Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Harry Potter at Old Buckenham High

Hogwarts Express reaches Old Buckenham
After months of planning it was time this week for Old Buckenham High School students and staff to share the magic at their first ever Harry Potter Big Event.
Forty seven wizards and muggles convened after school for an evening of fun activities designed to celebrate the books. The event started in the school library with students donning the Sorting Hat to be placed into the four Houses; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin. Once assembled they embarked on a Diagon Alley Hunt followed by a Quidditch Tournament in which the house teams received points for each Quaffle goal they scored before the Golden Snitch was thrown into the hoop - no mean feat considering everyone involved had to hold a wand during play!

After their zealous performance, refreshments were served with drinks in potion bottles aptly labelled ‘Wolfshane Potion’, ‘Flesh-Eating Slug Repellent’ and ‘Bubotuber Pus’. Students also made wizarding name badges, decorated cupcakes and had the chance to earn house points in the Harry Potter Bingo and Quiz with the winning house being announced at the end of the evening in the Prize Ceremony. There was much rejoicing as Slytherin received the title ‘House Victor 2015’ with a staggering 610 points, 130 points more than Ravenclaw in second place. Year 7 student Tilly Rawling won the best decorated cupcake competition and many more prizes were handed out in the raffle.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Four months into Old Buckenham project

One third of the year recorded
An interesting insight into life in Old Buckenham can be seen by going to:
Each day since the beginning of the year, a group of volunteers in the village have been ensuring that one photograph is taken within the parish of Old Buckenham and posted up on the website given above. Just click on the coloured lettering above and see for yourself what has been going on. So enjoy the well over a hundred odd pictures and come back again later.
See what has been taken in the last few days and remember there are just over a couple hundred more photographs to be taken during 2015.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Old Buckenham WI April meeting

Learning about Gambia
 The smallest country in Africa, Gambia, was the subject of the talk at the April meeting of Old Buckenham WI. Not only is it the smallest but also one of the poorest countries of the world.
Janet Clark, the speaker, and her husband were moved by the poverty of the people when they holidayed in Gambia a few years ago. When they arrived back home in Norfolk they decided to start a charity – GATE – Gambian Aid Through Education.
Raising funds in Britain enabled the couple to buy mosquito nets, to drill wells, provide vegetable seeds and secure education for the children of the villages they support. Literacy and numeracy rates are low in this impoverished West African country with no known natural resources. Tourism is limited to the coastal strip and the rest of the population depend on fishing and farming for an income. So far the charity has put three teachers through teacher training college and is continually looking for sponsors for their various projects that make a real difference to rural communities.
Susan Hunter, the President, gave a short report about the Annual Meeting of the Norfolk Federation of WI at St Andrew's Hall in March. The excellent speakers included the national chairman, Janice Langley, and the Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles.
The annual bursary provided by Old Buckenham WI to help pay for a course at the WI Denman College in Oxfordshire was drawn and the winner this year of £150 was Jenni Cooke.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Old Buckenham events during May

Diary dates for May

Friday 1    Pre-school quiz, Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm

Sunday 3    Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Tuesday 5    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

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

Wednesday 6    OB 2000 Trust AGM, Church Rooms, 8pm

Thursday 7    Polling station open, Village Hall, 7am to 10pm

Sunday 10    Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Monday 11    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Tuesday 12    Carpet Bowls Club Open Evening, Village Hall, 7pm

Wednesday 13    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 13    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 13    Parish Council AGM, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Thursday 14    Breckland Flower and Garden Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 14    OB Players, Curtain up on murder, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

Friday 15    Hugh's Cafe, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4pm

Friday 15    OB Players, Curtain up on murder, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 16    Spring Fayre, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4pm

Saturday 16    OB Players, Curtain up on murder, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

Saturday 22    Village cinema, The Theory of Everything, Village Hall, 8pm

Wednesday 27    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

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

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Old Buckenham's May newsletter

With a special four-page supplement
It's got an angel on the front and four pages about the Women's Institute in the middle. If you don't get a copy delivered to your house then copies are available to pick up now in all the usual places.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Duck house back in Old Buckenham

Afloat in Rod Alley Pond
The sunken old duck house has been removed and a brand new building is now proudly floating in the pond for the ducks to inhabit. It is thanks to Ray Bayfield and friends that this has happened, a perfect example of the sort of cooperation between villagers that was discussed at the meeting last Saturday morning (see blog post on Saturday 25 April).

