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LITCHAM PARISH COUNCIL


At the MAY Parish Council meeting which was attended by seven Councillors, County Councillor M Kiddle Morris and one member of the public the following was considered:

Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Councillor M Oldfield was re-elected chairman and Councillor Mitchell re-elected Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council.

Planning: Applications. There were no planning applications to consider. Decisions: The application for the extension and redesign of existing single floor structure to allow the hall to be used in a more convenient manner from the Jubilee Hall had been approved. The retrospective application at Willow House Druids Lane for the alterations to the fenestration, insertion of rooflights within the east elevation roof and a new patio and steps to the rear had also been approved by Breckland Council.

Neighbourhood Watch: There are still vacancies for local coordinators for the following areas:- Pound Lane, Back Street, Front Street and Lexham Road: the north end of Tittleshall Road; Weasenham Road and Keppel Close and Lexham Road West. It is anticipated that a meeting of the coordinators will be held in the near future once all areas are covered.

If any parishioner wishes to assist please contact the Clerk.

Highways: The flooding on Mileham Road opposite the school playing field and also at the bend near to Coronation Cottages had been reported and Norfolk County council had confirmed that these had been investigated and it is going to resolve the problem. The potholes on Dereham Road, Druids Lane and Pound Lane had also been reported and Norfolk County council had confirmed it is going to repair these but this may tale 6 weeks. The new potholes on Back Lane, Weasenham Road, Tittleshall Road, the overgrown signs on Tittleshall Road and Druids Lane are all to be reported. The white lining on several roads including across the Common are to be requested to be refreshed. As there has been a second accident on the Common involving a pony, the Parish Council is to contact Norfolk County Council to enquire if the speed limit can be extended to the furthest cattle grid.

Accounts for the Financial Year 2017-2018. These were approved at the meeting and the full details will be posted on the website as per the new regulations that have come into force for this year.

County and District Councillor Reports: The County Councillor reported that there is  mobile phone detection sign similar to a SAM2 sign that will scan a vehicle to see if a mobile phone is being used that is not on Bluetooth but is breaking the law by being used whilst driving. There will be four cameras on trial in the county and these will be moved around to determine hotspots for illegal usage of mobile phones. There is a consultation underway on a western link from the NDR to the A47. St present it is likely that there is more traffic on the B1145 through Litcham as vehicles travel from the NDR to the A47 via King’s Lynn.
The next meeting of Litcham Parish Council is due to be held on
4 June 2018 at the Jubilee Hall at 7.30 p.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, www.litcham.org

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JUBILEE HALL

The coffee morning on 31st March got off to a quiet start but by 11am it was buzzing and we made £170 for hall funds. 

On Saturday 12th May we are having a plant sale.  If you have any plants surplus to requirements, think of us please.  It is from 10am to 12 noon and there will be refreshments and a raffle.

We will also have a cake stall at the Village Fete on Saturday 16th June.  Again, contributions for that please.

June Bevan (01328) 700 274

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LITCHAM CHURCHYARD CONSERVATION GROUP

The wild pale lilac crocuses which cover a large area of the old churchyard were magnificent this year and they even raised their heads again as the snow melted!  The churchyard is now officially part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Churchyard Conservation Scheme. Emily Nobbs from the Trust came to advise us on which parts of the churchyard could be managed as conservation areas.

We now have two; a fairly shady rectangular area at the rear of the church (it’s hoped that some of the lower branches can be removed to lift the canopy slightly in order to reduce the amount of shade) and a sunny triangle at the front nearer to the roadside.  They both have their own “cutting and removal of grass” regimes.  If they are successful, in that they encourage more wildlife, then the area at the front of the church may become a permanent feature and the rectangle at the rear of the church might be enlarged slightly next year.

Emily, along with Malcolm Turner who did such an excellent survey last year, will do a wildlife survey this summer and a moth survey is also planned.

Our cutting and raking-off session for the conservation area behind the church is planned for Saturday 30th June at 10:30am. Please come and join us if you can. The scheme is a long-term plan, but maybe in ten years or so the churchyard, which is already so rich in wildlife, will enjoy even greater biodiversity.

Claire Lawrence, 01328 700145.

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LITCHAM COMMON

Bylaws

Over the past few months there have been instances of motor vehicles being illegally driven on Litcham Common. In the circumstances we wish to emphasise that unauthorised motor vehicles and motor bikes (including trail bikes) are forbidden from driving over or parking on the common, including the road verges, under the bylaws. A car park is provided for visitors so please use this. Quite separately from the bylaws, it is in fact a criminal offence to drive unauthorised motor vehicles on common land.

We ask members of the public to please respect the bylaws relating to the common, which can be found in full in the “Common” section of Litcham’s website under the “Management” tab.”

Conservation Group

The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 9th June, starting at 10am and meeting in Litcham Common car park. As always, new volunteers will be very welcome. Please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.

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THE MOTHS OF LITCHAM.


Join me on Saturday 4th August to see what Moths are flying by night on our very own Litcham Common. Moth lights & traps will be on from dusk in the middle of the Common, on the car park side of the road - just follow the light!

