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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the June Parish Council meeting which was attended by six Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and two parishioners the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider.  Decisions: Breckland Council had granted permission for the retention of a waterless toilet on approved Lexham Solar Farm.

Highways: The items that were reported last month do not appear to have been repaired.  The following therefore will be reported again.  Norfolk County Council will be requested that the drains and gulleys on Church Street are cleared and on Tittleshall Road, potholes on Tittleshall Road and the Give Way sign on Druids Lane that has been hit and turned.  In addition Norfolk county Council is to be contacted regarding the verge at the playing field as only a small width has been cut which means that there is still a visibility problem.  The Clerk had contacted the PCSO regarding the parking at the Primary School and she has promised that she will attend the site at peak times.

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: This has been approved by the main committee and the date for any comments to be made is 16th June.

Street Lighting: The new LED lamps fitted to the street lamps do not go out as did the old ones at midnight but are dimmed to save 50% of the usage.

Dog Bin on Weasenham Road: An increase in dog fouling has been reported and the Parish Council is requesting clarification from Breckland Council whether its policy on collection of dog waste has changed.  The Parish Council will consider this matter again at its next meeting and may consider the purchase of another dog bin.  The Dog Warden is to be requested to visit the area to see if any further signage would be appropriate.

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

The Community Car Scheme has proved to be very popular but there is a shortage of drivers.  At present there are only three 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.

Accounts: The accounts for the financial year April 2015 to March 2016 were approved.  These are available for examination by any parishioner by contacting the Clerk or can be viewed on the Litcham website.

Next Meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 4th July 2016 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30pm  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. 

Bryan Leigh


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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GRAND AFTERNOON TEA

GRAND AFTERNOON TEA

to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday

Litcham Hall

Sunday 17th July from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Come along, it should be a good afternoon!

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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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CALLING ALL MUSICIANS

I am glad to say there seems to be some interest in forming a choir to sing an anthem for Harvest.  We shall be singing at Tittleshall for their Harvest service at 4:00pm on Sunday 18th September.  First get together will be at 10:00am Saturday morning on the 9th July at Litcham Rectory.  Everyone is welcome for this one off choir, you do not have to be good at singing!

Heather

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

The next meeting of the conservation group will take place on Saturday 9th July, starting at 10:00am 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.

There will be an extra conservation task at Litcham this month as the Mid Norfolk Workout Group volunteers will be visiting on Friday 10th June to do some work for us and also have a walk round the common; we are grateful to them for helping us out.

We are also pleased that four people have signed up with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to carry out plant surveys on the common. The Wildlife Trust organised a training workshop last month and we look forward to finding out what plants the volunteers find over the course of this summer.

Quite separately, ecologists from Norfolk Wildlife Services will be following up on survey work that they carried out in 2013, to discover what changes have occurred in specific locations over the past three years. Again, we will be interested to see the results.

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MOBILE LIBRARY

The mobile library will visit Litcham most months in 2016 with the exception of March and May.  It stops outside the corner of Manor Drive and Front Street (PE32 2QG) at 10:15am and in Litcham Close (PE32 2QX) at 10:55am.  Each visit lasts 15minutes.

Dates of visits in 2016: 29th February, 25th Apr, 20th June, 18th July, 15th August, 12th September, 10th October, 7th November, 5th December.

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RECYCLE RIGHT!

Summertime can be a busy time of year, especially for your rubbish bin, and probably the last thing you want to think about is recycling.

So, during summer and autumn, Breckland Council will be having a recycling focus, a clear monthly message to help you know what can and cannot go into your recycling bin, so we can all RECYCLE RIGHT!

In August we will be promoting ‘no plastic bags’, empty or full, in your black bin. Currently, many people gather all their recyclables in plastic bags and this causes problems at recycling centres as these bags cannot be recycled. In fact, if recyclables are put into a plastic bag the contents may not even be recycled when delivered to the sorting plant.

In Breckland over 933 tonnes of recyclable waste was collected last month; out of this over 100 tonnes was non-recyclable and classed as ‘contaminated’. This increases waste to landfill, and reduces recycling payments to Breckland that could be used to deliver services to residents. The contamination is made up of bags, bagged recyclables, food waste and general waste. This is an avoidable problem which can be prevented.

In 2012 the UK used 8.08 billion plastic bags! With this astonishing statistic there is a clear need to substantially reduce our plastic bag usage, making use of reusable bags when going shopping.

Many supermarkets now have a collection point where you can recycle your plastic bags. Even better, reuse them at home for your next shop. Please only put plastic bags in your green general waste bin as a last resort and never in you black bin.

Keep looking out for the RECYCLE RIGHT monthly messages around your local area and you can make Breckland a better place for all.

We need everyone to make a collective effort to RECYCLE RIGHT!

For more information about the Recycle Right campaign, contact Environmental Services on 01362 656878.

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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 - 07825 994045

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