Sunday, 5 July 2015

More on Old Buckenham Fete

Having fun and keeping cool
There was plenty of opportunity to enjoy yourself at the Old Buckenham Fete yesterday. The children (and some adults) could sit and watch magic tricks and good old-fashioned Punch and Judy. You could learn about recycling from Breckland Council. You could sit in the cab of a really big truck. There was the opportunity to cool down by going in the stocks and having people throw wet sponges at you. If you got too hot you could find some shade even though that meant sitting along the pavement on the road leading to the hall.

You could, of course, try to win something. It could be on the bottle tombola, it could be the best adult fancy dress, it could be the best-dressed stall or, if you were really lucky, you could become the owner of a knitted cowboy as you had guessed that his name was Pawnee Bill.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Really hot Old Buckenham Fete

Great day out
With temperatures nudging 30 degrees and clear blue skies today, the village fete has been a reasonably laid back occasion. No one was rushing around if they could avoid it.
Being the Fourth of July there was an American flavour with some stall holders and exhibitors(such as the Wednesday Art Group, the Women's Institute, the Buckenham Pre-school and the Pampered Chef) entering into the spirit of this theme more than others.

An hour before opening time the gazebos were popping up around the field. At one o'clock Julia Humphrey, headteacher at the village primary school, officially opened the fete and the visitors started to arrive. Because of the early start, many of the local families obviously had lunch at home first but the crowds continued to grow throughout the afternoon.

(More pictures of the stalls and the competition winners should appear on the blog tomorrow)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Looking great for the Old Buckenham Fete

Set fair for sunshine

Time to sort out the suncream, give the fancy dress a good airing and collect up plenty of small change. Preparing things for the village fete will start off today so that all is ready for you to come along to the Village Hall at 1pm tomorrow in time for the opening.
There will be plenty of stalls, lots of fun to be had and refreshments available to keep you going in afternoon sunshine.
See you there...

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Busy month in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for July

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

Thursday 2       Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 4     Village Fete, Village Hall, 1pm to 4pm

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

Tuesday 7         Litter pick on Green, from High School reception, 10am

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

Wednesday 8    Luncheon Club outing

Thursday 9       Breckland Flower Club, Dereham garden visit, 2pm

Thursday 9        Social and Wine Circle al fresco evening at the Frosts

Sunday 12          Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 12          Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Monday 13         Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Wednesday 15  Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

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

Saturday 18       Meeting for 365 participants, Village Hall, 1pm

Saturday 18       Garden Party for All Saints, Mill Road, 6pm

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

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

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

 Saturday 25       Family Fun Day, outside Ox and Plough from 12 noon

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Upper Octave and Summer Party return to Old Buckenham

Back by popular request
Last night was an evening when you had to decide which event you attended.  
The blog editor, being of somewhat mature age, went along to All Saints Church to listen to a concert performed by Upper Octave. This group of six singers were back for a fourth time and entertained with an eclectic mixture of music, some classical and some some from a wide range of musicals. There was Phantom of the Opera to start with and Oklahoma some two hours later. In between there was a song from Spamalot, the Cats Chorus and other operatic delights.
Glasses of wine and lots of homemade refreshments were available at the half-way interval.
The inside of the church was specially lit for the occasion which was very effective (but made taking photographs a bit hit or miss).

Meanwhile just half a mile north there was a second Summer Party going on at the Village Hall. This had been organised by the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust following on from a similar event a couple of years ago. The average age of those attending appeared to be several years younger than those being entertained in the church.
The village hall was decorated up for the occasion and the near perfect weather meant that everyone could all sit outside for their 'gourmet street food' (as shown in the photograph that has been 'stolen' from the Old Buckenham 365 project site as the blog editor could not manage to be in two places at once).

It is understood that the partying went on late into the night but many were back at the hall this morning doing all the necessary clearing up.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

July issue of Old Buckenham village newsletter

Another six thousand words to read
The July edition of our village newsletter is now being distributed around. Lots more news and reports for you to enjoy...
Also contains the schedule for the village produce show in September.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Afternoon tea party in Old Buckenham

Outdoor eating

Today Old Buckenham Women's Institute held an afternoon tea party in the garden of Barbara and John Frost in Mill Road. Despite the weather forecasts for the area predicting rain for much of the afternoon, it remained virtually dry throughout despite the overcast sky.

There were over fifty visitors who were able to look around the colourful garden before sitting down to a wonderful selection of homemade sandwiches and cakes, served to them by the WI 'waitresses'. There was also a chance to win items on the tombola and raffle or spend more money on buying plants to take home.
Eventually, after a couple of hours, the 'workers' had a chance to sit down, rest and have their own refreshments while discussing how well the afternoon had been appreciated by those attending.

