Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Old Buckenham Parish Council meeting

Annual Parish Council meeting
These notes have been written from the draft minutes by the blog editor and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
The meeting was held on Thursday 4 May in the Church Rooms, Old Buckenham.
Councillors present were Adrian Joel, Rona Boggia, Terry Cracknell, Ben Devlin, Sarah Hornbrook, Steve Milner and Andy Nicholls as well as the parish clerk Hilary Clutten. Ten members of the public also attended.
Election of Chairman. Nominations were requested for the chairmanship of the Parish Council for 2017/18. Members of the Parish Council proposed and seconded the appointment of Adrian Joel as Chairman and as there were no other nominations he was duly appointed Chairman.
Election of Vice Chairman. Jonathan Kemp had been unable to attend the meeting and it was agreed to elect someone to this position at the next Parish Council meeting.
Co-opting new parish councillors. Four candidates had put themselves forward for the three vacancies. They were asked to say a few words about themselves and the Parish Council then held a secret ballot in accordance with the resolution passed at last month’s meeting. The voting papers were verified and Old Buckenham residents Phil Little, Susan Brown and Jonathan Hicks were duly elected as parish councillors and each was given an information pack which included the Register of Interest form and the latest edition of the Good Councillor Guide.
Minutes of the April Council meeting. These were agreed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from these minutes. Doe Lane speeding has not been progressed due to public views on this matter. It was suggested the subject was added to the next agenda for further consideration. The Parochial Church Council has launched a ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign to repair its thatched roof. There has been no response from NCC on the Alston Freedom of Information request.
Public participation in relation to agenda items.
The state of sign on Abbey Road to be reported to NCC Highways.The trees on the Green are being surveyed free of charge. It was noted that the school buses were parking on Abbey Road and not on the school site – agreed to put this on next agenda for discussion.
Probation Service Community Work also to be put on the agenda next month.
There  had been a complaint about a planning application for a part one-storey and two-storey house that was now all two-storey.
The Head of Chapel Road School is to reply to a letter from George Freeman MP and will email a copy to all those involved with the safety crossing issue. The PCC did not get a letter of support from the Head of Chapel Road School for its Lottery Grant proposal.
 The Clerk has found version 9 of the agreement 
for the Village Hall lease of the land that the Parish Council rents.but has not yet been able to track down a signed copy. It was reported that the lease contained a repairing clause; this needs to be checked as the fencing needs repair.
The owner of the Homestead explained the reason why he wanted to move into a single storey dwelling and reported that he had contacted his neighbours about his planning application and had received two letters of support.
Sarah Dye reported on the Green Working Party’s five year plan and John Fernihough reported on some of the work that was being requested as shown on the evening’s agenda. A member of the public commented that the 5 Year Plan made no reference to income from the Green but at the present time it is not possible to quantify any fixed income other than what the Green Right Proprietors will hand over. A replacement resident is needed on the Working Party due to the resignation of Ray Bayfield. The mowing of the Green will be carried out free of charge by a local farmer. The mole catching had not been successful due in part to delays by the company appointed. No further work will be carried out and no costs will be invoiced to the Parish Council. There had also been opposition from some residents.
A licence is required to site the new bins on the Green so that they can be emptied by Breckland Council, the Clerk has this in hand. Two bins are being sponsored for their full cost by Ray Bayfield and Marina Beadnell. The Six Villages Newsletter has offered to sponsor another two bins for their full cost.
The sale of slices of the fallen walnut tree raised £105 and this has been donated to the Parish Council for the Green. Andy Nicholls has obtained sponsorship for tidying up another pond.
It has not been possible to obtain any signs about keeping dogs on leads and in any case this could not be enforced unless the Green was designated a Public Space Protection Area. There was consideration of having signs that said ‘dogs should be kept under control’. Dogs walking to heel is ok but not dogs being 'turfed’ out of cars and left to run around on their own. A resident criticised the Parish Council for, in his view, not being supportive enough financially to the Village Hall. Sarah Dye and John Fernihough were thanked for their work on the Green.
Planning applications. Homestead, The Green. Erection of a new single storey dwelling and parking for existing dwelling. Sarah Hornbrook exhibited the application drawings and the Council, with one abstention ,resolved to support this application.
Planning decisions. 25 Hargham Road. Erection of single storey rear extension. This had been approved by Breckland Council.
Anonymous planning communications. An anonymous letter had been sent to all the parish councillors and the Clerk relating to past planning applications of one of the parish councillors. It was proposed that the Parish Council spends no time discussing the anonymous letter, this was seconded and agreed. The Parish Council agreed that the parish councillor in question did not need to justify the decisions made by Breckland Council in a parish council meeting and also agreed to send a copy of the letter to Breckland Planning Department.
Financial matters. The Clerk had distributed a financial report. The Santander account had finally been closed and the balance paid into the Barclays account. The Parish Council’s current insurers, Zurich, had provided a renewal quote of £1,181.08 for a single year, and £1,068.57 per year for a three year renewal. The Clerk had obtained another insurance quotation from brokers Norris and Fisher for £569.77 for Aegis Insurance. Cover is virtually identical on both policies although the Aegis policy requires that the play equipment is checked weekly for which records will need to be kept. The Council resolved to accept the quotation from Norris and Fisher for £569.77.
District Councillor’s report. The Chairman and Sarah Hornbrook had attended the Town and Parish Council meeting held at Attleborough Town Hall in April. The Chairman reported that the presentation was very informative and he had obtained a copy information pack for distribution copies to the other councillors. He also suggested that a talk on planning was organised for the parish councillors, perhaps later in the year at a separate meeting?