Trust the blog editor to notice that the sponsor's message on one side of the roof has not turned out quite rigth.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Old Buckenham Women's Institute presents...

Recent history on show in village hall
What connects the radio-controlled clock in the village hall, the tables in Old Buckenham mill, a seat on the Green and the village sign? If you had come along to the event in the village hall yesterday evening, you would have realised that they were all provided by courtesy of Old Buckenham Women's Institute.
The first WI in the UK met in September 1915 at Llanfair PG, Anglesey, North Wales. The movement was founded in 1897 by Adelaide Hoodless from Stoney Creek, Ontario.
The formation of WIs in villages in the UK went from strength to strength and at the first conference in October 1917 60 delegates came from 127 institutes. A constitution was adopted by the newly formed National Federation and from that time there have existed three main aspects of the organisation; the village WI, on which the whole movement rest; the County Federations, who foster their own WIs; and the National Federation, whose duty it is to provide guidance and a united structure, to which all WIs and County Federations would become affiliated.
The Norfolk Federation was formed in March 1918 and there are several WIs in this county who will also celebrate their centenary within the next 2 to 3 years.
The present Old Buckenham WI was formed in 1967, although there had been a much earlier WI in this village which probably closed in the 1950s. Reading the minutes of the monthly meetings make interesting reading – they are certainly a social history of our time. All their meetings were held in the old village hall (situated on Attleborough Road) until the new hall was built in 1979.
In November 1977 Jean Wade was elected as President and two months later the decision was taken to raise money for a village sign and a ballot was taken in June 1978 on the final choice of design. The new village hall was opened on 31st May 1979 followed one month later by the unveiling of the village sign.  Always trying to maintain their involvement with the village they have provided story sacks for the Primary School, tables for the windmill and have always been in evidence at the village fetes and organise the Open Produce and Handicraft Show each September.

Last night's event was organised to celebrate the national Women's Institute centenary and to also showcase much of what the Old Buckenham members have done for the village and for the wider community.

After everyone had taken the chance to look around the displays and reminisce, Susan Hunter gave a short explanation of what the evening was all about and then introduced Rachael Duffield who described the 'Seven Ages of Woman' in both song and verse. Rachel soon had everyone enthralled with her performance and had the audience of some seventy people singing along with her.
Finally it was time to cut the celebratory cake and wash it down with a glass of wine as well as enjoying those refreshments that the WI do so well.
Lots of effort went into producing this evening and it probably opened many people's eyes to the contribution Old Buckenham WI makes to life in Old Buckenham.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Future of Old Buckenham Green

Looking after our heritage
Over forty people gathered at Old Buckenham village hall this morning to discuss ideas on the future management of Old Buckenham Green.

The meeting was ably led by the chair of the Old Buckenham Green Right Proprietors, Sarah Dye, who went through the history of the area going back to 1791. She got the audience to list the good things about the Green, the need for improvement, the jobs that needed doing, who might do them and who would finance any necessary work. 