Facts about Old Buckenham Parish Council

Who deals with what
Certain parish council information is required to be published under the Transparency Policy Document adopted by the Parish Council in February this year.
Here is a list of councillors and their responsibilities and membership of working parties:
Steve Milner. Chairman of Parish Council. Personnel Working Party. Play Area Working Party. Chapel Road School Working Party.
Jonathan Kemp. Vice Chairman of Parish Council. Neighbourhood Plan. Recreation Area Working Party.
Adrian Joel. Allotments. Personnel Working Party.
Sarah Hornbrook. Planning Working Party. Neighbourhood Plan.
Tom Johnson. Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Village Hall representative. SNAP Representative.
Terry Cracknell. Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Village Hall representative.
Mike Farringdon. Personnel. Tour of Britain working Party.
Ben Devlin. Tour of Britain Working Party. Play Area Working Party. Old Buckenham Green Right Proprietors.
Carol Marshall. Almshouses. Recreation Working Party.
Rona Boggia. Traffic development Plan for Chapel Road School.
Other information to be published includes items in the accounts that cost over £100 but are not shown separately in accounts.
Paid to Clerk for telephone and internet cost over the year, £120
Payroll administration cost, £171.28
Postage and stationery, £199.39
Leaflets for advertising the Neighbourhood Plan meeting, £120
Water for allotments, £162.36.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Workshop in Old Buckenham

An arrangement in a pot

Members who attended June's meeting thoroughly enjoyed a workshop, led by Joy Tunmore, and all took home an arrangement in a pot containing roses and foliage.
The competitions were won by: Old Hands - Alison Vivian (who was also awarded the monthly cup) and Alison Walker. New Hands by Maureen Ashfield and Sheila Gill. The winners of the table show were Alison Vivian, Alison Walker and Sylvia Briggs.
July's meeting will be a garden visit to Dale Farm Garden, Dereham.
Please contact Christine on 01953 454528 if you need a lift or directions. Meet at the garden 2 pm. No cost to members for entry (visitors will need to pay) but £2 for tea and cake.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Medieval man comes to Old Buckenham

Living history
The speaker at the June meeting of the Old Buckenham Social and Wine Circle was Mike Wabe and his subject was Life in Medieval England. He brought the subject to life by dressing in the appropriate clothing and playing the part of an inhabitant of that period of English history. As well as the clothing he demonstrated with a selection of eating and drinking utensils as well as various weapons of war such as shields, swords and helmets.

Members also took the opportunity to get together for a group photograph which could possibly appear in the Old Buckenham village calendar for 2016 (which will list many of the organisations that are based in the village).

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Old Buckenham WI and the national resolution

Mid-year resolution
These are exciting times for the WI with many events to celebrate the organisation’s centenary year. Three members from Old Buckenham attended the special Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and two were at the Royal Albert Hall for the national Annual General Meeting two days later.
At the May meeting in the village hall, discussion took place on the Resolution which was to be presented at the AGM. This resolution sought to remove the distinction between nursing care and personal care in the assessment of the needs of individuals, in order to advance health and wellbeing. It became clear that Old Buckenham members felt that this resolution had been poorly thought out and it was not a viable proposition to link nursing and personal care. The members’ voting was largely against the Resolution with only one for and three abstentions. To lighten the evening’s proceedings, members then had a most enjoyable game of ‘Call My Bluff’.
Those members who attended the live screening of the national AGM in the village hall found that these views of Old Buckenham members were those of the membership in general who decided to ‘pass’ on the resolution rather than vote on something that they thought was not viable.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Medieval life in Old Buckenham

History brought to life
Come along to hear what life was like during the years 1066 to to 1200AD. This Social and Wine Circle meeting is open to all so why not come along to the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham at 7.30pm. It will only cost you £1 (and perhaps another £1 on some raffle tickets) for an entertaining and informative evening in pleasant company.

Monday, 8 June 2015

What the Old Buckenham public are asking

Public recess notes for June
This report of what was said by the public at the June meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council has been written by the blog editor from notes supplied by the parish clerk.

