Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Recycling collection in Old Buckenham

Village Hall car park facilities
Paper. The container is full. White's are unable to say when the next collection will be. They have many drivers away from work so are needing to concentrate on collections from hospitals, etc. Attempt being made to obtain a temporary container for waste paper.
Glass. Hopeful that there will be a collection within 14 days.
Textiles. Unable to see inside the container to establish how near it is to being full.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Old Buckenham poetry

Local reminiscences
The following is an extract from one of Marjorie Westfield’s poems recalling her Christian enlightenment made through the Baptist Church and some of her contemporaries at Old Buckenham. 

Born again of the Spirit, passed from death to life,
Saved from condemnation, my sinful heart washed white.
And the people who worshipped with me
I hold most dear within my memory.
There was Kathy, Audrey*, Miss Germany,
Pastor Wagnell and the Hiltons from West View.
I recall the Sunday School wherein I taught
And the Thursday Prayer Meetings too.
Ah, happy days of youth which made my soul rejoice;
And I never will regret the making of that choice.

*Audrey Hammond but what was Kathy's surname?

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Some Old Buckenham history

Memories of Marjorie Westfield

A link with Old Buckenham’s past stretching back almost 100 years has been broken with the death of Marjorie Walshe (nee Westfield), who was born in the village in 1926 and whose father and stepmother ran a garage and shop on the Green for many years either side of the second world war.
Marjorie’s father was Herbert Westfield who came to the village from Essex in the early 1920s and set up his business and home in the former village Reading Room, nowadays the premises of the Laurel Tree Centre. He did general engineering, specialising in cycle repairs, and installed petrol pumps to sell fuel to the growing clientele of motorists in the district. In the early 1930s, Westfield’s petrol was among the cheapest for miles around, at a halfpenny under a shilling a gallon – equivalent to just over 1p per litre.
His wife Elsie looked after the adjacent shop which sold household items, confectionery and tobacco. She had originally been employed as a housekeeper after Herbert’s relationship with Marjorie’s mother broke up.
They married in 1930 and had a son Raymond who died when just over a year old. Herbert, who died in 1955, and Raymond are both interred in the churchyard.
Marjorie was among the first pupils to attend the current High School when it opened in 1938 as Old Buckenham Area School. In the war years she worked for her parents in the shop and, in her late teens, attended village dances which attracted an eclectic mix of locals and American airmen newly arrived at the wartime aerodrome. 

The date 1944/1945. Marjorie is on the right, the American is Mike. Do you recognise the young lady on the left who is thought to be 'Vera'.
She inherited a love of music from her father who was an accomplished pianist and had played accompaniment for silent movies in earlier years. After a hard day’s work in the garage, he loved relaxing at the keyboard and Marjorie often recalled listening in awe to the music of Beethoven, Grieg or Liszt drifting up to her bedroom. She too learnt to play the piano and sometimes acted as organist at the Baptist chapels in Old Buckenham and Attleborough. 
A deep Christian faith was central to her life. She was baptised and taught in Sunday School at Old Buckenham before moving just over the parish boundary to Foundry Hill, Attleborough, in 1951 after her father retired and sold the business.
She joined the congregation of Attleborough Baptist Church but retained many links with the village via the friends she had made through family connections, school and as a member of the chapel community.
In the 1950s, she started her own Sunday School, called “The Children’s Church”, in a disused building adjacent to Bunn’s Bank on land which had been part of the aerodrome. There she gave spiritual and often social support to many deprived youngsters and their families living in makeshift accommodation on the site.
Marjorie herself had a challenging time in her 20s after she became a single parent, being forced apart from the man she loved. It was nearly 10 years before they were reunited, marrying in 1960.
Some villagers may recall Marjorie and her mother Elsie for their connections with Gaymers cider works in the 50s and 60s. Marjorie was employed in the canteen and served meals to the villagers who worked there, many of whom made the daily five-mile round journey by cycle. Elsie picked apples in late summer and autumn in the orchards which then adjoined the factory; she also worked at the United Dairies depot, or “Creamery” as it was known, on Buckenham Road.
Marjorie and her husband Tom moved to Stowmarket in 1970. Nine years later, and by then mother to another three children aged between 16 and 11, she was widowed at the age of just 53.
She continued to live at Stowmarket for the rest of her life. In later years she became a prolific artist and poet, some of her verse* inspired by her earlier days in Old Buckenham. She always loved returning to the village which held so many memories.
She remained active well into her 80s, lovingly tending her garden and doing DIY work in the house. Her physical and mental health declined in the last few years, though she remained living in her own home until just before Christmas. She died at the West Suffolk Hospital on March 18th and a family funeral took at Stowmarket Baptist Church on April 1st.
The family hope to hold a further celebration of her life later in the year when current restrictions have ended. If anyone who remembers Marjorie would be interested in attending, they would be most welcome. Please contact her son, Tom, on 01953 789510 or email: tomwalshe49@gmail.com

* A piece of her poetry will be posted later

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Old Buckenham's April newsletter

Full of reports

Enjoy all the reports of Old Buckenham activities while you can. With virtually all events in April being cancelled, the May issue will be rather thin unless villagers submit some interesting copy to go in the spaces between the advertisements.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Local to Old Buckenham

If you have been collecting Plant to Plate tokens for Chapel Green School then please put them in a safe place which you can remember as the deadline for schools to submit tokens to the EDP  has been moved to Wednesday 30 September. 
The Six  Villages newsletter team expect to have printed copies of their magazine by Tuesday 31 March and hope to get it out to everybody next week via doorstep deliveries to the local distributors. If you don't receive your usual copy please contact Alison Frank  on 01953 860692.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Out walking in Old Buckenham

Blog editor takes his exercise
The sun was out, the streets mainly deserted so it seemed a good time to take my allowable 'exercise' walk this morning. Here is a mainly pictorial review of the ninety minutes rambling.

