Thursday, 24 July 2014

Dog show in Old Buckenham

Top dogs

On Sunday 21 September there will be a Dog Show on Old Buckenham Green in front of the Ox and Plough pub. The Dog Show is being organised in conjunction with Rosedale Funeral Homes who are trying to raise £10,000 for lots of local good causes throughout 2014 which is their 10th year. The funds raised by this dog show will go towards the tower repairs and stained glass window restoration in All Saints Church.
The Companion Dog Show is being held under Kennel Club rules and schedules are available from all Rosedale homes or by emailing Registration will open at 12 noon for judging at 2pm. The Church Rooms will be open for refreshments and it is hoped to have other stalls on the Green.
Sunday 21 September is also the date of the Village Garage sale so there should be lots of visitors in the village – with and without dogs.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Old Buckenham's village fete

All the fun of the Fair
Despite all the pessimistic forecasts of erratic weather, the annual Old Buckenham fete went ahead yesterday afternoon without a drop of rain falling. There had been thunder rolling around in the very early hours of the morning but preparing the stalls went ahead as usual up until lunchtime.
Everything was set up on the lawn outside the village hall or within the building itself. Visitors started arriving and by 2pm and the stalls were in business. You could buy jam or jewellery, win bottles in the tombola, learn circus skills, get a prize from the human fruit machine, watch some energetic Zumba or cool down in the stocks as wet sponges were thrown at you.
There were refreshments of all sorts from tea and homemade cake, pulled pork rolls, burgers, ice cream and a small beer tent. Inside the hall there were more stalls, photos of the village in earlier days and a display of paintings by a village art group.
Overall a successful afternoon that will have raised money for the Village Hall finances and for all the local groups and organisations that ran their own stalls.

(Remember you can see these photos at a larger size by just clicking on them)
The popularity of paying to throw wet sponges at people increased considerably when the chairman of the parish council took his place in the stocks.
And finally here is the human fruit machine having a well-earned break.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Primary School fete in Old Buckenham

Plenty to do at the fete
It turned out hot for the Primary School fete today. A little downpour of rain during setting-up time early in the morning soon cleared away leaving blue skies and temperatures nudging 30C. There were plenty of stalls set around the school field where children and parents could spend their money, refreshment areas and some animals they could get close up to. 
The blog editor joined a queue of young people to take a ride in a cherry picker so that he could get a few different high level views of the surroundings.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Obtaining a grant from Old Buckenham Parish Council

Timetable for applications
Any group or organisation in Old Buckenham wishing to apply for a grant at this year's Precept meeting should make their application in writing to the Parish Clerk by Tuesday 30 September.
Any grants awarded at the Precept meeting will be paid in May 2015.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Flower Club in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

After June's visit to the wonderful garden of Furze House, Rushall, Diss - a plantaholic's paradise - members were back at Old Buckenham in July to hear about orchid growing from Mrs Robyn McDonald. In earlier societies a person's wealth was judged by the number of orchids they owned. Other collectors were prepared to pay as much as 12,000 guineas for a certain plant. Even today plant breeders will give up to £50,000 in order to clone millions of a very saleable variety. Members were then shown the best way to repot an orchid and it was explained that, depending whether the plant originally grew on trees, in the ground or in water, which medium to grow it in. A most informative talk.
In the competition for a modern design the New Hands class was won by Alison Vivian and Old Hands by Christine Hewson. The table show for roses was won by Alison Walker.
The next Meeting will be held on Thursday 14 August staring at 2pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall when there will be a demonstration entitled 'All Good Things' by Ann Colby. The competition title is 'Sun, Sea and Sand' and the table show is for three stems of 'Hot Colour from the Border'
Visitors are always very welcome. Further details from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Old Buckenham High School quiz

Questions, questions, questions
There were some brain-stretching exercises going on in the hall of Old Buckenham High School tonight. A fund-raising quiz attracted eleven teams who were put through their paces with ten varied rounds of ten questions each. One area of competition seemed to be how attractive you could make your refreshments and one team had even brought their own tablecloth.

The Scrambled Eggheads team took the lead early on and remained in front for the rest of the quiz. Four other teams fought a battle for second place with Pete's Posse drawing ahead over the last few rounds. Two teams had equal points and were joint third until a tie break question meant the third prize went to T.O.W.I B. (where the B stands for Banham) rather than The Socialites.
The picture of the scoreboard shows all the results and if you click on the image it should be clearer.

