Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Old Buckenham Parish Council January meeting

Draft minutes
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 9 January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Those present were councillors Jonn Hicks (Chair), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel, Mike Farrington, Terry Cook and Andy Nicholls. Also in attendance were Rachel Noyes (Parish Clerk), Donna Oakley (RFO) and Breckland and Norfolk councillor Stephen Askew as well as seven members of the public. Apologies had been received from Gemma Frost and Ben Delvin. Andy Nicholls had indicated that he would be late arriving.
Minutes of the December meeting. These were approved (2 in favour, 3 abstain). There were no matters arising from these minutes.
Financial matters. The community account balance now stands at £33,706.89. Income received (allotment rents) was £80 with allotments rents of £265 still due.
Payments approved (5 in favour) totalled £489.59 and were made up of the accounting fees and expenses, the parish clerk’s salary and expenses and payments to community car drivers.
The Precept requests were approved (details will appear here later) (5 in favour).
The RFO, Donna Oakley, was thanked for all her hard work at a particularly busy time of year for her.
Public participation. Clarification was sought over the planning application for land to the north of Fen Street that was mentioned in previous minutes. The questioner was informed that it was supported by the Parish Council at PIP stage.
Breckland and Norfolk councillor Stephen Askew reported that the Hargham Road ditch appeared to be working well and that the issue of light reflection on the Rod Alley pond is being looked at with the hope of finding a solution. A scheme is being planned to cure the flooding in Church Lane but this is not guaranteed to be completed this year.
Some potholes in St Andrews Close have been addressed. Large potholes in Grove Road were reported just after Christmas. The road was closed the next day because of their size and danger, especially to cyclists, but drivers keep driving round barriers or simply moving them out the way. If barriers/signs are removed, then there is danger to other drivers and cyclists who may not know/see potholes are there. He asked that people please leave barriers in place, it is a major fix and will hopefully be completed soon. Further potholes have been reported on Fen Street and these will be chased up. He will also chase up the provision of gravel for Post Office Terrace.
Adrian Joel enquired about the provision of hard copies of the Local Plan. The clerk will request copies.
Planning applications. (All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications. Parish councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting).
New planning applications. Part of Anglian Water Drilling Unit site Abbey Road. Erection of a 28.5m high radar tower and associated communications cabin (3PL/2019/1555/F).
(Andy Nicholls arrived)
The Met Office had sent a letter explaining that the application had been submitted. Carleton Rode parish council had emailed to explain their concerns including lack of consultation and unknown visual impact as they had not been included. A representative from Old Buckenham Airfield was present at the meeting and raised several points. A Visual Impact Assessment has not been completed locally, only further away and not from Waterwork’s House which is next to proposed site. In reports, the Met Office claim aircraft will be 900ft away but this only applies to fast jets. In reality, smaller aircraft could be much closer as they approach the runway.
Other points the Airfield representative raised were that they would breach two Air Navigation Orders, the height of the tower appears to have increased from 22m to 28.5m, Daylight and Access Assessment did not have any ground elevation levels and that there are other sites which are better suited and would give equal coverage. Also both New Buckenham and Carleton Rode councils had not been consulted, despite the site being very close to their parish boundaries. The Airfield plans to object as they feel the whole application is flawed.
Councillors were surprised to discover that such a big application has not been given to an experienced senior planning officer. The application had been submitted just before Christmas, which some councillors felt was to try and “hide” it when people were busy over festive period. Mike Farrington highlighted that while the application does appear to be poor, that it will hopefully provide data to help the Met Office forecasts and local residents will benefit. However, he felt that they should try to find an alternative location. Stephen Askew explained that he had requested it be called to committee.
A proposal to request a month’s extension to the application’s consultation period due to the flawed nature of the application, the safety issues raised and lack of consultation with the parishes of New Buckenham and Carleton Rode was approved (6 in favour). It was also agreed to request a meeting with the Head of Planning or Senior Planning Officer at Breckland Council.
SkyFall, Cake Street. Proposed alterations, extension and garage conversion (3PL/2019/1567/HOU). No objections from the parish council (6 in favour).
60 Fen Street. Demolish existing garage/store room and erection of a similar size sitting room extension (3PL/2019/1593/HOU). No objections from the parish council (6 in favour).
Planning Decisions by Breckland Council.  The following four applications have now been considered and have been approved:
Land to the north-west of 29 Fen Street. Permission in Principle for the erection of one dwelling (Town and Country Planning) Permission in Principle (Amendment) Order 2019 (3PL/2019/1405/PIP).
Downmore Farm, Banham Road. Prior Approval for Change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q Permission in principle for erection of four detached dwellings
(3PN/2019/0055/UC).
Land to the north of Fen Street. Change of use of land from agriculture to domestic gardens (3PL/2019/1375/F).
Land to north of Fen Street. Erection of four detached dwellings following outline permission (3PL/2019/1359/D).
The following application has been referred to the Planning Committee: Land to the west of 49 Hargham Road. Permission in principle for erection of four detached dwellings (3PL/2019/1164/PIP).
Health and Safety Policy. Jonn Hicks explained that there were several issues with the current policy and it would need more time to review.
Paperless Parish Council. Jonn Hicks proposed that the Parish Council make an effort to work towards being paperless because of the the environmental impact of the excessive printing of documents. Some councillors already use tablets for meetings and therefore print less/nothing and did not want another tablet provided from the Council. It would be necessary to examine the financial impact of printing versus having tablets. It was suggested that the money might be better spent on a projector for the Memorial Room which would allow everyone to view documents. Councillors were asked to spend time researching the financial impact and full options.
It was also suggested getting a tablet/computer purely for the SAM sign as data currently has to be downloaded via cable. Steve Milner wants to upgrade to a Bluetooth device which will make downloading data easier and safer as one could sit in a car instead of standing on side of busy road). Cost of Bluetooth upgrade is approximately £250. Data is currently stored on Steve Milner’s personal laptop but needs to be accessible to other councillors. Steve Milner and Jonn Hicks are to investigate costs.
Village Green Working Party (VGWP). Report stated the Parish Council had approved a company to cut the Green next year. This was not discussed at previous meeting. Also there was confusion over the title on the Working Party report. The Parish Council is the Green Management Committee. The clerk will research and clarify titles.
Road Safety. The SAM sign is up, working well and already providing interesting data. On Hargham Road there is an average of over 4000 cars a day, with approximately 40% driving over the speed limit. Better data obtained from Abbey Road with far fewer speeding cars. Data can be given to police at SNAP meetings who can then use it to monitor roads at specific times.
Play Area. Good progress on the improvements that are being carried out. Many thanks for public’s patience while work is in progress.
Recreation Area. There has been a request to install new football goals/pitch. Grass will be rolled in the Spring. New goals to be installed and old ones removed. Suitable goals to be investigated.
Councillors’ reports. Adrian Joel said that the Christmas tree on the Green had been very popular with lots of photos posted on the local Facebook group. Steve Milner pointed out that a footpath near Stacksford and Quidenham is not technically classified as a footpath. Ten people need to sign a form stating they have been walking it for 20 years in order to get it re-classified as a footpath. Contact Steve Milner or the Clerk for more information. Steve Milner and Terry Cook volunteered to attend a public footpaths seminar.
A Village Hall report was given by Terry Cook. Fly tipping has recently been an issue in the red bin located on the Village Hall car park. Notices have been placed on the bin and an item is being included in the village newsletter. Please could villagers be vigilant and report any sightings of people fly tipping. Work on the disabled toilet is finished, other toilets refurbished and plans are in hand for updated baby changing facilities. A report was given on state of the car park including pot-holes, repairs and useage. Planting trees on the recreational area is responsibility of Parish Council. A request was made for new members of the Numbers Club as there are currently vacant numbers available. A question was asked on whether the Parish Council made a decision concerning the provision of new security doors? There will be a joint meeting between the Village Hall Management Committee and the Parish Council on Monday 27 January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Items for next agenda. These would include the Health and Safety Policy and the Oliver Lee Report