A resident informed the meeting that the Village Fete sales team had sold most of the draw tickets but some tickets are still available. The resident then said he was prepared to look into funding for play area maintenance. He was unable to put in a grant application in May and the next application process is in September which needs to be completed by the parish clerk for the Norfolk Community Foundation. He was also hoping to get funding from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and the Six Villages Newsletter Trust. Adrian Joel suggested that they also contact Breckland Council for a grant. A resident then asked if there could be a public recess at the end of the meeting as well as the start, this suggestion was supported by Terry Cracknell. A resident then raised the matter of a local football league which has five teams and most of the youngsters were from Old Buckenham. He asked if land behind the Village Hall could be used to play football. At present time they pay a lot of money to rent playing and training facilities. The question of flashing signs was raised and it was asked how much the Parish Council had paid for them and what the Parish Council was committed to paying for them in the future. A resident who is involved with the local football teams said he was disappointed that the Parish Council was considering using part of the Recreation Area for additional parking and thought it could be put to better use. Reference was also made to the state of the area, Carol Marshall responded that they now have a contractor in place to carry out maintenance of the recreation area and hopefully this will lead to improvements of the area. Jonathan Kemp and Carol Marshall are to liaise with the resident on the use of the recreation area. Another resident raised the matter of extra flashing signs and asked if the Parish Council really needed more flashing signs. Steve Milner responded by explaining the need for additional road safety measures. A resident then suggested that there should be a football pitch on the Green. Steve Milner said the Green Right Proprietors are currently looking at the future of the Green and how it can be better used. A resident raised the matter of HGVs ignoring vehicle weight restriction signs on Hargham Road and Steve Milner said the matter would be raised with police through the SNAP meetings. The resident then went on to say he had concerns on the effectiveness of flashing signs. Steve Milner responded by saying there was well-documented evidence that they are effective in controlling speeding vehicles. He said they could be deployed at critical points in the village and they could supply data for the police to enable them to target specific constant speeders.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Latest Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes

Parish Council in June
The following report has been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
Those present at the meeting on Thursday 4 June were Steve Milner (chairman), Jonathan Kemp (vice-chairman), Carol Marshall, Adrian Joel, Sarah Hornbrook, Tom Johnson, Mike Farrington, Ben Devlin and Terry Cracknell as well as James Watling (parish clerk). Five members of the public also attended.
Apologies for not being able to attend had been received from Rona Boggia and the chairman informed meeting that Tim Bornett had now resigned from the parish council..
There were various declarations of interest on items on the agenda - the parish council as a shareholder of the Green Right Proprietors, Steve Milner on an item on the Village Hall and Terry Cracknell on an item on the Green.
The meeting was suspended for a short while to allow members of the public to ask questions. (A summary of the points raised will be posted on this blog in the next couple of days.)
Minutes of the May Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting. There were no matters arising.
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in May. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the AGM minutes. Terry Cracknell said there was no mention of having a second public recess at future meetings. Steve Milner said that this had been discussed after the meeting closed.
Adoption of Complaints Procedure. The policy was adopted, agreed unanimously.
Adoption of Risk Assessment of Financial and Non-Financial Internal Audit Controls. The policy was adopted, agreed unanimously.
Adoption of new standing order. Steve Milner explained that last year a vote was taken at a parish council meeting that, because of special circumstances, was attended by only four councillors. A vote was taken on an item and the vote was split two for and two against. He had used his casting vote for the proposal and it was considered at a later parish council meeting that it was not right for a minority of the parish council to pass a motion. Adrian Joel proposed there should be no change to the quorum levels that currently exist and this was seconded by Terry Cracknell. Jonathan Kemp then proposed an amendment to the first proposal that the quorum level be increased to a majority of the current serving members of the Parish Council which at present time would be 6, this was seconded by Carol Marshall and agreed with six for and three against.
Road safety measures. Steve Milner said the proposal to purchase a SAM2 flashing speed sign was raised at May meeting where it was asked to be deferred to the June meeting. Councillors had asked for further information on their effectiveness and Derek Smalley had researched this and found wide evidence of their effectiveness. Steve Milner had circulated councillors with details of performance and guarantees of the system at £3050 plus vat. Various councillors then expressed their views on the issue. Steve Milner then proposed that the Parish Council purchase the SAM2 system, this was seconded by Mike Farrington and voted as two for, five against and two abstentions.
New dog bin. Tom Johnson proposed the installation of a dog bin opposite St Andrews Close and this was agreed unanimously.
Review of policy documents. Health and safety policy – Tom Johnson, 

