Saturday, 31 January 2015

Future Old Buckenham events

Diary dates for February

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

Monday 2     Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 3     Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 4     Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 5     Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 6     Village Cinema, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Monday 9     Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 12     Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

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

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

Monday 16     Fete planning meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 18     Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 18     Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Friday 20     Memorial service for George Aitkin, All Saints, 12 noon

Saturday 21     Senior Citizens' New Year's Party, Village Hall, 1pm

Monday 23     Litter pick on Green, start outside High School, 12.30pm

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

Saturday 28     Jumble sale, Church Rooms, 10am to 12 noon

Thursday, 29 January 2015

February newsletter now available in Old Buckenham

Pick up a copy

Many copies now come round with the delivery of the Six Villages newsletter sometime after today. If you are not one of the lucky ones you can pick up your copy at the village shop, All Saints church, the pubs, etc.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lost your keys in Old Buckenham?

Could these be yours?
A set of keys have been found in the area around the Ox & Plough. If you think they could be yours then please contact 01953 860876.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Trees planted by Old Buckenham Primary School

Helping our environment
On Friday 16 January, Otters Year 2 Class at Old Buckenham Community Primary School welcomed Mark Webster from the Conservation Volunteers in Norwich to plant thirty trees on the school field. The whips were all native species including hazel, wild cherry and barberry rose.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and the children were assisted by a number of parent helpers.  The new headteacher, Mrs Humphrey, came out to join in and planted her own tree helped by Ted Devlin.

The children are very proud of helping the environment and look forward to watching the trees grow as they themselves grow through the primary school. Otters Class are currently working towards the RSPB Wildlife Action Awards by undertaking many activities to help our environment. So far this term they have found out all about British birds; made their gardens at home 'bird friendly'; taken part in the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch; made homes for minibeasts on the school field; made bird feeders and discovered more about the minibeasts living in the school pond through pond dipping.  
The children are very inspired and passionate about caring for nature and hope to inspire their families, school community and the wider world too.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

January meeting of Old Buckenham WI

Highlights of Chelsea and Hampton Court
A chilly January evening did not deter the members of Old Buckenham WI gathering for their first meeting of this momentous year – the WI will be 100 years old in September.
Winter it might be but the evening’s speaker, Simon White of Peter Beales Roses, gave a taste of summer with a power-point presentation of his experiences at the prestigious RHS shows, Chelsea and Hampton Court. Members were warmed by views of exotic show gardens and glorious displays of flowers in the main marquees. Simon explained that it takes many months of preparation to be 'show ready' and of course, a lot of investment. Constructing the stands and manning them for twelve hours for five days is exhausting for the staff. The hard work, though, has been continually rewarded as Peter Beales has a fine record at these shows attaining the highest accolade from the judges for their stands, winning gold medals time and time again.
After refreshments members were asked to vote for a Resolution that they felt was of national importance. There were seven Resolutions to choose from and the most popular ones were concerning long-term care, and curbing the use of antibiotics. Both very topical subjects.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham WI will be on Thursday 26 February with the speaker Kate Brewster with her talk ‘A Dog is for life’.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Many remembered in Old Buckenham at Easter

Easter lilies

On Easter Day each year the lives of loved ones who have died are commemorated at All Saints, Old Buckenham, and they will continue the tradition this year. Flower arrangements in the church at Easter will comprise of lilies, each in memory of departed relatives or friends.
If you would like to contribute to this event you will need to provide the details and your donation before Sunday 22 March together with the name of the person(s) to be remembered. In the event that you have not subscribed before please also advise year of birth and date of death.
It is estimated that each lily will cost in the region of £3.50, any additional monies received will go towards a lasting memorial. Last year donations given went towards the restoration of the 15th century glass windows.
If you wish to contribute please send a cheque made out to 'Old Buckenham PCC' with details of the deceased to Revd Alistair Monkhouse, Wildwood, Mill Road, Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1SG.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Next film in Old Buckenham

Enjoyable village cinema
There have been requests for a British comedy with a feel good factor. Therefore you will be pleased to hear that Old Buckenham Village Hall Cinema will be showing What we did on our holiday on Friday 6 February at 7.30pm. this is a film created by Andy Hamilton (comedian and writer of the TV programme ‘Outnumbered’. You can watch a trailer at
It stars David Tennant, Rosamund Pike, Billy Connelly, Ben Miller, Celia Imrie, Annette Crosbie along with three smart, cute kids.
Tickets will cost £4 in advance or £6 on the door. To book call 01953 860866 or email

