Saturday, 25 June 2016

Damp garden party in Old Buckenham

Evening event brightens up
Every year John and Barbara Frost host a garden party at their home in Mill Lane to raise funds for All Saints church, Old Buckenham. This year, after a sunny morning , the weather turned wet and thundery for several hours. At the official opening time the rain was still pouring down and people were arriving in waterproof jackets and carrying golf umbrellas.
Slowly the weather improved and after a couple more hours there was even a glimpse of sunshine. Visitors left the safety of the party tents and their glasses of wine to look around at the garden flowers and vegetables. There was a chance to win things on the tombola or spend more money on garden plants or raffle tickets.

Part way through the evening there was a special presentation to John Frost to thank him for his many, many years as churchwarden at All Saints. Rev Canon Stephen Wright was there to hand over the surprise item which turned out to be a specially framed full-sized replica of the church door key, something that John would have carried around and used in his churchwarden duties.

The evening finished with the drawing of the raffle prizes and a big thank you to John and Barbara for all their work to make the evening a success.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Polling station at Old Buckenham

Day of decision
All is ready at the village hall for people to come and write a cross in a box.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Broadside Boys in Old Buckenham

Advance notice
East Anglian folk band the "Broadside Boys" will be coming to Old Buckenham Village Hall on Saturday 13 August at 7.30pm for a night of music and comedy (with a bangers and mash supper) in support of two local causes. The Broadside Boys, fresh from their appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival, will perform their songs of country life, informed by their experiences of growing up in rural East Anglia and inspired by the characters that have shaped them. 
Comedy will be supplied by Stephen Bayfield, the Gamekeeper's boy. Born at Royal Sandringham into a family of 'keepers, many of Stephen's hilarious stories are derived from his life on the region's country estates. Proceeds from the event will go to All Saints Church and Old Buckenham Village Hall fund. Tickets for the event are priced at £10 and will be available at Old Buckenham Stores.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Old Buckenham members go visiting

Breckland Flower and Garden Club
The Club created wonderful arrangements for the Rejoice Flower Festival, a spectacular flower display to celebrate the opening of the new development and exhibition “The Abbey Experience” in the incomparable setting of the Wymondham Abbey. The arrangements received lots of lovely compliments from visitors to the Abbey over the May bank holiday, some of the flowers were later displayed in Attleborough church.
On Thursday 2 June 2, members and friends headed off from Old Buckenham Village Hall for a trip to Woodbridge and the Beth Chatto Gardens. First stop Woodbridge for some retail therapy. Maybe the shops should have been warned that the Club were coming. It also happened to be market day and members returned to the coach laden with bargains. At the Beth Chatto Gardens members strolled around the gardens taking photos and inspiration from the wonderful variety of flora, followed by the opportunity to purchase some beautiful plants.
On Wednesday 8 June there was another outing, this time to Walnut Tree Nursery, where members were given a talk on pruning and told not to be afraid to prune hard. There was also tea and cake followed by the chance to purchase yet more plants.
At the rgular monthly meeting Howard Norton gave a talk with the aid of slides on delphiniums. He shared his wealth of knowledge, from how to nurture these beautiful plants from seeds, to how to make a support for the plants using a piece of old hose pipe, a roof batten and a couple of screws. Howard was very informative and happy to answer questions, displaying a true love for delphiniums.
Winner of the competition for June titled “Garden Colour” was Glynis Allin. Chairperson, Christine Hewson presented Glynis with the cup.
The next meeting will be at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 14 July at 2pm. It will be a demonstration by David Wright entitled “It is an Education”. The flower competition will be for a “Summer table arrangement”. All are welcome, visitors £4. For further details contact Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Women's Cycle Tour in Old Buckenham

Passing through at speed
Stage 1 of the Women's Tour came through Old Buckenham today. Not as big crowds as there were for the men's Tour of Britain last year but plenty of people in their gardens or on the Green to see them speed by.
First there were the team of police motorcyclists clearing the road and blocking off the adjoining junctions. Eventually the riders came into view, all in one big group. Soon they were right up close and then disappearing into the distance followed by lots and lots of support vehicles.
Stop to blink and it was all over...

School life in Old Buckenham

History of village schools
At their June meeting members of the Social and Wine Circle were treated to a talk on Victorian village schools. The speaker was Sarah Doig who now lives in part of what was once the village school at Rickinghall in Suffolk. She went through how the education of children had progressed through Sunday Schools, charity schools, workhouse schools and voluntary schools. But it was not until the end of the Victorian age that all children were expected to be schooled up to the age of thirteen. She used illustrations of various old documents such as log books and plans to show how schooling slowly developed even though attendance was limited by illnesses such as smallpox and whooping cough. At harvest time the schools virtually closed down so that the children could work in the fields.
The meeting was held in Old Buckenham Church Rooms which had been itself been the village school in the past. Next month the meeting will be held al fresco in the garden of one of the members, providing an opportunity for some enjoyable talking, eating and drinking.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Latest from Old Buckenham Parish Council

