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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

At the December 22nd Parish Council meeting, attended by five Councillors and one parishioner the following was considered:

Planning: The Parish Council agreed to support the application for the erection of a detached dwelling on land adjacent to Anvil House Butt Lane. The Parish Council supported the application as it allows parishioners to remain within the village. Breckland Council had granted permission for the conversion of barn to single dwelling including two single storey extensions at Pilgrims Barn 38 Church Street.


At the February Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors, District Councillor E Gould and eight parishioners the following was considered:

Planning: The Parish Council raised no objection to a revised scheme for the conversion of barn to single dwelling including two single storey extensions at Pilgrims Barn 38 Church Street. There were no decisions to report.

Highways: The data from the SAM2 sign which recorded speeds of vehicles on Tittleshall Road had shown that there was not a speeding issue along Tittleshall Road. Therefore the Parish Council will not be taking any further action from this data.

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: A parishioner informed the meeting that she had circulated a questionnaire to all households and had an overwhelming support from those returned to establish a play area in the village. There is however no land at present available to site a play area. The Parish Council will be making comments on the Breckland Council Local Plan which will include requesting that a play area be included within one of the sites submitted for consideration.  A Committee is to be formed to take the proposals forward so that once land has been made available the site can be developed quickly.

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 701 765. Please do not forget that you may need this service yourself in the future.

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 7th March 2016 at the Jubilee Hall to follow the Annual Parish Meeting.. 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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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP


Litcham Common Ponies

We were very sad to lose Lucky recently after he was hit by a car around midday on 4th February and subsequently had to be put to sleep by the vet. The driver phoned the police straight away and the vet arrived relatively quickly, but Lucky’s leg was badly broken and there was nothing that could be done. We are grateful that his suffering was kept to a minimum.

Yet again we would ask people to NEVER FEED THE PONIES

Not only are apples and carrots bad for their health, but some people have been feeding the animals from their cars which encourages them to wait on or near the road in the expectation of food. If you know anyone who feeds the ponies please explain to them the harm they are doing.

March Conservation Task

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 12th March. As always, new volunteers are welcome. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 if you are interested in joining us.

Litcham Common Management Committee

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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 November, with a lot of the oriiginal cast treading the boards again.

If you would like to join us please come to a meeting at the Bull on February 25th at 7.30 you will be most welcome.

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 CHILDCARE

Our February holiday club will be running from Monday 15th  - Friday 19th. We have many fun activities planned including a visit from Freddie doing sports and Gina doing creative dance. Please call us on 01328 701703 to book your child in or for a brochure.

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LITCHAM PLAY & RECREATION AREA PROJECT


Residents responded extremely positively to a questionnaire about the need for play/recreation space in Litcham and this was presented at the February Parish Council meeting (100% positive responses).  This is fantastic proof of the need of our community for this facility.   We still have no location for the play area, but need to be prepared should this happen.  I will be shortly forming a committee, which will enable us to collect funds, should we wish to; and report regularly to the Parish Council; and work together to best meet our community need.  Should you be interested in joining the committee please contact me by e-mail on nitatoni1@gmail.com and we will work out meetings and aims of the group.


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THE LICENSING OF THE REVEREND HEATHER BUTCHER

as Parish Priest of The Community of the Upper Nar


This will take place on Sunday 10th April 2016 in Tittleshall Parish Church at 4pm.  All are warmly welcomed to greet our new Incumbent. 

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LITCHAM CHURCH CHOIR


We are still appealing for more boys for the Treble line of the Choir.

Additionally, we would like to hear from any adults (all parts) who would like to sing on an occasional basis for Special Services.

Jonathan Boston, Master of Choristers - 01328 701200

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FIT TOGETHER
Free health walks

Fit Together is an exciting project in Norfolk to encourage greater levels of sport and physical activity.

Becoming more active doesn't have to mean strenuous sessions in the gym - there are lots of things you can do every day to become more active.

Walking and other activities can bring many and varied benefits which are true for anyone at any age! Here are just a few of the reasons to get you motivated:

Improve your health

Lower your risk of heart disease

Control your weight

Boost your energy levels

Reduce your stress levels

Meet new friends

The activities are aimed at adults. Anyone under the age of 18 must attend our walks with a responsible adult.

Programme for Brecklands Walk here

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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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LITCHAM COMMON

Conservation Group 

We are grateful to Litcham Parish Council for a donation of £200 towards the running costs of our group. This will help pay for our insurance, which is an essential requirement for the conservation group.

Our next conservation task will take place on Saturday 13th February, when we will be cutting and burning scrub. As always, new volunteers will be welcome. We meet at 10am in Litcham Common Car Park, but late arrivals will not be turned away! Contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.


Please do not feed the ponies!


Once again, we need to make an appeal for people not to feed our Dartmoor ponies. There are two reasons for this:


1.They are not domestic animals and feeding them anything at all, even apples or carrots, could cause serious harm to their health. The ponies are hardy and thrive on eating rough vegetation including brambles, gorse and birch. This summer the animals all put on weight and it is important that they lose some of this over the winter months so that they are in a good condition ready for next spring. If they come through the winter looking a little thin that will actually be a good thing!


2.Once the ponies become used to someone feeding them they could become a nuisance by approaching walkers on the common, or vehicles driving through, and expecting food.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Litcham Common Management Committee

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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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LITCHAM MUSEUM

IS NOW CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Enquiries should be made to

David Sheppard - daveoldschool2009@hotmail.co.uk

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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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