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

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Community Cafe in Old Buckenham

Eat out on Wednesday 22 January
This poster has all the details:


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Collecting in Old Buckenham

Help Chapel Green School

The EDP are running a new campaign Plant to Plate in partnership with Enjoy Gardening More, giving primary and junior schools across the region the chance to share £10,000 worth of gardening products.
Chapel Green School would like to take part in this competition and if they collect over 1,000 tokens, they will receive a pack worth £130 including seeds, herbs, a planting kit, compost, planting guide and recipe ideas. The top three schools will win £1,000 worth of gardening equipment each plus personal advice and guidance from Head Gardener Peter McDermott. (This is based on the number of pupils in the school versus the number of tokens collected, meaning that all schools have a chance, both big and small!).
Everyday there will be tokens in the Eastern Daily Press (two on Saturdays) whilst weekly titles will also hold one token (Evening News, Great Yarmouth Mercury, Lowestoft Journal, Beccles & Bungay Journal, North Norfolk News, Dereham Times and Fakenham Times), There will also be ‘bonus tokens’ at various times.
The tokens are in the papers from Saturday 18 January up until Friday 27 March. Please spread the word and send in as many tokens as possible to help Chapel Green School and their pupils win some of these gardening products.
You can take the tokens you have collected to reception at the school or give them to the blog editor who lives at Crockslea in Cake Street.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Meetings in Old Buckenham

