Friday, 23 March 2018

More trees in Old Buckenham

Anniversary plantings
On Monday 19 March two black poplar saplings were planted on the Green to celebrate the diamond wedding anniversary of Max and Pauline Bott. Pauline did the planting, assisted by John Fernihaugh. These plants have been raised by Pauline from cuttings taken from the rather rare and old female black poplar tree that exists on the village Green.

Today, Friday 23 March, was the time for another planting. This time it was a hornbeam tree planted to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Old Buckenham Womens’ Institute. Several members gathered on the Green to watch the tree being planted by two of the longest-serving members, Pauline Bartlett and Jean Wade.

Someone is digging on the Green!
Getting the tree into position
Group photo

Good job done

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Old Buckenham Green survey report

What villagers think

Some 600 questionnaires were delivered via the Six Villages newsletter asking residents their views on the condition of the village Green. Of these 57 were returned (47 on paper and 10 by email) of which 46 people thought the Green looked better, four didn't and seven didn't answer the question. 
The response was very positive concerning the grass cutting times and the paths with the emphasis on preserving wildlife and wild flowers. Pruning of trees, litter removal and sensitive upkeep of ponds were thought to be important. Villagers wanted to use the Green more for village activities including sport and approved of the combined litter/poo bins. One downside mentioned is the increasing wearing away of the Green by car parking, not just on the tracks but on the grass which in poor weather is increasing muddy erosion. A lot of people offered help for an organised tidy up, ongoing litter picking, sponsoring new trees, work around the ponds and putting posts on edges to discourage parking.
Please come along to the Annual Parish Meeting on Friday 13 April starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall where you will have the chance to discuss these matters further.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Treasure found in Old Buckenham

Treasure Quest ends up at Old Buckenham Mill
The BBC Radio Norfolk Treasure Quest programme was out and about the county earlier today. The clues took the 'runner' Julie Reinger and 'pilot' Anna Perrott all around South Norfolk before leading them to the windmill in Old Buckenham at around 11.30am.
They had worked out that the treasure envelope would be somewhere among the five millstones so they climbed up via the wooden ladders to the second floor. The clue was soon discovered and Julie had the chance to hear something about the history of the mill from Pete Twissell.
If you would like to listen to the programme you will find it at for the next four weeks. The local part starts about two and a half hours in.
The blog editor was there to take a few photos. It really was cold in there today.

If you have never been inside the mill it will first open to the public this year on Sunday 8 April from 2pm to 5pm and then at the same time on the second Sunday of the month up until September.
And if you have ever wondered what the treasure in the brown envelope looked like...

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Run for a good cause (and a medal)
Sunday 22 April will see the first Old Buckenham 10km race taking place in the village. Today was a chance to take some publicity pictures for the local papers.

The 'real' race in April will start from the Village Hall in Abbey Road at 11am (apart from the wheelchair race will start 5 minutes before the runners). It is being organised by the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust with entry management and chip timing services provided by Total Race Timing. All profits from the event will go to the ‘Raise the Roof Fund’ for the re-thatching of All Saints church in Old Buckenham.
The Old Buckenham 2000 Trust Facebook Group will be giving regular updates and is the place to ask any questions but here are some of the details.
The race director is Celia Clarke ( and the technical details can be found at
Entry cost £15 and all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Getting on for a hundred runners have signed up so far with room for a couple of hundred more.
Registration is at the Village Hall from 9.45am. Parking will be provided at the three village schools and the village hall, these car parks will open at 9.30am. At registration runners will collect their race number as they will not be sent out in the post. Race times will be recorded with a timing tag that is attached to the lace of one of the runners’ shoes.
No person (except a blind runner’s attendant) or animal may accompany a competitor at any point on the course – this means no dogs, no buggies, no push chairs, and no following cycles, no children joining in with you as you run up the finishing straight. All competitors must compete on foot, roller skates, etc, are prohibited but the course is suitable for wheelchairs.
There are no changing facilities so participants need to come ready to run. Drinks and cakes will be available for competitors from 9.45am. Competitors will arrive at the start line from 10.45am and the race will start promptly at 11am. The start/finish road will be closed to traffic for the event.
The 10km course heads out into the countryside along quiet roads and will be clearly marked at every km, finishing back on the Green.
The presentation of trophies will take place in the Village Hall approximately 45 minutes after the first finisher (the fastest runners will take about half an hour to complete the course, the slowest may take one and a half hours). There will be a medal for all finishers plus trophies for top finishers in the following categories. The over-all race winners and runners-up, both male and female and also for those first in each age class, both male and female, (under 18, 18 to 39, 40 to44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64and those over 65.
If you would like to help on the race day rather than take part as a runner then please contact Celia Clarke ( or message the Trust on Facebook (Old Buckenham 2000 Trust) They will be very pleased to hear from you.
The blog editor was also taking photos at today's event but was taken by surprise when a local interloper arrived on the scene...

Friday, 16 March 2018

Newspaper deliveries in Old Buckenham

Getting the news
Banham Post Office has only been able to take on a limited number of those people who would like their morning newspapers delivered now that their original supplier is no longer doing it. It is understood that the One Stop Shop in Attleborough would be willing to start a round in Old Buckenham if there are enough customers. They have some villagers on their list and could do with another dozen or more.
Please ring Sue at the shop on 01953 453257 and let her know you are interested. Also if you have friends/neighbours who are not likely to read this blog or be on Facebook then please pass this information on. Thank you.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Publicity for Old Buckenham run

Please do your bit this Saturday
Calling all supporters of the Raise the Roof project and all those lovely people who are taking part in the 10k run being run in the village on Sunday 22 April. 

The local papers are aiming to write an article about this 10k run and the Raise the Roof project. They are coming to take photographs this Saturday 17 March at 9.30am outside All Saints church and would like as many supporters and runners (in running gear) as possible to be there. It would be wonderful if lots of villagers were able to come along and support this.