Parish Council in June
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the drat minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
Eight members of the attended as well as the members of the parish council and the new parish clerk Hilary Clutten.
Prior to the start of the meeting Adrian Joel signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office having been appointed as chairman of Old Buckenham Parish Council at a council meeting in May 2016; the Declaration was witnessed by the new Clerk.
Apologies for absence were received from Jonathan Kemp and from Ben Devlin who would be arriving late.
Terry Cracknell declared an interest in the item concerning the Green and Adrian Joel declared an interest in the planning items as a member of Breckland Council’s Planning Committee.
Public participation. The meeting adjourned for public participation. Highways matters raised included the Road Safety Working Party to investigate and come back with a recommendation. Also highways incidents are not being logged with police or Norfolk County Council (NCC) – it is important that these are logged and an incident number obtained from the police. Other subjects were traffic management and pedestrian safety, objectives regarding Green Rights and sympathetic housing development including quality of build. The drain outside the Methodist Chapel is blocked and needs reporting to NCC Highways. Also the lack of consultation regarding the primary school’s application for academy status and lack of Old Buckenham participants at the academy consultation meeting.
Minutes of the Council meetings in May. The draft minutes of the two meetings held on Thursday 5 May had been circulated. These were approved as true and accurate record.
Matters arising from the minutes. The Play Area meeting had taken place in May. Few parents attended despite the meeting being advertised in the Parish magazine. Eighty percent of those present at the meeting were in favour of fencing the area. Sarah Hornbrook thought there was a communication issue about the meeting and Graham Hart suggested that the Website Working Party look at providing more information through Facebook and the Council’s website. The Chairman reported that Breckland Council has not had a formal request for an election to fill the recent vacancy on the Parish Council. A notice about the vacancy has now been posted in the village, two residents have expressed interest in being co-opted to the Council. The Clerk was asked for details of the VAT position regarding the Village Hall and the Parish Council with particular regard to the Parish Council reclaiming VAT on Village Hall expenses. The Clerk will circulate information on this.
Planning applications received. The Clown’s House, Church Lane. Erection of wall and gate between house and annex, and installation of a Velux conservation roof window in rear roof of house. There were no objections from the Parish Council.Primrose Barn, Fen Road. Erection of garden room/summerhouse and front porch. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
Canem Cave Cottage, 62A Fen Street. Demolish building at rear of property and erect a single storey extension. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
South View, Fen Street. Erection of new 5-bed detached house and associated external works. The Clerk to ask Breckland Council to allow a time extension for the Parish Council’s comments.
27 Oaklands. Removal of flat roofs to dormer and garage and replace with tiles. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
Carlestead, 62 Fen Street. Internal and external alterations, including new single storey pitched roof to the existing rear and side flat roof element. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
Planning decisions received. Willow Farmhouse, The Green. Demolish lean-to and erect single and two storey rear extension, demolish garage/store to erect new and internal alterations. Planning and Listed Building permissions granted by Breckland Council.
Acer House, The Green. Erection of single and two storey extensions. Planning permission refused by Breckland Council due to scale and design.
Cherry Tree Cottage, Loss Wroo. Erection of motor home garage, store and workshop. Planning permission granted by Breckland Council.
Old Field Barn, Abbey Road. Erection of steel portal framed agricultural storage bin. Planning permission granted by Breckland Council.
Whitehands Farm, Stacksford. Application to change use of land for horses and timber stable block. Planning permission granted by Breckland Council.
Nominations for committees, working parties and outside b
odies.The Council agreed the following appointments for 2016/17.
Personnel Committee: Adrian Joel (chairman), Ben Devlin and Terry Cracknell.
Neighbourhood Plan Working Party: Jonathan Kemp (chairman), Sarah Hornbrook (vice-chairman), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel plus three residents, Ray Bayfield, Michelle Wilford and A Jaggard.
Play Area Working Party: Ben Devlin, Graham Hart, Adrian Joel, Steve Milner and resident Kerry Talbot.
Recreation Area Working Party: Jonathan Kemp and Carol Marshall.
Road Safety/Chapel Green School Working Party: Rona Boggia, Terry Cracknell, Steve Milner and two residents, Mike Bartlett and Trevor Crooke.
Precept Grants Working Party: Terry Cracknell and Adrian Joel plus resident Roy Dickinson.
Review of Standing Orders Working Party: Adrian Joel and Steve Milner plus resident Tim Bornett and the Clerk.
SNAP representative: Tom Johnson.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group representative: Tom Johnson.
Attleborough Development Partnership representative: Rona Boggia with Terry Cracknell as a substitute representative.
Village Hall Management Committee representative: Tom Johnson.
Allotments responsibility: Adrian Joel.
Chapel Road School Stakeholders: Steve Milner.
Parish Council Website responsibility: Steve Milner and Graham Hart.
Green Rights responsibility: Ben Devlin.
Almshouses Parish Council appointed trustee: Carol Marshall.
