Saturday, 17 February 2018

Old Buckenham Parish Council

Latest minutes
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 1 February. Those present were Adrian Joel (Chairman), Rona Boggia, Ben Devlin, Gemma Frost (following co-option), Jon Hicks, Sarah Hornbrook, Phil Little, Steve Milner and Andy Nicholls Also present were eight members of the public and Andy Emms, the temporary Parish Clerk). The Chairman announced that he had received letters of resignation from Jonathan Kemp and Paul Philips. He explained that there was a statutory requirement to advertise these vacancies and, if no election is required, then the council could consider co-opting councillors at a future meeting.
Co-option of new parish councillor. 
The Chairman said that three candidates had applied to be co-opted following the resignation of Susan Brown. The three candidates (Gemma Frost, Paul Jackson and David Lumb) were each given the opportunity to speak for up to three minutes to explain why they wanted to become a parish councillor, identify any areas of the council’s activities they were particularly interested in and to highlight what relevant skills and experience they had. Councillors then had an opportunity to ask the candidates questions. After a secret ballot of councillors the temporary Parish Clerk announced that Gemma Frost had been duly elected. The Chairman congratulated Gemma Frost and after she had made and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, invited her to join the meeting. The Chairman also thanked the unsuccessful candidates for applying and it was highlighted that following the two recent resignations, there would be a further opportunity to put themselves forward again.
Minutes of the January meeting. These were approved.
Matters arising from January minutes. It was reported that Buckenham Pre-school will become part of the Wymondham College Academy Trust in April this year and as it would no longer be a charity it was not eligible to receive the grant agreed at the last meeting.
Public participation. A parishioner said that he had been informed that the signs on the dog waste bins were adequate and legal. He suggested that consideration be given to extending the Hargham Road footpath and commented on the poor condition of the parking area on the edge of the Green opposite the post office. Gemma Frost was asked to raise these issues at the next meeting of the Village Green Working Party. The parishioner also queried why there were two walnut trees planted close together at the junction of Stacksford Road and the Warren as these would surely undermine each other. Steve Milner explained that he had raised donations to replace the historic walnut tree which had fallen down but a generous local resident had planted one before he had the chance to do so. He decided to plant his tree as they were prone to failure and if both did take hold, the weaker one would be removed and replanted elsewhere. The parishioner said he had suggested previously that the minutes of parish council meetings should include details of actions undertaken by the council to improve communications with parishioners. The temporary Parish Clerk said that the minutes were a statutory record of decisions taken at a meeting. However, the issue of improving communications was a matter being addressed by the council as discussed at the last meeting.
Linda Foulger, secretary of the village hall management committee (VHMC), said that at the recent joint meeting with parish councillors she had been surprised to find that some councillors were not aware of the VHMC’s ‘hundred club’ draw which was an important fundraiser and also gave parishioners the chance to win cash prizes. The first of the monthly draws would take place in February. Both councillors and parishioners could contact her or any VHMC member to enter the draw throughout 2018.
Sarah Dye showed councillors the village Green tree map identifying the position of all individual trees on the Green. The aim was to update the map with the species of each tree and the names of individuals responsible for each tree where relevant.
Declarations of interests. Sarah Hornbrook said that she had changed jobs and her new employer would be acting as agents for potential developers within the Attleborough Strategic Urban Extension. She would need to update her register of interests accordingly.
New Parish Clerk. The chairman said that three applications had been received for the post of parish clerk. He had arranged for the collection of parish council property from the previous clerk.
Planning applications. Land to the south of Stacksford House. Resolved, with 7 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to support this application.
West View, The Green. Resolved ,with 7 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to support the application.
Sarah Hornbrook said that the examination in public of the Breckland Local Plan would commence on Tuesday 10 April and the parish council had the opportunity to register to appear. A hearing statement would need to be sent by Monday 19 March. She would be able to help prepare the statement but would not be able to attend. The chairman and Steve Milner said they would like to appear and the chairman would register with the Inspector the intention to appear.
Financial matters. The chairman said that he had amended the bank mandate as both previous parish clerks were still named on it. He, Sarah Hornbrook and Andy Nichols were the new designated signatories for the bank account. He also expressed gratitude to Mr and Mrs Bishop for their donation of £100 towards the cost of improvements to the driveway in front of their property at Rod Alley Row. It was hoped that other donations might be forthcoming.
Felling of beech tree. The chairman said that as the tree had fallen down there was no requirement to consider approving a spend to fell the dangerous tree.
Tagging the trees on the Green. Ben Devlin suggested that the species of trees could be recorded on a spreadsheet and the village Green map. He did not consider that spending £400 on physically tagging each tree was necessary. During discussion it was suggested that tagging would help if parishioners needed to report potential dangerous trees. It was agreed, with 4 voting for, 1 against and 3 abstentions, to approve spending £400 with Emerald Tree Services Ltd to supply and fix permanent metal tags on all trees so that they can be recorded and mapped.
Chairman’s report. He said that there would be a public meeting at All Saints Church on Tuesday 20 February to discuss problems with the thatched roof.
