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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the July Parish Council meeting, attended by seven Councillors, County and District Councillor M Kiddle Morris the following was considered:

Play Area: The meeting with the M.P. took place but the problem is still that there is no land to build a play area on. Breckland Council is consulting on the new Local Plan, which was formerly called the Local Development Framework in the autumn and at this point requests for land for development within the village will be requested. This may produce a parcel of land on which a village hall and play area could be built if there is the funding available.

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: A meeting was held with the Diocese of Norwich in June attended by Councillors and several parishioners who were able to inform the Diocese of their concerns that there is no free access. The Diocese has been written to to see if any further progress can be made and it is hoped a response will be received by the September meeting.

Highways: The Parish Council has requested that the County Councillor investigates why after a year the slow sign on Tittleshall Road has not been refreshed. The Highways Department has agreed to install a crossroads sign in place of the bend sign on Tittleshall Road to warn motorists of the junction with the B1145 at the Bull Inn. The potholes on Druids Lane and Dereham Road will be reported. The Parish Council is also requesting that all the temporary signs that are erected for surface dressing are removed by the contractor as several have been left and thrown into the hedges.

Jubilee Hall: A meeting was held in June to discuss the future and an architect has produced some ideas for the improvement of the hall and a management committee has been formed. The possibility of grants is being investigated and a further meeting is planned for the end of July.

Speedwatch: The Speedwatch team continue to hold sessions and the session held on 25 June caught 8 vehicles travelling at between 37 and 48 m.p.h. One new volunteer has been trained but 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 co-ordinator Gwen Page on 01328 701523.

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 1 September  2014 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.

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LITCHAM COMMON

Cattle (not) on Litcham Common

We had hoped to have cattle on the common this year, courtesy of a local farmer.  Unfortunately this has once again turned out not to be possible.  We were reliant on the farmer having the right animals available at the right time, and this has not proved to be the case.  The only animals available were cows with calves, and we were concerned about the possibility of the mothers feeling threatened and becoming protective of their young, thereby posing a danger to the public.  In the circumstances we decided not to put these particular animals on the common.  This was a disappointing decision to have to make but one that we felt was prudent.

•DO NOT TOUCH OR FEED THE ANIMALS •

•KEEP DOGS UNDER CLOSE CONTROL AT ALL TIMES •

Conservation Group

The next meeting of the conservation group will take place on Saturday 11th July, starting at 10am 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.

Due to holidays there will be no conservation task in August.  Perhaps now is a good time to thank all the members of the group for their efforts over the course of the year. Recently this has included making and installing the new benches, clearing paths, picking up litter and strimming the vegetation round the car park.  Other volunteers carry out regular weekly checks on the ponies. Our thanks go to all concerned.

Litcham Common Management Committee

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LITCHAM FETE

This year’s fete was held in glorious sunshine which made it very well attended indeed.  Thanks very much to everyone that came along.  The fete and dog show raised approx.  £1,650 this year which is fantastic amount. 

Thank you to the sponsors for the dog show - Litcham Historical Society, Su-Bridge Pet Supplies from Saham Toney and Anchorage Barn from Rudham.

Thanks also to Mike Fuller from Litcham Butchers and Sue from the Bull, Back to Back, Tittleshall Singers, Busybodies Dance Studio from Dereham.  The Litcham School Secondary Phase for the use of the field.  Colin Archer for the use of the marquee, generator and car park.  Also to all the stallholders and attractions, we hope to see you back again.

Friends Plant Stall

The Friends of Litcham All Saints would like to thanks everyone that donated plants for this years Litcham fete.  The fete was a great success and very well attended.  Thanks also to everyone that visited the plant stall on the day. If you would like to join the Friends please contact Kerry Walpole on 01328 700161

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NORFOLK CHURCHES SPONSORED BIKE RIDE

This annual event raises funds for churches throughout Norfolk and of course, includes our own church.  Sponsors are often very willing to support or donate a small amount once they realise that you are helping to preserve some of our ancient heritage buildings.  Burn off your calories and raise funds at the same time as you travel from church to church.  Choose how you travel – bike, horse, foot, or even by car!   The date that you need to keep free for this is Saturday 13th September.  Sponsor Forms from either Veronica Little (700918) or Pam Jackman (701622)

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Breckland Fitness in Later Life for the Over 50’s

Taking part in organised physical activity is a great way to keep fit and active and make new friends.

A new scheme from Breckland Council gives people over 50 years the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of sports and physical activities and meet others with similar interests.

If you live in a rural part of the Breckland district, are aged over 50, and are interested in getting together a group of like-minded people to take part in moderate exercise, then the Breckland Fitness in Later Life Scheme would love to hear from you.

There’s a range of equipment available for your group to hire under the scheme, such as croquet, boccia and carpet bowls sets, tennis racquets and balls, exercise mats and circuit training equipment. Alternatively, grants of up to £500 are available to subsidise start-up costs and help your group get going.

For more information look on the Breckland Council website www.breckland.gov.uk/fill or call Breckland Council Community Officer Stefan Clifford on 01362 656870.

Dereham 5K and 1K Family Fun Run

Feeling up to a challenge? Entry is now open for the fourth annual Dereham 5K run.

The 5K race starts on London Road, just to the south of the Recreation Ground, with a 2-lap loop of the town centre before finishing on the Recreation Ground; road closures and diversions will be operating in the town between 9-10am. For those who prefer something less challenging, there’s 1K family Fun Run in the Recreation Ground.

Both runs will be held on Sunday 20 July 2014 at Dereham Recreation Ground, Station Road, Dereham. The event is organised by Breckland Council in partnership with Dereham Runners, and supported by Dereham Town Council, Hire-a-lite Traffic Management Services, and Parkwood Leisure.

For more information about the two races and how to enter, look on the Breckland Council website, www.breckland.gov.uk/dereham5k, or call Breckland on 01362 656870.

A feast of activities for all ages – and the Gruffalo too!

The summer family favourite, 'Festival on the Farm’ is back for a third year, with a packed programme for children - and the return of an extra-special guest, the Gruffalo.


The event will be held on Saturday 26 July from 10am - 5pm and is based in the beautiful grounds of Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Treats include a woodland survival camp where children and parents can learn to build fires and dens, a festival menagerie, the Tortoise Club, the Raptor Trust, Barry the Beekeeper, and a storytelling tent with local author Karen Clarke. Pif Paf Theatre is back with their bee guides Bombus and Borage, exploring all things Bees and Pollination. There will be tasty treats for sale from local food producers, as well as an Art Fair featuring work by local artists.

Even better, after paying the single admission charge all activities, with the exception of the Gruffalo Feast, are free.

The Festival is organised and funded by Breckland Council. The ticket price includes entry to the Gressenhall museum. Online bookings can be made at www.fotf14.eventbrite.co.uk (no card charges). The full programme of events for the day is available at www.festivalonthefarm.com  or just call 01362 656870.

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