One of the regular pavement parkers is back just round the blind bend in Cake Street

Proximity testing.Tradesmen seeing how close they can get to each other on a building site

A sign of things to come

Work has started on the track outside Bramble House. The photographer was threatened and sworn at for taking this photograph

Most of the scaffolding is  now removed from All Saints Church showing the beautiful thatching and how quickly the earlier work has changed colour

Remember that hollow tree by the entrance to the High School? This is what remains.

The Village Hall is closed (and the car park is empty)

The recently planted daffodils are providing a colourful show at Chapel Green School while two buzzards 'mew' overhead 

Sadly the Village Shop is closed for a while...
Then it was back home for a welcome coffee and biscuit.
Just click on the individual pictures to enlarge them

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

For car owners in Old Buckenham

Car repairs and MOTs
Mill House Garage will be winding down on Monday 30 March but Clive Rush is happy for you to contact him by phone if your car breaks down and you need help. He also has Calor gas and courtesy cars if anyone needs them. He will be contactable on 01953 860572 as normal.

Following the government's recent announcements, Millhouse Garage in New Buckenham will be open as usual and for as long as they can get car parts delivered from their suppliers. MOTs can be carried out as normal. However, due to the increased demand, they are booking two weeks ahead. For your peace of mind they have put processes in place to ensure the safety of everyone. The office is closed so you will need to come to the workshop entrance where they will deal with your needs.
They can also collect and return cars if necessary. 
Stay safe.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Very quiet month in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for April

Wednesday 1    Village Hall AGM - postponed

Thursday 2    Parish Council, Village Hall - cancelled

Sunday 4    Learn a new song, Methodist Church - cancelled

Monday 6    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms - cancelled

Tuesday 7    Coffee and Chat, Church Rooms - cancelled

Wednesday 8    Luncheon Club, Village Hall - cancelled

Wednesday 8    Canada Days, Village Hall - postponed

Wednesday 8    Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Church - cancelled

Thursday 9    Breckland Flower and Garden Club - cancelled

Thursday 9    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms - cancelled

Wednesday 15   Luncheon Club, Village Hall - cancelled

Wednesday 15    Songs of praise, Methodist Chapel - cancelled

Saturday 18    Spring Fair, Methodist Chapel - cancelled

Monday 20    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms - cancelled

Thursday 23    Women's Institute, Village Hall - cancelled

Friday 24    Women's Institute Walk - on hold

Saturday 25    Alternative Quiz Night, Methodist Church - cancelled

Wednesday 29    Luncheon Club, Village Hall - cancelled

Friday, 20 March 2020

Collecting tokens in Od Buckenham

Get cutting

Last chance to collect tokens from the EDP. The final ones will be in the paper on Friday 27 March but there will be ten bonus tokens on Saturday 21 March and again on Tuesday 24 March.
Help with this last push to see if Chapel Green School can win one of the big prizes worth around £1000.
With both the Village Hall and the Church Rooms closed and the Village Shop closing at the end of Wednesday please put any tokens that you have
cut out  through the blog editor's letter box (Crockslea in Cake Street) and we will make sure that they get to the school in time for a final count up. Thank you

Monday, 16 March 2020

Old Buckenham Women's Institute

On the subject of homelessness
The speaker at Old Buckenham Women’s Institute's latest meeting was Jan Sheldon, chief executive of St Martins Housing Trust. Also attending was Mike Bartlett who helps to raise astonishing amounts of money for St. Martins every year.
Starting with a video of some people talking about how they became rough sleepers and how the charity has helped them, Jan explained they offer hope, trust and safety to the rough sleepers of Norwich. Among the varied facilities owned by the trust 'Under One Roof' teaches life skills to enable them to gain confidence and make them feel human again. They are never given up on and some end up working for them.
The number of rough sleepers in Norwich has decreased from 35 in 2016 to 18 in 2019. Each story is unique and a recording was played from a woman who after a happy childhood told of a life of misery involving one drug dealer abusive husband, another abusive alcoholic husband, having her daughters taken away and twice attempting suicide which Jan described as a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Saved by St Martins she now works for them and has her daughters back.
There are many such success stories at St Martins who help up to 200 people at any one time. Rough sleepers are the tip of the iceberg.
Several Old Buckenham members act as collectors outside various supermarkets and some knitted scarves for the recent 'house' erected in Norwich Cathedral. The 4,766 scarves represented the rough sleepers across the country in 2019 and included 600 black ones representing those who had died. Altogether an excellent and enlightening talk.
On Friday 24 April, to celebrate 'Women Walk the World Day' and to raise funds for the charity Associated Country Women of the World which supports women across the world to improve their lives, two walks are planned of five miles or two miles starting from the Village Hall. The cost of the walk is £2 and for another £5 a lunch of soup and a roll and a dessert is available afterwards. Start times are 10.30am for the 5 miles and 11.30am for the two miles. Anyone is welcome to walk or just come to lunch at the Village Hall at 12.30pm.
The next meeting is on Thursday 26 March when the subject of Rebecca Tate's talk will be 'Hats made from start to finish'. Then on Thursday 
23 April  the speaker is Liz Keable talking about 'A Pocket Full of Purpose'. Both meetings start at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Broadband in Old Buckenham