District Councillor’s report. The chairman referred to the earlier discussion regarding the public examination of the Breckland Local Plan. Breckland District Council had appointed a Programme Officer and any queries regarding the process or any correspondence to the Inspector should be sent to her (Charlotte Brennan, Programme Officer, Examination Office, Elizabeth house, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE, email
Village Green Management Committee. A summary report of action completed and proposed had been circulated. The issue of tagging had been discussed earlier in the meeting. The actual and budgeted spend had been as per the 5-year plan.
Road Safety. Rona Boggia reported that together with the chairman and Mike Bartlett, she had met with County Councillor Stephen Askew to receive an update from him on the parish council’s campaign to get a pelican crossing on the main road through the village. Stephen Askew said that the crossing had been included in the county council’s list for capital improvements. An assessment was required and he had used some of his budget to enable the assessment to take place early, hopefully within the next six weeks. He had also arranged for ‘Road narrows’ signs to be put up on Hargham Road. Regarding the 20mph flashing school sign that the parish council wished to see installed on Abbey Road, Stephen Askew suggested that an application be made to the Parish Partnership fund next year. This would require the council to pay half the cost so this would need to be considered at next year’s precept meeting.
Play Area. A circular had been received from NALC regarding a serious accident elsewhere that had been caused by a dangerous swing. Jon Hicks confirmed that the swing in the village play area was a different product and that ours was safe.
Chapel Green School. There had been a meeting with Norfolk County Council and Chapel Green School concerning Footpath No 4. Chapel Green School had agreed to maintain the trees and the footpath to the standard that would allow wheelchair use. In response to comments about the lights along the access road to Chapel Green School, Steve Milner said that the lights were on timers to come on at dusk and, unless an event was held in the evening, they would go off at 7pm. There was discussion regarding traffic and the vehicular entrance to the school and Steve Milner said that he would monitor this.
Meeting with Village Hall Management Committee. Sarah Hornbrook reported that there had been constructive discussion and sharing of views which had helped provide a better understanding of how the committee worked and the issues it faced. The chairman welcomed these positive discussions and said regular such meetings would be held in the future.
Attleborough Development Partnership meeting. It was confirmed that a link road is still expected to be built before any residential development takes place. Adjustments to the plan may mean that the road will not affect land at Bunn’s Bank. The committee could not give any assurances that the land remains ‘green belt’ so pressure will need to continue to be maintained.
Requests from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust. It was resolved, with 7 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to allow the Green to be used by the Trust for emergency parking for the 10K run on Sunday 22 April, subject to any use being supervised by members of the 2000 Trust. The Trust also wished to hold a bonfire and fireworks display on the recreation area in November. Ben Devlin suggested that consideration should instead be given to holding a joint event on the village Green. It might be possible with donations and sponsorship to hold a free event for the benefit of the village. If this could not be achieved, then in future years funding could be considered as part of the precept. It was resolved, with 6 voting in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention, to agree in principle to a bonfire and fireworks event being held by the Trust on the recreation area in November 2018 subject to more details, including safety aspects, being received. It was also unanimously agreed to consider, at a future meeting, the possibility of holding a joint event between the parish council and the OB 2000 Trust.
Annual General Meeting. It was agreed to hold the Annual General Meeting on Friday 13 April commencing at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. The parish councillors were asked to identify potential guest speakers.
Village Handy person. It was agreed, with 8 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to accept Ian Kerridge as a village handyman at a rate of £20 for the first hour and £15 per hour thereafter.
Highways. There had been a request from a resident to consider moving the flashing 20 mph sign from the Green to just before the entrance to Chapel Green School and to increase the width of the entrance to the school to allow lorries to turn in safely. During discussion parish councillors said that measures that would slow down traffic entering the village from the Attleborough direction would be welcome. The matter had been raised with County Councillor Stephen Askew who believed that a sign before the Chapel Green School would be too far away. Jon Hicks suggested that rather than moving the existing sign an additional ‘school’ warning sign be considered, possibly through an application for parish partnership funding. This was supported by Gemma Frost who herself had experienced a ‘near miss’ from a speeding car near the Gamekeeper pub. Steve Milner suggested asking the new school to contribute and added that any requests made for new signage would be more likely to succeed if backed up with data about traffic volumes and speed. It was agreed to consider this matter further after more data had been gathered once the new school was in full use after Easter.
Trustee to the Eleemosynary Trust. Jon Hicks was appointed as the parish councillor trustee on the Eleemosynary Trust.
Resignation. Rona Boggia handed in her resignation from the parish council. She was sorry to do so following other recent resignations but had no choice as she would no longer be resident in the village and would therefore not qualify as a parish councillor. The chairman said he was sad to hear this and a notice of the vacancy would need to be posted.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 1 March commencing at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Old Buckenham roof update

