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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


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

Planning: No objection was raised to the application for the provision of a double class base modular accommodation for a period of five years at Litcham School primary site. Permission had been granted by Breckland Council for the construction of two storey extension and replacement porch at Pendle Weasenham Road, the erection of detached dwelling on land off Drury Lane, the erection of detached garage at 33 Wellingham Road, the proposed canopy, portico, conservatory, replacement stable block/garage and new access at Litcham Farmhouse and for a Super Eco House on land adjacent to Lime Kiln House.

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, the Clerk or Richard Bailey on 700539.

Access to the Churchyard from Druids Lane: The Parish Council is to proceed with the submission of a plan to the Parochial Church Council for the new kissing gate. The Parish Council is still concerned about the long term commitment to the donation to assist with the cutting of the grass in the churchyard.

Highways: Norfolk County Council is to be requested to maintain the footways in Litcham as it appears that the footway along Lexham Road has not had the verges cut or the hedge lowered. The footway between Back Street and Front Street does not appear to have been sprayed again this year. Norfolk County Council is to be reminded as it was reported last year and Norfolk County Council confirmed that it would be added. The sign on the footway at the junction of Pound Lane and Lexham Road is to be moved by Breckland Council. This footway is also to be reported to Norfolk County Council as the grass is already coming through the surface.

The Common: Breckland Council has confirmed that it will empty a second litter bin on the Common. The tenant of Long Meadow is now accessing the land he rents by using the correct access.

Speedwatch: A session was held on 17 June during which 34 vehicles were recorded doing speeds between 35 and 52 m.p.h. of which 19 were doing over 37m.p.h.

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 7 September 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.

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RECYCLE RIGHT!

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.


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DEREHAM 5K TOWN RACE


Are you up to the challenge? The annual Dereham 5k Town Race is now open for entries!

If you can complete the 5k course in less than 40 minutes, then you are eligible to take part in this popular annual road race which is now in its 5th year.

The race will be held on 23 August and starts at 9.15am from the Recreation Ground on Station Road (opposite Dereham Leisure Centre). Runners follow a fast, flat route through the town centre, and complete two laps of the course. To be eligible to compete, athletes must be over 12 years on the day. All finishers receive a medal.

There's tailor-made challenge for mini-athletes too, with a 1k Fun Run taking place on the Recreation Ground on the same day. To register for the 5k race, look on the Dereham Runners website www.derehamrunners.co.uk.


The Dereham 5k Town Race is organised by Dereham Runners in partnership with Breckland Council. For more information, call Stefan Clifford at Breckland Council on 01362 656870.


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GET ACTIVE THIS SUMMER


Together with Active Norfolk, NCC Public Health has launched a free magazine which aims to inspire families in Norfolk get more active this summer.

Packed with ideas for cheap, fun activities and days out, Get into Summer aims to support cash-strapped families struggling to keep kids entertained during the summer holidays.

From free outdoor gyms and guided cycle rides, to park theatre and pond dipping, the magazine features activities to suit all ages, abilities and budgets.

Pick up your copy to find out more about a FREE six-week programme of family activities, starting this summer, with courses like Family Dance at The Garage, Norwich; Cycle Confidence on the Great Yarmouth seafront; and Swimming at St James, King’s Lynn.

There’s also a chance to win Halfords bikes for a family of four and a glamping holiday in West Norfolk courtesy of West Lexham, as well as money-saving vouchers to help you cut the cost of keeping your family active.

Launched in the Eastern Daily Press and some of Archant’s weekly titles on June 26, copies of the free magazine are also available at Norfolk libraries and children’s centres.

Part of a joint campaign by Norfolk County Council Public Health and Active Norfolk, Get into Summer is being launched in response to the falling levels of activity in Norfolk among adults and children and the impact of this on their health and wellbeing – now and in the future.

You can find out more and view the magazine online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/getinto

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LITCHAM COMMON

Higher Level Stewardship

A lot of work has been carried out on the common in the last few months as part of our Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement and this has had a significant visual impact, particularly while the felled timber has been stacked on site.  Natural England set a deadline of 28 February for the majority of the work to be completed, which is why so much has been done in a short space of time. Some timber is still to be removed from specific locations agreed with Natural England, for example in places where hibernating wildlife might be disturbed. There is also some ‘tidying up’ work to be done, such as cutting stumps down to ground level. We would like to thank those involved in the tree felling, several of whom are from Litcham, for all their efforts to meet the deadline. We are fortunate to have had the work carried out by skilled individuals who are sympathetic to the site and our nature conservation aims.

We would also like to thank people for bearing with us while all the work has been taking place. We do realise that a lot of mess has been created in the short term but are confident that in the longer term the results will be well worth it. Please do contact either me or another member of the management committee if you have any questions about the management work on the common.

Conservation Group

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 8th August meeting at 10am in the car park. As always, new volunteers are welcome; please contact me on 01328 700045 to find out more.

Tim Angell, on behalf of Litcham Common Management Committee

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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” (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

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.

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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.