Monday, 22 August 2016

Details of cycle races in Old Buckenham

Those Crit races
Details are now available of the times of the 'crit' cycle races around Old Buckenham Green on Saturday 3 September.
Road closures around the Green start at 11.30am. The B1077 across the Green will be reduced to a single lane from that time and controlled by traffic lights.
The circuit will be open for riding/training until 11.50am.
Race 1 – Start time 12 noon, 15 minutes duration. Youths under 12 and under 10 (British Cycling Youth C/D) - Entry/signing on opens at 10.30am and closes at 11.30am.
Race 2 – Start time 12.45pm, 25 minutes duration. Youths under 16 and under 14 (BC Youth A/B) – Entry/signing on opens at 11.30am and closes at 12.25pm.
Circuit open for riding/training until 1.50pm.
Race 3 – Start time 1.45pm – 45 minutes duration. BC Senior and Junior 3rd and 4th Category licence holders.
Race 4 – Start time 3pm – 1 lap Time Trial. Open to all . Entry on the day only £2. Entry/signing on opens at 10.30am and closes at 2.30pm with a maximum of 40 riders.
This race, riding individually, is for anyone who can ride a bike and would like to see how long it will take to ride one lap! The entry fee is to cover the insurance cost.
Race 5 – Start time 4pm – 50 minutes duration. BC Elite/1st/2nd/3rd Category licence holders.
All races except the Time Trial, Race 4, will be for the stated number of minutes plus one lap.
Old Buckenham residents living around the edge of the Green and possibly affected by the road closure will be able to access their homes between races but please ring 07775 615360 so that riders can be stopped from training on the circuit.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Open garden in Old Buckenham

View Pat and Roy’s garden
Pat and Roy Dickinson will have their garden at 59 Fen Street (NR17 1SR) open from 11am till 3pm this coming Sunday 21 August to raise money for Age UK Norfolk. 
They say it isn’t a perfect garden but a work in progress so do come and have a look round. You can also sit and enjoy tea and cakes sold by Old Buckenham WI. 
The Dickinsons' are just asking for donations for entry (suggested £3) and they look forward to seeing you there.

The Open Garden raised a total of £160, which included £40 from Old Buckenham WI for the sale of teas and cakes.Two further donations have been promised. The total sum of money will be delivered to AGE UK Norfolk Head Office as soon as possible.
Pat and Roy would like to record their thanks to the Women's InstituteI for their support and to all those who took the time to attend this fundraising event. THey hope everyone who attended enjoyed their visit to their garden.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Murder mystery in Old Buckenham

Who killed the headmaster?
Why not book your place at a murder mystery evening provided by Old Buckenham Players? The play is set in the Headmaster’s Office and the year is 1932. Bartholomew Rex is the Headmaster of Hornchurch Private School for Young Gentlemen. He’s a pleasant, diplomatic sort of man but he’s beset by problems. The school is rapidly going downhill and a lot of people are very angry with him.

But who would be angry enough to kill him? Could it be…
Helen, his overly dedicated personal secretary,
Judy, his overbearing, jealous wife,
James, the inept school caretaker,
Brian, the ambitious, plain speaking Deputy Head,
Harry, the studious, withdrawn Science Master,
Barbara, the eccentric Head of English,
or even Martin, the frustrated Head of the School Governors?
Detective Spence has got his work cut out unravelling a particularly unpleasant, brutal and perplexing murder case - as have the audience. A quiz, prizes for best-worked solution and most comic solution, along with nibbles, a reasonable bar and the audience grouped in round tables of eight people.
It is on for two nights only with performances on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Entry by ticket costing £8 and available by calling 01603 810373. 

