Saturday, 18 September 2021

Cleaning up Old Buckenham

 Picking up again

There will be a litter pick on the Green starting at 11am on Sunday 19 September. Meet by the Ottomer pond where cleaned hi vis jackets and litter pickers will be provided. Individuals, families and dogs on leads very welcome. Weather looks good so come along and join in. Do your bit and possibly get to meet other villagers that you haven't met before.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Producing for Old Buckenham show

Got everything ready?

Have you cooked, dug up the veg, cut the flowers or printed your photos? Make sure your exhibits are delivered to the village hall before 11am tomorrow. It's amazing how many people come round looking at the exhibits in the afternoon and say "Oh I've got better ones than that at home..." 


Cleaning up in Old Buckenham

 Why not take part?



Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Back in Old Buckenham

Getting a bit more normal

It has been eighteen months but Breckland Flower and Garden Club will be back and holding their first club meeting and flower demonstration on Thursday 9 September starting at 2pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. The demonstrator will be Rachal Borenkove and she will be talking about her 'Life in a Flower Shop'.

In the evening the Social and Wine Circle re-start their monthly meetings in the Church Rooms when David Lumb  will be explaining that "Yes it is rocket science".  All welcome to come along for the mere cost of £2 and perhaps a raffle ticket or two.

On Sunday 12 the village Produce Show takes place in the Village Hall and the Old Buckenham Players are back on stage from Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 September. Time to get out and take part in local activities.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Old Buckenham newsletter for September

Have you read it yet?


If not, why not? It contains lots of valuable information on the proposed weather radar, the forthcoming Heritage Wellbeing Walk, all about entering the village Produce Show, news of the High School Allotment project and the Players being back on stage with their latest production. Also the history of the Social and Wine Circle that started fifty years ago and details of taking part in the Village Quiz that will take place on Saturday 9 October.

Printed copies have been dropping through letterboxes for several days now so read through it and put all the dates on your calendar or in your diary. 

Monday, 30 August 2021

Old Buckenham Village Hall

Your help required


If you have read the insert in the September newsletter, and should you be one of the one of the ' younger and inspiring people' who the village hall management committee are looking for, then you need to know that they have had to postpone their monthly committee meeting until Wednesday 8 September. They would love you turn up at the village hall at 7.30pm that evening to observe their meeting and to see if you could become involved in some way and help looking after this most valuable public asset.

Bingo in Old Buckenham

 Eyes down once more

Bingo resumes on Saturday 25 September starting at 2pm sharp in the Church Rooms. Refreshments available. Donations of raffle prizes would be very welcome. The event is in aid of the upkeep of the Church Rooms.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

This year portrayed in Old Buckenham

Come see them for yourselves

The Flower Festival at the Methodist Church opened on Saturday. Here are pictures of some of flowers to give you an taste of what is on show. Why not pop along and see them in real life? Open Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm and then 10am to 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday.








Saturday, 28 August 2021

Quizzing in Old Buckenham

Have you the answers?

Old Buckenham Village Hall Quiz will take place on Saturday 9 October starting at 7pm, £10 per person if having fish and chip supper, less if not. Raffle and bar. Please contact Alison Frank on 01953 860692 or andrew.frank@btinternet.com for more details. 

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Walking for Old Buckenham

 Getting around the local churches

The Norfolk Churches Trust (NCT) Bike Ride and Walk takes place on Saturday 11 September. Sheila Freake and black Labrador, Gina, will be taking part in this event. She plans to walk 15+ miles by visiting 10 churches in Wilby, Eccles, Quidenham, Kenninghall, Banham, New Buckenham and Old Buckenham.

Sheila is looking for sponsors to raise funds which will be split between NCT and All Saint's Church in Old Buckenham. If you are able to give your support please give generously (Gift Aid will increase your donation by 25%) by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/sheila-freake

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Flowers in Old Buckenham

This year in flowers

Make sure you pop in to the Methodist Church for their Flower Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend. It is free and there is plenty of room to park  behind the building.

The flower arrangements are all based on the theme of ‘2021’ including the Olympics, the Euros, lockdown and other events that happened during this year. Refreshments and open air seating will be available.The church will be open Saturday 28 and Monday 30 August (10am to 4pm) and Sunday 29 August  (noon to 4pm).  