Parish Councillors’ reports. Steve Milner reported that ‘Lion’ was the next film to be shown at the Village Hall. Jonathan Hicks reported that lorries had been seen breaking the weight limit on Hargham Road and that he has taken down some licence plate numbers and will forward the information he has so that the parish council can write to Highways Department with proof of the weight limit violations and also contact the police. It is hoped that Morgan Sindall will flatten the old BMX track and the Scouts seem to have given up with their plan for placing a container behind the Village Hall on land leased by the Parish Council. Terry Cracknell announced that he would be resigning from the Parish Council on the following day and he was thanked for his contributions to the Parish Council’s work and the village. There is a query about who actually owns the footpath at the Village Hall that Norfolk County Council wants to upgrade for the use of the new school. The County Council would like the Parish Council to arrange to have the work done for which it will give a grant; this is to save Norfolk County Council applying for planning permission which the Parish Council already has. It was agreed to discuss this at the next Parish Council meeting as wanting the help of the Parish Council in this way could be a good bargaining position in relation to getting a safety crossing.
Ron Brewer would like to arrange for the planting of spring bulbs where the 30mph sign has been relocated at the entrance to the village; agreed to discuss this next month as permission is required from Norfolk County Council to plant the bulbs in the highway verge and there is a request for the Parish Council to pay for the bulbs.
The broadband provider is trying to find a new source of power to the new box. The next box will be located at Ragmere and there will be other boxes too, hopefully before 2020 as that is when the funding ends.
The son of a village resident has carried out some litter picking on the Recreation Area with the Chairman as part of a school community project. They removed nearly four bags of rubbish from the area and the Clerk was asked to write a letter of thanks to the Eduardo Morrelli.
Old Buckenham Neighbourhood Plan. Adrian Joel and Sarah Hornbrook intend to visit Susan Heinrich at Breckland Council to obtain further advice on the Neighbourhood Plan production. The Parish Council needs to consider whether or not it wants to pursue this project in the short or long term. Village resident Tim Bornett has organised his own Neighbourhood Plan meeting but this is not being funded by the Parish Council. The production of a Neighbourhood Plan is a lot of work but it is an important project and needs large resources, there are grants available from Breckland Council and others of potentially £13,500. Sarah Hornbrook explained the significance of Local Plans for the benefit of the new parish councillors and how an Old Buckenham Plan would specifically relate to planning and associated issues in Old Buckenham. Also, that they are legal documents that have to go through a special process. The Parish Council needs to consider if it wants to register its interest with Breckland Council in producing a Neighbourhood Plan as it hasn’t yet registered a plan area. The Council resolved to proceed to registering the plan area with Breckland Council and agreed to seek more volunteers from the village.
Play Area. The grant application to the Norfolk Communities Foundation should go to the Breckland Cabinet for consideration at the end of May so there is hope that the work might be done by the school summer holidays. Jonathan Hicks agreed to carry out a weekly inspection of the play area which is part of the terms of the Council’s new insurance provider. He also requested that the cutting equipment be serviced and it was agreed to discuss this at the next Parish Council meeting.
Recreation Area. Stuart Barker has provided a quotation for cutting the grass on the Recreation Area. The charge is £90 per cut and £12 per hour for clearing litter from the grass before cutting. There was also a quote for levelling out and seeding the old BMX track but this was not discussed as Morgan Sindall have agreed to do most of this work. The Council agreed to accept the quotation from Stuart Barker. It was agreed to ask him for a quote to remove the old litter bin. The Council agreed to return the picnic tables to the Recreation Area after the grass had been cut.
Highway matters. Steve Milner needs a copy of the Highways Application Form for planting in the roadside verge for the replacement walnut tree.
The Green.The Council resolved to purchase of multi-use green bins
at a maximum cost of £168.57 each plus VAT. The Council also resolved to repair the potholes in front of the Gamekeeper at a maximum cost of £600 plus VAT. It has only been possible to obtain one quotation for the work, £600 plus VAT. The new tenant of the Gamekeeper is willing to donate a third of the cost and says that Enterprise Inns will probably contribute a third of the cost too. The Council resolved to repair the land in front of the village shop at a maximum cost of £680 excluding VAT subject to receiving two written quotations in the Parish Council’s name and a final invoice in the Parish Council’s name. Steve Milner offered a donation to the Parish Council of £105 for this work being the money received from selling slices of the walnut tree that had fallen down at Stacksford during the storm earlier this year. The Council resolved to carry out work grading of the edges of the pond opposite the shop and to dig it out at a maximum cost of £1,150 plus VAT subject to the Clerk receiving two written quotations. The Council also agreed to approve voluntary work on the Green by Terry Cracknell and Ray Bayfield at the volunteers’ own expense.
Ben Devlin is still willing to cut the grass in front of the Ox and Plough where the picnic tables are placed and the bikes parked once a week, free of charge. The Council would charge the Ox and Plough £80 per annum for the placing of the picnic benches on the Green in front of the Ox and Plough during the summer months and accept donations from the Ox and Plough for bike parking on the Green.
The tenant of the Ox and Plough has a booking for a wedding on the Green on Saturday 29 July. The couple do not live in Old Buckenham so the Council resolved to charge £150 for the placing of any marquee on the Green with the proviso that should the hirer be an Old Buckenham resident then he/she could apply to the Parish Council to have the charge reduced.
The repairs to the village noticeboard outside the village shop are anticipated to cost £500 and the Council agreed to pay up to £250 towards the cost of repairing the noticeboard. Ben Devlin said that he could give Alison Frank details of some cheaper noticeboards in which case it may not be necessary to use the whole £250 granted for the work.
There was no further news on the telephone box or the consideration of a mobile phone mast in the village:
Next meeting. Items for discussion at the June Parish Council meeting are expected to include the Green, the telephone box, Chapel Green School, the Neighbourhood Plan, bulb planting, the Recreation Area, the Village Hall footpath, servicing of grass cutting equipment, formation of Parish Council Working Parties and committee appointments, Doe Lane speeding, election of the Vice Chair, the village noticeboard, bus parking on Abbey Road, the Probation Service community work and dog signs for the Green.
The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 1 June in the Village Hall, Old Buckenham.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Old Buckenham road works

