Sunday, 24 September 2017

Trips around in Old Buckenham

Heroic or Heritage?
There were two very different journeys going on in Old Buckenham yesterday.
If you went to the field alongside Old Buckenham Airfield you could run around this large field and deal with various obstacles that had been put in your way. After starting off from the large inflatable arch there were tunnels to get through, see-saws to climb over, barbed wire to crawl under and poles to clamber over) if you had enough energy left) before finishing back at that large arch once more.
There you could collect your free water and a medal. What's more the entrants paid to do this! It was a 'Heroic' event raising funds for the East Anglia Children's Hospices.

About the same time as these 'races' started, a group of members of the Old Buckenham Scout Group were leaving All Saints Church to go on a prototype 'Heritage walk' and learn about some of the village's history. They walked along Abbey Road to Buckenham Priory where they stopped outside the gates to hear the history of the building that had once stood there. Then it was along the footpaths to Old Buckenham Castle. The gates here had been unlocked to allow everyone in for a suitable lunch break.
Soon it was time to hear more about the history of the site and to walk all around the ramparts. Then on in to New Buckenham before taking more footpaths back to All Saints Church in Old Buckenham.
It is hoped that this walk can be developed into a more detailed Heritage walk for all and, as part of the 'Raise the Roof' campaign, even raise some funds as well as educating villages on local history.

(part of a map in the booklet 'Some notes on Old Buckenham' published around 1946)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Old Buckenham Parish Council

