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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


Prior to the Parish Council meeting the Annual Parish Meeting was held.  Unfortunately there were no representatives of organisations present to present their reports.  The reports received will be attached to the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting and posted on the website.

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

Planning: Applications: The Parish Council raised no objection to the retention of a waterless toilet on approved Lexham Solar Farm. Decisions: Permission had been granted to convert the garage and the erection of two storey side extension at Willow House Druids Lane.

Highways: Whilst a number of problems had been repaired by Norfolk County Council there are still a number that do not appear to be able to be resolved.  The Clerk will contact the Highways Department again to try and have the potholes on Pound Lane, Dereham Road and the edges of the Mileham Road and Tittleshall Road repaired.

Speedwatch: Unfortunately the coordinator has decided to cease coordinating the sessions.  Therefore a new coordinator is required to maintain the Speedwatch capability in the village. 

If any person would like to take this task on then please contact any Councillor or the Clerk.  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 Clerk.

Play Area: The first Committee meeting had been held on 1 April consisting of 6 members and a name had been chosen; Litcham Community Recreation Project.  A further meeting is to be held on 29th  April. 

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: A site meeting has been agreed and it is hoped that agreement will be agreed on the site for the new gate at this meeting.

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.

Next Meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 9th May 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. 

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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JUMBLE SALE 

Saturday 14th May 10-30 to 12-00

Great Dunham Village Hall PE32 2LJ

Admission free

Proceeds towards Village Hall funds

Books, Bric-a-brac, Quality Clothes, Toys & much more

http://www.greatdunham.org.uk

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Jubilee Hall

“JUNE’S SPOON”

IS OPEN FOR BREAKFAST

On Saturday 7th May from 9am to 11am

Get the ‘Full Monty’ for £5

Bacon ~ Egg ~ Sausage ~ Tomatoes ~ Baked Beans

Bread and Butter or Toast ~ Tea or Coffee

Also available various Sandwiches and Beans on Toast for £2.50

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LITCHAM ANNUAL WINE TASTING

Last few tickets left!

Saturday 21st May from 3:30pm - 6pm

The Old Rectory, Mileham Road,  Litcham

Tickets are £17.50 and include wines and Canapés.

Tickets are limited and sold on a first come first serve basis.

All proceeds go to The Friends charity.

Tickets available from Kerry Walpole on 01328 700161

or email kerry_walpole@hotmail.com

Hope to see you there!

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LITCHAM COMMUNITY RECREATION PROJECT

The responses to a recent questionnaire, circulated to a number of Litcham residents, showed overwhelming support and a need for the development of a Community Recreation area in the village.

As well as providing a children's play area, options for this space could also include adult fitness equipment, open space for sports, seating, a picnic area and other outdoor activities.

A small committee has been formed and we want to take this forward as a community, with everyone who has ideas, skills, local knowledge, or an opinion, to be involved.  It does not have to be a formal role, just whatever you are able to do.

We would like to invite you to come along to the first community meeting:

Friday 29th April, 6:30pm in the Jubilee Hall, Litcham

If you are unable to make the meeting, but would like to be involved, please contact Sarah White (Secretary) at whitesh50@gmail.com

Hope to see you there.

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JUBILEE HALL

At our last Jubilee Hall Meeting it was announced that we are now going for registered charity status which will help our efforts no end.  We are getting help from Barry Duffin who is with “Community Action Norfolk” and he is helping with funding applications.  “Village SOS” is paying for quite a few services for us, as after August we would have had to pay for this service.

So please keep putting your EDP Community Chest Vouchers in the boxes at The Post Office and Mike the Butchers.  We have several fundraisers lined up:-

Saturday 7th May“June’s Spoon” will be open for breakfast from 9am (See above)

Saturday 4th JuneQuiz Night with bacon or sausage roll

Saturday 9th JulyMurder Mystery with Supper

We will have a raffle at all these events so prizes please.  As many as you can spare.


LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

Grazing with Cattle

We trialled grazing with cattle last year and were very pleased with how this worked out.  Consequently we plan to have more cattle on the common in 2016 and by the time you read this some should already have arrived.  As last year, they will probably be with us until September.

At the time of writing this we are not entirely sure what breeds we will be using, but it will probably be a combination of Longhorns and Highland cattle.  Both these breeds are deemed suitable for Litcham Common because they are hardy, will graze rough vegetation and are tolerant of people and dogs.  The cattle are owned by a local farmer who will be responsible for their welfare.

The purpose of conservation grazing is to maintain a diversity of flora and habitats and the ponies and cattle complement each other in this respect because they graze in different ways; ponies are nibblers, and tend to create a close cropped sward, while cattle pull up clumps of vegetation using their tongues, leaving a more tussocky effect with areas of bare ground. 

