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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the November Parish Council meeting which was attended by five Councillors and three members of the public the following was considered:


Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider.

Decisions: The erection of 3 dwellings at 8 Church Street had been approved.

Neighbourhood Watch: There are vacancies for local coordinators for the following areas:-

Rectory Meadow and Druids Lane

Pound Lane, Back Street, Front Street and Lexham Road

North end of Tittleshall Road

Weasenham Road and Keppel Close and Lexham Road West

Hall Farm House and Coronation Cottages.

If any parishioner wishes to assist please contact the Clerk.

The new signs for the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme have been received and these will be attached to street furniture in due course. The coordinator will be contacting all who have said they will be coordinators in due course.

Highways: The Clerk had visited the village with the new Highways Engineer and had looked at many of the ongoing problems. It is hoped that following this meeting these will now be resolved. The sign for Watery Lane at the junction with the Dereham Road which had been demolished had been reported to Breckland Council.

County and District Councillor Reports: The County Councillor reported that the budget setting process is continuing and the County Council aims to set a four year budget by looking at the way it delivers services and putting in place ways of delivering the services currently enjoyed in a smarter more efficient way.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan is being reviewed and the call for sites has finished. The Council is now assessing these sites and the results will be issued for public consultation in the spring of 2018. The nearest mineral site submitted to the process is in Beeston adjacent to Back Lane.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will soon be relocating their call response and operations HQ to Wymondham to co-locate with the police. This will ease the budget on the Fire Service. The Fire Service is currently recruiting retained firefighters but as they must be available within 5 minutes of their fire station recruitment is difficult.

There is no intention of ceasing to provide a mobile library service but it may be delivered in a different way and urban libraries could save costs by sharing buildings with other council services.

Two new committees have been formed. The first, the Digital Innovation and Efficiency Committee to oversee Better Broadband for Norfolk and looking forward to installation of fibre to properties and better mobile phone coverage. The second, the Business and Property Committee is to oversee economic development and the management of the Council’s property portfolio and how the Council can create jobs and to take a more commercial approach to property management.


The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on Monday 4th December 2017 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30p.m. All parishioners are cordially invited to attend and the first part of the meeting is set aside for parishioners to raise issues with the Parish Council. The full minutes are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or on the Litcham website, www.litcham.org.

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LITCHAM JUBILEE HALL

C H R I S T M A S   L U N C H   &  B A Z A A R

Saturday 25th November 10:30 to 2pm

Lunch is all sorts of pies and potatoes and salads

with plus a dessert and as tea or coffee, all for £8

Tom-bola - Raffle - Cakes - Pick-a-Peg - Sales Table

Enquiries to June Bevan (01328) 700 274

and on

Saturday 9th December from 9am to 11am

J U N E ’ S   S P O O N

with a Christmas Twist

with the now infamous ‘Full Monty’ for £5

as well as the usual sandwiches, and things on toast.

We hope to have some stalls to help fill the coffers.

Hope to see you there!

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GOUP (LEGs)

‘It's behind you!’  The panto that is it, we had another successful pantomime with Babes in the Wood, pleasing all who came to see it, thank you so much for your support. .   We will let you know how much money we will be donating to charities.

Did you enjoy it? ?  Oh yes you did!!  Why not join us next year when our panto will be.......................    (sorry cannot tell you, it's a secret at this point!) .

We are a group of local folk who meet weekly between April and October and have a lot of fun that ends in a laugh- out- loud village pantomime production. . 

Make a note of my number and contact me if you feel that you would like to have a chat about helping us.

Mary 01328 700248

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THE MOTHS OF LITCHAM.


It was great to see so many people attending the open gardens event a few months back, and for me it was just as enjoyable to see the interest from others in the 'surprise guests' we had here at Penny Cottage, Pound Lane: - the moths!

Having had a keen interest in moths and all insects for many years, we were keen to share a few of the species which that grace our gardens after the sun has set. .   Often unseen and presumed only to be 'little brown things that eat your clothes', Mmoths are often overlooked and underappreciated, living in the shadows of their much more popular 'cousins', the bButterflies. .   Both belong to the taxonomical order called Lepidoptera (from the Greek 'Lepid/Lepis' = scale and 'pteron' = wing) and both play a huge part in pollinating our native flora. .  