Village emergency plan – Steve Milner, 
Council financial risk assessment – Jonathan Kemp 
and the Freedom of Information publication scheme – Steve Milner.
Allocation of working parties. The following responsibilities were agreed:
Planning - Sarah Hornbrook.
SNAP - TomJohnson.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group - Terry Cracknell and Tom Johnson.
Village Hall representatives - Tom Johnson and Terry Cracknell.
Personnel - Steve Milner, Adrian Joel and Mike Farringdon.
Neighbourhood Plan - Jonathan Kemp, Sarah Hornbrook and Adrian Joel.
Tour of Britain - Mike Farringdon and Ben Devlin.
Almshouses - Carol Marshall.
Play Area- Ben Devlin, Steve Milner and Mike Bartlett.
Recreation Area - Carol Marshall and Jonathan Kemp.
Allotments- Adrian Joel.
Chapel Road School - Steve Milner.
Green Right Proprietors - Ben Devlin.
Traffic Development Plan- Rona Boggia.
Neighbourhood Plan. Steve Milner said Jonathan Kemp and others had looked into the benefits of a Neighbourhood Plan and gave an excellent presentation at the Annual Parish meeting. He suggested that another presentation be made at the July meeting for the benefit of the new councillors.
Village Hall grant. Steve Milner informed the meeting that the Village Hall has been awarded a grant of £3,500 by the Parish Council to insulate the village hall roof. They had obtained three quotes and were proposing to go with one of them which was affordable. Subsequently the builder had withdrawn that quote and submitted one for a larger amount which village hall could not afford. He was asking for the Parish Council’s permission to use the grant for other heat saving measures. Jonathan Kemp proposed that the Village Hall continue with the insulation of the roof and hold on to the grant into the next financial year when they could apply for another grant. This was seconded by Terry Cracknell and agreed unanimously.
Planning applications. None.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Redroof, Cake Street. Single storey extension to front of bungalow, changes to internal layout and provision of first floor bedroom. Application refused.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner reported that the shopkeeper had suffered a heart attack and he had sent a card on behalf of the Parish Council. He is trying to get an update on the Chapel Road School as Norfolk County Council have had to delay the project due to the recent death of John Alston.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel said he was elected again as Breckland Councillor for the new ward of “The Buckenhams and Banham”. The make up of Breckland District Council is now 42 Conservatives, four UKIP, two Labour and one Independent. He has been appointed to Scrutiny Commission, General Purposes and Planning Committee (substitute). Following the Issues and Options Consultations Document earlier this year, the Local Plan-Preferred Options Consultation Document will be published in November/December, this will include site specifics. There will be a new supplier (Cookstown Textile Recycling) for textiles collections from mid July. Breckland have sent out an update saying that government policy has changed with regard to developers paying towards Open Space and Play. Previously developers paid a contribution of £1,400 per property built but now this payment will only be payable on a minimum of 120 properties per development. Breckland are asking if any parish has any plans for open space or play areas in the near future. The housing needs survey was sent out to all residents in Old Buckenham in May, the response has been very good and the detailed report will be sent to the Parish Council in August/September. There will be a litter pick on the Green on Wednesday 17 June and another one in July carried out by Old Buckenham High School.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson said that the Village Fete is on Saturday 4 July. He then raised the matter of proposed road widening at St Andrews Close which has not yet been done. Adrian Joel replied on the matter and promised to keep Tom Johnson informed of developments. Terry Cracknell mentioned again the need for a public recess at the end of parish council meetings. He also raised the matter of the now defunct parking area at the pub and play area and said it needed to be sorted out quickly. He then thanked Ray Bayfield who had provided the new duckhouse on the pond. He then said both he and Ray Bayfield are hoping to have the two ponds cleaned and tidied in the near future and asked if anyone wished to contribute towards the costs. Adrian Joel said there are a number of bales of hay on the allotments and they are going to be used in a new trial for them to be used to grown food on. He also suggested that Parish Council construct a four-year plan and asked if councillors could come up with ideas for the plan and bring them to next meeting. He also suggested items for the next agenda including that of a second public recess. Carol Marshall said that the parking area outside pub and play area has become dangerous. Three people have recently tripped over the matting and it needs to be rectified urgently. Ben Devlin said he would deal with the matter. Carol Marshall said they now have a new contractor to look after the maintenance of the Recreation Area.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Clerk read out a letter from Mrs Day of Old Buckenham Ladies Hockey Club who have given some surplus funds of £731.29 to go towards either repairing any damaged benches on the Green or buying a new one with a small plaque and site it on the Green. Steve Milner will raise this matter with the Green Right Proprietors.
Highways. Large vehicles over 7.5 tonnes are ignoring the weight restriction signs near the Almshouses indicating there is no access to the A11. A new sign adjacent to the telephone box will be requested. St Andrews Close has a lot of potholes with white paint around them and it was asked when they were likely to be fixed. The Parish Clerk will to speak to Highways on the matter.
The Green. Nothing to report.

