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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the September Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle-Morris and three parishioners the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider. Decisions: Norfolk County Council had granted permission for the infill of semi-enclosed courtyard for provision of extension to two classrooms at Litcham Primary School.

Breckland Council had granted permission for the erection of super eco house with associated garage, access and landscaping (revised scheme) and removal of conditions 7&8 on 3PL/2015/0460/F on land adjacent to Lime Kiln House.

Highways: The verges on Mileham Road that are encroaching into the highway are to be reported. The Highways Department are also to be requested to cut back the verge at the Druids Lane/ Mileham Road junction as this is not allowing large vehicles to turn into Mileham Road without affecting the verge.

Dog Bin on Weasenham Road: Breckland Council had been contacted regarding the placing of dog waste in the litter bin near to the school. Breckland Council  is not in favour of allowing dog waste to be placed in a bin close to a school. The Parish Council has therefore decided to request that the bin on Butt lane be used for dog waste as well. The Dog Warden will be asked to visit the parish to see if he can help with the problem. Any instances of dog fouling can be reported to him on 01362 858500.

PLEASE CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG AND PLACE IN THE BINS

PROVIDED OR TAKE HOME AND PLACE IN YOUR GREEN BIN.

External Audit: The External Audit had been completed with no comments from the Auditor. The Annual Return may be inspected by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk.

Neighbourhood Watch: The Parish Council is keen to ensure that this continues but there is no coordinator for the scheme.

If any parishioner would be willing to take on the role of

Speedwatch Coordinator please contact the Clerk.


Community Car Scheme: Shortage of Drivers

This is now up and running and any journeys can be requested through Liz Christie on 701765.

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.

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 3rd October 2016 at the Jubilee Hall to follow 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. Full minutes are available for viewing by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk on 01362 861112 or on the Litcham website.

Bryan Leigh


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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JUBILEE HALL

‘June’s Spoon’ was open for Breakfast on Saturday 3rd September and once again we had a full house.  A few more new faces amongst the regulars so thank you all for helping to raise £220 for Hall funds.

My thanks again to Mike the Butcher who supplies all the sausages, bacon and eggs.  Without his support we would not do so well.

Next is a Bingo Night, 7:00pm for 7.30pm “Eyes Down” on Friday 11th November at the Jubilee Hall.  Mike is once again our salvation as he will be our caller.  Prizes and help please.

Contact me 01328 700274

WE WILL GET A NEW HALL!

June Bevan

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THE  REV’D JULIA HEMP

Julia will be moving into Gressenhall soon and I will be welcoming her officially on Tuesday 1st November at a service at Great Fransham at 7:00pm.  All are welcome to join us for this special service to welcome Julia as she begins her ministry among us.

ALL SOULS SERVICES

This November we are introducing a new service into the calendar.  The service gives an opportunity to all who are bereaved to remember their loved ones in a special way.  During the service, we  read their names and candles are lit.  All are invited to this special service whether or not your bereavement is recent

We are offering the service in two different churches; Wednesday 2nd November at St. Mary’s, Tittleshall  and Thursday 3rd November at St. Andrew’s, Great Dunham both services start at 6.30pm. You are welcome to either.

Heather Butcher

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THANK YOU FROM THE FAMILY OF DICK JACKMAN

Our grateful thanks for all the expressions of love and sympathy on Dick’s death, it made us all feel cherished and wrapped in a nice cosy blanket.

With our love, Pam, Chris, Emma, Robert, Jeremy, Nita and the Grandchildren

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TITTLESHALL LADIES’ MALE VOICE CHOIR

with the

Rainbow Choir, Norwich Pride Choir Big Heart and Soul Choir

and Salutem! plus special guests

are proud to be part of

ONE DAY ONE CHOIR

a global choir project for peace

Swaffham Parish Church on the 24th September at 7.30pm

Tickets £10, £6 concessions, children free

Available at the door or in advance from

Sue Lane 01328 700952 or email susan.lane4@btinternet.com

Proceeds to Free The Children, a charity whose initiatives are to educate and empower young people globally

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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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CALLING ALL MUSICIANS

I am glad to say there seems to be some interest in forming a choir to sing an anthem for Harvest.  We shall be singing at Tittleshall for their Harvest service at 4:00pm on Sunday 18th September.  First get together will be at 10:00am Saturday morning on the 9th July at Litcham Rectory.  Everyone is welcome for this one off choir, you do not have to be good at singing!

Heather Butcher

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

Our next task on Litcham Common will take place on Saturday 8th October, meeting at 10:00am in the common car park.  You can do as much or as little as you like, and are guaranteed a friendly welcome.  For further information contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045, or just turn up on the day.

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MOBILE LIBRARY

The mobile library will visit Litcham most months in 2016 with the exception of March and May.  It stops outside the corner of Manor Drive and Front Street (PE32 2QG) at 10:15am and in Litcham Close (PE32 2QX) at 10:55am.  Each visit lasts 15minutes.

Dates of visits in 2016: 12th September, 10th October, 7th November, 5th December.
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RECYCLE RIGHT!

Summertime can be a busy time of year, especially for your rubbish bin, and probably the last thing you want to think about is recycling.

So, during summer and autumn, Breckland Council will be having a recycling focus, a clear monthly message to help you know what can and cannot go into your recycling bin, so we can all RECYCLE RIGHT!

In August we will be promoting ‘no plastic bags’, empty or full, in your black bin. Currently, many people gather all their recyclables in plastic bags and this causes problems at recycling centres as these bags cannot be recycled. In fact, if recyclables are put into a plastic bag the contents may not even be recycled when delivered to the sorting plant.

In Breckland over 933 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected last month; out of this over 100 tonnes was non-recyclable and classed as ‘contaminated’. This increases waste to landfill, and reduces recycling payments to Breckland that could be used to deliver services to residents. The contamination is made up of bags, bagged recyclables, food waste and general waste. This is an avoidable problem which can be prevented.

In 2012 the UK used 8.08 billion plastic bags! With this astonishing statistic there is a clear need to substantially reduce our plastic bag usage, making use of reusable bags when going shopping.

Many supermarkets now have a collection point where you can recycle your plastic bags. Even better, reuse them at home for your next shop. Please only put plastic bags in your green general waste bin as a last resort and never in you black bin.

Keep looking out for the RECYCLE RIGHT monthly messages around your local area and you can make Breckland a better place for all.

We need everyone to make a collective effort to RECYCLE RIGHT!

or more information about the Recycle Right campaign, contact Environmental Services on 01362 656878.

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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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