Restricted access to Harlingwood Lane
There is work going on near the junction of Harlingwood Lane and the B1077 during most of the coming week. Details are on the sign but the official notice says access to properties is still possible.

See the work of Old Buckenham photographers

Photos by local people
During next weekend, why not take the opportunity to go along to the village next door to enjoy the visual stimulation of photographs on a wide range of subjects. Some will even have been taken by people from Old Buckenham.
Entrance is free and refreshments are available too.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Old Buckenham pub reopens its doors

A not very dry run?
Tony and Jennie Mann decided to have a quiet opening of their pub in Old Buckenham. They are still trying to get everything fixed in the kitchen so the 'dry run' was organised this evening so that the locals could come in and say hallo.
The opening time was advertised as 5.30pm and at least one couple were anxiously waiting outside as the last seconds ticked away. They were keen to be first across the threshold  so that they could claim their favourite seats alongside the bar.

Soon the bar area filled up and Tony was kept very busy dispensing drinks of all kinds to a crowd that expanded into the other rooms and even into the pub garden as the rain had finally stopped.

They should be open again at 11am tomorrow if you want to pop in for a drink of some kind and to say hallo to our new publicans.


Arrangements in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club
The demonstrator at the May meeting was Vicki Hurse with a set of arrangements with the title “That's not what it’s for” as she included various containers and everyday household objects.
Vicki talked of her family background with a grandfather who was a gardener at a hall and her mother who was also a keen gardener. She went to work at a town hall and was arranging flowers for events and in the Register Office. Then, when she had been to college and trained as a florist, she had a florist shop with her husband.

Her designs included one with a garden fork and spade using red roses, foliage and also red peppers and red apples. Another used a toilet roll holder which had been given a face lift with kitchen colanders. A modern line design was made using a cardigan from a charity shop that had been cut up and placed over two upturned black flower buckets. The fourth was a lime green plaited shopping bag inside a raised container and including variegated hosta, purple spray carnations and pink stocks. The next design involved a vegetable rack with rosemary, fatsia and lilac foliage. The final design was a homemade container using wire, gaffer tape and glued on jigsaw pieces using various flowers including lonicerea, bergenia, eleagnus, gold roses and two stems of cymbidiam orchid.
The Club competition was for 'Using an unusual container' and had entries including a china bed pan, a pork pie mould, a garden sieve and a brass pan. The winner was Jean Carnwell with her pork pie mould all done with garden flowers including scented roses and foliage.
At the June meeting Moira Neville will be the demonstrator with her title of 'Secondhand rose'. Contact the chairman Christine on 01953 454528 for further details.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Latest from Old Buckenham WI

Royalty and fashion
Old Buckenham WI enjoyed two meetings recently. The first was the Group Meeting when members meet with other WIs in the area. The speaker was David Reeves and his subject was “Protecting the Royals”. Now retired, he had been responsible for the security and well being of the Royal Family at Sandringham for twelve years and he regaled us with some amusing tales.
At the regular monthly meeting the speaker was Kathy Denton who told members of her with time a London fashion house. She joined Lachasse at the age of 16 at a wage of £5.10.0 per week. She was trained to tailor high-class jackets and she demonstrated the intricacies involved in her work. Lachasse was a top London Fashion House and made clothes for the rich and the famous, including Barbara Cartland who loved her pink outfits. Many of the outfits to be seen in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot and other race courses were made by this company. The premises were situated in Berkely Square and the company finally closed its doors in 2007.
On Thursday 25 May their meeting will discus the national resolutions and the following meeting will be held on Thursday 22 June when the speaker will be Dan Bradbury talking about “Saving Habitats – Saving Species”.
Old Buckenham WI are looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017. As part of the celebrations, they are holding a Garden Party at the home of Barbara and John Frost, 1 Mill Road, Old Buckenham on Saturday 1 July from 3pm to 5pm. Entrance is £5 to include a special afternoon tea. All are welcome – this event is open to all.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Re-awakening in Old Buckenham

Gamekeeper to come out of hibernation
Friday should be a busy day in Old Buckenham.

Latest news from Facebook
Well our friends we are nearly there and we have to say not without it's challenges. This is just to apologizes for the lack of communication but this is the first time we have had any internet since we have been here. This is in part an issue with BT and some in house wiring but all is well now. We will be going ahead with our soft opening on Friday as promised, and we have some remarkable ales from you to try. Things will be very much experimental as this old building (wonderful old building) has thrown up some issues most of which have been added in recent years. One of these is the lack of hot water which has resulted in us getting the kitchen ready for service, so our opening will just have to be a wet one for the time being. We will have some nibbles for you to try but sorry to say we are not ready to take bookings just yet.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Lucilla came to Old Buckenham

Story of the Battle Area
There were more people than usual at the May meeting of the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle who had come to hear about the life of Lucilla Reeve. Last year members of the group had been on a tour of the Stanford Battle Area and were keen to learn more about what had happened there.
Lucilla was one of the 800 people evicted from some 18,000 acres of south Norfolk to provide space for the armed forces to do their training. Despite promises that all the villagers would be allowed back into their homes, this has never happened. The story of Lucilla's life as a land agent, farmer and dowser was played in character in a most moving way which gave the audience an insight into the things that went on during and after the last war. 