Friday, 16 January 2015

What Old Buckenham is talking about

Public recess notes
This report on the subjects discussed during the recess session at the January Parish Council meeting have been written by the newsletter editor from notes supplied by the parish clerk.
A resident asked for road side markers outside his house as his verge is getting damaged. The Parish Clerk is to speak to highways on matter. A resident raised the matter of parking at the Village Hall where a notice had been issued stating he would be reported to the police. Steve Milner responded on behalf of Village Hall as this was not really a matter for the Parish Council. The resident said the problem of parking at village hall had not been resolved but just moved to the highway. Things had changed as in the past residents could use the car park to drop off their children at school with no restrictions since the late 1970s. Steve Milner explained the previous attempts to resolve the problem of the car park which were not successful. Adrian Joel suggested asking NCC for permission to use part of the playing field at the bottom of the school for parking and residents could raise a petition in support of this. Steve Milner responded and said NCC would never allow this. Another resident asked if Old Buckenham residents had to pay for a parking permit. Steve Milner responded that they, along with non- residents, have to pay. Steve Milner said that most residents were happy with present arrangements regarding permits and the Village Hall was trying to increase the number of parking spaces available.

A resident raised the point of the Special Meeting held the previous Saturday and residents are not sure whether Old Buckenham should or should not have a Neighbourhood Plan. It was also suggested that Jonathan Kemp take over as chairman of the Working Party dealing with the matter. A resident said that he was disappointed that the Special Meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 5 January was attended by only two Parish Councillors and three members of the public. Steve Milner responded that a lot of the Parish Councillors had been ill.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Old Buckenham learns about the Cheapside Hoard

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

The first meeting of 2015 welcomed Ann Bridge who gave a presentation about the Cheapside Hoard. In 1912 workman excavated into a cellar in Cheapside and found a wooden trunk which contained a hoard of approximately 400 pieces of jewellery, gemstones and trinkets dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Although some of the crafted pieces could be fairly accurately dated and the maker’s name worked out, the origins of the remainder remain a mystery. Some of the find is exhibited in both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert museums. Ann also illustrated her talk with two arrangements depicting the Fire of London with red roses and anthuriums.
In the monthly competitions the results were: Old Hands class was won by Christine Hewson, New Hands class and monthly cup by Maureen Ashfield, and the table show was won by Alison Vivian.
The next meeting will be held at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 12 February starting at 2pm when there will be a workshop. Participants should bring with them a table cover and scissors, a small shallow dish, some moss to cover the dish, a bunch of tulips (red for valentines day?), about a dozen medium ivy leaves and a few twigs, and a small piece of oasis. Visitors are welcome but there will be a charge of £5 (club members free).The competition title is 'Cupid's arrow' and the table show 'First bulbs', either cut or planted but from your garden.
Further details from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Latest minutes of Old Buckenham parish council meeting

January parish council meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor  from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
Several parish councillors were unable to attend the monthly meeting on Thursday 8 January. Apologies had been received from John Frost, Tim Ing, Derek Smalley, Sarah Dye and Akis Chrisoviledes. Stephen Askew (Norfolk County Council councillor) was at the meeting as well as five members of the public. Paul Boggia declared an interest in one planning application.
The meeting was closed for a short recess to allow members of the public to speak.
Minutes of December Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Adrian Joel asked if there was any update on Chapel Road School. Steve Milner said there was no update but the school have offered a tour of their premises with five councillors able to attend.
Issues and options document for a local plan. Steve Milner explained that the local plan is being produced by Breckland Council and in the plan there are ninety questions. He then asked for councillors’ views on the document he had drafted answering questions which were relevant to Old Buckenham. After a full discussion and some amendments it was proposed by Tom Johnson that the document be adopted as Parish Council’s response to Breckland Council’s Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation Document, this was seconded by Paul Boggia and agreed with 5 for and 1 abstention.
Neighbourhood Plan. Steve Milner said that at a recent Annual Parish Meeting residents expressed the view that there was no need for a Neighbourhood Plan for Old Buckenham but perhaps now it was time to look at the matter again. He said that three important questions needed to be answered. At a recent meeting he believed there was no great enthusiasm for a Neighbourhood Plan but investigations should be carried out as to the cost of producing one, the time scale it would take to complete, who would have to be involved and the need to look at the cost benefit of such a plan. At the Annual Parish Meeting these facts could be put to residents and their views sought before a final decision is made after the local elections in May. Adrian Joel said Breckland representatives could attend meetings with residents and the Parish Council. He felt that the Parish Council should provide funds for preliminary meetings. Steve Milner proposed setting up a working party with Jonathan Kemp as Chairman to develop a presentation for the Annual Parish Meeting in March to obtain residents' views. This was agreed unanimously. Tom Johnson thanked Mike Bartlett for arranging for the recent meeting.
Flashing speed signs. Steve Milner proposed that the Parish Council obtain two 20mph flashing speed signs at a cost of £3,147.52 and this was agreed unanimously. The Parish Clerk is to arrange. Steve Milner also proposed that the Parish Council submit a bid under the 50/50 Partnership Scheme of 2015/16 for a SAM2 speed sign, this too was agreed unanimously.
Village Hall car park. Steve Milner reported it is an ongoing situation and further options are being investigated for additional parking spaces.
Scotties Little Heroes. It was agreed that £250 be donated to a charity of Mr Hicks choice in lieu of any payment made to him for all his work on maintaining the Play Area.
Planning applications. Waterworks House, Abbey Road. Extensions and associated alterations. There were no objections from the parish council.