Raise the Roof
Just under a year ago All Saints Church launched its effort to ‘Raise the Roof’ and re-thatch the church. It has been wonderful that so many people have got behind this project and have been involved in fund-raising events, given donations and offered their ideas, time and enthusiasm to get this project off the ground. Thank you.
At the end of 2017 the total in the ‘restoration fund’ stood at £12,850 which included the balance from the donations received for the Christmas Eve service. So far in 2018 the following have been added:
New Year’s Day walk £262
January Afternoon Teas event £407
Other donations (including sale of T-shirts and Christmas cards) £95
Gift Aid tax refund £596
After meeting a small amount of expenses the total in the fund (as at mid-February) now stands at £14209.

A flavour of some of events coming up soon includes:
Bingo in the Church Rooms, Saturday 21 April – this regular event is being held for Raise the Roof this time.
An ‘Old Buckenham 10K run’ on Sunday 22 April – open to over 18s this event will be attracting runners from near and far. See the Village newsletter for more details.  Helpers needed – please contact David Hannah or Celia Clarke.
‘Open gardens’ weekend on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. More willing garden owners needed, watch out for more details and hold the date in your diary. There will be teas, craft stalls, art/photography exhibition and plant sales too.
Contact Alison Hannah or any member of the ‘Raise the Roof’ group if you would like to get involved with the planning and running of any of our future events. Help always needed and welcomed.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Almshouse vacancy in Old Buckenham

Registered Charity No. 206796

The Trustees give notice that they are able to consider immediate applications for a vacant unit at the Almshouses facing the Village Green.
We will consider applications as follows:

  • Applicants must be aged 55 years or over
  • Full disclosure of the Applicants financial situation. Information provided will be treated confidentially
  • Occupation of a unit must be for a single person only
  • No pets are permitted
Residents are required to pay a Weekly Maintenance Contribution, currently standing at £80 per week. This covers maintenance of the buildings and any refurbishment improvements the Trustees deem necessary, water rates, buildings insurance, a rebate against electric bills, a panic alarm system (where needed) and television licence for qualifying applicants.
Trustees will have absolute discretion as to whether to allocate a housing unit to any applicant, but will give priority to those considered to be in most need. In the event of more than one applicant having similar needs, preference will be given to an existing or previous resident of Old Buckenham.
An Application Pack can be requested by calling Mrs Christine North on 01953 860691. Assistance completing the form can be provided if needed.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Vacancies for councillors in Old Buckenham

Could you become a parish councillor?
The Old Buckenham Parish Council currently has three vacancies.  

If you are resident in Old Buckenham, over the age of 18 and interested in being co-opted as a parish councillor, please email the Parish Council chairman - Adrian Joel - at by Saturday 18 March.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Old Buckenham for the homeless

Helping others
The Gamekeeper pub in Old Buckenham kindly provided the location for the villagers to hand over the money they had raised throughout 2017 for St Martins Housing Trust. The Chief Executive Officer of St Martins , Jan Sheldon, came along on Saturday 10 February together with Nicola King, the Life Skills coordinator and Ricky, one of the people that the Trust has helped.
As a result of their activities during the past year, mainly collecting outside the major supermarkets, the people of Old Buckenham were able to hand over some £31,000. With a further £1000 from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and £500 raised at the candle-lit service at All Saints Church on Christmas Eve, St Martins will receive around £32,500.
Jan Sheldon spoke of how they appeared to have been successful in slightly reducing the number of people sleeping rough in Norwich and Nichola King explained the value of teaching life skills in the fight against homelessness. Ricky was one of the people that they have helped. He told of how he had gone from being a proud member of the TA to ‘sofa surfing’ and then sleeping on the beach before gaining a bed at St Martins which has allowed him to start living a more normal life again.

Ricky telling of his experiences and help from St Martins
Handover of donations
From left, Rev Canon Stephen Wright, Ricky, Sarah Dye, Jan Sheldon
Sarah Dye handed over the cheques on behalf of the people of Old Buckenham. It is hoped that some of those involved will be able to visit the St Martins’ facilities in Norwich later in the year to see what their fund raising efforts have helped to provide.

A much better photograph provided by St Martins

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Ceilidh dancing in Old Buckenham

Get tickets for your next dance

It doesn't matter if you don't know your 'Do-si-do' from your 'Stripping the Willow', why not come along and have a great time dancing with friends, or use the opportunity to make new friends. 
Following the success of last year's event, Old Buckenham 2000Trust is bringing the Fezziwig Band back to Old Buckenham for another night of Ceilidh dancing on Saturday 24 February starting at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Profits will be going towards Chapel Green School library. 
Tickets are available at £7.50 each (strictly over 18s only) from David on 01953 861261, Meg on 01953 860992 or Celia on 09153 860129.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

After the jumble in Old Buckenham

Pile high, sell cheap
Buckenham Pre-school had their jumble sale in the Church Rooms today.
People were queuing more than half an hour before the doors opened at 10am. Inside tables were piled high with clothes of all sorts as well as shoes and bags. In the adjoining room there was lots of bric-a-brac, toys, CDs and books.