The main suggestion put forward was that a new independent body needs to be formed that would contain representatives from all those interested in the Green and that could aim to have charity status thus allowing it to obtain grants and other forms of income. This idea will be investigated further and another meeting arranged in the near future to consider a suitable name, a constitution and membership of such a body.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Spring in the air in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

Fifty members met for the April meeting and enjoyed a presentation by Lois Gills's entitled 'Spring is in the Air'. With spring flowers in abundance Lois also gave tips on seasonal planting for pots and troughs with her top tip - if you want to keep your hostas slug free don't plant them anywhere near bergenias! She also told about a 'Blossom and Yarn Festival' to be staged in the six churches of the Wayland Parish - each with a different theme – between Friday 10 and Monday 13 July. Not only will there be fresh flower arrangements but others made from knitted squares, together with life-size 'people' and animals, also knitted.
The new president for the coming year, Mrs Jan Orbell, was presented with her badge of office by outgoing president Mrs Marjorie Greenwood.
The Club's fundraising for the year for Scotty's Little Soldiers culminated in the presentation of a cheque for over £600 to one of their representatives. The money will go towards giving holidays and bursaries to children who have lost a parent during military service.
There was a wonderful display for the monthly competition table, title 'Blossom included', and it was won by Heather Doig.
Next month's meeting will be held on Thursday 11 May at 2pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Graham Watts has been invited to talk on the making of his garden at Dereham. Although his garden is opened under the National Garden Scheme, the club will be making a private visit for their July meeting.
The competition title will be ‘Garden Delights’ and a trophy will be awarded for the best use of garden plant material. The table show will be for ‘Blossom from the garden’.
Visitors are always welcome. Further details from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Old Buckenham's next film show

Old Buckenham Village Hall Cinema
Friday 24 April sees the third blockbuster in this spring season of films. Come along and see Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightly in The Imitation Game on Friday 24 April starting at 8pm.
Tickets cost £4 each. To book by email go to or call 01953 860866.
To watch a trailer go to
See you there.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Old Buckenham Scouts move forward

Uniform changes
Monday 20 April has been a special day for the 1st Old Buckenham Scout Group.
For some time they have been struggling to get the material for their harlequin neckers (older readers may remember them being called neckerchiefs) but with no success. Following a vote by the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders a new necker design was chosen and it has now been approved by both the District and County Scout Commissioners. To mark this change to the Group, parents and friends were invited to a presentation evening in Old Buckenham Village Hall when the new neckers were given to each member of the Group and some of the newest members were invested.
Both the County and District commissioners were there for this event and the opportunity was taken to photograph all the members of the Group before many enjoyed the drinks and homemade cakes.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Latest Old Buckenham quiz result

More questions answered
There may only have been six teams at the quiz in the Village Hall on Saturday 18 April but there was keen rivalry as usual. The questions had been set by 'Maggie's Mob', the winners of the last village quiz in the autumn of 2014. After the eight rounds on a wide range of subjects the winners were the Old Buckenham Women's Institute A team with a total of 77 points. So they collected the large cup and have the honour of setting the questions for the next quiz this coming autumn.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Old Buckenham Village Hall AGM

