Friday 23 February 2024

More Theatre in Old Buckenham

The Hollyhock Trilogy

Old Buckenham Village Hall is delighted to welcome back fEAST Theatre one of the region’s leading touring theatre companies with a brand-new show called The Hollyhock Trilogy. fEAST is touring to lots of venues across Norfolk this spring and luckily they will be stopping off in Old Buckenham on Sunday 17 March for a matinee performance.

Written by Rob John (The Canada Boys/Rosa Mendoza) The Hollyhock Trilogy presents three strange but poignant love stories. A woman reveals an unrequited passion for her postman, an aging trapeze artist dreams of the beautiful woman who dropped him and a chance remark about hollyhocks changes the lives of two strangers for ever.

Author Rob says he wants to take the audience on three separate but connected journeys while John feels it is a show about people in love but it’s also a show about story-telling; the magic of sitting down in a darkened room and listening to a story.

Starring Owen Evans (The Nimmo Twins/Canada Boys) and Dawn Finnerty (The Canada Boys/Rosa Mendoza), fEAST Theatre promises that ‘these darkly funny tales of lonelinessand lust are guaranteed to warm the coldest winter evening.’

Sunday 17 March at 2.30pm and tickets are £10, paid in cash at the door on the night please. So avoid disappointment by reserving your place in the audience by contacting or ringing either 07880660444 or 01953 861336.

Friday 16 February 2024

Latest from Old Buckenham Parish Council

Parish Council February minutes

These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is altered at a later date.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 1 February at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were Councillors Naomi Bailey (Chair), Pete Twissell, Stan Burton, Steve Gowers, Lesley Evison, David Taylor and Doug Irons. Ali McWilliam had sent her apologies for not being able to attend. Also present were Clerk Jonn Hicks and fifteen members of the public. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 4 January were approved (6 in favour).

Financial matters. The Community account balance now stands at £22674.54. Payments for approval (6 in favour) were £1246.86 which included £106.75 to the community car drivers, allotment rent of £450, stationary and postage £43.50, Clerk and RFO salary £510.34, hire of Methodist Chapel £15 and purchase of St George flag £115.27.

Councillors’ reports. Stan Burton said that he has the Christmas tree lights stored in his barn and they can remain there for the year. Steve Gower reported that the Speed Watch training will be in the Methodist Chapel on Friday 16 February. Doug Irons said that he has sent content to the web designers and was awaiting their reply.

Naomi Bailey reported that she and the Clerk attended a meeting in January regarding this year’s maintenance of the footpath between the Primary School and Chapel Green School. It was agreed that the Parish Council will cut the grass, Primary School will cut and maintain the hedge and Chapel Green School will maintain the footpath surface.

Green Report. The Chair, Stan Burton, Lesley Evison and the Clerk attended a meeting in the Methodist Church in January with members of the Green Working Party John Fernihough and Sarah Dye. Naomi Bailey set out the rules of a working party to all and it was agreed by everyone to re-start this with everyone aware of how the working party should work and who is permitted to attend. It was agreed by all that Suggitt Farm Services will continue to cut the Green three times a year at the cost of £500 per cut, Stuart Barker to remain as the village handyman at the same price as last year. Any other works that need performing will only proceed once a job card has been issued by the Clerk and approved by the Parish Council to avoid any confusion. It was also pointed out that any work carried out on or around the Green are subject to insurance and risk assessment being provided to the Parish Council as well as a method statement before any works commence.

Action Log updates. Doug Irons and Steve Gowers to look at rebooting the action log with a different format.

Planning. 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 and all Parish Councillors have been asked by the chair to view the new applications in advance of the meeting.

New planning applications. Westward, The Green, NR17 1RR. Proposed change of use of existing barn and outbuildings to a single residential dwelling (3PL/2023/1204/F). Proposal to support was approved (5 in favour, 1 abstain).

Crown House, Stacksford, NR17 1PD. Demolition of outbuilding. Erection of 2no. single storey extensions and a cart shed with storage above (3PL/2024/0060/HOU).
Proposal to support was approved (6 in favour).

