Sunday, 19 November 2017

Old Buckenham Parish Council

Minutes of November meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
The November meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council was held on Thursday 2 November 2017 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Old Buckenham. Those present were Adrian Joel (Chairman), Rona Boggia, Sarah Hornbrook, Phil Little, Steve Milner and Paul Philips along with the clerk Hilary Clutten and sixteen members of the public.
Apologies for non-attendance had been received from Susan Brown, Ben Devlin, Jon Hicks, Jonathan Kemp and Andy Nicholls.
The minutes of the October council meeting were approved as a true and accurate record of the meeting. Matters arising from these minutes included that it was hoped to soon do some work to improve the track opposite Green Pond, Paul Boggia has agreed to check on the electricity supply in the BT kiosk, there has been no response yet from NCC regarding the upgrading of the path at the Village Hall and that Morgan Sindall will soon renew the fencing at the Village Hall.
Public participation on agenda items. A number of resident dog owners had attended the meeting to find out what was going to happen about dogs on the Green. It was pointed out that dog owners should be advised to keep their dogs on leads during the bird nesting season. It was agreed that the Green had been much cleaner since some advisory notices had been put on the multi-use bins. The issue of upgrading the path to the new school has not yet been resolved. It was agreed that the Road Safety Working Party should take on a study of residential parking in the village. Next month’s agenda would also include why the village is becoming a car park for buses, etc.
Green Management Working Party report. It is not possible for the free mowing of the Green to continue because of the mole hills but the contractor has stood by his agreement for the current year. There will be a final cut and strim in preparation for winter. The footpath opposite Green Pond is to be compacted to make it more accessible for walkers.
The Breckland Tree Officer has come to look at the trees and give advice and it is hoped to have a talk by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust on environmental issues. Next year it is hoped to do some work on Ottomer pond; an application has been made to remove some trees and branches. The Working Party is also proposing to the Parish Council that the path alongside Rod Alley Row be improved at a cost of £1060. The Working Party would like to carry out a survey of residents, perhaps in February 2018, to gain a sense of what people think has been done right or wrong and what could be done better. Gemma Frost has joined the Working Party.
Planning applications. 9 The Old Yard, Hargham Road. Erection of office building. The Council resolved to support this application.
Chapel House, The Green. Creation of a separate residential unit. The Council resolved to support in principle but did not believe that there was enough information about vehicle parking.
Chapel House, The Green. Listed Building application to form a flat in upper floor. The Council resolved to support in principle but did not believe that there was enough information about vehicle parking.
Other planning matters. The Chairman reported that Breckland Council did not have any problem with the removing of the marked trees around Ottomer pond. A new location has been found for a mobile telephone mast in Old Buckenham. The company involved is currently carrying out a consultation exercise. The Chairman also reported that a small part of the land in the Attleborough SUE was in the parish of Old Buckenham and that he will be talking to the Breckland Officers directly to clarify the use of the land and if necessary a meeting is to be arranged with someone from Breckland to make residents’ feelings known before the application goes to Planning Committee.
Financial report from the Clerk. The bank balance in mid-October was £33,498.69. The allotment invoices have been issued and a further sum of £450 has been received for Community Car mileage. Money is still outstanding from Enterprise Inns and the Green Rights’ Proprietors (wayleave payment) for the Green.
Recent payments included £96 for cutting the Recreation Area, £101 for purchase of litter bin, £496 for paper for the newsletter and £450 for the allotment rent.
Chairman’s report. The war memorial is being cleaned and the grass cut in readiness for Remembrance Sunday; Rona Boggia will lay a wreath on behalf of the village. The Chairman is arranging to visit the Norfolk Records Office with the Clerk and Jon Hicks.
District Councillor’s reports. Attleborough Town Council has requested that the main car park become a “Pay & Display” car park. Breckland Council has launched a more user-friendly website. The new broadband boxes will soon become live. Breckland has applied for funding from Highways England to locate four charging points for electric and hybrid cars near major routes in Breckland.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Steve Milner reported that the village has the use of the SAM Sign for a few weeks (installed in Cake Street and Hargham Road). He has taken a dash-cam photograph of an errant lorry and has submitted it to Norfolk Constabulary but no response has yet been received. A ‘Road Narrows’ sign has been requested for Hargham Road.
The village church has not been successful in getting funding from the National Lottery to re-thatch its roof. Sarah Hornbrook reported that there is a broken stile on the footpath from Doe Lane to Dam Brigg and the Clerk will advise NCC.
Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan. The Town Referendum will soon be carried out.
Road Safety Working Party. There has been no response from Norfolk County Council since the Clerk sent a letter; the Clerk was asked to contact County Councillor Stephen Askew. Rona Boggia will look at the car parking issue.
Play Area. Jon Hicks is to do some work to make the Play Area safer and will also do some painting.
Recreation Area. Morgan Sindall will be doing some repairs to the fencing in the next few weeks. The Council is still waiting for some ideas from the school pupils for the Recreation Area and also the bus shelter.
Chapel Green School. The new school will be opening in January.
Report on the Green. A report had been given earlier in the meeting by members of the Working Party and they were thanked for their work. The Working Party is proposing that the Parish Council improves the track by Rod Alley Pond and has obtained two quotations for the work. After some discussion the Council decided to defer the decision until further information is obtained. The Council agreed not to change its charging policy for the Ox & Plough until the next financial year.
Village sign. The Pride of Breckland awards are no longer available to fund the work on the village sign.The Council agreed to have the sign grit blasted and repainted in the Spring and to raise the cost, £815, through next year’s Precept.
Compilation of a welcome pack. The work on this is progressing.
Village Handy Person. Andy Nicholls is co-ordinating a list of possible contractors and a ‘to do’ list.
Items to be included in the December Agenda would include the telephone kiosk, parking in the village, the village sign, the Attleborough Development, progress on the welcome pack, the Rod Alley Row track, the village job list update, public participation at council meetings, communications, CPR courses and meetings with the Village Hall Management Committee.