To Of the 59 species of butterfly known in the UK, there are a staggering 2,500 resident species of mMoth, - 1,800 of those have been recorded here in Norfolk, since records began in Victorian times.!

To further give an idea of how many moths are flying around the skies above your very own gardens at night, I can tell you this: weWe have run a moth trap in our small, paved garden, here at Penny Cottage on the majority of nights since moving in., .  Starting in December and now barely 10 months later we have recorded 358 different species! !  The variety is mind-blowing, from the tiny, tiger-striped micro moths like Argyresthia trifasciata (with the common name of 'Triple-barred Argent') at barely a few millimetres long, to the giants of our UK moths: the hawkmoth moths, which are truly impressive. .   You would be forgiven for thinking that our (bright pink!) Elephant hawk-moth was from a tropical forest somewhere in South America but it's not - it's here in the UK, in Norfolk, and in good numbers.

A moth trap is harmless and comes with several choices of light source, used to cover different light spectrums and attract the moths. .   The 'trap' part is either a wooden box type or plastic container, depending which you choose and both have small openings for the moths to fly in and for the most part, not get out until you inspect, record and release your catch the following morning. .   Although the equipment is designed to attract and catch moths, it is not essential for if you want to have a taster and see what flies around your garden at night. .   Much like you see moths flying around streetlights and signs, or in car headlights, they would also be attracted to the same light in your garden. .   A bright light bulb or lamp on a white sheet will definitely attract a few and most likely whet your appetite to catch more! !  Walking along hedgerows at night with torches, a net and a pot or two is great fun for children and also often produces good records for even the more experienced. too.

The mild and humid nights of summer are when most of the UK species are present and therefore so, the main moth- season is now winding down, but it never comes to a complete stop with certain moths only emerging during Sspring or Aautumn and even a handful of hardy species which choose only to emerge for the cold wWinter months!

The aAutumnal moths species are very smart looking and a good number of them match the autumnal hues around us all at this beautiful time of year. .   Look out for the yellows and oranges of the Sallow, Barred Sallow, Pink-barred Sallow and Frosted Orange moths. .   Or the bursts of other colours from the Green-brindled Crescent, Vapourer, Red Underwing, Canary-shouldered Thorn and the rather exquisite, Merveille du Jour moth - a real beauty, not uncommon in Norfolk, particularly if near to Ooak trees.

If anybody would like any advice or more information on how to get set up to run their own moth traps or help with moth identification etc, please feel free to ask. .   You can contact me at keithkerr@hotmail.co.uk or on Twitter: @akkwildlife or just come and say hi in the village! !  Also, if it's something that people would be interested in, it may be possible to run a 'moth-night' next summer, somewhere nearby to see what we could catch.

Keith Kerr

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GOLD FOR LITCHAM!

Litcham Garden wins Gold Medal at Sandringham

Ralph and Linda Nichols, of 7 Church Street, Litcham, created the ‘Litcham Alloment Garden’ garden for the Sandringham Flower Show.  The garden was called “From Allotment to Show Garden”.

Almost all of the plants for the show were grown on a Litcham allotment.  The garden featured 50 sunflowers, 120 flowering leeks, flowering kale and many seasonal colourful plants.  The garden also featured a sunflower and runner-bean wigwam made from last year’s sunflower stems.  The backdrop to the garden featured a rustic ramshackle shelter with table, chairs and old tools.

The garden was awarded “Best in Show” and the “People’s Choice” Award.

For the People’s Choice Award more votes were recorded than has been for any garden over the history of the show gardens.

We are pleased that the garden came from Litcham.  It evolved from us moving to Litcham and being lucky to have an allotment.  We were guided here: The judges awarded the medal because the gardens came from the heart.  It showed that gardens should promote feelings.  We give thanks for the happy feeling this garden has given to us about Litcham.

