Friday, 27 March 2015

Old Buckenham newsletter for April

Available to read now
Real printing on real paper and can be picked up from various locations around the village (unless you are lucky enough to have one delivered through your letter box.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Your lucky numbers in Old Buckenham

Spend Friday evening at the Village Hall

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Old Buckenham's Annual Parish Meeting

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting
These notes have been written by the newsletter editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is altered at a later date.

This meeting took place on Wednesday 18 March. Visiting speakers included Julie Kennealy, Breckland Council Deputy Chief Executive Officer, and Ian Whithington, Breckland Council Planning Policy team leader. Twenty-four members of the public attended.
Welcome by Parish Council chairman. Steve Milner welcomed everyone to the meeting which he said was an important one as feedback is wanted by the Parish Council regarding development of the village in the future and also the new Chapel Road School.
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting in March 2014. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. A resident asked if minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting could be referred to prior to the meeting enabling residents to refresh their memories.
Greater Attleborough Development Plan (GADP).
Julie Kennealy gave a brief overview of her duties with Breckland Council. She then went on to explain that there is no GADP, there has just been informal discussions regarding Attleborough. It was called GADP because experience says that when you have an area of land, planned growth discussions have to take place. Infrastructures like schools, roads, health, need to be considered and section 106 payments are for this purpose. Growth usually goes outside boundaries of proposed development and therefore nearby communities can be affected. Discussions should take place in terms of what infrastructure will be required in support of large scale development. Collective views are best put forward in group form and not individual groups on their own. Breckland Council, Norfolk County Council, Health Authorities, the Highways Agency and Local Enterprise Partnerships - all these bodies should have input into any proposed large development. Discussions in Attleborough were difficult due to long standing relationships between Town and Parish Councils with the District Council. Attleborough Town Council have gone a long way to develop their own Neighbourhood Plan. GADP does not exist and Town and Parish Councils will still develop their own Neighbourhood Plans. Mrs Kennealy then took questions from the members of the public. She advised the meeting that grants were available up to £16,000 and Neighbourhood Plans could work within a place-based plan.
Neighbourhood Plan. Parish Councillor Jonathan Kemp gave an overview of the discussions that a Parish Council Working Party have had regarding the possible need for a Neighbourhood Plan for Old Buckenham. The areas considered were Why, How, Cost and what support is available. Sarah Hornbrook, a member of the working party, explained the reasoning for a neighbourhood plan for Old Buckenham. It would give villagers a voice to influence development in the village for the foreseeable future in conjunction with the Breckland Council Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan could not set strategic policies but can set the details of the strategic policies within Breckland’?s Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan could not be used to stop development but would look to control development to suit local needs. There are certain financial benefits to having a Neighbourhood Plan if and when Breckland introduce Community Infrastructure Levies. Parish Councillor Adrian Joel, also a member of the working party, said a Neighbourhood Plan looks at what will happen in 20 years time in terms of development. This will involve consultation with residents in the village to produce a vision statement along with a map to be submitted to Breckland Council. The vision statement cannot be turned down by Breckland but the map can. Breckland will then vote on what the village has submitted. If successful then the whole process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan can go ahead and when this is done a Local Referendum of villagers takes place. If a majority of the voters approve the plan it then becomes a legal document. Cost for producing a Neighbourhood Plan varies greatly. Information from other Parish Councils indicate it would cost between £4,500 to possibly £20,000. Ian Withington of Breckland Council said his main role was to bring forward the Breckland Council Local Plan and any Neighbourhood Plan had to conform to the Local Plan which is still emerging in terms of core strategies and would have to be considered against national and district policies. Steve Milner thanked all concerned with the Neighbourhood Plan for all the work they have done so far on the project. Various members of the public asked questions and then Steve Milner asked for a show of hands from residents if they thought Old Buckenham should have a Neighbourhood Plan. There was an almost unanimous show of support for one.
Chapel Road School. Richard Lindner, a governor of the school, read a prepared statement on the matter of the estate of the late Mr Alston and the legality of the transfer of the land to Norfolk County Council and some possible effects on the timetable of the construction of the school. Questions were raised on matter of access roads to the site and whether construction had already started. Steve Milner said no construction worked had started and the working currently being done was purely archaeological.
Parish Chairman’s report. Steve Milner reported it had been an interesting year with the new school on the way and continued efforts to improve road safety in the village. The amenities and facilities within in the village continue to grow and improve. Chapel Road School had been given a guarded welcome. A group has visited the site to see the work they do and he felt good that the village is helping to improve facilities for the children to help them acquire the tools to face their future. There are still concerns about infrastructure and so the Parish Council is working with the school to ensure the relocation has a minimal negative impact. On road safety, the speed of cars and inconsiderate driving are a major concern. The Speedwatch group continues to work to report speeding motorists. There are now flashing 20 mph speed signs for busy crossing points at peak times. Also the Parish Council have been informed they have been successful in getting 50% funding for a SAM speed sign. The primary school pupils are designing posters to help launch a give way campaign. The Parish Council has had to finance some of the projects but feel it worthwhile to pay for increased road safety. With regard to parking in the village the simple truth is that there are too many cars and this fact has to be accepted. Increased road safety should give parents confidence to use alternative methods to go to and from school with their children. Unfortunately parking spaces near the church have not worked out. The Village Hall car park’s controlled use by parents aims to meet the requirements of all. Thanks are due to Sally Honour and Village Hall Management Committee. The possibility of adding fifty more parking spaces is being looked at but this is in its infancy. The facilities of Old Buckenham include a village hall, active village shop, three excellent schools, a restaurant, thriving village pubs, a village green that is seeing increased activities and a church with its restored tower and windows. There is a need to consider how to manage development in Old Buckenham, informally or in a more structured manner. There are Parish Council elections due in May and some of the existing councillors are retiring. People are needed to come forward to fill these vacancies. Final date for submitting applications to Breckland Council is Saturday 25 April.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Precept Meeting for the financial year 2015/16 was held in November 2014 and the precept was set at £20,246.23. This was an increase on the previous year. The Parish Council awarded grants to local organisations of £4,330. There may be changes to how Breckland Council will fund future precepts due to changes being discussed. The Parish Council are fully aware of the difficult economic times for a large number of villagers who are on fixed incomes. The Parish Council will therefore ensure strict financial and monetary controls are effected at all times and that all expenditure is within budgetary limits. Expenditure for the year up to March 2015 totals approximately £17,290 net of VAT from a total income of £20,910. All figures are subject to audit as the financial year end has not yet arrived. During the current financial year the village has been able to acquire 20mph flashing speed signs (from accumulated surpluses over previous years) for £3,148 with Norfolk County Council paying 50% of the total cost. The Parish Council have, due to changes in legislation, drafted and adopted new Standing Orders, new Financial Regulations, new Financial Risk Assessment, new Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures and new Transparency Policy. The Clerk took the opportunity of thanking the parish councillors for their hard work and commitment as well as the support they have given over the past year.
Open session. A resident raised the question of the duck house on the pond, he was informed that it was a matter for the Green Right Proprietors and they were intending to have it replaced. Another resident commented on the poor turn out for the meeting and wondered if it was due to timing and suggested having the meeting in April next year.