The next Social and Wine Circle meeting will be on Thursday 8 June when the subject will be 'What am I?' and members have been asked to bring along many little but strange items for other members to identify. All welcome to come along to the Church Rooms at 7.30pm and take part in the meeting.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Interesting talk in Old Buckenham

The life of Lucilla Reeve
Why not come along to the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham on Thursday 11 May to hear about the lady who tried to save several local villages when they were taken over to provide training areas for the troops during the second world war. The villagers were evicted at very short notice and promised they could return when the war was over.
This promise was not kept and the huge area of countryside alongside the A11 and stretching north towards Swaffham is still in use today for all sorts of military purposes.
Don't worry if you have not been to a Social and Wine Circle meeting before - there is no need to bring along any wine and you'll find it a pleasant social event.
Just turn up at the Church Rooms by 7.30pm. You'll be asked to pay £1 and may even feel like buying some raffle tickets too. 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Old Buckenham WI do well

Third in county-wide competition
Old Buckenham Women's Institute came third this year in the Centenary Salver which is competed for by WIs from throughout Norfolk. It requires institutes to produce a display on a particular theme and showcasing various skills from a team of members.
This year the theme was Beatrice Potter and five items to be included had to come from chutney, ribbon embroidery, sugar craft, parchment craft, a stuffed toy, bread rolls, a fabric container and a flower arrangement.
Old Buckenham had chosen 'Ginger and Pickles' as their title.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Old Buckenham school statistics

Site report and chance to comment
If you like looking at figures and trying to work out what they show, there is now information on the fence at Old Buckenham village hall car park about the Chapel Green School site. Perhaps you could be the first workman to travel to work by bike...
And if you want to make your own complaint, comment or compliment on what is happening on this site then all the facilities have been provided for you.
Remember you can enlarge these images just by clicking on them

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Old Buckenham cricketers to play at Lords

Girls in great form

Old Buckenham High School U15 Girls cricket team, coached by Head of PE Andy Dwight and Mike Banham of the Old Buckenham Cricket Club, have had an amazing start to 2017. They won the County Indoor Cricket Finals at the University of East Anglia last month and followed this up by winning the Regional Finals in Leicester this week. Their exceptional performance at Leicester saw them winning all four games on the day and has secured them a place in the National Finals being held at Lords Cricket Ground in London sometime next month. PE Teacher Jo Cook commented "It was amazing - we were shaking at the thought that these fantastic girls in our modest little school could actually become the best in the country".
It is hoped that a BBC film crew will be at the school tomorrow and that an item on the team and their success will be on BBC Look East later in the day.

Monday, 1 May 2017

This month's Old Buckenham newsletter

May's issue has been put out and about
It looks like this:

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Many May days in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for May

Tuesday 2   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 3   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 3   Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 4   County Council elections, Village Hall, 7am to 10pm

Thursday 6   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 8   Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Sunday 7   Christian Aid cake stall, Church Rooms, 10.30am

Sunday 7   Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Thursday 11   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 11   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Friday 12   Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Saturday 13   Meeting on village plan, Church Rooms,10am

Sunday 14   OB windmill open, 2pm to 4.30pm

Monday 15   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 17   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 18   New Buckenham Silver Band, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Thursday 18   'Caught in the net', OB Players, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 19   Reopening of Gamekeeper, 5.30pm

Friday 19   'Caught in the net', OB Players, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 20   WI coffee morning, 59 Fen Street, 10.30 am

Saturday 20   'Caught in the net', OB Players, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 22   Fete planning meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 22  Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Thursday 25   Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 27   Coffee morning, Church Rooms, 10am to 12 noon

Saturday 27   Village cinema, "Lion", Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 31   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Views of Old Buckenham

Pretty as a picture
There are buttercups on the Green in front of the village shop.

The village hall car park is resurfaced, all the spaces are marked out and unusually empty of cars.