Reports from Working Parties. The Road Safety Working Party had discussed seeking advice on an alternative location for the crossing. There was no seconder for a proposal to go ahead with the crossing as originally designed by NCC. The Council agreed, with one abstention and one against, to refer the issue of getting a consultant and other site options to the Road Safety Working Party. Regarding the Play Area, the overall choice is to have metal fencing and there will soon be a meeting to choose the colour of the fencing and to measure up for gates. Concerning the Neighbourhood Plan, the survey document has to be returned by Saturday 25 June. There is a free prize draw to be held at the July Parish Council meeting for those surveys returned by Saturday 18 June. Breckland District Council has offered to come and give advice after the results of the survey are collated. The Council agreed that the Clerk should get additional paid hours for collating the responses if there was a good return rate. The Working Party on precept grants had met in May and its report circulated to all councillors; it was thought that an additional member of the working party would be helpful. The objective of the group is to encourage village organisations to ask for some financial assistance so that the promotion of their existing/new activities could be of benefit to the residents of Old Buckenham (including Stacksford). Roy Dickinson had provided a draft application form and notes which, once agreed, will be able to be obtained from the Clerk. The closing date for applications will be Friday 30 September. The Working Party proposed that a panel should adjudicate on the allocation of funds, which will total about £3,500, and bring its recommendations to the Parish Council by the end of October. It is also proposed that awards be announced in November and that there should be a joint awards ceremony with the ‘community heroes’ in April 2017 including a free buffet and drinks. The Council approved the adoption of the Precept Grants Working Party Report.
Cycling Festival September. The Council resolved to adopt the Cycling Festival taking place in September and to set up a working party to handle the issues that would arise from this such as road closures.
Chairman’s report. The Chairman reported that Hilary Clutten had been unanimously appointed by the HR Committee to the post of Clerk/RFO of the Council. Graham Hart was thanked for his help in moving the Parish Council’s files and office equipment to the Clerk’s home.
District Councillor’s report. There is a new Breckland District Council chairman and the new Breckland Website has proved popular. A new sign has been placed in St Andrew’s Close saying that it leads to Marsh Field Lane.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson reported that the Village Hall Committee will be meeting on Saturday 2 July. The next films being shown in the Village Hall are ‘Steve Jobs’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’. The Village Hall Committee would like to resurface the Village Hall car park. It is likely to cost £20,000 and NCC is willing to give a grant of £10,000 through the Parish Partnerships Scheme. The Village Hall Committee would like the Parish Council to possibly loan it the other £10,000 that was needed. It was agreed that the Parish Council should consider this request at a subsequent meeting. Meanwhile the Village Hall Committee needs to submit three quotations for the work to the Parish Council. The cow parsley on the Green is getting high – the Clerk was asked to contact NCC with a view to them cutting the Highways’ area on the edge of the Green. There has been an unpleasant letter about a hedge on the corner of Cake Street and Harlingwood Lane. NCC are to be asked to get it cut. Terry Cracknell thought that the Council should have a list of what it has to do with a view to setting targets. Also the handling of correspondence, particularly letters from residents which should be acknowledged and scanned for circulation. The mobile SAM sign has been in various locations around the village but has not being fixed as it could be prone to criminal acts. There is an old event advertising sign that needs removing, and a clothes bank has arrived in the Village Hall car park.
Highways. There is a highways’ issue in Ragmere Road, near the entrance to the allotments. The track from the Clinic to the old Baptist Chapel needs potholes repairing. The Clerk to report these to Highways.
The Green. There would be a meeting of the Green Right Proprietors on Tuesday 14 June. The Chairman would like to be able to show plans of the proposed crossing at this meeting and Ben Devlin was thanked for his grass cutting.
Public participation on agenda items only. It was reported that only 15 parents attended the academy status meeting which was a disappointing turnout. The Parish Council should have been included in the academy status consultation and the Clerk was asked to write to the School Governors to express the Council’s feeling about this. Tim Bornett to do some more investigation and report back to the Council next month. How will the proposed crossing help disabled or visually-impaired residents get around the village? Is the money not better spent on helping these residents get out and about? There is one resident in particular who needs such help. It was reported that there is local help available through a charity and a mini bus with a ramp. The Chairman asked if he could be advised in confidence of the resident in question.
Items for next agenda. These included the siting of bollards (Sarah Hornbrook will email Graham Hart about this issue who will then make enquiries).The Clerk is to circulate information to councillors about VAT and Village Halls. Other subjects include the correspondence list, community and social media, the Green road crossing, the Road Safety Working Party report, Parish Council target setting, the Health and Safety Working Party report, the Play Area fencing, the Cycling Festival and the Neighbourhood Plan Survey.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 7 July at Old Buckenham Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Flyer above Old Buckenham