Old Buckenham Parish Council

Latest discussions
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.
The Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 1 March at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Those present were Andy Nicholl, (Vice-chairman in the chair), Gemma Frost, Phil Little and Steve Milner. Also attending were Andy Emms (temporary Parish Clerk) and one member of the public. It was announced that the Chairman of the parish council had received the resignation of Sarah Hornbrook as a parish councillor. He had asked that thanks be recorded to Sarah for what she had done for the village and the parish council during her time as a councillor. The vacancy would need to be advertised in the usual way. Apologies for absence had been received from Adrian Joel, Ben Devlin and Jon Hicks.
Minutes of last meeting. The minutes of the parish council meeting held on 1 February 2018 were agreed and there were no matters arising.
Public participation. No matters were raised.
Update on new Parish Clerk. Phil Little reported that interviews for the appointment of the new parish clerk would be arranged in March. The parish property, records and documentation had been collected from the former parish clerk. There was a significant amount of paperwork and the council may need to consider arranging for suitable secure storage. This will be considered at the next meeting.
Planning applications. The Priory, Abbey Road. Conversion of existing barn to provide one-bed annex. Agreed, unanimously, to support the application.
Rosendale, Fen Street. Single storey extension. Agreed, unanimously, to support the application.
Breckland Local Plan. The chairman reported that Adrian Joel had been informed that the council would have the opportunity to make its representations at the hearing at 2pm on Thursday 7 June. As discussed at the last meeting both Adrian Joel and Steve Milner would appear on the council’s behalf. A statement would be prepared with the assistance of Sarah Hornbrook which Adrian Joel would submit as chairman of the parish council.
Financial matters. The chairman reported that Breckland District Council had agreed to provide £900 as its one-third share of the community car scheme with the other two thirds being provided by the passengers themselves and the parish council. £100 had been received from Colin and Sarah Brown and £50 from Steve Hicks as donations towards the resurfacing or the track at Post Office Terrace. The council’s gratitude was recorded. The total of donations received so far was £250 reducing the total cost to the parish council to £810 from £1060 and it was hoped that further donations would be forthcoming. A further £80 had also been received from Steve Hicks as payment for his two allotments
Chairman’s report. The Chairman reported that Adrian Joel had volunteered to take on the position of Community Car Co-ordinator, a position that had been vacant since Mike Craven-Romain had ceased in the role. He would begin in May and would then be able to update the drivers’ records, send monthly mileage/trips information to Norfolk Community Foundation and increase the number of drivers. It was also reported that Adrian Joel had received confirmation from Norfolk County Council that it had set up a ‘sinking fund’ for Chapel Green School to take on the maintenance responsibility of the upgraded footpath to link the new school building with existing schools. He had confirmed that the parish council was content with this arrangement and agreed that contractors could cut back the hedgerow and trees before the nesting season commenced.
District Councillor’s report. On behalf of Adrian Joel, Andy Nicholls reported that Breckland District Council expected the revised version of the Attleborough Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE) to be available for inspection in the following four to six weeks. There would be a four-week public consultation for those who commented on the original plan, including residents and the parish council, before it was considered by the Planning Committee.
Village Green Management Committee. A summary report of action completed and proposed had been circulated. The chairman said that he had inspected the parking space opposite the post office with John Fernihough of the village green management committee (VGMC). The parking space originally set out had been extended by encroachment and both the original and the unofficial parking spaces were in need of attention. As part of the consideration of what action could be undertaken, discussions would be held with the Lord of the Manor and the Green Rights Proprietors on the possibility of incorporating the encroachment as part of the formal parking space. The costs of extending and repairing the spaces was likely to be £750. Councillors accepted that it was sensible to incorporate the additional space subject to permissions and detailed costings. Phil Little suggested that an alternative to the wooden posts should be considered as these were vulnerable to damage by large lorries and tractors and trailers, etc. The VGMC had suggested that installing a drain at a cost of 'a few hundred pounds’ would address the problem of the large puddles forming between the Gamekeeper car park and Post Office Terrace. It was suggested that using tarmac to fill the hole might be a cheaper alternative and if work was undertaken on the parking space outside the post office as discussed earlier there would be economy of scale in asking the contractor to do both jobs at the same time. The VGMC was asked to consider these matters again at its March meeting and the parish council would include them as an agenda item for their next meeting.
Road safety. Steve Milner said that Norfolk County Council had set up equipment to monitor vehicle movements in the village. He suggested that the parish council continued to do its own monitoring when and where appropriate. Following the resignation as councillor of Rona Boggia, he would be happy to take on the lead on road safety issues and councillors welcomed and accepted that offer.
Councillors’ reports. Steve Milner said that several people had reported that the lights alongside the entrance road to the Chapel Green School had been on at various times late at night. The school had been informed and reminded of the planning restrictions which limited the time these lights should be on. He also showed pictures taken of lights being left on at the two other schools and the village hall and he would bring this to their attention. Steve Milner said he had been asked by residents if the parish council could do anything about the speed of large tractors with trailers which regularly used the road passing the entrance to Oaklands. This was also an issue on other roads through the village and as well as the danger, they often caused damage to the verges. It was suggested that if anyone saw such activity which was mainly by agricultural contractors and could record registration numbers and any livery information, then the council would contact the companies concerned. This subject would be considered further at the next meeting. Phil Little said he had been contacted by residents about the condition of the path past the old forge between the post office and Post Office Terrace which was often flooded. This too would be considered at the next meeting.
Village Sign. It was noted that the village sign had been taken down and sent for repair.
Annual Parish Meeting. This would be on Friday 13 April 2018 in the village hall starting at 7.30pm. A draft agenda for the annual parish meeting had been prepared by Adrian Joel and circulated. Karin Heap, Head of Chapel Green School, had been approached to be guest speaker and had indicated she was available.
The following agenda was agreed:
1. Welcome
2. Agree minutes of last Annual Parish Meeting held in March 2017
3. Matters arising
4. Chairman’s report
5. District Councillor’s report
6. Guest speaker – Karin Heap, Head of Chapel Green School
7. Village Green report
8. Issues raised by members of the public
Co-option of three councillors. The vacancies had been advertised on the parish notice board and in social media. The closing date for applications to be co-opted onto the parish council was Saturday 17 March. Interviews will be held at the next parish council meeting scheduled for Thursday 5 April.
Defibrillator. In the absence of a full time parish clerk, the Community Heartbeat Trust had not been contacted regarding the possibility of purchasing defibrillators for the village hall and the phone box. Phil Little said that he was happy to progress this.
Items for the next meeting. These would include storage of parish records/documentation, signatories on the bank account, possibility of fireworks/bonfire on the Green and speeding tractors/lorries.