September parish council
The following notes have been written by the newsletter editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date
The September Old Buckenham Parish Council meeting was held on Thursday 7 September. Those present were Adrian Joel (Chairman), Rona Boggia, Susan Brown, Jon Hicks, Sarah Hornbrook, Phil Little, Steve Milner, Andy Nicholls and Paul Phillips as well as the parish clerk Hilary Clutten and five members of the public.
Apologies for non-attendance had been received from Jonathan Kemp.
The Council approved the minutes of the July meeting subject to the change that Sarah Hornbrook and Adrian Joel had attended a meeting rather than Andy Nicholls and Adrian Joel.
Matters arising from the Minutes. Steve Milner reported that the Dash Cam Campaign meeting had been good with 19 people attending. Chris Wright from Wymondham Police had given a presentation including some examples of dash cam footage. There is a police website where dash cam footage can be uploaded. Paul Phillips had written a newspaper item about the meeting but the police had taken so long to agree the wording that the newspapers lost interest in printing it.
Public participation on agenda items. A resident reported that the traffic in Hargham Road had been getting worse recently with more large lorries, agricultural vehicles and both emergency and other vehicles travelling at high speeds. It is impossible for a car and a lorry to pass on part of the highway so vehicles are using the front lawns of some properties, including his own, to achieve this. The NCC Highways’ Engineer has been to take a look and agrees that there is a problem. It is hoped that a ‘slow down’ sign might ultimately be erected. He wondered if it would be possible to use a Sam 2 (the parish has the regular use of this machine and Hargham Road is one of the areas that is checked) to check speeding but also traffic police were needed to check the speed of drivers. The resident would like the Parish Council’s support with Norfolk County Council.
Old Buckenham land is included in the Attleborough SUE – see later in the inutes for discussion on this.
The shingle in front of the village shop is not suitable to walk on or for people using walking frames meaning that people are having to walk on the road.
A resident who is a member of the Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group (metal detecting) spoke about its recent finds on the site of Chapel Green School before building had started. There had been a significant find of Iron Age coins. They had also surveyed an adjacent field and would now like to survey the Recreation Area and an area in front of the Village Hall. All finds must be reported and if there is any reward this must be shared 50/50 with the landowner. Hopefully it might be possible to display some finds in the Village Hall.
Is light pollution from Chapel Green School likely? Steve Milner reported that the lighting would be shown on the planning application and he would endeavour to find the information.
A resident reported that there was a rumour going around the village that a resident had been banned from Parish Council meetings. The Chairman said that this was not true and that he would contact the person concerned.
Is it possible to have dogs always on leads on the Green? Some notices have been put on the bins encouraging this but the Parish Council is unable to enforce it because it is common land. Advisory notices were suggested as an alternative and this may be discussed next month.
Planning applications. Sarah Hornbrook reported that Breckland Council has been unable to demonstrate that it has a five-year housing land supply and therefore there will be a presumption in favour of sustainable development. This means that it is no longer sufficient to refuse an application just because it is located outside the village settlement boundary; consideration must be given to whether the proposal represents sustainable development.
Planning application consultations. 1 Prosperous Row, Stacksford. Resubmission of application to build a two-storey extension; the size of the extension has now been reduced. The Council supported this application with nine votes in favour and 1 abstention.
Beckwood, Stacksford. Erection of a one and a half storey extension and detached garage with new access. Sarah Hornbrook said that the location was unsustainable due to its distance from the centre of the village and that there were traffic issues and recommended that the Parish Council did not support the application. However the Council supported this application with three votes in favour and seven abstentions.
Poplar Pigs, Doe Lane. Erection of mobile phone mast and related equipment – this application has now been withdrawn.
62A Fen Street. Erection of single storey extension to both sides of the property and a single storey extension to the rear. The Council supported this application with nine votes in favour and one abstention.
Land adjoining Innishowen, Fen Road. Erection of new dwelling and cart lodge. Sarah Hornbrook reported that this was a very rural location and recommended that the Parish Council did not support the application. The Council did not to support this application with three votes not to support the application, one vote to support, and six abstentions.
College Barn, Cake Street. Conversion and extension of barn to one residential dwelling. Sarah Hornbrook said that Highways had objected to the access because of the poor visibility and therefore she recommended to the Parish Council that it follow the Highways recommendation for refusal. The Council did not to support this application with three votes for nor to support and seven absentions.
Store Barn, Poplar Farm. Conversion of barn to one residential dwelling. As this is permitted development within current planning legislation the Parish Council merely noted the application.
Sunnyside House, The Green. Erection of new dwelling with cart lodge. Sarah Hornbrook remarked that the design of the dwelling was of three storeys when there were no other three storey properties around the Green so it is out of keeping with the Green and the Conservation Area. Also, the location is detrimental to the adjacent properties and there are Highways implications that may affect the Green. She recommended that the Parish Council did not support the application. The Council did not to support the application with nine votes not to support and one abstention.
Outline planning application. Attleborough SUE (Strategic Urban Extension). Land south of Attleborough. Attleborough is identified by Breckland Council as a strategic growth location with development to the south of the railway line. This outline planning application includes a link road to the A11, two primary schools, shops and petrol station; there is no provision for a bus service. Sarah Hornbrook has identified from the planning application that a small field in Old Buckenham has been included. The Parish Council needs to request, in the strongest terms, that a very definite boundary is maintained between Attleborough and Old Buckenham. At this stage it is planned that the link road to the A11 will not be started until the 1200th house has been completed. This is likely to be about eight years away so the Parish Council needs to lobby for the link road to be built first. It was agreed that Sarah Hornbrook should draft a response to this application and then circulate it for Councillor’s comments. The Clerk was asked to obtain an extension to the consultation timescale.
Breckland Local Plan. Pre-submission publication, representations to be made during the consultation period which ends on Monday 2 October. The current document allocates 20 dwellings to Old Buckenham at St Andrew’s Close. This will leave 17 dwellings to find locations for elsewhere in the village over the next 20 years. These could be built outside the settlement boundary. Breckland had made two attempts to find other areas to build in the village but none of the land offered proved suitable. Sarah Hornbrook believes that the Parish Council should challenge these figures as the Breckland Local Plan proposal allocates an additional 10% of dwellings (based on 2011 figures) to Local Service Centres when in Old Buckenham’s case it has allocated 12½%. Sarah Hornbrook also pointed out some dubious wording in the document in relation to the St Andrew’s Close site; the development there is described as needing to be show the “appropriate use of height and scale to ensure the site’s position as a gateway to the settlement” which seems bizarre when St Andrew’s Close leads nowhere.
Old Buckenham Parish Council can have the opportunity to attend the Local Plan Inspection Meeting and Sarah Hornbrook suggested that there should be an initial request to attend as there is no obligation to attend should no-one be available at that time. Council agreed that Sarah Hornbrook should prepare the Council’s response to the document and circulate it to councillors for comments. In addition she was asked to compile a planning ‘tick sheet’ for considering planning applications so that the Council could respond to planning applications more consistently.
The Chairman reported that Breckland Council has offered to come and talk about planning but no firm decision was made about this.
Financial report. The Clerk had distributed her financial report to councillors prior to the meeting. This showed that the money allocated or donated for the Green amounted to £4,937.44 and that £3,089.44 had been spent leaving a balance for the remainder of the year of £1,850. The net reserves for the Play Area now stand at £3,285.35 after paying for the new fencing.
Chairman’s report. The Chairman reported that he had attended the ‘Topping out’ ceremony for Chapel Green School at which he had been given a “Thank You” card made by pupils from the three schools. This was placed in the correspondence folder for circulation to councillors. He also thanked Sarah Hornbrook for her comments on the Attleborough SUE and the Breckland Local Plan.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Steve Milner reported that more volunteers for the Speed Watch are needed. Ben Devlin remarked on the excellent presentation given by a member of the public at tonight’s meeting in relating to his particular speeding problem. He also suggested that the Parish Council purchase a dispenser for dog bags. Jon Hicks thanked everyone who had come to help take down the old fencing around the Play Area.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan. This is now out for consultation.
Road Safety Working Party. Rona Boggia reported that the safety crossing situation is now looking more hopeful and has the support of the local MP. NCC now intends to carry out its own traffic survey in relation to the volume of traffic at school opening and closing times. A resident suggested that the traffic volumes at these times should be investigated at Chapel Road School.
Play Area. Jon Hicks said that the new fencing is now in place but there are a couple of jobs that need doing where the old fencing used to be. The grass has now been cut twice since the new fencing was installed. He has been invited to attend an event on Sunday 8 October so that he can be presented with the new waste bins for the Play Area. He is also going to the High School to try and address the improper use of the Play Area by the older children and to also ask them if there is anything that they would like to have on the Recreation Area. The lawn mower is now beyond economic repair. Jon Hicks has obtained two quotations for new replacements and the Council agreed to purchase the mower from Breckland Mowers at a cost of £850 including VAT.
Recreation Area. The Chairman asked the Clerk to put the purchase of a wire waste bin on the agenda for the next meeting. The grass has been cut and much rubbish removed. The Village Hall Management Committee is happy for the metal detector survey of two locations on the Village Hall site, one of which is the Recreation Area, the Parish Council as tenant of the Recreation Area also agreed to the survey.
Chapel Green School. A response had been received from Chris Hey about the sprinklers. He states that the relevant safety rules have been complied with and that the new school does not require a sprinkler system.
Highways matters. The Clerk explained the issue about planting the bulbs; it was agreed not to pursue obtaining a license to plant for the time being.
Report on the Green. A report from the last Green Management Working Party meeting had been circulated. There has been a problem with the grass cutting as there is too much soil (because of the moles) to make the grass cuttings useable by the contractor and have therefore been left lying on the Green. The Green Management Working Party would like to arrange for an alternative grass cutter for the rest of the season. The Parish Council agreed that the Working Party should obtain two quotations for this additional work.
The meeting closed at 10pm leaving business to be carried over to the October 2017 meeting.
The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 5 October starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Coffee morning in Old Buckenham