Report of the meeting
The following notes have been written by the blog editor from the minutes of the meeting.
Eleven members of the public were present at the meeting on Wednesday 1 April as well as committee members. Richard Crawley and Chris Dalton had sent apologies for not being able to attend.
In her chairperson’s report, Lynn Milner started by thanking all who have worked tirelessly over the year to make sure Old Buckenham has a healthy, thriving village hail.
Pledges made last year have been completed including an on-line booking system, building of financial reserves for future building improvements, an improvement in car park usage with an income stream to maintain and repair it, completion of the audio visual project, installation and general use of broadband for all hall users, the continued programme of entertainments such as cinema, bingo, quizzes, village fĂȘte and concerts, etc.
There is a database for forthcoming events and activities, information for future events can now be emailed and placed on Facebook.
The hall is in receipt of a grant of money from the Parish Council to help improve the hall fabric by providing thermal insulation thus reducing running costs. Further grant success from the local Council will allow the purchasing of computers for the use of residents, further details will be announced later. There is also a grant for the provision of seating on the front terrace and some landscaping which will provide an additional area for people to meet and relax.
For the future the hall is faced with two key projects; finance for a prompt car park re-surfacing plus further improvements to the fabric of the buildings such as thermal efficiency, decoration and repair.
Thanks are due to the friends, hall users and residents of Old Buckenham, without whom, the hall not be in the position as is in today.
The treasurer's report was presented by Graham Dye. The balance in the general fund at the end of 2014 was £8,645 with a further £11,185 in the major works reserve fund. In the public discussion the car park income was questioned. Steve Milner explained the permit scheme the parents are buying (at 40p per day) for using the village hall car park. Sixty permits have been issued and the money is ring-fenced for car park repairs. The Pre-school leader said the pre-school have difficulties in paying for parking as they themselves are a charity. A member of the public stated that in the archives of Village Hall minutes it allegedly states that the Pre-school was granted free parking in the village hall. Linda Foulger will investigate and report back to committee.
A member of the public commented that the fete takings were disappointing. The committee said there had been positive feedback but another member of the public thought that the increased price of tables, etc, did not encourage participation. This year's fete is on Saturday 4 July and will have an American theme.
In reply to the question of whether the recycling revenue will decrease in future, Graham Dye said he thought this was to be expected. Asked if the bottles from the local pubs can be recycled for Village Hall funds - bottles can still be collected from the pubs, despite new arrangements where glass and paper can be placed in black bins. Collections from the container in the village hall car park continue to raise revenue for hall.
Secretary Linda Foulger told the meeting she had contacted all local schools and user groups asking for representation on the Village Hall Management Committee. In response to an advertisement in the Old Buckenham newsletter, Roisin Howard volunteered to join the committee.
Details were given of the WI Centenary celebrations to be held in the hall on Saturday 25 April with archive material and entertainment. A live screening from the Royal Albert Hall of the national WI AGM is being organised for Thursday 4 June, all are invited. Steve Milner told the meeting of the cinema evenings shown at the Village Hail. The Italian evening was particularly enjoyable. The new electronic equipment that has been installed has been very successful. The possibility of showing classic films, children films and matinees performances would be investigated.
Alison Frank asked the meeting if they had any other fund-raising ideas. Antiques and collectors fairs, craft fairs and farmer's markets were discussed. Lynn Milner told the meeting that future events will include the ‘Chicory Tip’ pop group, Gilbert and Sullivan opera and a magic show.
The Old Buckenham Players representative had spoken about dates clashing with school events. It was pointed out that the Old Buckenham newsletter has lists of future dates as well as the village website so future planning should be easier.
Lynn Milner, Mike Craven-Romain and Roisin Howard were elected unopposed as committee members. Lesley Coates and Claire Hancy representing Buckenham Pre-school volunteered to join the committee. Ron Brewer asked if the Village Hall Management Committee would allow their contact details to be published in the newsletter. Members agreed to have their email addresses included. Jill Emms asked if the minutes of Management Committee monthly meetings could be published in the village newsletter.
Eileen Oliver asked about hire fees for the Senior Citizens annual lunch. This, and general hall hire fees, will be discussed fully at the committee meeting on Wednesday 8 April and Eileen Oliver advised of the outcome. Jill Emms asked for the website to be updated and Steve Milner will correct this.
It was asked if the heating could be turned on more than 15 minutes before hall use to allow the hall to heat up. Mike Craven-Romain does this 30 minutes before a hall booking. The timings of hall use was questioned and the meeting was informed that all users should leave hall at their allotted times as stated in hire terms.
The availability of basic cleaning materials for hall users was queried and Jill Emms told the meeting that there was a cupboard in the foyer which could be used to store small amounts of cleaning/toilet supplies. This will implemented.
The date of the next village hall AGM will be Wednesday 6 April 2016.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Afternoon tea in Old Buckenham

Teapots and cafetieres on Friday

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Curtain up on Old Buckenham Players