Have your say
Thursday 9 January is the day for the next Parish Council meeting. It will start at 7.30pm in the Memorial room at the Village Hall. There should be plenty of interesting discussion, particularly when the planning application for a weather radar station along Abbey Road is reached.
Then on Saturday 11 January the chairman of the Parish Council has called a meeting for all villagers to discuss his plans for a big Craft and Food Fair on the Green in May. Come along to hear the proposals and give your point of view. The meeting is due to start at 10am, despite what you may have read elsewhere.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Tradition continues in Old Buckenham

Village photo and a walk
Many more pictures can, thanks to Steve Milner, be seen at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKpY7PU

Walkers start off across the village Green

Lining up for a big photograph


Enjoying mugs of hot soup in the Church Rooms after finishing the walk

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Ready to walk in Old Buckenham?

Be ready in the morning
Begin the new decade with a village walk starting from the Church Rooms on Wednesday 1 January 2020 after the big photograph at 10.30am. Hot soup and rolls for you when you finish.

Starting off at the beginning of 2019


Monday, 30 December 2019

2020 events in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for January

Wednesday 1    Village photograph, Church Rooms, 10am

Wednesday 1    Village New Year Walk, starts at Church Rooms, 10am

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

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

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

Wednesday 8    Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Church, 2.30pm

Thursday 9    Breckland Flower and Garden Club, 2pm

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

Thursday 9    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 11    Village Meeting, Village Hall, 10am

Sunday 12    Methodist Church, Covenant Service, 10.45am

Thursday 16    Camelot pantomime, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 17    Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Friday 17    Camelot pantomime, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 18    Camelot pantomime, Village Hall, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

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

Wednesday 22      Fusion Cafe, Chapel Green School

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

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

Saturday, 28 December 2019

First Old Buckenham newsletter of 2020

Latest village news



Many copies are now around the village so you should be able to find out what to do  and where to go in January.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Weather radar in Old Buckenham

Planning application now submitted


The Met Office have now completed their remaining assessments and surveys relating to the proposed plan to erect a weather radar at Old Buckenham and have submitted a planning application to Breckland District Council. The application reference number is 3PL/2019/1555/F and the submission and documentation can be viewed on the Breckland District Council website. All assessments and surveys are available to the public as part of the planning application documentation.
The concerns and feedback raised at the public consultation meeting, by the Parish Council, Old Buckenham Airfield and people living close to the proposed site were all essential to the framing of the assessments and amending the proposed plan accordingly.
The Met Office say they are confident that the extensive assessment period has been used to fully investigate the potential impacts of these plans on the parish of Old Buckenham and the surrounding parishes of New Buckenham and Carleton Rode and that they have addressed the majority of concerns. These extensive studies have investigated the potential impacts of the plan and will be made available with the planning application.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Old Buckenham latest parish council meeting