This garden was very special because it was created despite Linda’s mum being very ill.  Linda travelled from Norwich to Sandringham every day to help build the garden.  Linda has five generations of family in the All Saints Churchyard.  Ralph walks past this every day to his allotment.  Perhaps I had guidance for the garden and for this we give thanks.

Ours is the allotment with all the sunflowers!

Ralph & Linda Nichols

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JUBILEE HALL QUIZ NIGHT

Fundraising

We are still working hard to secure funding and each step takes us slowly nearer.  In the meantime we keep on fundraising as much as we can.  The next “June’s Spoon” breakfast is Saturday 9th December from 9am to 11am at the Jubilee Hall.  (see above).

Thanks Jo

We would like to express our grateful thanks to Jo who cleans the hall for us.  She has worked hard and even cleans out the cupboards.  It now looks so much more inviting.  Please keep supporting us.  Remember it is your hall and hopefully your children’s children.

June Bevan

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP


Management Statement

We are grateful to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust for updating our management statement for the common, with the aim of continuing to protect and improve the conservation value of this County Wildlife Site.  The plan contains detailed recommendations for work to be carried out over the next few years. and the document.  We also have a paper copy if anyone would like to see this.

Conservation Task

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 9th December, meeting in Litcham Common car park at 10am.  All are welcome, tools and protective gloves will be supplied.

Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.

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COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME - DRIVERS NEEDED

The Community Car Scheme has proved to be very popular but there is a shortage of drivers. This is causing some strain on the ability to provide the service. If any parishioner can give a few hours of their time each month for the benefit of other parishioners please contact Liz Christie on 701765. Please do not forget that you may need this service yourself in the future.
If you have need of a lift to a the doctors or a hospital appointment journeys can be requested through Liz Christie on 701765.

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OUR NEW CURATE

We are delighted that Miriam Fife and her family will be moving into Great Dunham Rectory in August to begin her training with us.  Curates train for three to four years and we hope Miriam's time with us will be happy and fruitful.

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BELLRINGING AT LITCHAM

The bells at Litcham Church were installed in the 1670s and the historical graffiti inside the tower records the names of some of the villagers who have rung them over the years since then.  When I first moved to Litcham the bells were rung every Monday evening and this is where I learnt to ring.  Due to changing circumstances regular ringing stopped for a while, but this restarted a couple of years ago and a group of us now meets in the church tower to practice on the third Monday of each month, with occasional ringing for services.  (Our group contains ringers from several different villages and on the other Mondays we ring at different churches in the area.)

Learning to ring is not easy and requires practice over a period of time in order to reach a standard, but it is a sociable activity that keeps us fit in both mind and body  It is also a pleasure to be able to ring the bells on special occasions such as weddings and Christmas services.  Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.  This is a pastime that both young and old can enjoy and we are very happy to let people see what is involved and have a go (under supervision  ) without any obligation.  Our next Litcham practice night will be on Monday 20th February from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.

Tim Angell – (01328) 700045

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Jubilee Hall, Litcham

CHILDREN’S ART CLUBS

For ages 5-16 run  by Sally Parkinson, Freelance Art Educator

Saturday mornings 10:00am to 12 noon (term-time)

£5 per session - Places are limited so book now, call - 0782z 994045

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HEALTHY STEPS

This is a form of gentle exercise which is ideal for knee, shoulder and balance problems as the class is only done standing or sitting. It is also a programme originally designed for recovery from breast cancer patients. The whole class is done to music and it is fun and uplifting.

The new term starts on Monday 10th April from 9.30 to 10.30am at the Litcham Methodist Chapel. Please contact Diana Patterson on (01238) 701615

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“DAD & LADS” (7-13)

A New Adventure for Fathers and Sons

(Sons aged from 7 to 13 but no age limit for Dads!)

ACTION - ADVENTURE - NEW SKILLS

Want to know more?

Dads contact Peter Tuck

Mill Farm Mileham - Telephone: 07876 082095

Come and see.  Give me a ring.

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Parish Council

NEXT MEETING

MONDAY 4th DECEMBER

Minutes

Accounts

Community Car Scheme