Why people were standing with their hands on their heads will be known to those who attended - what people will do to try to win some money!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

School move to Old Buckenham

Still time to make your comments
Several weeks ago all residences in Old Buckenham received documents through the post about the proposed move of Chapel Road School. There is still just time to provide your comments to the County Council but they do have to be sent in by Monday 14 July.
More information on the subject can be found in posts on the blog for Wednesday 11 June and Thursday 19 June.
There does not appear to be any reason why more than one person from each residence should not put their views forward, in fact people in the same household may have differing views. You can do this online and go through the three page document to send off your feelings before the consultation time ends.
Just click here:

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Public recess discussions at July meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council

Concerns of local residents
 These notes have been written by the blog editor from information supplied by the parish clerk.
A resident asked for an update on the question of parking on the Green at the play area. Carol Marshall informed the meeting that a working party had been set up and they were getting prices for digging up existing parking areas and replacing them. An alternative was to put hardcore down and to replace the posts. Sarah Dye said that the Green Right Proprietors could not agree to hardcore. Tim Ing explained that two options were available, either replace the whole area or replace with a concrete base but he did not think either solution would suit all parties. The meeting was informed that the Ox and Plough public house would be willing to contribute towards the costs. It was agreed that Steve Milner and Carol Marshall would meet with local residents.

The question of bikers meeting at the public house ('Two wheel Tuesdays') was also raised as they meet every Tuesday and up to 135 bikers have turned up. They make a considerable noise when leaving which was upsetting to residents nearby and their animals. They are having a meeting with the police and asked for the support of the Parish Council on the matter. Another resident said there needs to be a balance between the needs of both bikers and the residents. Steve Milner agreed to attend the meeting with the police.

A resident raised the matter of the missing gate at the play area and thought the play area was unsafe without the gate. Another resident raised the matter of street cleaning vehicles damaging the road surface when carrying out cleaning. A resident raised the matter of Chapel Road School and said residents are unhappy with the planning application and also that Norfolk County Council are unwilling to attend meetings on the application. A traffic survey on the road outside the proposed new school is due to be completed in mid-July. The question of extra traffic on Hargham Road because of the new school was raised. One resident said that proposed access to the new school is not suitable and also that the drawings presented by NCC at the recent village meetings were not helpful, raising questions over traffic volumes on the road outside the school when it opens. A resident raised the question of the parish council's new Grievance and Disciplinary code which he thought was too involved and complicated. A further resident raised the matter of parking in the Village Hall car park. Steve Milner replied that the Village Hall working party was looking at possible solutions and some trials of these possibilities will be looked at. A resident raised the matter of the traffic management information received. Steve Milner said that a transport statement had been received and would come out with the planning application for the new school. The Parish Council were asked if they would challenge the application and Steve Milner replied that he would be submitting comments to NCC on the concerns of the village regarding the perimeter road but he wants a meeting with NCC. One person who is a school governor of the Chapel Road School as well as a local resident had met recently with Steve Milner regarding the issues of the new school. The Parish Council was asked to contact MP George Freeman and seek his help on the question of new school.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Parish Council meeting in July
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
It was a well attended parish council meeting in July with fourteen members of public present along with Stephen Askew (Norfolk County Councillor) and all the parish councillors except Jonathan Kemp and Akis Chrisovelides who had sent their apologies.
During the public recess the items raised included Chapel Road School, parking on the Green by the play area, bikers at the Ox and Plough public house, the missing gate at the play area, Village Hall car parking and the parish council’s new grievance and disciplinary procedure (further details should be on this blog tomorrow).
Minutes of June Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Adrian Joel raised the matter of the working party on Standing Orders. Steve Milner said this would be covered under the chairman’s report. Derek Smalley raised the matter of restricted deliveries to the new pig farm. Steve Milner and Terry Cracknell had met recently on the matter. Adrian Joel would keep a register of all complaints and any resident with a complaint should contact him via his email (
Chapel Road School. Adrian Joel stated that he was disgusted that NCC Highways was not at this meeting and had refused to attend the recent public meetings. Steve Milner reported that he had invited NCC to attend but they stated they were unable to attend the Parish Council meeting and he has asked NCC for a further meeting with residents but NCC had also refused this. Steve Milner reported he had replied to NCC in strong terms via email at their refusal to attend any meetings involving residents and the Parish Council. NCC said they would attend a small meeting with some parish councillors and two residents. The Norfolk County Councillor for Old Buckenham (Stephen Askew) informed the meeting that he had tried numerous times to contact Highways who do not reply to any of his letters or emails on the whole project. Adrian Joel suggested that a number of residents and parish councillors go and speak at future NCC Planning Committee meetings and voice their concerns over the application. Steve Milner said the junction of the access road to the school will enter on a B road with national speed limits which he believes is very dangerous, especially with coaches. Steve Milner is hoping to get some speed figures together to counter the findings of NCC. He wants the existing 30mph speed limit extended so that the entrance/exit is much safer. Steve Milner also said he has some specialist who would attempt to draw up information for the Parish Council to take forward to NCC. Tom Johnson asked why there had been no traffic census over an extended period by NCC to establish accurate vehicle levels and speeds. Sarah Dye asked if parking was still an issue with the new school. Various points on the whole scheme were raised by members of the public and it was agreed that the Parish Council would express serious concerns regarding traffic and safety issues along with a severe lack of communication by NCC Highways on matters already raised with them. Letters are to be sent to the Director of Highways and the Leader of NCC and advise them a group has been set up with an outside specialist to advise Parish Council on relevant issues.
Adoption of new financial regulations. Deferred to September meeting.
Adoption of new grievance and disciplinary procedures. Deferred to September meeting.
Planning applications received. 5 Fen Street. Erection of two-storey extension. No objections from Parish Council.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Crown House, Stacksford. Demolish garage and erect two single-storey extensions. Permission granted.
Sunnyside Farm, Church Green. Proposed alternative conversion of outbuilding attic and extension to form annexe. Permission granted.