Items were all just 20p each so buying was brisk.
Less than two hours later the helpers were packing up all the items that remained, still quite a lot but much less than had been carried away by the many buyers.

Everything that was left over was taken away by the charity UK2ROM who will take the clothes and toys off to Rumania as well as making some further funds for their charity by recycling and at car boot sales.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Report for January
The new President, Kate Lloyd, welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year, including one new member. The evening began with Mike Bartlett explaining the difficulties with fundraising for the re-thatching of the church roof and encouraged all to attend the meeting on Tuesday 20 February.
The Christmas charity collection had raised £104 for the Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse services charity.
After the business of the meeting, which included information about lots of opportunities for craft, sports and educational events, there was a most informative talk from Jim Whiteside on the work of Norfolk Lowland Rescue.
This is entirely run by volunteers which, along with Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, the Coastguard and the RNLI, forms an invaluable service searching for people, saving over £4 million from paid resources. People go missing for a variety of reasons. They can be lost, usually on mountains. It is not easy to be totally lost in Norfolk as sooner or later you will meet a dwelling or a road. There are those who are voluntarily missing, those with dementia or having had an accident or child abduction.
Lowland Rescue is called in following a report to the police and research statistics enable them to identify the most likely areas to search. They are trained in techniques for efficient searching which includes flood response and they are keen to teach water awareness.
After a break for refreshments there was a great deal of discussion on the five resolutions shortlisted for final voting at the WI Annual Meeting in June. These resolutions are generated from individual WIs across the country and cover issues deemed worth campaigning for. Each member had one vote; these will be collated and the two accruing most votes will be discussed again at the May meeting
Overall winners of the 2017 competitions were awarded tokens. Kathy Fleckney won most points for the monthly competition and Susan Hunter won for Flower of the Month. The evening ended with birthday posies distributed and the raffle drawn.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham WI is on Thursday 22 February. The speaker will be Rev Jaqui Horton and her subject will be 'Living Iona'. The monthly competition will be for a picture of an ancient church.

Then on Thursday 22 March the speaker will be Fay Jones on the 'Wonderful World of Stinging Nettles' starting at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Time for jumble in Old Buckenham

It's not too late
If you have anything for the Jumble Sale that will take place this Saturday 10 February in the Church Rooms between 10am to 12 noon then it is not too late to donate your contributions.
Please bring them along to the Church Rooms on Friday 9 February from 2pm to 4pm  when staff from the Pre-school will be there to accept it.
Thank you.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Reading about Old Buckenham

One hundred thousand
This Old Buckenham blog has now been going since December 2008 and today at around 11.30am has reached the milestone of having had 100,000 visits. This is not many by some people's standards (and methods of counting visitors can be very unreliable) but it is a satisfying number for the blog editor.
People all over the world will have learnt a little bit about the wonderful village of Old Buckenham. Around 83% from the UK, 7% from the USA and 1% from France but only one visit each from Monaco, Aruba and Cameroon since the blog started.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Eating out in Old Buckenham

The food now available at the Gamekeeper

Since coming to the Gamekeeper in May last year, Tony and Jennie have been developing the opening times and menus at the pub. Their aim is to give a good and friendly service, best quality at best value and all in a warm and dog friendly atmosphere.
They are now open at 9am on Monday and Friday mornings so you can pop in for coffee or tea, pastries, cakes and breakfast baps. Then between noon and 3pm on Monday to Friday, noon to 9pm on Saturdays and noon to 5pm on Sundays there is a full traditional pub menu. This ranges through soup, sandwiches, scampi and chips, pie of the day, catch of the day and butchers special, even ham egg and chips.
From 6pm to 9pm, from Monday to Saturday, there are a selection of starters and a wide range of main meals including pie of the day, the butchers special, a range of steaks and chargrilled burgers, battered cod/haddock and lasagne as well as vegetarian options. 
And of course there is the popular carvery at lunchtime on Sunday.
Also if you are looking for somewhere to hold a dinner party, a business meeting or a larger gathering then you can pop in and see the facilities that they have on offer. Look on their Facebook page (The Gamekeeper Old Buckenham) to keep up-to-date with what is going on at the Gamekeeper.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Old Buckenham February newsletter

Out and about in the village
The February newsletter does now exist for you to read. Those copies that get delivered to your house along with the Six Villages newsletter may be a little late coming as the Six Villages February issue is not expected to be available until Friday 2 February.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A month in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for February

Thursday 1   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7pm

Monday 5   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 6   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 7   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 8   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 8   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Saturday 10   Jumble Sale, Church Rooms, 10am
Saturday 10   Film 'Dunkirk', Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 16   Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Saturday 17   Senior Citizens' Party, Village Hall, 1pm

Monday 19   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 20   Church Roof meeting, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Wednesday 21   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 21   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Thursday 22 Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 24 Ceilidh, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Old Buckenham Parish Council January minutes