The duck shelter is repositioned on Rod Alley Pond giving an opportunity to do a little canoeing.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Moles on Old Buckenham Green

Getting ready to mow

A special effort is being made to get Old Buckenham Green back in a reasonable condition and this will probably involve mowing it a couple of times this year. To ensure that it can be mown safely and that the subsequent cuttings removed for use elsewhere, a contractor is being employed to reduce the number of moles.
It appears that one of the technicians employed to do this work was recently abused by a member of the public when setting up the mole traps on the Green. It is sad to reduce the number of moles but the Green cannot be mown unless the numbers are controlled.
Residents are being asked to keep an eye open for any similar confrontations taking place and if necessary to report them to Norfolk police by ringing 101.
If you want to know more about the background to the future mowings of the Green then you can contact John Fernihough  on 01953 860471, email john.fernihough@btinternet.com

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Events at Old Buckenham Methodist Chapel

Activities for all
On Thursday 18 May at 7.30pm there will be music by the New Buckenham Silver Band (free entry, donations will be given to the band).
On Sunday 25 June at 3pm you can come along to the Old Buckenham Methodist Sunday School Reunion.
Later in the year from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August you can come to the Chapel to see a 'Disney' themed Flower Festival.

The event on Sunday 25 June will be celebrating a reunion of all of those who attended the Sunday School through the years, either as a pupil or a helper. There will be a short service led by Rev Jacqui Horton followed by a presentation with Myrtle Bloom from her memories and collection of photographs and memorabilia. You will then be invited to stay for afternoon tea, cakes and sausage rolls. 
If you would like to know more about these events please email oldbuckenham.methodist@aol.co.uk or phone 01953 861207.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Old Buckenham Parish Council

