Mollyt Wagg, who was part of oyr church for the whole of her life.

 

One of ouur more unusual service during the year was on July 4th when we became the solution for a clue during the BBC Radio Norfolkıs popular Sunday morning Treasure Quest show.  The congregation were surprised as the Treasyre Quest girl, Becky Betts, as they had not forewarned us of what would be happening.  Appropriately the clue she had to find was hidden in a Bible, as part of Lukeıs Gospel which includes the words ³Seek and you shall find².

 

We had the sad/happy news that Rev. Brian Eagle will be leaving sooner than anticipated.  We had hoped to have him with us until August, but a position had arisen in his native New Zealand. Which means that he will need to return home in the middle of May.  Brian and his wife Judith have become very popular figures, both at services and at our weekly coffee morning each Thursday. They have been very thankful for the reception they have found here in Litcham and have said that they will miss the friendships they have made during the last year and a half.

 

For the next 15 months we will have the Rev. Mary Wakelin taking on oversight of our church. Rosemary is one of our part time ministers and brings with her an impressive C.V. that includes Chaplain to Norwich Prison ad Religious Advisor to the B.B.C.  She has also been the leading light in organising the Songs of Praise event at the Thuirsford Collection for many years.  Her son Mark was himself Executive Producer for BBC tvıs Song of Praise.

 

As with ant church of any denomination finance is a dominant subject. This year we had hoped to embark on a scheme to renow the Chapel floor but due to ever-increasing costs this has had to be put on the back burner for now.

 

Our regular Sunday service is at 10:30am and as I mentioned earlier we have a less formal service on the first Sunday of the month including tea and coffee and biscuits. Do come along and see what we have to offer you.

 

Stephen Lynn

 

 

 

FRIENDS OF LITCHAM  PRIMARY SCHOOL

Chairıs report for Litcham Parish Annual Meeting held on 4th April 2011

 

The Friends have had another successful year fundraising. We decided to put all our income into supporting the Outdoor Classroom Project. With the funds weıve raised and generous donations from the Childrenıs Centre, Litcham Childcare, Carters and parents, I am pleased to report that we have hit the £4000 mark, which is outstanding. This means we are now only £500 short of our target.

 

We have also been able to purchase Airfix Kits for the new technology club, a rubbish bin  decorated with a design by one of the children and contribute to a circus skills course which is being held in school next week.

The discos are still thriving and we have a good team of helpers.

 

The Summer Fete and Christmas Fayre have again been successful fundraisers for us, although we could use more helpers to enable us to run more stalls. This would mean being able to offer more of a variety.

 

This year saw the new start of the Community Fete which is bringing together all the local schools and community groups to re-invent the Litcham Village Fete. We ran a joint tombola with Litcham Childcare and our own stall. To say the weather on the day was horrendous is an understatement and huge thanks go out to the strong arms which held all the gazebos in place as the wind and rain gave us all a battering. Even so, we had a lot of fun and raised over £200.

 

The Pyjama Party was a wonderful new event for the children, involving many games with sleeping bags in tow. Hopefully, this will be repeated as it was so much fun for everyone. A special thank you to Catherine and Shelly for organising it.

As always, I would like to thank Chris for her continued support and for allowing us to use the school texting system to advertise our events. Huge thanks also to Lew and Chris Pearson for their efforts and expertise in keeping our finances in order. I would like to thank Lisa for all her work as the secretary over the past year. And finally, thanks to everyone for their time and effort in ensuring that we all have fun and raise good funds for our school.

 

Over the past year my time has been squeezed even more than usual and we have therefore not done as much fundraising as I would have liked. It is definitely time for me to step down as Chair and for someone else to bring a renewed energy to the group and build on some good foundations with new ideas and enthusiasm. I believe this is vital if our PTA is to continue to thrive. I still enjoy fundraising and will still be involved with the Friends, but intend to take more of a back seat this year.

I look forward to supporting the new Chair and would now like to hand over to our headteacher Chris Watts to elect them.

Thank you.

 

Sharon Chandler

 

ALL SAINTS PAROCHIAL CHUCRH COUNCIL

Summary of Activities 2010-2011

 

The significant event this year was the arrival and, most sadly, the departure within eight months of Revıd Michael Thompson as Priest in Charge of the extended Upper Nar Group of Parishes.

Michael was the unanimous choice of all the parishes and very quickly endeared himself to us all.  He has a highly individual style of preaching and his sermons combined the rare skills of erudition, personal experience and wit.  His services were concise and correct in form and he had a fine musical sense and a number of highly professional musical friends who graced our worship on a number of occasions.  It was a severe blow to us when he found that personal reasons dictated that he had to take time out from the activity of ministry.

We therefore find ourselves back in iterregnum.  However, there is now a more extensive resource of Priests in the Dereham ministry and we have be furnished with the means to continue the regular worship in all the churches which is so vital to the community.  We are also assured that we will not be left in limbo for so long as previously and signs are already hopeful in this respect.

The endless task of fundraising has continued this year, the highlight of which was the catering at the Lexham Snowdrop Walk Sunday which enjoyed better weather this year and had an outstanding attendance and made an appreciable income for us.  Despite this, there is little left after meeting our overheads for any more than the most vital of maintenance.