Approval of accounts payable. It was unanimously agreed that the invoices due for payment on the cheque list be paid. Adrian Joel raised matter of previously purchased voice-activated software. The Parish Clerk explained to the meeting that the software would not work in a sufficiently effective manner and he had stopped using it. The software had cost only £20 and it was worth trying for this small amount to try and improve efficiency with it.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner said that the theft of gate from the play area had been reported to police but there was no sign of missing gate. Picket fencing would replace the gate. Adrian Joel said the gate should be replaced. Steve Milner replied that if the gate was replaced there was a strong chance it would be stolen again. Adrian Joel said the other gate needed some work done on it, along with some of the fencing. Steve Milner said that the fencing would be repaired by using screws instead of nails. It was also reported that surfaces on the play area were compacted and Steve Milner reported that this is also being looked at. Steve Milner then reported on the Standing Orders working party and only two areas need to be agreed. These would cover public recess at Precept meetings and the other would involve the creating of a human relations subcommittee which could delegate to a working party for the purpose of appraisals. Another meeting of the working party will be held to finalise these two areas. He then reported that the Village Hall Committee had set up a working party with some residents to solve current issues surrounding the use of the village hall car park. The Committee will be putting forward possible solutions. One idea suggested was turning part of the Recreation Area into parking spaces. This would need the consent of the Parish Council and the Parish Clerk informed the meeting that this may not be possible under the terms of the lease that the Parish Council has on the land. Tim Ing spoke out against the idea. Steve Milner sought the views of the parish councillors and a majority were in favour of looking into the suggestion further.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported that the 14 new affordable houses in St Andrews Close are now available to bid for on “Breckland Key Select Scheme”. These houses are expected to be available for occupation at the end of August this year. A mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom rental properties for people with a local connection to the village are being provided by Cotman Housing Association. If local people have a connection to Old Buckenham and are in need of affordable housing they may be eligible for one of the properties. They must be registered on Breckland’s housing register to apply for one of the dwellings via the Breckland Key Select website. The properties are being advertised on this site from the first week of July. If local people are not registered then they should do so as soon as possible. To apply for registration visit If anyone requires any information on the process then they should contact the Breckland Housing Team on 01362 656870. An audit of all open spaces in Breckland District was undertaken in 2007 and 2010. These audits examined areas of open space irrespective of ownership and included formal sports pitches, children’s play areas and informal or amenity areas of open space. All parishes will be asked to complete an update. Breckland are putting £950,000 in the partnership with NCC to bring faster broadband to more homes and businesses. Breckland Council are to offer training courses for parish councils, a leaflet giving details will be in the parish councillors’ circulation folder.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson raised the matter of potholes in the village and the Parish Clerk informed the meeting that NCC Highways are undertaking a countywide project on potholes. Paul Boggia raised the matter of grass cutting on the Green. Sarah Dye informed the meeting why it was cut in June. Derek Smalley had attended the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meeting and said minutes from the meeting are in circulation folder and when other new minutes become available they will also be circulated to councillors. The Business Steering Group had put forward a lot of ideas and some may impact on Old Buckenham. Any near misses or accidents on the B1077 should be reported to Derek Smalley by email to Adrian Joel asked when the rest of the Green is going to be cut as the existing cut areas look nice. John Frost reported that work on the tower of All Saints church will start in July. The windows that have been taken out for repair are more damaged than originally thought and the extra cost in repairs could be as high as £3,000. The stained glass windows will be put back by the winter of this year. Residents can visit the works where the repairs are being done and anyone interested in going should contact John Frost. Carol Marshall reported that the BMX track at the recreation area should be completed by the end of July. The garage sale scheduled for Sunday 21 September needs more volunteers to collect contributions.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Clerk read out an email from Kerry Talbot regarding the stolen gate and damaged fence at the play area. He would inform her of what action the Parish Council were taking in the matter. Sarah Dye is to look into possible grant stipulations.
Highways. A hedge on land at Hill Farm on Hargham Road is obscuring a crossroad sign. Footpaths at Rags Lane and Fen Street are overgrown. The little island at Manor Pond/Manor Corner is overgrown. The Parish Clerk is to speak to Highways on these matters.
The Green. Sarah Dye said the Green Right Proprietors had a recent meeting and she has sought their views on allowing parking on the Green. They would look at the recent application for the amenity site at the shop. They are carrying out a tree survey and some trees need attention. Posts outside the village shop which are rotten will be replaced. Grass cutting of Green was carried out and the grass used as animal fodder. There are no fences around any of the ponds but Rod Alley (Old Post Office Terrace) Pond, which has steep sides, has grab chains in case anyone falls in. All tree works recommended by NCC Highways have been carried out.