Errant aircraft
There have been reports from villagers that an individual flying a yellow and red biplane has been making a nuisance of themselves in the skies above Old Buckenham.
Those at Old Buckenham Airfield are anxious to get hold the registration of this plane (which should be under the wing and start with a G). If you see it and can record any of the letters  it will give provide an opportunity to track them down and ask them to desist immediately (in rather stronger aviation terms of course).
Any further details that anyone can give will be gratefully received by the Airfield. In order to sort things out they need to know who they are.
With any luck, this incident will be a one off but those at the Airfield would like to assure the village that it was nothing to do with them and that they will do everything in their somewhat limited powers to put a stop to it.

Please pass any information on to the Airfield manager Matt Wilkins on 01953 860806 or email 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Cycling through Old Buckenham

The Tour will rush through

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Old Buckenham and resolutions
It is at the May meetings of the Women’s Institutes that they discuss and vote on the resolutions being put forward at the National Annual Meeting that will be held in Brighton on Thursday 9 June. One resolution this year concerns food waste and food poverty in this country and the second resolution is support for dementia patients when they are admitted to hospital. If the WI is going to commit time, effort, money and reputation into mounting a campaign, they wish to be sure that the proposal is precise enough to make a difference. Every WI has the chance to register it is in agreement to both, neither, or just one of the resolutions. The debate in Brighton promises to be vigorous and the process is important as well as the outcome of the voting. One Old Buckenham member, Judith Thompson, had thoroughly researched these resolutions and took members through the pros and cons of each resolution. Members will be looking forward to hearing from our delegate on the outcome of the voting in Brighton.
After the seriousness of the discussions, members were able to relax and take part in a game of Call my Bluff. Would you know (without consulting a dictionary) the meaning of the words courbaril, mastaba, merlon, jirble, costrel and spelunker?
Old Buckenham WI have a busy summer in front of them including the Village Fete on Saturday 9 July, the annual progressive supper later in July, helping with refreshments for the cycle event in September and of course our Village Produce Show on Sunday 11 September. A schedule for the Produce Show was included in the June edition of the village newsletter so be sure to consult yours soon to think about what you can enter. Recipes for some of the cookery classes are included on the schedule so you have plenty of time to do some experiments.
At the meeting on Thursday 23 June, Helen Reeve will be talking about "For the love of cows (how to turn a hobby into a business)".
The following meeting will be on Thursday 28 July when the speakers, Marilyn Bartrup and Lynn Ready, are coming to talk of their adventures in their “Pension Gap Year”. These two ladies are WI members and one of them is a past resident of Old Buckenham.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Recycling textiles in Old Buckenham

New clothes bank has arrived
Another member of the recycling family has arrived in the Village Hall car park. Now you can put your old clothes, shoes, curtains, blankets, towels and sheets into this brightly-coloured container and know that it will not just end up as landfill. In fact the stuff you put into the textile bank will be sorted and go to be reused in Third World countries while the Village Hall will benefit from the recycling credits paid as a reward for ensuring that this material does not end up as landfill. 

And while you're visiting the car park, why not bring along all your glass bottles and those heaps of newspaper to feed the other containers? All the money raised through this recycling helps to raise funds for your village hall.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Lots to do in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for June

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

Thursday 2    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 4    Spring Fayre, Church Rooms, 2pm to 4.30pm

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

Monday 6    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 7    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Tuesday 7    Flower arranging demonstration, Methodist Chapel, 7pm

Wednesday 8    Luncheon Club Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 9    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 9    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Friday 10    Boogs music and tv quiz, Village Hall, 7.30pm for 8pm start

Sunday 12   Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Monday 13    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Wednesday 15    Women's Cycle Tour speeds through village about 12.50pm

Wednesday 15    Jazz at the Gamekeeper, 8.30pm

Saturday 18    Strawberry Fete, Primary School, 10am to 3pm

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

Wednesday 22    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 23    
European Referendum Election, Village Hall, 7am to 10pm                                                                                                                                                                       
Thursday 23    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 25    Table top sale, Methodist Chapel, 10am to 12 noon

Saturday 25    Evening garden party, 1 Mill Lane, 6pm

Wednesday 29    High School Summer Concert, 7.30pm

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Old Buckenham newsletter for June

Latest version for you to read
Copies should be around in the village now for you to pick up and find out what has been happening and what is due to come during June.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Old Buckenham and Norwich

Social and Wine Circle
Members learnt the connection between shawls, newspapers, shoes, beer, mustard, wire netting, chocolate and aircraft at their May meeting. The evening’s speaker was Rob Spokes (a Norwich Blue Badge guide) who explained how they were all important things that had been made over the years in Norwich. Lots of other industries had also been vital in the growth of Norwich as a very important city, things such as weaving, insurance and banking. Even today the shopping facilities and the hub of scientific knowledge keep Norwich high in the rankings within the UK. Much of his talk was illustrated by pictures of some of the buildings where these activities took place and that still remain today.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 9 June when Sarah Doig will be talking on Victorian village schools. It will take place in the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham starting at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Old Buckenham Women’s Institute