The Friends of Litcham Church continue to be highly supportive.  The clock project was completed although there are still teething troubles, the resolution of which is promised imminently.  This years project in the unglamorous but vital one of attending to the most urgent structural work highlighted by the latest building survey.

The Church remains loved and cared for and congregations have increased of late.  The building remains open during daylight hours and this is regularly welcomed by the number of visitors from near and far who sign the visitorsı book.

Next year is the 600th anniversary of the reconstruction and dedication of the church in 1412 and we will not let this pass without the appropriate celebrations to be announced in due course.

Richard Vogt, Churchwarden - April 2011TBA.

 

 

LALGA

Litcham Allotment and Leisure Gardeners association

Report to the Litcham Parish Council Annual Meeting 4 April 2011

 

All the allotment are now let and there is now a small waiting list. During the year we have had several fund raising events which have enabled the hedges to be kept in good order,  several post & gates have been erected also a number of the ditches have been cleared enabling an improvement in the drainage. We intend to continue improvement work to the allotments along with various fund raising events to enable further works to be carried out into the future.

I think all will agree that that the allotment site is as good now has it has been for several years. Our thanks must go to Evie Smith & Lyn Jones for  the hard work in fund raising and organising the maintenance of the site, also our thanks to the trusteeıs,  which we now have a very good relationship and which we look forward to continuing well into the future.

 

John E Jones, 4 April 2011

 

 

Litcham Ladies Group

Report to the Litcham Parish Council April 2011

 

Once again we have met each month through the past year. However, out membership is dwindling and we are down to ten ladies. As we get older some members have decided to move nearer their families, we miss them but wish them luck in their new homes. We have welcomed one new member and if anyone else would like to come along and make new friends we would be pleased to see you. It is a very informal group and we meet in one anotherıs homes. If you contact Judy Rork on 701 594 I can give you a programme of the meetings.

 

We enjoyed the New Year lunch at the ŒThe Georgeı at Swaffam and soon we will be planning an outing for the spring.  We always have a visit to Sheringham in the summer for tea and cake with a member who now lives there.  As usual some of the ladies helped with the Village Hall fundraising events last year and I expect we will be called on this year too!

 

We also chose a charity to support each year. This year we have chosen the Swaffam Hospice mainly because they were such a wonderful support to one of our members.

 

Though we do not do so many outings now we continue to enjoy the company and the often stimulating conversation.

 

Judy Rourke

 

 

LITCHAM RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY

Report to the Litcham Parish Council April 2011

 

The Charity which derives most of itıs income from letting the allotments and farmland within the village boundary has had another successful year with income rising to £1,728, compared with £1,111 in the previous financial year.  Due to the historically very low interest rates, income from the Charities investments fell by over 75% (or less than one quarter) in the financial year just ended. Income from allotments was up following the sub-division of some of the plots to create more plots and the high take up of tenancies.  There is currently a waiting list for plots.

 

 

LIZ CHRISTIE

 

 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

Litcham, Tittleshall & District Branch

Annual Statement

Presented to Litcham Parish Council AGM, 4th April 2011

 

Our membership remains at 21 members. Our average age of memberıs increases year on year and through age and ill health of several members makes it very difficult for many to attend meetings. We do continue to look for new members to join the branch and anyone interested please contact the secretary or any member of the branch.

 

We continue to hold our meeting on the first Wednesday in the months of February, May, August and November (AGM), all meetings in the afternoon at the Tittleshall Village Hall, commencing at 2.30 PM unless otherwise notified.

 

The poppy appeal for 2010/2011 was again very successful and thanks must go to Sheila Lynn as the Poppy Appeal Organiser along with the support of Stephen Lyn, also the numerous collectors and shopkeepers in Litcham and the surrounding villages and of course the generosity of the local populous. The final total for the poppy appeal, along with Tittleshallıs contribution amounted to £2571.02.

 

Our Standard Bearer Stephen Lynn attended the Armistice Services in the churches at Litcham & Mileham also the memorial service held at the American War Memorial in Beeston along with the support of several members, followed by a buffet lunch in Beeston village hall.

 

We would like to record our thanks to officers and members of the branch for their support.

 

John E Jones (Branch Secretary), 4 April 2011

 

 

 

 

LITCHAM YOUTH SPORTS CLUB

 

Youth Club on Tuesday (5.30 – 7.30) and Football, which consists of Saturday training sessions and Sundays Matches plus Saturday morning Cricket in the summer has continued to flourish with 139 youngsters enjoying themselves.

We are running four teams in the leagues, two of which, if they win their remaining fixtures, will win their league. We have also started an under-eight team that play their first fixture against Fakenham shortly.

The success the club is due to the following:

Youth Club: Tony & Sadie Bailey, Sharon Moore & Alison Bristow

Football: Under 8ıs - Matthew Hook, under-12s - Brian Parke & Andrew Garrod, under-13s - Richard McCormack & Adrian Jarret, under-15s - Tony Bailey, under-16s - Gary Shayes & David Balls

Cricket: Brian Parke

I personally have just celebrated forty years as youth leader and go into my forty-first with great optimism for the future.

Richard Bailey