Plenty to discuss 
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 5 December in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were councillors Gemma Frost (chair), Adrian Joel, Mike Farrington and Ben Devlin. Also attending were three members of the public as well as Rachel Noyes (clerk)and Donna Oakley (RFO).
Apologies for absence had been received from Jonn Hicks, Steve Milner, Andy Nicholls and Terry Cook. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 7 November were approved (3 in favour, 1 abstain). The only matter arising from the minutes was to point out that work to deal with flooding on Hargham Road was funded for by Stephen Askew from his councillor’s budget.
Declarations of interests. Ben Devlin will abstain from vote on one planning application due to conflict of interest.
Financial matters. The Community account balance now stands at £33,781.18. Income received was £60 from allotment rents and an £800 donation towards the SAM2 sign equipment. Thank you to the parishioner who donated towards the new SAM2 sign. Payments approved totalled £741.95 (4 in favour) and included £117.45 to the community car drivers and £135 for the bin installation in the playground.
Approval was also sought for gifts to the volunteers who worked on the bus shelter and phone box, to increase the clerk’s monthly salary to £200 and to change bank accounts to Lloyds TSB. These items were approved (4 in favour).
Precept. It was agreed to postpone some decisions until the January meeting because of the low numbers of councillors present and the importance of the decisions. Grants that were agreed were £100 for the Monday Mardle, £450 for the Women’s Institute and the village Produce Show, £350 to the Friends of Chapel Green School and £300 to the Luncheon Club. A decision on a request from the Village Hall for £4779 to £8463 for new doors was postponed until the January meeting (4 in favour).
Public participation. New street lights by the crossing are still reflecting off the pond in to nearby properties. The Clerk is to contact councillor Stephen Askew about this.
Planning. (All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal – www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications - Parish Councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting).
New planning applications. Downmore Farm, Banham Road. Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling, Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q. (3PN/2019/0055/UC). A proposal to support was approved (4 in favour).
Land South of March Field Way. Residential development of 9 dwellings and associated external works (3PL/2019/1401/F). Second phase of the social housing planned for Old Buckenham. Adrian Joel explained that as Breckland’s Local Plan has just been approved, this would now place this development within the southern boundary of the parish and therefore count towards our quota. Several councillors questioned the need for these houses in Old Buckenham. It was also highlighted that the first phase of the development has created a few problems within the village such as lack of parking for the residents which is creating problems elsewhere, roads which are too small to cope with the levels of traffic and drainage problems. A proposal to object was approved (3 in favour, 1 abstain).
Land to north of Fen Street. Erection of four detached dwellings following outline permission (3PL/2019/1359/D). The Parish Council previously supported the PIP on this land by Stephen Askew. Some houses are now smaller than initially proposed. A proposal to support was approved (3 in favour, 1 abstain).
Land to the north-west of 29 Fen Street. Permission in Principle for the erection of one dwelling (Town and Country Planning) Permission in Principle (Amendment) Order 2019 (3PL/2019/1405/PIP).This application was previously supported by the Parish Council but rejected by Breckland due to lack of passing space. A proposal to support was approved (3 in favour, 1 abstain).
Planning decisions by Breckland Council. Downmoor Farm House, Banham Road. Change of use of outbuilding to office for financial services (A2)(3PL/2019/1020/CU).
Manor Corner, The Green. Two-storey side extension (3PL/2019/1259/HOU).
Old Buckenham Airfield, Abbey Road. Various enhancements and improvements to the Airfield including permanent placement of a decommissioned Rockwell Twin Aero Commander for use as Emergency Response training (no hot fire excercises), placement of up to two static caravans for use by key members of staff during events, creation of a small 'Memorial Park' at the centre of which will be a ground level scale depiction of the wartime airfield and addition of earth bund and fencing (3PL/2019/1231/F).
Land to the west of 22 Fen Street. Permission in principle for the erection of 4 dwellings (Town & Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 (3PL/2019/1257/PIP).
Land between Willow Cottage and Priest Hill Cottage, Fen Street. Permission in principle for the erection of one detached dwelling (Town & Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 (3PL/2019/1258/PIP).
All the above applications have now been considered and the applications have been approved by Breckland Council.
Policies review. Removal the requirement for a bank account in the Grants policy as many smaller groups don’t always have one and would be unfair to miss out on funding for this reason was approved (4 in favour). It was also agreed to delay any changes to the Health and Safety Policy until Jonn Hicks was present due to his knowledge of the subject.
Chairman’s report. This was provided in written form and is reproduced at the end of these notes.
Village Green Working Party. Fresh quotes and relevant certificates to carry out work on trees on the Green have been received from three companies. Proposal to give the job to the company giving the cheapest quote was approved (4 in favour).
Play Area. This will need to close until February 2020 for vital repairs and improvements ahead of an annual inspection.
Councillors’ reports. Mike Farrington was pleased to inform the council members that there have been no accidents at Puddledock in the last month.
Items for next agenda. These would include the Precept grants, having a paperless Parish Council and the Action Log.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 9 January at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Please note this is the second Thursday of the month. 

