Sunday, 15 May 2022

More Old Buckenham Parish Council decisions

May Parish Council meeting

These notes were written by the blog editor editor from the draft minutes so may contain information that is amended at a later date.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 5 May at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were Councillors Steve Milner (Chair), Adrian Joel, Naomi Bailey, Doug Irons and Andy Nicholls. Apologies for non-attendance had been received from Terry Cook. Also attending were Rachel Noyes (Clerk), Donna Oakley (RFO) and Steve Askew (District and County Councillor) as well as nine members of the public.

Election of Chair and Vice Chair. Steve Milner nominated to be Chair (all in favour). Naomi Baily nominated as Vice Chair (all in favour).

Minutes of April meeting were approved (4 in favour, 1 abstain).

Financial matters. The Community account balance is £39,118.86 which includes first precept grant of £10,970.50. A VAT claim has been submitted for £1,615.11. Precept grants already approved totalled £3,106 (£500 held back for Almshouses). Cheque payments approved (5 in favour) totalled £4,863.93 including £814.45 for Jubilee mugs and £30 for Jubilee leaflets.

The Clerk, Donna Oakley (the RFO) and Adrian Joel are going to have another meeting with the bank to try and update bank details and sort various issues. These include changing names on the account and setting up online banking. This has been attempted several times with no success. Propose to have RFO, Clerk and Chairman to be authorised for cheque signatures, although only one signature will be required. Approved (5 in favour). As there is no Parish Council meeting in June, a proposal to pre-approve cheques that require payment in June was also approved (5 in favour). The Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) had been sent out to Councillors. While there was a slight over spend on the playground, the Parish Council were still within their budget last year. Once approved by the Parish Council, AGAR is sent to internal and external auditors. A proposal to accept the AGAR and a proposal for AGAR to be sent to internal auditor were both approved (5 in favour).

Reports from Councillors. Doug Irons updated on the Neighbourhood Plan. Grants have been approved for another year by Breckland. He has made contact with a couple of residents who have already showed interest and will be meeting with them to try and understand issues/participation, etc, from previous work. Will then start forming a sub-committee if enough interest can be found.

Naomi Bailey, Adrian Joel and Rachel Noyes had attended a meeting at Old Buckenham High School with the Deputy Head and Year 11 students. Meeting was well received and positive. On Friday 27 May the school are planting a tree to mark the Jubilee – this could be included within the seven trees planned for the village in October. Students from all three schools will look at designing the plaques. School Council will make a regular item in their meetings to raise issues in the village and Parish Council, which will then be communicating via Naomi Bailey, for the Parish Council to discuss. Also discussed a possible Open Day at the end of term for the community and a working party to look at painting bus shelter.

Adrian Joel said there was a need to chase up defibrillator to be put in the box at Ox and Plough. Also the recreation ground fencing still needs attention. The Clerk explained that there was some miscommunication which has been sorted now and local tradesman will fix it soon. The Parish Council’s trailer is still at an ex Councillor’s house and needs to be moved. Agreed can be moved to Chairman’s property for storage. Meeting required with Gamekeeper management about Green rent and car park maintenance. There had been vandalism at the allotments and Police need to be notified.

The Clerk thanked Terry Cook for taking the minutes at the previous meeting when she was unable to attend. The Green Working Party had reported that the Recreation area has been cut and the Handyman has started regular maintenance around the Green. He has mown paths where necessary and also the grass by Crown Road for the Street Party. Will mow it again shortly and the Green will be cut ready for Jubilee weekend. Relation of an Almshouse resident has contacted the Parish Council to ask for help with high electric bills and possible renewable energy sources. The Parish Council are unable to help with this directly and the Almshouse Trust can research possible alternative energy options. However, as high cost of living is affecting lots of residents of all ages, the Clerk will put together a collection of advice for all residents for managing these costs/grants/alternatives, etc, to be published online and in the newsletter.

The bill for mowing the Recreation Ground had been given to Andy Nicholls and it was agreed to add this to the list of cheques for approval (5 in favour).

Bin collection issues were discussed by Steve Askew. While collections after the changes were initially on track, there have recently been several issues, eg Stacksford black bins had not been collected for two weeks. He had contacted Serco who explained it is down to staffing issues. Have strongly advised that issues are sorted and collections are caught up straight away. Issues regarding parking and speeding on Sunnyside track (between schools and B1077) have been passed on. He has contacted the local Highway Engineer to arrange meeting at the site. He will keep the Parish Council informed and keep them updated after the meeting. After discussions with Highways about Puddledock corner, the option of a Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) has been suggested, which could be paid through the Parish Partnership Scheme (PPS). This will be added to next agenda for full discussion by the Parish Council.

Public participation. A parishioner would like Parish Council to take in consideration that as the village has met its housing quota, there will be increasing levels of applications on arable land. In the long term, this could cause problems for food production. Andy Nicholls explained that Breckland are not currently meeting their 5 Year Plan (an allocation of land for 5 years worth of planning). This could possibly result in more rural areas being approved for planning applications.