There is no parish council meeting in August. The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 4 September at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Cream teas go well in Old Buckenham

Enjoyable outside eating
It is always a slight risk to be taken when holding events outside at this time of year. The weather forecast for yesterday afternoon was not very promising but the rain didn't try too hard and the sun appeared from behind the clouds for the odd moment or two.
Eileen and Brian opened their garden and, with lots of helpers, provided pots of tea, scones, cream and jam for those who came along. The aim of the event was to raise funds for the Senior Citizens Lunch to be held in February next year. A cake stall, a large raffle and some bric-a-brac items all helped to bring in the money. Those at some tables seemed keen to discuss all the village problems, others were happy to dine alone and some continued under umbrellas when it did try to rain. 
A good afternoon for all concerned.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

June meeting of Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Remembering policemen
At the June meeting of Old Buckenham WI, members were transported back to the 1960s and 1970s by the speaker Martin Wynne. Martin is a retired policeman and, as a 19 year old in 1966, was determined to become a policeman. Unfortunately he was too short for the Norfolk or Norwich police force at that time and so enlisted with Essex. His first posting after training was Stanstead, a much different place in the 1960s. Martin patrolled the streets on foot or on bicycle with no radio. The police officer cycled from one red telephone box to the next to report in to the station. His duties also included cutting lawns and hedges at the local police station. An altogether slower pace of policing to match the slower pace of life in general. Martin eventually returned to his home county of Norfolk and was stationed at Bethel Street in Norwich where he ended his career as a sergeant.
The local representative at the WI AGM in Leeds this year was Eileen Bowhill of Attleborough WI. Eileen gave a thorough report of the day's proceedings and the guest speakers - the poet Andrew Motion, the ecologist George McGovern and the TV presenter Bill Turnball. This year's national resolution on encouraging organ donation was passed with 97% in favour.
Members were reminded to contribute to the WI stall at the Village Hall Fete on Saturday 19 July, enjoy the
Progressive Supper in July and provide food for a supper at their meeting on Thursday 24 July meeting when they will be entertaining members of New Costessey WI. The talk that night will be about Octavia Hill and the National Trust. 

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Old Buckenham Cricket Club shirt

Shirt that has travelled far
Julia Orege has sent the blog editor this amusing and interesting photograph. It was taken in Kisumu, Kenya. Old Buckenham Cricket Club shirts seem to get everywhere.
She says that these two men are from different tribes. The Luo is wearing the cricket club shirt and the Masaai warrior looks as if he is wishing that he was.


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Come to your local cinema in Old Buckenham

Get out for the evening
Are you planning a barbecue for Saturday evening? Well they are forecasting rain and England are not in the World Cup so you would be much safer booking tickets for Old Buckenham Village Cinema.
Showing, for one night only, is The Railwayman, starring Colin Firth for the ladies and Nicole Kidman for the gentlemen.
Reviewers have commented that the film is beautifully shot and acted and, unlike the portrayal in the trailer, the harrowing scenes are minimal.
The screening starts at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 July.
Advance tickets cost £4, they will be£6 on the door, so call 01953 860866 or email to reserve your seats.
Come on, stay dry and join everyone in the Village Hall and watch this wonderful film. You know it makes sense.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Busy July in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for July

Tuesday 1    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

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

 Wednesday 2    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

 Thursday 3    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

 Saturday 5    Cream teas, 26 Hargham Road, 2pm to 5pm

 Saturday 5    Village Cinema, The Railwayman, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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

