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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

At the December Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors and one parishioner the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider. Decisions: There were no decisions to report.

Dog Bin on Weasenham Road: The Parish Council is awaiting the permission to site the dog bin on Weasenham Road.  Any instances of dog fouling can be reported to the Dog Warden on 01362 858500. Please clear up after your dog and place in the bins provided or take home and place in your green wheelie bin.

Neighbourhood Watch: The Parish Council is keen to ensure that this continues but there is no coordinator for the scheme. If any parishioner would be willing to take this on please contact the Clerk.

Speedwatch: Unfortunately the parishioner who volunteered to become the coordinator is no longer able to do so. If any parishioner would be willing to take this on please contact the Clerk.

Highways: The Parish Council agreed to support the school in its efforts to improve the signage along Mileham Road for the times that pupils are crossing to the playing field. This will entail applying to Norfolk County Council as a Local Highway Improvement Scheme which if successful the County Council will fund 50% of the cost. The Parish Council and High School will fund the other 50% jointly.

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. 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.

Precept: The Parish Council has decided to raise the precept this year. The precept was reduced in 2015 and remained the same in 2016. Unfortunately there are several items that the Parish Council will have to fund in the future, for example the Roadside Nature Reserve, which have always been funded by other authorities. The members were mindful that there may be a change to the legislation on Parish Council precepts so it was felt that it was prudent to raise it this year so that there would be a higher base from which to start in the future if there is new capping legislation. This will enable the Parish Council to support future projects within the parish, for example a new play area.

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.

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 6 February  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.

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 JUBILEE HALL

CHRISTMAS MULLED WINE AND HOT CHOCOLATE MORNING

Saturday 10th December 10:30 -  12:30

To include Christmas craft stalls and Christmas Raffle

**Father Christmas Will Be Arriving At 11:00am!**

Every Child Will Receive A Small Present!

(there will be a small charge of £2.50 per child)

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CAROLING ROUND LITCHAM

Would anyone like to join me to carol sing for charity in Litcham? All you need is a torch and a voice, well just a torch really.  I have carol sheets.  If anyone would like to bring a musical instrument (which can be carried) to accompany us, that would be great. 

Meet on the Green outside the Bull at Litcham 7:30pm on Wednesday 21st December, singing round the village and ending at the Bull at about 9:00pm for "wine that gladdens the heart" as it says in the bible.  Sue would like an indication of numbers so could you let me know if you think you might be interested.

Heather 700071


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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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JUNE’S SPOON

at the JUBILEE HALL

Saturday 14th January 2016 9-11am

The usual ‘Full Monty’ £5

Various Sandwiches & combinations e.g. Egg on toat£2.50

All with Tea and Coffee

Raffle

proceeds to Jubilee Halls Funds

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NEWS from LITCHAM ALL SAINTS

The licensing of Rev’d Julia Hemp to serve in all 17 churches and Canon Heather Butcher as Team Rector Designate of the Parishes of Launditch and Upper Nar took place at Gressenhall on All Saints Day, 1st November by the Bishop of Lynn, Jonathan Meyrick who presided in a packed church with many other clergy, church wardens and representatives from the Parishes.  Afterwards we went on to the Old School House for drinks and a wonderful buffet.  Welcome Julia!

As you will see in the list of Services there will be plenty of services over the Christmas period.  The “People’s Carol Service” will be at Tittleshall on Tuesday 20th December at 7:00pm.  The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in Litcham is on Friday 23rd December at 7:00pm (not 20th as in last month’s magazine).  After which there will be the customary mince pies and refreshments.  At present the Nave, the main body of the Church, is still full of scaffolding but we have been told it will be clear by Christmas.  Look out for my letters which will also have next year’s rota for flowers.  Meanwhile, the Chancel is always open where we continue to hold services.

By the time you get this our Annual Lunch and Bazaar will be over, so I will let you know how we get on next month. 

Our next fundraiser, and our biggest and most lucrative when we strive to hit £1000.  It is the Lexham Hall Snowdrop walk which is on Sunday 5th February.  Lots of soup and cakes, please.  I will tell you more next month.

And finally from one of hymns we sang at the Licensing:


Here I am Lord, is it I Lord?

I have heard you calling in the night

I will go Lord, if you lead me,

I will hold your people in my heart.


It only leaves me to say thank you for all your support with both the Church and The Jubilee Hall fundraisers and wish you all a

A Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Love and God Bless, June Bevan


PS Chester stayed at his friend Tammy’s house whilst I was away.  They had a whale of a time - so I am told!

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LITCHAM SCHOOL

This is always a magical time of year in any primary school and it is no different here at Litcham.