A resident from Sunnyside track explained that during the start and end of the school day there is excessive amount of parking on the track and people are sometimes travelling at quite excessive speeds while families are walking along it. Due to a lack of parking at schools for their staff, some cars are parked all day. The track is getting in to a poor state, especially during wet weather. Some drivers are also abusive and aggressive when asked to slow down. Steve Milner advised that it would be useful to record incidents of near misses or abuse as this would help support any future actions. Parish Council will discuss fully at next meeting.

New planning applications. 60 Fen Street. Proposed two storey rear extension to form study and bedroom & proposed carport to side (3PL/2022/0427/HOU). Highways have no issue with the application. Proposal to support was approved (5 in favour).

Arenal, New Buckenham Road. Extension to existing building for tractor/log storage and additional hardstanding area. (retrospective) (3PL/2022/0433/F). Supplies wood for local area. Due to other local suppliers stopping, they are having an increase in demand for fire wood. This is a sustainable fuel source. Neighbours have no objection to the application. Parish Council found no problems in the application and happy to support a local business. Proposal to support approved (5 in favour).

Land opposite Arenal, New Buckenham Road. Use of site for storage, cutting and timber log distribution business (certificate of lawfulness - existing use) (3PL/2022/0434/EU). Proposal to support approved (5 in favour).

Land at Rosedale, Fen Street. Erection of 1. No C3 dwellinghouse and part demolition of outbuilding to be used as garage (3PL/2022/0429/F). No issues from Highways or other consultees. Looks in keeping with the village. Proposal to support approved (5 in favour).

Cuffer Lane. Erection of a New Agricultural Building (3PL/2021/1528/F). New location plan, proposed site layout, proposed elevation & floor plans, vulnerable questionnaire survey, design & access statement and preliminary ecological appraisal. Need to be consistent. Proposal that the Parish Council stand by their original objection and comments was approved (5 in favour).

Planning decisions by Breckland Council. The following application has now been considered and the application has been refused. Hammonds Farm, Stacksford. Conversion & extension to an existing barn to form Annexe (3PL/2022/0058/F).

Annual Parish Meeting. Village Hall booked for Saturday 16 July from 10am to 12 noon. Could be an opportunity to raise the Neighbourhood Plan and Churchyard. Clerk and Chairman to compile agenda.

Community Car costs. The Community Car scheme is a vital service for the village to help get vulnerable residents to medical appointments. The passenger pays 50%, Breckland 25% and Parish Council 25% of the 45p per mile cost that can be claimed. With fuel costs on the rise, councillors were concerned about the drivers losing out financially. However, after 45p/mile, they will have to pay tax. Proposal of a temporary increase of 10p per mile for three months was approved (5 in favour).

Insurance company quote. Quote received from BHIB Councils Insurance, who work in partnership with NALC. Total premium of £740.60 (inclusive of 12% insurance premium tax). A three-year Long Term Undertaking would reduce the annual premium to £696.80. This would be £142.48 more a year than previous premium. Documents had been emailed to Councillors to read and raise any questions in advance. Two issues were raised. Were Councillors covered by the policy when working with other community groups, on behalf of the Parish Council? This has been confirmed by BHIB who stated “if the Councillors are carrying out their duties for the Council then the Council policy will extend”. Doug Irons enquired about the cover for a Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, which would contain residents. The Clerk is to enquire. Also the policy requires playgrounds to be inspected every seven days. This has been confirmed by BHIB Insurance. Parish Council currently carry these out monthly and felt that once a week was excessive. Naomi Bailey explained that during the course for playground inspections, she was advised once a month was sufficient. A proposal to accept the BHIB Councils Insurance quote with the request that the playground inspection be amended to once a month was approved (5 in favour).

In line with new Insurance agreement, Terry Cook has been ensuring that the Ox and Plough has the relevant insurance to provide cover for hosting events on the Green. When asked whether the Public Liability extended to events on the Green (rented land) and not just the pub premises, the Landlord assured that “yes, any event on the Green is covered” and had been assured by his Insurer several times on the matter. He will also provide extra documentation for clarity.

