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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

April Digest

At the April Parish Council meeting which was attended by six Councillors, Country Councillor M Kiddle Morris and five members of the public the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: The Parish Council raised no objection to the externally illuminated fascia sign at the Post office 12 Church Street or to the variation on the tome limit at the Solar Farm on  land to the west of Tittleshall. No objection was raised to the application for two detached single storey dwellings and garages on land to the rear of Fourways Mileham Road although the Parish Council did raise concerns on the sight lines available when exiting the properties onto Tittleshall Road. Decisions: There were no decisions to report.

Dog Bin on Weasenham Road: The dog bin has been erected on the site agreed by Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council.  Any instances of dog fouling can be reported to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500. Please clear up after your dog and place in the bins provided or take home and place in your green wheelie bin.

Neighbourhood Watch: The Parish Council wish to have a scheme in operation within the village but this is not possible without a coordinator. If any parishioner would be willing to take this on please contact the Clerk.

Highways: The Parish Council had reported to Norfolk County Council again that the pothole on Dereham Road had been repaired but this pothole has now appeared again. A further pothole near to the fishing lakes on Dereham Road had also been reported. Potholes on Druids Lane and Pound Lane will also be reported. The repair to the drain on the junction of Church Street and Front Street is still oozing water and this will be reported again.

The application for a Local highway improvement to the signage on Mileham Road for children crossing the road had been approved by Norfolk County Council. The money for this will be forwarded to Norfolk County Council so that the erection of the new signage and remote controlled operation can be installed. This is to be funded by Norfolk County Council the Parish council and Litcham School.

Defibrillator: The Parish Council is still investigating the installation of a defibrillator for use at all times in the village. There is already one at the Health centre and School but these are not available all the time. Both organisations will be contacted to see if these could be made available 24 hours per day. If this is not possible then a defibrillator could be sited in the telephone box near to the Post Office.

The Next Meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 8 May 2017 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30p.m. This is the annual Parish Council meeting at which the chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council are elected.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.


Full minutes for this meeting will be released once they are approved at the next meeting.

The Full Minutes of previous meetings can be viewed from the Parish Council Meetings Page

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LITCHAM YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB


Litcham youth club F.C formed back in the year 2000. In June 2014 the club achieved it’s Charter Standard' award and still retains this standard to date.

Clubs Ethos

Litcham Youth club F.C is committed to raising standards throughout grassroots football and ensuring that it is well organised, well managed and provides a positive, safe and friendly experience for all players, coaches and volunteers.'

It is a fantastic family club, that holds fun affordable training sessions every

ACTIVITIES

Saturday morning 10-11.30am for both boys & girls (during football season). The sessions are held at the secondary sports field situated on Mileham Rd, Litcham, Norfolk PE32 2NR.

The next football season September 2017/18

The club will be running an

U16's team (manager Phil Blackford, chairman, welfare officer)

U13's team (manager Ben Ellis)

U11's team (Nev Kirby please note U11's players can be school year YR5 or YR6 boy or girl by 31st August 2017)

If your son or daughter would be interested in joining their local football team then don't hesitate to contact us asap.

Find us on Facebook ' Litcham youth club F.C'

All coaches and committee members are CRC checked

Please bare in mind we encourage all levels of footballers boys or girls.

It is such a rewarding and proud experience helping new players, to develop their footie skills, eventually, becoming part of a league team.

Please contact either (if interested)

Phil Blackford (club Chairman, welfare officer) mobile ; 07892332238

Philblackford@btinternet.com

Kirsty Blackman (club secretary)

Mobile ; 07827414393 - Kirst.b@hotmail.co.uk

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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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LITCHAM JUBILEE HALL

PUBLIC MEETING

Thursday 13th April at 7:30 in the Jubilee Hall

Please come and have your say over the future of our village hall.

We are aware that many people in the parish would like to see a new village hall being built but at the moment there is no land available and without the land there are no grants.   Hope to see you on 13th. more details here...


NEWS

We are making progress with fundraising
and can proudly say we raised over £1,000 in March

The Coffee Morning at Bevan Cottage was very successful.  We made £300 with the help of a kind donation of £100 and I had the chance to use my new tea urn.  Waitrose sent a cheque for £210 from their green disc collection and to cap it all we had a £500 donation from someone who was very pleased with the help she received from the Hospital Car Service which is run by Liz Christie… so a very good month.

Don’t forget the next June’s Spoon which is on Saturday 29th April open for Breakfast between 9am to 11am.

Thank you to everybody for your continued support and best wishes,

June Bevan (01328) 700 274


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LITCHAM OPEN GARDENS

Litcham open gardens is being organised for Sunday the 16th July 2017.  Your garden does not have to be immaculate, however if it is interesting, pretty, large, small, grand, Bijou, cottage, estate, grassed, patio, colourful, etc, it would be great to have it included.