World's Biggest Coffee Morning
You may all have heard about The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning which will be be taking place in thousands of locations on Friday 29 September. The events will be raising money for the MacMillan Foundation. Those at the Gamekeeper in Old Buckenham thought it would be a good idea to support MacMillan in this venture so why not join their coffee morning at The Gamekeeper that morning. 
The pub will supply the coffee and you bring the cake. Come along and we'll see you there

Friday, 15 September 2017

Vital Old Buckenham meeting

Raise the Roof needs you
Make sure you come along to All Saints Church at 10am on Saturday morning. A big attendance will be a great help with the efforts to obtain the necessary Heritage Lottery Grant.
See you there.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Harvest Festival in Old Buckenham

Produce for all

Old Buckenham Methodist Church will be holding their harvest festival this coming Sunday 17 September followed by a 'Harvest Sell Up' on the evening of Monday 18 September starting at 7pm. All are invited. 
If anyone would like to donate any fresh produce, preserves or other items please either bring them to the Sunday service at 10.45am or drop them off at 14 Hargham Road. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the church.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

War memorials in Old Buckenham

A chance to remember

Everyday many of us pass the War Memorial on the Green. It is based on the Sword of Sacrifice design by Sir Reginald Blomfield in Portland stone on an octagonal plinth and stepped base. It was bought and paid for by Mr and Mrs Lionel Robinson of Old Buckenham Hall and unveiled on 31st August 1919. It commemorates those who were killed in the first and second world war and is inscribed with the wonderful words:
"If his dust is one day lying
in an unfamiliar land
(England he went for you)
O England sometimes think of him
of thousands only one
in the dawning or the noonday
or the setting of the sun
as once he thought of you

This war memorial is similar to hundreds across the country. The design was identical to those raised and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) around the world. Although the Old Buckenham War Memorial is not under the care of the CWGC (
the War Memorial Trust have provided a grant to support its upkeep and it is registered as WM1459, www.warmemorials.orgthere are four graves in All Saints Church graveyard which are:
Private HJ Bowen Royal Fusiliers G/26220 26 February 1919
Private E Loveday East Surrey Regiment 206189 26 March 1919
Driver CA Day Royal Field Artillery 895322 17 August 1919
Gunner RH Pretty RA 1699995 21st June 1944

At this time of the year where we remember the first world war and subsequent wars, 2017 marks the centenary of the establishment of the CWGC and marvel at the wonderful work it does to preserve the memory of those killed in those two World Wars. It is now an intergovernmental organization of six independent member states (UK, Australia, New Zealand. Canada, India and South Africa) whose principal function is to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars. The Commission is currently responsible for the continued commemoration of 1.7 million deceased Commonwealth military service members in 153 countries. Since its inception, the Commission has constructed approximately 2,500 war cemeteries and numerous memorials. The Commission is currently responsible for the care of war dead at over 23,000 separate burial sites and the maintenance of more than 200 memorials worldwide.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Work on Old Buckenham Green

What's been going on?
Steven Suggitt, the contractor who has been mowing the main area at no charge to the village, will be giving the Green its final cut of the year in two to three weeks time. If the Green working party had to pay it would be in the region of £500 per time but he gets no benefit from this other than our gratitude.
Stuart Barker has agreed to mow the smaller areas to tidy up the balance of the Green. This will happen sometime between now and Christmas, time and weather permitting and is being paid for by the Parish Council.

A survey of the trees around Ottomer Pond (by the children's play area) is to take place with a view to letting in more light and also allowing for the pond to be renovated. The pond work will depend onbeing able to finance this work although there has already been a generous offer of a free machine to remove the silt, etc.
A general survey of all the trees on the Green to check on their safety is due to be completed shortly. 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Ready for Old Buckenham Show?