Chestnuts, Mill Road, NR17 1SG. Horse Chestnut trees, target prune the trees to clear the overhead utilities and bracing from the telegraph pole. T3 Scots Pine tree, Prune back the upper laterals overhanging the roof line and functioning chimney of the dwelling "Chestnuts2” by no more than 2.0m (TRE/2024/0018/TCA). Proposal to support was approved (6 in favour).
Planning decisions by Breckland. Grange Road from Stacksford Lane to Hargham Road, Stacksford  (3PL/2023/1025/EU). Certificate of Lawfulness for Existing Use (CLUED) for the use of the dwelling known as Stacksford Grange in breach of the agricultural occupation condition attached to planning permission 3PL/1988/1300/O.

Traffic issues. Numerous members of the public attended the meeting to voice their concerns with traffic issues around the village. It was accepted that this needs addressing so a meeting has been called at the Memorial Room on Saturday 24 February at 10am. The clerk will invite the NCC Highways officer and Steve Askew to attend to try and answer questions from the public.

Concerns were raised by public around the large amount of flooding in the village in recent weeks. Clerk to speak with Highways regarding ditches that need cleaning and Ron Brewer has put a piece in the village newsletter asking residents to ensure drains and any ditches on their property are kept clear

Public participation. Adrian Joel reported that a former Parish Council member Derek Smalley has died. He also reported that the community car scheme is looking for new drivers.

Items for next agenda. These will include updates on Solar Farm and flooding update

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 7 March at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Looking at April in Old Buckenham

 Doing different

Have a fun quiz evening in April

Sunday 4 February 2024

From Old Buckenham Almshouses

From the Trustees of the Almshouses

The Robert Cocks Almshouses Charity donation tin in the village shop was recently counted and a lovely £52 was donated this time. All money raised is being saved to go towards their re-roofing project. Thank you to everyone that contributed and to Krishna for allowing the tin to be there. A new donation tin has taken its place!



Monday 29 January 2024

Beetles in Old Buckenham

 Enjoyable evening

The Women's Institute meeting on Thursday 25 January was fun and games as they played a Beetle Drive and had a Quiz. They were lucky to have three new visitors as well who enjoyed themselves and are now going to join our village WI. The monthly competition was for “A Pretty Plate” with some beautiful entries and our Flower of the Month included a hellebore and catkins. Next month is their Annual Meeting where they will be voting in a new committee for the year so it would be nice if as many members as possible attend. They look forward to seeing you on Thursday 22 February.

Saturday 27 January 2024

Another Old Buckenham newsletter

 Looking ahead to February

Official copy was rather short for the latest newsletter which has now started being delivered around the village. As a result it has other content such as a Wordsearch on village surnames and a poetry corner hidden inside for you to enjoy.

Sunday 21 January 2024

Driving for Old Buckenham

How you can help others

Do you have your own car, enjoy driving and meeting people?  Have you got some spare time - but don't want to be 'tied' to a particular weekly time commitment?  The Old Buckenham Community Car scheme needs more volunteer drivers.  Supported by Breckland Council, the scheme is open to residents of Old Buckenham who do not have access to their own transport and cannot easily use public transport - for travelling to appointments at hospital, local GP surgeries or dentists/opticians etc.  Those requesting a community car are asked to phone the drivers direct and even between them, not every request can be met. We need more drivers!

The cost of each journey is calculated on a set amount per mile (currently 45p). Passengers pay the driver 50% of the total, and the balance is met by the Parish Council (funded by a grant from Breckland) - so the driver is not out of pocket (although be prepared for some trips to be time consuming).  If you'd like more information about what is involved please call one of the current drivers (their details are in the village magazine on page 32) or Adrian Joel who is the link person with Breckland Council and the Parish Council.  

Friday 19 January 2024

First time in Old Buckenham

 Book Club meets at Old School Bookshop

January saw the launch of the bookshop’s book club. Nine members met across a daytime and an evening meeting to discuss the beautifully lyrical book Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. It was a popular choice and members commented on the beauty of the writing and discussed themes which emerged from the challenging topic of the Magdalene Laundries in 1980s Ireland. The group really enjoyed making new friends and discussing literature with like- minded people.