Parish Council discussions in January
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.
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 4 January in the Village Hall. Councillors present were Adrian Joel (chairman), Rona Boggia, Jon Hicks, Sarah Hornbrook, Phil Little, Steve Milner, Andy Nicholls and Paul Philips. Also attending was Andy Emms, who took the minutes, and ten members of the public.
The Chairman announced that he had received a letter from Hilary Clutten on 29 December 2017 resigning as Clerk to Old Buckenham Parish Council from 1 January 2018. As instructed by the parish councillors, he had written back to the clerk and accepted her resignation and for her to cease carrying out any further work for the parish council from 31 December 2017.
The Chairman introduced Andy Emms, a retired local government Democratic Services Officer, who had agreed to temporarily help the parish council following the resignation of the parish clerk.
Apologies for absence had been received from Jonathan Kemp and Ben Devlin.
Minutes of December 2017 meeting. Sarah Hornbrook pointed out two amendments that needed to be made. The council then approved the minutes.
Matters arising from these minutes. In response to queries about the village hall footpath the chairman said he had received an email from Isobel Horner, Norfolk County Council asking to meet with the parish council and the village hall committee. He would circulate councillors a copy of the email and it was suggested that Jon Hicks raise the matter at the next village hall committee meeting. Sarah Dye said she would progress obtaining a copy of the existing map of the Green. Rona Boggia asked if a letter had been sent to Norfolk County Council regarding the 20mph limit and signs on Abbey Road. The chair said that with the resignation of the Parish Clerk he didn’t know if a letter had been sent and so Rona Boggia was asked to write to Norfolk County Council on behalf of the council.
Public participation relating to agenda items. The Chairman summarised a letter received from Lesley Coates relating to the pathway along from the Post Office, pot holes near the school and the play area bins. On behalf of the church, a parishioner said that although a representative of the Norfolk Association of Local Councils (NALC) had confirmed that the parish council could not make a grant to the church for the maintenance of buildings, it could grant aid the running costs of the church. He wished therefore to change the precept grant application, to be considered later in the meeting, to that effect. A parishioner suggested that the 20mph solar powered sign be moved from its present location to where the 30mph limit begins. The Chairman agreed that this be an agenda item for the next meeting.
Planning applications. Downmore Farm, Banham Road. 25m high lattice tower. This was a resubmitted application of a previously approved BT application and the council resolved not to express a view on this resubmitted application.
Sunnyside House, The Green. Annex/garage conversion. This was supported subject to a condition being placed on the approval restricting use as an annex to the existing house, not allowing it to be used as a separate dwelling.
Financial matters. Among the payments agreed were £11.97 for water on the allotments, £66 for Village Hall hire and £96 to Broadland Tree Services in connection with the Christmas tree on the Green.
Precept grant applications.
a) Parochial Church Council (PCC) re All Saints Church. The chairman referred to the request from the PCC that the application be changed from maintaining the condition of the church to supporting the running costs of the church. Paul Philips was uncomfortable about the application being changed after the deadline of receipt of applications and the precedent this might set. Some councillors commented on the level of funding requested considering the draft budget for grants and the effect on the precept of increasing this budget. Also, the £1500 granted to the church in 2017/18 had yet to be spent. Some councillors had sought legal advice regarding the ability of the parish council to support the PCC. It was clear that support for maintenance was not allowed. However there was conflicting advice on whether support for running costs was appropriate. Rona Boggia said the church was important to the community and pointed out that any grant given by the parish council could also lead to matching grants being made by other organisations. Other councillors also commented on the importance of the church to the community and how they would want to support the PCC. However there was real concern regarding the conflicting legal advice. Andy Nichols proposed and Rona Boggia seconded that a grant of £2000 be made to the PCC but this to be subject to clear legal advice being received that such a grant was allowed. With three voting in favour and five against it was resolved not to make a grant to the PCC.
b) Buckenham Pre-School Group. It was agreed, unanimously, to make a grant of £216.57 to provide a farmyard play set.
c) New Buckenham Junior Football Club. During discussion it was recognised that the club had its roots in Old Buckenham and had many members from the village and some councillors agreed it should therefore be supported. However, the club should consider also making applications for grants from New Buckenham Parish Council in the future. It was resolved, with four voting in favour, two against and two abstentions, to make a grant of £450 to provide a moveable shelter.
d) Senior Citizens Annual Party. It was agreed to make a grant of £250 towards the cost of the annual party.
e) Women’s Institute. It was agreed to make a grant of £110 to cover the cost of hiring the village hall for the Open Produce and Handicraft Show.