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

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Helping hand from Old Buckenham High

Collecting household equipment
Earlier this year the General Manager of St Martins Housing Trust Charity, whose aim is to eradicate sleeping on the streets of Norfolk, visited Old Buckenham High School, to address the students. He concentrated his talk on their new venture of fundraising to equip Lakenfields, a building to accommodate more senior personnel (over 50 years old) who have experienced homelessness.
The property at Lakenfields comprises of 33 units, which will be made suitable to accommodate single older persons, with eight designed to wheelchair standard, and will incorporate a warden. To date eight units have been transformed and accommodated. Norwich City Council have signed a long lease with the charity, who will work with Norfolk County Council to provide good quality care, with housing for local older persons with history of homelessness. The charity aims to ensure homeless persons found sleeping on the streets of Norwich and Norfolk, following a period under their care, do not return to this situation.
Resulting from the visit to Old Buckenham High School, staff and pupils responded by collecting household utensils and equipment needed to furnish these units. Under the leadership of Debbie Cawley, the result was far beyond any expectations and the charity are delighted in both the response and the opportunity to move forward in the operation. All the collected utensils and equipment, a good van load, has now been delivered to Norwich.

Over many years the School have supported the charity, mainly with contributions of food each December.
More information relating to the work of St Martins available on

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Old Buckenham WI goes to the Palace

Local ladies at Garden Party
These three little maids from Old Buckenham WI were at a special Buckingham Palace Garden Party yesterday as part of the celebrations for the centenary of the Women's Institute. They are, from the left, Patricia Shearing, Susan Hunter and Bev Ball.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Befriend the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust

Become a friend of the Trust
The Old Buckenham 2000 Trust are looking for people to become  “Friends of the Trust”. The Trust is a registered charity that gives financial support to community organisations within our village. In the last few years the charity has given funds of over £28,000 with £3000 in the last twelve months.
If you or if you know of anyone that would like to help out with any of their events but doesn’t want to commit to meetings or becoming a trustee, then why not become a friend? The Trust are looking to create a network of people that they can ask to help out at different events, when you would be willing to help but with no upfront commitment. Maybe helping to set up/clear up after an event, helping to sell tickets, being a marshal at the annual firework event, or helping to provide equipment such as lighting, cooking equipment, marquees, etc.
Please email Terri at if you or anyone you know would like to become a friend of the Trust.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Old Buckenham Airfield starts buildings

New airfield construction
This structure is the start of a new building, based on the shape of wartime Nissen huts, which will become a museum to hold many artefacts relating to the airfield and its history.
It is expected to be open in time for the remembrance service in November.
A further building, of a similar design, is also under construction and will become a fully-furnished toilet block for use at events such as the annual airshow.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Another busy month in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for June 

Monday 1   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 2   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

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

Thursday 4   National WI AGM live screening, Village Hall

Thursday 4   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 6   Roadside textile collection from 9am

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

Monday 8   Textile collection, Village Hall car park, 8.30am to 9am

Monday 8   Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

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

Thursday 11   Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 11   June Fair and Beer Festival, Ox and Plough, 5pm

Thursday 11   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Friday 12   June Fair and Beer Festival, Ox and Plough

Saturday 13   June Fair and Beer Festival, Ox and Plough

Sunday 14   Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 15   June Fair and Beer Festival, Ox and Plough

Monday 15   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 17   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Saturday 20   WI Afternoon tea in the Garden, 1 Mill Road, 3pm

Sunday 21   Closing date for OB 2015 calendar entries

Wednesday 24   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

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

Saturday 27   Upper Octave concert, All Saints Church, 7.30pm

Saturday 27   Summer Garden Party, Village Hall

Friday, 29 May 2015

Silver at Chelsea for Old Buckenham

Local club does well at Chelsea
A postcard arrived in November 2014 from the Royal Horticultural Society inviting Breckland Flower and Garden Club to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015.
After discussion, the chairman and vice chairman decided to say yes to entering the flower arranging competition thinking that they would not get through or be accepted. Forms had to be completed giving details of previous work and personal accomplishments.
A reply by email was received in February with an invitation to exhibit. It would mean working through the night, starting at 10pm on the Wednesday and working up until 6am on the Thursday morning. The title was to be ‘Heritage' and just two people could do the staging.
Thinking caps were put on as there were so many details to decide, especially on what subject to portray. The club’s committee were told that the club would be entering but the actual title was kept secret. Equipment was borrowed from members and the arrangement was tried out in the vice-chairman’s sun room but then dismantled each time in case some one called at the house.
When the week came there were flowers to collect from the wholesaler, containers to be prepared and the car to be car loaded before setting off at 7pm for the drive down to London. Work started at midnight and once all was finished there was time for a quick look round at all the other exhibits being worked on. The standard was very high but the completed exhibit turned out as expected and the arrangers were very pleased with it. Then it was 4.15am and time for the return back to Norfolk, arriving home at 7.30am, ready to go off to bed.
At 11.30am the results were on the RHS website and the arrangement, which was all green and white and portrayed the centenary of the Women’s Institute, had been awarded a Silver.