The book club are now reading Arthur & George by Julian Barnes which follows the true story of the Great Wyrley Outrages ready for a discussion on Thursday 8 February. New members very welcome – find out more by visiting the bookshop or at

Sunday 14 January 2024

Write for Old Buckenham village newsletter


Words wanted

Because of the short length of the parish council minutes and there being no village hall management meeting in January, there will be plenty of room in the February village newsletter for you to try your skills at writing an article or two.
Perhaps we could have something on how the overflowing pond was overcome or someone from Chapel Green School could give more details on what volunteers they want on 5th, 6th and 7th of February.
Just send your contributions, no matter how old you are, to by Saturday 20 January. Or even send some real writing on paper...
Any queries email Thank you.

Wednesday 10 January 2024

Latest Old Buckenham Parish Council notes

Parish Council in January

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

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 4 January in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were Councillors Naomi Bailey (Chair), Pete Twissell, Stan Burton, Steve Gowers, Lesley Evison, David Taylor, Doug Irons and Ali McWilliam. Also attending were Jonn Hicks (Clerk) and nine members of the public. The District and County Councilor Steve Askew also attended for a short while. There were no apologies for absence.

The minutes of the meeting held Thursday 7 December 2023 were approved (4 in favour, 4 abstain).

Financial matters. The Community account balance was £25106.41. Payments for approval totalled £2358.07. These were approved (8 in favour) and covered Suggitt Farm Services £1800, hire of Village Hall £16.25, salary of Clerk and RFO £541.82 and John Frost for community car journeys £73.80.

Councillors’ reports. Steve Gower said the SAM speed sign has been relocated to Hargham Road. He was going to place it on Attleborough Road but the hedges there are over grown and need cutting back. He will speak to the contractor renting the land to ask for it to be cut. Future Community Speedwatch members are awaiting training later in January and then it will be up and running.

Doug Irons reported that the content has been sent to web designer and awaiting reply. He has also asked Parish Council about the renewing of policies but the Clerk has moved this to a February due to having to finalise the precept for the coming year. Also asked that the Parish Council should prepare earlier for the Remembrance Sunday service earlier this year as no road closure was put in place last time. The clerk has been reimbursed by Norfolk Police for road closure that did not happen. Stan Burton has a PA system he will lend for this year’s service.

Naomi Bailey said the Christmas tree light switch on was a success and thanks Stan Burton for the PA system and the switch. She has responded to correspondence with resident regarding the benches around the Ottomer Pond.

Steve Askew reported that there is flooding in all areas of the village with drains and ditches being overwhelmed due to the large amount of rainfall this month. NCC Highways have the road drains in the village on their schedule but we must be patient because, due to the severity of the weather, they are extremely busy. The pothole issue on Grove Road will be rectified once the weather dries up.

Green Report. Both Naomi Bailey and Steve Gowers were contacted by numerous residents on Christmas Eve regarding the flooding situation of Ottomer Pond. Sandbags were delivered and an appeal was posted on social media asking for residents to help fill them and place around the pond to try to contain it. They were very disappointed with the response of the village to help those in need. Thanks go to David Keable (our village postman who lives in Attleborough) for his help and Mark Ward for supplying the sand bags. It was also reported that there was an emergency meeting to discuss the situation and how we could prevent the problem in the future. A submersible pump has been borrowed and will be running for a week to try to reduce the level in the pond. It was also discussed about locating the overflow pipe from the pond which has been unsuccessful in the past and replacing this with a new pipe running from the pond across the Green into the ditch by the High School. This suggestion was then put to the Parish Council and was agreed. All voted in favour of investigating further. The clerk is to speak with contractors to gain a price for the works and then to seek funding from NCC and Breckland. If it is needed to borrow the monies this will have an effect on the precept for the following year.