Meeting in Village Hall
In case you have missed the information that has come by post, there is a meeting with County Broadband on Tuesday 10 March (tomorrow) at 7pm in the Village Hall to highlight this opportunity for parishioners to educate themselves about the technology, the project and its funding. Learn more about this potential new service to the village so that you can make an informed decision on future broadband in this area.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Latest Old Buckenham Council minutes

Report on March Council meeting
These notes have been written by the newsletter editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 5 March in the Village Hall. Those present were councillors Jonn Hicks (Chair), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel, Terry Cook, Ben Devlin and Andy Nicholls. Apologies for absence had been received from Mike Farrington.
Also in attendance were Rachel Noyes (Clerk), Stephen Askew, a County Broadband representative and nine members of the public.
The minutes of the meeting held in February were approved (3 in favour, 3 abstain) and there were no matters arising from these minutes
Financial matters. Community account balance was £32,005.48. Income received (from sale of wood) £60.
Payments amounting to £2,328.07 were approved (6 in favour) which included rent for the allotment site, cutting the grass of the village Green and a bat inspection needed before work could be done on a tree on the Green.
There had also been a VAT reclaim of £2,802.95.
Planning. (All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal – www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications. Parish Councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting).
New planning applications. Land to the west of 49 Hargham Road. Permission in principle for the erection of 4 dwellings (Town and Country Planning) Permission in Principle (amendment) Order 2017 (3PL/2020/0117/PIP). This application had been previously withdrawn. Now includes a footpath. Some councillors and parishioners felt that it was already a dangerous road and did not need any more traffic adding to it. Others felt that the applicants had listened to advice and a footpath for pedestrians was now part of the plan. It was highlighted that the application should go straight to the Planning Committee (because of the applicant’s position) but there was no date given online. It was also felt that despite being a PIP application, there was little information about the proposed size and approximate location of the dwellings. The Parish Council also felt that the proposed footpath should be approved and built first to ensure it is actually completed. The clerk is to contact Breckland Council with feedback on these application issues and seek confirmation regarding the Committee hearing.
Apple Tree House, Church Lane. Demolition of west side lean-to. Demolition of front wall to the front porch to create open fronted canopy. Construction of a single-storey flat roof extension to the rear and small canopy porch to the east. Installation of ground source heating (3PL/2020/0150/HOU). The council agreed to support the application (6 in favour).
Land adjacent Caldcleugh, Cake Street. Dwelling under construction at The Old Asparagus Field. Revised access location to dwelling approved under ref 3PL/2018/1014/VAR (3PL/2020/0171/F). Highways had concerns during initial application about access. Therefore access was moved to the side via an existing track and the application was approved on this basis. The Parish Council felt the need for consistency and did not support the application (5 in favour, 1 abstain).
17 Hargham Road. First floor extension and ground floor infill creating a 1½ storey dwelling with annex accommodation and erection of detached carport (3PL/2020/0189/HOU). The council agreed to support the application (6 in favour).
Planning decisions by Breckland Council. Bramble House (formerly Karmel), The Green. Two storey side extension, single storey rear extension, garage extension and change of roof direction (3PL/2020/0016/HOU). This application has been considered and the application has been approved.
Ox and Plough lease. As proposed last year, the fee for the lease of a set area of the Green to be raised in line with inflation. Therefore it will rise to £550 for next year, payable in two instalments. This was approved (5 in favour, 1 abstain). Public Liability insurance details to be sent to the Clerk.
County Broadband update. A representative from County Broadband provided an update. Currently they had 61 pre-orders, 159 are required. Currently 14 villages are at ‘approved to build’ stage. Banham and Old Buckenham are still in pre-order stage and have until review date of Monday 4 May to collect as many orders as possible. An EDP press report stating Old Buckenham had signed up was incorrect and was corrected once bought to the firm’s attention. If signed up, community hubs such as the Village Hall, churches and the Church Rooms will be provided with free internet (schools are more difficult to provide for as it is arranged by councils, etc). Some villages in Essex are now up and working and can provide reviews of the work. A village meeting had been planned for Tuesday 10 March starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall to provide an opportunity for residents to ask any questions they have and to learn about the technology. The Clerk is to highlight this meeting on Facebook.
Committees for councillors. These have been brought up to date:
Personnel Committee: Steve Milner, Ben Devlin, Mike Farrington.
Play Area Working Party: Steve Milner, Jonn Hicks, Kerry Talbot (resident).
Recreation Area Working Party: Jonn Hicks, Andy Nicholls.
Road Safety Working Party: Steve Milner, Mike Farrington, Andy Nicholls, Mike Bartlett (resident), Trevor Crooke (resident), Lucy Womack (resident)
SNAP: Steve Milner.
Attleborough Development Partnership: Adrian Joel.
Old Buckenham Village Hall: Terry Cook.
Allotments: Adrian Joel.
Parish Council website: Steve Milner, Rachel Noyes.
Old Buckenham Green Rights: Andy Nicholls.
Almshouses Trust: Ben Devlin.
Village Green Working Party: Gemma Frost (resident), Andy Nicholls, Sarah Dye (Green Right Proprietor), Allison Frank (Green Right Proprietor), Terry Cracknell (Lord of the Manor), John Fernihough (resident), Adrian Joel.
Eleemonosynary Trust: Jonn Hicks.
Public Rights of Way (PROW): Steve Milner, Terry Cook.
Chairman’s report. He will be arranging a meeting regarding May’s Craft and Food Fair in the next few weeks. It will be advertised when a date has been fixed. He is awaiting two quotes for a secure gate through to the MUGA at Chapel Green School from the village hall car park. The parish noticeboard by the village shop will be fixed with new corkboard. The Annual Parish Meeting will be on Friday 24 April starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Road Safety. The SAM sign is currently being converted to Bluetooth for easier and safer downloading of data. The mobile SAM sign is also in use at the moment.
Play Area. Apologies were given for the delay in completing this work as the weather has been too wet to proceed.
Recreation Area. It is still too wet to roll the grass for a new football pitch. Andy Nicholls is to order new goal posts.
Councillors’ reports. Steve Askew reported as Breckland and County councillor. Gravel by Rod Alley Pond has been laid. Lights by the crossing have been fixed to reduce reflections into nearby properties. Potholes on Grove Road have been repaired twice. There is an issue with the drainage and currently seeking approval for works. Church Lane has been flooding with recent heavy rain although it thankfully clears steadily once the weather improves. He has been pushing for date for works but as it is a major scheme, it is in a group which is selected by priority. As water is not entering properties, etc, there are others that will get priority. Parish councillors highlighted drains that need clearing on Cake Street and on a broken drain cover on Mill Road that needs replacing as it could cause bad accident.
Terry Cook wished to thank both Steve Askew and Steve Milner for pushing so much to get the pot holes sorted on Grove Road as they were very dangerous. He also mentioned the play ‘Canada Boys’ that will be performed at the Village Hall on Wednesday 8 April starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be booked by ringing 07880 660444 or emailing bookings.obvh@gmail.com.
Steve Milner had attended a seminar about Public Rights of Way (PROW) with Terry Cook. It had been very useful and informative. Old Buckenham needs to start working on maintaining and improving the public rights of way and so he has started a new Working Party to work with community groups to map, tidy up and publicise our rights of way. Ben Devlin mentioned the track from the Gamekeeper and the schools which has become very busy again with parking and being used as a cut-through resulting in lots of potholes. Highways are responsible for the track.
Items for next agenda. These will include the use of the village Green for events, a communications strategy and jobs that will need doing over the next 12 months.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 2 April at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Local parking for Old Buckenham residents