The next parish council meeting will be held on Thursday 5 April commencing at 7.30pm at the village hall.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Old Buckenham talk on famous people

Social and Wine Circle
The Social and Wine Circle met in the Old Buckenham Church Rooms on Thursday 8 March to hear Basil Abbott talk about famous people from Diss. Basil is the manager of Diss Museum and has always been keen to promote the history of people with a connection to the town. 
He started with John Skelton, a Tudor poet laureate and satirist, who was appointed tutor to Prince Henry (afterwards King Henry VIII of England) as well as becoming rector of Diss.
He then went on to talk about Sir John Betjeman who also became poet laureate and made a famous (locally anyway) television programme about the town. Thomas Paine was his next subject. Thomas, known for his views on politics, ethics and religion, was born in Thetford where he is commemorated with a large statue but spent a year living in Diss - enough to get him mentioned in this talk. Other people mentioned included the many people of the Manning family who served as vicars at St Mary's Church. Also born in Diss was Ethel Le Neve, the mistress of the infamous Dr Crippen hanged for the murder of his wife in 1910.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle will be on Thursday 12 April when Dr Sarah Dorling will be returning to give part two of her talk on radiation. These meetings are open to all, why not come along?

Friday, 9 March 2018

Old Buckenham club's AGM

Breckland Flower and Garden Club 

Breckland Flower and Garden Club had their AGM on Thursday 8 March. They first handed over a cheque to Services by Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV), more commonly known as the Norfolk Blood Bikers who have been the Club's chosen charity for the last twelve months. The money raised came to a total of £1128.39
Joy Tunmore was as voted in as Chairman and Christine Hewson will be President for the next year. Sylvia Briggs won the trophy for gaining the most points in the show table classes and also the most points trophy for the year in the advanced class flower arranging competition.
A more detailed report will be posted later.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Newspaper deliveries in Old Buckenham

Getting your morning papers
Some Old Buckenham residents have learnt today that the existing deliverer of their morning newspapers will be discontinuing this service at the end of this week.
Neil from Banham Post Office does at present deliver to some parts of Old Buckenham  and may be able to take on a few more customers. You can contact him on 01953887216.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Long ride in Old Buckenham...

...but staying in the pub
You may have seen the Gamekeeper's post about this event to take place on Saturday 28 July. Tony Man is planning planing to have five cyclists on static trainers riding 100 miles each to raise funds for Orchid Cancer (for information on Orchid please visit 

Tony is wondering if it would be possible to have ten cyclists taking part so that the total of miles ridden would reach 1000 miles. Don't be scared to come and have a go. Contact Tony if you would like to volunteer.
The agenda for the day is:
11am, start the challenge
5pm, Charity barbecue - all proceeds to the the Orchid Cancer charity.
Also discussions are taking place with British Cycling about running a Bikeabilty level 1 in the pub car park. This would cover all the basics from fitting helmets and bike inspection to good control, use of gears and stopping safely. Why not enroll your children on this course? This course is outcome-based so nobody fails and they all get a badge at the end. More details as soon as this is confirmed.
Donations please to and they will go direct to Orchid.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Collecting bins in Old Buckenham

Service disruption in Breckland

The bin collection service is expected to remain suspended until Monday 5 March. This is because of safety concerns in light of the icy conditions on some roads and paths.
Breckland Council will resume collecting all bins from Monday 5 March so if your bin is due to be emptied on Monday 5 March, please place it out as normal.
If your bin was missed during this week due to the weather, leave it out until it is collected. Some households may end up with more than one bin out at the same time.
Please note that different bins will be collected at different times and possibly not on the same day. If the roads are still icy and cannot be accessed safely then the Council will keep trying until they are able to collect.
The garden waste collection is suspended 
until the week beginning Monday 12 March so don't put your bin out.
Please ensure your bins are out ready for collection by 7am.
Updates, if there is continued disruption, can be found via Twitter or Facebook (@BreckCouncil). Or you can put Breckland bin collections into your favourite search engine.
The Council will be contacting individual customers to rearrange bulky waste collections.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Old Buckenham happenings during March

Diary dates for March
Thursday 1         Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30 pm
Monday 5           Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Tuesday 6           Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards
Wednesday 7      Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Thursday 8         Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm
Thursday 8         Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm
Saturday 10        Table top sale and car wash, Village Hall, 1pm to 3pm
Friday 16            Visits from Mobile Library during morning
Monday 19         Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Monday 19         Fete planning meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Wednesday 21   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Wednesday 21   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm
 Thursday 22      Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Snowy time in Old Buckenham

Some images of a white village
 A few pictures, some from my neighbour Colin, taken during the last couple of days.

Latest Old Buckenham newsletter

March issue is here
Luckily copies of the March edition were taken around on Monday before most of the snow fell so you should be getting one through your letterbox or be able to pick one up somewhere.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Flower club meeting in Old Buckenham

