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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the November Parish Council meeting, attended by seven Councillors, County and District Councillor M Kiddle Morris and five 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: No meeting has yet been held with the PCC but at the this meeting a constructive discussion was had with a member of the PCC regarding the grass cutting of the churchyard and the access from Druids Lane to the churchyard. The Parish Council will consider at its meeting in December what level of donation it will give to the PCC for assistance with grass cutting in 2015. The PCC has agreed that it will obtain quotations for the cutting of the churchyard and employ the contractor. The financial state of the PCC was stressed to the members as there is no surplus within the PCC to pay for grass cutting. The grass cutting that has recently been done in the churchyard has been jointly financed by the PCC, Friends of All Saints Church and the Parish Council.

Planning: There were no applications to consider or decisions to report.

The Local Plan consultation on the Issues and Options commences on 17th November and runs until 9th January. This is open to public consultation. The key issues in this document are how much housing is needed and where it should be built, the quantity of land needed to develop and support jobs which includes jobs in the rural economy, and how to achieve development that contributes towards a high quality of life for all. The documents will be available at a drop-in event at Dereham memorial Hall on 20 November from 2pm to 7pm and at Swaffham Assembly Rooms on Monday 24 November from 2pm to 6.30pm.

Highways: No costings have as yet been received for the Local Highway Partnership schemes for a footway improvement at the junction of Lexham Road and Pound Lane and a new footway on Dereham Road.

Jubilee Hall: A meeting is to be held between the Trustees and Management Committee to ensure that there is support  for the proposed renovations. 

Speedwatch: The Speedwatch team has not been able to hold any sessions during October. 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.



Click here to download printable version of Agenda (PDF)

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Sadly we have lost two faithful and long-standing members of our congregation recently

Mary Taylor and 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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IMPORTANT NOTICE: LITCHAM COMMON PONIES


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.

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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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“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 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 8th November, 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.

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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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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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