After of a lot of exhibiting on behalf of the club (which is 33 years old this year) this was a dream come true for Joy Tunmore, founder member and Vice Chairman, and Christine Hewson, the present Chairman.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Old Buckenham newsletter for June

More village news
Copies have been taken around the village today and others may come through your letterbox thanks to the kindness of those who take round the Six Villages newsletter.
Enjoy the read.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Help for Old Buckenham clubs and organisations

Grants from OB 2000 Trust
Old Buckenham 2000 Trust have announced that their grant application process is now open for 2015. If any of the clubs, groups or other organisations in Old Buckenham would like to apply for a grant please either email Terri Hammond on for information and an application pack or download the information from their Facebook page at

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Photographs from Old Buckenham

Local pictures on show

Photographs from the Old Buckenham 365 project are amongst the hundreds on show in New Buckenham Village Hall this weekend. Local photographers, including several from Old Buckenham, have filled the hall with all sorts of images for The Bucks Photoshow 2015.
Entrance is free so why not go along today, Saturday, between 10am and 5pm or tomorrow from 10am to 1pm. Enjoy the photos and try out the refreshments too.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Old Buckenham calendar 2016

Calling all Old Buckenham clubs and groups
It may only be late May but the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust is already looking at creating the 2016 Village Calendar. They have decided that the theme for 2016 will be our Village clubs/groups. They are inviting all the community groups within the village to submit a photograph to represent their group. From the entries received, twelve will be chosen to each represent one month on the calendar.

The calendar will include the name of the group, who to contact if you want to join and when/where you meet so providing a great opportunity to advertise your group as well as supporting the village calendar.
Ideas for the photographs could include historical pictures, people within the group participating in an activity ie playing bowls or cricket, a picture from something the group has done, or a picture of the group in or around one of the landmarks of the village.
All photos need to be digital and, if you include any people in your picture, please ensure that you have their permission and disclose to us that you have this permission.
All pictures are needed by Sunday 21 June in order to complete the calendar in time so getting snapping now.
Please send all the photographs and descriptions of your club or group to

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Great displays in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

May's meeting was well attended when members welcomed Graham Watts from Dereham who, with slides, showed how he transformed a fairly derelict garden into one which is now opened under the National Garden Scheme. During three years he and his wife, with a little help, cleaned out the half acre pond, laid paths and created flower beds and a vegetable patch which now gives colour and form throughout the year. The Club are all looking forward to visiting the garden in July to see it for themselves.
There were some lovely flower arrangements on the competition table - the monthly trophy being won by Heather Doig with Maureen Ashfield and Alison Walker also gaining top marks in their classes. The table show for 'blossom' was won by Alison Walker.
Next month's meeting will be held on Thursday 11 June in Old Buckenham Village Hall starting at 2pm when a workshop will take place. Please bring usual flower arranging items together with a small amount of foliage to include a few small ivy trails, hosta leaves, etc, and a bunch of roses. Also bring some co-ordinating ribbon and some small beads, other items will be provided.
The competition title is 'Carnival' and the trophy will be awarded for the best use of colour. The table show is for 'The first rose of summer'. 
Visitors are always welcome and further details can be obtained from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

See Oscar-winning actor in Old Buckenham

The theory of everything this Friday
Following on from the successful  films shown so far
 this year, the next showing at Old Buckenham Village Hall will be
The Theory of Everything 
The film plots the life of Stephen Hawking as he battles, not only to survive motor neurone disease but to push the boundaries of physics and cosmology.
Eddie Redmayne won the best actor Oscar award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking. The showing starts at 8pm on Friday 22 May.
Tickets are £4. To reserve tickets you can email, or call 01953 860866. As usual there will be a bar, nibbles and ice cream available.
You can see a trailer at

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Upper Octave return to Old Buckenham

From Bizet to Broadway
On Saturday 27 June why not pop along to your local Parish Church and enjoy some amazing choral music. Norfolk’s popular and talented vocal ensemble “The Upper Octave” return for their fourth visit to Old Buckenham. Their production “Bizet to Broadway” combines the best of classic musical theatre with everyone’s favourite operatic arias to create an eclectic musical mix which leaves audiences wanting more. 
This concert will take place at All Saints Church, Old Buckenham , starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £10 which will include refreshments and a glass of wine. For tickets please phone 860845 or 860841.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Old Buckenham jumpers

Parachuting for charity
Three Old Buckenham residents will be doing a charity skydive on Sunday 14 June. Steve Miller from Fen Street was diagnosed with bowel cancer in July 2013. The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital saved his life and with the support from the Big C he is now in full remission. He wants to say a big thank you to all those people who have made this possible and will be jumping for the Big C.