 Monday 7    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

 Thursday 10    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

 Thursday 10    Social and Wine Circle, al fresco, 1 Mill Road, 7.45pm

 Friday 11    Quiz evening at High School, 7pm

 Sunday 13    Askew Agricultural Museum open, 2pm to 5pm

 Sunday 13    Old Buckenham Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

 Monday 14    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

 Monday 14    Closing date for Chapel Road School comments

 Wednesday 16    Luncheon Club outing

 Wednesday 16    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

 Friday 18    Primary School Fete, 3.15pm to 6pm

 Saturday 19    Village fete, Village Hall, 2pm to 5pm

 Monday 21    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

 Thursday 24    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

 Saturday 26    Old Buckenham Airshow, doors open from 10am

 Sunday 27    Old Buckenham Airshow, doors open from 10am

 Wednesday 30    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday, 26 June 2014

July newsletter available in Old Buckenham

Read the latest village news
Look out for the July issue which is out and about now.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Old Buckenham 2000 Trust AGM

One year of the OB2000T
These notes have been produced by the blog editor from the chairman’s information given at the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 11 June.
It has been a turbulent year for the Trust with a mixture of frustrations and successes.
The frustrations? Since the last AGM in March 2013 the Trust had to suspend all grant awards due to unforeseen circumstances. However the Trust is now as confident as it can be that this situation has been resolved and will soon be able offer the chance for village organisations to apply for funding.
Also during this period from March 2013, three trustees have resigned because of other commitments and heavy work loads.
The successes? Saturday 6 July 2013 saw the Old Buckenham Summer Ball raising funds for the Trust. This proved to be an excellent evening – well organised and thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of positive feedback. A small profit was made from the evening but all agreed that fund-raising had not been the main driver for this function – rather it was to provide a nice event for the village. The Ball was organised by a sub committee of volunteers from within the village and the Trust is extremely grateful for all their hard work.
On Saturday 31 August the Trust ran the barbecue at the Village Fete and a small profit was made.
The Trust presented a ‘Carols on the Green’ evening on Friday 20 December. This was a ‘free of charge’ event as a way of thanking the village for their continued support to the Trust. The evening was well received by all who attended.
Then on Sunday 22 December there was the annual Sainsbury’s collection for St Martins Housing Trust. This raised a staggering amount of money, the total of £1051 is the largest ever.
The launch of the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust 2014 Village Calendar proved to be a success. It is hoped to create another one for 2015.
Finally, thanks go to all those who have supported the Trust over the past year. Thanks to the Trustees for their dedication and hard work. Thanks also go to the Ox and Plough who organised quizzes and donated proceeds to the Trust, and to the anonymous Winter Fuel donation. This is all very much appreciated and with continued help and support the Trust are confident that they can look forward to a successful year. 

A little history. The Old Buckenham 2000 Trust was created in 2002 as a means of distributing funds raised from the Old Buckenham Country Fayre. The original committee consisted of eleven members who were Brian Parish (chairman), Val Parish, Bob Babel, Richard Allbury, Trevor Crook, Steve Knight, Chris Knight, Colin Sapsford, Joanne Page , Jeremy Walker and David Smithson. Three of this original committee are still Trust members. However this AGM sees the departure two of them, Brian and Steve. Brian was the Trust Chairman for eleven years. During the time that Brian and Steve served on the committee the Trust has donated approximately £25,000 to 18 organisations for 45 different projects.
Don’t get the impression that it has always been about the money. Many social events have taken place - race nights, golf days, Santa runs, summer balls - to name just a few. On behalf of the Trust and indirectly the village, the current chairman David Hannah said a huge vote of thanks was due to both Brian and Steve for their dedication, help, support and last but not least their humour.
Election of Executive Committee. All members resigned and with the exception of Brian Parish and Steve Knight all expressed an interest in continuing. They were re-elected en-bloc. Meg Batchelor expressed an interest in becoming a member and was duly elected.
Election of officers. The following were elected for 2014/15: Chairperson Celia Clarke, Vice-chairman David Hannah, Treasurer Terri Hammond and Secretary Trevor Crook. The committee members are Meg Batchelor, Jenny Devaux and Sarah Dye.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Railwayman showing in Old Buckenham

Village Hall Cinema
Old Buckenham Village Hall will be having a film night on Saturday 5 July starting at 7.30pm. The film this time is “The Railwayman” starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him and his haunting past.
Seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Call 01953 860866 or email to reserve your seats. Advance tickets are £4, bought at the door they will be £6.
A number of people commented when the last film was shown that it was difficult to hear the dialogue. The organisers are endeavouring to correct this and will be trying a different amplifier.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Test your knowledge in Old Buckenham

Quiz night at High School
On Friday 11 July there will be a Quiz Night at the High School to raise funds for the outdoor gym. It will start at 7pm in the school hall and will be for teams of up to six with an entry fee of £20 per team. Prizes will be awarded for those coming first, second and third and other fun games will be played. Feel free to bring your own refreshments and drinks, alcoholic or otherwise.