Minutes of April meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the April meeting. Those present were councillors Adrian Joel (chairman), Rona Boggia, Terry Cracknell, Sarah Hornbrook, Steve Milner and Andy Nicholls as well as the parish clerk Hilary Clutten and five members of the public.
The council members resolved to suspend all Standing Orders not forming part of Local Government legislation until the Parish Council again consists of eleven members. The council also resolved to carry out the co-option of additional parish councillors by secret ballot during 2017/18. Apologies for absence had been received from Jonathan Kemp and Ben Devlin.
Minutes of the March meeting. These minutes were agreed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the March minutes. There was a discussion about the self-employed handyman. It was agreed that the hourly rate should be £12 per hour plus public liability insurance and detailed invoices.
Public participation. The points raised included speed checking on Doe Lane, the Quinquennial inspection of All Saints Church and that this is the last year that the Lottery will consider giving funds to places of worship, a lorry had been seen accessing the new school site via Hargham Road and whether the Attleborough Link Road would mean more traffic to Old Buckenham.
Update on the Green. The Clerk and Sarah Dye had distributed notes from the last Working Party meeting. The Lord of the Manor has now signed the agreement for the Parish Council to manage the Green; the Clerk will contact Council’s insurers to add to public liability cover. More dog bins are needed on the Green and there have been offers to buy four new ones. Once the best positions have been agreed, Breckland will be advised for emptying purposes. The purchase to be agreed at the May PC meeting.
John Fernihough has contacted Enterprise Inns about the potholes in front of the Gamekeeper to ask if they are willing to contribute to the cost of repairing them. Two trees on the Green were attended to by the Green Right Proprietors at a cost of £1200. A free survey of the remaining trees is to be carried out. The mole contractor has captured a number of moles and work will continue for eight weeks.
The Working Party hopes to have a management plan available in draft for the next parish council meeting when conservation will also be looked at. A new member of the Working Party is required; this needs to be a resident from the village. The Chair will try and obtain some ‘dogs on leads’ notices from Breckland Council. A lot of rubbish is being thrown out of cars onto the Green. It is hoped to involve Stanley Burton in doing some work on Mill Farm Pond as he has done this in the past. The Players have been given permission by the GRPs at an earlier date to put a banner on the Green before their plays. It was noted that the Young Offenders now do work, free of charge, again and Norfolk Wildlife have a group of people looking at ponds. Alison Frank agreed to obtain some information for the next meeting.
There has been an indication that should the electricity cables be put underground then the current wayleaves for the Green may cease.
Planning applications. The Cart Lodge, Cake Street – agreement of reserved matters following outline planning permission. Andy Nicholls left the room whilst his application was discussed. The Parish Council agreed to support this application and Andy Nicholls returned to the room.
25 Hargham Road. Single-storey rear extension. The Parish Council agreed to support this application.
The Gamekeeper. Signage and new lighting. It was not possible to tell if proposed lights were up-lighters or down-lighters and if there would only limited use, eg during opening hours. The Parish Council will support application if these points can be clarified. Permanent sign on the Green needs to be clarified and agreed with the Green Right Proprietors.
Financial report. The Parish Council agreed to pay membership of CPRE for 2017/18 at a cost of £36. The Parish Council also agreed to continue membership of Community Action Norfolk at a cost of £20 for 2017/2018. The Parish Council agreed to add Sarah Hornbrook, Andy Nicholls and Hilary Clutten to the list of fsignatories to the Barclays Bank account.
Chairman’s report. The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place in the Church Rooms as the Village Hall is needed for the Norfolk County Council elections on that day.
District Councillor’s report. The Breckland Local Plan continues to progress and should be confirmed later this year. The Chair and Steve Milner attended a Breckland Local Plan Working Party meeting in March where the Historic Characteristics Report was discussed and the report recommended that the Attleborough Road site in Od Buckenham of ten houses should be withdrawn. This will be recommended as part of the Local Plan that goes to Breckland Cabinet and the full council. This will leave 20 houses allocated in St Andrew’s Close which means that the balance of the original allocation of 15 will need to be achieved through permitted development over the next 20 years.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Andy Nicholls reported that the level of the ditch in front of the Asparagus Field has gone down but one on the way to Attleborough is looking high. The Highways’ condition on his planning application has now been discharged as work has been completed. He thanked the Parish Council for the donation towards the cost of the football club lighting. Terry Cracknell reported that he had now heard from the Breckland Monitoring Officer that there was no case to answer in respect of the complaint submitted by the previous Clerk. Sarah Hornbrook asked that Highways be reminded about the footpath signs.
