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16th May 2015 - Dog Show at Fourways, Mileham Road, Litcham between 12.00 and 4.00 

20 June 2015 - Litcham Community Fete at Litcham School Field between 12.00 and 4.00



proudly present


a  pantomime in two acts

At Litcham School

hursday 19th, Friday 20th, and Saturday 21st February, 2015

Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, and the earlier time of 6.30pm on Saturday

Tickets £4 for adults and £3 for children under 16 are available from Mike the Butcher.

Only limited numbers of tickets available, so don’t miss out! If there are tickets remaining,

these will be available on the door on the night.

There will be a raffle, and superb refreshments will be available in the interval.




After many years of faithful and efficient service, our Treasurer is retiring in two months’ time.  We are therefore in urgent need of a replacement Treasurer.  Qualifications are not required but a familiarity with the handling of accounts and financial systems is needed for the post, which is an honorary one.  Computer based systems specified by the Diocese of Norwich are used and accounts are in a prescribed format.  The Diocese offers training and support in the role.  The Treasurer reports to the Parochial Church Council, but is not necessarily a member of the body.

If you feel able to offer your services and play a part in this essential secular side of the Church’s ministry in Litcham, please contact one of the Church Wardens listed at the front of this magazine to discuss in more detail.



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

Youth Club. As this is no longer running the Parish Council hopes that there are some volunteers who would be willing to organise a club. The Parish Council has been approached by a charity who would assist with the initial organisation of a club. If anyone is interested please contact any Councillor or the Clerk.

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: A meeting has been arranged with the PCC to be held in January to attempt to resolve the issue of access from Druids Lane.

Highways: Norfolk County Council have agreed to improve the footway at the junction of Lexham Road and Pound Lane at no cost to the Parish Council. The Highways Engineer as the footway is currently in poor condition.

Jubilee Hall: A meeting was held between the Trustees and Management Committee and the Trustees expressed their keenness to proceed with the renovations. A quotation is awaited so that grants can be applied for to enable the renovations to be undertaken.

Finance: In 2011 objections to the accounts were made which with those in 2012 and 2013 necessitated the Parish Council raising the precept. As no objection has been made to the accounts in 2014 the Parish Council has decided to reduce the precept from £9500 to £8500.

Health Centre: The report on the Health Centre was noted by the Parish Council. Whilst it is not qualified to comment on the matters raised by the Care Quality Commission it will offer its support to the Health Centre which many parishioners have found to be a caring Health Centre.

Dog Fouling: This appears to be on the increase especially on the Common. Please clear up after your dog and place in the bins provided. Be a considerate dog owner.

Speedwatch: The Speedwatch team has not been able to hold any sessions during November and it is unlikely that any more will be held until the spring. The team is only allowed to operate in daylight hours and the best time for the session is now out of daylight. As the team has been successful in the number of vehicles caught exceeding the limit the police safety team has also been in Litcham and this person has the authority to issue fines. 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 2 February 2015 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30p.m. Please note that there is no meeting in January. 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



A few people have been observed stopping their vehicle on the road through Litcham common and feeding the ponies. This is highly undesirable for the following reasons:

·          Such actions will encourage the ponies to loiter in the road as they come to associate cars with food.

·     Consequently the ponies will be more likely to hold up traffic and there will be an increased risk of an accident.

·         These are wild ponies that thrive on a nutrient poor diet – any supplementary feeding with items such as carrots, apples or sweets is bad for their health and could cause very serious illness.

If you know anyone who feeds the ponies please pass this message on to them so that they are aware of the possible serious consequences of their actions.

Thank you for your assistance.


Jubilee Hall, Litcham


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


“DAD & LADS” (7-13)

A New Adventure for Fathers and Sons

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


Want to know more?

Dads contact Peter Tuck

Mill Farm Mileham - Telephone: 07876 082095

This is the time of year when skills like fire lighting gather importance.

But for a quick hot drink there is nothing like a “Volcano”!

Come and see.  Give me a ring.



Advance Notice: Tree Felling on Litcham Common

Further tree felling is to be undertaken on the common, starting this month. Two different sets of contractors will be working on both sides of the road and there will undoubtedly be disruption and mess while the work takes place. The work is being carried under the terms of our Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England and we are required to have the bulk of the clearance work completed by 28 February 2015. Please bear with us for the duration - the end result will be worth it!

Conservation Group

The next meeting of the conservation group will take place on Saturday 14th FEBRUARY, starting at 10am and meeting in Litcham Common car park.

New volunteers are welcome and if you would like further information please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045.




The next WEA course to be held in Dereham will be "Cinema and History".  Beginning on 21st January 2015 and over 10 one-and-a-half hour sessions we will  watch and discuss clips from a range of films depicting events in history.  Perceptions of the past are influenced by films of variable historical accuracy.  We will investigate how film studios have mined European History's rich seam of characters and events as well as considering some of the influences behind these depictions.

Banish those winter blues and come and join us at the Trinity Methodist Hall, Theatre Street, Dereham (parking behind hall) on Wednesday, 21st January 2015.  The course will start at 10:15 am and fees for the session are £48.

Further details from Sheila Jones on 01362 820580.


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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