Team application forms are available from reception at the school and from the village shop. The completed forms need to be returned by Friday 4 July.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Latest on Chapel Road School move to Old Buckenham

More public consultation
The blog editor went along to the meeting early to look at the plans but was unable to stop for the main presentation. The following item is based on a report kindly provided by Jenny.
Following last year's drop-in sessions about the proposal to re-locate the Chapel Road School from Attleborough to Old Buckenham, further views were sought from villagers on Tuesday 17 June when there was a presentation made by the Norfolk County Council. It has to be said that the village attendees expressed the view that, whilst they do not object to the building of the school in our village, there is a need for the infrastructure to be properly investigated so that the extra traffic occasioned by additional pupils and staff moving through the village every day does not cause accidents (or worse) to the residents or to any of the school pupils at any of the three schools.
The proposal is for an access road off the B1077 (so that Abbey Road is not congested more than at present) but with no means of slowing the traffic as it approaches the school access road or of any other consideration for the residents of the village. It is hoped that a representative of the Highways Department might be persuaded to visit to respond to the serious concerns that many people have about the additional traffic through the village as well as the journeys that must be made throughout the day to take the children either to Attleborough or to other destinations to assist with their integration and development.
The presenter, Chris Hay, advised us that the statutory processes must be gone through which are determined by the Education and Planning Acts and this consultation formed part of this process. Whatever the views of the villagers, it is important to let Norfolk County Council have these formally as soon as possible.

Views can be expressed at
or post to Chapel Road Complex Needs School Consultation, FREEPOST, IH2076,County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2BR.
The consultation closing date is Monday 14 July 2014.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

New affordable homes in Old Buckenham

Close to completion

Following nine years of planning, hard work and support from Old Buckenham Parish Council and Breckland District Councillor, Adrian Joel, fourteen new affordable homes at St Andrews Close are finally scheduled to be completed by the end of August this year. A mix of one, two and three-bedroom rental properties, for people with a local connection to the village, are being provided by the Cotman Housing Association.
If you are in need of affordable housing and have a local connection to Old Buckenham then you may be eligible for one of the new properties. You must be registered on the Breckland Council's Housing Register in order to apply for the dwellings, via the Breckland Key Select website. The properties will be advertised on this website from the first week in July. If you are not already registered, it is advisable that you do so as soon as possible. To apply, please visit
If you need any information regarding the process, please contact Breckland Council's Housing Team on 01362 656870.

Monday, 16 June 2014

The weekend Fair on Old Buckenham Green

Three days of entertainment
Ben, landlord of the Ox and Plough on Old Buckenham Green, decided to organise a weekend of entertainment from Saturday 13 to Sunday 15 June. He had arranged a small fairground, racks of real ales, various refreshment stalls and live music. The weather stayed dry and lots of people turned up to enjoy themselves.
The first match for England in the World Cup also took place on the Saturday night/Sunday morning resulting in an over-subscribed full house in the pub itself. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Garden Party in Old Buckenham

Enjoyable evening amongst the flowers
The garden party to raise funds for All Saints Church has now become the social event of the year with locals crowding in to the Frost's garden in Mill Road. There were people of all ages admiring the garden plants and vegetables as well as spending their money on the a huge tombola, a large raffle, various garden plants and a further glass of wine or two.
John must have been working all day to get the garden to perfection while Barbara was slaving away in the kitchen getting the refreshments ready. The sun shone down for much of the time but as the  evening got that bit chillier everyone listened attentively to see if their raffle ticket was drawn out. All that was left to do then was tidy up the tables and chairs so that things could return to near normal.
An initial count of the money raised showed that some £1,100 had been raised during the evening.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Gate theft in Old Buckenham

Gates to childrens' playground disappear overnight
A pair of five-barred gates that provided part of the fencing around  the children's play area in Old Buckenham have been stolen sometime between late last night (Friday) and 8am this morning. Should you have been in the area outside the Church Rooms during that time and noticed anything suspicious then the police would like to hear from you.
You can ring the police on 101 or, if you prefer, you can speak to the Parish Council chairman Steve Milner on 01953 860866.
They were large, heavy gates (seen on the right in a photo taken at the opening of the play area in June 2010) and would have needed probably more than one person and a largish vehicle to take them away.
New gates will be needed to help keep the play area safe for the children playing there. They will be expensive to replace so any help you can give will be much appreciated.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

June Fair in Old Buckenham

Set fair for the weekend
There is plenty of activity around the Ox and Plough at the moment. Grass has been cut, tents have gone up, fairground vehicles have been bringing in rides and the guest beers will be settling in their barrels. The weather looks like being fine and dry too.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Proposed Chapel Road School relocation to Old Buckenham