Get your produce ready
The village Open Produce and Handicraft Show will be in the Village Hall this coming Sunday 10 September. It is an event that you can all take part in, even by coming along on the Sunday afternoon and seeing all the things that have been entered.

This is an open show, organised by the village Women’s Institute, so anyone can enter their flower arrangements, preserves, cookery, eggs, flowers, pot plants, handicrafts, art, vegetables and fruit.
There are special classes for children of all ages to enter. There is no need to pre-enter and your entries can be brought along to the Village Hall on the day between 9.30am and 11am. Children’s entries are free, others are 20p per entry and there are many trophies and prizes to be won. Copies of the schedule listing all the classes can be obtained from Doris on 01953 861322.
Come along during the afternoon to see what is on the show benches. Doors open for visitors from 2.30pm and the presentation of prizes takes place at 4pm.
If you would like to take home some of the prize-winning vegetables, flowers or cookery there will be an auction of produce after the show when you can get some great bargains.
Images of the schedule are below, you can enlarge them by just clicking on each image.

This is a very friendly event, don't worry if you have not entered a show like this before. The organisers will be happy to advise you when you bring your entries along.

Friday, 1 September 2017

What's on in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for September

Friday 1    Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Monday 4    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 5    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 6    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Wednesday 6    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 7    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 10    Village Produce Show, Village Hall, 2.30pm

Sunday 10    OB windmill open, 2pm to 4.30pm (last of year)

Monday 11    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 14    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 14    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Friday 15    Open evening, Laurel Tree Centre, 5pm to 7pm

Saturday 16    Thatching talk, Village Hall, 10am

Monday 18    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 20    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 20    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Friday 22    'Who killed the director', OB Players, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 23    Heroic event for EACH, Old Buckenham Airfield

Saturday 23    'Who killed the director', OB Players, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 28    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 29    Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Saturday 30    Prize bingo, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Old Buckenham September newsletter

Now printed, being distributed
The September issue has now been printed and distributed to most of the people who deliver it along with the Six Villages magazine that is being put together this afternoon. Bulk copies of the Old Buckenham newsletter will be placed in the village shop, All Saints Church and the two pubs sometime over the weekend.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Flower festival in Old Buckenham

Arrangements with a Disney theme
Old Buckenham Methodist Church are holding their Flower Festival this bank holiday weekend on the theme of Disney animated movies. As well as the flower displays they will also have Disney memorabilia, books and colouring for the kids, plus tea and cakes. Entry is free and all are welcome. 
Opening details are 10am to 4pm on Saturday 26 and Monday 28 August.   On Sunday it will be open from 1pm to 4pm.
For more details go to
And here are preview photos of some of the arrangements, pop along over the bank holiday weekend and see them yourselves.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Does local plan affect Old Buckenham?

Breckland Local Plan
Documents that will shape future growth and development in the district until 2036 have gone out for a six week pre-submission publication that goes on until Monday 2 October. Once adopted, a Local Plan will set out the policies used to determine planning applications and the location of sites to meet housing, retail and employment requirements. It will also identify a five-year supply of housing land which will give the Council more control of the location of new housing and will reduce the likelihood of ad-hoc development. 
During the pre-publication period, the Council will be inviting views as to the ‘soundness’ of the Draft Local Plan - ie whether it is consistent with national policy, and sets out an appropriate strategy to meet the housing and infrastructure requirements of the District. During this period the draft Plan can be viewed on the Council’s website and copies of the document will be available for inspection in libraries and the customer contact centres. You can also contact the Parish Clerk or Adrian Joel, District Councillor, by email
The responses will be reviewed and any necessary amendments made before the document is submitted to the Secretary of State for the Examination in Public.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Latest on Old Buckenham school

Progress at Chapel Green School
Works have progressed greatly since the last update. The building is really taking shape and internally the finished product is clear to see.
All internal walls are built and the layout of the school is in place Plastering is now complete for 50% of the building allowing finishing trades to follow behind including the installation of door frames, first coats of paint and second fixing of electrical items - sockets and light switches.
All external windows and doors have now been installed and the brickwork is nearing completion. This will allow scaffolding to come down over the next coming weeks which will put the finished building fa├žade on display for all to see.

Installation of the internal floor screed has now commenced. This brings all internal floors up to their final level whilst at the same time encapsulating all of the under-floor heating which is installed to the entire floor area.
Keep your eye out for a mobile tower crane which will be visiting the site soon to lift some key items of plant to the roof - always an interesting sight.

Morgan Sindall are hosting a charity event at the village hall on Friday 25 August which will include a barbecue to raise money for the The Lighthouse Charity. Please look at the post for Thursday 17 August for more information. See you there.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Dash cam talk in Old Buckenham

Your footage can help with road safety
Old Buckenham was the venue for the first public presentation of a new online service launched by the police to tackle dangerous and careless driving on Norfolk’s roads. Members of the public can now upload footage of motoring offences captured by dash cameras via the Norfolk Police website. 