Land at corner of Crown Road and Grove Road. Erection of two timber-clad holiday cabins for bed and breakfast. The Parish Clerk is to get an extension of time for comments to be made.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Barns adjacent to Amberly, The Green. Minor material amendment in respect of amended scheme. Permission granted.
Old Buckenham Airfield. Insertion of new caretaker’s flat into existing vacant office/workshop space. Permission granted.
Whitehands Farm, Stacksford. Conversion of barn for holiday accommodation. Permission granted.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner said there was a planned meeting with Chapel Road School. The Community Initiative 365 project has started with a team of residents taking one picture a day in the village throughout 2015. Any residents wishing to join the scheme should contact him. He had attended a meeting with the Junior School on road safety. One idea was a poster scheme and the children would have the opportunity to design a poster. A seminar will be held on the Old Buckenham Facebook page to inform residents how best to use Facebook.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported on policy changes from November 2014 regarding affordable homes and contributions towards recreation facilities for new properties. Affordable homes are now only applicable on ten or more houses. There has been a change to black bin recycling with gift wrapping paper (excluding sticky tape) and greeting cards now allowed. Breckland have now agreed to move forward with their development growth programme and set up a ‘Local Asset Back Vehicle’. Breckland will partner with a private investor where Breckland will supply their land and the partner will provide cash investment and initially three projects will be delivered – a hotel/cinema complex in Thetford Riverside and two house building projects. The Breckland 2015/16 central government grant funding has been confirmed as being 15.1% lower than 2014/15 with Breckland set to receive £6.38m to support local services, down from £7.52m in 2014/15. Despite this Breckland has reiterated its pledge to protect local services and freeze the council tax.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Carol Marshall said application details for Almshouse tenancies are available in the village shop. Three of the almshouses will be available from May 2015 onwards. Adrian Joel asked if the Parish Clerk could write to resident regarding his hedge which is causing an obstruction. The Village Hall will be having film shows on Friday 6 February and Friday 20th March.
Highways. Tom Johnson said that water gathers at the junction of Grove Road and Mill Road and in cold temperatures it turns to ice. He feels the gulley in Mill Road may be blocked. The Parish Clerk to speak to Highways. A letter has been received from a resident regarding school buses in Old Buckenham, the Parish Clerk to contact the County Council on this matter.
The Green. The Parish Clerk read out an email from the NCC Highways Engineer on items that had been reported but were actually responsibility of the Green Right Proprietors. The Parish Clerk said that he would forward this email to the Green Right Proprietors. Estimates for resurfacing the car parking by the play area outside the Ox and Plough are being obtained. Adrian Joel asked when the AGM of the Green Right Proprietors was being held.

The next meeting of the Old Buckenham Parish Council will be held on Thursday 5 February in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Daily pictures of Old Buckenham

Why not join our project?
The project to take a photo on every day of 2015 and to post it on a dedicated website is now underway. You can see the pictures taken so far if you go to
Even better, if you would like to to help by taking pictures yourself, please contact either Steve Milner on or the blog editor on
There are twenty people on the rota so far so it's not a huge commitment, not more than eight days in the whole of the year. The photo does have to be taken and downloaded on your designated day. You don't have to live in Old Buckenham, perhaps you work here or regularly come to meetings in the village. And you don't have to have an expensive camera either.
Although it has to be taken within the parish of Old Buckenham, that does give you plenty of options.
The blog editor had his first turn today, took a quick walk around the Green and the allotments and below are some of the images he didn't use (but might give you some ideas of what you could take in future).