For more information email oldbuckenham.methodist@aol.co.uk



Sunday, 15 August 2021

Lilies in Old Buckenham

Flower displays in Church

Each year, All Saints Church in Old Buckenham commemorates the lives of loved ones who have died and they will continue this tradition this year. As a result of the Covid regulations this event was unable to take place at Easter but will now take place on Sunday 31 October – All Saints Day. Flower arrangements in the church will comprise of lilies in memory of departed relatives or friends. If you would like to contribute to this event, could you please provide your donation before Sunday 17 October together with the name of the person 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 £5 and any additional monies received will go towards the memorial fund.

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. 

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Highlights in Old Buckenham

Best of the rest

The Scarecrow Trail has now officially finished but the blog editor did manage to get round and photograph virtually all the entries. Here are a collection of images that have not appeared on the blog before and probably no longer exist in a recognisable form.










Sunday, 8 August 2021

Bridge in Old Buckenham

Play your cards right

The local bridge group is starting up again in Old Buckenham and will be having meetings each Tuesday. They will now be meeting in the Methodist Church in Hargham Road from 1pm to 5pm starting from Tuesday 10 August. All are welcome to come along and there is plenty of parking behind the building. The cost is just £2 each time which includes tea and biscuits. If you would like to attend or need more details please contact Mary Parker (01953 860167).

Friday, 6 August 2021

Winners in Old Buckenham

 Which scarecrow was judged to be best?

Over the last weekend, two villagers have been round to see all the scarecrows that were on display. They found it difficult to decide on a winner but eventually chose the display outside the Methodist Chapel in Hargham Road because of the cleverness of their theme of displaying the many people who would have worshipped there over the last 150 years. The massive effort that had been made to dress the scarecrows in the appropriate clothing for the different times from the 1870s up to the present day was obvious.



They also decided to give special commendations to three displays. They were ‘Oh Matron’ in Cake Street, showing the NHS at work, ‘We’re all mad here’ in Ragmere Road portraying a Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and also ‘Darby and Joan’ who have been enjoying tea outside the Almshouses.
At present it is intended to have a further Trail next year and the judges suggested that it might help to have a general theme for the scarecrows, if only to help in making the judging a little easier. The Scarecrow Trail has proved to be popular with 29 entries, plenty of families going around the village to see how many they could spot .and has raised funds that will help with the upkeep of the Children's Play area.

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Old Buckenham weather radar

Latest rainfall news

The editor of the Old Buckenham blog has received this message from Richard Bennett of the Met Office:

I wanted to take this opportunity to update you about the proposed plans for erecting a weather radar at Old Buckenham. We have also notified the Parish Council, airfield and nearest residents of our intentions.

Having taken the time to consider the options available to us and to engage with our stakeholders we remain committed to erecting a weather radar in East Anglia. The addition of a radar in this area will help safeguard people and property throughout the region and further afield by providing information to support improved severe weather and flood warnings. The Old Buckenham site on the Anglian Water land is the best location for that weather radar.
Since the planning committee in May, we have used the interim period to address the issues raised and commissioned further survey work relating to the ecology aspect.
We therefore intend to submit an appeal against the planning decision to Her Majesty’s Planning Inspectorate later this week. Typically, an appeal will take up to 24 weeks following submission and validation of paperwork. Within the appeal documentation we will be addressing the concerns raised by the Breckland Planning Committee. During this time, comments should be directed via Breckland Council to the Planning Inspectorate in line with the normal appeal process .

May we take this opportunity to remind you about the dedicated project website (
https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/weather/observations-research/east-anglian-radar-projectcontaining a wide range of further information, including answers to frequently asked questions that we have encountered during this and other radar developments. These should hopefully answer many of the question that the residents in the area may have.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for allowing us to engage with you and your readership.

Richard Bennett
Senior Project Manager


Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Yet more Old Buckenham scarecrows

Everyone wants to join our school

This is the collection of scarecrows along the road leading to the Primary School and Village Hall. A really big collection.










Sunday, 1 August 2021

August newsletter in Old Buckenham

 More local news

The latest newsletter is being brought around to all the homes in Old Buckenham. Now you can read about somewhere new to sit on the Green and the latest machinations of the Parish Council.



Saturday, 31 July 2021

Remembering in Old Buckenham

Remembering Ida

In what may be the first of many similar occasions this year, the family of Ida Jolley have arranged to have a service in All Saints Church in celebration of her life. A normal funeral was not possible at the time so it is hoped that many of those who knew her will come along at 2pm on Sunday 22 August and also meet together afterwards in the Church Rooms.