Planning applications. Westward, The Green. Proposed change of use of existing barn and outbuildings to single residential use (3PL/2023/1204/F). The Clerk to ask for an extension of time to comment as details of application had only just arrived. This was agreed (8 in favour).There were no amended applications, planning decisions by Breckland Council or planning appeals.

Precept. The Clerk presented the figures and the Parish Council voted to keep the precept the same as year 2023 (8 in favour). The Clerk is to fill in request and submit the forms to Breckland before the end of January.

Public participation. This was not on the agenda due to the Parish Council having to discuss the 2024 precept and the issues of flooding within the village.

Items for next agenda. These would include final precept figures, flooding, policies, the Solar Farm, Green issues update and the footpath from the Village Hall to Chapel Green School.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 1 February starting at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. 

Sunday 7 January 2024

Old Buckenham pond in a new light

Looks better in the sunshine

Ottomer pond is still full up but looks much better with the sun shining on the many protective sandbags and the ducks enjoying themselves.

Wednesday 3 January 2024

Get back a bit of Old Buckenham

Enliven your Sunday mornings

Do you miss listening to 'Treasure Quest' that was on Radio Norfolk every Sunday morning for many years. It visited the village lots of times. Well two of the participants from that programme are now producing a podcast about the Norfolk countryside that can appear on your computer each Sunday morning. Even better, if you don't have a computer you can get sent a CD version of the talks for free.

Look up and listen to Chris Skinner's Country Side podcast to get a bit of Sunday back...

Monday 1 January 2024

Walking around Old Buckenham

Pleasant way to start the year

At least eighty people of various ages and several dogs gathered at the Village Hall this morning to enjoy their New Year's Day Walk. The weather was crisp and bright so ideal for the walkers and at least one young cyclist to explore Old Buckenham. Then back to the hall for soups and rolls, plenty of chatting with other villagers, while raising some funds for St Martins.

Collecting up outside the hall

Getting instructions before starting

Setting off

Through the gate

Homemade rolls out ready

Tables laid ready for walker to return

The homemade soup menu

Some of the first walkers back...

...and some more.

Time for a chat and to check your phone

Choosing your soup

Hall full of diners...

...and some more

Someone had to wash up!

Sunday 31 December 2023

Starting the year in Old Buckenham

It's time for some exercise

Have you put some polish on those boots or stout shoes? Are you ready for the New Year's Day walk tomorrow? Starting from the Village Hall at 10.30am it will be a relatively short walk. Should be in need of more exercise just walk from home to the hall and back home again afterwards.

Bring plenty of change to put in the pot for donations after you have had your homemade soup and rolls. A chance to meet your friends for a natter and maybe meet new friends too. See you there for the start of 2024.

Thursday 28 December 2023

Old Buckenham newsletter for start of 2024

 Now circulating

The January 2024 newsletter arrived from the printer yesterday and copies have started being distributed around the village.Thanks to our printer working yesterday we are in time for you to read about the New Year's Day walk and the pantomime happening later in the month. Read and enjoy.

Saturday 23 December 2023

Donate tins to St Martins in Old Buckenham


The Old Buckenham

Christmas Eve Donations for St Martins


Donations of non-perishable foods (tins, etc.)  for St Martins Housing Trust very gratefully received – anytime during the day on Christmas Eve

Please leave inside the church this year – not at the Bookshop/Church Rooms


and Happy Christmas to you all

Friday 22 December 2023

Christmas opening at Old Buckenham village shop

Good news

If you find you have forgotten some vital ingredient or need to restock your drinks, help is at hand. If you are wondering how you will manage to get by this Christmas, Krishna has told me the village shop will be open for you on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 10am to 12 noon. 

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Old Buckenham walk in 2024

The Old Buckenham



…calling all those keen to stretch their legs and walk off a little of that ‘slightly over indulged’ feeling!

The walk will start at the Village Hall this year – setting off at 10.30am.  Dogs on leads welcome.

