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LITCHAM CHURCH - FUNDRAISER

JUNE’S SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA

Bevan Cottage, 1 Dereham Road, Litcham PE32 2NU

on Saturday 12th August from 3pm to 5pm

Traditional cream teas with sandwiches, cakes,

sausage rolls and cheese scones

All for a donation to All Saint’s Church, Litcham - Raffle

For more information please phone June Bevan on 01328 700274 _______________________________________________________________________


LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL

NEXT MEETING OF THE WILL BE HELD ON

MONDAY 24th  JULY 2017 AT 7.00 p.m. IN THE JUBILEE HALL


FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSACTING THE BUSINESS SET OUT ON

THE AGENDA BELOW

THE PUBLIC AND PRESS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND

THE FIRST PART OF THE MEETING IS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION OF THE COUNCIL ANY MATTERS NOT COVERED IN THE AGENDA

AND TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS ON MATTERS ON THE AGENDA


AGENDA


1.    To consider Apologies for Absence.

2.    To receive Declarations of Interests.

3.    To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 3rd July 2017

4.    Planning

        4.1 Applications

             4.1.1 3PL/2017/0854/D-8 Church Street –erection of three dwellings.

             4.1.2 3PL/2017/0855/F-10 Church Street demolition of dwelling and erection of replacement dwelling.

5.     Matters for the next meeting (not for Discussion).

6.     To confirm that the next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is to be held on Monday 4th  September 2017 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30 p.m.

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June Extract (with apologies for it’s lateness)

At the June Parish Council meeting that was attended by seven councillors and County Councillor M Kiddle Morris the following was considered:

Planning: Applications: There were no applications to consider.  Decisions: Breckland Council had refused permission for the 2 detached single storey dwellings and garages on land to the rear of Fourways Mileham Road.  The reasons for refusing the application were noted and included the impact on local heritage assets, the urbanisation of part of the conservation area and the need to protect the amenity for the future occupiers as there would be limited access to natural light.  These reasons are in accordance with Breckland Council’s Planning policies.

County Councillor Report: No committee meetings have been held since the elections so there was nothing to report.  The meetings start the week commencing 12 June.

Highways: The Parish Council will report the following points to Norfolk County Council:- the verge on Front Street from the footway towards Manor drive, the surface of the road at the junction of Mileham Road, the potholes outside Tithe Barn Mileham Road, the school signs on Wellingham Road and Druids Lane and the delimit sign on Lexham Road.  The signs are all hidden by vegetation.  The SAM2 sign will be erected again on Butt Lane to check the speed of vehicles travelling from Tittleshall Road.  Norfolk County Council has stated that at present there is no possibility to have a part-time one way system for Pound Lane and Butt Lane.

Defibrillator: The Parish Council has had no answer to its request to see if the place where the existing defibrillator is positioned would be accessible 24 hours per day.  Therefore the Parish Council will support the installation of a defibrillator in the telephone kiosk.

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July Extract

At the July Parish Council meeting, which was attended by seven councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle-Morris and one member of the public the following points were considered:

Planning: Applications: The Parish Council objected to the erection of two detached dwellings with associated access, landscaping and servicing on land adjacent to Lime Kiln House.  This site is outside the settlement boundary and whilst the Super Eco house has been granted permission outside the settlement boundary and close to the proposed new dwellings, the Parish Council felt that there was no similar outstanding architectural merit in these dwellings.  The Parish Council was also concerned that by granting permission for these two dwellings, there would possibly be more applications for dwellings on this site.  The Parish Council raised no objection to the new porch and alterations to external materials, roof, walls and windows at 31 Church Street.  The Parish Council also raised no objection to the amendment to the position of parking on land adjacent to Anvil House Butt lane.  Decisions: Breckland Council had granted permission for the variation of condition at the solar farm on land to the west of Tittleshall.

Neighbourhood Watch: There are vacancies for local coordinators for the following areas:-  Rectory Meadow and Druids Lane, Pound Lane, Back Street, Front Street and Lexham Road, the north end of Tittleshall Road, Weasenham Road and Keppel Close.  Also Lexham Road West, Hall Farm House and Coronation Cottages.

The Parish Council agreed to purchase new signs for the scheme as the old ones state Homewatch, not Neighbourhood Watch.