Toys through the ages
Old Buckenham WI were pleased to welcome Amanda Cockburn from Old Buckenham Primary School to their recent meeting. For the fifth year, Amanda had chosen Old Buckenham WI as recipients of the World Book Night selection and this year she presented members with copies of “Whispering Shadows”, the third book written by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
The evening’s speakers were David and Angela Knock who gave a fascinating insight into the history of toys. They brought with them an extensive selection of toys from the past which evoked childhood memories. These items included marbles (which have been around since Roman times – although in those days they would have been made from clay), Plasticine which is about 100 years old, French knitting (made from cotton reels) to name but a few. They also brought a vast collection of toys and teddy bears (including a modern one bought from the Dad’s Army Museum – dressed as Pike with his trade mark scarf in Aston Village colours). They also brought along a “Golly” a traditional toy from 1896.
Old Buckenham WI gives an annual bursary to a member attending a course at Denman College and this year’s winner in the ballot was Alison Frank who can use the money towards a course any time during the next 12 months.
Alison also organises the “Waste Not, Want Not” table and she said that it has raised £939 over the last eight years. This money forms part of the donation to Associated Country Women of the World, of which the Women’s Institute is a member.
The June meeting is on Thursday 23 June when the speaker will be Helen Reeve. The subject of her talk is “For the Love of Cows (how to turn a hobby into a business)”.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Monthly jazz in Old Buckenham

Jazz at the Gamekeeper pub
A regular monthly jazz evening at the Gamekeeper Pub, Old Buckenham, will be starting on Wednesday 15 June at 8.30pm. It will feature music from the famous Rat Pack, the great American Song Book and swing music enjoyed by many. The musicians are a group of ex-professionals who no longer play for a living but get together to enjoy one and others playing. They have played for many years in all the genres which has put them individually with many famous artists and musicians which has included Tom Jones, Matt Munro, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry and bands such as the BBC Radio Big Band and American jazz musicians such a Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon and John Bunch who resided here in Old Buckenham. The musicians featured are Tom Melvin – vocals, Nigel Portass – keyboards, Jeff Burbidge – bass, and Bob DorĂ© – drums.
For more information you can contact Daryne Gerk by email at

Monday, 16 May 2016

Parish Councillor needed in Old Buckenham

Vacancy for councillor
A notice, dated Wednesday 11 May and signed by the chairman of the Parish Council, has been posted on the noticeboard outside the village shop. It states:
Notice is hereby given of a vacancy that exists for ONE Parish Councillor to serve on the Old Buckenham Parish Council caused by the resignation of Councillor Mike Farrington.
Unless within 14 days of the date of this notice, ten electors for Old Buckenham (named on the Electoral Register) have requested to hold an election, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as practicable.
All requests (in writing) for an election to fill the vacancy should be sent to:
The Returning Officer
Breckland Council
Elizabeth House
Walpole Loke
Norfolk NR19 1EE

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Fencing for Old Buckenham Play Area

Your help and opinions needed
There is a need to replace the fencing that encloses the much appreciated children's Play Area near All Saints Church in Old Buckenham. As part of the fund raising for new fencing, there has been a consultation with users and villagers on the style of fencing to be used which needs to provide a secure, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing surrounding for all the play equipment.
Today members of 'Bucks Just Play', the group responsible for setting up the play area, held a consultation meeting in the Church Rooms to get views on the wooden or metal fencing that could be used.
The play area has come a long way since some of the earliest equipment was installed and Bucks Just Play are looking for help fundraising, site preparation and clearance. If you think you could help in any way then please contact Kerry on 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Could you represent Old Buckenham?

Show your sporting abilities

Last year Old Buckenham entered the Norfolk Village Games at the UEA Sportspark for the first time. It was great fun and people are keen to enter again this year. We didn’t take it too seriously last year but still came back with a couple of trophies. So now is our chance to prove that our village is the best small sporting village in Norfolk.
Michelle Willford did much of the organising last time and will do it again, hopefully with lots of help from others in getting the various sports teams organised. The event will take place throughout the day on Sunday 10 July (the day after the village fete).
The competitions have been announced and are slightly different from last time. Here is the list in alphabetical order:
Archery: Both an adult and a junior competition Two adults are needed and also two who are under 16. Trophies will be awarded for both categories.
Athletics fitness challenge: A new event combining the aspects of the athletics and fitness challenge. There will be four activities across the day including a run, a cycle, a throw and one still to be announced (full details prior to the event). A team of four is needed, at least two of which must be under 16.
Badminton: Mixed doubles pair, open to anyone over 11 years old.
Darts: Individual competition open to anyone over 11 years old.
Gymnasticators – ‘This Girl Can’ competition: We will need a team of four to compete in this fun competition. Every team member will complete in a number of different challenges. More details on request prior to event.
Five-a-side football: Over 16 male-only competition, squad of up to seven players allowed.
Rounders: One mixed team of nine people (from a squad of twelve). Starting nine must consist of five under 16s and to include a minimum of two under 12s. A maximum of four adults at anyone time.
Short Mat Bowls: One team of three players, squad of four allowed, and open to anyone over 11 years old.
Table Tennis: Both an adult and a junior competition. Adult will be a singles competition. Competition for under 16s will be a skills challenge including a variety of different games and challenges. Villages can enter more than one player into both competition but only the highest finisher will count in the overall scoring.
Tennis: For a mixed doubles pair. Open to anyone over 11 years old.
This looks as if this will be the last year that this competition will be run so Old Buckenham needs to show what it is capable of.
If you are interested in taking part then please make contact with Michelle at without delay. If you can help by organising a team for one of the categories then that will be a great help. This could be an opportunity to learn a new sport. For instance the Short Mat Bowls team would be happy to try out some potential new players beforehand if someone wants to learn (contact Ron at if you are interested). For some of the events the whole family could be involved.
If you need any further persuasion, there will be special tee shirts printed for members of the Old Buckenham team, a once in a lifetime chance.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Bargains in Old Buckenham