f) Old Buckenham Village Hall Committee. It was resolved unanimously to make a grant of £1000 towards the cost of replacing the emergency lighting.
g) Old Buckenham Fete Committee. It was resolved unanimously to make a grant of £250 towards the cost of providing entertainment at the fete.
h) The Monday Mardle Group. It was agreed to make a grant of £100 to support the group.
i) Old Buckenham Cricket Club. It was decided unanimously to make a grant of £375 to fund 50% of the cost of three young adults obtaining ECB Level 2 coaching qualifications, the grant to be reduced if applications to other grant funding bodies are successful.
Parish Council budget. There was discussion on the updated draft budget for 2018/19 which had been circulated to councillors. It was agreed that £815 be included in the budget to maintain the village sign. In reply to a councillor’s question, Sarah Dye said that there was much work that could be done to improve the village green if funding was available and ideally £5000 could be spent. Andy Nichols reminded councillors that the proposal had been to spend £10,000 over five years (£4,000 in the first year and £2,000 per year for three years) hence £2,000 being in the draft 2018/19 budget. However, councillors noted that the cost of grass cutting would be higher than anticipated. It was suggested that there was already sufficient funding available in earmarked reserves for the play area and if the additional play area funding identified in the draft budget was reduced, then more could be included in the budget for the village green. It was proposed by Andy Nichols and seconded by Phil Little that £3500 be included in the budget as earmarked reserves for the village green and no additional earmarked reserves be included for the play area. This was agreed accordingly, with seven voting for and one against.
It was resolved to approve the 2018/19 budget as:
Expenditure: Allotments £250
Recreation Area £500
Precept Grants (detailed earlier) £2,751.57
Community Car Scheme £1,000
Miscellaneous £300
Village Newsletter paper £450
Contingency Fund for village maintenance £2,000
Village sign maintenance £815
Christmas tree £500
Administration: Salaries/PAYE £6,795
Clerk's and Councillors Expenses £410
Postage and Stationery £300
Audit Fees £235
Village Hall Hire £280
Subscriptions £500
Training £200
Insurance £900
Total £18,186.57
Transfer to earmarked reserves - The Green £3,500
Total budgeted expenditure 2018/19 £21,686.57
Budgeted income 2018/19 £1280
Transitional grant BDC £246
Total budgeted income 2018/19 £1526
Precept (expenditure less income) £20,160.57
It was resolved, unanimously, that the total parish precept for the financial year 2018/19 be set at £20,160.57 and the Responsible Finance Officer be asked to submit the precept application to Breckland District Council for this amount.
Communication with the public. A parishioner suggested that the parish council include details of its successes/achievements in its minutes. Paul Philips said he had a number of ideas on how the parish council could publicise the work that it did. Social media was an area the council needed to consider carefully. He felt that posts on the village Facebook page over the new year had led to untrue, inappropriate and potentially libellous accusations against parish councillors, such as suggesting they only became parish councillors to get their own planning applications approved. This shows a lack of knowledge because Breckland District Council approves planning applications and parish councillors are only consultees. He said it was a slight on the character of councillors and could influence other people equally unaware of the workings of local government. Despite councillors talking to the person who posted these accusations, they had refused to remove it. He believed that people needed to understand that when using social media they had the same responsibility to remain within the law as they have with any other interactions. He suggested the council consider how to use social media pro-actively, including the possibility of creating its own Facebook page and by renovating/updating the existing website. Other ways of communicating with the public could include holding regular “meet your parish council” sessions on two or three Saturday mornings in the village hall where parishioners could come for a coffee and a chat to find out what the parish council do. He was drafting some information that could be used electronically and in newsletters/posters to explain what the council did in 2017 and what it is planning to do next year.
Councillors welcomed these ideas although some suggested caution regarding proactive use of social media as this would need considerable work updating and moderating. There was a suggestion that consideration could be given to adding this to the duties of the parish clerk. All councillors agreed that abuse of parish councillors was totally unacceptable and agreed to welcome the work being done by Paul Philips and to ask him to circulate his draft text for comment
Appointment of Trustee. It was agreed to defer appointing a trustee to the United Eleemosynary Charity until the next meeting.
Meetings between the Parish Council and the Village Hall Management Committee. The chairman said that the proposal was to meet twice a year with three people from each organisation present. Jon Hicks and Steve Milner had already indicated they were willing to attend and Sarah Hornbrook said she would attend subject to a convenient date being chosen.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1 February commencing at the earlier time of 7pm at the Village Hall.