Monday, 23 March 2015

More music in Old Buckenham

Your sort of musical evening?
If going to the Summer Ball  (see blog post on Wednesday 11 March)  on Saturday 27 June is not your thing, why not pop along to your All Saints Church, Old Buckenham, and enjoy some amazing choral music. Norfolk’s popular and talented vocal ensemble “The Upper Octave” return for their fourth visit to Old Buckenham. Their musical/opera fusion production “Bizet to Broadway” combines the best of classic musical theatre with everyone’s favourite operatic arias to create an eclectic musical mix which leaves audiences wanting more. This event will take place at All Saints Church on Saturday 27 June at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 which will include refreshments and a glass of wine. For tickets, please phone 860845 or 860841.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Number 1 pop group coming to Old Buckenham

Remember Chicory Tip?
On Saturday 22 August there will be a dance in Old Buckenham Village Hall with music performed by a group that once really was ‘Top of the Pops’.
Chicory Tip are best known for their worldwide number 1 single from 1972, "Son Of My Father," but they also had two other British Top 20 hits - "What's Your Name" and "Good Grief Christina." Although they charted just three times, their recording career spanned five years from 1970 from the first single, "Monday After Sunday," to the final 45, one of their best ever tracks, "Survivor." Since then some of the band members still perform for various special occasions.
One of our villagers, David Sallnow, knew the group in their earlier days and they provided the music at celebrations a few years ago for his 60th birthday. So he and his wife, Jenny, are now sponsoring this one-off concert/dance in Old Buckenham Village Hall later this year.
This will be a ‘not to be missed’ event so put the date, Saturday 22 August, in your diary now. If you are too young to remember this group then you can see them performing on YouTube by going to:

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Old Buckenham's young scientists

Science week at Primary School
Old Buckenham Primary School has been buzzing with excitement during their ‘full on’ Science Week.  Activities have included visits to Old Buckenham Airfield to fly planes the children had made, pond dipping, DNA Activity, a wind turbine workshop, a visit to the local windmill, talking about the solar eclipse, bridge building and a minibeast hunt to name a few of them.