The date of the next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 7 December in the Village Hall, Old Buckenham.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Workshop in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club
The Chairman welcomed members and visitors to the November meeting, all eager to commence a workshop, taught by Joy Tunmore. Armed with spray carnations, roses and a small amount of foliage, Joy showed how to place the foliage, then the flowers followed by ‘sparkly embellishments’ to produce a teardrop-shaped arrangement on a shallow tray -and ideal for a Christmas table decoration. Everyone was pleased with their efforts which resulted in a very colourful display.
The table show for a collection of dried flowers and leaves was won by Allison Vivian and the arrangement competition, together with the monthly cup, were won by Maxine Mace who decorated a ring with a variety of dried material.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 14 December at Old Buckenham Village Hall starting at 2pm when Brenda Tubb, a very amusing demonstrator, will aim to get everyone into the Christmas spirit with her title ‘Another Fine Mess for Christmas’. The table show will be for three stems of seasonal foliage and the competition is entitled ‘Christmas Madness’ so unusual arrangements are expected.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Fundraising for Old Buckenham church roof

Raise the Roof 
Here is a breakdown of the funds raised so far this year for ‘Raise the Roof’.

  • Coffee afternoons (three so far) £1095
  • June Garden Party (including additional donations) £1620
  • Flower Festival (donations and refreshments) £210
  • Thatcher talk (donations) £160
  • Norfolk Heritage Recovery event (plus refreshments) £560
  • Profits from T shirt sales £45
  • 2-wheel curry van donations £101
  • Table Top book sale £46
  • Individual donations: £921
This makes a total of £4758 and the restoration fund now stands at £9750 in total.
A new application is to be made to the Heritage Lottery fund (under a different scheme following the rejection of the previous application to the ‘Listed Places of Worship scheme’). 

There are more fundraising opportunities coming up. Special Church Christmas cards are available in All Saints church or from Alison Hannah (861261).
Also the next Coffee and Cake afternoon will be held in the Church Rooms on Friday 8 December between 1.30pm and 4.30pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a tasty treat with friends

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Old Buckenham remembers

Service in All Saints Church

There will be a service for Remembrance Sunday today in All Saints Church starting at 2pm. Participants will then move on to the war memorial on the Green at about 2.30pm for the laying of wreaths. 