On return to the hall there will be the usual homemade soup and rolls

No charge but generous donations welcome for St Martins Housing Trust

 or if you prefer

 The main change this year is that we will be leaving from the village hall at 10.30am and not the church rooms. Why not come out and enjoy some fresh air with family and friends and maybe make new friends? The walk will be approximately 2 to 3 miles walking on fields and roads, dogs on leads will be welcome. After the walk you are invited back to the village hall for homemade  soup and rolls etc. 

We normally ask for a voluntary donations and again this year any monies raised will be donated to St Martins Housing Trust "More than a home for the homeless"

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes for December

 Report on latest Council 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.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 7 December at 7pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. Those present were councillors Naomi Bailey (Chair), Pete Twissell, Stan Burton, Steve Gowers, Lesley Evison and David Taylor. Apologies for not being able to attend had been received from Doug Irons and Ali McWilliam. Also attending were Jonn Hicks (Clerk) and three members of the public. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 2 November were approved (5 in favour).

Financial matters. The Community Account balance was currently at £26,815.44. Payments of £1188.99 were approved (4 in favour). These included £262.1 for the community car drivers, £495.33 for the salary of the Clerk and RFO, £62.20 for new bulbs for the Christmas tree on the Green, £125 for electrical services and £30.95 for batteries to go in the defibrillators.

Councillors' reports. Naomi Bailey reported on problems at both schools regarding cars parking on footpaths. She has spoken to all parties involved and both agreed to send letters to parents asking for this to cease. Naomi Bailey had also received a letter from a resident regarding the over flowing water at the Ottomer Pond and she will write to the resident. Steve Gowers will speak to John Frost to investigate where the overflow pipe for the pond is, if there is one.

Naomi Bailey then made a statement regarding the picnic benches on the Green outside the Ox and Plough. These have now been removed from the Green for the winter as the correct paperwork was not submitted for them to remain there for the winter. She also asked that if any resident has an issue with this, that they attend the Parish Council meeting (which is held the first Thursday of every month) and not voice their anger via social media. They can then give their opinion so that any questions they may have can be answered.

Lesley Evison reported that Prince Harry’s Wood has a large amount of rubbish to be cleared. Steve Gowers now has the correct number of volunteers to enable the Speedwatch group to restart. More are still required so he can set up more than one group to enable the a larger presence in the village. Also there are an increasing number of HGVs flouting the weight limit on Hargham Road. The Clerk to write to local companies to make them aware we will be watching and reporting to the authorities.

Pete Twissell has completed the hedge planting on the recreation ground. He also confirmed the Village Hall Management Committee will allow the Parish Council to open an office within the Village Hall in January. The Clerk and the Parish Council would like to thank Norwich Lighting Centre for the donation of 50 clear LED bulbs for the Christmas tree.

Green Report. The Green has had its final cut for 2023 and also the areas around the trees have been cut back. Thanks to Suggitts for their service again this year.

Planning applications. There were no new planning applications, no amended applications, no planning decisions by Breckland and no planning appeals to be reported or considered.

Precept Grants. After discussion, the following awards were made:

Monday Mardle, applied for £125, granted £125.

Almshouses Trust, applied for £1000, granted £500.

Pre Loved, applied for £200, granted £200.

Fawns Playgroup, applied for £468, granted £200.

Old Buckenham Windmill, applied for £1000, granted £1000.

Open Produce Show, applied for £500, granted £250.

Primary School Families Association, applied for £500, granted £250.

Old Buckenham Village Hall, applied for £1000, granted £1000.

Public participation. Nothing from the public.

Items for next agenda. These included the Precept, current situation with solar farm, Green issues update and footpath from Village Hall to Chapel Green School.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 4 January at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.

Saturday 16 December 2023

Raising money in Old Buckenham

Festive refreshments and more

A week ago an event was held in our Village Hall to raise some funds for All Saints Church. There were lots of stalls and  plenty of visitors. It is understood that over £400 was raised during the afternoon.

Old Buckenham newsletter

Words needed for January 2024

Our village newsletter is one that does produce an edition every month of the year. January needs that extra bit of effort from the editor and the printer to do their best to ensure it gets out on time. Copy date for this next issue is Wednesday 20 December so please send any contributions to the editor as soon as you can. Thank you.