PC Christopher Wright, from the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, attended an event in the Village Hall organised by Old Buckenham Parish Council to explain how the scheme works and what people can do to help police tackle incidents of dangerous driving.
PC Wright explained that dash cam footage has already proved invaluable in many investigations into serious collisions but can also be used as evidence in cases of ‘anti-social’ driving. That could be reckless overtaking or tailgating – where vehicles are being driven dangerously close to the vehicle in front.
The new online form, on the Norfolk Constabulary website, aims to make it easier for members of the public with footage of traffic offences to send it to police so the matters can be dealt with.
Anyone with footage, who is willing to provide a statement, can complete an online form which asks for personal details and information about the incident they are reporting. The form is then sent to the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit and further instructions are then provided on how to upload footage. The case is examined by an officer who will make a decision on what action, if any, is appropriate. This could be a prosecution, fixed penalty notice or warning letter.
Another benefit of fitting dash cams is that they provide what insurance companies describe as the ‘24/7 silent witness’. Footage can prove who was at fault in an accident and help crackdown on insurance fraud.
PC Wright emphasised the campaign is not about the public doing the police’s job for them. He said “In recent years the number of dash cam submissions about dangerous and anti-social driving has increased and this new online service is about making that process easier. Last year there were 64 fatal road collisions in Norfolk and Suffolk and nearly 600 that led to serious injuries. Anything we can do to reduce this number is worthwhile. The dash cam scheme is another way of educating motorists and hopefully will promote careful and competent driving.”

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Barbecue in Old Buckenham

Chance to meet the builders
All the details are on the poster below. You can click on the image to make it bigger.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Plans could affect Old Buckenham

A chance to comment
Old Buckenham residents invited to comment on Attleborough growth proposals.They can share their views on plans which outline how significant growth in Attleborough could be delivered.
Breckland Council has received an outline planning permission application from Attleborough Land Ltd (part of Ptarmigan Land Ltd) and various landowners to build up to 4,000 homes, a link road, and other infrastructure and community facilities on the previously identified Strategic Urban Extension (SUE) site, to the south west of the town.
As part of the planning scrutiny process, Breckland Council has launched a consultation, inviting local residents to review the proposals and submit their comments. The application will be considered by the council’s Planning Committee in due course.
The plans include proposals for:
• Up to 4,000 new homes
• Construction of a new link road between Buckenham Road and London Road
• Access roads and junctions onto the development
• A pedestrian footbridge across the railway line and other off-site highway improvements
• Two primary schools
• Shops
• Community buildings
• Sports pitches and public green and open spaces
To take part in the consultation, residents can review the comments and submit their views online by searching for 3PL/2017/0996/O at Alternatively, comments can be emailed to or submitted in writing to Robert Walker, Executive Director Place, Elizabeth House, Walpole Loke, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1EE. 
The consultation will close on Monday 11 September and make sure you quote 3PL/2017/0996/O when making your comments.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Entering Old Buckenham Produce Show

Start producing now
How about taking part in the Old Buckenham Open Produce and Handicraft Show being held at the Village Hall, Old Buckenham on Sunday 10 September? Open to the public from 2.30pm. Presentation of prizes at 4pm.
Even better could you encourage more children to enter? It could be just the sort of thing to keep them occupied during the summer holidays.

The classes for children are:
48. A poem about a favourite toy, 8 lines.
49. A handmade birthday card.
50. Monster made from fruit and/or vegetables.
51. A building made from Lego.
52. Photograph of a tree or trees, no frame or mount.

Children's entries are free. Rules for exhibitors include that all exhibits should be brought to the Village Hall on the day of the show between 9.30am and 11am. Exhibits in the children's section must have been completed since the previous produce show.
The children's classes will be judged in two sections, ie 7 and under, and 8 to 11 years. Prizes and a trophy will be awarded to winners of each section in the children's classes with a ‘best in show’ award for the best children’s exhibit.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Thatching talk in Old Buckenham

Replacing the thatch on All Saints Church

Michael Aldred, a traditional reed thatcher, will be at All Saints Church on Saturday 16 September. There will be an initial general talk on" Thatching" for about half an hour, starting at 10am.

After a break for tea/coffee and biscuits, he will give a brief description of the deterioration of the thatch at All Saints Church followed by a question and answer session. The whole event is expected to last for about two hours.
Michael has carried out a detailed examination of thatch at All Saints and produced a written report for the Diocese and Heritage Lottery. An application has been made under "Listed Places of Worship" for financial support with grant funding. The total cost of the estimated repairs is £137,000.
This event is completely free of charge and a high attendance is essential to show to Heritage Lottery the support of the community to keep the church operating and in reasonable condition. Clergy and church warden will be in attendance.
Work on the thatch is essential to keep water out of the building. Please put the date in your diaries now and come along and add your support to the Raise the Roof campaign.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes

July Parish Council meeting
These notes have been written by the newsletter editor and are based on the draft minutes so may contain information that is amended at a later date. A printed copy of the full draft minutes is displayed on the notice board on the wall of the village shop.
Those councillors present were Adrian Joel (Chairman), Susan Brown, Jon Hicks, Jonathan Kemp, Phil Little, Steve Milner, Andy Nicholls and Paul Phillips.
Also in attendance were Hilary Clutten (Parish Clerk), Chris Wright (Wymondham Police) and Martin Render (Community Heartbeat Trust) as well as seven members of the public.
Apologies for absence were accepted from Rona Boggia and Sarah Hornbrook.
Co-option of a parish councillor to fill a vacancy. Four residents of Old Buckenham had expressed an interest in becoming a parish councillor. Three attended the meeting. In turn, candidates Jean Bornett, Gemma Frost and Paul Phillips addressed the Parish Council with details about themselves including their interests in the village. There then followed a secret ballot in accordance with the resolution passed by the Parish Council in April this year. The Clerk counted up the votes and Paul Phillips was duly elected a Parish Councillor for Old Buckenham.
Minutes of June Council meeting. The draft minutes were approved as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Steve Milner distributed copies of a dog bin sign he had seen whilst on holiday; it was agreed to add the words ‘Thank You, Old Buckenham Parish Council’ to the sign. Council agreed to use the sign as amended for each bin.
Public participation in relation to agenda items only. Chris Wright from Wymondham talked about the Norfolk Constabulary Dash Cam Campaign whereby footage of dangerous driving or other crimes can be uploaded onto the Norfolk Constabulary website. A number of successful prosecutions have been achieved through this initiative. The organisation of a presentation about the campaign is recorded later in these minutes.
Martin Render from the Community Heartbeat Trust gave a talk about the installation of defibrillators in villages. As part and parcel of purchasing a defibrillator (top price model £2,000) the Trust would run a training seminar in the village and teach basic CPR. A quality defibrillator has a warranty of between eight and ten years. The maintenance costs of the defibrillator would be around £110 per annum including the replacement of the battery and pads. If the defibrillator was put in a telephone kiosk the Trust will provide the kiosk paint free of charge. Some buyers have received 100% funding from the National Lottery.
A resident reported that there was no sprinkler system in the new Chapel Green school. Jon Hicks and Adrian Joel said that this issue had been raised with Norfolk County Council but they had been told that the water pressure in the village was not good enough to supply sprinklers. Steve Milner will take this issue to the Chapel Green School Stakeholders and he has already written to the Head of the School. The Council agreed that the Clerk should write a letter to Chris Hey of Norfolk County Council with a view to getting it put in writing about the lack of water pressure. A resident reported that his poultry unit has to have a 24 hour water storage system so why not the school?