Chapel Green Pupil Extension. Consultation has opened for increasing the numbers of pupils at Chapel Green by 50, from 110 to 160. The Parish Council has been contacted as part of the consultation process for feedback. A statement provided in advance from Terry Cook said “I agree that expanding the number of pupils with complex needs at this successful and purpose built provision is educationally sound and would best meet the needs of complex needs pupils within the Authority. I also agree that these places for each pupil will be additionally funded. However, where I am in complete disagreement with the plan is that Norfolk County Council will only provide additional funding for minor building alterations. This is a dereliction of their duty of care to the current and future pupils at Chapel Green School. When this resource was first planned and built it was undertaken in recognition of the special and individual needs of complex needs pupils. As such, specialist resource areas were built to provide the pupils with the facilities that would enable them to be cared for, to develop and grow as active and participative members of society. For these pupils life skills, communication skills and the development of personal skills that will enable each and everyone of them to function fully as members of society is vital. To this end transition skills, confidence building and the acquisition of the skills to function as an equal member of society is crucial. The plan being put forward by Norfolk County Council would mean the loss of specialist resources and skill development areas to be turned into general classrooms. This means the current cohort of pupils at the school will have their opportunities greatly diminished. This is not equal or fair. It will also mean that future pupils will not receive the level of care or provision their predecessors have enjoyed. These young people are some of the most vulnerable in society we must fight to ensure their rights are guaranteed. If Norfolk County Council wants to increase numbers at the school they must provide extra capital funding to ensure the buildings and facilities are fit for purpose and fully meet not only the educational, personal, life-long skill needs and community needs of this most vulnerable group of pupils but also the priorities on which the initial Chapel Green School was built.” Councillors were in strong agreement with Terry Cook’s comments and points. They also highlighted the impact this would have on the roads and parking. With high staff-to-pupil ratio, a lot of extra staff will need to attend and park at the school. The existing car park is already full and there does not seem to be any plans to accommodate the extra cars. The Clerk to provide feedback on the consultation. Several Councillors plan to attend the online consultation meeting with the school.

Solicitor Quote and Prince Harry’s Wood update. Require conveyancy solicitor to deal with transfer of Prince Harry’s Wood (PHW) from Breckland. Requested quotes from three solicitors but only one provided: £1000 + VAT + disbursements. Proposal to approve quote was approved (5 in favour). The Clerk will send solicitor details over to Breckland, along with a list of items that the Parish Council feel are in need of clarification and rectifying before purchase. These include the removal of all litter and request for some trees to be coppiced: the trees which boundary the Marchfield Way properties are causing overhang issues and on the road side, they protrude onto the footpath and are starting to impede vision for motorists.

Jubilee update. An open meeting was held on Saturday 23 April for an update on plans. Most plans are in place or in progress. Decided to add to the Exhibition by displaying the history of Old Buckenham over the 70 years and have had good response to request for photographs/items from community groups and residents. Due to time constraints, standard Platinum Jubilee mugs had to be ordered as the commemorative gift for residents. Order forms have been printed and distributed in Newsletter. The Old Buckenham 2000 Trust have kindly offered to donate £600 towards the cost of the mugs for residents. A schedule of events has also been printed to provide an overall guide for residents. The Royal Scarecrow Trail will be advertised and promoted during May.

Items for next agenda. These will include Puddledock corner and Sunnyside track traffic.

Next Parish Council meeting. This will be held on Thursday 7 July starting at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Note there is no meeting in June due to Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.


Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Waste paper collection in Old Buckenham

 Where's our bin?

The Village Hall car park has been promised a new one by the end of the week. It appears that we wore the other one out and it's having to be repaired...

New bin has arrived, bright blue and with no lettering on it. Now let's quickly fill it up.

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Consultation on Old Buckenham school

Consultation by Governors of Chapel Green School

The Governors would like to hear your views on their exciting plans at Chapel Green School, Attleborough Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RF.

They are proposing to increase the number of pupils with complex needs, to 160 from 1st September 2022. They are committed to expanding the successful provision, for the needs of their current pupils and to meet demand for future pupils. Currently there is an increased need to provide places for children and young people with complex needs in this area of Norfolk. This proposal will provide much needed specialist educational capacity to meet this increased need.

They are running a consultation on the proposals from Monday 25 April to Friday 10 June 2022. By creating extra places at Chapel Green School, they can offer more children and young people an opportunity to learn with them. These are children and young people who currently would have to travel long distances to school to access their educational needs or continue to struggle in their current schools, without the specialist help that they require.

This will not be 50 children in one term, but phased over several terms. Chapel Green School will receive additional funding based around the increase in number of pupils. This will provide the additional staffing and resources needed for the extra pupils. Norfolk County Council is proposing to provide additional funding for minor building alterations.

This consultation is an opportunity to express your views and ask questions on their proposal to increase the pupil numbers.

You can take part by completing the online questionnaire via this link: or by obtaining a questionnaire from the Headteacher’s Personal Assistant, either by post or emailing to

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Another Old Buckenham newsletter

Lots more news

The May newsletter may have already dropped through your letter box so read it carefully all the way through and find out what has been going on. Also there is an insert listing the local activities happening for the Jubilee celebrations at the start of June and an order form if you would like a commemorative mug. 

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Murders galore in Old Buckenham

Find out who did it

Old Buckenham Players are proud to present their latest production for this May, the mystery thriller And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and 21 May at Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Eight people arrive on a small, isolated island off the Devon coast, each having received an unexpected personal invitation. During the first evening a gramophone recording accuses all ten people of past crimes that went unpunished by the law. Soon they start dying one at a time, and the remaining guests deduce that the murderer is one of their own.