There are limited numbers due to the table format so book early to make sure you can help solve the mystery. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Broadside Boys at Old Buckenham

Folk from the East
There was a well-attended musical evening in Old Buckenham Village Hall last night. The music was supplied by The Broadside Boys (Matt Bayfield and Eric Sedge) ably supported by the Gamekeeper's Lad (Stephen Bayfield) with his tales of local country life. 
The Broadside Boys use their folk music to tell stories of local tragedy and heroism. There were songs about a wartime plane crash, of merchant seamen on the Arctic convoys, of gamekeepers and even a one-armed headmaster.
Although it was a warm evening, everyone enjoyed a meal of sausages and mash as well as plenty of liquid refreshment from the well-stocked bar.
There was talk of a return visit sometime in the future so  more villagers will be able to enjoy this particular brand music and the associated humour.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Speeding round Old Buckenham

Racing around Old Buckenham Green
One of last year's races
Before you go on the gentle village cycle ride on Sunday 4 September, there is the chance to see some really speedy cycle racing on the previous day.
Diss and District Cycling Club and Breckland District Council were impressed by the large crowds that watched the Tour of Britain flash through Old Buckenham in 2015 and the success of the first ever Crit Racing on closed roads around the village green. Now they have decided to make Crit Racing an annual event as part of a two-day cycling festival in 2016.
The Crit Racing will be on closed roads on a 1.1km circuit around the Green and will be held on Saturday 3 September. 

This is serious cycle racing. The National B event is the Eastern Road Race League Criterium Championships,the Ladies Race will be part of the Womens Eastern Race League and the Youth races part of the Eastern Region Youth Racing Series (ERYRS).
Electronic race results will be by Norfolk Cycle Race Judging and will ensure that every rider is given a finishing position using the MyLaps transponder system.
The Crit Racing is being organised by Diss and District Cycling Club, with the support of Breckland District Council, and under the rules of British Cycling.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Gentle cycling around Old Buckenham

Old Buckenham Cycling Festival
The weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September will be a great couple of days for anyone with even the slightest interest  in cycling.
People of all ages with access to a bike are invited to join in a couple of gentle rides around the village on the Sunday morning starting at 10am. You will find maps of the routes at
The photos below were taken of the similar event in 2015.

Time to start getting the family machines in good condition for a ride the children won't forget.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Old Buckenham performance nearly here

The Broadside Boys are coming 
A Country Show with music from the Broadside Boys and comedy from Stephen Bayfield, will take place in Old Buckenham Village Hall on Saturday 13 August starting at 7.30pm. 
Tickets are £10 which will include a bangers and mash supper as well as all the vocal entertainment.
Don't leave everything to the last minute - pop along to the Old Buckenham Stores and get your tickets while there are still some available.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Cutting back in Old Buckenham churchyard

Early morning working party
Where were you at 8am this morning? Some parishioners were already hard at work clearing back the vegetation in the churchyard of All Saints, Old Buckenham.

With up to four strimmers on the go, there was plenty of material to rake up and put into wheelbarrows. Then it was loaded onto the trailer, compacted down and eventually driven off to pastures new.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Car park improvements at Old Buckenham Village hall

The machines roll in
There have been plenty of comments on how much it has cost to resurface much of the car park at Old Buckenham Village Hall. When you see how much big equipment and how many people are involved in doing a professional job then the sums of money involved are not so surprising.
We now look forward to the spaces being marked out on the nice smooth surface.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