Thursday, 29 July 2021

More Old Buckenham inhabitants

 Around the village shop

Here are three more to see on the Scarecrow Trail, especially if you have just picked up your map from the village shop.

Handyman Hero is right by the shop

Livi and Teddy look out towards the Green a bit further along

And Nurse Naomi is hiding away in Forge Close.



Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Old Buckenham Players

Back on stage

Old Buckenham Players will be performing the 1970s farce, There Goes the Bride, by Ray Cooney and John Chapman at the Village Hall on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £9 and will be available in early August via Ticket Source at www.ticketsource.co.uk

When harassed advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding, he awakes to find himself in the company of a 1920s' Flapper girl straight out of his current advertising campaign. It soon becomes all too clear that no-one else can see or hear her and when another bump on the head transports Timothy back to 1926 and the Savoy hotel, the wedding preparations disintegrate into chaos as friends and family attempt to lead Timothy back to reality and his daughter down the aisle before the newly arrived 'in-laws' abandon the wedding.

A classic Ray Cooney farce guaranteed to make you laugh and enjoyable fun for all the family. Put these dates in your diary now.



Monday, 26 July 2021

Old Buckenham's new arrivals

Dog, witch and matron

What's the connection between a dog, a witch and a matron? The answer is that they are all scarecrows that you can find in Cake Street.

Pottie Dog is made out of flower pots

Flying Witch appears above the hedge

This attractive trio are named 'Oh Matron'

A map showing the locations of the twenty-nine scarecrows on display can be obtained from the village shop. One aim of this Scarecrow Trail taking place around the village until Saturday 7 August is to raise some extra funds to help with the upkeep of the Children's Play Area.

The blog editor aims to show further batches of photos for those who can't get round to see them all. Click on the pictures to see them at a larger scale.

 

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Old Buckenham's new tractor

Filling the space

Equipment in the Children's Play Area needs regular maintenance and inspection. The original tractor and trailer had been well used and have now been replaced by a newer model which should delight some of the younger villagers. Thanks are due to the Parish Council who have spent several thousand pounds on the purchasing and installation this item.

All that remained after the old tractor was removed

The new version



The Scarecrow Trail that will be taking place throughout the village from Saturday 24 July to Saturday 7 August has been organised to raise some funds towards the upkeep of this play area. Have you made and entered your scarecrow yet?


Sunday, 11 July 2021

Old Buckenham PC meeting in July

Latest council discussions

These notes were written by the blog editor from the draft minutes so may contain information that is amended at a later date.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 1 July at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Present were councillors Steve Milner (Chair), Adrian Joel, Terry Cook, Naomi Bailey and Mike Farrington. Also attending were Rachel Noyes (Clerk), County Councillor Steve Askew and five members of the public.

Apologies for absence. Jonn Hicks has resigned from the Parish Council. There were many thanks from everyone for the all the hard work he has put into the Council over the years. Steve Milner will chair this meeting and councillors will look at re-electing a Chair at their next meeting in September. Both Ben Devlin and Andy Nicholls had sent their apologies.

Minutes. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 3 June were approved (5 in favour). There were no matters arising.

Financial matters. The Community Account balance is now £30,050.77 including a £500 loan repayment from the Village Hall Management Committee. The AGAR forms have been submitted to external auditors before the due date. Payments of £1541.99 were approved (5 in favour) that included audit fees, payments to community car drivers and various maintenance work.

Public participation relating to agenda items. A resident wanted to highlight the many issues with 3PL/2020/0578/O Appeal application. They felt strongly that the Parish Council C should not approve the document up for approval due to its major differences with the original design and that it should be treated as a new application. The resident also highlighted that this new documentation was only bought to public attention because they found it and highlighted the issue to the Planning Inspectorate. They had also personally organised a full traffic survey of the road which showed the majority of cars speeding as they travelled towards Attleborough, which contradicts the information in the original official traffic survey which was completed during lockdown.

Another resident highlighted the poor condition of the Recreation Area grass, which had grown too long to play football on and urged action to get it cut as soon as possible. A further resident explained that they had tried and failed to request a road sweeper to clean the road outside the new development on Fen Street as it had been left in a poor state. A drain was also blocked with mud, etc, outside the new bungalow. Rachel Noyes and Steve Askew to investigate. A resident also explained that they were concerned that the new development on Fen Street was slightly different to the original plan and had left a large plot of land on the end. Rachel Noyes to contact Breckland Planning to query this.