This highly acclaimed, tense thriller is one not to be missed and we are expecting high demand for tickets so book early at or call 07783 461803

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Alternative quiz in Old Buckenham

Great fun was had during this inventive quiz evening held at the Methodist Church on Saturday 23 April. Their were just four teams trying not to take it too seriously but the results showed that the final scores were very close. They were (out of a maximum of 100):

 The Methodists 59

The Timelords 68

Women’s Institute 69

Saints & Sinners 71

The event also raised £133 for St Martins Housing Trust. 

Friday, 22 April 2022

Council minutes for Old Buckenham

 April Parish Council minutes

These notes have been written by the village newsletter editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a latter date.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 7 April at Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were Councillors Steve Milner (Chair), Adrian Joel, Naomi Bailey, Doug Irons and Terry Cook who also took the minutes. Apologies for being unable to attend had been received from Mike Farrington, Andy Nicholls and Rachel Noyes (Clerk). Three members of the public also attended. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 3 March were approved (5 in favour).

Financial matters. The current Community account balance is £28,772.50. Total payments of £3007.34 were approved (5 in favour) which included £1,768.43 for maintenance of the Play Area.

Councillors’ reports. The defibrillator still requires phone to be attached to ensure it is fully operable. Any jobs around the Green for the handyman need to be indicated so they can be completed before Jubilee Celebrations. Grass to be cut in the Recreation Area and the chairman is chasing up fence repair. Still need to find location for the Village trailer.

Doug Irons is continuing with background work on the Village Plan. Naomi Bailey has had further contact with the High School. Proposed date for meeting between Parish Councillors and the School Council is Friday 29 April. School are unable to allow the use of the High School MUGA. There is still an issue with cars and vans parking on the road and path in Hargham Road by the new housing development. The Parish Council will discuss with the contractors. All schools in the village have been contacted about making bunting for the Jubilee. High School has said no, Chapel Green is discussing and the Primary School is making.

Items from the Clerk were read out at the meeting. The owner of the empty house on Post Office Terrace was not happy with the term “state of disrepair” being used to describe the property and says that it is well looked after and regularly checked on. Road closure for Jubilee Street Party completed (thanks to Terri Hammond) and paid for (£37.64). Playdale have visited the Play Area to lift the roundabout and replace the bearings. The ‘Spring chicken’ will hopefully be done soon by local tradesman. A resident whose father loved Old Buckenham and lived here most of his life had passed away before Christmas. One of his requests was to have his ashes scattered on the Green. Is this OK? If so, are there any areas that are specifically out of bounds for this? The meeting would need to consult the regulations relating to the Green before providing an answer and the subject would be on the agenda for May.

Breckland Council not aware that the Cotman Trust has any ownership of Prince Harry’s Wood despite a resident claiming that they pay towards the maintenance of it. Residents need to check what that maintenance payment is for. Naomi Bailey added that she had been approached by a resident about the surrounding area and suggested that the Cotman Trust be approached regarding the cutting of the grass and trees on their area of responsibility. Decision has been made by Breckland to transfer the wood to Old Buckenham Parish Council. Environmental Services will send over records from their tree inspections over the last few years. Zoe Footer and Fiona Culshaw (Breckland District Council) are happy to meet up and discuss what state the wood should be in at point of transfer. They would like a list of potential issues ahead of the visit, eg litter and condition of trees. Councillors have been emailed to mention any issues they think need addressing. Steve Askew has requested that as part of the transfer that the trees which boundary the Marchfield Way properties are coppiced beyond the boundary fence as they are causing overhang issues. Likewise, the trees on the B1077 side are in need of coppicing as they protrude onto the footpath and are starting to impede vision for motorists. Currently a solicitor is being sought to complete the transfer process so details can be sent to Breckland.

A parishioner had been asked by Steve Milner to investigate a possible MUGA being built on the Recreation Area. He reported back that an approach had been made to Andy Nicholls who said he would raise the issue of obtaining drainage quotes as an initial step. An outline price guide of £40,000 plus vat for a 20metre by 10metre fenced tarmac surface, multi-use games area, with football goals and basketball nets, 1metre side fence, and 3metre high end fencing behind the goals. The price would rise for a 30metre by 15 metre size of the same specification to £60,000 plus vat. Polymer rubber surface would cost more. Grants would obviously need to be sought, alongside fundraising. There could be other options too, such as better drainage, rolling and cutting, which may make it more useable. As Andy Nicholls could not make the meeting, the matter was deferred to the May meeting.

A meeting needs to take place between the chairman and residents to discuss payment options for improving the track between the shop and the phone box. A quote has been received for re-surfacing section up to the posts.

Reminder needed that a second Village Meeting will be taking place on Saturday 23 April in the village hall from 10am to noon. This is to check on Jubilee planning and see what still needs doing. Tea/coffee/cake will be available again and some paper and pens. Councillors added that there is a need for wider publicity for this meeting.