Come and find out who did it
Following the success of their pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' earlier in the year, Old Buckenham Players are back with their May production 'Curtain up on Murder' by Bettine Manktelow. With twists and turns through every scene, this thriller should keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the very end. Set in a theatre at the end of a pier, it concerns an amateur dramatics society rehearsing for their latest production. All is well until an untimely death starts the wheels of doubt, paranoia and accusation turning. This only grows when subsequent strange and tragic happenings add to the panic of the group, throwing them deeper and deeper in to disarray.
But who or what is to blame for the dark events? Will the truth ever be found out? Join the Players for a night of intrigue, suspense and of course above all, enjoyment.
Performances start at 7.30pm on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May at Old Buckenham Village Hall. There'll be a raffle and a reasonably priced bar serving a range of soft and alcoholic drinks. Tickets are on sale now, cost just £8 and can be purchased by calling 01953 861336 or in person from Old Buckenham Stores or Nuts 'n' Bolts in Attleborough.
Would you like to learn more about Old Buckenham Players? To find out what they do, how they do it and to make sure you are up-to-date on their forthcoming shows you can use
their website:

Monday, 13 April 2015

Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Centenary celebrations start soon
At their March meeting Old Buckenham WI had an interesting talk on the work of a magistrate. The talk was cleverly presented, each member first being asked to try to answer 16 questions about magistrates. The answers to this quiz revealed some interesting facts. The use of magistrates in this country dates back to 1316 and the age limit is 18 to 70. Members also learnt that there are about 25,000 magistrates in England and Wales and that a magistrate does not have to have any formal qualifications. They undergo continuous training and they are not paid a salary, only travel expenses. There are three magistrates at each court sitting and there is always a legal adviser present at each hearing. The gender of magistrates is 50/50 so that at each hearing there is always at least one of each gender on the bench. Magistrates have to commit to do a minimum of 26 sittings each year and that you become a magistrate by applying yourself, not being put forward by another person or by answering an advertisement.
Old Buckenham WI is looking forward to the many events that are planned in the WI Centenary Year. Firstly there will be a special Open Evening at the Village Hall on Saturday 25 April at 7.30pm and all are welcome.
June is a busy month with a Garden Party, by kind permission of Barbara and John Frost, on Saturday 20 June. Two Old Buckenham members are attending the Buckingham Palace Garden Party on Tuesday 2 June – this to be hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex. Two days later, on Thursday 4 June, the village hall management committee have kindly arranged for the national WI Annual General Meeting at the Albert Hall to be beamed directly to the big screen in the village hall. It is hoped that Old Buckenham members will be joined during the day by other WI members from the local area.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

All sorts of music in Old Buckenham

Performed by the Liquorice Allsorts Clarinet Quartet
All Saints Church in Old Buckenham is a wonderful place to go to musical performances, even though the wooden pews do feel rather hard if the music goes on for too long. Last night the music was performed by a quartet of female clarinet players, a combination you won't come across that often.

The four ladies, Biddy Vogel, Sally Wallace-Jones, Pauline Dixon and Sue Wensley play together in the Bridgham and Harling Concert Band and are proud to wear smart, suitably patterned, waistcoats for these other concerts.The compere for the evening was John Wallace-Jones who gave a short description of each item to be played to allow the ladies to get they breath back between pieces.
The music varied across a wide range of composers. There was Handel, Schumann, Mozart, Greig, Bizet and Brahms mixed up with Scott Joblin and Ringo Starr. Three Blind Mice found their way into concert as well as the Tedd Bears' Picnic.
A very pleasant evening which also raised some useful money for the church.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

New parish councillors for Old Buckenham

Result of elections
There were not more nominations than available places for the election of parish councillors for the parish of Old Buckenham that was due to take place on Thursday 7 May. The following have therefore been duly elected for Old Buckenham and will formally become parish councillors once the polls have closed at 10pm on Thursday 7 May.
Members of the existing parish council will meet at 7.30pm on Thursday 7 May in the Church Rooms.
The new council is now expected to meet on Wednesday 13 May in the Church Rooms for their AGM and to elect a chairman and vice chairman with their first 'ordinary' meeting taking place on Thursday 4 June.