New planning applications. Albemarle House, The Green. Ground floor extension to rear/side of property and roof top extension partially within retained roof space to create an additional second floor of accommodation (3PL/2021/0823/HOU). No objections. Proposal to support was approved (5 in favour).

The Gamekeeper Public House, The Green. Proposed single storey link extension to rear of property with entrance porch canopy and insertion of dormer window to form fire escape at second floor level to rear roof elevation (3PL/2021/0759/F and 3PL/2021/0760/LB).

No objections. Proposal to support was approved (4 in favour, 1 abstain).

Old Buckenham Country Park, Doe Lane. New cabin to replace existing polytunnel for fitness and well-being centre (3PL/2021/0908/F).

No objections. Proposal to support was approved (5 in favour).

Scales Farm. Change of use from agricultural building to office use (3PL/2021/0742/F). No objections. Proposal to support was approved (4 in favour, 1 abstain).

Rear of 41 Hargham Road. Erection of single storey dwelling and two bay cart lodge (self build) (3PL/2021/0830/O). The Parish Council had previously objected to development of this site. Councillors felt there was not a sufficient entrance to the property. It is also located opposite a difficult junction with Fen St, which could cause problems. A proposal to object was approved (5 in favour).

42 Fen Street. Single storey side and rear extensions. (3PL/2021/0947/HOU). Councillors were very concerned about yet more construction traffic on Fen Street which has tested residents’ patience recently. A full Traffic Management Plan (TMP) would be required in order to keep the road clear and clean at all times. A propose to support, subject to an approved TMP, was approved (5 in favour).

Appeal. Land west of Attleborough Road, north of the property East View. Outline application for 5 residential dwellings. Application reference 3PL/2020/0578/O, Appeal reference: APP/F2605/W/20/3264207 and appeal start date: 12 February 2021. The Parish Council has been asked whether a new document, showing a new design for the development, should be accepted by the Planning Inspectorate. This document has only come to light after being highlighted by a member of the public who has also sought a new traffic survey. The Parish Council have only been given one week to provide feedback and this feedback needs to be submitted by midday on Friday 2 July. It was proposed to object on the grounds that there are such significant differences to the original that it should be a new Planning Application. The new traffic survey data shows the true dangers of the road and the public should be given the opportunity to see all this new information in a new application. This proposal to object was approved (5 in favour) and the Parish Clerk to submit report to Planning Inspectorate.

Planning decisions by Breckland Council. The following applications have now been considered and the applications have been approved.

Laurel Tree Centre, The Green. Change of use of consultation osteopath clinic with 1 bedroom flat to one residential dwelling (3PL/2021/0634/F).

West View Farm, The Green. Convert the existing barn into one dwelling to include the demolition of adjoining existing hen house and erection of side extension and the creation of a new access (3PL/2020/1500/F and 3PL/2020/1501/LB)

45 Fen Street. The removal of the existing conservatory to the rear of the dwelling with a new single-storey extension and a new two-storey extension to the front of the dwelling (3PL/2021/0681/HOU).

The following application has now been considered and the application has been refused. Westward, The Green. To convert Clay Lump Barn to residential dwelling (3PL/2021/0570/F).

Two Wheel Tuesday complaint. Breckland Council have been notified and are investigating if there have been any breaches of Covid rules. Need to see full report in order to make informed decisions and will discuss at next meeting if it is still appropriate. Also received complaints about noise and parking around the village. The clerk to look up original agreement regarding rules including marshalling and the chairman will talk to the Ox and Plough owners regarding speed and noise.

Working Parties organisation and participation. With resignation of Jonn Hicks, the Parish Council is down to seven councillors. It needs to have a big push on recruitment before the next meeting. The issue of Working Parties organisation will then be addressed once there are more councillors. All councillors were asked to encourage residents to consider being a part of the Parish Council. They will promote the subject on their website, Facebook and in village newsletter as well as organisin a leaflet that will be delivered to every resident. It aims to hold co-opting interviews at the next meeting on Thursday 2 September.

(Mike Farrington had to leave meeting early)

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. There had been a proposal from the Green Working Party to consider planting of trees to mark the event. The Parish Council will hold a village meeting to gather lots of ideas of ways to celebrate including any tree planting and will decide on an overall plan after this meeting.

