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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

May Extract


At the May Parish Council meeting which was attended by six Councillors, Country Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor E Gould and one member of the public the following was considered:

Elections: Councillor M Oldfield was elected Chairman and Councillor C Mitchell Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council for the ensuing year.

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider. Decisions: Breckland Council had given permission for the externally illuminated fascia sign at the Post office 12 Church Street.

Neighbourhood Watch: A parishioner has volunteered to become the co-ordinator of the scheme. As Norfolk Police have lost all the details of the previous scheme the Parish Council has to start again. The Clerk will be contacted the police and the Area Co-ordinator for Breckland to have the new Neighbourhood Watch scheme set up. The old scheme had volunteers for different areas of the village and if this is still needed in the new scheme the Clerk will be contacting those people again to see if they are still willing to continue.

County Councillor Report: County Councillor M Kiddle Morris was re-elected at the elections on 4 May for a further four years . He reported that following the elections there are 55 Conservative Councillors, 17 Labour, 12 Liberal Democrat and 1 Independent. There is to be full Council meeting on 15 May at which Councillor Cliff Jordan will be elected Leader and Councillor Alison Thomas Deputy Leader.

District Councillor Report: District Councillor Gould reported that the entrance to the Cherry Tree Car Park has been resurfaced. The garden waste scheme is self funding with 21,000 brown bins in use. Breckland Council is hoping not to have a food waste bin as it would prefer to educate people to throw away less. The next consultation phase of the Local Plan has been delayed until June

Highways: The Parish Council had reported all items to Norfolk County Council and these are all being investigated. The SAM2 sign had been erected on Butt Lane but this had shown that there is not a serious issue of speeding and the speeds at which vehicles are travelling is not high enough for the police to take action.

Accounts: The accounts for the year ending March 31 2017 were approved. These will be posted on the website together with the report of the Internal Auditor.

Defibrillator: The Parish Council is still investigating the installation of a defibrillator for use at all times in the village. There is already one at the Health Centre and School but these are not available all the time. Both organisations had been contacted to see if these could be made available 24 hours per day but no reply had been received from either. If this is not possible then a defibrillator could be sited in the telephone box near to the Post Office.

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 5 June 2017 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,  www.litcham.org

Bryan Leigh

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JUBILEE HALL

We are a CHARITY - It’s Official!


I am happy to report that the Jubilee Trust is now a Registered Charity , which means we can at last apply for funding.  We are, with the help of professional advisors, currently applying to several organisations for sizable grants.


“June’s Spoon” was open again on 29th April for Breakfast.  My trusty helper and myself were at the Hall by 7am to get breakfast from 9am onwards.  The rest of my lovely helpers came at 8.30am.

It was soon buzzing with regulars and some new faces.  The atmosphere was good and the table was brimming with orders.  Even people who could not make it donated.  So thank you to all who took part in any way; we made a total of £305 with the raffle.

Our grateful thanks to Mike the Butcher for his continued generous support donating sausages, bacon and eggs for our breakfasts.

Cakes for the Fete

Again, can I ask for contributions for the Litcham Fete; cakes please, as the hall get a little donation from the proceeds.

Next fundraiser will be on 24th June from 7pm in the Jubilee Hall, one of Sadie’s Quiz Nights (see above).  Bring your own drinks.  Food will be provided by “yours truly”.  Tickets £5 from the Butcher.  Get them ASAP please so we know how many to cater for.

June Bevan

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HOLKHAM RECEPTION

The parishes of Launditch and the Upper Nar are holding a Reception in the walled Holkham Hall by kind permission of Lord Leicester on Friday 4th August 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm Drinks and canapés.  Music trio.

The evening will include a talk by the Head Gardener about the replanting of the Walled Garden 7pm and a Grand Raffle

Tickets £15 from Revd  Julia,  Revd Heather or the Churchwardens

Proceeds to our Group of Churches

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BINGO NIGHT

Friday June 9th doors open at 6:30 eyes down at 7pm

At Litcham Primary Phase

Fantastic prizes for all ages

All proceeds to the Friends of Litcham school

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LITCHAM OPEN GARDENS

Sunday the 16th July 2017

Tickets on the day at The Old Rectory, Mileham Road,

Litcham. PE32 2NZ

Tea, coffee and cakes on the day at The Old Rectory

T:01328 700161 for info

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LEGS)

Babes in the Wood rehearsals are underway and we are all having a lot of laughs on a Thursday evening at the Jubilee Hall. Our ethos is entertainment, fun and fundraising in equal measures. Why not pop along and see if you can help with the production in some way?