A resident raised the question of trying to get a doctor’s surgery in the village – this had been investigated by the Parish Council last year. The Clerk will look for the negative response from the Attleborough Surgeries.
A resident wanted people to recognise the work of John Fernihough on the Green, asked about its insurance (public liability), what happens if a dog bites someone and should the grass be cut in front of the barn past the Post Office? He also remarked that the entrance to the school is not wide enough and on a bend which makes it a dangerous road access. Steve Milner said that there were a lot of building materials lying around at the moment and once cleared the splays would be enlarged; also some hedgerow removed. It was agreed that when writing to Chris Hey about the sprinklers, the school entrance should also be mentioned.
Gemma Frost agreed to fill the Old Buckenham resident vacancy on the Green Management Working Party.
A resident offered her help as a trained First Responder. She also reported that the Play Area was dangerous, including the equipment, and that the grass is not cut often enough.
Planning applications. West View Farm, The Green. Rebuilding of front boundary wall at a listed building. Council agreed not enough detail in the application to make comments.
The Granary, Mill Road. Replacement of windows in a listed building. Agreed to support.
Barn adjacent to Stacksford House Farm. Variation of planning conditions. Agreed not qualified to comment on this.
Development plot, Harlingwood Lane. Discharge of planning conditions was noted.
Builders’ Yard, Hargham Road. Discharge of planning conditions was noted.
Planning decisions by Breckland. Gamekeeper Public House, The Green. Consent for new signage.
Development plot, Harlingwood Lane. Approval of reserved matters.
Other planning matters: Local List 2017 Consultation, Breckland District Council – agreed no comments.
Draft Guidelines for Recreational Provision in New Residential Developments Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPD), South Norfolk District Council – agreed no comments.
Gamekeeper Public House – CAMRA has accepted the Gamekeeper as a right to bid for Community Asset. The Parish Council will consider the local shop for the same at next meeting.
Financial matters. The Clerk had distributed her Financial Report to the councillors prior to the meeting. The completion of the purchase of the telephone kiosk has taken place; she has added this to the Council’s insurance policy with a replacement cost of £2,000. The sum of £5,000 has been received being a grant towards the new fencing for the Children’s Play Area and is included in the bank balance which at the end of June stood at £45,535.88.
The sum of £3,201.40 has been received from Norfolk County Council being the balance of the Parish Partnership Award 2016-17 for the work on the Village Hall car park. The Council agreed to pay an invoice from MW Surfacing for £3,841.28 for the Village Hall car park using the balance of the Parish Partnership Award received.
Chairman’s report. The Chairman welcomed Paul Phillips to the Parish Council and suggested that perhaps the unsuccessful candidates might like to join one of the Parish Council’s Working Parties.
District Councillor’s Report. The Emerging Local Plan is moving forward; it goes to Cabinet and then to Full Committee in July. It will then be published so that a further consultation can take place. The allocation of houses for Old Buckenham is 37. Of this number 20 have been identified already leaving 17 to find over the period of the Plan.
A new street sign, “The Green leading to Hargham Road”, has been put in position and further new signs may be forthcoming.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Susan Brown remarked on the parking issues when the Ox and Plough has its weekly gatherings. It was suggested that a sign could be put out on Tuesday evenings in the summer asking drivers to go down the road. Phil Little agreed to speak to Ben Devlin about parking issues. Steve Milner reported that he had updated the Old and Parish Council websites and people should let him know if they want anything put on these websites.
The Old Buckenham Church funding raising campaign “Raise the Roof” has started. Paul Phillips suggested that the Parish Council sponsor a larger event to make the village residents aware of the Norfolk Constabulary’s “Dash Cam” campaign – a Saturday in the large room at the Village Hall seems appropriate. He will liaise with the Police. Andy Nicholls thanked John Fernihough for his hard work on the Green and wondered if the Green would be cut again in August. Work will soon start on clearing Green Pond opposite the Post Office.
Old Buckenham Neighbourhood Plan. Andy Nicholls and Adrian Joel had met with Susan Heinrich of Breckland Council who had said that some of the key issues might be solved by the Breckland Local Plan so that a Neighbourhood Plan for Old Buckenham might not be necessary. It was suggested that Tim Bornett be asked to look at the next Breckland Local Plan consultation document once it was published.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan. This is coming to a close in its current form but a new guise is anticipated.
Road Safety Working Party. The local MP, George Freeman, will be having a meeting with the Road Safety Working Party.
Play Area. The state of the Children’s Play Area had been brought to the attention of the Parish Council through letters received from concerned parents/residents. The grass had been now been strimmed and needs to be kept neat and tidy during the school holidays. Jon Hicks said that he was willing to take over the grass cutting from Ben Devlin and he is arranging to have overhanging trees trimmed. The Play Area has been inspected by Jon Hicks twice in the last month. He has done various jobs and identified that the tractor and trailer are no longer fit for purpose. He and Phil Little have agreed to refurbish the tractor and trailer. The fencing will be done in July/August once the new railings arrive. Various parish councillors offered help in removing the old railings to save the expense of £500 that the supplier of the new railings would charge.
Recreation Area. The Village Hall Committee has reported that it believes the Recreation Area belongs to the Parish Council and not the Village Hall. This being the case the Parish Council wonders why it has been being charging rent to the Village Hall for the land all these years. Also NCC wants to upgrade the footpath that passes over the Recreation Area for the use of school children. It was generally agreed that NCC should pay for this work and agree to maintain it.
Chapel Green School. The topping out ceremony had been arranged for July.
Precept Working Party. This will meet during August.
Highways matters. The Clerk was asked to thank Highways for some work that had been carried out in the village and to report various dirty road signs – hopefully the Highways Rangers can deal with this particular issue.
Report on the Green. The Council agreed that the Green Management Working Party should spend up to £300 on identified tree works. Another tree was identified by a resident as needing work and the Chairman will inspect it. There was general consensus is that there is not much that can be done about dog mess on the Green as it is Common Land. The purchase of a bag dispenser was considered but no firm decision made.
Telephone box update. There was a proposal to advertise for a contractor to refurbish the telephone box now that the equipment has been removed. The Parish Council agreed that Steve Milner should put an item on Facebook.
Defibrillator. Steve Milner read out a statement from a retired local doctor asking the Parish Council to consider installing a defibrillator in an alternative location such as the Village Hall where it would be available to more people. A portable machine was also discussed for taking to village events but the First Responder present said that she had one. It was proposed and seconded that the Parish Council should purchase a defibrillator for a site at the Village Hall (subject to Village Hall approval) and the vote was carried by four votes to three with one abstention. The Clerk was asked to contact the Village Hall Committee.
Correspondence. This included an invitation to the Annual General Meeting of Community Action Norfolk and also a letter concerning the winding up of Norfolk Community Transport Association. The Parish Council agreed not to support the winding up of this important organisation.
Items for the next Parish Council meeting. These will include the defibrillator, Chapel Green School, the telephone box, community assets, the Green, the Children’s Play Area and the Recreation Area/upgrade to footpath.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Thursday 7 September starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Old Buckenham parish councillors 2017

Contact list
Following some recent appointments, the Old Buckenham Parish Council is now complete and here is list of all their details should you wish or need to contact them.