Handyman/grass cutting. John Fernihough (Green Working Party) has proposed a couple for small village maintenance jobs including strimming around signs, benches etc. They have experience of similar work and will work at the same rate of £12.50/hour. There may be a larger amount of work required initially but then will be about one day’s work a month in future. John would also manage them and the work required. They also have the relevant insurance in place. A proposal to accept this was approved (4 in favour). The Recreation Ground is in urgent need of cutting. Andy Nicholls has proposed (via email) that Stuart Barker has previously cut it and could do so again. May require several cuts initially but will then be cut once a month after that. Proposal to accept this was approved (4 in favour).

Clerk’s report. Hargham Road will be closed to traffic on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 July at junction with Ley’s Lane. Bill and Cecilia Wardman memorial bench to be installed outside Almshouses on Thursday 8 July. A couple of queries had been made about the existence of a Welcome Pack. The clerk to go through and update any information and ask residents to notify the Parish Council of any new neighbours who might require it. Concerns received about the oak trees on Hargham Road by new development site and whether they need to have Tree Protection Orders. The clerk to enquire about the process with the Breckland Tree Officer. A query has been received about whether Ragg’s Lane is an official footpath and if not, how to adopt it. Enquiry was passed to Terry Cook who was being advised by the Countryside Access Officer. The Officer could not find the relevant documentation and came to the conclusion that the relevant documentation was not available online. Therefore, the advice was to contact the Legal Orders and Register Team. This has been undertaken but no response has been received. Planning application 3PL/2021/0544/PIP has gone to the Planning Committee on Monday 5 July. The Parish Council can send a representative to speak but decided it was not required.

Green Working Party (GWP).The GWP meetings have resumed. Reports of these meetings will be attached to Parish Council minutes.

Road Safety. The SAM sign has been moved to Cake Street. There are still issues with producing graphs from the data being collected.

Play Area. The old tractor has been removed by Phil Littleand and the new tractor to be installed in week beginning12 July by Playdale. Exact date of installation will be publicised beforehand.

Councillors’ reports. Steve Askew announced that work outside High School for footpath and flashing signs is still on track for completion over the summer holidays. Grass has been cut on Puddledock Corner to help drivers’ visibility. He is chasing up pothole work and any new street signs that are required.

Adrian Joel said there had been reports of rat poison around the allotments but none had been found when visited. Also there have been some break ins to sheds recently and damage which has been reported to police.

Terry Cook reported that a meeting took place between three Highways representatives, two Norfolk County Council representatives, two representatives from Sapientia Trust, our County Councillor, two Village Hall representatives, one Primary School Parent representative and one joint Parish Council and Village Hall representative to discuss the condition and responsibility of the road that leads to the Primary School and the Village Hall. After much discussion, it was concluded that the Sapientia Trust were responsible for its maintenance and would need to arrange repair work. Norfolk County Council still needs to ascertain who has responsibility for the ditch at the side of the access road. When the Sapientia Trust has made further enquiries into parking and traffic measures, they will be reporting back.

Naomi Bailey said that sixteen scarecrows signed up so far and reminded everyone that the event takes place from Saturday 24 July till Saturday 7 August. She has made good progress on posters and information for the phone box and has been getting help with information about tree and flower species found on Green.

The next Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 2 September 2021 at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Please note that there is no meeting in August.



Thursday, 8 July 2021

New bench on Old Buckenham Green

 Sit and enjoy the view

Today saw the installation of a new wooden bench placed on the Green in commemoration of the lives of Celia and Bill Wardman who ran the village shop from 1963 to 1991.

The concrete base had been laid earlier and so a few friends and relations gathered to see the new oak seat (made by Jonathan Bacon of the Harry Stebbings Workshop) arrive on the site outside the village Almshouses and be installed for all to use.








Saturday, 3 July 2021

Yet another Old Buckenham newsletter

More local news

The printed version of the July newsletter became available on Thursday 1 July,  a little later than usual, but distribution around the village is well under way. You can read all about when Caravan came to the High School, an item on the Methodist Church in Old Buckenham and of course the exciting news from the Parish Council.



Monday, 28 June 2021

Old Buckenham almshouses

 Assist the Almshouses

Do you have a little time to spare? Would you like to volunteer for a new role within Old Buckenham? The Robert Cocks Almshouse charity is looking for new trustees to help manage their almshouses on the village Green. Experience with building maintenance would be beneficial, although not essential, as would an understanding of financial planning and/or the needs of our older population.  A willingness to help other people is the most important quality they are looking for in a Trustee. 