News from Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Touring the world
Old Buckenham WI were pleased to welcome Louise Casson (the new Norfolk Federation Secretary) and 25 members of New Costessey WI to their July meeting. Old Buckenham’s association with this WI started over thirty years ago and they still meet up once a year to share an evening together.
After supper and a glass of wine, they were entertained by two Thetford WI members, Marilyn Bartrup and Lynn Ready, who told members about what they term their “pension gap year”. This proved to be twelve months of pure adventure. They purchased a round-the-world air ticket and firstly flew to Tokyo and spent several weeks in Japan, including a visit to the Peace Park at Hiroshima which they found deeply moving. They then went on to visit other countries in the Far East including Singapore and Malaysia. While in Borneo they went on a boat trip to a remote island and found themselves in the position of having to wade ashore only to find a large notice warning them of the presence of crocodiles. They hired a camper van in Australia and spent five months touring the country from Darwin in the north to Cairns and then further south, including a camping adventure near Ayers Rock. They also spent some time in Tasmania in the jungle before flying on to New Zealand for two months. Their next stop was Fiji before flying on to Los Angeles and San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston and Toronto. Apart from the initial flight to Tokyo, they had no firm plans of where they were going or for how long they would be staying. An incredible journey lasting twelve months for two ladies of pensionable age.
The next major event for Old Buckenham WI is on Sunday 11 September for the Village Produce Show. Entries can be taken to the Village Hall between 9.30am and-11am. The show opens to the public at 2.30pm with prize giving at 4pm. If you have mislaid your schedule, please telephone 01953 860845.
The speaker at the August meeting, to be held on Thursday 25 August, will be Denise Janes who will be talking of her experiences as a Tourist Information Centre Officer.
The following monthly meeting is on Thursday 22 September when the speaker will be Brian Heard on the subject of Forensic Science.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Things to do in Old Buckenham during August

Diary dates for August

Tuesday 2    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 3    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 3    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Saturday 6    Churchyard clear up, All Saints, 8am to 11am

Sunday 7    Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Monday 8    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 11    Breckland Flower Club outing

Saturday 13    Broadside Boys, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 14    Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 17    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 17    Social and Wine Circle trip to Stanford Battleground

Wednesday 17    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Sunday 21    Open garden for Age UK, 59 Fen Street, 11am to 3pm

Thursday 25    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 31    Luncheon Club coffee morning, 10.15am

Monday, 1 August 2016

Old Buckenham newsletter for August

Copies have been spread around
As it is the beginning of another month, you now have your chance to pick up a copy and to read all the latest village news.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Day two at the Old Buckenham Airshow

More images of the second day
Even bigger crowds came in for the Sunday performances and there were soon rows and rows of cars across the car park. There were plenty of people who took advantage of the fine weather and came on their bicycles (where are the official cycle stands?).

Inside the airfield the crowds were bigger too, many having brought along their camping chairs and even small tents. Cameras were pointed skyward as the displays took place.

There were classic cars of all shapes, colours and sizes as well as wartime vehicles in drab camouflage. 

Once the final flying display had taken place, the visitors and the participants slowly began their departure from the site and out of the car park. No doubt many will be back next year. 

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Day one at the Old Buckenham Airshow

Some images of the first day
The blog editor is rubbish when it comes to taking pictures of fast moving aircraft. He is not much better at large slow moving ones like a Catalina so he will leave that to others with the right equipment.

The crowds were out and about, watching the airshow and visiting the many stalls.

Airfield manager Matt was able to relax in the VIP area and watch the flying himself.

Filming went on ready for a teddy bear parachute jump while elsewhere consumers decided to try out some of the six specially brewed local ales at the Attack and Destroy Bar.
What can we look forward to on day two of the show?

Friday, 29 July 2016

Setting up Old Buckenham Airshow

Getting ready for the visitors
Lots of structures and signs are appearing around the Airfield as the various stall holders get ready for the public to start arriving from 10am tomorrow morning.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

News from Old Buckenham parish

Parish Council in July
The following notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.