Wednesday 18 March saw a group of reception class children together with some of the older children from Buckenham Pre-school walking to All Saints Church with some of their favourite toys fitted with homemade parachutes. With the help of churchwarden John Frost and teacher Amanda Cockburn at the top of the church tower, the toys were launched into space. Some floated gently to the ground while others had a rather faster descent.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Total eclipse to come in Old Buckenham

But not until 2151
There has been plenty written lately about the solar eclipse that will take place during the morning of Friday 20 March. It is only a partial eclipse in this part of the country but in future there will be a total solar eclipse right here in Old Buckenham.
It’s beyond all our lifetimes (unless there are some huge medical advances in the near future) but in 2151 the centre of a total solar eclipse scores a direct hit on Old Buckenham.

All the details are given at:
This includes a clickable, zoomable map which, if you can manage to navigate your way around, plots the path of the total eclipse right across what is now the Old Buckenham Cricket Club ground. But what will be there in 2151 is anyone's guess.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Mr Turner comes to Old Buckenham

Make sure you are in the picture
This coming Friday 20 March is your chance to see the film
Mr Turner
starring Timothy Spall in Old Buckenham Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.
Pre-booked tickets are just £4. Book now by calling 01953 860866 or emailing
Following on from the last film showing, advance sound checks have been done, the volume has been corrected and clarity improved.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Best of Old Buckenham photos in February

Prizes for top three
Photographers taking part in the Old Buckenham project to ensure that a picture is taken in the village every day throughout 2105 gathered at the Ox & Plough this lunchtime to see which three images had been judged as the best during February. The runners up were Jonathon Kemp with his picture of his two children walking down Raggs Lane and Ron Brewer for his portrayal of the monthly WI meeting.
First prize of a bottle of wine went to Roger Peacock who had posted a picture on Tuesday 10 February of Venuka at the door of her village shop. 
If you would like to look at all the photographs that have been taken so far this year then go to
where you can click on the month's images and then go back to previous months. 
Here are the winners being presented with their prizes (including prints of their pictures) by Doris Monkhouse, vice-president of Old Buckenham WI.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Busy time at Old Buckenham's cafe

Many popped into Hugh's cafe
Today lots of people came to enjoy their afternoon tea, coffee and cake in the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham. If you missed it today you'll have to wait for it to 'pop up' again on Friday 17 April between 2pm and 4pm.
Customers were of all ages and attendance was boosted by several red-nosed children on their way home from school. Well done to all the organisers, it was all good fun and good value for money too.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

'Pop up cafe' in Old Buckenham

So just pop in on Friday and and enjoy it
And if you do enjoy it, remember to pop in again next month.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Old Buckenham has new road signs

Installed today
New solar-powered road sign that start flashing at school times have been put up on two sites beside the B1077 on Old Buckenham Green. They are there to remind you to drive safely (and slower) while going through the area where children can be expected to be crossing the road.

Summer party coming to Old Buckenham

Time to join the party

The Old Buckenham 2000 Trust is a registered charity that gives financial support to community organisations within our village. In the last few years the charity has given funds totalling over £28,000 with £3000 in the last 12 months.
Following the success of their first fund-raising Summer Party two years ago they are planning to repeat the event and the 2015 Old Buckenham Summer Party will be held on Saturday 27 June at the Village Hall. The evening will include gourmet food, live music and a licensed bar. Tickets sold out quickly last time and you can sure the event will be well supported again this year.
To assist the fund-raising the organisers are looking for a number of event sponsors from within the local business community. A “Thank you” board will be displayed at the event for all those that make a donation, big or small, and a table will be available for any business card that you wish to leave.
It is hoped that many people will feel able to support the Trust on this occasion. If you are happy to sponsor the event in any way then please email Terri at

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Entertaining WI in Old Buckenham

Members do the talking
The WI February meeting proved to be a surprise.  The expected speaker cancelled in the late afternoon - no time to book another. Thanks to three of the members (and Ron Brewer who had come to the hall to take photographs for the village 365 project) they had a most enjoyable evening.