Inspired by nature
Breckland Flower and Garden Club welcomed Wendy Goodliffe to Old Buckenham Village Hall for their February meeting. Her demonstration was titled "Inspired by Nature" and Wendy worked her magic on the stage creating some beautiful arrangements using a wide variety of flowers and foliage. All her arrangements were inspired by nature and events in her life. Whilst she worked, she told stories of her life experiences and love of flower arranging that she enjoyed sharing by teaching others. Wendy judged the competition "Inspiration from the Garden" and the winner was Sandra Sanford. In the table show for a heart made from garden plant material Christine Hewson was first and Joy Tunmore second.
The next meeting, on Thursday 8 March, will be the Club’s AGM.
There will be a talk and the presentation of a cheque to the Blood Bikers charity, plus a demonstration "Eggstravaganza".
If you would like to come along to a meeting or for further information about the club please contact Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Hearing about lowland rescue
The new President, Kate Lloyd, welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year, including one new member. The evening began with Mike Bartlett explaining the difficulties with fund-raising for the re-thatching of the church roof and encouraged all to attend the meeting on Tuesday 20 February.
The Christmas charity collection had raised £104 for the Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services charity.
After the business of the meeting which included information about lots of opportunities for craft, sports and educational events, there was a most informative talk from Jim Whiteside on the work of Norfolk Lowland Rescue.
This is entirely run by volunteers who, along with Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, the Coastguard and the RNLI, form an invaluable service searching for people, saving over £4million from paid resources. People go missing for a variety of reasons. They can be lost, usually on mountains. It is not easy to be totally lost in Norfolk as sooner or later you will meet a dwelling or a road. There are those who are voluntarily missing, those with dementia or having had an accident or child abduction.
Lowland Rescue is called in following a report to the police and research statistics enable them to identify the most likely areas to search. They are trained in techniques for efficient searching which includes flood response and they are keen to teach water awareness.
After a break for refreshments there was a great deal of discussion on the five resolutions shortlisted for final voting at the WI Annual Meeting in June. These resolutions are generated from individual WIs across the country and cover issues deemed worth campaigning for. Each member had one vote; these will be collated and the two subjects accruing most votes will be discussed again at the May meeting.
Overall winners of the 2017 competitions were awarded tokens. Kathy Fleckney won most points for the monthly competition and Susan Hunter won for Flower of the Month. The evening ended with birthday posies distributed and the raffle drawn.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham WI is on Thursday 22 March starting at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speaker will be Fay Jones on the 'Wonderful World of Stinging Nettles.'

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Old Buckenham Parish Council