Rona Boggia, The Joules, Crown Rd, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SD

Tim Bornett, 4A Hargham Close, Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1SJ

Terry Cracknell, The Coach House, The Green, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SW

Ben Devlin, Ox and Plough, The Green, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RN

Mike Farrington, Puddled Cottage, Puddledock, Old Buckenham, NR17 1NL

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

Adrian Joel, 9 Hargham Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SL

Tom Johnson, Little Goblyns, Old Buckenham, NR17 1PQ

Jonathan Kemp, 44 Hargham Road, Old Buckenham, NR17 1SN

Carol Marshall, 5 Barbers Yard, The Green, Old Buckenham, NR17 1RW

Stephen Milner, Fig Tree Cottage, Stacksford, Old Buckenham, NR17 1PD

Friday, 10 April 2015

Old Buckenham's medieval windows

Visit to see repair work
Members of Old Buckenham's Social and Wine Circle last night went on a visit to the workshops of Devlin Plumber Stained Glass to hear about the techniques of the renovating of stained glass. Of particular interest was the work being done on a set of medieval glass panels that had been removed from All Saints Church in April 2014.
They saw examples of work being done on large windows from Ely cathedral as well as the smaller items from Old Buckenham which were found in need of considerable rebuilding.
It is expected that the windows will be reinstalled in the church during autumn this year.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Look inside Old Buckenham windmill

Monthly openings start soon
Every month from now until September, Old Buckenham mill is open from 2pm until 5pm on the second Sunday of the month. There are other fund-raising events planned and you will be able to abseil down the outside of the mill on Saturday 12 September as well as enjoy a barbecue and live music.
Perhaps more importantly for the younger members of the village it is understood that Father Christmas is expected to be in attendance on Sunday 13 December.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Residents' comments at Old Buckenham parish council meeting

Public recess discussions in April
This item has been written by the blog editor from notes supplied by the parish clerk.
A resident raised the matter of Chapel Road School and had met with a representative of NCC who said he had some sympathy for residents of Old Buckenham regarding the construction of the new school. Also a representative from Norfolk County Council (NCC) was willing to come to an Old Buckenham Parish Council meeting. It was reported than, when schools restart in September, an audit of people crossing road at school times will be carried out. The matter was raised of the new 20mph flashing speed signs and the parish council having to pay 50% of the cost rather than NCC paying in full for them. He also said that NCC had indicated that in the financial year 2016/17 NCC would pay 50% of cost of resurfacing the Village Hall car park. There was also a possibility of a crossing lady. He would also look into the matter of the private access to the school. It was suggested that when the new Parish Council is known, a working party be formed to monitor events relating to the school. Another resident thanked the Parish Council for all their work over the last four years.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Old Buckenham parish council in April