Up at the Airfield
Here are a few photographs of the service that took place this morning at the memorial at Old Buckenham airfield.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Old Buckenham Precept meeting

Next year's spending
There will be a meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council at the Village Hall, Old Buckenham, on Thursday 16 November starting at 7.30pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend.
Items on the agenda will be:
  • To record declarations of interests not already recorded in the current Members’ Register of Interests
  • Public Participation relating to agenda items only
  • The Parish Council Budget 2018/19
  • To consider a request from the Parochial Church Council for a Precept Grant for 2018/19 towards re-thatching the church roof
  • To consider a request from the Pre-school for a Precept Grant for window blinds or a Children’s Farm
  • To consider a request from New Buckenham Football Club for a Precept Grant for a weather shelter
  • To consider the other Precept Grant Applications for 2018/19 – amounts suggested by Precept Grants Working Party
  • To consider budgeting for the refurbishment of the Village Sign, £815, in 2018/19
  • To consider how much to budget for the Green for 2018/19
  • To consider any amendments to the 2018/19 budget figures prepared by the Clerk
  • To consider a quote for £500 for cutting the Green before the winter.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Additions at Old Buckenham Airfield

Second museum to open at Airfield
The traditional Remembrance Service will be held this coming Sunday 12 November starting at 10.55am at the airfield's war memorial. The United States will be represented by a senior officer from Lakenheath Air Base. All are welcome to attend.

Old Buckenham Airfield has announced the opening on this Remembrance Sunday of a second Museum; the 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery. This new addition has been designed to complement the existing 453rd Bombardment Group Museum which houses the largest collection of 453rd memorabilia in existence. It will be formally opened following the remembrance service.
The new Gallery showcases some of the extensive collection of James Clarey. His collection, combined with that of the late Pat Ramm, is partly on display in the 453rd Museum, of which James is also curator. James, however, has not limited his collecting to the 453rd and has so many exhibits relating to the 8th Air Force (of which the 453rd was a part) that the decision was taken to create the 8th Air Force Heritage Gallery to provide a place where these exhibits can be on public display.
Based in the Airfield’s ‘Small Blister Hangar’, the Gallery contains a host of displays and exhibits. At its heart is a faithful recreation of the 'Post Exchange' which was a key feature of the lives of all the servicemen at Old Buckenham during the war. The Post Exchange was the place for parcels and letters to go back and forth between England and the US. For most servicemen this would have been the most tangible link with home and the Post Exchange also served as a shop and social centre on the base.
Remembrance Sunday will also see the unveiling of new ornamental railings to enclose the Memorial Garden. The railings were built in-house at the airfield and a new LED lighting system completes this latest update, the first major improvement since the Garden was created in 2012.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

SAM measuring in Old Buckenham

A busy few days
SAM has been kept busy over the last few days indicating the speed of the traffic travelling along Cake Street by the junction with Harlingwood Lane. SAM is a Speed Awareness Monitor and it sits there for hours on time showing drivers just how fast they are going as they reach the blind bend in the road.
It is content when it shows readings like this:

Some drivers seem to forget this road is subject to a 30mph speed limit so SAM asks them to reduce their speed by telling them to 'slow down'.

A village Speedwatch team recorded considerably higher speeds early this morning just a bit further along Cake Street so these measurements were not unexpected. This afternoon even a passing hearse had to be reminded to slow down, perhaps they were just touting for more business.
Please keep to the speed limit and keep SAM happy.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Latest on Old Buckenham's new school