Bev Giles told a heart warming story of adopting a new rescue dog after their beloved pet died late last year. He was her husband’s soul mate and so very much missed that she decided to try and find a dog of the same breed – a Munsterlander – a German gun dog rather like a spaniel but with longer legs. She took members through her experiences in contacting the Munsterlander Rescue Agency and was eventually offered a five year old dog which has already conquered their hearts.
Doris Monkhouse had everyone laughing with her stories of some of the first Norfolk WI Holidays. These started in 1983 and were usually spent in student accommodation at the universities – no en-suites in those days. 
Ron read two of Cyril Fletcher’s Odd Odes and Susan recited two poems, one of which ‘The Caithness Self lift Chair’ told the story of escape from an old folks home by means of a flying chair.
All were reminded of the special Open Evening at the Village Hall to celebrate the WI Centenary. It will be on Saturday 25 April at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

At the meeting on Thursday 26 March Lynford Brunt will be talking about the work of a magistrate. In April Janet Clark will be describing her work in Gambia and on Thursday 28 May there will be discussions on the resolutions to go to the WI Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Successful Old Buckenham jumble sale

Money for old clothes
On Saturday 28 February they were queuing outside the Church Rooms well before opening time while inside the Buckenham Pre-school organisers were piling more and more clothes on the tables. With every piece of clothing only costing 20p, bags full of items were soon being carried out by the jumble sale bargain hunters.

With other money being raised with a tombola, children's toys, a cake stall and refreshments, the total raised from sales reached the great sum of £387.30 which will go to buy extra equipment for the Pre-school.

As a worthwhile conclusion, all the remaining goods were collected by the charity UK2ROM and will find their way to Romania where they will be much appreciated by people there.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Paintings at the pictures in Old Buckenham

Come and see Mr Turner
Come along to the Village Cinema in Old Buckenham on Friday 20 March and you can see Timothy Spall starring as 'Mr Turner'.
The screening will start at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.
You can watch a trailer for the film at:
Book in advance and the cost will be just £4 or, if you just turn up on the night, it will be £6.
To book call 01953 860866 or email

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Old Buckenham activities in March

Diary dates for March

Sunday 1    Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Monday 2    Roadside textile collections from 9am

Monday 2    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 3    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 4    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 4    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 5    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 9    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 12    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 12    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Monday 16    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 18    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 18    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 18    Annual Parish Meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 20    Village Cinema, 'Mr Turner', Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 23    Fete planning meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 26    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 27    Cash Bingo, Village Hall, 8pm

Friday, 27 February 2015

Pupils meet to discuss new school in Old Buckenham

Chance for school children to see future plans
The blog editor was a guest at a meeting today when pupils from the existing Chapel Road School in Attleborough travelled to Old Buckenham to meet up with representatives of fellow pupils from the Old Buckenham Primary and High Schools.
There was a chance to see a scale model of the new school buildings, have the facilities described and to discuss ways in which the three schools can co-operate over the next year or so as construction gets underway. All three headteachers were there to encourage the children to get together and pool ideas for events where the schools can join together during various parts of the project. The architect also came along to answer any queries on the building plans.
The intention is that, when it moves, the new school will be known as Chapel Green School and they already have a logo incorporating various images connected with Old Buckenham.

The village hall is bottom left, the existing Abbey Road runs across at bottom right and vehicle access to the new school will be at the top left of the model.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Old Buckenham village newsletter, March issue

More local news
The copies have been taken around today to various places and to various distributors who will be putting them through letter boxes along with the Six Villages newsletter. Enjoy the read.

(Apologies from the blog editor for the lack of new posts over the last few days. He has been struck down by the Old Buckenham bug that has been passing around amongst some villagers leaving them rather the worse for wear. Hopefully things will now improve.)

Friday, 20 February 2015

Celebration service in Old Buckenham

Remembering George
There were many cars parked around outside All Saints church in Old Buckenham this lunchtime. By noon the church was full of people who had come from far and wide to join in with a service of celebration for the life of George Aitken. George had lived in Old Buckenham for nearly sixty years and, being the local vet, was known to many people all around the area.
Over 150 people were in the church to sing hymns and hear from family and friends before moving on to the Church Rooms for refreshments.  This also provided the chance to swap more stories about his eventful life.