I'll be on hand with nets, pots and books for those who want to join in, or if you'd rather take more of a back seat and have a look at what's been caught, then just bring yourself and maybe enjoy your first Elephant Hawk-moth or Large Yellow Underwing? Who knows - we may just catch a rare one! See you there and don't forget to bring a torch!

Keith Kerr, keithkerr@hotmail.co.uk

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THE DEFIB IS IN SERVICE!

Come along to Litcham School, Secondary Phase (High School site, main hall) on Thursday 17th May at 7pm to have a look at the defibrillator, ask any questions, learn a little and have a cuppa!

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MID NORFOLK SINGERS

with Chanot Sinfonia

Johann Sebastian Bach

MASS IN B MINOR

Conducted by Robert Hamwee

Norwich Cathedral. Saturday 2nd June 7.30.pm

Tickets £8/£12/£15  Theatre Royal Box Office 01603 630000

online   www.midnorfolksingers.org.uk and at the door

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WANT TO LEARN THE UKULELE?

New beginners sessions just started

Mondays from 7pm - 9pm in Tittleshall Village Hall

Lesson are FREE

But £4 to cover hire of the hall, less if more turn up!

More details from Julia Bloomfield

01328 701178

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LITCHAM COMMUNITY FETE & DOG SHOW

DOG SHOW

13th May - 12noon until 4pm

Judgeing start at 12.30

15 classes - £2 entry per class or 3 for £5

The Meadow, Chalk Farm, Druids Lane, Litcham PE32 2YA

by kind permission of Colin & Judi Archer

Refreshment & Stalls

Contact Tracey Buttle 07392296980 or litchamcommunityfete@gmial.com.


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Dog Show: the plans for this years dog show are going well. The Dog Show is taking place on Sunday 13th May at Chalk Farm, Druids Lane, Litcham between 12noon and 4pm.  We are having 15 classes, £2 entry per class or you can enter 3 classes for £5. We also have a children’s class at just £1.  We have the following classes :-

  1. Most Handsome Dog
    Child Handler (16 And Under £1 Entry)

  2. Obedience (Sit, Stay & Paw)

  3. Litcham Residents Only:
    Best Puppy (Under 12 Months)

  4. Prettiest Bitch
    Veteran (Best Golden Oldie - Over 7 Years)

  5. Best Rescue,
    Scruffiest Dog/Bitch,
    Waggiest Tail

  6. Most Appealing Eyes, Best Ball Catcher

  7. My Best Friend Dog and Owner Look Alike Dog/Bitch

  8. And ‘Judge Would Most Like To Take Home”.

If you are interested in sponsoring a class please email litchamcommunityfete@gmail.com. Sponsorship is just £10 per class.

We will also have refreshments available.

For further information about the dog show contact Tracey Buttle on 07392 296980 or traceybuttle@hotmail.com

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LITCHAM COMMUNITY FETE

16th June - 12noon til 4pm Litcham School Field (Mileham Rd)

BBQ, Refreshments - Car Boot - Raffle - Live Music

and many more traditional stalls. Please come and support us.

Car boot pitches £5 for a 5ft pitch or £10 for a 6ft to 10ft pitch

(if booked in advance ) contact Alison Briston on 07961 370264

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LITCHAM COMMON CONSERVATION GROUP

New Ponies on the Common

Our two new ponies arrived safely from Dartmoor on the Monday before Easter and seem to have settled down well, although at the time of writing they are still keeping their distance from our existing three ponies due to some bullying when they first arrived!

The two new ponies are called Nigel and Joshua's Lad.  Nigel is aged four and Joshua's Lad is two.  They look similar, but Joshua's Lad is a darker bay colour than Nigel.  (The other, bigger, ponies are called Simon, George and Freedom.  Simon is the dark one. The two greys can be difficult to tell apart, but Freedom has a longer mane than George.)

Conservation Group

The next monthly conservation task will take place on Saturday 12th May, meeting at 10am in Litcham Common car park. As always, new volunteers will be very welcome. For further information please contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045.

Litcham Common Management Committee  

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LITCHAM ENTERTAINMENT GOUP (LEGs)

“It's behind you!”

The script for pantomime for 2018 is just about finished.  We will be pleased to present ‘LEGS does Robinson Crusoe’ in October 2018. Rehearsals and read-through will start on 19th April 7:30pm at Jubilee Hall Litcham.  Why not come along for a chat and a cuppa? You do not have to be on stage acting if that s not your thing, we need backstage and front of house help, as well a someone who will look after us with refreshments during our weekly rehearsals.

We are a very friendly group of mixed ages (8 to 80) who meet for 3 main reasons: 1) to come together socially  2) to raise money for local charities 3) to put on an annual comedy pantomime production.

Come along or call Mary on 01328 700248

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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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WEIGHTWATCHERS

The group has grown from three initial members to fourteen members with a mixture of ages and weights, each of us with our own reasons for joining and with our own targets.  The group is doing fantastically well and we are losing over a stone a week on average between us.  With fourteen weeks to summer we are looking to challenge others to join us in order to feel more ready for summer.

Meetings are held in the Jubilee Hall every Monday at 9:30am.

www.Weightwatchers.com/uk

Rebecca Abram

 

Parish Council

NEXT MEETING

MONDAY 4th JUNE

Minutes

Accounts

Community Car Scheme