Progress at Chapel Green School

Considerable changes have taken place over the past few months and the building is looking great, both inside and out. Internally, the fit-out is going full steam ahead with floor finishes going down, final paint on the walls and the installation of fitted furniture.
Externally, the final shape is coming together as edging kerbs and footpaths are installed. The installation of the all-weather games surface has been completed and the seeds sown on the football pitch. The building fa├žade is now complete and works are nearing completion for the garden area.
Final drainage is now being installed to the front of the site allowing the formation of the car park to get under way.
There have been many activities taking place outside of the site boundary, including footpath works, water connections, electricity cable installations and drainage connections. Morgan Sindall appreciates that this work will have caused disruption and thank everyone for their cooperation and persistence during these times.
The doors of the school have been opened recently to some of the staff and students of the present school. The atmosphere of excitement within the building was amazing and the contractors are looking forward to handing this project over to them so they can enjoy some wonderful facilities.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Things to do in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for November
Wednesday 1      Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Wednesday 1      Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm
Thursday 2         Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Monday 6           Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Tuesday 7           Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards
Thursday 9         Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm
Thursday 9         Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm
Friday 10            A special evening at Ox and Plough from 5pm
Saturday 11        November Market, Church Rooms, 11am to 2pm
Sunday 12          Remembrance service, Old Buckenham Airfield, 11am
Sunday 12          Remembrance service, Church 2pm, Memorial 2.30pm
Monday 13         Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm
Wednesday 15   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Wednesday 15   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm
Wednesday 15   Run in the Dark, Ox and Plough at 7.30pm
Monday 20         Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Thursday 23       Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Friday 24            Visits from Mobile Library during morning
 Wednesday 29    Luncheon Club outing

Monday, 30 October 2017

November newsletter is around in Old Buckenham

Five thousand words to read
Here is what the new newsletter looks like. You may have had one through your letter box in the last couple of days, if not why not go out looking for them in all the usual places.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Celebrating in Old Buckenham

Diamond day for Pauline and Max
Invite all your family and friends to the village hall when you have been married for sixty years and what do you get?
What we got on Saturday 28 October was a very pleasant afternoon, plenty of food, lots of sharing memories - all while being serenaded by a quartet of clarinet players (The Liquorish Allsorts).
We could also look at the actual wedding dress worn sixty years ago and see the photographs taken of the newly married couple. We drank a toast, ate pieces of cake and listened to old LPs being played on a portable wind-up gramophone. 
Below are some photos taken by the blog editor that may give you a taste of  what went on (you can see bigger versions of these images by just clicking on them). 

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Party time in Old Buckenham

Women's Institute is golden
There was something special about Old Buckenham Women's Institute birthday party on Thursday 26 October this year as they were celebrating the fact that they were formed fifty years ago.
The present committee had put a special effort into all the decor and gold appeared everywhere.

As well as the Old Buckenham members and their guests, several other local Institutes had been invited to send two delegates so the village hall was full of people. The Norfolk Federation chairman Wendy Adams had also accepted her invitation to attend and the Federation Secretary Louise Casson was also there as she is a member of Old Buckenham WI.

Susan Hunter, the current President, opened the meeting by thanking all those who had helped throughout the year and reminded everyone about what was happening way back in 1967, such things as the first heart transplant and the first flight of Concorde.
This year the committee members had done all the cooking for the meal - beautiful cooked ham, buttered potatoes, salad, pickles of all sorts as well as a vegetarian quiche.

The entertainment was provided by singer Martyn Shults who enthralled the audience with his stories of "The Rat Pack", all vocally illustrated by his singing of songs made famous by Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Matt Monro and Sammy Davis Junior. 

The celebratory cake was cut and a toast drunk.

Then it was time for a big raffle where even all the prizes seemed to continue the golden theme.
A wonderful evening, only ten more years before we can celebrate with a diamond evening.

(Remember you can enlarge the pictures by just clicking on them)

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Visitor to Old Buckenham

You may have seen her
It appears from some snippets that the blog editor saw on tv news that the present prime minister visited the site of Chapel Green School in Old Buckenham today. Nobody thought to tell him so there is nothing much else to report.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Old Buckenham Parish Council