The Aitken family would like to thank everybody who came to George’s memorial service and made it such a special day. George would have loved it. They are most grateful too for all those who helped with the service and the catering in the Church Rooms afterwards.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Digging for history in Old Buckenham

Will anything be uncovered?
The archaeological dig prior to the building of a new school in Old Buckenham is now in full swing. A large area in the field next to Old Buckenham Village Hall has been uncovered and is being searched for any hidden history.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Neighbourhood plan for Old Buckenham?

To plan or not plan, that is the question
Old Buckenham Parish Council is inviting all parishioners to join them at the Annual Parish meeting on Wednesday 18 March at 7.30pm at the Village Hall for a presentation on neighbourhood plans. There will be a presentation of research to date followed by discussion and debate to get views on whether to create a neighbourhood plan for Old Buckenham.
Neighbourhood planning is a new system which is intended to give local communities more say in the planning and development of their areas. Neighbourhood planning is voluntary, so a neighbourhood plan will only be made for a given area if a local council (parish or town) or local group takes the initiative to prepare one.
There are a number of possible advantages, including the ability to write specific policies about the issues that matter to residents. There are also financial advantages for the parish council who can secure larger payments from developers if new houses are built in the village. Subjects that can be covered include housing, employment, shopping, transport, leisure, well being and environment.
Likely stages in preparing a neighbourhood plan would be:
1. Establish a working group to create ideas and suggestions. The group should represent local interested parties and individuals.
2. Appointment of planning consultants (optional but may be necessary)
3. Application for grant and other funding.
4. Publicity, including leaflets delivered to homes and business premises, information on social media, public meetings and exhibitions asking for the views of local people.
5. Collation of feedback from publicity and working groups.
6. Production of a draft plan.
7. Draft plan must be publicised and sent to local planning authority. Other consultees need to be informed - English Heritage, Highways, etc.
8. After the consultation period, the plan is submitted to the local planning authority and must include a map of the area, a consultation statement, the proposed neighbourhood plan and a statement explaining how the plan complies with the town and country planning act 1990.
9. Examination is arranged by the local planning authority, to be completed by an independent examiner.
10. Examiner reports to the local planning authority with recommendations.
11. Once the plan is finalised the local planning authority must organise a referendum in which all local government electors for the plan are entitled to vote.
If you have any comments or thoughts on the relevance of a neighbourhood plan to our village of Old Buckenham please contact Old Buckenham Parish Council at or write to the Parish Clerk, R J M Watling, at 29 Field Maple Road, Watton, Thetford, IP25 6GA.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Collecting textiles in Old Buckenham

Textiles for Third World countries
The local collections of textiles for the Third World have been in decline recently and it is hoped this can be redressed in the future, commencing with the roadside collection in Old Buckenham on Monday 2 March. Parishioners are reminded that one hundred per cent of the money received from landfill payments in respect of the weight collected is ploughed back into village organisations.
All forms of textiles sought, ie ladies’ and gents’ coats, jackets, cardigans, shirts, trousers, blouses, skirts and dresses, sweaters, underwear, socks, dressing gowns, swimwear and other sports clothing, nightwear, towels, all forms of curtains, pairs of shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, pillows and slips, sheets, quilts and covers, blankets, in fact all textiles apart from carpets. Please keep any donations of toys separate. Remember there is a toy bank at the Old Buckenham Village Hall car park.
All you need to do is put your contributions, suitably bagged, at the roadside outside your property for 9am on Monday 2 March.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

February meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council

Notes on latest parish council meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.