Chairman’s report. Good evening everyone, this year has been a busy year and I think we can all agree the Green is looking good. The area around Ottomer Pond has regrown and the lilies on the pond looked fabulous this summer. The telephone box has been refurbished with new windows installed and has been freshly painted. A big thank you to Colin Brown and Phil Little for all their help and time helping myself do this work. The Parish Council has been working hard to make our little village a beautiful place to live and raise a family and we thank everyone who helps with the various projects that happen throughout the year. We have purchased two more defibrillators and are awaiting installation of the cabinets.
You will all notice that the memorial bench for Alex Byrne has been installed, there are two more to be installed in the new year once families in question have purchased them. The play area is currently undergoing a few upgrades. You will see that the rope bridge on the climber has been replaced, a new concrete footpath has been laid and three new litter bins have been installed. The wood chip around the high climber is being removed and replaced with rubber balls that are safer for your children in case of a fall. The toddler swing seats will be replaced and new bearings for all the swings and roundabout. Also, the grass surface has been worn away under some of the equipment and needs replacing. Therefore it will require the play area to remain closed until the beginning of February. Some will question the need for this. It’s because we are due our yearly RoSPA safety inspection and many of these points were flagged up in last year’s report so we need these jobs done to enable us to get a first class pass certificate.
I have enjoyed being your Chairman this past year and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
With thanks.
Jonn Hicks

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Celebrations in Old Buckenham


A busy morning
Marilyn and Adrian Joel had their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday 6 December and this morning planted an Evergreen Oak on the Green in celebration. Thank you to the photographer who recorded the scene.
The blog editor could not be there for this event as he was busy, along with Mr Cool, presenting certificates of achievement to pupils at Chapel Green School during their morning assembly. 



Sunday, 15 December 2019

Switch-on in Old Buckenham

Tree is all lit up
The ceremonial switching on of the lights on the Christmas tree alongside Ottomer pond on the village Green took place at 4pm today.





Grant for Old Buckenham church

Christmas funding boost


All Saints church in Old Buckenham is to receive a £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grantshare from a £523,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust. This grant will help fund roof repairs at the Grade I listed All Saints church to make the church watertight andto preserve its historic fabric. The church is currently on the Historic England ‘At Risk Register’.
At the moment the main roof of the church is covered with scaffolding and a protective covering while re-thatching the building with local Norfolk reed is taking place.
Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, has said that the UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. To survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities but the cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves. This work on the roof repairs will help secure the future of this historic building for future generations and help to remove it from the Historic England ‘At Risk Register’.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Recycling in Old Buckenham

The bins are back
There is now a full set of recycling bins in the village hall car park. Bring along your newspaper and magazines, your clothing and textiles, your glass bottles and jars. Money raised through this recycling helps to support your village hall.



Tuesday, 10 December 2019

More from Old Buckenham Women's Institute

A busy year
The latest meeting of Old Buckenham WI was their annual meeting with reports on various aspects of the past year.
Secretary Betty Stacey reviewed the interesting speakers enjoyed during the year and the special events attended by members during this centenary year of the Norfolk Federation of WIs. The final event was be a Service of Thanksgiving in King's Lynn to be attended by some Old Buckenham members.
President Kate Lloyd reflected on the sadness this year brought with the death of some members and of some members' relatives. She looked forward to a fulfilling year in 2020. The committee was re-elected en bloc with one member having stood down and Kate was re-elected President. Mary Nicholls thanked Kate and the committee for their hard work during the year.
Alison Frank told members about her recent course at WI's Denman College learning about Kew Gardens including a visit there where she even managed the tree top walk. Susan Hunter reported on three quizzes entered by Old Buckenham WI in October and November. The team won the Village quiz, they came close in the next one but were let down by not knowing enough manufacturers of the 60 models of cars listed! Back in form they won the county WI Adviser's Quiz and were especially pleased to be the first winners of the Advisers' Centenary Rose Bowl.
Rosemary Pratt gave members details of the visit to Norfolk Cathedral's Broderers' Guild workshop where among other wonderful examples of needlework, they were working on altering the Birkbeck Cope to fit the new Bishop. They were also able to view the 'house' made of hand-knitted scarves, each one representing a homeless person. This had been put up by St Martins Trust in the Cathedral and to which some of our members had contributed.
Doris Monkhouse reviewed an evening visit by several members to Hotter's Shoe Shop in Norwich. Plied with drinks and nice refreshments, a short history of Hotter and a fashion show by staff, members were then let loose to browse and select shoes, etc. Most bought more than one item at a special reduction for the evening. Susan even found a pair of shoes which exactly matched her dress.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham is on Thursday 23 January starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when the speaker will be Gavin Binkerton-Jones talking about 'Norfolk wildlife through the lens'.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Undercover work in Old Buckenham

All Saints church roof
With all the old thatch removed, the builders are now checking over the state of the roof timbers so that work can start on putting on the new reed thatching.
Pictures kindly taken by Bill Rout



Saturday, 30 November 2019

Old Buckenham village newsletter for December

All the latest news
This issue is now being distributed around the village. Learn about an opportunity to be Father Christmas, the date of the next Bingo, the Christmas Eve service at All Saints, the next OB Players panto and how the editor won (and spent) £10.