Old Buckenham Neighbourhood Plan. Sarah Hornbrook reported that whilst there had not been a meeting there had been an offer of help from Tim Bornett. He had attacheded certain conditions including that meetings should be held in the mornings which was not suitable for some of the existing member of the Working Party. The Clerk was asked to thank Tim Bornett for his kind offer and say that there were conditions that the Parish Council could not agree to. It was agreed to look at this issue when the Parish Council was complete again, perhaps at the May meeting. Sarah Hornbrook said that an external company could cost the Parish Council £110 per hour but there might be particular aspects of the plan where Tim Bornett may be able to help with.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan. Terry Cracknell reported that this was going through consultation with Breckland Council.
Road Safety Working Party. A meeting of the Working Party had taken place in March. One of the problem issues has been trying to get the use of a small part of the Primary School’s playing field as a car park/dropping off point for buses and pupils. There is a concern that the wording of the agreement has been misconstrued and that it was simply meant to stop the access road being used as a public access. It was agreed to do a Freedom of Information request for a copy of the agreement and obtain a copy of the will if subsequently required. There has been another letter from George Freeman MP and he needs to be thanked for his letter. There will be a meeting on site with George Freeman MP and Norfolk County Council on Friday 28 April at 5.30pm.
Play Area. Kerry Talbot has sent off the grant application form for the fencing and hopes to hear something in six to eight weeks. Some of the play equipment needs refurbishing and the Clerk has the new spare steering wheels for the tractor.
Recreation Area. There was a discussion about the siting of a container by the Scouts on the land leased from the Village Hall Management Committee for recreational purposes. The Parish Council felt unable to make a decision without further information such as whether the container would be insured by the Scouts, will a gate be put in the fence for access to the container, would the Scouts be prepared to do some jobs in the village, what size was the container, what colour will it be, will the container be removed if the Scouts no longer have a need for it and will the container be removed if the Parish Council makes a request. The Clerk is to consult with the Village Hall Management Committee. A grass cutting quote has not yet been received and Andy Nicholls agreed to obtain this.
Highways. Matters discussed included cutting of verges and speeding on Doe Lane. A number of reports have been received from the current Highway’s Engineer who is about to take over responsibility for a different sector of Norfolk roads. Extensive patching work has been carried out on roads in the village and more patching is programmed for Cake Street which will be carried out within 6 to 8 weeks. Some kerbing and drainage work has also been carried out outside ‘Evergreen’ to address a longstanding flooding problem. Some kerbing and associated carriageway work has been programmed for outside Old Hall Farm Cottage and it is hoped that this will improve drainage into the existing gulley. The signage on Hargham Road is to be altered to discourage HGVs using this as a short cut between the A11 and the B1077. This is for information only, the weight limit will not be affected. An experimental weight limit is being progressed at Harling and it is possible that this may make Hargham Road more attractive to road hauliers. An application to plant in the highway is required for the replacement tree in Stacksford. Apparently the original tree was infected with honey fungus and there is a strong possibility that the replacement may suffer from the same disease.
Village Hall car park. The Parish Council declined to pay a bill of £300 plus VAT for the carrying out of a drainage report in the car park as it had not resolved to carry out this work at its last meeting. It was suggested that the invoice be sent to the Village Hall Management Committee.
Awards evening. It was agreed to discuss this at the next meeting.
Telephone box. The purchase is still going through the BT consultation process. It was agreed that someone from the Community Heartbeat Trust should be invited to a meeting later this year to talk about the provision of a defibrillator.
Mobile phone mast. There are four possible sites in the area for a new mast, two of which are south of Old Buckenham. Developments are awaited.
Items for next meeting. These would include the Green, an Awards evening, update on the telephone box, mobile telephone mast, Chapel Green School, the Neighbourhood Plan, the Village Hall lease for the Recreation Area and co-option of new councillors.