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Christmas Eve in Old Buckenham

Candlelit service raised money for the homeless

A large congregation gathered on Christmas Eve in All Saints Church, Old Buckenham for the popular annual service of Lessons and Carols .
The soloist for the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City was year 7 student from the High School, Dylan Irving. The readings were given by representatives of the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust, the High School, the Methodist Chapel, the Village Hall Management Committee and the New Life Church. The Christmas message was delivered by Rev Alistair Monkhouse and the organists were Sarah Dye and Annette Ellis - Annette's tuba was also much appreciated. Other contributions to the service were from the Primary School, the Scout Group and Steve Bennett who sang the gospel-influenced song “People Get Ready”. A collection of £545 was taken at the service for the work of St Martin’s Housing Trust (Norwich Night Shelter).

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Discussing a Neighbourhood Plan for Old Buckenham

Neighbourhood Plan for Old Buckenham, yes or no ?
Over forty people gathered in Old Buckenham Village Hall this morning to discuss the pros and cons of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the village. The meeting was chaired by Mike Bartlett who introduced the four speakers.
First was Tim Bornett who went through why he felt Old Buckenham should embark on Neighbourhood Plan. He was followed by Sarah Hornbrook, a planning consultant  living in the village, who was able to explain the procedures that had to be gone through and the legal status of such a plan. Our District Councillor Adrian Joel talked about other nearby places that were in the process of producing such a plan. Then the chairman of Old Buckenham Parish Council, Steve Milner, gave the council's view on the value of the scheme to the village and the work involved in producing such a document.
There were a wide range of questions from the audience including whether the plan could be as simple or complicated as we liked, what difference it might make to local planning decisions and how much it might cost to produce and get approved as a legal document.
The general feeling of the meeting seemed to be that they were neither for or against, that more information was needed and that it would be helpful to have someone from Breckland Council Planning Department to attend any future meetings. 
 A break for tea/coffee, with the opportunity for further questions directed to individual speakers, gave many people the chance to have informal discussions both with the speakers and other members of the audience.
This meeting was on a subject that could greatly affect what goes on in the village many years into the future. Rather surprisingly there didn't seem to be anyone in the audience under the age of forty, in fact the great majority would be holders of bus passes or free tv licences...

Friday, 2 January 2015

A year's pictures of Old Buckenham

Only 364 to go
Yesterday not only marked the start of 2015 but also the start of a project to document a year in the life of Old Buckenham through photography. So far twenty residents have signed up to take a photograph on their allocated days. The photographers range from the young to the not so young.
Yesterday, Thursday 1 January, some of this group of photographers gathered at All Saints church to give the project a start and to take pictures of the newly restored tower.

It was a challenging session due to the weather but some interesting images were taken as they explored around the churchyard.

Following a review in the warmth of the nearby Ox & Plough, the group chose Alison Hannah’s image to be loaded as the first image of 2015.
If you want to follow the team's efforts you can see the photographs using the following address
Even better, if you would like to to help by taking pictures, please contact either Steve Milner on or the blog editor on  

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year wishes from Old Buckenham

Favourite images of 2014
As we start a new year the blog editor has picked out some of his favourite images of Old Buckenham, all taken within the parish over the last twelve months.
They may bring back memories of 2014 but what will we see in 2015?
Remember you can click on the individual images to see them at a larger size.

 Reflections in Rod Alley pond
 Removing medieval windows for repair
 Cuddly ducklings by the village shop
 Reminders of previous successes
 Our own water tower
 Must be a 'two wheel' Tuesday
 Riding high at the primary school fete
Restoring the tower of All Saints church

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Old Buckenham events during 2015

Happening during 2015
Here are the dates of some meetings and events in Old Buckenham in 2015. If you know of others then please let the village blog editor know via the comments box and he will include the information in future blog posts.
Why not put the information in your brand new diaries and make sure that you don’t miss them (or arrange other things on the same dates).

Friday 6 February – Film Night in Village Hall

Saturday 21 February - Senior Citizens' Lunch at Village Hall.

Saturday 28 February – Jumble Sale in Church Rooms.

Friday 20 March – Film Night at Village Hall

Saturday 11 April – Liquorice Allsorts Quartet concert in All Saints Church.

Saturday 25 April - WI Centenary Evening in Village Hall.