The Robert Cocks Almshouses Charity consists of 10 homes in a Grade 2 listed building, founded in 1860. It provides accommodation for the residents, who need to be over 55 years, with a strong connection to Old Buckenham and can demonstrate a need for assistance. Working with a board of fellow trustees, the role would particularly suit someone from the local area who is able to attend a minimum of four meetings a year. Pre-Covid, meetings are normally held at 7.45pm on Tuesdays. To apply please send a brief application letter, with details of any relevant experience or interests, by email, in confidence to the Chair, Canon Steve Wright, at canonstevewright@gmail.com

Monday, 14 June 2021

Latest from Old Buckenham Parish Council

Parish Council minutes for June

These notes were written by the blog editor from the drat minutes so may contain information that is amended at a later date.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 3 June in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were councillors Jonn Hicks (Chair), Steve Milner, Adrian Joel, Terry Cook, Naomi Bailey and Mike Farrington. Also attending were Rachel Noyes (Clerk), Donna Oakley (RFO) and two members of the public. Apologies for absence were received from Andy Nicholls and Ben Devlin. Steve Milner was late in arriving.

The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 6 May were approved (4 in favour, 1 abstain). Arising from these minutes Adrian Joel raised the issue that while Working Parties were updated last month, some councillors were lacking in commitment to their roles. Terry Cook highlighted that a lack of structure and nominated chairperson for each Working Party is the major contributor to the problem so the subject should be discussed in depth next month.

(SM arrived)

Financial matters. The Community account balance presently stands at £36,730.69.

Payments of £4,352.47 were approved (6 in favour) including to Playdale (tractor deposit of £3,123.33), community car drivers £24.75 and Brent Hibbert (bench plinth) £396.

Donna Oakley proposed that a bonus payment of £250 be paid to Rachel Noyes for her hard work over the last year. This was approved (6 in favour).

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). Donna Oakley provided a breakdown of the Parish Council finances for the last year. She highlighted that the Parish Council had spent less than expected and that there was significant spending on the Green (a full breakdown of Green expenses will be supplied soon). In February next year, the Parish Council will need to look at and assess the depreciation of assets. Donna Oakley was thanked for all her hard work and a proposal to accept the AGAR finances and to send for auditing was approved (6 in favour).

Public participation relating to agenda items. A proposed new property (planning application 3PL/2021/0781/F will be accessed via the existing driveway which has the gate set back slightly to allow for greater visibility for drivers. Property will be used for the couple as they get older. There was once a previous property on the land but exact location not known.

Breckland Councillor Steve Askew has been helping to raise the issue with Breckland Council concerning litter in Prince Harry’s Wood but little is being done (Breckland Council own the land on which the woods are located). The Parish Council will try and help resolve the issue.

To consider planning applications and to receive Breckland District Council’s decisions made on any planning applications received before the meeting:

(All planning applications are available for viewing on the Breckland District Council planning portal www.breckland.gov.uk/article/2933/Search-Planning-Applications. Parish Councillors have been asked by the chairman to view the new applications in advance of the meeting.

New planning applications. Laurel Tree Centre, The Green. Change of use of consultation osteopath clinic with 1 bedroom flat to one residential dwelling (3PL/2021/0634/F). No objections. A proposal to support was approved (6 in favour).

45 Fen Street. The removal of the existing conservatory to the rear of the dwelling with a new single-storey extension and a new two-storey extension to the front of the dwelling (3PL/2021/0681/HOU). A proposal to support was approved (6 in favour).

Oak Lodge, 2 Fen Street. Proposed Single Storey Rear Extension (3PL/2021/0709/HOU). There are two windows on the plan which will overlook a neighbouring property. One is a bathroom and the second is a bedroom. Neighbouring properties should not be overlooked and lack of privacy is a valid reason for objection. Proposal to support on the condition that the issues of the windows is resolved was approved (6 in favour).

Hunters House Access Roads in and around Old Buckenham Hall. Erection of a 5m x 3.5m wood cabin within the front garden for use as a small dog grooming business (3PL/2021/0721/F). The property is accessed via a Right of Access on neighbour’s property. Proposal to support was approved (5 in favour, 1 abstain).

Coal Storage Yard. Road from Stacksford Lane to Hargham Road. Outline Planning Application for 5 no. Dwellings (3PL/2021/0500/O). Breckland Council granted an extension to the Parish Council to allow time for Highways to submit their viewpoint. However this has not occurred. All Councillors felt strongly that this was a dangerous, narrow road with blind junctions either side of the proposed site. It is also outside the Village Boundary and the housing quota has already been met. A proposal to object was approved (6 in favour).