Latest minutes
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 1 February. Those present were Adrian Joel (Chairman), Rona Boggia, Ben Devlin, Gemma Frost (following co-option), Jon Hicks, Sarah Hornbrook, Phil Little, Steve Milner and Andy Nicholls Also present were eight members of the public and Andy Emms, the temporary Parish Clerk). The Chairman announced that he had received letters of resignation from Jonathan Kemp and Paul Philips. He explained that there was a statutory requirement to advertise these vacancies and, if no election is required, then the council could consider co-opting councillors at a future meeting.
Co-option of new parish councillor. 
The Chairman said that three candidates had applied to be co-opted following the resignation of Susan Brown. The three candidates (Gemma Frost, Paul Jackson and David Lumb) were each given the opportunity to speak for up to three minutes to explain why they wanted to become a parish councillor, identify any areas of the council’s activities they were particularly interested in and to highlight what relevant skills and experience they had. Councillors then had an opportunity to ask the candidates questions. After a secret ballot of councillors the temporary Parish Clerk announced that Gemma Frost had been duly elected. The Chairman congratulated Gemma Frost and after she had made and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office, invited her to join the meeting. The Chairman also thanked the unsuccessful candidates for applying and it was highlighted that following the two recent resignations, there would be a further opportunity to put themselves forward again.
Minutes of the January meeting. These were approved.
Matters arising from January minutes. It was reported that Buckenham Pre-school will become part of the Wymondham College Academy Trust in April this year and as it would no longer be a charity it was not eligible to receive the grant agreed at the last meeting.
Public participation. A parishioner said that he had been informed that the signs on the dog waste bins were adequate and legal. He suggested that consideration be given to extending the Hargham Road footpath and commented on the poor condition of the parking area on the edge of the Green opposite the post office. Gemma Frost was asked to raise these issues at the next meeting of the Village Green Working Party. The parishioner also queried why there were two walnut trees planted close together at the junction of Stacksford Road and the Warren as these would surely undermine each other. Steve Milner explained that he had raised donations to replace the historic walnut tree which had fallen down but a generous local resident had planted one before he had the chance to do so. He decided to plant his tree as they were prone to failure and if both did take hold, the weaker one would be removed and replanted elsewhere. The parishioner said he had suggested previously that the minutes of parish council meetings should include details of actions undertaken by the council to improve communications with parishioners. The temporary Parish Clerk said that the minutes were a statutory record of decisions taken at a meeting. However, the issue of improving communications was a matter being addressed by the council as discussed at the last meeting.
Linda Foulger, secretary of the village hall management committee (VHMC), said that at the recent joint meeting with parish councillors she had been surprised to find that some councillors were not aware of the VHMC’s ‘hundred club’ draw which was an important fundraiser and also gave parishioners the chance to win cash prizes. The first of the monthly draws would take place in February. Both councillors and parishioners could contact her or any VHMC member to enter the draw throughout 2018.
Sarah Dye showed councillors the village Green tree map identifying the position of all individual trees on the Green. The aim was to update the map with the species of each tree and the names of individuals responsible for each tree where relevant.
Declarations of interests. Sarah Hornbrook said that she had changed jobs and her new employer would be acting as agents for potential developers within the Attleborough Strategic Urban Extension. She would need to update her register of interests accordingly.
New Parish Clerk. The chairman said that three applications had been received for the post of parish clerk. He had arranged for the collection of parish council property from the previous clerk.
Planning applications. Land to the south of Stacksford House. Resolved, with 7 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to support this application.
West View, The Green. Resolved ,with 7 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to support the application.
Sarah Hornbrook said that the examination in public of the Breckland Local Plan would commence on Tuesday 10 April and the parish council had the opportunity to register to appear. A hearing statement would need to be sent by Monday 19 March. She would be able to help prepare the statement but would not be able to attend. The chairman and Steve Milner said they would like to appear and the chairman would register with the Inspector the intention to appear.
Financial matters. The chairman said that he had amended the bank mandate as both previous parish clerks were still named on it. He, Sarah Hornbrook and Andy Nichols were the new designated signatories for the bank account. He also expressed gratitude to Mr and Mrs Bishop for their donation of £100 towards the cost of improvements to the driveway in front of their property at Rod Alley Row. It was hoped that other donations might be forthcoming.
Felling of beech tree. The chairman said that as the tree had fallen down there was no requirement to consider approving a spend to fell the dangerous tree.
Tagging the trees on the Green. Ben Devlin suggested that the species of trees could be recorded on a spreadsheet and the village Green map. He did not consider that spending £400 on physically tagging each tree was necessary. During discussion it was suggested that tagging would help if parishioners needed to report potential dangerous trees. It was agreed, with 4 voting for, 1 against and 3 abstentions, to approve spending £400 with Emerald Tree Services Ltd to supply and fix permanent metal tags on all trees so that they can be recorded and mapped.
Chairman’s report. He said that there would be a public meeting at All Saints Church on Tuesday 20 February to discuss problems with the thatched roof.
District Councillor’s report. The chairman referred to the earlier discussion regarding the public examination of the Breckland Local Plan. Breckland District Council had appointed a Programme Officer and any queries regarding the process or any correspondence to the Inspector should be sent to her (Charlotte Brennan, Programme Officer, Examination Office, Elizabeth house, Walpole Loke, Dereham, NR19 1EE, email
Village Green Management Committee. A summary report of action completed and proposed had been circulated. The issue of tagging had been discussed earlier in the meeting. The actual and budgeted spend had been as per the 5-year plan.
Road Safety. Rona Boggia reported that together with the chairman and Mike Bartlett, she had met with County Councillor Stephen Askew to receive an update from him on the parish council’s campaign to get a pelican crossing on the main road through the village. Stephen Askew said that the crossing had been included in the county council’s list for capital improvements. An assessment was required and he had used some of his budget to enable the assessment to take place early, hopefully within the next six weeks. He had also arranged for ‘Road narrows’ signs to be put up on Hargham Road. Regarding the 20mph flashing school sign that the parish council wished to see installed on Abbey Road, Stephen Askew suggested that an application be made to the Parish Partnership fund next year. This would require the council to pay half the cost so this would need to be considered at next year’s precept meeting.
Play Area. A circular had been received from NALC regarding a serious accident elsewhere that had been caused by a dangerous swing. Jon Hicks confirmed that the swing in the village play area was a different product and that ours was safe.
Chapel Green School. There had been a meeting with Norfolk County Council and Chapel Green School concerning Footpath No 4. Chapel Green School had agreed to maintain the trees and the footpath to the standard that would allow wheelchair use. In response to comments about the lights along the access road to Chapel Green School, Steve Milner said that the lights were on timers to come on at dusk and, unless an event was held in the evening, they would go off at 7pm. There was discussion regarding traffic and the vehicular entrance to the school and Steve Milner said that he would monitor this.
Meeting with Village Hall Management Committee. Sarah Hornbrook reported that there had been constructive discussion and sharing of views which had helped provide a better understanding of how the committee worked and the issues it faced. The chairman welcomed these positive discussions and said regular such meetings would be held in the future.
Attleborough Development Partnership meeting. It was confirmed that a link road is still expected to be built before any residential development takes place. Adjustments to the plan may mean that the road will not affect land at Bunn’s Bank. The committee could not give any assurances that the land remains ‘green belt’ so pressure will need to continue to be maintained.
Requests from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust. It was resolved, with 7 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to allow the Green to be used by the Trust for emergency parking for the 10K run on Sunday 22 April, subject to any use being supervised by members of the 2000 Trust. The Trust also wished to hold a bonfire and fireworks display on the recreation area in November. Ben Devlin suggested that consideration should instead be given to holding a joint event on the village Green. It might be possible with donations and sponsorship to hold a free event for the benefit of the village. If this could not be achieved, then in future years funding could be considered as part of the precept. It was resolved, with 6 voting in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention, to agree in principle to a bonfire and fireworks event being held by the Trust on the recreation area in November 2018 subject to more details, including safety aspects, being received. It was also unanimously agreed to consider, at a future meeting, the possibility of holding a joint event between the parish council and the OB 2000 Trust.
Annual General Meeting. It was agreed to hold the Annual General Meeting on Friday 13 April commencing at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. The parish councillors were asked to identify potential guest speakers.
Village Handy person. It was agreed, with 8 voting in favour and 1 abstention, to accept Ian Kerridge as a village handyman at a rate of £20 for the first hour and £15 per hour thereafter.
Highways. There had been a request from a resident to consider moving the flashing 20 mph sign from the Green to just before the entrance to Chapel Green School and to increase the width of the entrance to the school to allow lorries to turn in safely. During discussion parish councillors said that measures that would slow down traffic entering the village from the Attleborough direction would be welcome. The matter had been raised with County Councillor Stephen Askew who believed that a sign before the Chapel Green School would be too far away. Jon Hicks suggested that rather than moving the existing sign an additional ‘school’ warning sign be considered, possibly through an application for parish partnership funding. This was supported by Gemma Frost who herself had experienced a ‘near miss’ from a speeding car near the Gamekeeper pub. Steve Milner suggested asking the new school to contribute and added that any requests made for new signage would be more likely to succeed if backed up with data about traffic volumes and speed. It was agreed to consider this matter further after more data had been gathered once the new school was in full use after Easter.
Trustee to the Eleemosynary Trust. Jon Hicks was appointed as the parish councillor trustee on the Eleemosynary Trust.
Resignation. Rona Boggia handed in her resignation from the parish council. She was sorry to do so following other recent resignations but had no choice as she would no longer be resident in the village and would therefore not qualify as a parish councillor. The chairman said he was sad to hear this and a notice of the vacancy would need to be posted.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 1 March commencing at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Old Buckenham roof update

Raise the Roof
Just under a year ago All Saints Church launched its effort to ‘Raise the Roof’ and re-thatch the church. It has been wonderful that so many people have got behind this project and have been involved in fund-raising events, given donations and offered their ideas, time and enthusiasm to get this project off the ground. Thank you.
At the end of 2017 the total in the ‘restoration fund’ stood at £12,850 which included the balance from the donations received for the Christmas Eve service. So far in 2018 the following have been added:
New Year’s Day walk £262
January Afternoon Teas event £407
Other donations (including sale of T-shirts and Christmas cards) £95
Gift Aid tax refund £596
After meeting a small amount of expenses the total in the fund (as at mid-February) now stands at £14209.