Saturday 27 June - Upper Octave concert, All Saints Church. 

 Saturday 4 July – Village Fete at Village Hall.

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August – Old Buckenham Airshow.

Wednesday 2 September – Luncheon Club coffee morning, Village Hall.

Sunday 13 September – Produce and Handicraft Show, Village Hall.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October - Military and Vintage Revival, Airfield.

Sunday 8 November – Remembrance service at Airfield.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Old Buckenham events for January

Diary dates for January

Saturday 3     Meeting on Village Plan, Village Hall, 10am

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

Tuesday 6     Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

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

Thursday 8     Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 8     Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

Monday 12     Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Monday 12     Fete planning meeting, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Wednesday 16     Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

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

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

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

Thursday 29     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 30     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 31     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 2.30pm

Saturday 31     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 7.30pm


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Start the year with Old Buckenham newsletter

Ready to read
The January 2015 villge newsletter has been distributed around today and many of you will get a copy put through your letterbox in the next few days. Other copies have been left in All Saints church, the village shop and pubs, the Clinic on the Green and the airfield. Enjoy the read.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Season's greetings from Old Buckenham

Best wishes to all our readers

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Future plans for Old Buckenham

Neighbourhood Plan or not?
All are invited to an informal gathering at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Saturday 3 January commencing at 10am. It will be to discuss if Old Buckenham should, or should not, have a Neighbourhood Plan (NP). At present Attleborough are into a plan, Kenninghall have just commenced and Besthorpe are expected to follow suit. Tim Bornett has carried out considerable research on the matter while Sarah Hornbrook in her working capacity has much to offer in the way of guidance. Both will be at the meeting on Saturday 3 January.
Recently a member of the Attleborough team has stated that he feels that Old Buckenham must have a NP as Breckland Council are struggling to find space in the towns of the district to fulfil all the new homes required by the government. They are possibly going to have to consider moves into rural areas to comply with the requirement. Does this warrant consideration for a NP and would this improve Old Buckenham’s chances of influencing any decisions?
Perhaps at the informal gathering, consideration can be given to various points. Should a person with experience and existing involvement of NPs come and address our community? Should Old Buckenham Parish Council examine in depth the benefits, costs, etc, of having a NP and call a public meeting as a way forward?
Everyone is invited to this “kick off “. Hopefully a drink and biscuits will be an added incentive. No formal minutes will be taken but a volunteer to take notes would be helpful (contact Mike on 01953 860462).

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Old Buckenham's Luncheon Club

Luncheon Club has food and fun
Today was the last meal of 2014 and a chance for a more light-hearted and Christmassy occasion. The box of over-the-top hats came out again, there was special raffle for a Christmas hamper and the main meal was roast chicken with all the trimmings. Before the meal there were the usual games of cards and crib with the chance to just chat while enjoying coffee and mince pies.

The Luncheon Club is for those living on their own and residing within the area covering Banham, New Buckenham, Quidenham, Eccles and Wilby as well as Old Buckenham. Volunteers provide a ‘home-cooked’ meal in Old Buckenham Village Hall every two weeks throughout the year for around 30 to 40 people. Many of those attending do not normally get out much or get a chance to talk with others of their generation.
The Club was set up in 1981. Members pay a nominal fee for their lunches (£3.50 now but 75p when things started 33 years ago). There are also four outings held each year where members are taken out by coach to some interesting location and then have a meal out before returning home.
Anyone in the area living on their own and interested in coming to the Club, or who knows someone who could benefit by coming along, can contact Bridget on 01953 860241.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Old Buckenham's Social and Wine Circle

Enjoyable nights out
Old Buckenham's Social and Wine Circle ended its 2014 series of meetings with a relaxed party-type evening and a fish and chip supper. This was the conclusion to a year of interesting talks on subjects as varied as water towers, the local airfield and Coleman's mustard.
This organisation goes back to the days when it seemed everyone was making homemade wine and beer leading to each village having competitions amongst themselves and surrounding villages. The interest in homemade wine has waned but the club still meets monthly in the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham as a social activity and arranges a series of talks on varied subjects.
The new series of 2015 meetings will start on Thursday 8 January when Peter and Kathy Fleckney will be talking about their visit to the North Island of New Zealand. Other subjects during the year will include the role of a modern day funeral director, the Eaton Park Railway, a visit to a stained glass repair workshop, life in medieval England and a romp through the life of Henry VIII.
There is no formal membership, just £1 to pay each meeting (and probably another £1 on raffle tickets). If you are interested just come along to the Church Rooms around 7.30pm on Thursday 8 January for the talk that begins at 7.45pm. And you can bring some wine or other beverage if you wish...

Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive bingo in Old Buckenham

Numbers lucky for some
There were a couple of dozen people gathered in the Village Hall tonight to try their luck at a few games of bingo. There was a definite festive touch with Father Christmas there to sell you your pack of tickets.
The main innovation was the use of the hall's projection system and some clever software to allow a set of almost automated games to take place. Specially printed sheets were used with every 'card' having its own reference number. The computer picked the random numbers for each game, they were projected onto the big screen while the numbers were read out by a clear disembodied voice at a speed that the audience were happy with. Checking if the call was correct was also done via the computer using the unique number on each card.

Prize money increased throughout the evening with a mere £1 for a line in the first game to a rather larger £52 for a full house in the last game. The evening finished with a large raffle of decent prizes ensuring that many people went home with something worthwhile.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Public's questions to Old Buckenham Parish Council

What the public asked in November
These notes have been written by the blog editor from material supplied by the parish clerk.
 A resident raised the matter of parking outside Barbers Yard and said he last raised this matter in May and now the area is a danger and should be closed. He suggested the Green Right Proprietors and the Parish Council should get together on the matter and sort it out.
Another resident raised the matter of his planning application which was on the meeting’s agenda and said he had spoken to his neighbours who had no concerns on the application. A further resident raised his planning application which also was on the agenda and informed the meeting that it was a resubmission of his previous application with some amendments.
One resident raised the matter of the Green and said that the grass is in a bad way and that the ditch at the bottom of the footpath was last cleaned out about five years ago and needed doing again. Jonathan Kemp informed the resident that the Green was not the responsibility of the Parish Council. John Frost said the Green was, in parts, a nature area and the grass should therefore be left long in those parts.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Old Buckenham Parish Council in December