If any parishioner wishes to assist please contact the clerk.

County Councillor’s Report: The Local Highway Partnership Scheme will be running gain in 2018/19.The government has given a further £35 million to the county for adult social services but it will still be necessary to cut the budget by a further £125 million.

Highways: The Parish Council will report to Norfolk County Council the following:- the footways on Lexham Road and Church Street and the finger post on the junction of Tittleshall Road and Butt Lane (which appears to have lost the word Wellingham). 

The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on 24 July 2017 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30p.m.  This is solely to discuss a planning application.  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 to all parishioners by contacting the clerk on 01362 861112 or by viewing on the Litcham website, www.litcham.org

Bryan Leigh

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LITCHAM CHURCH - FUNDRAISER

JUNE’S SUMMER AFTERNOON TEA

Bevan Cottage, 1 Dereham Road, Litcham PE32 2NU

on Saturday 12th August from 3pm to 5pm

Traditional cream teas with sandwiches, cakes,

sausage rolls and cheese scones

All for a donation to All Saint’s Church, Litcham - Raffle

For more information please phone June Bevan on 01328 700274 _______________________________________________________________________

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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JUBILEE HALL

We regret the cancellation of the Quiz which should have been on 24th June but sadly no tickets were purchased.

Another date has been arranged for Saturday 7th October in the Jubilee Hall at 7pm for 7.30pm.  No tickets, just turn up and bring your own drinks.  I will do cheese straws, sausage rolls and cake.  £5 on the door.  Hope to see you there!

Next Breakfast: Saturday 2nd September from 9am.  The usual menu; full English breakfast - sausage, bacon, egg, tomatoes and baked beans for £5.  There will also be the alternative of various sandwiches, or beans or egg on toast as well as some cereals (these seem to go well with the children).  There will be a raffle at both the above events - so prizes, please.

Our special thanks to the Dog Show and Fete Committee for giving us £100 out of the proceeds from the two events.

The lease on the hall has now been signed for an annual rent.  Remember it is your village hall and I am pleased to say bookings are looking up.  We need to use it to qualify for grants.

June Bevan (01328) 700 274

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (LEGS)

Babes in the Wood

We are well underway with our  panto rehearsals for Babes in the Wood to be performed in the last week of  October.  Details of tickets, times and box office will be available soon.

We would still welcome help in the form of volunteers to prepare refreshments, help front of house and back stage.  If you would like to volunteer to help on any of the three nights, please call Mary 01327 700248

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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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LITCHAM COMMON

Cattle

All being well, by the time you read this a number of Hereford cattle will be grazing the common. The cattle will compliment the conservation grazing carried out by our resident ponies, with the aim of maintaining a diverse sward of vegetation on the common and preventing the more vigorous species from dominating. The animals are owned by a local farmer who is responsible for their welfare, although our volunteers will also be keeping an eye on them. The usual rules that apply to the ponies also apply to the cattle:

Do not approach the animals and do not attempt to touch or feed them

Keep dogs under close control at all times

Dogs

Lots of people enjoy walking their dogs on the common and generally this works well with few problems. However, we have recently received a number of complaints about people clearing up after their dogs but then leaving the bags either lying on the ground or hanging from trees or bushes. This behaviour is very hard to understand and unpleasant for other people. We ask that people show consideration for others, and the environment, by clearing up after their dogs and then disposing of the bag in the dog waste bin provided in the car park.

Ragwort

We normally receive a number of calls at this time of year from people concerned about the ragwort growing on the common. Although this plant can be toxic when eaten by livestock, it is unpalatable to animals while still growing. The main danger comes when the plant has dried out, particularly if it becomes mixed up in hay. Please be reassured that, as usual, we have a plan in place for the ragwort to be pulled and properly disposed of before it sets seed.

Bracken

A contractor will be cutting the bracken this month. Bracken is invasive and by cutting it each year at the height of its vigour we aim to gradually weaken the rootstock so that it grows back less strongly in the future.

Conservation Task

The next conservation planned task will take place on Saturday 12th August, meeting at 10am in Litcham Common car park. We will probably be carrying on last month’s work of clearing paths and picking up litter. As always, new volunteers are welcome. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for further information.

Litcham Common Management Committee

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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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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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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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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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“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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Parish Council

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