Richard Dunseith (left) and his son Will (centre)from Fen Road will be jumping with Steve (right) on Sunday 14 June to support Cancer Research UK. Richard's father-in-law, Will's grandfather, died from cancer five years ago and they would like to remember him with this jump.
To sponsor Steve go to:
To sponsor Richard and Will go to:

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Old Buckenham to enter games

Norfolk Village Games
Old Buckenham is setting out to prove it is the best village in Norfolk at sports by competing in the Norfolk Village Games. The event is being held at the Sportspark, UEA, Norwich on Sunday 12 July 2015 and is certain to be a fantastic day of fun and competition. The competition is made up of ten events, archery, athletics, badminton, darts, gymnasticators, Tour of Britain Cycle Challenge, five-a-side Football, rounders, short mat bowls and tennis. There will be trophies for each sporting event and for the winning village.
If anyone from Old Buckenham is interested in taking part please contact Michelle on 01953 861160 or email

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Concerns of Old Buckenham parishioners

Public comments at April parish council meeting
The following notes have been written by the blog editor from notes supplied by the parish clerk.
One resident said he appreciated the work of the Parish Council over the last four years and the time they put into their duties. He then referred to the Chairman’s email to him regarding road safety and the cost of the newly installed flashing speed signs on B1077. He had a letter from a parish council in Holt who did not pay any money to have their signs installed as half the cost was paid by local school and the other half by Norfolk County Council (NCC). He then quoted figures of children from within the village who attended the local schools and a great majority of children attending these schools were from outside Old Buckenham. Steve Milner responded that Holt’s flashing speed signs had been paid for by the local school and NCC. They were purchased under the NCC and Town & Parish Partnership scheme and over forty other parish councils had bought SAM2 flashing speed signs under this scheme. A resident had commented on the increase in the Precept and he had replied to his concerns. The resident then said that residents should be more widely consulted on spending of Parish Council monies. Steve Milner responded that any resident may come to the Precept meeting and speak on any financial matter. Another resident said the Parish Council needs to engage more with younger people in the village and in the working of the Parish Council. Steve Milner responded that numerous attempts had been made by the Parish Council to set up a Youth Council and that a number of meetings had been arranged but no young people had turned up. A resident also raised matter of the Chapel Road School and the access road and possible parking on the school field. Also, they felt that the Parish Council should look at ways of engaging residents more in the working of the Parish Council.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Carpet bowls in Old Buckenham

New equipment for bowlers
Old Buckenham Carpet Bowls Club held on open evening in the Village Hall on Tuesday 12 May to celebrate the arrival of two new carpets. The club was able to receive grant money towards their purchase getting £900 from the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust and just under £600 from Breckland Council.
Visitors on the evening were able to try out the sport of carpet bowling and see if it was something that they could take up as an activity in the future.


Their original equipment will not be wasted, one of their old carpets has gone to the Attleborough Adult Training Centre and negotiations are underway for the other one to go to the Snooker Centre where it will be used for older people to play on.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes

Parish Council May meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
The meeting took place on Thursday 7 May and two members of the public also attended. Apologies for absence were received from Akis Chrisoviledes and Tim Ing. Steve Milner declared an interest in the item on the agenda concerning the Play Area maintenance.
The meeting was suspended for a short while to allow members of the public to ask questions. A note on the items discussed will be given later in this blog.
Minutes of April Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from these minutes. Tom Johnson congratulated the clerk on getting the 30mph repeater signs so quickly. The Clerk responded that the speed of them being done was due to the Norfolk County Council (NCC) Highways Engineer. Adrian Joel asked if there was any update on Chapel Road School and the transfer of land following John Alston’s recent sad death. He also raised the matter of the removal of the Traffic Management System that had been agreed for use during the construction period of the school. Steve Milner responded that a new traffic plan would ensure all traffic would come in on Attleborough Road and not through the village. Also there is a delay in transferring the land. Adrian Joel said the Parish Council should monitor the situation closely and Steve Milner said he would contact NCC. Adrian Joel also raised the question of parking being allowed on school property and Steve Milner replied that NCC policy would not allow parking of vehicles on school property.
Adoption of Accounts. It was agreed that the accounts for the year ending March 2015 be adopted, this was agreed with 8 for and 1 abstention.
Annual Governance Statement. It was agreed that the Annual Governance Statement be signed, this was agreed by 8 for and 1 abstention.
Road Safety. Steve Milner reported that a quote had been received from Westcotec for a SAM 2 system which included Portable Speed Indicator Device (SID) with SLOW DOWN legend beneath, battery powered (complete with spare battery), ‘intelligent’ charger, sign cover and clamps for a cost of £2,800 each excluding vat (data collection unit £250 plus vat and any additional bracket sets £80 plus vat). The sign and equipment come with a 12 month guarantee. The second was for an automated system which was £3,850 plus vat and the third was for a Message Maker Sign which was for £2,975 plus vat. He said in his opinion the Westcotec sign was the best. Adrian Joel suggested asking other parish councils for their views on their installed SAM 2 system. Tom Johnson said the matter should be deferred to June meeting when more was known and Paul Boggia also said details of the guarantees of the system should be obtained.
Play Area maintenance. Steve Milner said a letter had been received from a resident complaining of the condition of the Play Area. The current person maintaining the play area would no longer be able to continue due to his work commitments. Steve Milner had submitted a quote of £54 per month to carry out regular maintenance which would cover all grass cutting, strimming, minor repairs and keeping an area of one metre surrounding the play area free from weeds and overgrown shrubbery. Other councillors expressed views on the matter and Sarah Dye said it was important to have accountability of the work being done and using a volunteer would not necessarily ensure the work was done to the required standard. Sarah Dye had striven to obtain two other quotes but one was very expensive and other people did not wish to take on the work. It was proposed by Jonathan Kemp and seconded by Tom Johnson that the contract be given to Steve Milner.
Planning applications and decisions. None had been received.
Approval of accounts payable. Paul Boggia asked why the ink cartridge figure was so high. The Clerk explained that the existing printer was four years old, was starting to play up and that the supplier had provided a large A3 colour printer/copier/scanner/fax free with the 24 cartridges. It was agreed that the invoices on the cheque list be paid with 8 for and 1 abstention.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner said there had been reports of vandalism at the play area and it was hoped that identification of the culprits could be made and that all information should be passed to the police. Derek Smalley said that he would report it to the police now. The tour of Britain cycle race was coming to Old Buckenham on Saturday 12 September between 1pm and 2 pm. Steve Milner suggested setting up a working party in the village to arrange events for the day and this working party should involve other groups within the village. A meeting will be held with Breckland Council on Tuesday 26 May to discuss the day’s events. Two accidents had been reported in the village recently, one in Grove Road and one in Abbey Road. There had also been a number of near misses involving pedestrians. There was a letter in the Newsletter from a resident complaining of the increase in the precept. Steve Milner had replied on the matter also via the newsletter. It was reported that Ray Bayfield had provided a new duck house for the pond for which the Parish Council were very grateful. Peter Twissell took out the old duck house from the pond and the Parish Clerk is to write to both parties thanking them.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel said that the parish council had done well over the past four years and had achieved a lot in spite of some unfair criticism.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Carol Marshall reported that the last week of renovation of the Almshouses has taken place and they have three new tenants but still have one house available for a suitable tenant. It has cost £100,000 to refurbish the house so far and more money will need to be spent. She has one quote for the maintenance of the recreation area and will try to obtain two others. Adrian Joel said that one of the taps on the allotments was not working and he had arranged for a plumber to replace it at no cost to the Parish Council. Also an allotment holder, who had recently taken over an unattended allotment, had said it had cost them £50 to enable it to be properly prepared to use as allotment and asked if the Parish Council would refund this cost. After a discussion it was agreed that Parish Council could not refund the cost and would write to the resident on the matter. Derek Smalley said a resident had contacted him regarding the abandoned car on B1077. Breckland Council had contacted the owner who said he would have it removed soon. The police were unable to speed up its removal as it was not actually on the highway and was not causing an obstruction. Derek Smalley said he would not be continuing liaison with the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan and said it was important that the new Parish Council have a representative on the group. It was also asked if the Parish Council could send a letter to Matt Wilkins at the airfield regarding the recent crash there. Steve Milner said he had already contacted Matt Wilkins and expressed the condolences of the Parish Council. Tom Johnson said he attended the recent management meeting of the Village Hall and the question of insurance for the recreation area was raised. The Parish Clerk advised him that they had insurance cover under their general policy. The Village Hall committee asked if they could use the Recreation Area and its benches for the Village Fete, this was agreed. He also suggested a new dog bin at St Andrews Close, this was to be put on June agenda. There will be a film show on Friday 22 May. The Village Fete would be held on Saturday 4 July.
Parish Clerk’s report. Breckland Council had written to the development just off Hargham Road and the developer had suggested naming it The Old Yard, this was approved by the Parish Council. The Parish Clerk also read out an email from NCC Highways regarding past highways issues and what action had been taken.
Highways. The sign at Puddledock was facing the wrong way. The Parish Clerk will report this to Highways.
The Green. Sarah Dye said she had organised a meeting that was well attended at which they discussed a new way of managing the Green and involving the residents. They are hoping to obtain charitable status which will enable them to access grant funding. They are also going to hold a Green tidying up day after the Green has been mowed. They are hopeful they can take the managing of the Green forward in a very positive way.
The next meetings of Old Buckenham Parish Council would be the AGM on Wednesday 13 May and the regular monthly meeting on Thursday 4 June at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.