All the parish councillors and two members of the public were present at the February meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council. Paul Boggia declared an interest in one planning application. The meeting was suspended for a short while to allow members of the public to speak.
Minutes of January Parish Council meeting. Adrian Joel had said that £1,000 of Parish Council funds would be ring fenced for set up costs for a Neighbourhood Plan. With this amendment the minutes were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Carol Marshall said that Mr Hicks had authorised payment of £250 to Scotty’s Little Heroes in lieu of his payment for maintaining the Play Area over the past year. Tim Ing asked for a letter to be sent to Mr Hicks thanking him for his work as he would no longer be able to do it in the future. Adrian Joel raised the matter of the MOGA at the new school when he suggested it be moved from right side of development to the left side away from nearby houses. Steve Milner said the County Council would not move the MOGA. John Frost and Paul Boggia raised the matter of school coaches causing problems in village when delivering and collecting children from school. The Parish Clerk to write to Norfolk County Council (NCC) on the matter.
Chapel Road School update. Steve Milner said there was a stakeholder meeting the previous week and it was reported that contracts had not yet been finalised but construction was planned to commence in March this year. The existing 30mph speed signs were due to be moved shortly. A tour of the school had been arranged for Monday 23 February and five people could attend. Chapel Road School would donate £1,000 for road safety issues. Adrian Joel said the Parish Council should be kept informed of any changes to the design of the school. Construction of the school is expected to be completed in May or June 2016 ready for use in the Autumn term. Derek Smalley suggested a liaison person from the village should be appointed and attend any meeting between contractors and NCC whenever any design changes are discussed. Steve Milner said it was already agreed by NCC that such a person could be appointed when a contractor is appointed.
Neighbourhood Plan update. Jonathan Kemp said two working party meetings had been held since the January parish council meeting and he gave details of what was discussed They will be doing a presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting and needed up to £122 to produce a leaflet publicising this before the Annual Parish Meeting by having inserts in the parish newsletter and the cost of printing the leaflets. It was proposed by Tim Ing and seconded by Steve Milner that they spend £122 on the matter and this was agreed by nine for, one against and one abstention.
Road safety update. Steve Milner reported that the Parish Council had placed the order for 20mph flashing speed signs which will be installed in approximately six weeks time. They will be positioned so that, if in the future a possible crossing point can be obtained, it can be placed within the two signs. Derek Smalley asked if the schools could be encouraged to give a donation. The Parish Council had submitted a bid for a SAM2 flashing speed sign under the 2015/16 Parish Partnership Scheme and are awaiting a decision from NCC on the matter.
Car Parking at Play Area and Ox & Plough. Paul Boggia said he had obtained three quotes for repairing the parking area by the play area and the Ox & Plough. One was for £3200 plus vat, one was £2,590 with no vat and the third was £3,540 plus vat. Steve Milner said that all three surfaces are different from that which was originally agreed with the Green Right Proprietors which was for a grass surface area. He thought none of the three surfaces quoted for would be acceptable to the Green Right Proprietors. He also said the Parish Council do not have funds to pay for any of the above quotes. He said the current state of the parking area was not safe as there was a raised BT manhole cover which could result in someone tripping over it. He then proposed that all ropes, signs, posts and the damaged matting be removed and to close it as a parking area as the Parish Council has a legal liability for the area. Other councillors agreed to assist in doing what was proposed. Tim Ing suggested that the matter be discussed at the AGM of the Green Right Proprietors later this month and seek their views on the situation.
Adoption of Transparency Code policy document. The Parish Clerk said the Parish Council were legally obliged to have such a policy and asked for their approval. It was agreed unanimously that the policy document be adopted.
Planning applications. Land at corner of Crown Rd/Grove Road. Erection of two timber-clad holiday cabins and bed and breakfast for horses. It was proposed by Derek Smalley that it be approved but that a business plan should be required and restraints put on letting periods to ensure no long term rental and that actual layout and cabins may differ from original application. This was agreed with four for, three against and four abstentions.
Roughlands, Grove Road. Minor material amendment to previous application in respect of removal of the first floor loft element and revision of footprint. There were no objections from the parish council.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Burghfields, Stacksford. Demolish rear porch and conservatory and erect first floor extension over whole dwelling and remodel. Permission granted.
Orchard House, Mill Road. Erection of two-storey residential extension. Permission granted.
Approval of accounts payable. Akis Chrisoviledes asked questions relating to the payments to HMRC. The Parish Clerk explained that the payroll company had made RTI to HMRC but, due to administrative and personnel issues, the tax had not been remitted. Now all outstanding tax had been paid and reclaimed from Douglas Tonks.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner said he had a meeting with stakeholders about Chapel Road school and he had also visited the Junior School to meet new headteacher who seemed very impressive. They would be getting children to design road safety posters and the four winning ones chosen at Easter will be printed and displayed on the Green.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported the successful launch of the 14 new affordable houses in March Field Way last year. Cotman Housing have had a meeting with Breckland Council looking to launch phase three of up to a further 18 houses. Breckland need to establish the need under the local connection scheme and are to send out a housing needs survey to all residents in the middle of May to establish the need for further houses under the local connection scheme. Adrian Joel also attended the Breckland Parish and Town Forum in Swaffham and the areas covered at the meeting included corporate plan, budget consultation and community grant funding. He also attended a meeting of the proposed Greater Attleborough Development Partnership (GADP). The meeting was called by the deputy CEO of Breckland Council and included Breckland Council, Norfolk County Council, Attleborough Town Council Neighbourhood Plan and other stakeholders. The intention is to appoint an independent chairman who will select a board with several working groups reporting into it. With Attleborough being the nearest market town, Adrian Joel felt it was important that Old Buckenham Parish Council have representation to ensure we have the best services available to Old Buckenham residents. These would include transport, health, retail, roads. The GADP is about co-ordination of investment and the delivery of aspirations rather than a new plan.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson said he had attended a meeting with Old Buckenham Village Hall and there would be a film show there the following evening. Paul Boggia reported school coaches causing a problem in the village and the Parish Clerk is to take the matter up with NCC. Adrian Joel said all the allotments were now let and a tenant had asked if he could erect a white polytunnel on his allotment – the Parish Council agreed this. Carol Marshall reported that the work on the Almshouses will start at the beginning of March and hopefully finish before the end of April. The work on the Almshouses will include refurbishing roofs, replacing windows, fitting new kitchens and the installation of wet rooms.
Highways. Tom Johnson reported a three-car accident in Ragmere Road due to ice on the road from water coming up from the mains. The Parish Clerk is to contact Anglian Water on the matter. Derek Smalley reported that the 30mph sign in Cake Street is still on the ground, the Parish Clerk to take up the matter with Highways. The sides of the road into Stacksford, at the Old Buckenham end, have started to collapse and the Parish Clerk will inform NCC.
The Green. The Green Right Proprietors will be holding their AGM on Tuesday 24 February at the Church Rooms. It was reported that the duck house on the pond should be reinstated and a villager could possibly pay the costs. A resident in Post Office Terrace had complained about the potholes and Sarah Dye said that the residents are allowed to fill them in themselves. Tim Ing suggested that the Green Right Proprietors apply to the Former Surveyors Land Charity for a grant to clear out the pond and trim back a tree. It was reported that the High School will be carrying out a litter pick on the Green on Monday 23 February.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 5 March at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