It will be a few hours of fun on the day and helps us to raise money for the fabric of our beautiful church building in the heart of the village.

The viewings will only be over a few hours, with tickets, which will include a map of the location of the gardens in the village, will be available from us at The Old Rectory in Litcham on the day.

We are keen to get gardens organised ASAP please so that we can have a map drawn up.

If you would like to include your garden please call Kerry Walpole on 01328 700161.

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ALL SAINTS CHURCH WINS GRANT FOR URGENT ROOF REPAIRS


All Saints Church, Litcham has successfully secured a grant of £99000 from the Government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund to address urgent roof repairs that will ensure it is weathertight, safe and open for use.  It is one of 502 grants from a total funding package of £30 million that have been announced for urgent roof repairs for places of worship across the UK by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Dated March 2015

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LITCHAM JUBILEE HALL

We now have a new management committee and things are progressing with meetings and fundraising.   If you have any good ideas for a fundraiser and would like to help and share it with us please call me on (01328) 700274 (June Bevan)

Funding
Breckland council turned down our application for a match funding grant as they do not give grants to help with drawing up of plans however we can re apply at a later date, we have continued to fundraise and will soon have the plans which we intend having copies displayed in the hall for all to see.

We have had some new heaters installed by a very kind parishioner, we paid for the heaters but he did all of his work for free as a goodwill gesture. 

We were  also turned down by the Big Lottery fund, apparently they only allow a certain amount of funding to each postal code area and this amount had already been allocated, we did an exceptions report which they also turned down.

We contacted Village SOS who are paying Community Action Norfolk (CAN) to help and advise us, together we have drawn up a plan of action and at the moment we are applying to become a registered charity.

In the meantime we continue to fundraise with our breakfasts proving very popular. All will be advertised in the usual ways.

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LITCHAM COMMUNITY RECREATION PROJECT (LCRP)

A community project aiming to provide Litcham with a

recreation area, for not only children, but for adults to enjoy too.

All are welcome to come along and get involved in finding and developing a space in the village that can provide outdoor play and fitness activities for everyone.

We hold our informal meetings in The Bull Public house at 7:00pm on the last Monday of each month.  We will be talking about finding an area, raising funds and what the village would like included on the site.  The more people who can get involved, the easier it will be to make this happen.

Next meeting dates: Monday 27th March 2017 & Monday 24th April 2017

All at 7:00pm in The Bull Public House, by kind permission of the landlady.  Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary, Sarah White on (01328) 701764 or email:whitesh@live.co.uk

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LITCHAM ALL SAINTS PCC

TREASURER VACANCY

We are looking for a new Treasurer to start from 25th April 2017.

Some computer and accounting skills would be necessary.

Interested? Please contact the PCC Secretary, Karen Moore on 01328 700313

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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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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

We would like to record our thanks to Litcham Parish Council which has once again given us a grant towards renewals of tools and the group’s annual insurance premium.  The insurance covers all our volunteers, including those who regularly check the ponies, and we would not be able to carry on without it.

This month’s conservation task will take place on the 2nd Saturday of the month, which is Saturday 11th March.  As usual, we will meet in Litcham Common car park at 10:00am and new volunteers are very welcome.  Please contact Tim Angell on (01328) 700045 for further information.

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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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LITCHAM DEFIB APPEAL

Dear all, I think that Litcham deserves and needs a defibrillator.  Do you agree?

Out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA)happen around 100,000 times a year in the UK, making it one of the UK's biggest killers.  A defibrillator is a very intelligent yet extremely simple and safe machine to use, which can deliver an electric shock to the heart in the event of an SCA.

The potential for saving a life is dependent on time.  After a cardiac arrest, every minute that goes by without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10%.

Research shows that in the event of a SCA, CPR alone gives a 5% survival rate, however with a defibrillator available this is increased to a 50% chance.

We live relatively remotely,  let's give ourselves, our families, our friends and our colleagues the best possible chance should the worst happen.

Our GP surgery will have a defibrillator but it is not available to us when the surgery is closed.  Therefore it is vital that we have a one that is accessible at all times.

I have been in contact with a charity called The Community Heartbeat Trust.  They will take us through the process step by step and provide training, guidance, support with banking and fundraising and will liaise with the ambulance trust and BT.

Preliminary searches show that BT will donate the phone box to us to house the defibrillator in.

Locally, both Stanfield and Tittleshall have defibrillators in their villages and Dereham has five!  It's time for Litcham to get one too!

In order to proceed I’ve been advised to form a committee and this can only happen with your support.  Please attend our informal meeting on Friday 17th June at 7pm in The Bull to discuss this further, answer any questions that you may have or to offer your support.

Thank you, Ruth Buschman, Tel:01328 702216
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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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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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