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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


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

Recycling: From the 1st October additional items will be able to be recycled in the black wheelie bin. These include yoghurt pots, milk cartons and glass. Further information has been distributed by Breckland Council.

Youth Club. As this is no longer running the Parish Council hopes that there are some volunteers who would be willing to organise a club. The Parish Council has been approached by a charity who would assist with the initial organisation of a club. If anyone is interested please contact any Councillor or the Clerk.

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: A meeting is to be arranged between the Parish Council and the PCC to attempt to move this forward. The Chairman has held a meeting with the incumbent to press for a joint meeting and to apprise him of the feelings of the parishioners.

Planning: No objection was raised to the proposed construction of a 2 storey detached zero carbon dwelling & integral garage, outdoor pool and associated landscaping at Back Lane. A response had been forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate regarding the appeal against Breckland Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the proposed residential development to the rear of 8 Church Street re-iterating the Parish Council’s objections to the application. The Chairman had attended a site meeting regarding the appeal and The Planning Inspector allowed the Chairman to speak about the Parish Council’s objections. The Planning Inspector will make his decision in due course. 

Highways: the Local Highway Improvement scheme in partnership with Parish Councils is being run again in 2015/16 and the Parish Council is to request that improvements to the footway at the junction of Pound Lane and Lexham Road be investigated as a possible application. The cost of this will be obtained from Norfolk County Council. A request had also been received for a footway on Dereham Road from the pumping station to Canaan Cottages and Norfolk County Council would be asked for costings and feasibility of this.

Jubilee Hall: A meeting had been held with a contractor to undertake repairs to the building and discussions have been held with Breckland Council on their planning requirements. Further meetings and discussions are to be held to discuss external funding to draw up plans for the remedial work necessary. 

Speedwatch: The Speedwatch team has held two sessions the first catching 23 vehicles doing between 37 and 48 mph and the second 12 between 37 and 46 mph. All these will be sent letters by the police. 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 3 November 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.

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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Sadly we have lost two faithful and long-standing members of our congregation recently

Mary Taylor and Joyce Green.

MARY TAYLOR

The death of Mary Jessie Taylor at the age of 92, full of years and firm in Faith concludes a life-time of service to the Church, not only in Litcham where she served for many years as Church Secretary but also more widely as an active member of The Norfolk Churches Trust where she ensured refreshments were always available.  Many years ago she travelled overland with her brother Charles to Africa and, later in life married The Rev’d Pat Taylor, Headmaster of the Choir School at Salisbury.  Here in Litcham (as well as in Mileham) she was a strong supporter of all that went on and Litcham Choristers over the years will recall her as a faithful supporter of Sunday Evensong


JOYCE GREEN

Joyce was for many years at the centre of church and village life in Litcham.  Together with husband Tony (a very accomplished male alto) she sang in the mixed voice choir at the time when there were several families, parents and children, involved in weekly practices and services.  She was also an active member of the Broderers’ Guild, whose church needlework culminated in the white and gold Millennium Altar Frontal which we use at the main festivals in the Church’s year.

Joyce was also closely involved with the Litcham Ladies Group, which succeeded the local branch of the Womens Institute.  She had a warm and practical personality and was always among the first to welcome newcomers to Litcham.  Her natural hospitality extended to making tea for neighbours settling into adjacent properties and even for those doing voluntary work in the church, especially welcomed by those setting up Christmas displays in cold weather.  She and Tony were custodians of the Christmas Crib and took great pride in setting it up each year.  She will be much missed, both in and outside of the pew.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: LITCHAM COMMON PONIES


A few people have been observed stopping their vehicle on the road through Litcham common and feeding the ponies. This is highly undesirable for the following reasons:

·          Such actions will encourage the ponies to loiter in the road as they come to associate cars with food.

·     Consequently the ponies will be more likely to hold up traffic and there will be an increased risk of an accident.

·         These are wild ponies that thrive on a nutrient poor diet – any supplementary feeding with items such as carrots, apples or sweets is bad for their health and could cause very serious illness.

If you know anyone who feeds the ponies please pass this message on to them so that they are aware of the possible serious consequences of their actions.

Thank you for your assistance.

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The Recycling Revolution is coming

You’ll soon be able to put even more in your black recycling bin. From October 2014, Breckland residents will be able to recycle a range of new materials, helping to cut down on waste sent to landfill.

The new items that can be accepted for recycling from October include clean plastic food pots, food tubs and trays, food and drink cartons, clean foil and foil trays, and glass jars and bottles. These will be in addition to the materials you can already put in your recycling bin.

The first black recycling bin collection in Breckland under the new arrangements will be on 6 October.

Breckland Council will be sending out more information to residents nearer the time but, if you want to know more, why not come along to one of the Breckland Recycling Roadshows? They will be held:


Mon 29 September         11am to 2pm                  Watton, Tesco

Tues 30 September        11am to 2pm                  Thetford, Sainsbury’s

Weds 1 October              11am to 2pm                  Attleborough, Sainsbury’s

Thurs 2 October              11am to 2pm                  Dereham, Morrisons

Fri 3 October                   11am to 2pm                  Swaffham, Waitrose


The improvements to the recycling service are the result of Norfolk councils working together as the ‘Norfolk Waste Partnership’ to negotiate a new county-wide recycling contract. When the new service launches in October, all Norfolk residents will benefit from these new arrangements that will save council taxpayers’ money whilst enabling us to recycle even more.

For more information, look out for your leaflet delivered with the bins during the week commencing 22 September. You will also be able to find details on the Breckland website (www.breckland.gov.uk) or Recycle for Norfolk website (www.recyclefornorfolk.org.uk) from the end of September.

Litcham website.

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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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“DAD & LADS”

A new venture for Fathers and Sons

(Sons aged from 7 to 13 but no age limit for Dads!)

ACTION – ADVENTURE – NEW SKILLS

What to know more?

Dads - contact Peter Tuck

Mill Farm, Mileham - Telephone: 07876 082095

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LITCHAM COMMON

Advance Notice: Tree Felling on Litcham Common

Further tree felling is to be undertaken on the common, starting this month. Two different sets of contractors will be working on both sides of the road and there will undoubtedly be disruption and mess while the work takes place. The work is being carried under the terms of our Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England and we are required to have the bulk of the clearance work completed by 28 February 2015. Please bear with us for the duration - the end result will be worth it!

Conservation Group

The next meeting of the conservation group will take place on Saturday 8th October, 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.

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LEGs)


LEGs are planning to perform another pantomime during the February half term 2015 but still need more people to get involved.

Rehearsals will start on Thursday 11th September at 7.30pm, the first meeting being at The Jubilee Hall. Do go along if you are at all interested;

Help is needed both on stage and back stage - whatever you are interested in - you will be needed! Any other queries contact Judith on 01362 820750 or email j.semmons@btinternet.com

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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.

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