A flavour of some of events coming up soon includes:
Bingo in the Church Rooms, Saturday 21 April – this regular event is being held for Raise the Roof this time.
An ‘Old Buckenham 10K run’ on Sunday 22 April – open to over 18s this event will be attracting runners from near and far. See the Village newsletter for more details.  Helpers needed – please contact David Hannah or Celia Clarke.
‘Open gardens’ weekend on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July. More willing garden owners needed, watch out for more details and hold the date in your diary. There will be teas, craft stalls, art/photography exhibition and plant sales too.
Contact Alison Hannah or any member of the ‘Raise the Roof’ group if you would like to get involved with the planning and running of any of our future events. Help always needed and welcomed.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Almshouse vacancy in Old Buckenham

Registered Charity No. 206796

The Trustees give notice that they are able to consider immediate applications for a vacant unit at the Almshouses facing the Village Green.
We will consider applications as follows:

  • Applicants must be aged 55 years or over
  • Full disclosure of the Applicants financial situation. Information provided will be treated confidentially
  • Occupation of a unit must be for a single person only
  • No pets are permitted
Residents are required to pay a Weekly Maintenance Contribution, currently standing at £80 per week. This covers maintenance of the buildings and any refurbishment improvements the Trustees deem necessary, water rates, buildings insurance, a rebate against electric bills, a panic alarm system (where needed) and television licence for qualifying applicants.
Trustees will have absolute discretion as to whether to allocate a housing unit to any applicant, but will give priority to those considered to be in most need. In the event of more than one applicant having similar needs, preference will be given to an existing or previous resident of Old Buckenham.
An Application Pack can be requested by calling Mrs Christine North on 01953 860691. Assistance completing the form can be provided if needed.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Vacancies for councillors in Old Buckenham

Could you become a parish councillor?
The Old Buckenham Parish Council currently has three vacancies.  

If you are resident in Old Buckenham, over the age of 18 and interested in being co-opted as a parish councillor, please email the Parish Council chairman - Adrian Joel - at by Saturday 18 March.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Old Buckenham for the homeless

Helping others
The Gamekeeper pub in Old Buckenham kindly provided the location for the villagers to hand over the money they had raised throughout 2017 for St Martins Housing Trust. The Chief Executive Officer of St Martins , Jan Sheldon, came along on Saturday 10 February together with Nicola King, the Life Skills coordinator and Ricky, one of the people that the Trust has helped.
As a result of their activities during the past year, mainly collecting outside the major supermarkets, the people of Old Buckenham were able to hand over some £31,000. With a further £1000 from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and £500 raised at the candle-lit service at All Saints Church on Christmas Eve, St Martins will receive around £32,500.
Jan Sheldon spoke of how they appeared to have been successful in slightly reducing the number of people sleeping rough in Norwich and Nichola King explained the value of teaching life skills in the fight against homelessness. Ricky was one of the people that they have helped. He told of how he had gone from being a proud member of the TA to ‘sofa surfing’ and then sleeping on the beach before gaining a bed at St Martins which has allowed him to start living a more normal life again.

Ricky telling of his experiences and help from St Martins
Handover of donations
From left, Rev Canon Stephen Wright, Ricky, Sarah Dye, Jan Sheldon
Sarah Dye handed over the cheques on behalf of the people of Old Buckenham. It is hoped that some of those involved will be able to visit the St Martins’ facilities in Norwich later in the year to see what their fund raising efforts have helped to provide.

A much better photograph provided by St Martins

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Ceilidh dancing in Old Buckenham

Get tickets for your next dance

It doesn't matter if you don't know your 'Do-si-do' from your 'Stripping the Willow', why not come along and have a great time dancing with friends, or use the opportunity to make new friends. 
Following the success of last year's event, Old Buckenham 2000Trust is bringing the Fezziwig Band back to Old Buckenham for another night of Ceilidh dancing on Saturday 24 February starting at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Profits will be going towards Chapel Green School library. 
Tickets are available at £7.50 each (strictly over 18s only) from David on 01953 861261, Meg on 01953 860992 or Celia on 09153 860129.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

After the jumble in Old Buckenham

Pile high, sell cheap
Buckenham Pre-school had their jumble sale in the Church Rooms today.
People were queuing more than half an hour before the doors opened at 10am. Inside tables were piled high with clothes of all sorts as well as shoes and bags. In the adjoining room there was lots of bric-a-brac, toys, CDs and books.

Items were all just 20p each so buying was brisk.
Less than two hours later the helpers were packing up all the items that remained, still quite a lot but much less than had been carried away by the many buyers.

Everything that was left over was taken away by the charity UK2ROM who will take the clothes and toys off to Rumania as well as making some further funds for their charity by recycling and at car boot sales.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Report for January
The new President, Kate Lloyd, welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year, including one new member. The evening began with Mike Bartlett explaining the difficulties with fundraising for the re-thatching of the church roof and encouraged all to attend the meeting on Tuesday 20 February.
The Christmas charity collection had raised £104 for the Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse services charity.
After the business of the meeting, which included information about lots of opportunities for craft, sports and educational events, there was a most informative talk from Jim Whiteside on the work of Norfolk Lowland Rescue.
This is entirely run by volunteers which, along with Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue, the Coastguard and the RNLI, forms an invaluable service searching for people, saving over £4 million from paid resources. People go missing for a variety of reasons. They can be lost, usually on mountains. It is not easy to be totally lost in Norfolk as sooner or later you will meet a dwelling or a road. There are those who are voluntarily missing, those with dementia or having had an accident or child abduction.
Lowland Rescue is called in following a report to the police and research statistics enable them to identify the most likely areas to search. They are trained in techniques for efficient searching which includes flood response and they are keen to teach water awareness.
After a break for refreshments there was a great deal of discussion on the five resolutions shortlisted for final voting at the WI Annual Meeting in June. These resolutions are generated from individual WIs across the country and cover issues deemed worth campaigning for. Each member had one vote; these will be collated and the two accruing most votes will be discussed again at the May meeting
Overall winners of the 2017 competitions were awarded tokens. Kathy Fleckney won most points for the monthly competition and Susan Hunter won for Flower of the Month. The evening ended with birthday posies distributed and the raffle drawn.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham WI is on Thursday 22 February. The speaker will be Rev Jaqui Horton and her subject will be 'Living Iona'. The monthly competition will be for a picture of an ancient church.