Thursday, 28 November 2019

Rest of the year in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for December

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

Wednesday 4    Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Church, 2.30pm

Thursday 5    Women's Institute Christmas Lunch

Thursday 5    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 6    Chapel Green School Christmas Fayre, 9.30am to 11.30am

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

Thursday 12    Polling Station at Village Hall, 7am to 10pm

Thursday 12    Breckland Flower and Garden Club, 2pm

Thursday 12    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Saturday 14    Bingo, Church Rooms, 2pm

Sunday 15    Silver Band and Christmas tree lights on Green, 4pm

Wednesday 18    Songs of praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Friday 20    Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Tuesday 24         'Follow the star' service, Church Rooms, 7pm


January 2020

Wednesday 1    Village photo at Church Rooms, 10.30am

Wednesday 1    Village walk starts from Church Rooms, 10.30am

Friday, 22 November 2019

Open Gardens again in Old Buckenham

Would you like to be involved?
Dates for a big weekend in June 2020.


Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Planting bulbs in Old Buckenham

Dig now, colour appears later

Have you an hour or two to spare this Friday?


Eating out in Old Buckenham

Try out our new restaurant
Why not get together with some friends and book yourselves a table at the village's latest eating place?






















If you are wondering where this will all take place then you need to go to Chapel Green School on Friday 29 November.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Latest from Old Buckenham parish council