Come and look around on Sunday
Around thirty sites to look at so get a map and start investigating.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes

May Parish Council meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that may be amended at a later date.
At this meeting, held on Thursday 5 May following the Annual Parish Council meeting, those present were councillors Adrian Joel, Carol Marshall. Ben Devlin, Graham Hart, Tom Johnson, Rona Boggia, Terry Cracknell along with James Watling, the Parish Clerk.
Seven members of public were present and three other councillors (Steve Milner, Jonathan Kemp and Sarah Hornbrook) had given their apologies for not being able to attend.
Public recess. A resident raised the matter of the email he wanted circulated to all councillors regarding his five points he had previously raised with the parish council. Rona Boggia read out the email including the new crossing for road safety. Rona Boggia thanked Mr Bayfield for clearing out a ditch in the village. Tom Johnson raised the matter of having a 20mph speed limit through the village at all times. A resident raised the matter of the Junior School becoming an academy which he thought was a bad idea and he then raised various other points of concern on the matter. A resident raised the matter of the new crossing which he thought was not well situated. A resident raised the matter of a letter he had received from Norfolk County Council (NCC) about the verge outside his house which instructed him to remove the posts which he had replaced when previous ones were knocked down. He asked why NCC should want them removed when they had installed the original ones ten years ago.
Minutes of the April Parish Council meeting. With a small amendment these were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Adrian Joel said he was surprised at the statement read out by the clerk at the April meeting naming a councillor in his statement. Adrian Joel also raised the question of commemorating the Battle of the Somme. The church could hold a service on Friday 1 July at 11am which must be supported by the Parish Council. He suggested that a flag be flown at half mast and candles be lit over three days.
Planning applications. Cherry Tree Cottage, Loss Wroo. Proposed motor home garage, store and workshop. No objections from parish council, agreed with 6 for and 1 abstention.
Puddled Cottage, Puddledock. Demolish existing porch and erect new porch. No objections from parish council, agreed with 6 for and 1 abstention.
9 The Old Yard, Hargham Road. Static caravan as temporary accommodation whilst new house is constructed (retrospective). No objections from parish council, agreed with 6 for and 1 abstention.
Planning decision received from Breckland. 5 Fen Street. Oak-framed cart lodge, garage and store room. Permission granted.
Play Area fencing. Adrian Joel informed the meeting that consultation with users had to take place to agree what type of replacement fence was best suited for the play area. A meeting will be held in the Church Rooms on Saturday 14 May from 9.30am to 11.30am for people to give their views.
Adoption of accounts. It was agreed unanimously that the Annual Return be approved.
Annual Governance Statement. It was agreed unanimously that the Governance Statement on the Annual Return be approved.
Refund of hall hire. It was agreed unanimously that the hall hire charges incurred by Terry Cracknell for a recent meeting at the village hall be refunded to him by the Parish Council.
Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration. Adrian Joel asked if the Parish Council were organising anything to celebrate this event. It was agreed to let local organisations arrange their own celebrations.
Appointment of new Parish Clerk. Adrian Joel explained how the job had be advertised. Two applicants had already been interviewed and he asked for permission from the Parish Council for the Human Resources Personnel Committee to make a decision following three more interviews with other applicants. This was agreed unanimously. Terry Cracknell and Graham Hart would now join the committee following the resignation of Mike Farrington and Steve Milner standing down as chairman.
Parish maintenance tasks. Adrian Joel said a lot of small tasks around the village need doing. Graham Hart offered to allocate up to eight hours a month unpaid labour to do some of the tasks.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported that residents will now have received a new publication which informs them of changes that Breckland Council is making to its services, how they are delivered and how they can be accessed. The publication is called Transforming Breckland. Breckland is currently in process of updating its services and making them more accessible to residents including making it easier to submit applications, raise issues or ask questions via their website. The Local Plan is moving forward and the next step will be it going out to public consultation in July. A pre-submission document will be out for consultation in Autumn 2016. This will then be submitted to the Inspector and confirmation is hoped for by early 2017.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Carol Marshall reported that the village garage sale will have some thirty pitches and is due to take place on Sunday 15 May between 10am and 1pm. Ben Devlin reported that next Green Right Proprietors’ meeting will take place on Tuesday 14 June. Tom Johnson reported that the Village Hall Management Committee met in April and is still unable to appoint a Chairman. He also gave a thank you from the Pre-school group for the recent grant given by Parish Council. There will be a free film show on Saturday 21 May at 7.30pm at the village hall. Rona Boggia distributed a recently undertaken traffic census to all councillors. She recently attended the Attleborough Development Partnership meeting and had passed on Sarah Hornbrook’s comments regarding the suggestion of building the link road before other development takes place but this suggestion was not taken up. The next meeting is due to take place on Wednesday 15 June between 2pm and 4pm at Attleborough town hall. Terry Cracknell supported Rona Boggia’s view on the Partnership. Terry Cracknell then raised the matter of the lake and weir which he believes is causing some flooding issues in the village. Adrian Joel said the lake level has risen by five inches and that three residents are assisting with the matter supported by the Parish Council. Adrian Joel then reported on the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party who will be sending out a survey form to every household soon to obtain views of residents.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Clerk reported that Mike Farrington had resigned with immediate effect. The Clerk was asked if Mike Farrington had given a reason. The Clerk responded that he had stated his reason but he did not have permission to reveal details. The Clerk is to inform Breckland Council of the resignation. The Clerk reported that NCC Highway Engineer Mr Overland would be taking on new duties with immediate effect and would no longer be available for the reporting of problems. He thanked Mr Overland for all his assistance and excellent work over the last six years within the village. Adrian Joel also wished to record the thanks of the Parish Council for Mr Overland’s work over the years.
Highways. Adrian Joel raised the matter of posts in Crown Road originally supplied by NCC over ten years ago. He also said there are similar instances of other verges in village having items put on them to try to protect the verges. A letter to be sent to NCC on the matter. The Clerk is to report to NCC on the matter of potholes along Harlingwood Lane on the bend between Old Hall Farm and Cuffers Lane.
Public Recess. A resident raised the matter of clerk leaving and the appointing of a new clerk. A resident informed the meeting that a flag could be flown from the church tower to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The church has decided not to do an event of their own to commemorate this event. A resident raised the matter of the £4,000 paid by the Parish Council under 50/50 Partnership Scheme for a road crossing and also the resurfacing of the Village Hall car park. The Clerk informed the meeting that any VAT due on the resurfacing would have to be paid by the Village Hall and could not be reclaimed by Parish Council (the Clerk will circulate VAT Notice 49 which is a HMRC notice which clearly states why the Parish Council cannot reclaim the VAT). A resident referred to the April minutes which referred to someone as a resident under the public recess when in fact they no longer lived in the village but did own a property in village. A resident raised the matter of verges and suggested using the County Councillor to take up the matter. Adrian Joel said that Highways claim the first 1.7 metres of verges to provide for essential services.
Closed session. Adrian Joel then said that members of the public and any press would have to leave as the Council was going to go into a closed session to discuss a confidential matter. Following the departure of public a discussion took place regarding events around a recent confidential personnel matter.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 2 June at 7.30pm at Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