Monday, 22 January 2018

Viewing Old Buckenham's new school

Chapel  Green School open for inspection
The staff and children moved in a week ago and Saturday 20 January was the opportunity for local people to have a look inside the building that they have watched grow up from the ground over the last year. Work will still be going on with the outside landscaping for another three months but inside the building the class rooms and special facilities are already in use.
The Open Morning was very popular with all the car parking spaces taken and the corridors busy with small groups of visitors being taken around by staff members. The equipment available to help the pupils develop their skills and to live as independently as possible, had such a ‘wow factor’ that the blog editor kept forgetting to take as many photographs as he should have done.
There is equipment to help pupils from pre-school up to 19 year olds to exercise, to learn to cook, to be stimulated by lights and colours, to make pottery and to enjoy a well-heated pool.
The work by the builders Morgan Sindall, their specialist contractors and the Chapel Green staff have produced something that they (and the people of Old Buckenham) can be extremely proud.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Old Buckenham took tea today

Great way to raise funds
Villagers sat down today to have their lunch as an afternoon tea, all in aid of raising money for the "Raise the Roof" fund. You had to book your seat beforehand as space in the Church Rooms was limited.  
Some were ready and waiting at their table soon after noon while in the adjoining room food preparation was in full swing.

Individual pots of tea and mugs of coffee were brought round, soon to be followed by stands full of sandwiches, pork pies and scones. Prosecco was also available for that little 'extra'.

More platefuls of delicious homemade cakes then followed which could not be resisted by the diners.

Then there was all the washing up to do...
Thanks to those organisations who sponsored the event, those who made and donated the cakes and the team that put the whole event together, this was a most enjoyable way to raise funds.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Clerk needed for Old Buckenham

Vacancy for Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer 
A vacancy will arise for a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to the Old Buckenham Parish Council on Thursday 1 February 2018.
The position is home-based working nine hours per week.
Salary to be agreed, depending on qualifications and experience, within national guidelines.
The main duties include:
  • To arrange and attend all Parish Council meetings and the Annual Parish Meeting. The Parish Council meetings are held normally on the first Thursday in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November and December. The Precept meeting is held in November and the Annual Parish Meeting is held March or April.
  • Preparation of agendas and minutes.
  • Dealing with all financial matters including the production of financial statements for audit.
  • Submitting an annual VAT return.
  • Preparing records for PAYE.
  • Dealing with Parish Council insurance policies.
  • Ensuring planning applications are dealt with and comments submitted to the Local Planning Authority by return deadlines.
  • Attendance at training events.
  • Receive/deal with correspondence and bring to the attention of the Council. Carry out instructions of the Council.
Applicants will be expected to have good IT skills and have access to broadband and to maintain a web site.
Relevant qualifications would be an advantage and/or experience.
Please send application and CV to Adrian Joel,  email and telephone 01953 86o663

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Open gardens in Old Buckenham

To our local gardeners 

We are looking for villagers who would be willing to open their gardens to visitors over the weekend of Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (on one or two of the days – preferably both). All funds raised will be in aid of  the “Raise the Roof” fund for the re-thatching of All Saints Church.
We need a variety of gardens of all sizes and types – all with enthusiastic owners.
An Art and Craft exhibition and sale is planned at the Church and Church Rooms where refreshments will also be on sale together with maps to help you find the gardens that will be open.
Wildlife gardens, courtyard gardens, cottage gardens, flower borders, vegetable gardens, ponds, hanging baskets, traditional or modern - all will be welcome.
If you are interested in taking part in this Open Gardens Weekend or the Art/Craft exhibition, please contact Amanda Owles on 860288 or by email

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Afternoon tea in Old Buckenham

Got your tickets yet?
Why not enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea at the village Church Rooms with friends next Saturday 20 January from 12 noon to 2.30pm. Last few tickets are still available. All funds raised will go to the Raise the Roof project. 
Tickets in advance only, contact details are on the poster.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Old Buckenham 2000 Trust

Some dates for your 2018 diary
Following the huge success of last years event, Old Buckenham 2000 Trust is bringing the Fezziwig Band back to Old Buckenham for another night of Ceilidh dancing on Saturday 24 February. The Trust is holding this event in partnership with Chapel Green School to raise funds for their library. Tickets are now available at £7.50 each (strictly over 18s only). If you wish to buy tickets please call Meg on 01953 860992 or Celia on 01953 860129.
In partnership with All Saints Church (Raise the Roof Fund) the Trust is holding a 10k Road Race on Sunday 22 April starting at 11am from the Green. Further details about how to enter the race will be coming soon but if you don't fancy the run but would be available to help out on the day, please get in touch with Celia on 01953 860129.
The Annual General Meeting of the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust will be held on Wednesday 16 May at 8pm in the Church Rooms – they look forward to seeing some of you there. Please log on to the Trust’s Facebook page for further details.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Luncheon Club in Old Buckenham

'Thank you' meal for all the helpers
The Old Buckenham Luncheon Club started off 2018 with a special roast beef meal and invited all the helpers along - those drivers who bring people to the hall, those who put out all the tables and chairs as well as those who work in the kitchen.
The cooks and their helpers were in the Village Hall early in the morning preparing all the food. The regular Club members arrived mid morning to chat, play cards and enjoy a plentiful raffle. The special guests arrived at midday and very soon everyone was sitting down for their meal.
The work that everybody does to make these fortnightly meetings a success is very much appreciated and at the end of the meal Bridget Burton gave a short speech to reinforce this message to all those involved.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Cricket meeting in Old Buckenham

Our local cricket
The annual meeting of Old Buckenham Cricket Club will take place in the small room at the rear of the Village Hall (the Memorial Hall) on Sunday 28 January starting at 7pm. All members (playing and non-playing) are asked to attend and an invitation is also extended to any potential new players. 