More about the Attleborough trial
The editor of the village blog put in a Freedom of Information request to Breckland Council about the car parking trial that will take place at the Queen’s Square car park in Attleborough. Here are the questions he asked and the replies that were received.
Why is it necessary to get a ticket from a machine if the car park is being patrolled by parking attendants?
The car park will be patrolled by enforcement officers who need to know your time of arrival. In using tickets this also allows us to monitor the parking trial.
Are cars entering the park being monitored by number plate recognition equipment?
No this trial is not managed by CCTV. If you park and do not obtain a ticket, then you may be fined.
What has been and will be the financial cost of this scheme and who will be paying for it? This scheme has been funded out of the Market Towns Initiative, to support Attleborough town centre and increase footfall. Any ongoing cost from the trial will be funded from potential enforcement.
The machines will have cost money, will need maintenance when they breakdown and parking attendants will have to be paid. 

Kings Lynn Parking Partnership will maintain the breakdown of the machines and costs of the parking attendants.
Further expenditure will be needed to do the administration of the system of fines charged to those overstaying their time. Are these costing figures available to the public?
The parking enforcement will be managed by Kings Lynn Parking Partnership who will manage all these costs.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Undercover in Old Buckenham

What the thatchers have been doing
Those who have been doing the undercover work on All Saints Church kindly took the blog editor's camera with them today to show that their work is nearly finished. Just some final dressing of the reed and tidying up to be done.

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Old Buckenham's March newsletter

It's here for you to read

What have penguins got to do with the Village Hall? You'll have to read the March issue to find out.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

March activities in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for March
Sunday 1             Learn a new song, Methodist Church, 6.30pm                             
Monday 2           Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4pm
Tuesday 3           Coffee and Chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards
Wednesday 4      Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 6         Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Saturday 7          Bingo, Church Rooms, 2pm
Wednesday 11   Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Church, 2.30pm
Thursday 12       Breckland Flower and Garden Club, 2pm
Thursday 12       Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm
Friday 13            Visits from Mobile Library during morning
Friday 13            Winter Warmer Restaurant, Chapel Green School, 6pm
Saturday 14        Antarctic talk, Village Hall, 7.30pm
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
Thursday 26       Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm
  Sunday 29        Litter pick, meet at Ottomer Pond, 11am

