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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


Prior to the Parish Council Meeting the Annual Parish Meeting was held.

Reports were received at the meeting from the County Councillor, Local Organisations and the Chairman of the Parish Council. These will all be posted on the village website.


At the March Parish Council Meeting which was attended by seven Councillors and one parishioner the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider. Decisions: There were no decisions to report.

Dog Bin on Weasenham Road: The delivery of the dog bin is awaited and will then be erected.  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 is keen to ensure that this continues but there is no coordinator for the scheme. If any parishioner would be willing to take this on please contact the Clerk.

Highways: The Parish Council had been informed by Norfolk County Council that the potholes on Dereham Road had been repaired but this pothole has now appeared again and will be reported. The footway beside the telephone box at the Post office is programmed for a small scheme which will be carried out later in the year. The Parish Council is pleased that the hedge at the Mount on Butt Lane and Tittleshall Road has been cut back. The lay by on Tittleshall Road has patching programmed and the white lining at the junction of Front Street and Church Street will be programmed but nothing will be ordered until the weather is suitable. Back Lane has no official pedestrian refuges but the Highways Inspector has programmed a sweeper to sweep both sides of the carriageway to assist with anyone walking along this section. The hedges that are obscuring signs have all been programmed to be cleared and all signs to be cleaned. A resident had contacted the Parish Council regarding the speed of vehicles along Butt Lane and that the vehicles are mounting the pavement. It is hoped that the cutting of the hedge at The Mount will assist with vehicles being able to be passed. The Parish Council is to request that the SAM2 sign be erected on the passing place sign to obtain the data of the speed of traffic. The potholes on Dereham Road, Mileham Road and at Swan Cottages on the B1145 are to be reported. The gulleys on Druids Lane are again to be requested to be cleared and improved.

Winter Gritting Routes: The Parish Council wishes to remind all vehicle users that the Dereham Road through to Gressenhall is NOT gritted by Norfolk County Council. The Highways Department provide at least one gritted route to all villages. The B1145 through Litcham is gritted as is the Dunham Road and the Tittleshall Road as far as Tittleshall but not from Tittleshall to Fakenham.

The Next Meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 3 April 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.


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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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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ROAD CLOSURE

The Mileham  to Beeston road will be closed from a point 50m south of its junction with B1145, the Litcham Road for 400m south because of electrical cable installation work.

The road will be temporarily closed (except for access) from 20th March to 21st March for the duration of the works, expected to be about 2 days within the period. 

Alternative route is via the Litcham, using Church Street, and the Dereham Road.

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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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