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will be held on



For the purpose of transacting the business set out on the Agenda below.

The public and press are cordially invited to attend.

The first part of the meeting is opened to the public to bring to the attention of the Council

any matters not covered in the agenda and to make representations on matters on the Agenda.

B J Leigh, Clerk to the council, date:- 29th august 2014


1.    To consider Apologies for Absence.

2.    To receive Declarations of Pecuniary Interests.

3.    To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 7 September 2015.

4.    To receive a report from the County and District Councillors.

5.    Matters to report.

       5.1    To receive a report on the Jubilee Hall.

       5.2    To receive a report on the gate from the School Playing Field onto Back Lane.

       5.3    Archiving of Parish Records at Norfolk record office.

6.    Planning.

       6.1    Applications.

       6.2    Decisions.

7.    Highways.

       7.1    To receive a report on the previous months comments

       7.2    To note any new problems

       7.3    Speedwatch.

       7.4    Ditch to the south of Mouse Cottage.

8.    Finance.

       8.1    Budget as circulated.

       8.2    Balances and cheques for authorisation as circulated.

       8.3    To consider the purchase of a kissing gate for the access to the graveyard from Druids Lane.

       8.4    To consider a maintenance programme for the street lights.

       8.5    To consider a donation to Litcham Common Conservation Group

       8.6    To consider a donation to Tapping House.

       8.7    To consider a donation to the Mid Norfolk Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

9.    The Green

       9.1    To receive a report on any problems.

       9.2    To note the timing for the removal of benches.

10.   Correspondence for circulation as listed.

11.   Matters for the next meeting (not for Discussion).

12.   To confirm that the next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is to be held on Monday 2 November 2015 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Click here to download AGENDA & FINANCE documents (PDF)



Ron Shaw died on Friday 25th October in the afternoon aged 90.

Ron Shaw had been a Litcham resident since the early fifties and soon became very well known for his hard work as a reliable electrical engineer.

In about 1982 when he decided to become less busy with work, his interest in local history in Litcham and District took on a different form when he gave great space in what had been his electrical workshop and turned it into the Museum we all knew and loved. Ron had achieved so much and the Museum had been given an accredited award  after several years of hard work.

Alas last year Ron and the members of the Litcham Historical Society were informed the Museum was to close. Although upset, Members have all persevered with trying to find a new premises to keep Ron`s spirit going. Although we have had offers to store items we have no new premises as yet. We ask that if this can be offered we can still have a much loved amenity for all residents to enjoy in future years, just as Ron would have wanted. It would be nice to know the people of Litcham would want to continue as respect to Ron Shaw`s legacy to Litcham? If anyone has contributed items towards the heritage of Litcham Village and would like them returned please let Carolyn Shaw know on 01328 701383.




Enquiries should be made to

Caroline Shaw at cbmshaw@manx.net tel: 01624611042 or 07624306855 or

Nick Fulcher nifulcher@aol.com or tel: 07624476488



Flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications. You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you are 65 years of age or over, pregnant, have certain medical conditions or are very overweight

You also qualify if you are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility, receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, or a social care worker

If you are any of the above then a free flu vaccinations is now available for you from Litcham Health Centre please contact the centre to book an appointment.

Litcham Health Centre, Manor Drive, PE32 2NW. Tel: 01328 702024



The Quiz and Ploughmans Evening on 8th August with an excellent supper raised £94.20.  Well done to you all and thank you.

Our next event is on Saturday 24th October at the Jubilee Hall at 7pm and will be a Quiz and Chilli evening.  A ‘veggie’ alternative will be available.  Items for prizes or the raffle would be appreciated.  Tickets at £5 are available from Mike the Butcher.

Breakfast on 26th September will be over so more on that next month.

An update on grants:  Breckland Council turned down our application to help with funds for the planning application as they never give to planning applications.  However, in the future they may be able to match up to £20,000, so all is not lost.  So it is onwards and upwards as we continue to fundraise.  If any of you have any ideas we would love to hear from you.

June Bevan



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.



Conservation Group 

As we move into autumn and then winter the focus of our work on the common will change. Having concentrated on tasks such as litter picking and clearing paths over the summer months we will turn again to the never ending battle against scrub encroachment, with the attendant bonfires (and toasted marshmallows!) which are the main attraction for some people. Our next task will be on Saturday 10th October starting at 10am and meeting in the car park. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 if you would like to join us or find out more about what we do. Alternatively, just turn up on the day wearing suitable clothes for working outdoors near a bonfire – tools and protective gloves are provided.

The common is noted for its fungi at this time of year and our thanks go to Tony Leach for once again leading a fascinating Fungus Foray last month.

Tree Felling 

Last winter we had a major push to fell the areas of trees specified in our management plan before the deadline set by Natural England of 28 February 2015. The majority, but not all, of the work was completed on time. Natural England have now informed us that we have been given an extension to 28 February 2016 to complete the work specified under our higher level stewardship agreement. Therefore some further tree felling will be carried out over the next few months. This will not be on the scale of last year but we would once again ask that people bear with the contractors while they are felling trees and comply with any temporary access restrictions or instructions they may give, which will be for safety reasons.


The ponies have recently had their hooves trimmed and two have received treatment from a vet for sarcoids (growths on their skin) which we hope will prove successful. Generally the animals are in good health and condition as we move towards winter.

The cattle should be leaving the common this month as the grass stops growing. We hope to have some more on the common next year.


“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.


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


Helhoughton Monthly Tuesday Lunches

These Lunches are held on the last Tuesday of every month except August and December. Meals are served from 12.00 – 12.45pm in the Village Hall. For a suggested minimum donation of £5 in aid of All Saints’ Church funds, we offer a choice of 3 mains and 3 desserts, including a vegetarian option. To book/request a gluten free or low carbohydrate meal, please ring Liz Lodge on 01485 528744 by the previous Friday. The next Lunch is on March 31st.