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Meal out in Old Buckenham

Have an interesting evening
Back by popular demand. Chapel Green School are hosting another enjoyable restaurant evening this month. Please come along and enjoy a relaxed evening with freshly-made food, listening to music whilst being looked after by their wonderful students.
The restaurant is at Chapel Green School, NR17 1RF, on Friday 13 March between 6pm and 8pm. The cost is £10 per seat for adults and £5 for children under 12. Please contact the school office 01953 453116 to book your place (limited seats available). All food and entertainment is free. Remember there are no card reading facilities available so you will have to pay your £10 in cash.
The menu is vegetarian and gluten free.
Starter: Stuffed potato skins with homemade cheese and onion filling.
Main course: Homemade fresh pasta with Chapel Green's own twist, colourful salad accompaniment and freshly-made bread with homemade garlic butter.
Dessert: Homemade chocolate brownie with raspberry coulee.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available. Feel free to bring any other drinks, including alcohol, with you. Glasses will be supplied.
Make your bookings now.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Plays with Old Buckenham connections

Something worth seeing
It will mean going to New Buckenham but the programme includes a play by someone living in Fen Street and one of the actors is a member of Old Buckenham Women's Institute. Order your tickets now... 

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Flowers in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club 

Over 40 ladies gathered in Old Buckenham village hall for their February meeting. With it being so close to Valentine’s day there was a sprinkle of romance in the air. The guest speaker for this month was Hazel McGregor who had travelled from Bury St Edmunds. Her demonstration was titled “Floral Infusion” and it certainly was, with its mixture of colour, flowers and containers. Hazel worked meticulously on stage with an abundance of flowers and foliage whilst at the same time giving an informative talk mixing history with a little humour to keep the audience entertained. She created a wonderful infusion of colour, completing a cocktail of arrangements including, in a true demonstrator’s tradition, a couple she had prepared earlier.
The demonstrator concluded her visit by judging the competition. The winner of this month’s competition “Valentine Romance” was Alyson Spinks and Mo Dorking came second. Christine Hewson had the pleasure of awarding Allison with the trophy which just so happened to be the Christine Hewson trophy.
The afternoon was over all too soon and the raffle was drawn, with several ladies taking home one of Hazel’s delightful arrangements.
The next meeting on Thursday 13 March is the Club’s AGM which will start at 2pm. There will be a presentation of the charity cheque this year to NARS (Norfolk Accident Rescue Service) and a brief talk on the role that NARS plays in our community. Thank you to everyone, for helping and supporting the club’s charity this year. Next year charity begins at home and for the first time in a while the club will be raising money for the club itself in a bid to continue offering the high standard and quality of meetings that have been enjoyed over the years. The Chairman’s raffle will continue with donations going to a local charity at Christmas. There will be a short pictorial of the past year, led by Christine Hewson, and tea and cakes will be served.
For more details regarding any of the above including membership/visiting the club, please contact Christine Hewson on 01953 454528 or Sally Westrup on 01953 788712.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Token bonanza in Old Buckenham

Get cutting

Starting in Saturday's EDP and continuing throughout half term you will find lots of extra tokens for you to cut out and save for Chapel Green School. They are hoping to win some useful gardening equipment for their students.
Please collect them up and take them to reception at the school, the Old School House on the Green, Crockslea in Cake Street or put them in the collection box in the village shop.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Old Buckenham council minutes

