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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the September Parish Council meeting, attended by five Councillors, County and District Councillor M Kiddle Morris and two parishioners the following was considered:


Recycling: From the 1st October additional items will be able to be recycled in the black wheelie bin. These include yoghurt pots, milk cartons and glass. Further information will be distributed by Breckland Council.

Big Switch and Save: This is running again this year and to register your interest to save money on your energy bills you must register by 13 October. Registering can be done at www.bigswitchandsave.co.uk or by telephone on 01362 656870

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: A response had been received from the Diocese of Norwich regarding access though the churchyard from Druids Lane. The Parish Council is to contact the Parochial Church Council to organise a meeting to try and finally resolve this matter.

Planning Appeal: An appeal against Breckland Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the proposed residential development to the rear of 8 Church Street has been made by the applicant.  The Parish Council will be responding to this appeal stating that it is opposed to this development as it is unsustainable, will have an adverse effect on the shop and the increased traffic from these dwellings accessing and egressing onto Church Street from the existing track to the side of the shop.

Highways: At last the SLOW sign on Tittleshall Road has been refreshed but the STOP sign at the Bull Inn has not and this will be reported. The road name signs on Butt Lane and Weasenham Roads have been sprayed with paint and Breckland Council will be requested to deal with these. Norfolk County Council will be asked to spray the footway between Front and Back Streets and cut the hedge on Druids Lane. The County Councillor is to contact the Highways Engineer clarify the responsibility for the ditch and verge on Church Street near to the bridge. The School sign on Druids Lane that has rotted has been reported.

Jubilee Hall: The whole hall has been cleaned and washed and a meeting is planned to be held with the Trustees on 4 November to agree whether the improvements can be undertaken.

Speedwatch: The Speedwatch team continue to hold sessions and the session held in August caught 12 vehicles doing between 37 and 47 mph.  Another new volunteer has been trained but more volunteers would mean that more sessions could be held. If any parishioner feels that they could spare an hour a month please contact the co-ordinator Gwen Page on 01328 701523.

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


The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 6 October  2014 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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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 - 07825 994045

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Sadly we have lost two faithful and long-standing members of our congregation recently, Mary Taylo rand Joyce Green.

MARY TAYLOR

The death of Mary Jessie Taylor at the age of 92, full of years and firm in Faith concludes a life-time of service to the Church, not only in Litcham where she served for many years as Church Secretary but also more widely as an active member of The Norfolk Churches Trust where she ensured refreshments were always available.  Many years ago she travelled overland with her brother Charles to Africa and, later in life married The Rev’d Pat Taylor, Headmaster of the Choir School at Salisbury.  Here in Litcham (as well as in Mileham) she was a strong supporter of all that went on and Litcham Choristers over the years will recall her as a faithful supporter of Sunday Evensong


JOYCE GREEN

Joyce was for many years at the centre of church and village life in Litcham.  Together with husband Tony (a very accomplished male alto) she sang in the mixed voice choir at the time when there were several families, parents and children, involved in weekly practices and services.  She was also an active member of the Broderers’ Guild, whose church needlework culminated in the white and gold Millennium Altar Frontal which we use at the main festivals in the Church’s year.

Joyce was also closely involved with the Litcham Ladies Group, which succeeded the local branch of the Womens Institute.  She had a warm and practical personality and was always among the first to welcome newcomers to Litcham.  Her natural hospitality extended to making tea for neighbours settling into adjacent properties and even for those doing voluntary work in the church, especially welcomed by those setting up Christmas displays in cold weather.  She and Tony were custodians of the Christmas Crib and took great pride in setting it up each year.  She will be much missed, both in and outside of the pew.

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“DAD & LADS”

A new venture for Fathers and Sons

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

ACTION – ADVENTURE – NEW SKILLS

What to know more?

Dads - contact Peter Tuck

Mill Farm, Mileham - Telephone: 07876 082095

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LITCHAM COMMON

Advance Notice: Tree Felling on Litcham Common

Further tree felling will be taking place on the common from October onwards, in accordance with our ten year Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England.  The purpose of this work is to expand, and link together, the existing areas of open heath as was explained in some detail in April’s magazine.  Anyone who would like further information is invited to read the management plan prepared for us by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.  A copy of the plan is to be found in the ‘Common’ section of Litcham’s website (www.litcham.org) and I also have a paper copy if anyone would like to see this.

Once again a significant number of trees are due to be felled and there will be a noticeable impact on the appearance of the common, especially during the period of felling.  There will, for a time, be a lot of debris in evidence, as those of you who watched the clearing of trees last year will recall.  The contractors will endeavour to clear away any brash as quickly as possible.  Please bear with us while work is taking place and take note of any signs or requests from the workmen to stay clear of certain areas; there will be very good safety reasons for these instructions.

Conservation Group

Unusually, the next Conservation Group task will take place on Saturday 20th September which is the third Saturday in the month.  This is to avoid the task clashing with the Norfolk Churches Trust’ sponsored bike ride in which some of the group’s members will be participating.

There is no need to book for the Conservation Group task on 20th September, and we will be meeting at 10am in the common car park, as usual.  However, if you have not been before and would like to find out more, please telephone me on 01328 700045.

Tim Angell, on behalf of Litcham Common Management Committee

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LEGs)


LEGs are planning to perform another pantomime during the February half term 2015 but still need more people to get involved.

Rehearsals will start on Thursday 11th September at 7.30pm, the first meeting being at The Jubilee Hall. Do go along if you are at all interested;

Help is needed both on stage and back stage - whatever you are interested in - you will be needed! Any other queries contact Judith on 01362 820750 or email j.semmons@btinternet.com

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NORFOLK CHURCHES SPONSORED BIKE RIDE


This annual event raises funds for churches throughout Norfolk and of course, includes our own church.  Sponsors are often very willing to support or donate a small amount once they realise that you are helping to preserve some of our ancient heritage buildings.  Burn off your calories and raise funds at the same time as you travel from church to church.  Choose how you travel – bike, horse, foot, or even by car!   The date that you need to keep free for this is Saturday 13th September.  Sponsor Forms from either Veronica Little (700918) or Pam Jackman (701622)

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Breckland Fitness in Later Life for the Over 50’s


Taking part in organised physical activity is a great way to keep fit and active and make new friends.

A new scheme from Breckland Council gives people over 50 years the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sports and physical activities and meet others with similar interests.

If you live in a rural part of the Breckland district, are aged over 50, and are interested in getting together a group of like-minded people to take part in moderate exercise, then the Breckland Fitness in Later Life Scheme would love to hear from you.

There’s a range of equipment available for your group to hire under the scheme, such as croquet, boccia and carpet bowls sets, tennis racquets and balls, exercise mats and circuit training equipment. Alternatively, grants of up to £500 are available to subsidise start-up costs and help your group get going.

For more information look on the Breckland Council website www.breckland.gov.uk/fill or call Breckland Council Community Officer Stefan Clifford on 01362 656870.

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