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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the June Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors and Country Councillor M Kiddle Morris the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider. Decisions: Breckland Council had refused permission for the 2 detached single storey dwellings and garages on land to the rear of Fourways Mileham Road. The reasons for refusing then application were noted and included the impact on local heritage assets, the urbanisation of part of the conservation area and to protect the amenity of the future occupiers as there would be limited access to natural light. These reasons are contrary to Breckland Council’s Planning policies.

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.

The north end of Tittleshall Road.

Weasenham Road and Keppel Close.

Lexham Road West, Hall Farm Hose and Coronation Cottages.

If any parishioner wishes to assist please contact the Clerk.

County Councillor Report: No committee meetings have been held since the elections so there was nothing to report. The meetings start the week commencing 12 June.

Highways: The Parish Council will report to Norfolk County Council the following:- the verge on Front Street from the footway towards Manor drive, the surface of the road at the junction of Mileham Road, the potholes outside Tithe Barn Mileham Road, the school signs on Wellingham Road and Druids Lane and the delimit sign on Lexham Road which are all hidden because of vegetation.  The SAM2 sign will be erected again on Butt Lane to check the speed of vehicles travelling from Tittleshall Road. At present Norfolk County Council has stated that at present there is no possibility of having a part time one way system for Pound Lane and Butt Lane.

Defibrillator: The Parish Council has had no answer to its request to see if the existing defibrillators would be available 24 hours per day. Therefore the Parish Council will support the installation of a defibrillator in the telephone kiosk.

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 3 July 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 OPEN GARDENS

Sunday the 16th July 2017

Tickets on the day at The Old Rectory, Mileham Road,

Litcham. PE32 2NZ

Tea, coffee and cakes on the day at The Old Rectory

T:01328 700161 for info

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HOLKHAM RECEPTION

The parishes of Launditch and the Upper Nar are holding a Reception in the walled Holkham Hall by kind permission of Lord Leicester on Friday 4th August 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm Drinks and canapés.  Music trio.

The evening will include a talk by the Head Gardener about the replanting of the Walled Garden 7pm and a Grand Raffle

Tickets £15 from Revd  Julia,  Revd Heather or the Churchwardens

Proceeds to our Group of Churches

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JUBILEE HALL

We are a CHARITY - It’s Official!


I am happy to report that the Jubilee Trust is now a Registered Charity , which means we can at last apply for funding.  We are, with the help of professional advisors, currently applying to several organisations for sizable grants.


“June’s Spoon” was open again on 29th April for Breakfast.  My trusty helper and myself were at the Hall by 7am to get breakfast from 9am onwards.  The rest of my lovely helpers came at 8.30am.

It was soon buzzing with regulars and some new faces.  The atmosphere was good and the table was brimming with orders.  Even people who could not make it donated.  So thank you to all who took part in any way; we made a total of £305 with the raffle.

Our grateful thanks to Mike the Butcher for his continued generous support donating sausages, bacon and eggs for our breakfasts.

Cakes for the Fete

Again, can I ask for contributions for the Litcham Fete; cakes please, as the hall get a little donation from the proceeds.

Next fundraiser will be on 24th June from 7pm in the Jubilee Hall, one of Sadie’s Quiz Nights (see above).  Bring your own drinks.  Food will be provided by “yours truly”.  Tickets £5 from the Butcher.  Get them ASAP please so we know how many to cater for.

June Bevan

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LEGS)

Babes in the Wood

Rehearsals are underway and we are all having a lot of laughs on a Thursday evening at the Jubilee Hall. Our ethos is entertainment, fun and fundraising in equal measures. Why not pop along and see if you can help with the production in some way?

We try to make hefty donations to local charities every year and need your help either by helping with the production itself and/or coming along to see us. A reminder that our production of Babes in the wood will be performed on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October this year.

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LITCHAM DEFIB APPEAL

We are making progress!! We have our own bank account now and I have written to 14 businesses in Litcham asking them for a small annual contribution to help fund the defibrillator. We need lots of people to give a little! I have ordered a new pane to replace the missing one from the phone box. If anybody wishes to contribute, we would be hugely grateful, cheques made payable to Litcham Defib Appeal, I can be contacted by email at ruthlawrence24@gmail.com or telephone on 07920 198224.

Best wishes, Ruth Buschman

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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 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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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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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

Cattle

All being well, by the time you read this a number of Hereford cattle will be grazing the common. The cattle will compliment the conservation grazing carried out by our resident ponies, with the aim of maintaining a diverse sward of vegetation on the common and preventing the more vigorous species from dominating. The animals are owned by a local farmer who is responsible for their welfare, although our volunteers will also be keeping an eye on them. The usual rules that apply to the ponies also apply to the cattle:

Do not approach the animals and do not attempt to touch or feed them

Keep dogs under close control at all times

Dogs

Lots of people enjoy walking their dogs on the common and generally this works well with few problems. However, we have recently received a number of complaints about people clearing up after their dogs but then leaving the bags either lying on the ground or hanging from trees or bushes. This behaviour is very hard to understand and unpleasant for other people. We ask that people show consideration for others, and the environment, by clearing up after their dogs and then disposing of the bag in the dog waste bin provided in the car park.

Ragwort

We normally receive a number of calls at this time of year from people concerned about the ragwort growing on the common. Although this plant can be toxic when eaten by livestock, it is unpalatable to animals while still growing. The main danger comes when the plant has dried out, particularly if it becomes mixed up in hay. Please be reassured that, as usual, we have a plan in place for the ragwort to be pulled and properly disposed of before it sets seed.

Bracken

A contractor will be cutting the bracken this month. Bracken is invasive and by cutting it each year at the height of its vigour we aim to gradually weaken the rootstock so that it grows back less strongly in the future.

Conservation Task

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 8th July, meeting at 10am in Litcham Common car park. We will probably be carrying on last month’s work of clearing paths and picking up litter. As always, new volunteers are welcome. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for further information.

Litcham Common Management Committee

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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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“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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