The 2018 season will see the club fielding four senior Saturday XIs, plus the return of a Sunday team to the Mid-Norfolk League. In addition, the club will be looking to continue to build on the success of its thriving youth and women's teams.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Future happenings in Old Buckenham

Happening throughout 2018
Here are the dates of some meetings and events in Old Buckenham that have already been fixed for later this year. There must be many more that have been arranged so if you could let the blog editor know (use the 'comment' facility at the end of this post) he will put the information in future village newsletters to try to avoid too many clashes of dates for future events.
A list of what is happening this month was posted on the blog on Sunday 31 December.
Next month we have the jumble sale in the Church Rooms on Saturday 10 February and a film in the Village Hall that evening ('Dunkirk'), the Senior Citizens’ Party is on Saturday 17 February and there will be a night of Ceilidh dancing with the Fezziwig Band on Saturday 24 February. The Old Buckenham 2000 Trust is holding this latter event in partnership with Chapel Green School to raise funds for the school.
There will be further films in the Village Hall on Saturday 7 April 
('Goodbye Christopher Robin') and on Saturday 12 May (title yet to be decided).
The Old Buckenham Players will be performing The Tempest during Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May.
On Saturday 7 July Eileen Oliver will be having a Garden Party to raise funds for the next Senior Citizens’ Party in 2019.
The Village Fete will be on Saturday 14 July.
Sunday 9 September is the date of the Village Produce Show.
The Old Buckenham Airshow takes place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July and the Remembrance service at the Airfield will be on Sunday 11 November.
Two other events that are being organised for the Raise the Roof Fund are an Old Buckenham 10K run sometime in April and an Open Gardens event during the summer. Dates for these have not yet been finalised.

Now is the time to put this information in your new 2018 diary and/or calendar so that nothing gets forgotten. 
Details of the individual talks and events in 2018 for both the Women's Institute and the Social and Wine Circle have been listed here on the blog (Tuesday 26 December and Thursday 28 December respectively).

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Vacancy in Old Buckenham

Want to be a Parish Councillor?
Old Buckenham Parish Council have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If any Old Buckenham resident over the age of 18 is interested in being co-opted as a Parish Councillor, please email the Chairman Adrian Joel by Saturday 20 January.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Old Buckenham's New Year walk

Starting the year with a walk
The weather was fine this morning and there were plenty of people gathered outside the Church Rooms to take part in the third New Year's Day walk. There were plenty of dogs too, probably about one dog for every walker.
Nearly time to start
Gathering together while everyone crosses the main road
Starting on the walk...
... and returning to the Church Rooms
Then it was time to enjoy homemade soup (choice of flavours) along with handmade rolls in the comparative warmth of the Church Rooms while having a good chat with friends and neighbours.
Finally there was the opportunity to put a donation in the pot, knowing that it would go to the "Raise the Roof" appeal which is raising money for the re-thatching of All Saints Church.

The sum of £246.96 was collected for the Raise the Roof Fund

More raising the roof in Old Buckenham

Raise the Roof update
The following is an update of the funds raised so far for ‘Raise the Roof’ (a long-term project to raise money for the re-thatching of All Saints Church, Old Buckenham).
Further fund-raising in late November and December included the coffee afternoon (£373), Christmas card sales (£235), wreath making morning (£121) and individual donations (£1065). This makes a total in the fund (as at mid-November) of £11,544. In addition, any monies remaining from the sponsorship of the annual carol service will be added to the fund.
News is still awaited on whether the Heritage Lottery fund will accept a formal application for a grant.
Further fund-raising opportunities coming up include the walk on New Year’s Day and the special Afternoon Tea - with all the trimmings - on Saturday 20 January (you’ll need to book in advance). 

Watch out for details of the 2018 ‘Old Buckenham 10K’ run in April and an ‘open gardens’ event in the summer (more news to follow). Contact Alison Hannah if you would like to get involved and help to Raise the Roof.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Diary dates for January
Monday 1         Village New Year walk, Church Rooms, 10.30am
Tuesday 2           Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards
Thursday 4         Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Monday 8           Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm
Wednesday 10   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 11       Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm
Thursday 11       Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm
Monday 15         Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Wednesday 17   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm
Thursday 18       Mother Goose, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Friday 19            Visits from Mobile Library during morning
Friday 19            Mother Goose, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Saturday 20        Chapel Green School open morning, 9.30am to 11.30am
Saturday 20        Afternoon teas, Church Rooms, noon to 2.30pm
Saturday 20        Mother Goose, Village Hall, 2.30pm
Saturday 20        Mother Goose, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Wednesday 24   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 25      Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Old Buckenham village newsletter for January

First edition in 2018
If you want to know about the events happening in Old Buckenham during 2018 then reading the latest newsletter will be a good place to start. Some villagers will get it through their letterboxes, others should be able to pick it up  from the shop, church, pubs, airfield, etc.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Postal service in Old Buckenham.

Special delivery
Look at what has just come though my letterbox. Our village post men and women are great.

(Just click on the image to see it more clearly)