Parish Council minutes for February
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 6 February at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Those present were councillors Jonn Hicks (Chair), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel and Mike Farrington Also attending were Rachel Noyes (Clerk) and seven members of the public.
Apologies for absence had been received from Andy Nicholls and Terry Cook. Ben Devlin was also absent but no apology had been received.
The minutes of the January meeting were approved (4 in favour). Matters arising from these minutes included that there had been no response to the council’s initial response about the Met Office proposal for a weather radar tower. Therefore the council agreed to object (4 in favour).
There were no declarations of interests not already recorded in the current Members’ Register of Interests
Financial matters. The community account balance was now £33,179.05 and no income was received in January. Payments approved (4 in favour) totalled £1,414.02 including accounting fees of £200, the clerk’s salary and expenses of £254.47 as well as £540 to Broadland Tree Services for the Christmas tree on the Green. Also Norfolk Association of Local Council’s courses had cost £168, village hall hire was £54 and community car drivers had received £197.55. A Precept Grant for £20,385 had been submitted.
Oliver Lee report. Oliver Lee had been employed to give a landscape architect’s view of the current Green. He gave a detailed presentation about his analysis of the Village Green. He initially looked at its composition, appearance and use. From these findings, he highlighted the need to create a more cohesive feel to the Green, a clearer boundary around the Green and how different areas could be developed. Several suggestions were put forward to achieve a clearer boundary and also more cohesive appearance, which included wooden bollards at each approach to the Green, using gravel spray grip on the roads to clearly indicate to motorists that they are entering the Green area, and selective mowing of the boundary and paths could help minimise the divisive impact of the road. He also felt that parking for the playground could be developed with the possibility of an informal gravel ‘square’ near the Ox and Plough could have several uses including parking and an event space. Additional suggestions included raising the canopy of some trees, additional tree planting and seating around the Green that could also be beneficial. Some of the suggestions would need approval from Highways. The Village Green Working Party and the Parish Council will look at these suggestions and decide if any would be suitable for the Green in the future.
New planning applications. (All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal – www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications - Parish Councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting).
Bramble House (formerly Karmel), The Green. Two-storey side extension, single-storey rear extension, garage extension and change of roof direction (3PL/2020/0016/HOU). The Parish Council had no problems with the plans for the property and therefore proposed to support the application on the condition that any damage done to the track in front of the property by construction vehicles be repaired (4 in favour).
This led to a discussion about recent construction work in the village and the consequential parking of vehicles. There were strong feelings about some vehicles continuously blocking footpaths and causing residents to walk out onto dangerous roads around them. The formulation of a “delivery plan” during the application process was suggested.
Land South of March Field Way. Residential development of 9 dwellings and associated external works (3PL/2019/1401/F). Revised plans with additional information received. The developers have purchased additional land on which to build. The Parish Council felt the need to show consistency and therefore proposed to object (2 in favour, 1 against, 1 abstain).
The Farm, Doe Lane. Erection of new poultry shed adjacent to poultry shed number 7 and erection of associated three feed silos and removal of existing outbuilding. Provision of new steel shed adjacent to poultry shed number 13 (PL/2020/0071/F). This was supported by the Parish Council (4 in favour).
Nivelles, Fen Street. Proposed front entrance hall extension and alterations (3PL/2020/0113/HOU). This was supported by the Parish Council (4 in favour).
Planning decisions by Breckland Council.
Roughlands Farm, Grove Road. Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling (permitted development) Town and Country Planning ( General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q (3PN/2019/0062/UC). This application has now been considered and the application has been refused.
Land to the west of 49 Hargham Road. Permission in principle for erection of four detached dwellings (3PL/2019/1164/PIP). This application has been withdrawn.
SkyFall, Cake Street. Proposed alterations, extension and garage conversion (3PL/2019/1567/HOU). This application has now been considered and the application has been approved.
Green Rights Regulations. The Parish Council have been informed of the updated name of a Green Rights Owner.
Health and Safety Policy. The chairman has updated the policy.
Chairman’s report. New Buckenham have published their Neighbourhood Plan and have kindly sent a copy that councillors are currently reading through. Monday 9 March is the new date for a joint Parish Council and Village Hall meeting (in the Memorial Room at 7.30pm). The Council is struggling to find a firm to complete work for gate through from the village hall car park to access the Chapel Green School MUGA. Management of jobs for the village handyman to be given to Village Green Working Party for regular maintenance jobs such as strimming round posts, etc.
Village Green Working Party. Bats had been found living in a tree due for cutting back. Environmentalist is needed to assess.
Road safety. Now have the mobile SAM sign which will be used in conjunction with the fixed one to monitor vehicle speeds throughout the village.
Play Area.The work not quite finished because of the wet weather. A safety inspection date of Tuesday 25 February has been arranged.
Recreation Area. Waiting for some dryer weather in order to roll the grass for the football pitch. It is planned that some trees will then be planted at the far end and the top right-hand corner sectioned off to protect orchids growing there.
Councillors’ reports. Mike Farrington reported another accident at Puddledock. There was a need to look at speed preventative measures such as illuminating warning signs. Steve Milner said he will be giving a talk about his recent visit to Antarctica in the Village Hall on Saturday 14 March starting at 7.30pm.
Items for the next agenda. These will include the agreement with the Ox and Plough on use of the village Green.

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

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Old Buckenham WI January meeting

Wild life and resolutions

Old Buckenham WI were pleased to welcome a new member to their January meeting.
The speaker for the evening was Gavin Binkerton Jones, a wildlife photographer who has been shortlisted for BBC's Countryfile calendar, for wild life photographer of the year and has had photos published in the national press. He treated members to some stunning pictures of the wildlife around us (mostly taken in Norfolk including Old Buckenham Country Park). Owls featured strongly as well as other birds of prey, kingfishers and a variety of mammals. He gave details of their diets, breeding habits and life cycles. Great patience is required to get such amazing shots.
At this meeting members are required to vote on a selection of resolutions put forward by the National Federation to be acted on by WI this year. The five choices were: 

1) To encourage an increase in stem cell donation, 
2) To create equitable testing for male and female crash test dummies, 
3) To end modern slavery, protect victims and give long term support, 
4) To encourage more discussion about death and dying, 
and 5) To protect our precious helium gas. The majority of members voted for resolution 5. Helium is running out and it cannot be manufactured, without it there will be no such things as MRI scans in the future. The other members voted for resolution 3. The votes from all WIs will be collated and one or two will go forward for discussion and adoption at the National Federation Annual meeting in June.
A report was given on the final celebration in December of Norfolk Federation of WI's Centenary year, a service in St Nicholas chapel, Kings Lynn. A member from each WI attending processed down the aisle with a lit candle in a decorated jar. After the service there were hot drinks and mince pies. Several members from Old Buckenham WI enjoyed the experience.
Vouchers were awarded to the annual winners of the two monthly competitions. Flower of the month was won by Barbara Frost and the monthly exhibition was won by Kathy Fleckney.
The next meeting will be on 
Thursday 27 February when the members will be hearing from someone from the St Martins Trust talking about helping the homeless in Norwich. Come along to the village hall at 7.30pm. 
The following meeting is on Thursday 26 March at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speaker will be Rebecca Tate. Her subject is 'Hats Made from Start to Finish'.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Easter lilies at All Saints
On Easter Day each year, All Saints Church in Old Buckenham commemorate the lives of loved ones who have died and they will continue the tradition this year. Flower arrangements in the church at Easter will comprise of lilies, each in memory of departed relatives or friends.
If you would like to contribute to this event could you please let Alistair Monkhouse have your donation before Saturday 29 March together with the name of the persons to be remembered. It is estimated that each lily will cost in the region of £5 and any additional monies received this year will go towards the final stage of re-thatching the roof of the Church.
If you wish to contribute please send your cheque made out to 'Old Buckenham PCC' with details of the deceased to Revd Alistair Monkhouse, ‘Wildwood’, Mill Road, Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1SG.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Old Buckenham helps St Martins