Sunday 10 December 2023

Hedging in Old Buckenham car park

 Schools plant very young hedge

When the old fence started to fall down, it was decided to replace it with some proper hedging. The tiny plants and their protective shields are now in and hopefully starting to grow.

More details to come later

Friday 1 December 2023

History of Old Buckenham blog

It started fifteen years ago

At the beginning of December 2008 this blog was launched. 151,028 visitors recorded  so far. That's not many, popular blogs could get that number of hits in a day. Visitors come from all over the world but 85% are from the UK with the United States (6%) and Norway, France and India all around just 1%. Seventeen countries like Senegal, Angola and Malawi have only made a single visit in fifteen years.

At the moment the blog editor publishes around ten posts per month. Hardly anybody has bothered to put on any comments even thought it is easy to do. Will we make twenty years of blogging?

Thursday 30 November 2023

Fallen tree in Old Buckenham graveyard

Problem to solve

About three weeks ago, the tallest tree in the church yard at All Saints fell to the ground. It somehow managed to miss all the nearby gravestones. It has been gradually dismantled by volunteers happy to get some future firewood for their wood-burning stoves. Much timber now taken away.

But what next? The remaining tree is supported by one massive bough. How do they cut the rest down without some very heavy trunks falling on the nearby gravestones?

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Another winner in Old Buckenham

Well done Phin

Fen Street has the winner in this EDP Business Awards event.

Monday 27 November 2023

December newsletter out in Old Buckenham

 Still plenty to read

There is more about our Methodist Church, future events at the Old School Bookshop, a  review of Horse Play, the High School allotment project and, of course, notes on the last Parish Council meeting. Even a Christmas Word Search for you to solve. It should soon be dropping through letterboxes all over Old Buckenham (or you may well have had it already).

It looks like this:

Sunday 26 November 2023

Bookshop opens in Old Buckenham

 Opens to villagers today

There was a preview of the new Old School Bookshop late yesterday afternoon when a few guests were invited inside to have a look around.The old Church Rooms are getting a thorough makeover and the shop is open for villagers for a short while today, Sunday 26 November, so that more people can see the transformation that has taken place.

Come and see inside between 1pm and 3pm.

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite.

Wednesday 22 November 2023

Market in Old Buckenham

Another chance to visit Chapel Green School

Lots of stalls and other activities for you to enjoy. Book the date now and then go along and explore. 

Sunday 19 November 2023

Review of Old Buckenham's 'Horse Play'

Moving story of a Norwich horse

One member of the audience who was at the Village Hall last Friday has provided this review of Horse Play which was performed at the hall that evening.

What a surprising performance this was! I don’t think the audience expected a working television screen to appear on the back of the set or for part of it to open for a horse to poke his long brown head out and then proceed to speak! The play, written by Katie-Anna Whiting and performed by her and fellow actor Florence Wright, continued to surprise as we watched their portrayal of different characters, their accents and turns of phrase as they unfolded the story of Sprowston Boy. We knew of course that Sprowie would win at Royal Ascot but we were led to his glorious achievement through an outline of man’s long relationship to the horse, into the vagaries of race course betting, including a lesson on what to look for in a good steed and how the going of the track helps or hinders the racers.

The set proved a most ingenious means of framing the action, with its TV screen, its use of press cuttings, its multiple openings and use of race track rails. The lighting and sounds were slickly co-ordinated to showcase the action on stage, a tribute to Tom, the technical controller. Katie and Florence carried the action on stage with confidence in their various roles and the appropriate language of race commentators, trainers, punters, patronising fellow jockeys, all with understated humour. Most touching of all was Katie’s portrayal of Geoff, her grandfather, a wise and kindly figure brought to life.