Then on Thursday 22 March the speaker will be Fay Jones on the 'Wonderful World of Stinging Nettles' starting at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Time for jumble in Old Buckenham

It's not too late
If you have anything for the Jumble Sale that will take place this Saturday 10 February in the Church Rooms between 10am to 12 noon then it is not too late to donate your contributions.
Please bring them along to the Church Rooms on Friday 9 February from 2pm to 4pm  when staff from the Pre-school will be there to accept it.
Thank you.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Reading about Old Buckenham

One hundred thousand
This Old Buckenham blog has now been going since December 2008 and today at around 11.30am has reached the milestone of having had 100,000 visits. This is not many by some people's standards (and methods of counting visitors can be very unreliable) but it is a satisfying number for the blog editor.
People all over the world will have learnt a little bit about the wonderful village of Old Buckenham. Around 83% from the UK, 7% from the USA and 1% from France but only one visit each from Monaco, Aruba and Cameroon since the blog started.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Eating out in Old Buckenham

The food now available at the Gamekeeper

Since coming to the Gamekeeper in May last year, Tony and Jennie have been developing the opening times and menus at the pub. Their aim is to give a good and friendly service, best quality at best value and all in a warm and dog friendly atmosphere.
They are now open at 9am on Monday and Friday mornings so you can pop in for coffee or tea, pastries, cakes and breakfast baps. Then between noon and 3pm on Monday to Friday, noon to 9pm on Saturdays and noon to 5pm on Sundays there is a full traditional pub menu. This ranges through soup, sandwiches, scampi and chips, pie of the day, catch of the day and butchers special, even ham egg and chips.
From 6pm to 9pm, from Monday to Saturday, there are a selection of starters and a wide range of main meals including pie of the day, the butchers special, a range of steaks and chargrilled burgers, battered cod/haddock and lasagne as well as vegetarian options. 
And of course there is the popular carvery at lunchtime on Sunday.
Also if you are looking for somewhere to hold a dinner party, a business meeting or a larger gathering then you can pop in and see the facilities that they have on offer. Look on their Facebook page (The Gamekeeper Old Buckenham) to keep up-to-date with what is going on at the Gamekeeper.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Old Buckenham February newsletter

Out and about in the village
The February newsletter does now exist for you to read. Those copies that get delivered to your house along with the Six Villages newsletter may be a little late coming as the Six Villages February issue is not expected to be available until Friday 2 February.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A month in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for February

Thursday 1   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7pm

Monday 5   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 6   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 7   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 8   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 8   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Saturday 10   Jumble Sale, Church Rooms, 10am
Saturday 10   Film 'Dunkirk', Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 16   Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Saturday 17   Senior Citizens' Party, Village Hall, 1pm

Monday 19   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 20   Church Roof meeting, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Wednesday 21   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 21   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Thursday 22 Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 24 Ceilidh, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Old Buckenham Parish Council January minutes