Apologies for not attending had been received from Ben Devlin, Graham Hart and Jonathan Kemp.
Co-option of a parish councillor. The Council agreed to co-opt a councillor by means of a secret ballot to fill the vacancy. The result was six votes in favour of co-opting Andy Nicholls and one vote in favour of Roy Dickinson. Andy Nicholls was thereby co-opted to the Council and signed his Letter of Acceptance of Office which was witnessed by the Clerk.
Minutes of the June Council meeting. Following one minor amendment, the amended minutes were signed as a true and accurate record of the June meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. The chairman referred to the item about taking stock of what the Council is doing. He distributed a list of project suggestions to each councillor that had been put forward in November 2015 and asked that each councillor complete the form indicating whether an item should be a short-term, medium-term or long-term goal of the Council. Councillors were asked to bring the completed forms to the next meeting. The chair man also referred to the email that had been received from Tim Newton (Norfolk CC, Education) in response to a letter from the Clerk to the Chair of Governors of Old Buckenham Community Primary School. It appears that the Parish Council had been overlooked in the Academy consultations. Steve Milner reported that he had read out the Clerk’s recent report on VAT to the latest meeting of the Village Hall Committee and this had helped resolve a long running VAT issue between the Village Hall and the Parish Council. Three quotations had been received for the resurfacing of the Village Hall car park of which the cheapest was just over £11,300, half of which will be paid by Norfolk County Council. As the Village Hall Committee has sufficient funds to go ahead with the work without a loan from the Parish Council the Committee has decided to proceed with the work immediately. Andy Nicholls has joined the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party and a resident, Lucy Womack, has joined the Road Safety Working Party.
Public participation for items on the agenda. Various items were discussed including the planning application for the Asparagus Field site in Cake Street – fresh NCC Highways comments have been placed on the District Council website. The applicant for the planning application for Southview, Fen Street, spoke comprehensively about the personal circumstances which were behind his application. Road safety issues for the school pupils from the village were raised, also the role of the Clerk and the authorisation of the Parish Council minutes. The question of houses being built on Fen Street was brought up as the road is narrow and does not support two-way traffic while there is increasing traffic conflict at the junction with Hargham Road and increasing use of the road by ever larger agricultural machinery.
Declarations of interests not already recorded in the current Members’ Register of Interests. Steve Milner declared an interest as an elected member of the Village Hall Committee, Old Buckenham Parish Council were a Green Right holder and Adrian Joel as a personal friend of Philip Potter regarding the Asparagus Field planning application.
Planning. Sarah Hornbrook took the councillors through the planning applications and planning consents received.
Asparagus Field, Cake Street - the Parish Council has not so far been re-consulted on this application despite the fresh Highways (NCC) comments recently added to the Breckland website.
The Driftway hedgerow removal application – there was insufficient information for the Parish Council to be able to comment.
Southview, Fen Street - there was a lengthy discussion about this planning application during which Sarah Hornbrook reported that six letters had been received from residents of the village concerning issues surrounding increased traffic including problems for pedestrians and dog walkers. She also reported that Highways (NCC) have objected to the application on traffic grounds. The applicant was asked if he had done anything to address the highway issues but replied that he had only just been made aware of the comments and would be seeing his architect to discuss them. Sarah Hornbrook recommended that the Parish Council support the objections of the Highways Department and vote against the application. On a show of hands there were five abstentions, one councillor voted in favour of the planning application and two councillors voted against it.
Brome Close, Crown Road - the Council voted in favour of this planning application for an extension including a garage. Steve Milner asked for it to be noted in the planning response that a drainage ditch runs underneath the proposed site of the new garage.
Acer House, The Green - the original planning application for this property had been refused by Breckland District Council because of the scale of the extension whilst the Parish Council had supported it. The size of the extension has been reduced in the new application and Council agreed to support the new application with one abstention.
5 Barber’s Yard - one of the applicants for this property was councillor Carol Marshall. She answered some questions relating to the application and then left the meeting whilst the remaining councillors discussed their response. The Parish Council agreed to support this application with one abstention. 