The date of the next Parish Council meeting will be Thursday 4 May, to be held in the Church Rooms, Old Buckenham.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter lilies in Old Buckenham

Flowers in remembrance

Pay a visit to All Saints church in Old Buckenham today or during the next week and you will see it decorated with around two hundred white lilies. These have been provided by donations and are in memory of departed relatives or friends.
During Easter Sunday afternoon there will be refreshments being served in the Church Rooms from 2pm and also a chance to look at various archive items telling you about some of the history of Old Buckenham.
The church was busy on Saturday as all the Easter decorations were put together. Whatever the weather, why not come along from 11am this morning and see what they have been up to.

Just click on the images to see them at a larger size.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Special party in Old Buckenham

Coral Anniversary celebration day
Breckland Flower and Garden Club celebrated their thirty-fifth anniversary in some style in Old Buckenham village hall on Thursday 13 April. There were a couple of birthday cakes, plenty of entertainment, food and drink. 
Current members as well as previous members were arriving at 10am for coffee and a chance to chat to people they may not have seen for ages. The monthly competition for arrangements with the theme 'Ocean's treasure' were on display and the activities started with the presentation of a cheque for over £1250 to their nominated charity for the last year.
(click on any of the pictures to see them at a larger scale)

Jean Crane had come along to give a talk on 'Much Hadham and Moore', the story of the village where she was born, the changes that have taken place and her contact with sculptor Henry Moore when he moved into the village.Then it was time for a tasty buffet lunch with even more tasty sweets to follow.

The afternoon was 'A time to celebrate' with national demonstrator Julia Knights filling the hall stage with large colourful arrangements while entertaining the audience with tales of her life and clips of her favourite music. The arrangements provided some wonderful raffle prizes for those holding the lucky tickets.
The party finished with the cutting of the birthday cakes, slices of which were then distributed around along with some most welcomed cups of tea.

So what can we look forward to in five years time and a ruby party?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Old Buckenham windmill

Where were you this afternoon?
The blog editor took a trip to the Old Buckenham mill to take a look around inside. The mill is opened six times during the year on the second Sunday of the month from April to September. Between 2pm and 5pm you will find volunteers there to show you around all the four floors and to explain all the impressive machinery that is hidden inside the fattest windmill in the country.

So why not go along and look around next time it is open on Sunday 14 May? Or 11 June, 9 July, 13 August or 10 September? It is amazing how many villagers have never been inside this unique structure.