A thank you to the volunteers

Many of the people from Old Buckenham who had helped throughout 2019 to raise money for St Martins Housing Trust - money that goes to help the homeless in Norwich - met in the Church Rooms last Saturday. A total of just over £39,000 has been raised, mainly from donations and collections outside local supermarkets. Cheques were handed over for two specific events organised by the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and All Saints Church, Old Buckenham.
Jan Sheldon, Chief Executive Officer at St Martins, thanked all those present for all their hard work throughout the last twelve months and gave a short talk on all that has gone on during the last year to help with the problem of looking after the homeless and ensuring that they have the opportunity to improve their lives. She also answered questions from the volunteers.

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Old Buckenham village newsletter

February issue out and about

Lots of news including updates on re-thatching All Saints, speeding, Easter lilies, the parish council minutes and a list of events in Old Buckenham throughout 2020. Guaranteed to be Brexit free.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Collecting coupons in Old Buckenham

Helping Chapel Green School

The EDP is  printing tokens each day in its paper which will allow schools collecting the tokens  to receive a gardening pack worth over £130 if they collect over 1000 tokens. Chapel Green School is taking part and also trying to challenge for one of the £1000 prizes that can be won by the top three schools (most tokens as an average of total pupils).
There have been 15 tokens printed so far. They will continue to appear for another eight weeks.
You can take any coupons you collect to the school reception, to Crockslea in Cake Street or to the Old School house on the Green. You will also find a collecting box in the village shop if that is more convenient for you.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Old Buckenham events in February

Diary dates for February
Monday 3           Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Tuesday 4           Coffee and Chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards
Wednesday 5      Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 6         Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Wednesday 12   Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Church,      2.30pm
Thursday 13       Valentine's Cafe, Chapel Green School, 9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday 13       Breckland Flower and Garden Club, 2pm
Thursday 13       Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm
Friday 14            Visits from Mobile Library during morning
Saturday 15        Senior Citizens' Party, Village Hall, 1pm
Monday 17         Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Wednesday 19   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
  Thursday 27      Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Old Buckenham Parish Council January meeting