Snetterton Farm, Banham Road. Erection of bungalow and garage including workshop/store (3PL/2021/0781/F). While the property is located off a narrow road, the property would be accessed via an existing driveway, which has good visibility. Proposal to support was approved (6 in favour).

Planning decisions by Breckland Council. The following applications have now been considered and the applications have been approved.

The New Agricultural Barn, Land adjacent to The Roughlands Farm, Grove Road. Variation of Condition nos 2 and 3 on 3PL/2020/1334/F ( Erection of a single agricultural building and new vehicular access (3PL/2021/0429/VAR).

Standing Orders Review. There are no proposed changes. Proposal to accept was approved (6 in favour)

Phone box noticeboards. Thanks to Phil Little for installation of new noticeboards in the phone box by Rod Alley Row. It will be used as an ‘information hub’ about the Parish Council, the Green and the village in general. Ideas for what could go on these boards included Parish Council to display agendas/minutes, maps of local walks for visitors, information about plants/trees that can be found on the Green and possible activity sheet for children. Also spare copies of Village Newsletter to be displayed. Naomi Bailey will collate information and display. The noticeboards will not be used to display advertisements for local businesses. The Village shop and Newsletter already provide advertising space and the Parish Council do not wish to take revenue away from them.

Website. The Parish Council website could do with updating. The present councillors lack the skills to make it as good as it could be. They will start by looking to see if there is anybody in the village with the necessary skills and willing to help by sending out a request via Facebook and Village Newsletter. Could also look at creating a logo/header for the Parish Council to provide some consistency across their many platforms of communication.

Chairman’s report. Jonn Hicks will suggest the date of Friday 13 September for joint Village Hall and Parish Council meeting. Volunteers will cut the grass around the benches/signs soon. Thanks are due to Martin from the Ox and Plough for cutting the playground grass while the chairman is unable to do it. There will be no Parish Council meeting in August. The clerk is away and will be unable to minute the meeting.

Green Working Party (GWP). The Green will be cut once wildflowers have gone to seed. In order to try and find a balance between encouraging nature yet usable for the public, an area in the middle of the Green will be left uncut. Footpaths will continue to be cut in this area and around the Green when needed. The GWP will be meeting on Wednesday 16 June. The plinth for Bill Wardman’s memorial bench has been completed near the Almshouses. The clerk is to liaise with Bill’s family about the installation of the bench.

Play Area. Playdale have been in contact regarding installation of the new tractor. It will take place during week starting Monday 12 July and should take one day (exact date to be provided closer to time). The Church Rooms have kindly agreed to allow use of their toilets and outside tap which will eliminate need for portaloo to be provided. Container on the original quote will not be needed, thereby reducing total cost by £422. Phil Little will remove old tractor the week before. Playground will need to be closed to the public during these works. Rope and connectors (including some spares) to be ordered for climbing rope.

Recreation Area. Recreation ground needs cutting and fence removing. Jonn Hicks to arrange.

Councillors’ reports. District and County councillor Steve Askew had been in contact via email. Blocked drains between Scales Farm and Hargham Road have been booked for clearing. Pot holes on Fen Street (near Fen Road junction) and B1077 (between Doe Lane and Ragmere Road) have been booked in too. Further points to be raised with Steve Askew included pot holes on St Andrews Close, pot holes in the Danbrigg area and traffic speeds in Quiet Lanes.

Terry Cook said he will attend a meeting on Friday 18 June between Village Hall, NCC Highways, Steve Askew and Primary School representatives regarding the road leading to the Primary School and Village Hall. They are hoping to resolve the issue about payment for repairs to the road.

Naomi Bailey is starting to get entries for the Scarecrow Trail which will include all the village including Stacksford. Steve Milner is looking at setting up a Gorilla Poetry event. This will involve poetry around the village for people to visit and discuss.

Items for next agenda. Will include Working Parties/participation and the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary in 2022.

The next Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 1 July at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. 

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Old Buckenham parish council in masks.

 Requirement to meet in person

Parish and Town councils now have to meet together in person rather than via Zoom or any other similar system. This is the scene in the village hall last Thursday when the June meeting took place - socially distant, window and doors open and with all members wearing their face coverings.