Our primary Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday 2nd of December from 3:00pm to 4:30pm, there will be a wide array of arts and crafts, as well as traditional stalls, cakes and refreshments and I am reliably informed that the man in the red suit will be making an appearance.

Our musical nativity is being performed by children from our three youngest classes, on Tuesday 6th December, there will be two performances at 2:00pm and 6:00pm, this will be a donation on entry event with all profits going towards the funding of school productions and experiences.  Our key stage two classes will be performing a range of traditional carols and festive songs at 6:00pm on Wednesday 7th December, we hope that this event will be held in Litcham Church, however if the scaffolding is still in place we will move to the secondary phase hall.

The entire school is being treated to a trip to Cinderella at The King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, we are looking forward to all the traditional fun of a classic pantomime and know that it will be a wonderful experience for all our children.

We wish all the friends and family of Litcham School a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 10th December, when we will be cutting and burning scrub.  As is our tradition in December, we will have a break at lunchtime to enjoy potatoes baked on the fire, mulled wine and other goodies.  Why not join us? 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.

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LITCHAM RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY.

As you are aware we lost our friend Doug Rorke earlier this year which meant the charity had to find another trustee, we put an advertisement in the parish magazine and we had a very good response.  Mr.  John Archer from Butt Lane was selected and we look forward to a good and friendly relationship.

I would like to thank everyone who applied for the post it was a difficult decision to have to make.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the trust is here to give help to anyone in financial need, please phone or write to me, Elizabeth Christie, 01328 701 765 in the strictest confidence.

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LITCHAM DEFIB APPEAL

Dear all, I think that Litcham deserves and needs a defibrillator.  Do you agree?

Out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests (SCA)happen around 100,000 times a year in the UK, making it one of the UK's biggest killers.  A defibrillator is a very intelligent yet extremely simple and safe machine to use, which can deliver an electric shock to the heart in the event of an SCA.

The potential for saving a life is dependent on time.  After a cardiac arrest, every minute that goes by without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10%.

Research shows that in the event of a SCA, CPR alone gives a 5% survival rate, however with a defibrillator available this is increased to a 50% chance.

We live relatively remotely,  let's give ourselves, our families, our friends and our colleagues the best possible chance should the worst happen.

Our GP surgery will have a defibrillator but it is not available to us when the surgery is closed.  Therefore it is vital that we have a one that is accessible at all times.

I have been in contact with a charity called The Community Heartbeat Trust.  They will take us through the process step by step and provide training, guidance, support with banking and fundraising and will liaise with the ambulance trust and BT.

Preliminary searches show that BT will donate the phone box to us to house the defibrillator in.

Locally, both Stanfield and Tittleshall have defibrillators in their villages and Dereham has five!  It's time for Litcham to get one too!

In order to proceed I’ve been advised to form a committee and this can only happen with your support.  Please attend our informal meeting on Friday 17th June at 7pm in The Bull to discuss this further, answer any questions that you may have or to offer your support.

Thank you, Ruth Buschman, Tel:01328 702216

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MOBILE LIBRARY

The mobile library will visit Litcham most months in 2016 with the exception of March and May.  It stops outside the corner of Manor Drive and Front Street (PE32 2QG) at 10:15am and in Litcham Close (PE32 2QX) at 10:55am.  Each visit lasts 15minutes.

Dates of visits in 2016: 12th September, 10th October, 7th November, 5th December.
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105 – The POWER CUT NUMBER

105 is a new three-digit number that people can call to report orget information about power cuts. You can also call 105 with any welfare concerns related to a power cut, or if you are worried about the safety of over or underground electricity cables or substations.105 is free of charge and will put you through to your electricity network operator. You can call 105 from most landlines and mobile phones. It will be launched in September 2016 and will be available to people in England, Scotland and Wales. The powercut105.com website will be live for launch, providing people with more information and signposting them to their network operator.

Why Is It Being Introduced?

A lot of people don’t know who to call to report or get updates about power cuts, with many wrongly calling the energy supply companies they pay their bills to. 105 aims to solve this problem, providing people with an easy-to-remember number that will put them straight through to their local electricity network operator. This is particularly important when there is bad weather as severe storms can cause major disruption to electricity supply into homes and businesses. 105 is just one of the ways you can contact your network operator. They can still be contacted directly by phone on their 0800 number or via their website – and most can be reached through social media too.

Who Is Behind 105?

105 is jointly funded by electricity network operators. Electricity network operators are the companies that manage and maintain the underground cables, overhead lines and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses. There are several electricity network operators. The larger ones each cover a different region within Great Britain. Wherever you live, 105 will put you through to the right network operator.

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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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