Notes of October meeting
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.
Parish councillors Adrian Joel (Chairman), Rona Boggia, Susan Brown, Ben Devlin, Jon Hicks, Jonathan Kemp, Phil Little, Steve Milner and Andy Nicholls attended along with parish clerk Hilary Clutten and three members of the public. Apologies had been received from Sarah Hornbrook and Paul Phillips.
The minutes of the September meeting were approved as a true and accurate record of the meeting. Arising from the minutes, Steve Milner reported that the lighting at the new Chapel Green School will go off at 10pm if evening activities are taking place at the school but otherwise the lights will go off at 7pm.
Public participation on agenda items. Steve Milner will enquire if stickers about cold calling are available from SNAP.
It has now been agreed that a defibrillator can be installed at the Village Hall. A resident did not think that the telephone kiosk was a suitable location for a defibrillator.
It was agreed to discuss dogs on leads on common land and the possibility of separate dog signs at next meeting.
Would it be possible to record which items in the minutes have been done or not done? This will be discussed at next Parish Council Meeting.
Sarah Hornbrook had been asked to look into drawing up a document to enable the Parish Council to comment upon planning applications in a consistent way.
Planning application consultations. Land on north side of Hargham Road. Change of use from agricultural field to horse field and erection of stable. The Parish Council agreed to approve this application with seven votes in favour and two abstentions subject to the stable not being changed in the future to a dwelling and any highway safety issues being addressed.
Planning decisions made by Breckland Council. Appletrees, Harlingwood Lane. Front, side and rear extensions. This planning application has now been approved by Breckland Council.
1 Prosperous Row. Two storey extension and front porch. Planning permission has been granted by Breckland.
Beckwood, Stacksford. Construction of one and a half storey dwelling and garage – planning permission has been refused by Breckland Council.
Land adjoining Innishowen. New dwelling and cart lodge. Planning permission has been refused by Breckland Council.
Sunnyside House. New dwelling with cart lodge. Planning permission has been refused by Breckland Council.
Financial matters. The Clerk had distributed her Financial Report to councillor prior to the meeting. The second half of the precept and grant for 2017/18 has been received; the bank balance stands at £34,609.68 including reserves.
Chairman’s report. The Chairman thanked Sarah Hornbrook for framing the Parish Council’s responses to the Attleborough SUE and Local Plan consultations. The Old Buckenham Cricket Club would like to apply for a Precept Grant for 2018/19. The deadline for applications has passed; the council agreed that the Clerk could send the club an application form.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported that Breckland Council had agreed to accept and release £167,123 funding made available from the Government’s Homelessness Support Grant to improve the support offered to those at risk of homelessness. It is anticipated that this will help families stay in their homes. Two specialist support workers will be recruited to provide tailored and intensive support to households within Breckland who are at risk of homelessness.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Steve Milner reported that he had four new volunteers for Speed Watch. Ben Devlin handed over a cheque for the use of the Green for a wedding. He also said that would be leaving the Ox and Plough on Monday 6 November but he would remain on the Parish Council. Jon Hicks reported that he had visited the High School to discuss the inappropriate use of the Play Area by some of the children. The Headteacher offered his apologies and will speak to the pupils. The High School children would like to design and build some item for the Recreation Field themselves; Browns have offered to supply some timber free of charge. Jon Hicks will meet with the High School Council next week so that a design for the bus shelter can be discussed. He has cut the Play Area and carried out further inspections. Adrian Joel reported that Raggs Lane footpath needed cutting; agreed to write to NCC and to copy in County Councillor Stephen Askew and Terry Cracknell. There was a discussion again about the path in front of the cottages on the Green. The hogging may be too deep and Jon Hicks said that he would rake some off.
Road Safety Working Party. Rona Boggia reported that the Working Party had carried out a traffic survey at the crossroads on Friday 29 September between 8.15am and 9am then again between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. It was noticed that some school children were being dropped off by the Ox & Plough and the Church Rooms and walked along the path on the Green. They then had to cross Abbey Road where the bend in the road makes crossing the road dangerous. It was agreed that the Clerk should write to NCC (and copy to County Councillor Stephen Askew) to enquire about reducing the speed limit on the roads close to the schools and to send a copy of the traffic survey. There was also interest in the Parish Council replacing the ‘Lollipop person’ at its expense if this was possible.
Play Area. Jon Hicks reported that the tractor would be repainted.
Recreation Area. The Clerk had provided quotations for a number of different litter bins and the Council decided to purchase a green wire litter bin from Bins-and-Benches for £75 plus VAT and carriage.
Chapel Green School. The transfer of children to the new school will start in January 2018 and an open day is to take place this December.
The Green. A written report had been provided from the Green Management Working Party meeting. No money had been needed for grass cutting and no other spending was anticipated in the near future. The Working Party will be arranging to obtain quotes for grass cutting next year. The Chairman thanked John Fernihough for his work in helping to manage the Green. It was noted that the Parish Council had achieved a lot in the last year. Thanks were given to Jon Hicks for his work on the Play Area and to Steve Milner for the film of the Green that he had made for the Annual Parish Meeting.
Review of Standing Orders. A copy of the proposed revisions had been circulated to councillors which indicated the reasons for the changes. The Council resolved to adopt the revised Standing Orders with immediate effect.
Allotments. On the recommendation of the Allotments Working Party the Council to adopt the revised allotment agreement, to set a rent for the allotments for residents of £40 per full plot and £20 per half plot for 2017/18 and to set a rent for the allotments for non-residents of £50 per full plot and £25 per half plot for 2017/18. There are some vacant allotments and the Chairman agreed to advertise these in the village newsletter.
Footpath and fence at the Village Hall. NCC are arranging to have the upgrading work done and have offered to pay the Parish Council a sum of £5,000 for future maintenance which is not likely to be required for ten years. The Council agreed that the Clerk should write to Isobel Horner (NCC) to advise them that it should be its responsibility to look after the ongoing maintenance of the footpath as it is needed for the use of school children.
Telephone kiosk. The Council resolved, should lottery funding be available, to put a defibrillator in the telephone kiosk and then a second defibrillator should be purchased. The Parish Council agreed to organise a clean-up of the kiosk and the Clerk was asked to contact BT about the electricity supply.
Highways issues. The Clerk was asked to report various highways issues to NCC including a missing manhole cover and potholes in front of the Laurel Tree Centre on the Green.
Village sign refurbishment. The Chairman reported that it would cost a total of £815 to refurbish the village sign and that free transportation to the sandblaster had been offered. It is possible to put in an application for a ‘Pride of Norfolk’ grant which could be done by Kerry Talbot. The WI, which had erected the original sign, has given their approval to the project. Ben Devlin preferred to see the Parish Council raise funds locally rather than apply for grants. However the Council agreed to proceed with an application for a ‘Pride of Norfolk’ grant.
Village shop. The Council agreed to ask Breckland Council to add the Village Shop to the Register of Community Assets thereby ensuring that the community would have the prior right to bid if the business was put up for sale.
Welcome Pack for newcomers. Susan Brown showed the Council a copy of the booklet that had been produced by New Buckenham Parish Council but said that a lot of the information in it was already available in the village’s current regular publications. She thought that two-page insert put into existing publications and a section on the Parish Council’s website would be more suitable. Paul Phillips is helping with this project and Susan Brown agreed to produce a draft document for the next Parish Council meeting.
Parish Council Handyman. The Council decided to retain this project but to offer the work on a job by job basis rather than appointing one person. Andy Nicholls offered to co-ordinate a list of jobs and bring it to the next Parish Council meeting.
November Parish Council meeting. Subjects to be discussed would include the Handyman‘s job list, dog fouling on the Green/dogs on leads, Christmas tree near the Ox & Plough and events such as a village picnic.
The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 2 November and will be held in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Road closure in Old Buckenham