Latest parish council discussions
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.
Seven members of the public were present at the December meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council. Apologies had been received from councillors Steve Milner and Akis Chrisoviledes. In Steve Milner’s absence Jonathan Kemp chaired the meeting.
The meeting was suspended to allow members of the public to speak. A report of the subjects raised will be posted on this blog at 12 noon tomorrow.
Minutes of November Parish Council meeting. With two minor amendments these were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Adrian Joel had arranged a public meeting to discuss the Breckland document Issues and Options earlier in the evening. A presentation was given by Breckland Council and he asked if the Working Party could get together and agree a way forward to put views forward to Breckland by Friday 9 January 2015. The Working Party arranged to meet later in December.
Minutes of Precept Meeting in November. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Chapel Road School. Jonathan Kemp gave details of an update from Steve Milner and said that details of the consultation process will be put on the Old Buckenham Facebook page with a link for people to put forward individual comments. Also he was forming a letter which could be sent to George Freeman MP asking him to write to the landowner John Alston. Adrian Joel raised the matter of the MUGA which had restricted hours for its use and the Parish Council had previously suggested the MUGA be moved to a more central location of the school site so that more use could be made of it. He also asked if the school could be used by village organisations. Tim Ing raised the possibility of a swimming pool. Could this also be used by villagers and wanted to know if this was still part of the development.
Neighbourhood Plan. Adrian Joel said he thought there was a need for a Neighbourhood Plan in Old Buckenham but he did not know the strength of feeling of the residents for such a plan. He said some grants were available, up to £7,000 or £8,000. Various councillors expressed views on the subject including the point that the cost of a Neighbourhood Plan could exceed £20,000. It was agreed to put the matter on January meeting agenda.
Flashing speed signs. Fifty percent funding for the signs was available from NCC and the other 50% is available from Parish Council funds. It was proposed by Adrian Joel and seconded by Sarah Dye to get costs of the different lights that were available, this was agreed unanimously. Adrian Joel also raised the matter of a report drawn up by Norfolk Constabulary about road safety in the village on the B1077 to assist children crossing the road to get to and from school. It suggested a path be installed across the Green from the B1077 to Hargham Road, the cost would be approximately £20,000. The item is to be put on the January agenda.
Norfolk Playing Fields Association. It was proposed by Carol Marshall and seconded by Tim Ing that the Parish Council obtain membership of the Association, this was agreed unanimously. The Parish Clerk is to arrange.
Planning applications. Whitelands Farm, Stacksford. Conversion of barn to holiday accommodation. Agreed (with 7 for, 1 against and 1 abstention) that the Parish Council had no objections
Burghfields, Stacksford. Demolish rear porch and conservatory and erect first floor extension over whole dwelling and remodel. No objections from Parish Council.
Airbase and Old Buckenham Aero Club, Old Buckenham Airfield. Insertion of new caretaker's flat into existing vacant office/workshop space. No objections from Parish Council.
Barns adjacent to Amberley, The Green. Minor material amendment in respect of earlier amended scheme. No objections from Parish Council. Orchard House, Mill Road. Erection of two -storey residential extension. No objections from Parish Council.
Waterworks House, Abbey Road. Extension and associated alterations. The Clerk is to seek an extension to reply as application only received on day of parish council meeting.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. 6 Oaklands. Single-storey front extension, change flat roof over porch and garage to lean-to roof and extensions to front roof slope dormers. Permission granted.
1 Barbers Yard. Change garage to annex. Permission granted.
Chairman’s report. Jonathan Kemp had attended a meeting of the Village Hall Working Party regarding the additional parking at the Village Hall. Various solutions were discussed and costings will soon be available and then a pre-review will be sent to Breckland Council before submission of a planning application. It was asked if the Parish Council could submit the application as this would halve the cost, the Parish Clerk said there would be no problem with this as there was no VAT element involved. Parking fees at the Village Hall had become a point of discussion in the village in terms of timing and the level of fees. The PreSchool Play Group is having trouble finding the fees in full. The Parish Clerk suggested a loan could be made available as a last resort and repayment could be made over the year 2015. The Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan was raised and an overview of the media brief was given to the meeting.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported that he was invited by Cotman Housing Association to open officially the 14 new properties in March Field Way along with Ben Barrett, Chair of Cotman Housing Association, on Friday 28 November. All the properties are now allocated to people with connections to Old Buckenham. He had also attended the Attleborough Development Partnership Seminar as the Old Buckenham District Councillor and he will keep the Parish Council informed of their progress.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson said the Village Hall had discussed the resurfacing of the car park and are now awaiting costings. The next Film Nights are Friday 6 February and Friday 20 March. Christmas Bingo night will be Friday 12 December starting at 7pm. He raised the matter of damage to roadside grass at the new Cotman Housing development. Adrian Joel said the repair work would be carried out in the near future. Paul Boggia raised the matter of the parking at the play area and outside the public house as it needs a lot of attention. He would carry out some repairs to the matting to make it safer. He said that the Attleborough Christmas lights would soon be turned on. Derek Smalley had again reported to SNAP the matter of parking along Abbey Road. Norfolk Constabulary had sent some letters that could be put on people’s cars who were parking inconsiderately. He reported that the Community Car scheme is kept going by voluntary drivers and they are in desperate need of more volunteers to offer their services taking people to hospital and doctor appointments. Anyone who could offer their services could contact the Parish Clerk on 01953 880110. John Frost said All Saints church gets lots of enquiries regarding burial plots from people outside Old Buckenham who are seeking information on the graves there. The Church now has a registry of all the grave plots which is available for anyone to look at in the church. Tim Ing raised the matter of farm vehicles collecting sugar beet and parking their vehicles on the road when they were not very well lit and it could cause an accident. He also said last year John Hicks had donated £250 to Scotties Little Heroes in lieu of any payment for the work he carried out on the play area throughout the year. He asked if it could be repeated this year, item to be put on January agenda.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Clerk reported that a national agreement had been reached on pay for clerks and other local government workers. This resulted in a one-off payment to clerks on his grade of £115 for 2014 (£100 would be paid in January and £15 in April). This figure would not be consolidated into hourly rates. From April 2015 the hourly rate has been increased by a few pence per hour.
Highways. Concerning mud on the road around the village, the Parish Clerk reported this was the responsibility of the farmers to clear this up. Also a letter had been received from a resident regarding school buses not taking the proper route through the village to and from the school. The Parish Clerk to contact Children’s Services at NCC on the matter.
The Green. Tim Ing raised the matter of the duck house on the pond which was still floating upside down. Sarah Dye said it was on the list of work to be carried out by the Green Right Proprietors. Adrian Joel said that some residents may contribute to replacing it with a new one.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 8 January in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Old Buckenham panto

New Year entertainment
The Old Buckenham Players' panto has been well supported over the years. In January you can go to see Jack and the Beanstalk, a traditional pantomime with all the characters and gags you would expect, in Old Buckenham Village Hall. 
The dates are Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January with an afternoon matinee on the Saturday. Despite being burdened with rising costs the Players have still managed to maintain the ticket price at £8 for adults and £4 under 16s. More details on the poster below.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Graves at All Saints, Old Buckenham

Help in finding graves in Old Buckenham churchyard

In 1982 a survey of the graves in the churchyard at All Saints was carried out by J Pilgrim and was deposited with the Norfolk Record Office. In 2008 a team of volunteers carried out another in-depth survey covering all burials up to 1991 and cremations to April 2004.
A detailed folder of all this information has been compiled by Virginia Sullivan and is available to view in the church. 