Public participation relating to agenda items. A parishioner has reported to Breckland Council the rubbish that has accumulated in Prince Harry’s Wood. Despite having an acknowledgment code, no action had been taken so far by Breckland. In discussion this matter was seen as a wider issue in the parish as there are instances of fly tipping not being addressed by Breckland. It was recommended that this issue should be raised with Breckland when the joint meeting is held regarding Prince Harry’s Wood. Also, the matter should be taken up with our District Councillor.

It was remarked by a parishioner that the width of Hargham Road by the new build houses is now an issue. Despite the contractors apparently having a separate area for parking there are still cars, vans and lorries being parked on the road and pavement. Alternatives were discussed including requesting Breckland monitor the situation and discussing with Highways the possibility of installing a chicane safety measure (as in Spooner Row). Another parishioner remarked on the narrowness of part of the new footpath and raised the question ‘was it wide enough to allow wheelchair use’.

An observation was made by another parishioner – ‘are there now too many trees being planted on the Green?’. It was further remarked ‘who is going to maintain them in the long-term’. (Steve Milner confirmed there is a tree maintenance plan in existence.) A further question was posed ‘are all the new trees plotted on the Green Tree Plan. (Steve Milner said a statement would be sought from the Green Maintenance Committee.)

A question was then raised by a parishioner regarding the new planning application for 12 houses on Hargham Road (discussion on this item merged into the first item under Planning Applications below). It was noted by a parishioner that the Planning Officer recommends refusal; the target for new houses in Old Buckenham is already exceeded; the new application sits outside the settlement boundary and does not enhance the character or appearance of the Parish; the development would place a further danger on two close dangerous road junctions. Further discussion by the public stressed the development was at the entrance to the village, part of the countryside and the development was not in keeping with the village. Further concerns were also raised about the level of construction on an already difficult stretch of road.

New planning applications. Hargham Road. Residential Development - 12 Units (3PL/2022/0298/F). Discussion continued from the previous agenda item. It was felt that the application was outside the village boundary; there were numerous Highways issues; the development would be on top of an already exceeded local plan target; it was not in keeping with the village and surrounding countryside. It was proposed to vote for rejection (5 voted in favour of rejection).

Planning Decisions by Breckland Council. The below applications have now been considered and the applications have been approved: Friedland, Cake Street. Side, rear extension and new roof to form 1st floor accommodation (3PL/2021/1711/HOU). Despite approval, it was reported that the Council had been made aware of concerns about possible flooding due to drainage alterations.

Redbourne House, Abbey Road. Proposed front double garage link conversion of existing attached garage and rear extension (3PL/2022/0071/HOU).

The Old Crown Gate Bakery, The Green. Change existing garden room roof from polycarbonate to tapco tiled roof (3PL/2022/0224/HOU and 3PL/2022/0225/LB).

The Council also had just received (too late to be on the distributed agenda) Ash Tree Cottage, The Green. Single Storey Rear Extension (3PL/2022/0181/HOU).

The following application has now been considered and the application has been refused: Walnut Shade, Cake Street. Retrospective alterations to the layout of the annexe and change of use to enable the annexe to be rented out as a separated self-contained unit (3PL/2021/1555/F).

The following application has been passed to the Planning Committee: Coal Storage Yard, Road from Stacksford Lane to Hargham Road. Outline permission for 3 no. Dwellings (3PL/2021/1564/O). Steve Milner will be attending the meeting on behalf of the Parish Council.

The Council also had just received (too late to be on the distributed agenda) from the Planning Inspectorate in relation to The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 – Appeal Ref: APP/F2605/W/21/3279448 - the appeal decision regarding application 3PN/2021/0013/UC: Roughlands Farm, Grove Road, Old Buckenham. The decision is the proposal is not permitted development and the appeal is, therefore, dismissed.

Community Car Scheme fuel costs. This item was raised because of the rise in fuel costs. Currently, the nationally agreed rate for car use is paid. Figure is made up of contributions from the Parish Council, Breckland Council and the user. This is a voluntary scheme (the Breckland scheme is viewed very positively as a good community project) to just cover costs. It is felt that the volunteer community drivers should not be out of pocket and be recompensed for their endeavours. With the large rise in fuel costs the Council feel it is time to review the rate paid. As we are not the only Council to face this issue it was proposed to seek advice from Breckland Council and NALC (the Advisory Body for Parish Councils). Voted 5 in favour.

Signatures on cheques. As new signatories for cheques are required it was felt that this was a good time to review the Council payment procedures. It was agreed the Council would research the possible introduction of electronic banking alternatives.

Use of the Green amendments. Three documents were put before the Council for formal adoption:

I. ‘Policy for Use of The Village Green’ – this is an updated version of the previous policy to include the extension of the lease until March 2042 and the wishes of the Executors of The Lord of The Manor to formally withdraw from the agreement in February 2022 as they stated they did not wish to exercise an interest in the Green. The new agreement was formally agreed between the Old Buckenham Parish Council and Old Buckenham Green Rights Proprietors to manage the Green for the Parish as a whole. In March 2022 a twenty-year extension agreement was signed by the Parish Council and Green Rights Proprietors.