April parish council meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
Six members of the public attended the April meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council. Three councillors (John Frost, Derek Smalley and Akis Chrisoviledes) were unable to attend and sent their apologies.
The meeting was suspended for a short while to allow members of the public to ask questions. A note on these discussions will appear on the blog tomorrow.
Minutes of February Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting. There were no matters arising.
Chapel Road School update. Steve Milner said John Alston’s death was sad and he had asked Norfolk County Council (NCC) what effect this would have on construction. He was informed that all documents had not yet been signed and no changes to access. There is an application for discharge of certain conditions in the original application relating to traffic management during construction. Construction is now expected to commence in August 2015. Steve Milner then said the archaeological dig on the site was now complete and the ground returned to normal. There had been no construction work undertaken whilst the archaeological digging was being done. Adrian Joel said Mr Hayes of NCC is holding back on car parking and the parish council should take the matter forward with him. Steve Milner informed the meeting that Mr Hayes was not prepared to discuss the matter anymore. It was agreed that a resident and Adrian Joel would meet with Mr Bygraves to raise matter of access to drop off children at school times.
Neighbourhood Plan update. Jonathan Kemp reported that Adrian Joel and himself had attended a one day Norfolk Council's neighbourhood planning workshop held at Breckland council offices. This workshop covered the mechanism for producing a plan, the content of a plan, the costs and available funding to produce a plan, the support and advice available to parish/town councils and the opportunities for drawing on the community infrastructure levy (CIL). During the day there were presentations from the Department for Communities and Local Government, consultants ABZAG, Breckland Council, Broadland Council, The Broads Authority, North Norfolk Council, South Norfolk Council, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Council. There were also presentations from a representative from the Great and Little Plumsted/Thorpe End Neighbourhood Plan and the Cringleford Neighbourhood Plan. It was said that Breckland is about to appoint a neighbourhood planning advisor.
Road safety. Steve Milner said a number of near misses had been recorded at the school and a log was being kept of such incidents by the schools and that the parish council should monitor this. The 20mph speed signs were now installed. Tom Johnson suggested that extra 30mph speed signs be installed to show the end of the 20mph zone. The clerk will speak to Highways on the matter. The Parish Council now have 50% funding for a SAM2 mobile speed sign. The children at the primary school have completed their poster campaign for road safety and Steve Milner would like some parish councillors to come with him to the school to judge winners. He is also looking also for sponsorship as four of the winners will have their entry printed for display in the village.
Car parking. Steve Milner said that the whole matter was moving forward and the village hall parking had raised £1,900 for the maintenance fund. Quotes have been received for resurfacing just the beginning of the car park and the cost was approximately £4,000. The working party was still meeting regarding a planning application for 50 extra parking spaces and, if it went ahead, the Parish Council would submit the planning application on behalf of the Village Hall. Ongoing consultations with residents are still taking place in regard to parking at the village hall. A letter will go in the next newsletter to obtain residents’ views before proceeding to see if grant funding was available.
Planning applications. Redroof, Cake Street. Single storey extension to front of bungalow, changes to internal layout and provision of first floor attic bedroom. There were no objections from the parish council.
Chapel Road School. Remove condition 7 on the Traffic Management System. The traffic plan would now allow vehicles to go through the village, possibly along Hargham Road. Steve Milner is to speak to Neil Campbell on the matter.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Roughlands, Grove Road. Amendment to previous application in respect of the removal of first floor element and revision of footprint. Permission granted.
Rodwells, Attleborough Road. Demolish existing garage building and replace with single storey side extension to dwelling. Permission granted.