The agenda for this meeting will be1. Apologies
2. Declaration of interest of items on the agenda
3. Public recess
4. Minutes of the parish council meeting of Thursday 5 February 2015
5. Matters arising from the minutes
6. Neighbourhood plan update
7. Planning applications. 3pl/2015/0118/f Rodwells, Attleborough Road. Demolish existing garage and replace with single side storey extension. 3pl/2015/0096/f Old Buckenham airbase. New museum and separate sanitary block each housed in separate Nissen huts. 3pl/2015/0080/f Former Macro's builders yard, Hargham Road. Demolish one outbuilding and change of use of three outbuildings to storage of motor vehicles.
8. Planning decisions received
9. Approval of accounts payable/finance
10. Chairman’s report
11. District councillor’s report
12. Parish councillors’ reports
13. Parish clerk’s report
14. Highways
15. The Green
16. To confirm date and time of next meeting, Thursday 2 April in Old Buckenham Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Winning Old Buckenham photo

Celebrating January's photographs
As announced on the blog post of Monday 2 February, the team of photographers taking part in the 365 project gathered in the Ox & Plough pub at lunchtime yesterday to review their progress so far. An added attraction was that a small prize was awarded to those who, in the judges' opinion, had produced the best photographs.

The runners-up were those taken by David Hannah on 30 January and Verity Morrison (age 6) on 28 January. The runaway winner was the picture taken by three-year old Phillipa Clarke of Highland cattle as seen from a child's point of view. 

One thing missing from the first month's contributions were many pictures of villagers. Perhaps in February they will come out of their warm houses and show that there are people living in Old Buckenham. And the grown-ups need to try harder as the children are doing better so far.
To look at all the photographs taken so far go to

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Bishop of Norwich visits Old Buckenham

Handing over money raised for St Martin's Housing Trust
You could tell that something important was happening in the Church Rooms today by the number of photographers taking pictures of the group outside the door.

Every year the people of Old Buckenham raise money for the St Martin's Housing Trust, known to many as the Norwich Night Shelter. Many of the volunteer collectors had gathered in the Church Rooms to hand over cheques to the representative from St Martin's. The surprise this year was that the person handing over the main cheque was the Rt Rev Graham James, the bishop of Norwich. He had done his own piece of collecting by doing an hour-long session with a collecting bucket before Christmas while standing outside a big local supermarket. He therefore welcomed the opportunity to hand over a cheque for £27,749.43 to Colin Bland (chairman of the Trustees) which was followed by further cheques for £1,000 from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and £543 from the collection made at the Christmas Eve carol service in All Saints Church.