Less than two weeks to go
This sign is outside Dairy Cottage in Abbey Road, just by the entrance road that leads to the Pre-school, Primary school and the Village Hall. At times motor access to these places will not be possible if you are coming in to Abbey Road from the Green.

Friday, 13 October 2017

New Old Buckenham school

Name is up
Work continues apace on Chapel Green School in Old Buckenham. Here are some photos taken today from behind the Village Hall to show how it is progressing.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

On the Old Buckenham skyline

Energy trip
When you are going along Hargham Road towards the A11 and Thetford, a large silvery/grey building shows up through the trees. Work started on this building at Snetterton in December 2014 and the Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant became fully operational in April this year.
It produces 44MW of green electricity by burning a mix of biomass fuels including straw, oil seed rape, miscanthus (elephant grass) and wood chips.

A small group of local residents were able to go on an organised tour around the plant yesterday afternoon to see what goes on there.
It is a very large complex that is in operation 24 hours a day throughout the year. It gets through about 33 tonnes of fuel every hour and stores up to four days' worth of fuel bales on site, that is over 5,000 bales. You may have seen the large loads of straw bales on  lorries that travel through the local villages on the way to Snetterton.
It is a very safety concious site. As visitors we were fitted out with high-vis jackets, hats, glasses and gloves before being shown around by our guides who explained the working of all the machinery and other equipment.

