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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

July Extract

At the July Parish Council meeting, which was attended by seven councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle-Morris and one member of the public the following points were considered:

Planning: Applications: The Parish Council objected to the erection of two detached dwellings with associated access, landscaping and servicing on land adjacent to Lime Kiln House.  This site is outside the settlement boundary and whilst the Super Eco house has been granted permission outside the settlement boundary and close to the proposed new dwellings, the Parish Council felt that there was no similar outstanding architectural merit in these dwellings.  The Parish Council was also concerned that by granting permission for these two dwellings, there would possibly be more applications for dwellings on this site.  The Parish Council raised no objection to the new porch and alterations to external materials, roof, walls and windows at 31 Church Street.  The Parish Council also raised no objection to the amendment to the position of parking on land adjacent to Anvil House Butt lane.  Decisions: Breckland Council had granted permission for the variation of condition at the solar farm on land to the west of Tittleshall.

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.  Also Lexham Road West, Hall Farm House and Coronation Cottages.

The Parish Council agreed to purchase new signs for the scheme as the old ones state Homewatch, not Neighbourhood Watch.

If any parishioner wishes to assist please contact the clerk.

County Councillor’s Report: The Local Highway Partnership Scheme will be running gain in 2018/19.The government has given a further £35 million to the county for adult social services but it will still be necessary to cut the budget by a further £125 million.

Highways: The Parish Council will report to Norfolk County Council the following:- the footways on Lexham Road and Church Street and the finger post on the junction of Tittleshall Road and Butt Lane (which appears to have lost the word Wellingham). 

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 24 July 2017 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30p.m.  This is solely to discuss a planning application.  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 to all parishioners by contacting the clerk on 01362 861112 or by viewing on the Litcham website, www.litcham.org

Bryan Leigh

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LITCHAM OPEN GARDENS REPORT

A tremendous day attended by over 100 people including children.  It was lovely to see so many people strolling around our gorgeous village.

We were up against Wimbledon, The British Grand Prix, the rain and the weeds - however we still raised a fantastic £600, all of which is for The Friends of Litcham All Saints, a registered charity.

Many thanks to all those who put in so much effort with their gardens and made the day very successful and enjoyable for everyone.

Special thanks for baking, helping and support on the day go to: Helene, William, and Fred Walpole, June Bevan, Julia Bloomfield, Bev Musgrave, Sarah and Alice Babington.  If you would like to join the Friends please contact me on 01328 700161.

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GOLD FOR LITCHAM!

Litcham Garden wins Gold Medal at Sandringham

Ralph and Linda Nichols, of 7 Church Street, Litcham, created the ‘Litcham Alloment Garden’ garden for the Sandringham Flower Show.  The garden was called “From Allotment to Show Garden”.

Almost all of the plants for the show were grown on a Litcham allotment.  The garden featured 50 sunflowers, 120 flowering leeks, flowering kale and many seasonal colourful plants.  The garden also featured a sunflower and runner-bean wigwam made from last year’s sunflower stems.  The backdrop to the garden featured a rustic ramshackle shelter with table, chairs and old tools.

The garden was awarded “Best in Show” and the “People’s Choice” Award.

For the People’s Choice Award more votes were recorded than has been for any garden over the history of the show gardens.

We are pleased that the garden came from Litcham.  It evolved from us moving to Litcham and being lucky to have an allotment.  We were guided here: The judges awarded the medal because the gardens came from the heart.  It showed that gardens should promote feelings.  We give thanks for the happy feeling this garden has given to us about Litcham.

This garden was very special because it was created despite Linda’s mum being very ill.  Linda travelled from Norwich to Sandringham every day to help build the garden.  Linda has five generations of family in the All Saints Churchyard.  Ralph walks past this every day to his allotment.  Perhaps I had guidance for the garden and for this we give thanks.

Ours is the allotment with all the sunflowers!

Ralph & Linda Nichols

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HOLKHAM RECEPTION

I am so deeply grateful to everyone who helped make our Holkham walled garden evening such a success.  Whether you sold tickets and raffle tickets, gave prizes, cooked or in any other way helped to plan and provide, thank you so much.  It was great to see the parishes working together and the feedback I have had is that everyone enjoyed it.  We raised a staggering £2,500 towards the benefice share for 2018.

Revd Heather Butcher

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JUBILEE HALL QUIZ NIGHT

We regret the cancellation of the Quiz which should have been on 24th June but sadly no tickets were purchased.

Another date has been arranged for Saturday 7th October in the Jubilee Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm.  No tickets, just turn up and bring your own drinks.  I will do cheese straws, sausage rolls and cake.  £5 on the door.  Hope to see you there!

Next Breakfast: Saturday 2nd September from 9am.  The usual menu; full English breakfast - sausage, bacon, egg, tomatoes and baked beans for £5.  There will also be the alternative of various sandwiches, or beans or egg on toast as well as some cereals (these seem to go well with the children).  There will be a raffle at both the above events - so prizes, please.

Our special thanks to the Dog Show and Fete Committee for giving us £100 out of the proceeds from the two events.

The lease on the hall has now been signed for an annual rent.  Remember it is your village hall and I am pleased to say bookings are looking up.  We need to use it to qualify for grants.

June Bevan (01328) 700 274

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LEGS)

Babes in the Wood

By the time you read this we will be in our final few weeks of rehearsals. Tickets will be available for the performances from Litcham Butchers (thanks you Mike for all of your support).

The performances will be held on Thursday Friday and Saturday  26th 27th and 28th October. Tickets will be only £4 each so still a bargain and profits go to local charities.

Extra help on any of the nights is always welcome so let me know if you have a free couple of hours to help at the performances.

Please come along and support us: you will not be disappointed as the panto is a real old fashioned belly-laugh show.

Mary 01328 700248

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LITCHAM COMMON

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

In a change to our normal routine the next conservation task will take place on Saturday 2nd September, we shall be meeting as usual in Litcham Common car park at 10am.  The reason for the change of date is that some of our regular volunteers will be doing the Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored bike ride on our usual second Saturday.  New volunteers will be welcome.  Tools and protective gloves are provided and if you would like to find out more please contact Tim Angell on 0328 700045.

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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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OUR NEW CURATE

We are delighted that Miriam Fife and her family will be moving into Great Dunham Rectory in August to begin her training with us.  Curates train for three to four years and we hope Miriam's time with us will be happy and fruitful.

Because of a particular set of circumstances Miriam was unable to be ordained in the cathedral this summer with all her fellow candidates.  It is extremely unusual for stipendiary curates to be ordained outside the cathedral and I think it must be a long time since we had a curate training in these parishes.  So, her ordination in Beeston Church on Friday 29th September at 7pm will be a very special occasion.  She will be ordained by the Bishop of Lynn.  The Dean of Norwich will also be there and we hope to have a choir leading the music.  We hope we shall have strong numbers from every parish at Miriam's ordination to give her and her family a warm welcome to the parishes.

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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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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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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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“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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