News for all villagers 
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes so may contain information that is amended at a later date. 
Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 7 November in the Village Hall, Old Buckenham. Those present were councillors Jonn Hicks (Chair), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel, Mike Farrington, Terry Cook and Gemma Frost. Also attending were Rachel Noyes (Clerk), County and District councillor Stephen Askew and twelve members of the public. Andy Nicholls and Ben Devlin had both sent apologies for non-attendance.
The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 3 October 2019 were approved (6 in favour). There were no matters arising.
Public participation relating to agenda items. Stephen Askew said there was still some flooding on Hargham Road despite previous work. He will use his councillor’s budget to complete more work but if that fails, they will have to dig up the road and do full repair work. Improvement work on Church Lane has not fully resolved the flooding problem. The local drainage is due to be upgraded in 2021/22 and he will continue to monitor the situation. He has also used his councillor’s budget for new signs advertising the village shop.
Jonn Hicks pointed out that shingle needs replacing outside Post Office Terrace after the crossing work. He is meeting with D Jacklin from Highways to discuss the frequent car crashes at Puddledock Corner, Stephen Askew was also invited to also attend this meeting.
Adrian Joel enquired about getting a new name plate for Fen Street .A parishioner has noticed that “new traffic signals ahead” sign obscures the flashing speed sign on approach from Attleborough. Also the reflector posts next to Manor Pond and the old style black and white signpost by Manor Pond are needing attention. The clerk to report to Highways.
A parishioner who cuts grass on the Green near the entrance to Oaklands asked about the Village Green Working Party – this would be discussed later. Jonn Hicks thanked this parishioner on behalf of the Parish Council for his work as it always looked great and offered a fuel donation for his lawn mower as a thank you.
Financial Report. The Community account balance is £43,235.40. Income received was £450 (community car).
Payments that were approved (6 in favour) totalled £2,198.48 which included £175.50 to the community car drivers, £749.21 for new play area bins, £577.32 for newsletter paper and £66 for village hall hire.
Planning applications. All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal – www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications. Parish councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting.
Land to the west of 22 Fen Street. Permission in principle for the erection of 4 dwellings (Town & Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 (3PL/2019/1257/PIP).
Adrian Joel explained that there was a slight error in the Planning Statement. It stated that Old Buckenham needed to build 37 houses for its quota. However 20 have already been built and a further 6 have been approved leaving a requirement of 17 houses to be built by 2036. Several councillors expressed concern about several key factors including drainage, highways/traffic issues and an environmentally sensitive hedge that would be removed. The developer was present and explained that the application had just been updated which will mean that most of the hedge would be kept and the Breckland Tree Officer would therefore support it. Several residents of Fen Street expressed their concerns on the same issues as well as other utilities (such as water) and questioned whether there was actually a need for more housing. It was also felt by some that there was no consideration about alternative forms of transport, such as walkers or cyclists. Gemma Frost explained that the application showed that rainwater was going to be taken to a soakaway and that passing places had been suggested. She also felt that it was not the developer’s responsibility to fix the existing problems on Fen Street and that it stated in the application that the developer was willing to work with residents. It was highlighted that the Parish Council had previously approved an application for four dwellings on Fen Street. A proposal not to support this application was approved (4 in favour, 1 against, 1 abstain).
Land between Willow Cottage and Priest Hill Cottage, Fen Street. Permission in principle for the erection of one detached dwelling (3PL/2019/1258/PIP). The Parish Council expressed similar views and concerns as for the above application. This application is located opposite a piece of land that the Parish Council previously supported a single dwelling with no passing place. However Breckland rejected it. This application does include a passing place. Some councillors highlighted the need to be consistent in their decisions. A proposal not to support this application was approved (3 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstain).
Manor Corner, The Green. Two-storey side extension (3PL/2019/1259/HOU). The applicants were present and explained that this would not extend beyond the current footprint of the property and will end up similar to neighbouring properties. They have worked very closely with Historic Officer to ensure they are happy the appearance of the extension and that the correct materials are used. A proposal to accept this application was approved (7 in favour).
Old Buckenham Airfied, Abbey Road. Various enhancements and improvements to the Airfield. Permanent placement of a decommissioned Rockwell Twin Aero Commander for use as Emergency Response training (no hot fire exercises). Placement of up to two static caravans for use by key members of staff during events. Creation of a small 'Memorial Park' at the centre of which will be a ground level scale depiction of the wartime airfield. Addition to earthbund and fencing (3PL/2019/1231/F). Councillors were pleased to support the airfield as it is an important asset to the village. However there was some concern about the possibility of the static caravans being let out in the future. A proposal to support the application was agreed (6 in favour) on the condition that the caravans are not to be residential.
Double Banks Farm, Old Buckenham Road, Carleton Rode. Change of use of existing waste processing/composting facility to a household, commercial and industrial waste processing and recycling facility to produce refuse derived fuel and solid recovered fuel grade material (FUL/2019/0010).
While the site is in Carleton Rode, it is near to Old Buckenham and so is passed to Old Bukenham Parish Council for consultation. Steve Milner and Jonn Hicks have visited the site and explained that the proposed change of use is excellent as it will convert waste plastic into pellets which are combustible. However great concern by lots of councillors over the lack of information about the designated routes for lorries travelling to/from the facility. This could affect neighbouring villages and some roads have weight limits. While very keen to support alternatives to fossil fuels, the Parish Council decided to withhold any decision until more information on traffic routes is made available.
Downmore Farm, Banham Road. Prior approval for change of use of agricultural building to a dwelling (Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q) (3PN/2019/0055/UC). Due to receiving notification on the day of the meeting, a request will be made to delay the deadline and the application will be discussed at December’s meeting.
Planning decision by Breckland Council. College Park Caravan Park, Doe Lane. Retrospective planning application for change of use from agricultural land to leisure use (3PL/2019/0958/F). This application has now been considered and has been approved.
Ottomer Pond benches. All three plinths have been assigned. The design for one bench has been approved.
Action Log. Gemma Frost updated councillors on progress of items on the Action Log
Standing Orders review. One amendment made to edit 3e to say ‘Any further involvement at the discretion of the chairman’ and to remove 3g.
Neighbourhood Plan. Jonn Hicks, Steve Milner and Adrian Joel attended a Neighbourhood Planning course in October. The presenter of the course had written one herself. Old Buckenham has already completed a village survey and has the area designated. Next need is to decide which policies to focus on and then look to hire a consultant to help write them. The presenter highlighted the need to show that the Parish Council are actively engaging with the community throughout the process. It is intended to start by using the village meeting on Saturday 11 January 2020 to consult on ideas (see next item on May Bank Holiday). A Neighbourhood Plan will give Old Buckenham Parish Council more power regarding the future planning and development of the village.
(Gemma Frost had to leave the meeting early)
May Bank Holiday. Jonn Hicks has suggested having a Food Festival and Craft Market on the Green on Sunday 24 May 2020 to raise funds for the repair of the village windmill. Live music would follow in the evening. To discuss the proposed event and establish the level of interest, there will be a Village Meeting on Saturday 11 January at 10am at the Village Hall. This will also be used as an opportunity to discuss a Neighbourhood Plan.
Village Green Working Party. A tree survey has been carried out for work that needs doing and three quotes received from local tree surgeons. The quotes were £1560, £2720 and £2920. There was confusion about how one quote could be significantly lower than the other two. While two quotes were accompanied by a clear break down of the specific work involved, one was more vague. There was also concern about whether all three companies had the necessary safety certificates to complete the work. The Parish Council decided that the companies should be asked to requote for the work but they must include a clearer job specification including the removal of all wood from site, a copy of their Public Liability Statement and RAM Statement.
Road Safety. Steve Milner will be collecting and receiving training on using the new SAM 2 speed equipment on Sunday 14 November.
Play Area. Work has been done on both the bridge and the path. An inspection is due in February. Several matters need urgent attention to ensure the play area will pass this inspection such as re-turfing under the swings, re-making the tractor and replacing the surface under the climbing frame. Because of the height of the frame and a potential falls, rubber pellets must now be used. Two quotes have been received for removing the current chippings and membrane and then replacing the wooden edging, installing a new membrane and filling with new rubber pellets. The quotes were for £5,300 and £4,100.It was agreed to accept the lower quote (5 in favour).
Councillors’ reports. Steve Milner explained that new CAA regulations are coming in to force regarding the flying drones. There should not be any drones flown on the Green anyway because of the nearby airfield. Terry Cook reported back on Village Hall matters. The PA system has been updated. The refurbishment of the Village Hall means that there will be a small rise in hiring fees after being the same for several years. The hall will be the polling station in next month’s General Election. There was a query over who has authority over use of the Recreation Area – the Village Hall or the Parish Council? As the Parish Council owns the land, the Parish Council should have final say. There have been requests for new football posts and to plant some trees on the land.
Mike Farrington asked that people be careful driving through Puddledock. He has witnessed an increase in road traffic accidents recently with the winter weather causing problems. It was suggested that he should keep a detailed list of all the accidents even if the police did not attend. Adrian Joel said that the allotment rents are due and that the Christmas tree for the Green has been ordered.
Items for the next agenda would include an update on the proposed weather radar.
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 5 December at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. The first meeting in 2020 will be on Thursday 9 January, a week later than the usual date.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Christmas Fayre in Old Buckenham