Parish Clerk
Hilary Clutten, 35 Lavender Close, Attleborough. Norfolk NR17 2PZ
Telephone 01953 451078, email:

Parish Councillors
Adrian Joel (Chairman)
9 Hargham Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SL
01953 860663

Andy Nicholls (Vice-chairman)
The Joules, Crown Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SD
01953 861044

Rona Boggia
The Joules, Crown Road. Old Buckenham, NR17 1SD
01953 860915

Susan Brown
1 Old Post Office Terrace, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RD

Ben Devlin
Ox & Plough, The Green, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RN
07887 691722

Jon Hicks
2 Hargham Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SL
01953 861414

Sarah Hornbrook
2 Chapel Loke, Old Buckenham, NR17 1PY
01953 860022

Jonathan Kemp
44 Hargham Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1PD
01953 860567

Phil Little
1 Forge Close, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RX
01953 861164

Steve Milner
Fig Tree Cottage, Stacksford, Old Buckenham, NR17 1PN
01953 860866

Paul Phillips
3 Forge Close, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RX
01953 860622

Monday, 7 August 2017

Even more details on Old Buckenham finds

Information from the secretary
Godfrey Pratt, secretary of the Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group (NHRC) has provided more details on the finds.
In the end there were 52 club members detecting, plus a special guest Wendy Howard who is the Anglian Secretary for the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD). Wendy commented very favourably on the organisation of the day's event, the quality of the finds, and the quality of Steve Milner's lunchtime burgers.
There were very many finds, which covered a timespan from Neolithic (a flint cutting blade), through Roman (three Roman broches and a coin), medieval, and many coins right up to a modern 20p piece. Of the coins, there were a dozen medieval silver pennies from the 12th and 13th centuries, and two very impressive Charles 1 shillings from the mid 1600s. 

Godfrey's personal best find was a Queen Anne silver sixpence (approximately 1705) which had been bent to form what is known as a Love Token: reputedly this was the origin of the nursery rhyme about the crooked man finding a crooked sixpence by a crooked stile.
During the afternoon Christine Arksey, whose husband used to farm the land brought along a Celtic bronze bracelet  which her husband found about thirty years ago on the same field as the one being detecting on now. This is quite an important and rare find, in excellent condition, and she very kindly agreed that it could be taken it on next monthly visit to the Finds Liaison Officer at the County Archaeologist's Office at Gressenhall where it will be accurately described, photographed and added to the national database at 

Very great thanks and appreciation are due to Tom Barron, without whose generous loan of two of his fields the event could not have taken place. As a result of the dig, NHRG will be writing out a cheque for £500 to the Raise The Roof appeal. If anyone else would like to help raise another £500 by offering some land for a day, please contact Godfrey Pratt (NHRG Treasurer) at

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Recovering the past in Old Buckenham

Fine for detecting
Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group (NHRG) held its metal-detecting dig today at Old Hall Farm in Harlingwood Lane, Old Buckenham. The weather was fine, over thirty members of the Group started their searches at 10am and were still at it well into the afternoon.

The finds were put on display so that members of the public could see what had been found. There were many coins, some musket balls, bells from farm animals, a medal and other items needing further investigation.

You can enlarge these images by just clicking on them
The items will get further examination at the NHRG monthly meeting tomorrow.
Afterwards, the finds will be taken to the Finds Liaison Officer at the County Archaeologist’s Office to be recorded on the national PAS (Portable Antiquities Scheme) database.
Any proceeds from this charity event will be donated to the Raise the Roof appeal for the re-thatching of All Saints Church in Old Buckenham. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Metal detecting in Old Buckenham

What will they find?
Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group (NHRG) will be holding a charity metal-detecting dig in Old Buckenham on Sunday 6 August. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Raise the Roof appeal for the re-thatching of All Saints Church.
The dig will take place at Old Hall Farm in Harlingwood Lane. The fields to be metal-detected are situated between the site of Buckenham old castle on Abbey Road, and the new castle just outside New Buckenham. According to the NHRG treasurer, who lives in Old Buckenham, they are hopeful of recovering some interesting items of buried heritage from Old Buckenham’s distant past.
If anyone from the village is interested to see what’s discovered, there will be a display of finds at the Registration Point situated at Old Hall Farm buildings in Harlingwood Lane. The display will be available to view between 2pm and 4pm on the day of the dig and there will be someone from NHRG on hand to identify the finds and explain their significance. Afterwards, the finds will be taken to the Finds Liaison Officer at the County Archaeologist’s Office to be accurately identified and recorded on the national PAS (Portable Antiquities Scheme) database.
If anyone would like any further details, please contact Godfrey Pratt by email to

Monday, 31 July 2017

What to do in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for August

Tuesday 1   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 2   Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 3   Flower Club trip to Hyde Hall, leave VH car park 8am

Friday 4   Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Sunday 6   Metal detecting finds at Old Hall Farm, 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 9   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Saturday 12   Road safety talk, Village Hall, 10.30am

Sunday 13   OB windmill open, 2pm to 4.30pm

Monday 14   Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Wednesday 16   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Sunday 19   Prize bingo, Church Rooms, 2pm

Wednesday 23   Luncheon Club coffee morning, Village Hall, 10.15am

Thursday 24   Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 26   Flower Festival, Methodist Chapel

Sunday 27   Flower Festival, Methodist Chapel

Sunday 27   Family Fun Day, OB Country Park

Monday 28   Flower Festival, Methodist Chapel

Sunday 30   Music in the Park, OB Country Park from 2pm

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Day one at Old Buckenham Airshow

Images at the airfield
The blog editor is the first to admit he is useless at photographing flying aircraft, particularly those flying rather fast. So here are some general and some alternative shots taken during today.
Remember you can go along and see it for yourself tomorrow, Sunday 30 July.