Raising a total of over £29,292 was a tremendous achievement for one small Norfolk village.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Possible new buildings at Old Buckenham Airfield

Application for planning permission 
Old Buckenham Airfield has confirmed that a planning application has been made to Breckland Council for two new buildings at the former WWII USAAF base. Both buildings are to be bespoke-built to the plans of original WWII Nissen huts.
The first is intended to house a sizeable collection of memorabilia and artefacts relating to the 453rd Bombardment Group of the US 8th Air Force. Whilst this collection is the core of the museum’s exhibits, the Airfield already have other items generously donated by relatives and veterans from the US. The 453rd BG were stationed at Old Buckenham from 1943 until the end of WWII. This building would be located adjacent to the War Memorial Garden at the Airfield.
The second building would also be a Nissen hut. It is intended to provide sufficient sanitation facilities for the large shows, such as the Old Buckenham Airshow and the Military and Vintage Revival, which are held at the airfield. It would be placed to the north of the airfield’s large parking field. Both buildings will be entirely funded by the airfield ownership. It is hoped that, if permission is granted, both buildings will be erected during this summer, with the new museum building potentially opening on Remembrance Sunday  when a large contingent of veterans and relatives of the 453rd are expected to celebrate 70 years since the end of WWII.
Further details about the collection to be housed at the museum will be given later.

This image, taken during WWII, shows similar buildings to the ones proposed at the airfield.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Old Buckenham in pictures

A month's worth of photographs
The project to take a photo in Old Buckenham on every day of 2015 and to post it on a dedicated website is now into its second month. You can see the pictures taken so far if you go to
At the end of the first month there have been some great photographs taken by people from the age of three up to those at least well into their seventies. As a celebration of progress so far there will be a get together at the Ox and Plough on Saturday 7 February with a presentation of the 'Image of January'  at 1.30pm.
In addition, the get together will provide a chance to review January's activities and to talk about ideas for the future. It is hoped to get the images on to the big screen in the pub and Steve Milner aims to get the winning photo printed and mounted. Another planned activity (for the younger photographers?) is to get small prints of all the images, cut them up and make them into a collage of the letter "O". After twelve months there should be all the letters to make up OLD BUCKENHAM.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Future Old Buckenham events

Diary dates for February

Sunday 1     Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Monday 2     Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 3     Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 4     Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 5     Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 6     Village Cinema, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 9     Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 12     Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 12     Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Monday 16     Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Monday 16     Fete planning meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 18     Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 18     Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Friday 20     Memorial service for George Aitkin, All Saints, 12 noon

Saturday 21     Senior Citizens' New Year's Party, Village Hall, 1pm

Monday 23     Litter pick on Green, start outside High School, 12.30pm

Thursday 26     Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 28     Jumble sale, Church Rooms, 10am to 12 noon

Thursday, 29 January 2015

February newsletter now available in Old Buckenham

Pick up a copy

Many copies now come round with the delivery of the Six Villages newsletter sometime after today. If you are not one of the lucky ones you can pick up your copy at the village shop, All Saints church, the pubs, etc.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lost your keys in Old Buckenham?

Could these be yours?
A set of keys have been found in the area around the Ox & Plough. If you think they could be yours then please contact 01953 860876.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Trees planted by Old Buckenham Primary School

Helping our environment
On Friday 16 January, Otters Year 2 Class at Old Buckenham Community Primary School welcomed Mark Webster from the Conservation Volunteers in Norwich to plant thirty trees on the school field. The whips were all native species including hazel, wild cherry and barberry rose.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the children were assisted by a number of parent helpers.  The new headteacher, Mrs Humphrey, came out to join in and planted her own tree helped by Ted Devlin.

The children are very proud of helping the environment and look forward to watching the trees grow as they themselves grow through the primary school. Otters Class are currently working towards the RSPB Wildlife Action Awards by undertaking many activities to help our environment. So far this term they have found out all about British birds; made their gardens at home 'bird friendly'; taken part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch; made homes for minibeasts on the school field; made bird feeders and discovered more about the minibeasts living in the school pond through pond dipping.  
The children are very inspired and passionate about caring for nature and hope to inspire their families, school community and the wider world too.