Sarah Hornbrook reported that there have been two recent amendments to the applications for the new Chapel Green School, full details are not yet available. The first amendment relates to changes to some of the external details of the building. Steve Milner said that he would confirm the construction start date and where the construction compound is to be sited. The signage for construction traffic was mentioned so that the traffic approached along Attleborough Road. Terry Cracknell asked if an enquiry could be made about the excavated top soil from the site as some of this could be used within the village, Steve Milner agreed to check this too. The Council agreed that it was unable to comment on this amendment as insufficient information is available at present. The second amendment related to landscaping around the site - the infilling of gaps in the existing hedge and the Parish Council noted this information.
Asparagus Field, Cake Street - the Council agreed to vote again on this application following the fresh Highways comments. There were seven votes in favour of the application and one abstention.
It was reported that the next Local Plan Meeting would be in Attleborough on Friday 22 July between 9am and 1.30pm. Steve Milner and the Adrian Joel confirmed that they would be attending the meeting and possibly also Sarah Hornbrook and Terry Cracknell.
Planning decisions received from Breckland District Council. Planning permission for Carlstead, 62 Fen Street, to carry out internal and external changes.
Planning Permission for Canem Cave Cottage, 62A Fen Street, to demolish garage and erect single storey extension.
Listed Building Consent for Puddled Cottage, Puddledock, for demolition of porch and erection of new porch.
Planning Permission for The Clown’s House, Church Lane, for erection of red brick wall with oak gate and installation of velux roof window.
Planning Permission for Primrose Barn, Fen Road, for erection of detached garden room and front porch.
Norfolk County Councillor's report. The chairman reported that he had had an email from Stephen Askew (Norfolk County Councillor) giving his apologies for not attending this meeting and had advised that he was going to talk to the landowner about a path to the new school.
Breckland District Councillor's report. Breckland District Council is one of four councils in Norfolk that have not agreed to move forward with the Government’s Devolution Scheme for East Anglia. The Devolution would include a joint elected Mayor for Norfolk and Suffolk who would be responsible for allocating the money from central government down to the new region thus adding another level of local government which would ads an additional cost to the council taxpayer. Norfolk County Council now intends to carry out a telephone consultation. It has been reported that there has been a rise in racism, xenophobia and hate crimes since the EU Referendum took place resulting in William Nunn, Leader of Breckland, making a statement about this at the Council Meeting in June and asking that residents report any incidents of this nature. Steve Milner reported that the contract for Chapel Green School had been awarded to Morgan Sindall, work is due to start in August and will take about one year to complete. Carol Marshall will follow up on the regular grass cutting of the Recreation Area and get a quotation. There have been various problems in the Play Area, some of which have been reported on Facebook. Sarah Hornbrook reported on problems with the pond on Manor Corner such as weeds and grass and wondered if the Parish Council can exert some pressure on the Green Right Proprietors. Andy Nicholls said that he would like to be involved in producing a new trade directory for the village. He also thanked the Council for co-opting him. Tom Johnson reported on the latest meeting of the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group during which a lot of time had been spent on talking about the recently published Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan document. He had managed to get a hard copy of this for the Council’s records and a copy is also available on the internet. There will be viewing days for the public on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August. Tom Johnson had attended the recent Village Hall Committee meeting on Wednesday during which the committee had accepted a quotation for resurfacing the car park and that the next film show is on Saturday 30 July when ‘Bridge of Spies’ will be shown. Rona Boggia reported that the Attleborough Development Partnership wants to appoint an independent chair and is working towards this. Terry Cracknell had distributed copies of the draft grant application form. In the guidance notes to the form it states that the grant will be paid in two instalments (in line with the payment of the Precept); the Council agreed that the grant should be paid in one instalment in April. Terry Cracknell also reported that it would cost about £1,200 to print a village Trades Directory as well as a lot of work although it might be possible to cover the cost of printing by selling advertising in the directory. Terry Cracknell reported on how the weed could be removed from Manor Pond and that the Green Right Proprietors are trying to do something about it. The Chair reported that the Green Right Proprietors are to discuss the idea of setting up a charity at their next meeting which will be in July. Adrian Joel also reported that he would go to the meeting if Ben Devlin was