II. ‘Village Green Application for Lettings’ – the process and application form.

III. ‘Village Green Application for Lettings Confirmation’ – formal agreement between the Parish Council and Applicant.

All three documents would be forwarded to the Chair of the Green Rights Proprietors and Green Management committees. It was reported that these three documents would be standardised into a common format, use a standard template, and become controlled documents (modifications to document headers and exemplification statements will be centrally managed by a control group). This means the template is automated and any modifications to one document will automatically transfer to the other two. All modifications will be tracked and the most up to date version will appear on the Council website. Applicants can then download the forms and complete them online. Any use of the Green must comply with the “Policy for Use of The Green’ and formal permission granted via the ‘Village Green Application for Lettings Confirmation’ before the activity can take place.

Annual Parish Meeting. After detailed discussion it was agreed to hold the meeting on a Saturday morning in July (exact date will be dependent on availability of the Village Hall) before the school summer holidays begin. A format and speakers were discussed (see Churchyard item below), and these will be formalised at the next Parish Council meeting.

Insurance Company. The Clerk tabled a paper informing the Council that she had been notified by Norris and Fisher (Insurance Broker) that they will no longer be undertaking Parish Council Insurance as from the renewal date, Wednesday 1 June 2022. She looked at NALCs website and saw they are partnered with BHIB, who also have a relationship with Aviva. Councillors were sent a link to their website to have a look at it and the. opportunity to think about any issues they wanted highlighting in a policy. Also to ensure it covers everything they wanted and needed it to do. BHIB also offer a subscription to Parish Online if the parish council take out a three-year deal. This is a digital asset mapping tool for Councils and can be used for many things, including Neighbourhood Plans. Councillors are submitting any further questions to the Clerk they want answered and also requesting boundaries of costs. When Councillors have the full information, they will formally discuss at their May meeting (Thursday 5 May) and vote on whether they wish to sign up to BHIB Council Insurance.

Commemorative Gift for Platinum Jubilee. The Clerk reported on her research into mugs and other gifts to give for Jubilee celebrations. She has also spoken to Jonn Hicks as he had organised this for Golden Jubilee. Mugs were a favourite item when discussed at the Village Meeting. Previously, they were free to under 16s and approximately 300 were ordered. If we do so again then there will be an initial cost of £630.72 plus delivery. We would sell for £5 each but free to under 16s. She has also prepared a suggested order form which could be placed online and in the Village Newsletter. Due to time restrictions, she will need to order a commemorative gift quickly. Councillors were asked if the Parish Council wish mugs to be ordered or a different item as a commemorative gift? Councillors were in favour of ordering the mugs but requested the Clerk rework the figures for commemorative mugs with personalised Old Buckenham logo on the reverse side. Also would the Clerk investigate the possibility of engraved commemorative coins. It was agreed that Councillors were happy to order 300 (or any amount felt suitable) of the items. The Council needs to investigate sponsorship and access to additional Jubilee funding.

Churchyard. The Churchyard at All Saints will start to run out of space for burials in a few years, estimated at two to three years). The matter has been discussed with Sarah Dye and her comments have been emailed to all Councillors. The Parish Council has the power to provide a burial site and it would need a lot of management but would be a source of income for the Parish Council. The Parish Council does not have a duty to provide this, and if they do not follow this path, then burials would have to take place in neighbouring villages who still have space. There are sometimes courses from NALC about managing burial sites which Clerk/Councillors could attend. The key question is do the Parish Council wish to acquire land as a future burial site for the village? Councillors felt this is a very important decision and one that the parishioners should have their say on before a final decision is made. It was recommended that the item should be a key agenda item at the Annual Parish Meeting with a speaker putting forward all the pros and cons. In preparation for this the Parish Council should make neighbouring landowners aware of the situation and seek views on donations or purchase of land.

To aid the discussion the very helpful summary had been produced by Sarah Dye. There are essentially two considerations which go with the decision of All Saints PCC to close our churchyard for new burials. The first is that when a graveyard like ours is closed, it remains the responsibility of the PCC unless they give notice (under s 215 of the Local Government Act 1972) to transfer that responsibility to the Parish Council. The Parish Council are obliged to take it over - or refuse to do so, in which case responsibility passes up the chain to the District Council. That is not what All Saints PCC are proposing. For the time being, they intend to continue to take responsibility for maintaining the graveyard, even though, when space runs out, no new burials will be made there. The second issue is about providing burial space for the residents of Old Buckenham. When the All Saints graveyard is closed, All Saints PCC will no longer be able to provide burial spaces and do not wish to extend the existing graveyard in order to make more space available. With that in mind, the Parish Council may want to acquire land to provide a graveyard with burial spaces for the village. The Parish Council is a 'burial authority' and is permitted to provide and maintain graveyards/cemeteries. The point for the Parish Council to debate is do they want to acquire land for a new burial ground to be used when the All Saints graveyard is full?