New chairman for Old Buckenham Parish Council

Annual Parish Council meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that may be amended at a later date.
At this meeting, held on Thursday 5 May, those present were councillors Adrian Joel, Carol Marshall. Ben Devlin, Graham Hart, Tom Johnson, Rona Boggia, Terry Cracknell aas well as James Watling, the Parish Clerk.
Seven members of public were present and three other councillors (Steve Milner, Jonathan Kemp and Sarah Hornbrook) had given their apologies for not being able to attend.
Election of Chairman. It was proposed and seconded that Adrian Joel be elected chairman for three months with the possibility of Jonathan Kemp then being elected. This was agreed unanimously.
Election of Vice Chairman. It was proposed and seconded that Jonathan Kemp be elected and this was agreed unanimously.
Appointment of Working Parties. This was deferred until the parish council meeting in June.
Policy Document review. Health and Safety will be looked at by Tom Johnson and a working party set up at the June meeting to review all other policy documents.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 2 June at 7.30pm at Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Ancient music in Old Buckenham

Hurdy gurdy, crumhorn and ukulele
This afternoon there was entertainment in All Saints Church, Old Buckenham, by the duo Elizabeth and Malcolm Ecclestone, better know as Chanter's Jigge.
Their programme of songs and music was entitled 'Blow ye Winds', and found them in the Tudor courts, singing the odd sea shanty, dancing an Irish jig, visiting the Scottish highlands, walking the Norfolk coast and praising a sheep of huge bigness!
The variety of instruments played included the hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, small pipes, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, recorders, curtal, saxophones, whistles, crumhorn, rauschpfeife, chalumeau as well as the human voice.
Malcolm and Elizabeth have performed together for thirty years and Chanter's Jigge brings together some of the diverse styles of music with which they have entertained countless audiences over the years.
They invited the audience to join in with the choruses of the well-known folk songs, to clap their hands, stamp their feet or to rattle their jewellery to the lively jigs. During the interval there was a chance to have a closer look at the instruments being played in the performance.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Table top sale in Old Buckenham

Bargains at the Primary School
Even if you don't have a table, why not come along from 11am until 2pm and see what you can find?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Lots going on in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for May

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

Tuesday 3    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

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

Thursday 5    Norfolk P and CC election, Village Hall, 7am to 10pm

Thursday 5    Parish Council AGM, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Friday 6    Textile collection, Village Hall car park, 8.30am to 9am

Saturday 7    Roadside textile collection from 9am

Sunday 8    Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 8    Chanter's Jigge, All Saints Church, 3pm