Come along to Chapel Green School

Visit the school next month, the poster says it all.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Remembrance in Old Buckenham

At our war memorial on the Green
The sun was shining, the trees were in their autumn colours and many villagers and village organisations were in attendance.
Here are some photos to give a flavour of the occasion. Click on the images to see them at a larger size.

Tidying up the site the day before
Police attend to block the road
Gathering around the memorial





Many wreaths were laid





Primary School children with the book they have prepared
The wreaths on the memorial
Walking back to the Church Rooms

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Free evening talk in Old Buckenham

Norfolk's Living Landscape






















Come along to Old Buckenham Village Hall on Friday 22 November and let Caroline Spinks of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust take you on a photographic journey through Norfolk's varied landscapes.
There is no need to book. The event is free and there will be a bar, coffee and tea available.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Next stage in Old Buckenham re-thatching

The thatch has been cleared
The old reed that covered the main roof of All Saints Church in Old Buckenham has now all been removed and the rafters can just be seen through a gap in the covering that surrounds the protective scaffolding. The roof will now be examined to see what timber repairs may be needed.
The blog editor has been trying to take some illustrative photographs and these are best he can manage. Click on the images to enlarge them.





More old reed to be taken away

Monday, 4 November 2019

Re-thatching progress in Old Buckenham

Under cover work
Working  under the protective roof, the removal of the old thatching material from All Saints Church has begun. Another load of old reed being loaded up to be carted away.




Saturday, 2 November 2019

November Market in Old Buckenham

Come along and join in
Next Saturday is an opportunity to have some homemade soup and a roll while chatting to other villagers (after you have been round the various stalls and bought your raffle tickets).


Thursday, 31 October 2019

Another Old Buckenham newsletter

November issue is out there somewhere

The blog editor has been going round the village this morning leaving batches here and there. You may get one through your letter box in the next day or two, otherwise there are copies in the village shop, the pub and the airfield.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

What to do in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for November 

Monday 4 Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 5 Coffee and Chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 6 Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Church, 2.30pm

Thursday 7 Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 10 Remembrance service on Green from 10.50am
  
Wednesday 13 Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 14    Breckland Flower and Garden Club, 2pm

Thursday 14    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

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

Wednesday 20 Songs of praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Friday 22 Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Friday 22 Talk on Commons, NWT, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

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

Friday 29 Restaurant evening, Chapel Green School, 6pm to 8pm