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At the November Parish Council meeting, attended by seven Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris, District Councillor E Gould and one parishioner the following was considered:

Planning: No objection was raised to the conversion of barn to single dwelling including two single storey extensions at Pilgrims Barn 38 Church Street provided that the existing flint wall is kept and not demolished and a red brick wall built. The erection of a dwelling on land adjacent to Anvil House Butt Lane had been refused permission by Breckland Council.

The Green: A lorry had driven over the edge of the Green and this had been repaired by John Madden which the Parish Council is very appreciative of his community spirit.

Highways: The hedge on Pound Lane had been reported to the landowner and he had confirmed that this would be cut back in this years cutting programme. The Highway Community Rangers had been requested to cut back the brambles and nettles alongside the footway. The Highway Community rangers had been requested to cut back the verges outside the bungalow on Church Street and the Old Fire station. Norfolk County Council is still investigating the ownership of the ditch along Church Street to the bridge.

The dropped ironwork on Church Street near to the Anglian Water pumping station is to be reported.

Winter Gritting Routes: The Parish Council wishes to remind all vehicle users that the Dereham Road through to Gressenhall is NOT gritted by Norfolk County Council. The Highways Department provide at least one gritted route to all villages. The B1145 through Litcham is gritted as is the Dunham Road and the Tittleshall Road as far as Tittleshall but not from Tittleshall to Fakenham.

Kissing gate on Druids Lane: Plans of the proposed kissing gate have been forwarded to the Parochial Church Council for approval.

Finance: The Parish Council agreed to upgrade the lamps in the street lights to LED over a period. This would be more efficient and use less electricity with a saving on those costs of about 80%. These lamps are white light and point down which should ensure there is minimal light pollution. It was agreed to replace 10 of the lamps in this financial year and 10 next year.

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.

Community Car Scheme: This is now up and running and any journeys can be requested through Liz Christie on 701765.

The Next Meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 7 December 2015 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



The next Breakfast is on Saturday 12th December from 9am to 11:30am with a few Christ-mas Stalls.  I will add mushrooms and black pudding to the ‘Full Monty’ as a Christmas Spe-cial, but still for a meagre £5!  You can get sandwiches and beans on toast plus the Children’s Special of three items for £2.50.  Please continue to support us in the New Year.

You will be glad to know the Chilli and Quiz evening was yet another success with about 30 people enjoying plenty of chilli on jacket potatoes and mince pies.  A healthy £150 was made.

Stop Press:  We have just received a Grant of £2,000 towards the Planning Application.


Join the


in the hearty Carols of the 18th Century

Sunday 6th December

at the Jubilee Hall Litcham 7pm

Seasonal Refreshments


Collection in Aid of Village Hall Resoration Fund



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


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



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 

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 14th November, 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


“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.




Enquiries should be made to

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

Nick Fulcher nifulcher@aol.com or tel: 07624476488


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.