Parish Council discussions in January
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 4 January in the Village Hall. Councillors present were Adrian Joel (chairman), Rona Boggia, Jon Hicks, Sarah Hornbrook, Phil Little, Steve Milner, Andy Nicholls and Paul Philips. Also attending was Andy Emms, who took the minutes, and ten members of the public.
The Chairman announced that he had received a letter from Hilary Clutten on 29 December 2017 resigning as Clerk to Old Buckenham Parish Council from 1 January 2018. As instructed by the parish councillors, he had written back to the clerk and accepted her resignation and for her to cease carrying out any further work for the parish council from 31 December 2017.
The Chairman introduced Andy Emms, a retired local government Democratic Services Officer, who had agreed to temporarily help the parish council following the resignation of the parish clerk.
Apologies for absence had been received from Jonathan Kemp and Ben Devlin.
Minutes of December 2017 meeting. Sarah Hornbrook pointed out two amendments that needed to be made. The council then approved the minutes.
Matters arising from these minutes. In response to queries about the village hall footpath the chairman said he had received an email from Isobel Horner, Norfolk County Council asking to meet with the parish council and the village hall committee. He would circulate councillors a copy of the email and it was suggested that Jon Hicks raise the matter at the next village hall committee meeting. Sarah Dye said she would progress obtaining a copy of the existing map of the Green. Rona Boggia asked if a letter had been sent to Norfolk County Council regarding the 20mph limit and signs on Abbey Road. The chair said that with the resignation of the Parish Clerk he didn’t know if a letter had been sent and so Rona Boggia was asked to write to Norfolk County Council on behalf of the council.
Public participation relating to agenda items. The Chairman summarised a letter received from Lesley Coates relating to the pathway along from the Post Office, pot holes near the school and the play area bins. On behalf of the church, a parishioner said that although a representative of the Norfolk Association of Local Councils (NALC) had confirmed that the parish council could not make a grant to the church for the maintenance of buildings, it could grant aid the running costs of the church. He wished therefore to change the precept grant application, to be considered later in the meeting, to that effect. A parishioner suggested that the 20mph solar powered sign be moved from its present location to where the 30mph limit begins. The Chairman agreed that this be an agenda item for the next meeting.
Planning applications. Downmore Farm, Banham Road. 25m high lattice tower. This was a resubmitted application of a previously approved BT application and the council resolved not to express a view on this resubmitted application.
Sunnyside House, The Green. Annex/garage conversion. This was supported subject to a condition being placed on the approval restricting use as an annex to the existing house, not allowing it to be used as a separate dwelling.
Financial matters. Among the payments agreed were £11.97 for water on the allotments, £66 for Village Hall hire and £96 to Broadland Tree Services in connection with the Christmas tree on the Green.
Precept grant applications.
a) Parochial Church Council (PCC) re All Saints Church. The chairman referred to the request from the PCC that the application be changed from maintaining the condition of the church to supporting the running costs of the church. Paul Philips was uncomfortable about the application being changed after the deadline of receipt of applications and the precedent this might set. Some councillors commented on the level of funding requested considering the draft budget for grants and the effect on the precept of increasing this budget. Also, the £1500 granted to the church in 2017/18 had yet to be spent. Some councillors had sought legal advice regarding the ability of the parish council to support the PCC. It was clear that support for maintenance was not allowed. However there was conflicting advice on whether support for running costs was appropriate. Rona Boggia said the church was important to the community and pointed out that any grant given by the parish council could also lead to matching grants being made by other organisations. Other councillors also commented on the importance of the church to the community and how they would want to support the PCC. However there was real concern regarding the conflicting legal advice. Andy Nichols proposed and Rona Boggia seconded that a grant of £2000 be made to the PCC but this to be subject to clear legal advice being received that such a grant was allowed. With three voting in favour and five against it was resolved not to make a grant to the PCC.
b) Buckenham Pre-School Group. It was agreed, unanimously, to make a grant of £216.57 to provide a farmyard play set.
c) New Buckenham Junior Football Club. During discussion it was recognised that the club had its roots in Old Buckenham and had many members from the village and some councillors agreed it should therefore be supported. However, the club should consider also making applications for grants from New Buckenham Parish Council in the future. It was resolved, with four voting in favour, two against and two abstentions, to make a grant of £450 to provide a moveable shelter.
d) Senior Citizens Annual Party. It was agreed to make a grant of £250 towards the cost of the annual party.
e) Women’s Institute. It was agreed to make a grant of £110 to cover the cost of hiring the village hall for the Open Produce and Handicraft Show.
f) Old Buckenham Village Hall Committee. It was resolved unanimously to make a grant of £1000 towards the cost of replacing the emergency lighting.
g) Old Buckenham Fete Committee. It was resolved unanimously to make a grant of £250 towards the cost of providing entertainment at the fete.
h) The Monday Mardle Group. It was agreed to make a grant of £100 to support the group.
i) Old Buckenham Cricket Club. It was decided unanimously to make a grant of £375 to fund 50% of the cost of three young adults obtaining ECB Level 2 coaching qualifications, the grant to be reduced if applications to other grant funding bodies are successful.
Parish Council budget. There was discussion on the updated draft budget for 2018/19 which had been circulated to councillors. It was agreed that £815 be included in the budget to maintain the village sign. In reply to a councillor’s question, Sarah Dye said that there was much work that could be done to improve the village green if funding was available and ideally £5000 could be spent. Andy Nichols reminded councillors that the proposal had been to spend £10,000 over five years (£4,000 in the first year and £2,000 per year for three years) hence £2,000 being in the draft 2018/19 budget. However, councillors noted that the cost of grass cutting would be higher than anticipated. It was suggested that there was already sufficient funding available in earmarked reserves for the play area and if the additional play area funding identified in the draft budget was reduced, then more could be included in the budget for the village green. It was proposed by Andy Nichols and seconded by Phil Little that £3500 be included in the budget as earmarked reserves for the village green and no additional earmarked reserves be included for the play area. This was agreed accordingly, with seven voting for and one against.
It was resolved to approve the 2018/19 budget as:
Expenditure: Allotments £250
Recreation Area £500
Precept Grants (detailed earlier) £2,751.57
Community Car Scheme £1,000
Miscellaneous £300
Village Newsletter paper £450
Contingency Fund for village maintenance £2,000
Village sign maintenance £815
Christmas tree £500
Administration: Salaries/PAYE £6,795
Clerk's and Councillors Expenses £410
Postage and Stationery £300
Audit Fees £235
Village Hall Hire £280
Subscriptions £500
Training £200
Insurance £900
Total £18,186.57
Transfer to earmarked reserves - The Green £3,500
Total budgeted expenditure 2018/19 £21,686.57
Budgeted income 2018/19 £1280
Transitional grant BDC £246
Total budgeted income 2018/19 £1526
Precept (expenditure less income) £20,160.57
It was resolved, unanimously, that the total parish precept for the financial year 2018/19 be set at £20,160.57 and the Responsible Finance Officer be asked to submit the precept application to Breckland District Council for this amount.
Communication with the public. A parishioner suggested that the parish council include details of its successes/achievements in its minutes. Paul Philips said he had a number of ideas on how the parish council could publicise the work that it did. Social media was an area the council needed to consider carefully. He felt that posts on the village Facebook page over the new year had led to untrue, inappropriate and potentially libellous accusations against parish councillors, such as suggesting they only became parish councillors to get their own planning applications approved. This shows a lack of knowledge because Breckland District Council approves planning applications and parish councillors are only consultees. He said it was a slight on the character of councillors and could influence other people equally unaware of the workings of local government. Despite councillors talking to the person who posted these accusations, they had refused to remove it. He believed that people needed to understand that when using social media they had the same responsibility to remain within the law as they have with any other interactions. He suggested the council consider how to use social media pro-actively, including the possibility of creating its own Facebook page and by renovating/updating the existing website. Other ways of communicating with the public could include holding regular “meet your parish council” sessions on two or three Saturday mornings in the village hall where parishioners could come for a coffee and a chat to find out what the parish council do. He was drafting some information that could be used electronically and in newsletters/posters to explain what the council did in 2017 and what it is planning to do next year.
Councillors welcomed these ideas although some suggested caution regarding proactive use of social media as this would need considerable work updating and moderating. There was a suggestion that consideration could be given to adding this to the duties of the parish clerk. All councillors agreed that abuse of parish councillors was totally unacceptable and agreed to welcome the work being done by Paul Philips and to ask him to circulate his draft text for comment
Appointment of Trustee. It was agreed to defer appointing a trustee to the United Eleemosynary Charity until the next meeting.
Meetings between the Parish Council and the Village Hall Management Committee. The chairman said that the proposal was to meet twice a year with three people from each organisation present. Jon Hicks and Steve Milner had already indicated they were willing to attend and Sarah Hornbrook said she would attend subject to a convenient date being chosen.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be held on Thursday 1 February commencing at the earlier time of 7pm at the Village Hall.