unable to attend. The height of the grass on the Green was also mentioned. Tom Johnson pointed out an item in the latest edition of the Norfolk Magazine about the Parish Partnerships Scheme. Sarah Hornbrook reported that there had been a good response to the Village Survey with at least 25% of residents completing the survey document, probably more as many people returned one per house. The information on the survey responses will now be collated by the Clerk from which it will be possible to write a future vision for the village. The next work of the group is to approach businesses and other community groups. It may be necessary to apply for grants for some of the suggestions. The draw for the Village Survey prize was made at the start of the Parish Council meeting and the prize was won by Toby Le Coq. Sarah Hornbrook thanked the donator of the prize. Some of the issues identified in the Village Survey may be common to other Parish Council Working Groups so there will be a need for co-ordination. There may be the possibility to liaise with other councils including New Buckenham Parish Council as it is now developing its own Neighbourhood Plan. However, because of various differences in the two villages it might be more useful to liaise with Attleborough Town Council. Rona Boggia reported on a meeting of the Road Safety Working Party had taken place in June and they had welcomed village resident Lucy Womack as a new member of the Working Party. Two members of the group had been to see the Headteacher of the High School; he was very supportive of what the group was trying to achieve. The Headteacher of the Primary School is equally supportive. A joint initiative of the Old Buckenham schools and the Parish Council would likely carry more weight in relation to current road safety issues. There is the possibility of a drop off point for the schools or pay and display with a path to the schools for children. The next step is to organise an open meeting in the village one Saturday morning and invite the local MP, Stephen Askew (NCC Councillor) and a representative of Highways Department (NCC). The Working Party also wants to involve the Old Buckenham Neighbourhood Plan Group in this meeting. On the whole the majority of the group is not in favour of the proposed road crossing as they feel that it is not good value for money. Another member of the Working Party, Steve Milner, had consulted David Law of Norfolk Constabulary on the proposed position of the road crossing and he distributed the report to the Council and is keen to proceed with the crossing. A proposal was made that the current plan for the road crossing should be put on hold until other ideas had been explored that might be presented at the proposed open meeting. This proposal was seconded and carried with seven votes in favour of not progressing the crossing at the present time and one vote against. The Clerk was asked to advise the Green Right Proprietors that the road crossing was not going ahead at the present time. Tom Johnson suggested that the installation of a mini roundabout be looked as; an idea he had seen working effectively in Brighton. Play Area Group: the Chair reported that this group had met on Monday and had agreed to have green metal railings. There are to be three gates painted in a different colour; the existing wooden double gates are to be retained. The next step is to measure up and obtain quotes so that grants can be applied for as the cost may be in the region of £11,000 to£12,000. Steve Milner reported that the Cycling Festival Group had not met since the last Council meeting. The Chair reported that some of the allotments have been very wet and this has led to at least one tenant losing his crops and several tenants wishing to give up their allotments next October. A local farmer has advised the Chair that he is going to dig out some of the ditches.
Request to support cost of Village Hall car park. As the financial aspect of this request has now been resolved by the Village Hall Committee there was no discussion on this item.
Future maintenance of the war memorial. The person who cuts part of the Green is prepared to include the grass cutting around the war memorial and the Council agreed that this additional cost could be invoiced by Ben Devlin.
Request for New Community Car co-ordinator. Mike Craven-Romain tendered his resignation as from the end of June as he is leaving the village. The vacancy has been advertised on several occasions but with no success. Facebook has been tried and Sarah Hornbrook said that she would try advertising on Facebook again. The Clerk suggested putting an item of news in the Attleborough Mercury.
Use of community and social media by the Parish Council. Steve Milner will report on this at the next Council Meeting.
Bollards. Gary Overland (NCC Highways) had advised the Chair that the highway cannot be obstructed by bollards.
Public participation for agenda items. A resident was not persuaded that Norfolk County Council would financially support road safety improvements in the village as it is always saying that it has no money – a joint initiative is called for.
Next meeting. The Clerk was asked compile the agenda items from those discussed at this meeting and councillors were asked to advise the Clerk of any other items for the next agenda. 

There is no Parish Council meeting in August so the next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be held in Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 1 September starting at 7.30pm.