Meeting for all villagers
The following is the text of a note being distributed to residents throughout the village.
You will have now received information from Norfolk County Council about the proposal to relocate Chapel Road School from Attleborough to Old Buckenham.
The Parish Council and our County Councillor are in discussion with the County Council to explore initiatives that will alleviate the impact of this move on our village.
However what is crucial is your opinion on this development and there are numerous opportunities to have your say which are detailed in the information you have already
Please make the effort to turn out to the consultation drop-in session at the Primary
on Tuesday 17 June. To make our voice heard consider making sure you are there for the presentation at 6pm.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

More on Old Buckenham June Parish Council meeting

Notes on the public recess
At the June meeting the members of the Parish Council agreed that it was happy for a summary of the items raised during the public recess to be reported. The follow report has been written by the blog editor from the material supplied to him.
A resident raised concerns over parking on the Green and asked what was happening with regard to tidying up the area. The resident had spoken to the pub landlord at the Ox and Plough who would put some money towards creating a pub parking area. Steve Milner informed the resident that a working party had been set up but they needed to get the views from all parties concerned. Carol Marshall had been trying to do in order to get their thoughts on the matter. Tom Johnson suggested approaching the Green Right Proprietors to allow more parking on the Green. Carol Marshall said local residents think one of the parking areas is dangerous and needs looking at - suggestions included getting rid of the rope and posts at the parking areas to make it look tidier. Steve Milner suggested getting a quote to repair one area and then to seek contributions from local residents. Another resident raised the matter of Standing Orders and suggested that the Working Party on this subject should include some residents. After discussions it was agreed that two residents would join the working party which was going to review Standing Orders. A resident also raised the matter of having a public recess at Precept meetings. Steve Milner replied that the Parish Council had voted on this matter recently and voted that no public recess would be included at Precept meetings. Adrian Joel said public recess notes at Parish Council meetings should form an appendix to meetings and should be published and main headings of matters raised included in minutes. The Parish Clerk advised that this could be done if the Parish Council wished. It was agreed this policy would be adopted. One resident raised the matter of the Parish Council’s Bullying and Harassment Policy and the Parish Clerk replied about this. A resident also raised the matter of employee’s records being made available to Councillors and members of the public. This resident was informed that employees’ records are covered in Standing Orders and they would not be made public. The matter of Chapel Road School was raised and a resident said the Parish Council should have a formal meeting and not a drop-in session. Steve Milner said two consultations are taking place at the moment. A resident raised the subject of who was organising the ‘Old Buckenham Spring Fair’ and was informed that the Ox and Plough were responsible. One resident said the war memorial will be cleaned on Tuesday 10 June. A resident spoke about the Green which he thought was a great village asset but looked untidy at the moment. He was informed of the issues surrounding the grass cutting of the Green.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Old Buckenham Parish Council meeting in June

June Parish Council minutes
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.

All members of the parish council were present apart from Tim Ing who had sent his apologies. There were also eight members of the public. Steve Milner declared an interest in the planning applications for Stonehouse Farm and Crown House.
The meeting was adjourned for the public to comment on various items including parking on the Green, one of the planning applications, the line management responsibility of the Parish Council, having a public recess at Precept meetings, the Standing Orders working party, Chapel Road School and the village war memorial. Notes on these discussions should be posted on the blog tomorrow.
Minutes of Old Buckenham Annual General Meeting. This was held in May and the minutes were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting. There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Minutes of May Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting. There were no matters arising from the minutes.
Chapel Road School. Steve Milner had met with Chris Haye and Steve Askew of Norfolk County Council (NCC) and they were trying to resolve a number of the issues raised by the Parish Council. There is to be a drop-in meeting on Tuesday 17 June at the Primary School and NCC will submit a planning application later in June. The new access road will only be used for the new school. There are two major concerns regarding the new school which will greatly increase traffic levels on B1077 at school times which will increase accident risk levels. The access road will come on to the B1077 where there is a national speed limit in operation and this is considered highly dangerous. Steve Milner suggested a 20mph speed limit should be installed at all main crossing points of the B1077 and this suggestion is being taken back to NCC Highways for consideration. Steve Milner had also suggested further road safety improvements at the crossroads to the village primary school. Also suggested was community use of facilities at new school and the possible part use of the Primary School playing field for access to the new school. Steve Milner said the Parish Council is doing as much as possible on the school through the proper channels.
Roughlands planning application. Adrian Joel said that he had attended, with Tim Ing, the Breckland Planning Committee which had considered this planning application. Breckland had to consider that the site was previously used for pigs and had put 23 conditions on the planning application before giving their consent. All these conditions must be met by the applicants and if any resident has any knowledge that they are not being met then they can report them direct to him. Steve Milner raised the question of residents’ objections that had been written to Breckland and Adrian Joel said that over forty objections had been received by Breckland. Derek Smalley suggested the Parish Council keep a register of any complaints they receive of violations. Adrian Joel agreed to keep the register. Derek Smalley also suggested getting together with Terry Cracknell and writing a letter to try to get vehicular access restricted to the hours between 10am and 2pm.
Allocation of Council funds. The Parish Clerk said there were funds of approximately £4,000 that could be allocated to Council projects. Steve Milner suggested putting money towards new 20mph speed flashing signs and any balance left towards restructuring parking on the Green. Jonathan Kemp said the Recreation Area project also needed funds. The Parish Clerk said there could possibly be an extra £2,000 available from the 2014/15 funds and an item will be put on the September agenda.
Planning applications. Stonehouse Farm, Stacksford. Conversion of former pump room to form self-contained holiday rental. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
Crown House, Stacksford. Demolish existing timber-framed cottage and erect two single storey extensions. There were no objections from the Parish Council.