Draft minutes
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 9 January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Those present were councillors Jonn Hicks (Chair), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel, Mike Farrington, Terry Cook and Andy Nicholls. Also in attendance were Rachel Noyes (Parish Clerk), Donna Oakley (RFO) and Breckland and Norfolk councillor Stephen Askew as well as seven members of the public. Apologies had been received from Gemma Frost and Ben Delvin. Andy Nicholls had indicated that he would be late arriving.
Minutes of the December meeting. These were approved (2 in favour, 3 abstain). There were no matters arising from these minutes.
Financial matters. The community account balance now stands at £33,706.89. Income received (allotment rents) was £80 with allotments rents of £265 still due.
Payments approved (5 in favour) totalled £489.59 and were made up of the accounting fees and expenses, the parish clerk’s salary and expenses and payments to community car drivers.
The Precept requests were approved (details will appear here later) (5 in favour).
The RFO, Donna Oakley, was thanked for all her hard work at a particularly busy time of year for her.
Public participation. Clarification was sought over the planning application for land to the north of Fen Street that was mentioned in previous minutes. The questioner was informed that it was supported by the Parish Council at PIP stage.
Breckland and Norfolk councillor Stephen Askew reported that the Hargham Road ditch appeared to be working well and that the issue of light reflection on the Rod Alley pond is being looked at with the hope of finding a solution. A scheme is being planned to cure the flooding in Church Lane but this is not guaranteed to be completed this year.
Some potholes in St Andrews Close have been addressed. Large potholes in Grove Road were reported just after Christmas. The road was closed the next day because of their size and danger, especially to cyclists, but drivers keep driving round barriers or simply moving them out the way. If barriers/signs are removed, then there is danger to other drivers and cyclists who may not know/see potholes are there. He asked that people please leave barriers in place, it is a major fix and will hopefully be completed soon. Further potholes have been reported on Fen Street and these will be chased up. He will also chase up the provision of gravel for Post Office Terrace.
Adrian Joel enquired about the provision of hard copies of the Local Plan. The clerk will request copies.
Planning applications. (All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications. Parish councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting).
New planning applications. Part of Anglian Water Drilling Unit site Abbey Road. Erection of a 28.5m high radar tower and associated communications cabin (3PL/2019/1555/F).
(Andy Nicholls arrived)
The Met Office had sent a letter explaining that the application had been submitted. Carleton Rode parish council had emailed to explain their concerns including lack of consultation and unknown visual impact as they had not been included. A representative from Old Buckenham Airfield was present at the meeting and raised several points. A Visual Impact Assessment has not been completed locally, only further away and not from Waterwork’s House which is next to proposed site. In reports, the Met Office claim aircraft will be 900ft away but this only applies to fast jets. In reality, smaller aircraft could be much closer as they approach the runway.
Other points the Airfield representative raised were that they would breach two Air Navigation Orders, the height of the tower appears to have increased from 22m to 28.5m, Daylight and Access Assessment did not have any ground elevation levels and that there are other sites which are better suited and would give equal coverage. Also both New Buckenham and Carleton Rode councils had not been consulted, despite the site being very close to their parish boundaries. The Airfield plans to object as they feel the whole application is flawed.
Councillors were surprised to discover that such a big application has not been given to an experienced senior planning officer. The application had been submitted just before Christmas, which some councillors felt was to try and “hide” it when people were busy over festive period. Mike Farrington highlighted that while the application does appear to be poor, that it will hopefully provide data to help the Met Office forecasts and local residents will benefit. However, he felt that they should try to find an alternative location. Stephen Askew explained that he had requested it be called to committee.
A proposal to request a month’s extension to the application’s consultation period due to the flawed nature of the application, the safety issues raised and lack of consultation with the parishes of New Buckenham and Carleton Rode was approved (6 in favour). It was also agreed to request a meeting with the Head of Planning or Senior Planning Officer at Breckland Council.
SkyFall, Cake Street. Proposed alterations, extension and garage conversion (3PL/2019/1567/HOU). No objections from the parish council (6 in favour).
60 Fen Street. Demolish existing garage/store room and erection of a similar size sitting room extension (3PL/2019/1593/HOU). No objections from the parish council (6 in favour).
Planning Decisions by Breckland Council.  The following four applications have now been considered and have been approved:
Land to the north-west of 29 Fen Street. Permission in Principle for the erection of one dwelling (Town and Country Planning) Permission in Principle (Amendment) Order 2019 (3PL/2019/1405/PIP).
Downmore Farm, Banham Road. Prior Approval for Change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q Permission in principle for erection of four detached dwellings
Land to the north of Fen Street. Change of use of land from agriculture to domestic gardens (3PL/2019/1375/F).
Land to north of Fen Street. Erection of four detached dwellings following outline permission (3PL/2019/1359/D).
The following application has been referred to the Planning Committee: Land to the west of 49 Hargham Road. Permission in principle for erection of four detached dwellings (3PL/2019/1164/PIP).
Health and Safety Policy. Jonn Hicks explained that there were several issues with the current policy and it would need more time to review.
Paperless Parish Council. Jonn Hicks proposed that the Parish Council make an effort to work towards being paperless because of the the environmental impact of the excessive printing of documents. Some councillors already use tablets for meetings and therefore print less/nothing and did not want another tablet provided from the Council. It would be necessary to examine the financial impact of printing versus having tablets. It was suggested that the money might be better spent on a projector for the Memorial Room which would allow everyone to view documents. Councillors were asked to spend time researching the financial impact and full options.
It was also suggested getting a tablet/computer purely for the SAM sign as data currently has to be downloaded via cable. Steve Milner wants to upgrade to a Bluetooth device which will make downloading data easier and safer as one could sit in a car instead of standing on side of busy road). Cost of Bluetooth upgrade is approximately £250. Data is currently stored on Steve Milner’s personal laptop but needs to be accessible to other councillors. Steve Milner and Jonn Hicks are to investigate costs.
Village Green Working Party (VGWP). Report stated the Parish Council had approved a company to cut the Green next year. This was not discussed at previous meeting. Also there was confusion over the title on the Working Party report. The Parish Council is the Green Management Committee. The clerk will research and clarify titles.
Road Safety. The SAM sign is up, working well and already providing interesting data. On Hargham Road there is an average of over 4000 cars a day, with approximately 40% driving over the speed limit. Better data obtained from Abbey Road with far fewer speeding cars. Data can be given to police at SNAP meetings who can then use it to monitor roads at specific times.
Play Area. Good progress on the improvements that are being carried out. Many thanks for public’s patience while work is in progress.
Recreation Area. There has been a request to install new football goals/pitch. Grass will be rolled in the Spring. New goals to be installed and old ones removed. Suitable goals to be investigated.
Councillors’ reports. Adrian Joel said that the Christmas tree on the Green had been very popular with lots of photos posted on the local Facebook group. Steve Milner pointed out that a footpath near Stacksford and Quidenham is not technically classified as a footpath. Ten people need to sign a form stating they have been walking it for 20 years in order to get it re-classified as a footpath. Contact Steve Milner or the Clerk for more information. Steve Milner and Terry Cook volunteered to attend a public footpaths seminar.
A Village Hall report was given by Terry Cook. Fly tipping has recently been an issue in the red bin located on the Village Hall car park. Notices have been placed on the bin and an item is being included in the village newsletter. Please could villagers be vigilant and report any sightings of people fly tipping. Work on the disabled toilet is finished, other toilets refurbished and plans are in hand for updated baby changing facilities. A report was given on state of the car park including pot-holes, repairs and useage. Planting trees on the recreational area is responsibility of Parish Council. A request was made for new members of the Numbers Club as there are currently vacant numbers available. A question was asked on whether the Parish Council made a decision concerning the provision of new security doors? There will be a joint meeting between the Village Hall Management Committee and the Parish Council on Monday 27 January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Items for next agenda. These would include the Health and Safety Policy and the Oliver Lee Report

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 6 February starting at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.