The usual rules will apply, as with the ponies:

            •    DO NOT TOUCH OR FEED THE ANIMALS

          •    KEEP DOGS UNDER CLOSE CONTROL AT ALL TIMES

Conservation Group

The next meeting of the conservation group will take place on Saturday 14th May, 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.

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

WE’RE BACK!

LEGs are back in production but this time our Panto will be in performed in October, with a lot of the oriiginal cast treading the boards again.

The first read through for the panto (Aladdin) on April 14th in the Jubilee Hall at 7:30pm. We are a happy group and the worse that can happen is that you have a cup of tea, biscuits and good laugh, so hope to see you then.

A LEGs drama workshop for children.

On Saturday 5th March there`s to be a drama workshop for children aged 7 and over, starting at 10am in Litcham Metholdist Chapel. The day will be based on a scene from "James and the Giant Peach" with a presentation to parents and friends in the early evening.

If your child would like to take part please ring Clarie on 01328 700 145 to book a place as numbers are limited

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TWO IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Litcham Dog Show

This year the Litcham Dog Show and Fun Agility event will take place on Saturday 14th May between 12noon and 4:00 pm at Chalk Farm, Druids Lane, Litcham (PE32 2YA).

There will be ten classes and entry is £2 per class, with reduced price entry for the children’s classes (under 12’s).

Refreshments will be available.

Contact Tracey Buttle at traceybuttle@hotmail.com or on 07437 500105 or email litchamcommunityfete@gmail.com for more details

Litcham Community Fete and Car Boot

Litcham annual Fete will be held on Saturday 16th June from 12noon until 4:00pm on Litcham School Field, (Secondary Phase) on the Mileham Road.

There will be the usual BBQ, refreshments, car boot, raffle, beat the goalie, golf, bottle tombola, live music and many more stalls.   Please come and support us. 

To book a car boot stall (£5 per pitch) contact Diana Collen on 01328 701401

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LITCHAM CHILDCARE

We hope you all had a lovely Easter.  A big thank you to Litcham Primary Phase for inviting us to join them for their annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Easter egg hunt.  Our Easter Holiday Club was a success with lots of fun had by all; various Easter crafts, Pyjama and film day, Easter egg hunt and tie-dyeing T-shirts!

We had some important visitors to the setting for ‘People Who Help Us’.  We had the most obvious professionals like Police Officers, Teachers etc.  But we also had some people that do not normally get thought of, such as a Foster Carer.  The children have had fun re-enacting those that help us in the role-play area and by creating large scale models of emergency vehicles!

The children really enjoyed hosting a tea party for some members of the community to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  They made some beautiful cakes and yummy sandwiches.  It was brilliant to watch children and adults of various ages come together to celebrate an important event! A lovely time was had by all!

Our May/June Holiday Club will start on Tuesday 31st May and finish on Friday 3rd June.  Please ensure you book early as spaces are limited, and also enables us to plan suitable activities for all ages and activities dependent on group size. 


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LITCHAM SCHOOL

Many of you will have seen banners outside the school regarding the outcomes of our recent OFSTED inspection.  A team of four inspectors visited us over two days prior to Christmas and looked at all aspects of our provision.  We are delighted to say that Ofsted have judged us to be a GOOD SCHOOL, with areas of outstanding practice. 

The report highlights particular strengths around the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare and our care and support for pupils, both of which are rated as “outstanding.”

The inspectors also said that “pupils make good progress” and that outcomes “are now good and continue to improve.”

We have so much to celebrate and to give thanks for.  Our feelings are summarised perfectly by the phrase in the report that a “culture where pupils can succeed and are well cared for” has been created and comments from parents as follows:

•“Staff are very professional, my children are in safe and caring hands.”

•“They seem to raise happy and respectful pupils.”

This is testimony to the hard work of our pupils, staff and governors and the fantastic support that we receive from parents and the local community.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their invaluable contribution to the school and to the community that it serves. 

The new term is every bit as busy as ever with the school production (tickets are available at the secondary site), the ski trip, Sport Relief, a science café, Forest School and the Easter Bonnet Parade, to highlight just a few events that everyone is looking forward to. 

As ever, it is a pleasure to be part of and to contribute to our local community and we would like to pass on our best wishes for the year ahead.

Rob Martlew, Headteacher

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LITCHAM CHURCH CHOIR

The work of the Choir continues and formed an important part of the Welcome to our new Parish Priest, Canon Heather Butcher, at the impressive service at Tittleshall on Sunday 10th April.

Applications for possible intending Choristers are welcome, via parents, from boys of age 7 or over throughout all the parishes (and beyond) covered by Church and Village.

Jonathan Boston, Master of Choristers 01327 701200

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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

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.

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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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