Monday 9    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Monday 9    Pre-school Open Event, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Wednesday 11    Luncheon Club Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 12   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 12    'Run for your Wife', OB Players, Village Hall. 7.30pm

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

Friday 13    'Run for your Wife', OB Players, Village Hall. 7.30pm

Saturday 14    Children's Play Area meeting, Church Rooms, 9.30am

Saturday 14    'Run for your Wife', OB Players, Village Hall. 7.30pm

Sunday 15    Village Garage Sale from 10am

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

Thursday 19    Silver Band concert, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Saturday 21    'The Danish Girl' film, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 22    Christian Aid stall, Church Rooms, 10.30am

Wednesday 25    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

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

Sunday 29    Summer party on Green outside Ox and Plough

Friday, 29 April 2016

Read latest Old Buckenham news

Village newsletter now available
Copies have been distributed around the village so make sure you pick up a copy and have a good read.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Whizzing through Old Buckenham

Women's Tour of Britain 2016
Around lunchtime on Wednesday 15 June the cyclists on the women's Tour will pass (rather quickly) though Old Buckenham. According to the official website
they will leave Southwold at 10am and 62 miles later they should be coming along Cake Street towards the Green at 12.50pm. The lead cars will come along 15 minutes before that.
The actual time they arrive depends on the weather and how fast the ladies decide to cycle so it could be somewhere between 12.35and 1.10pm.
The route them takes them through Attleborough and on to Norwich where they finish sometime between 1.30pm and 2.15 pm.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Garage sales in Old Buckenham

All sorts of stuff to buy

The Old Buckenham village garage sale will take place on Sunday 15 May. As in previous years, kick off will be 10am and end around 1pm depending on trade, weather and how tired the sellers are. There will always be a few anxious buyers arriving before 10am so it's always good to be ready for them.
So far there are about twenty houses who will be selling you their unwanted goods. More participants are expected (if you are having a clear-out and want to take part, then give Carol a ring to reserve your pitch on 861480). 
If you want an enjoyable morning looking at, and possibly buying, other peoples unwanted goods, then make sure you are out and about in the village on Sunday 15 May.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Birthday card from Old Buckenham

Queen sent card by Old Buckenham Women's Institute
No doubt there were lots and lots of cards arriving for one famous lady who is celebrating her ninetieth birthday today. One special homemade card came from the ladies of Old Buckenham WI.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Old Buckenham farce

Comedy galore in classic farce
In this day and age of reality TV and home-entertainment, groups such as Old Buckenham Players rely even more people getting out and seeing their productions. Putting bums on seats is what it's all about. They had a record attendance at their pantomime earlier this year with audience travelling from all over Norfolk and Suffolk so hopefully the tide is turning.
When someone mentions the word 'farce', the one name that is sure to crop up is Ray Cooney. He's penned many of the most well known and best loved comedy farces and this May, Old Buckenham Players are putting on possibly his most famous offering, 'Run for your Wife'.
It has slapstick galore, classic one-liners and franticly paced comedic scenes. It wouldn't be a farce without door-swinging chases, ever more elaborate and colourful lies and the odd flash of leg so there's something for everyone in this fast-paced, frenetic and funny play.
Performances are being held at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May starting at 7.30pm. With a reasonably priced bar and a raffle, tickets cost just £8 and can be purchased by calling 01953861336 or in person at the village shop in Old Buckenham or the Nuts'n'Bolts store in  Attleborough.
If you would like to find out more about Old Buckenham Players there are several ways to get in touch and to find out what they do.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Chanter's Jigge in Old Buckenham

They're back by popular demand 
Chanter's Jigge are returning in concert at All Saints' Church, Old Buckenham, on Sunday 8 May at 3pm. The duo play a wide variety of music on ancient, traditional and modern instruments. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, under 16 at £2.50 or family ticket @ £15 and can be obtained by dialling 01953 860845 or on the door.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Parish clerk needed in Old Buckenham

Vacancy for Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer
A vacancy will arise for a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Old Buckenham Parish Council on Wednesday 1 June 2016.
The position is home-based, working nine hours per week.
Salary to be agreed, depending on qualifications and experience, within national guidelines.
The main duties include:
Arranging and attending all Parish Council Meetings and the Annual Parish Meeting. Parish Council meetings are held normally on the first Thursday in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November and December. The Precept meeting is held in November and the Annual Parish meeting is held on the third Wednesday of April.
Other duties include:
Preparation of agendas and minutes.
Dealing with all financial matters including the production of financial statements for audit.
Submitting an annual VAT return.
Preparing records for PAYE.
Dealing with Parish Council insurance policies.
Ensuring planning applications are dealt with and comments submitted to the Local Planning Authority by return deadlines.
Attendance at training events.
Receiving and dealing with correspondence and bringing it to the attention of the Council. Carrying out the instructions of the Council.
Applicants will be expected to have good IT skills and have access to broadband.
Relevant qualifications would be an advantage and/or experience.
If you would like to apply, please send letter of application and CV to James Watling, 29 Maple Road, Watton, Norfolk, 1P25 6GA. Telephone 01953 880110.