We try to make hefty donations to local charities every year and need your help either by helping with the production itself and/or coming along to see us. A reminder that our production of Babes in the wood will be performed on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October this year.

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LITCHAM DEFIB APPEAL

We are making progress!! We have our own bank account now and I have written to 14 businesses in Litcham asking them for a small annual contribution to help fund the defibrillator. We need lots of people to give a little! I have ordered a new pane to replace the missing one from the phone box. If anybody wishes to contribute, we would be hugely grateful, cheques made payable to Litcham Defib Appeal, I can be contacted by email at ruthlawrence24@gmail.com or telephone on 07920 198224.

Best wishes, Ruth Buschman

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THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF LITCHAM CHURCHYARD

The PCC is most grateful to Malcolm Turner for conducting a survey of the flora and fauna present or using the churchyard at All Saints, Litcham. Responding initially to a request by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Malcolm soon discovered that the churchyard was richer in wild life than one would imagine and that the results of this survey, taken over a year, just scrape the surface. 

The full survey makes fascinating reading and will be published in Church & Village over the forthcoming months.  Malcolm plans to continue the project and as new species are found will add them to the database.  We would be pleased to hear from anyone who has other sightings not recorded in this survey or who has experience in identifying some species in particular moths, insects, mosses and lichens.


This month covers the Fauna, Retiles and Amphibians and Birds using the churchyard.

Fauna

Fox (vulpes vulpes)

Hedgehog (erinaceus europaeus)

Grey Squirrel (sciurus carolinensis)

Mole (talpa europaea)

Brown Rat (rattus norvegicus)

Pipistrelle Bat (pipistrellus pipistrellus)

Wood Mouse (apodemus sylvaticus)

Bank Vole (clethrionomys glareolus)

Common Shrew (sorex araneus)

Barbastelle Bat (barbastella barbastellus)


Reptiles and Amphibians

Common Frog (rana temporaria)

Grass Snake (natrix natrix)

Birds resident or using the churchyard

Pheasant (phasianus colchicus)

Tawny Owl (strix aluca)

Feral Pigeon (columba livia)

Wood Pigeon (columba palumbus)

Stock Dove (columba oenas)

Collared Dove (streptopelia decaocto)

Jay (garrulus glandarius)

Magpie (pica pica)

Jackdaw (corvus monedula)

Rook (corvus frugilegus)

Carrion Crow (corvus corone)

Greater Spotted Woodpecker (dendrocopos major)

Starling (sturnus vulgaris)

Dunnock (prunella modularis)

Goldcrest (regulus regulus)

Blackcap (silvia atricapilla)

Robin (erithacus rubecula)

Wren (troglodytes troglodytes)

Great Tit (parus major)

Blue Tit (parus caeruleus)

Coal Tit (parus ater)

Long-tailed Tit (aegithalos caudatus)

Treecreeper (certha familiaris)

Bullfinch (pyrrhula pyrrhula)

Chaffinch (fringilla coelebs)

Greenfinch (carduelis chloris)

Goldfinch (carduelis carduelis)

House Sparrow (passer domesticus)

Blackbird (turdus merula)

Song Thrush (turdus philomelos)


Next month we will look at the trees, wildflowers and grasses in the churchyard.


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LITCHAM YOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB


Litcham youth club F.C formed back in the year 2000. In June 2014 the club achieved it’s Charter Standard' award and still retains this standard to date.

Clubs Ethos

Litcham Youth club F.C is committed to raising standards throughout grassroots football and ensuring that it is well organised, well managed and provides a positive, safe and friendly experience for all players, coaches and volunteers.'

It is a fantastic family club, that holds fun affordable training sessions every

ACTIVITIES

Saturday morning 10-11.30am for both boys & girls (during football season). The sessions are held at the secondary sports field situated on Mileham Rd, Litcham, Norfolk PE32 2NR.

The next football season September 2017/18

The club will be running an

U16's team (manager Phil Blackford, chairman, welfare officer)

U13's team (manager Ben Ellis)

U11's team (Nev Kirby please note U11's players can be school year YR5 or YR6 boy or girl by 31st August 2017)

If your son or daughter would be interested in joining their local football team then don't hesitate to contact us asap.