Items for next agenda. These will include the Neighbourhood Plan, the Jubilee arrangements, the Annual Meeting, Community Car costs, cheques/online payments, insurance. Prince Harry’s Wood and fly tipping/litter.

The next Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 5 May at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. 

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Friday, 15 April 2022

Calling Old Buckenham photographers

Get the picture

The eighth Bucks Photoshow will be for three days at the end of May. It is your chance to put your own photographic work on show. It'll be widely advertised and hopefully you will get a lot of visitors seeing your work. It’s all very simple to take part. For just £16 you rent an 8 foot by 4 foot display board in New Buckenham Village Hall and on it you can arrange however many of your pictures you wish - it’s your space.  If you can’t fill a board, you can arrange to share with another photographer.  You put up your pictures yourself before the show opens on the evening of Friday 27 May and take them down after the show closes at lunchtime on Sunday 29 May.  It’s up to you whether you offer your work for sale.

Applications to take part to Charles Oxley  telephone 01953 860708  along with a cheque for £16 payable to New Buckenham Village Hall Trust (not later than Wednesday 18 May but preferably earlier). If the event is oversubscribed, display boards will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis, giving priority to exhibitors who live in New and Old Buckenham and the immediately surrounding villages. If you have any queries before you apply, please contact Charles (details above). He would be pleased to hear from any photographers in the area who have not previously exhibited and who may be interested. Just let him  know.

The last show that took place in 2019

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Sharing stories of Old Buckenham

 Telling Tales on Tuesdays

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Here is a chance to mardle with your mates and chat with your chums. Book a place now and share the story of your local life in an enjoyable series of meetings.

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Important meetings in Old Buckenham

Have you been to occasions in the Village Hall and just taken it for granted without thinking about how it is organised? Or perhaps you belong to a village organisation that was grateful for a financial grant from the the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and never wondered where the money came from? Within the next week there are two important Annual General Meetings taking place of volunteer organisations that would appreciate your attendance at their AGMs.

Tomorrow, Monday 11 April, why not attend the AGM of the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms and discuss the future of the Trust and its activities.

Then find out the current situation at the Village Hall on Wednesday 13 April by going along to their AGM that starts at 7pm, not surprisingly, in the Village Hall. Maybe you could get involved and help with the running of this most important village organisation.

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Cricket has started in Old Buckenham

 Old Buckenham Cricket Club in April

Everyone is welcome at the cricket ground at all times whether playing, practicing or supporting. Come and support your local Cricket Club.
Wednesday 6 April. Senior outdoor training. 6pm.
Saturday 9 April. 1st team vs Sprowston at home. 12 noon start.
Wednesday 13 April. Senior training 6pm.
Saturday 16 April. 1st team vs Norwich away. 12 noon start.
2nd team vs Norwich at home. 12 noon start.
Wednesday 20 April. Senior training 6pm
Saturday 23 April. Junior training starts at 9am until 11am.
1st team vs Downham Stow CC ,12 noon start.
2nd team vs Downham Stow CC away 12 noon start.
Wednesday 27 April. Senior training 6pm

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Popular Art Show near Old Buckenham

 New Buckenham Art Exhibition

Despite a gap of two years due to the Covid pandemic there has been a
great response from artists for the New Buckenham Art Exhibition.
There are 111 artists from Norfolk, Suffolk and further away. In total
there will be 428 works of art on display. Some of the artists are
professional and others are dedicated hobby painters, some are even from Old Buckenham. 
Opening night is Friday 15 April at 7.30pm. If you are looking for a work of art, you will find paintings in a lovely variety of styles and materials to choose from all over the Easter weekend.There will be also be a section of unframed pictures displayed in our browser stands and over 30 artists will be exhibiting greetings cards. 

Sunday, 3 April 2022

St Martins and Old Buckenham

 News on charity collection

The community of Old Buckenham and generous shoppers in local supermarkets raised an incredible £28,300 last year for St Martins. A team of loyal volunteers organised by longstanding co-ordinator Michael Bartlett from the village ran collections in supermarkets across Norfolk throughout the year. An event was held in the Church Rooms, Old Buckenham, on Saturday 26 March to thank the volunteers and update them about St Martins' work to help the homeless of Norfolk. The money raised will be used towards funding a new accommodation project which is set to open in Norwich later in the year.

Thursday, 31 March 2022

A new Old Buckenham village newsletter

 April 2022 issue now available

Five thousand words and details of lots of local firms and services are there for you to read through. A printed copy may already have come through your letter box or will be with you soon.

Read all about lily displays in All Saints Church, the search for a treasurer, arrangements for Jubilee celebrations, the need for bunting and the Parish Council's deliberations on planning applications. And a lot more...