It comprises of two parts. Part one shows the grave yard area around the church, divided and lettered from A – K together with a plot numbers. The plot number then references the name of the person in alphabetical order and where possible inscription comments are given. A separate loose leaf map is available to trace the position of a grave. (This should be returned to the chained reference folder in the church after use.)
Part two is a list of all burials and memorials inside the church and is in the back of the folder under the title of Graves, Plaques and Memorials.
Recent burials (from 1992) and cremations (after 2004) are shown separately on a plan in the vestry.
There are references from the year 1604. One recently discovered grave refers to a Captain Eyles Mounsher who as a Lieutenant in the Navy fought at the battle of Trafalgar.
It is hope that these unique records will assist the many who wish to trace their heritage back to Old Buckenham.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

AGM of Old Buckenham Women's Institute

 A full and active year
The Annual Meeting on Thursday 27 November  of Old Buckenham WI was the usual mix of social time and business. Susan Hunter, the President, gave a warm welcome to everyone including a new member and the adviser from the Norfolk Federation Office, Sue Ovenden.
The accounts were presented to members by the Treasurer, the Committee for 2015 voted for and the current President, Susan Hunter, was re-elected for another year.
The activities and achievements over the last twelve months were outlined by both the Secretary and the President and these included organising a spring quiz in the Village Hall, running the annual Craft and Produce Show, supporting the village Fete, and this year, buying a replacement radio-controlled clock for the Village Hall. Old Buckenham WI had also competed in WI darts matches, Scrabble competitions and won the County annual quiz. Their monthly meetings had covered a range of topics from humorous to serious, there were monthly walks and Scrabble matches, an annual visit to the Theatre Royal and a summer outing.
After the serious business was finished everyone relaxed with refreshments before taking their places for a game of Beetle which this year was won by the latest member, Joyce Andersen.
The year will finish with an early Christmas lunch when members can enjoy good food and good company. A fitting start to the festive season.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

December events in Old Bucenham

Diary dates for December

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

Wednesday 3   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

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

Thursday 4    Women's Institute Christmas lunch

Thursday 4   
Breckland consultation meeting, Village Hall, 6.30pm
Thursday 4   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 5    Christmas Market, High School, 7pm to 9pm

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

Monday 8    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 11    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 11    NB Silver Band carols, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Thursday 11   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Friday 12   Festive Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 14    Christmas Fly In, Old Buckenham Airfield

Monday 15    Monday Mardle Christmas lunch

Wednesday 16    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 17    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 24   Candlelit Carol service, All Saints, 7pm

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Another Old Buckenham newsletter

Last one for 2014
Another four thousand words for you to read and so learn about the goings on in Old Buckenham.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Affordable properties in Old Buckenham

Grand opening for new affordable homes
Fourteen new homes have been completed in Old Buckenham which aim to help keeping the local community together meaning that families won’t have to look at moving away to find a new home. The new houses are a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes for affordable rent which extend an existing housing development owned and managed by Cotman Housing Association.
A grand opening event for the properties was held today, Friday 28 November. It was attended by customers and staff from Cotman Housing Association and local Councillor Adrian Joel, who gave a speech alongside Cotman Chair Bett Barrett.
The first residents of the new homes moved in at the end of October. The expansion of the Old Buckenham site is part of a wider strategy by Cotman Housing Association to support communities in the areas where they operate. The homes have been built on previously disused land owned by Breckland District Council. They’ve been constructed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and were partially funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme.
Adrian Joel, Breckland Council ward member for Buckenham, had identified the land a number of years ago as suitable for affordable housing and has worked with Cotman and Council officers to help bring about this development. These new affordable homes  are specifically allocated for people living in or with connections to Old Buckenham and its locality.

Introductory speeches  were given outside one of the houses before the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon across the door and the handing over of keys to the new occupants. Then it was time for a look around the site and a chance to see inside one or two of the new properties before going for a buffet lunch at the local Gamekeeper pub.