Those running the site are pleased to welcome schools, colleges, universities and interest groups to go to the site to learn more about how it works, the fuel they use and the benefits of renewable energy production. Ideally groups need to be small (around ten). You need to be fit enough to climb stairs and not worried about being able to see through the stair treads down to the ground way below.
More details at 
or email info@bwsceast 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Old Buckenham WI

Learning about the Anglo-Saxons
At the September meeting of Old Buckenham WI, members enjoyed a visit from Fiona Dowson who came dressed as an Anglo-Saxon to tell them about the West Stow
Anglo-Saxon village.
During the early Anglo-Saxon period, West Stow was the site of a small village made up of timber buildings. Comparatively little is known of life at that time. Crops were grown and animals kept but the people were very poor. Fiona demonstrated how wool was spun on a home-made spindle much as it is today in many places.
Old Buckenham will be celebrating its fiftieth birthday during October. Then the Annual Meeting takes place on Thursday 23 November when they will be hearing reports of
their activities over the past year and also electing their president and committee
members for 2018.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Quiz time in Old Buckenham

Testing time in the village hall
Saturday 7 October was the day for another village quiz with nine teams trying to prove who was the best at answering a wide range of questions.

A sudden knock-out 'true or false' round had people standing around with their hands on their heads.

The overall winners were the "Shrobucks" team who were very pleased with their trophy.

Second place went to "Mike's lot" with a tie for third place between "Wagglers" and "Maggie's Mob".
A very enjoyable evening (with wonderful fish and chip refreshments at half time) which hopefully raised useful funds for the village hall.
The official scores have now been received from the quiz master and are:

1 Shrobucks 74

2 Mike's Lot 69.5

3= Maggie's Mob 67

3= Wagglers 67

5 The Methodists 66.5

6 Women's Institute 66

7 Writers' Block 65

8 PCC 64.5

9 Quiz Team Aguilera 61

(the maximum possible score was 90)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Dogs in Old Buckenham Country Park

Showtime for dogs
Yesterday, Sunday 1 October, was a chance for dogs and their owners to parade in front of the judges at the dog show organised by Rosedale Funeral Homes. The aim was to raise money for local animal charities.
The blog editor was unable to get to the walks that had been arranged in the morning but the weather slowly started improving during the afternoon and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Odld Buckenhamevents in October

Diary dates for October
Monday 2           Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Tuesday 3           Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards
Wednesday 4      Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm
Wednesday 4      Luncheon Club outing
Thursday 5         Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm
Saturday 7          Village Quiz, 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, 7.30pm for 7.45pm 
Friday 13             Coffee and cake afternoon, Church Rooms, 1.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 14        Liquorice  Allsorts concert, All Saints, 7.30pm
Monday 16         Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm
Wednesday 18   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm
Wednesday 18   Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm
Saturday 21        Table Top Sale, Church Rooms, 10am to 12 noon
Wednesday 25   Spooky stuff, Old Buckenham Country Park, from 12 noon
Thursday 26       Women's Institute 50th birthday party, Village Hall
Friday 27            Visits from Mobile Library during morning
 Saturday 28       Meet Max and Pauline, Village Hall, 2pm to 6pm

Friday, 29 September 2017

Yet another Old Buckenham village newsletter

Plenty of news
This October issue has appeared around the village just before the beginning of the month. Read it to find out what has happened and what will be happening in Old Buckenham.

Coffee morning in Old Buckenham

Lovely cakes
Those who came along to the Gamekeeper this morning  between 9.30am to 12 noon were able to enjoy a morning raising money as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support
Here are a couple of photos to show you what you could have enjoyed by taking part.

Update from Tony at the Gamekeeper
We would like to say a massive thank you to all those who came to our Macmillan Coffee Morning yesterday, at The Gamekeeper, it turned out to be a great success. Thanks also to those who brought cake, we had quite a lot left over so we gave all our guests last evening the option of having cake instead of desert for a donation the the fund. Finally it all went so the grand total raised is £301.90 which is absolutely brilliant - Thank you very much.