Airbase at Old Buckenham Airfield. New museum and separate sanitary block. Each housed in separate new Nissen huts. Permission granted.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner reported that Tim Ing and himself had made good the previous parking area by the play area/Ox & Plough and so it is now no longer a parking area.
District Councillor’s report. Breckland has agreed not to increase council tax. Several villages have submitted their proposals to Breckland to carry out neighbourhood plans with other villages showing an interest. Breckland are going to employ an officer to be a single point of contact to assist parishes that are starting or considering a neighbourhood plan. Grants of up to £4,000 will be available. Breckland will be setting up a joint venture company with the Land Group LLP to drive long term regeneration within the district. The new company will be called Breckland Bridge Ltd. Initially the company will focus on delivery of Thetford’s Riverside regeneration together with housing developments in Mileham and Attleborough. It is anticipated this will create jobs and provide new housing for communities across Breckland and boost the district economy.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson raised the question of the verges at St Andrews Close and asked when they were going to be widened. Adrian Joel said it is being worked through Breckland and Norfolk County Council and it should be done soon. Tim Ing raised the matter of speeding in Grove Road and asked if speed restrictions could be introduced. The Parish Clerk is to speak to Highways on the matter. Tim Ing then thanked the parish councillors for all their hard work over the last eight years including his time as chairman and wished good luck to those standing again. Carol Marshall said work was continuing on the Almshouses and hopefully it would be completed in May with new roofs and windows. The next phase will be subject to obtaining funding to complete more modifications and improvements. Steve Milner said that he had given the wrong information regarding submission of nomination papers for the forthcoming parish council election. He originally said they had to be submitted by Saturday 25 April but the correct date was Thursday 9 April. He then thanked Tim Ing for all his years of service on the Parish Council. Adrian Joel had attended a meeting on play area legislation and said the parish council should be responsible for fulfilling its legal obligations. The Parish Clerk is to contact Norfolk Rural Community Council to obtain details of the presentation given at the meeting.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Parish Clerk said he had sent out two new policy documents which should be read as they will be coming up at May meeting for adoption. He then thanked all those councillors who are not standing at the next election for their service to the parish council and the support that they had given him.
Highways. The sign on the bend in Cake Street near Old Buckenham Stud shows two junctions but the junction runs up to the Stud which is not a road. In Cake Street, opposite Harlingwood Lane, the triangular sign shows a junction and that junction leads into someone’s drive. A resident thanked Breckland Council for the quick removal of rubbish in Doe Lane within 48 hours of it being reported.
The Green. A meeting will be held on Saturday 25 April at the Village Hall starting at 10am to discuss a way forward to maintain the Green in the future and to create a new charitable body so they can hopefully obtain grant funding. Tim Ing raised the matter of an insurance claim outside the Gamekeeper and Sarah Dye said the Green right Proprietors’ insurers were dealing with matter.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 7 May at 7.30pm at the Church Rooms.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

See the lily display in Old Buckenham

Drop in and see the arrangements
If you didn't manage to come and see the display of lilies in All Saints, Old Buckenham, this afternoon then remember the church is open every day so just pop in when it is convenient.
These photos of the arrangements and the Easter candle were taken earlier today.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Next Old Buckenham quiz

Do you need a jacket?
(just click on the image to enlarge it)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Strange monthly start in Old Buckenham

Happenings on the first of April
Could it be that someone is trying to fool us?
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Lilies on display in Old Buckenham.

See the lilies in All Saints

Old Buckenham All Saints Parochial Church Council would like thank everyone who has donated a lily in memory of a departed relative or friend.
Over 150 lilies will be arranged in floral displays in the Church which can be viewed immediately after the Easter morning service, which starts at 9.30am.
Everyone is welcome to come along and see the floral arrangements and during the afternoon refreshments will be available in the Church Rooms from 2pm and 5pm.

Monday, 30 March 2015

April events in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for April

Wednesday 1   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

 Wednesday 1   Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

 Wednesday 1   AGM of Village Hall. Memorial Room, 7.30pm

 Thursday 2   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

 Sunday 5   Display of lilies, All Saints Church, refreshments, 2pm to 5pm

 Sunday 5   Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

 Monday 6   Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

 Tuesday 7   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

 Thursday 9   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

 Thursday 9   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

 Saturday 11   Liquorice Allsorts concert, All Saints Church, 7.30pm

 Wednesday 15   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

 Wednesday 15   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

 Friday 17   Hugh's Cafe, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4pm

 Saturday 18   Coffee morning, Methodist Chapel, 10am to 12 noon

 Saturday 18   Village quiz, Village Hall, 7.30pm

 Monday 20   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

 Thursday 23   Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

 Friday 24   Village Cinema, The Imitation Game, Village Hall, 7.30pm

 Saturday 25   Green Right Proprietors public meeting, Village Hall, 10am

 Saturday 25   Women's Institute Centenary meeting, Village Hall, 7pm

Wednesday 29 Luncheon Club outing

Friday, 27 March 2015

Old Buckenham newsletter for April

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

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Your lucky numbers in Old Buckenham

Spend Friday evening at the Village Hall

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Old Buckenham's Annual Parish Meeting

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

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

Monday, 23 March 2015

More music in Old Buckenham

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