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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the May Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors, County Councillor M. Kiddle-Morris, District Councillor E. Gould and three parishioners the following was considered:

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman: Councillor Mike Oldfield was unanimously elected Chairman and Councillor Mitchell Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for the ensuing year.

Planning: Applications: The Parish Council raised no objection to the erection of Super Eco House, with associated  garage, access and landscaping (revised scheme) & removal of conditions 7&8 on 3PL/2015/0460/F. Nor to the erection of single storey rear and side extension at Point House Back Street.

Highways: The rangers are due in the village in May and several items that have not been repaired will be reported again.  In addition it will be requested that the drains and gulleys on Church Street are cleared and on Tittleshall Road.  New potholes on Tittleshall Road will be reported and the Give Way sign on Druids Lane that has been hit and turned.

Parking in Church Street: The concerns of parishioners about parking at the Primary School were raised again.  The Parish Council has no authority to act in this matter and if the vehicles are parked and causing an obstruction then the police should be informed.  The Clerk will contact the PCSO to see if it is possible to attend a meeting.

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: The site meeting was held and it was agreed at this meeting to site a kissing gate on Druids Lane.  The Parochial Church Council has applied for permission for this and at the sub-committee it was recommended for approval.  This now has to be approved by the main committee and it will take 28 days after this before formal approval is given.

Community Car Scheme: This is now up and running and any journeys can be requested through Liz Christie on (10328) 701 765.

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 701 765.  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 6th June 2016 at the Jubilee Hall.  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 861 112 or on the Litcham website. 

Bryan Leigh


> Click here to download printable version of AGENDA that includes current finance documentation


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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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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AFTERNOON TEA

to celebrate

Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday

Litcham Hall Sunday - 17th July 3pm to 6pm

by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs J Birkbeck

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LITCHAM COMMUNITY FETE & CAR BOOT

Saturday 18th June 2016 -12:00pm – 4:00pm

Litcham  School Field - Secondary Phase (Mileham Road)

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) contact Diana Collen on 01328 701401

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CALLING ALL MUSICIANS

It would be lovely to form a little choir to sing something for harvest in one of our churches (or maybe more than one).  I have in mind John Rutter's “Look at the World”.  There is a lovely version on YouTube with the Cambridge singers.  I would particularly like children to sing the top line, but mums could join in too.

So..........

If you would like to have go tenors, basses, altos, sopranos children, you don't have to have sung before.  Conductors, accompanists instrument players, transposers or any other help you could offer to help us to make music.

Please contact Heather at the Rectory in Litcham

Tel: 01328 700071 or email: canonhdb@gmail.com

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THANKS TO THE REVEREND JONATHAN BOSTON

In recognition of over fifty years of ordained ministry and in particular for helping to maintain

worship through three vacancies without a resident incumbent for the Upper Nar Group

of churches, the Dean of Norwich has very kindly agreed that Jonathan and his

supporters from all the parishes will be guests at Evensong at 3:30pm in

Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 3rd July, followed by a reception hosted by the Dean.

All group church members are welcome and we hope that as many as possible will support this event.

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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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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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J U B I L E E   H A L L

‘June’s Spoon’ breakfasts have made £130 in March and £220 in May with several new customers now coming along to enjoy the variety of Breakfast on offer! We will be announcing the next one soon, watch this space.

Forthcoming Events at the Jubilee Hall

Saturday 9th July; a “Murder Mystery” evening with supper (price to be announced).

Once again, prizes for these events are needed.

EDP Vouchers

Thank you for collecting the EDP vouchers for the Litcham Jubilee Hall.  Could we please ask that you make sure you are putting the correct months vouchers in the boxes.  We collected 889 vouchers this month unfortunately we could not use them as 505 of these were for last month meaning that once again we could not apply as we only had 384 of the 500 vouchers needed.  We are now collecting month 5 which are for May and are coloured orange.

Please take your EDP Community Chest Vouchers to the Post Office or Butcher’s Shop.

Thank you for your help, June Bevan & Liz Christie

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

The next meeting of the conservation group will take place on Saturday 11th June, 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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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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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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