Find us on Facebook ' Litcham youth club F.C'

All coaches and committee members are CRC checked

Please bare in mind we encourage all levels of footballers boys or girls.

It is such a rewarding and proud experience helping new players, to develop their footie skills, eventually, becoming part of a league team.

Please contact either (if interested)

Phil Blackford (club Chairman, welfare officer) mobile ; 07892332238

Philblackford@btinternet.com

Kirsty Blackman (club secretary)

Mobile ; 07827414393 - Kirst.b@hotmail.co.uk

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HEALTHY STEPS


This is a form of gentle exercise which is ideal for knee, shoulder and balance problems as the class is only done standing or sitting. It is also a programme originally designed for recovery from breast cancer patients. The whole class is done to music and it is fun and uplifting.

The new term starts on Monday 10th April from 9.30 to 10.30am at the Litcham Methodist Chapel. Please contact Diana Patterson on (01238) 701615

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LITCHAM OPEN GARDENS

Litcham open gardens is being organised for Sunday the 16th July 2017.  Your garden does not have to be immaculate, however if it is interesting, pretty, large, small, grand, Bijou, cottage, estate, grassed, patio, colourful, etc, it would be great to have it included.

It will be a few hours of fun on the day and helps us to raise money for the fabric of our beautiful church building in the heart of the village.

The viewings will only be over a few hours, with tickets, which will include a map of the location of the gardens in the village, will be available from us at The Old Rectory in Litcham on the day.

We are keen to get gardens organised ASAP please so that we can have a map drawn up.

If you would like to include your garden please call Kerry Walpole on 01328 700161.

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ALL SAINTS CHURCH WINS GRANT FOR URGENT ROOF REPAIRS


All Saints Church, Litcham has successfully secured a grant of £99000 from the Government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund to address urgent roof repairs that will ensure it is weathertight, safe and open for use.  It is one of 502 grants from a total funding package of £30 million that have been announced for urgent roof repairs for places of worship across the UK by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

Dated March 2015

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LITCHAM COMMUNITY RECREATION PROJECT (LCRP)

A community project aiming to provide Litcham with a

recreation area, for not only children, but for adults to enjoy too.

All are welcome to come along and get involved in finding and developing a space in the village that can provide outdoor play and fitness activities for everyone.

We hold our informal meetings in The Bull Public house at 7:00pm on the last Monday of each month.  We will be talking about finding an area, raising funds and what the village would like included on the site.  The more people who can get involved, the easier it will be to make this happen.

Next meeting dates: Monday 27th March 2017 & Monday 24th April 2017

All at 7:00pm in The Bull Public House, by kind permission of the landlady.  Any enquires please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary, Sarah White on (01328) 701764 or email:whitesh@live.co.uk

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COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME - DRIVERS NEEDED

The Community Car Scheme has proved to be very popular but there is a shortage of 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.
If you have need of a lift to a the doctors or a hospital appointment journeys can be requested through Liz Christie on 701765.

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

Our next task on Litcham Common will take place on 10th June, meeting at 10am in the common car park. You can do as much or as little as you like, and are guaranteed a friendly welcome.  Newcomers always welcome.

For further information contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045, or just turn up on the day.

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BELLRINGING AT LITCHAM

The bells at Litcham Church were installed in the 1670s and the historical graffiti inside the tower records the names of some of the villagers who have rung them over the years since then.  When I first moved to Litcham the bells were rung every Monday evening and this is where I learnt to ring.  Due to changing circumstances regular ringing stopped for a while, but this restarted a couple of years ago and a group of us now meets in the church tower to practice on the third Monday of each month, with occasional ringing for services.  (Our group contains ringers from several different villages and on the other Mondays we ring at different churches in the area.)

Learning to ring is not easy and requires practice over a period of time in order to reach a standard, but it is a sociable activity that keeps us fit in both mind and body  It is also a pleasure to be able to ring the bells on special occasions such as weddings and Christmas services.  Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.  This is a pastime that both young and old can enjoy and we are very happy to let people see what is involved and have a go (under supervision  ) without any obligation.  Our next Litcham practice night will be on Monday 20th February from 6:30pm until 7:45pm.

Tim Angell – (01328) 700045

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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

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 - 0782z 994045

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