Almshouses, The Green. Replacement of corrugated asbestos cement roofing and steel windows to ten Almhouses. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
Sunnyside Farm, Church Green. Proposed alterations, conversions of outbuildings to form annexe. There were no objections from the Parish Council.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Roughlands, Grove Road. Erection of livestock building and associated feed silo (Buildings 1and 2). Alterations to access and provision of passing bay. Permission granted with 23 conditions.
47 Fen Street. Two storey extension to rear including demolition of existing conservatory, infill carport to provide additional garage. Permission granted.
Downmoor Farm. Single storey residential extension. Permission granted.
The Bungalow, Grove Road. Proposed single storey extension to existing dwelling. Permission granted.
District Councillor’s report. The Electoral Commission is introducing a system of Individual Electoral Registration. This means that all electors will have to register as individuals rather than households. Breckland Council will be explaining the new arrangements using bin hangers during July. Breckland Council’s web pages will reflect the changes in the way people register to vote and will have a banner across the front page of their website advertising the changes. Adrian Joel also reported that the World War One Heritage Fund have had 14 applications for grants and an independent panel including the British Legion, armed forces ex-service personnel and the press will be considering the applications. Creative Arts East will be producing a theatre programme linked to WW1 with a hangar at Old Buckenham Airfield being identified as a possible venue. Breckland Council have assessed the public areas in Elizabeth House and, apart from some additional signs, the physical environment meets the criteria to assist those suffering from dementia. Four training sessions for officers and members have been held with great interest and success.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Sarah Dye reported that the people who were going to repair the fence at the play area have gone out of business. John Hicks will do temporary repairs but some fencing will have to be replaced. Derek Smalley reported that he was unable to attend last SNAP meeting but will circulate the minutes from that meeting. He also reported a thank you letter had been received from Buckenham Pre-school playgroup regarding their recent grant. Steve Milner thanked Tim Ing for all his hard work during his period as Parish Council Chairman. Adrian Joel raised the question of employees’ appraisals. The Parish Clerk read from Standing Orders which showed that the Chairman only had access as line manager. John Frost said he had cut the grass around the benches and signs on the Green. Scaffolding will be going up at All Saints Church in July to carry out repair work on the tower. Hopefully the work will be completed by the end of the year. Carol Marshall said that annual inspections would soon be arranged for both the Play and Recreation Areas. Adrian Joel reported that the bottle bank had not been emptied but this was expected to be done by the following day.
Highways. Various potholes were reported around the village along with reflector posts still being needed in Cake Street and a drain blocked in Banham Road. Also a hedge in Fen Street was overhanging the highway. The Parish Clerk is to speak to Highways on these matters.
The Green. The next meeting of the Green Right Proprietors would be the following week and the grass will be cut in the near future. Tom Johnson raised the matter of the pond near the Gamekeeper public house. The Green Right Proprietors are looking at the possibility of allowing grazing on the Green.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 3 July in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Rufty Tufty enjoyed in Old Buckenham

Cool music in a cool place
Temperatures may have been in the mid-twenties outside but everything was comfortable inside All Saints, Old Buckenham, for the concert performed this afternoon by Chanter's Jigge (fuller details can be seen on the post for Monday 19 May).
There was a wide selection of traditional and folk music played on a large number of different musical instruments with the audience encouraged to clap along and to join in the choruses. A special treat at the half-time interval was the oportunity for the younger members of the audience to try out the various wind instruments and to be educated in the workings of the hurdy gurdy.

At the end of the concert it was time to move on to the Church Rooms to enjoy a nice cup of tea, to eat the homemade cakes that were on offer and to sit and mardle about the afternoon's entertainment.