Saturday, 26 March 2022

Wild flowers on Old Buckenham Green

Experiment has started

You may have noticed that a small area of the Green alongside the B1077 had recently been roughly harrowed. This area, about half an acre, has been chosen for an experimental wild flower 'meadow'. On the morning of Friday 25 March this patch was sown with commercially obtained wild flower seed that was 'spun' from the back of a moving truck to give good dispersal across the area. A little more of the harrowing and the use of a roller has hopefully secured the seed in the soil and it is now a case of 'wait and see' what happens over the next few months.

If the seed does its job, we can look forward to seeing many bright flowers being on view for all those who use the Green as they are out walking or who travel past by cycle or car.

Setting up

Filling up

Testing spinner speed

Starting first run

On return journey

All seeds have been spun

Thursday, 24 March 2022

Bunting in Old Buckenham

 Flying the flags

Many of you will remember the fantastic street party for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and we would like the Platinum Jubilee to be even better! A big part of creating the party atmosphere is getting Old Buckenham to be as brightly decorated as possible. We’re sure that many people will be decorating their homes, but there are many communal areas that will need decorating too. This is where we need your help. We need lots of bunting to hang around the village, especially for the Street Party on Crown Rd (by the War Memorial). Bunting is a great beginners project for sewers and so we have some instructions for anyone wishing to have a go (thanks to Freckles and Co). If you would like to download the full-sized instructions, then they are also available from the Platinum Jubilee folder of the Parish Council website. Hopefully it goes without saying that Red, White and Blue are the colours of choice for the occasion! Any finished bunting can be given to either Terri Hammond or Rachel Noyes (Parish Clerk). Thank you!

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Trees on Old Buckenham Green

What and where are the commemorative trees?

One of the expected activities to celebrate the Queen’s platinum anniversary is the planting of some more trees on the village Green later in 2022 when new trees will have a better chance of surviving. There are several commemorative trees with a royal connection that have been planted over the years and the newsletter editor would like to make a record of them.

An oak tree was planted just ten years ago for the Golden Jubilee and is doing well. The big oak tree with the seat around it at the junction of the B1077 and Abbey Road is believed to have been planted to commemorate something (1937 coronation of George VI?). Another oak tree on the left-hand side while going along the road towards All Saints Church could be another special tree but has been extensively pruned as it is directly under some power cables and this makes it difficult to age. Possibly 1953?
If you can provide more information please contact the newsletter editor on Some of you may well be old enough to have been there when they were planted.
Ten years ago

Same tree today...

...and its plaque

Is this one, much pruned?

This is one but when planted?

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Drone flying around Old Buckenham

Safety concerns

Today, Sunday 20 March, the Old Buckenham Airfield has had a report of a drone operating near Fen Street, halfway between the village and Puddledock. This activity is a criminal offence. The person(s) flying it are in breach of the Air Navigation Order and liable to prosecution. Whilst the fines are of the order of £1,000 and confiscation of the drone where a license is required, within the Flight Restriction Zone around an Aerodrome penalties are higher and can include imprisonment. Whoever is flying this device is endangering an aircraft and therefore lives. We do have means to detect and trace the owners and will deploy them, alerting the Police in the process. Matt Wilkins, Aerodrome Manager, is empowered by the CAA to issue permissions for drone operations on a 'one-off or good ‘til cancelled' basis; please email No permission has, or will be issued in the location where reports have been made this afternoon which is recklessly stupid.

An authorised drone owner in Old Buckenham, Steve Milner, has added the following: I would like to add my voice to the situation. Drone flying must always follow the drone code and the operator must pass the CAA test and display the operator number on the craft.  The test is not difficult and is not expensive so there is no excuse for none compliance. Like it or not, flying in the Old Buckenham area is even more restrictive due to the air field activity and quite rightly so. Drones do not carry passengers unlike the flights going to and from the airfield but endangering life by irresponsible drone flying is completely unacceptable.  Matt, manager at the Airfield, has been very accommodating so if you want to fly contact the airfield and ask for permission, giving when and where you want to fly and give your operators' number.  Even if you have permission you must ALWAYS BRING THE DRONE DOWN IF YOU HEAR AN AIRCRAFT. Flying as described will only have one result and that will be a total ban on flying, spoiling the pleasure of responsible flyers in the Old Buckenham.

Saturday, 19 March 2022

Queen and Old Buckenham

Have you met the present Queen?

For the exhibition in the Village Hall during the Jubilee celebrations at the start of June, the organisers are hoping to collect up information about villagers who have met Elizabeth II at some time in their life. You may have seen her when you have been to Sandringham or even attended a Royal Garden Party or perhaps been a youngster presenting some flowers at an official visit. If you can provide a few words describing the occasion, ideally along with a photo or a newspaper cutting, the village newsletter editor is happy to collect them up to make a display at the exhibition and even produce them as a small booklet if there is enough material.

If you are willing to provide your reminiscences please contact the newsletter editor on and he will aim to do the rest. Thank you.