This was no feminist vehicle but all the more powerful for highlighting the poor treatment female riders were subjected to in a male-dominated business. Gay won her race but decades had to pass before another female proved victorious. The appeal of the tale drew much power from its closeness to our region and to the writer’s grandfather who part-owned Sprowston Boy. A proud moment for her to celebrate a remarkable man who visited his mount every day, long after his Ascot triumph.

'Horse Play' continues its tour of East Anglian venues, supported by the Arts Council and Norfolk Arts Awards. Produced by Katie-anna Whiting and with original music by Skinny Boy Tunes, directed Daniel Burgess and designed by Fern Blevins.

Thursday 16 November 2023

Well reviewed play for Old Buckenham

Favourite to win on Friday

Horse Play will arrive in our village hall on Friday night. It has had great reviews on its way around Norfolk this month and this will be the chance for those in and around Old Buckenham to see it for themselves. Remember that doors open at 6.45pm on Friday so you can come and chat and drink before the start at 7.30pm. Come prepared with a few tissues and see if it lives up to the earlier reviews.

If you haven't reserved a place yet, you can still email or ring 07880 660444. Or even risk turning up with your £10 note in your hand prior to the start. 

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Old Buckenham Parish Council

 Latest set of minutes

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.

Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 2 November at Old Buckenham Methodist Church. Those present were Councillors Naomi Bailey (Chair), Ali McWilliam, Doug Irons,  Pete Twissell, Paul Phillips, Stan Burton and Steve Gowers. Apologies for non attendance had been received from Lesley Evison and David Taylor. Also attending were Jonn Hicks (Clerk) and four members of the public.

The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 5 October were approved (6 in favour, 1 abstain).

Financial matters. The Community account balance now stands at £28,264.44. Payments totalling £1408.25 were approved (7 in favour). These included grass cutting, work on the flagpole and hire of the village hall for meetings.

Reports from councillors. Stan Burton has collected the trailer and has it stored in his grain store awaiting its sale. Looking for a minimum of £800. Pete Twissell has spoken with all schools regarding hedge planting around the recreation ground. All schools are willing to take part and he is awaiting delivery from the Woodland Trust and will then liaise with all parties. Ali McWilliam has had two more allotment applications and the Clerk to send invoices. Doug Irons is awaiting update for the new website. Steve Gowers has moved the SAM sign to Cake Street and is still looking for volunteers for the Community Speedwatch. He will contact Westcot regarding training for the SAM sign to enable the downloading of the information stored on it to recommence.

Green report. Ali McWinter attended the Green meeting. Green Right holders to contribute £1000 towards the tree maintenance work that needs to be undertaken before the spring. The final cut of the Green has been postponed due to the wet weather. The area behind the bus shelter needs tidying and Matt Harrowven from the coffee shop has offered his help. The grass around the trees by the Hovis House needs cutting but will need a small tractor and a flail machine due to the brambles, Naomi Bailey to speak to one of her clients to see if we can borrow a machine. Pot holes in the drive way by the Gamekeeper need urgent attention. Next Green meeting will be on Wednesday 24 January 2024.

New planning applications. Cricket Field, Old Buckenham Cricket Club. Internal changes to pavilion (larger bar area) and re-siting of traditional clock within a new dormer area (front elevation) (3PL/2023/1023/F). Approved (6 in favour, 1 abstain).

Planning decision by Breckland Council. The following application has been considered and has been approved. Stacksford House Farm, Stacksford. Proposed single storey side and link extensions (3PL/2023/0910/HOU).

The following application has been withdrawn: Cricket Field, Old Buckenham Cricket Club. Internal changes to pavilion (larger bar area) and re-siting of traditional clock within a new dormer area (front elevation) (3PL/2023/0960/LU).

Open Spaces Society. Agreed to not take part as of no obvious benefit to the village.

Christmas tree on Green. The Christmas tree lights ‘switch on’ will be Sunday 10 December with the tree being erected on Saturday 2 December. Agreed to ask Richard Bunn to provide new cables and sockets with £500 allocated for task. Will place a bucket in the village shop for parents to put children’s names in and a name picked from the bucket on the day will perform the switch on.

Parish Partnership Scheme. Steve Askew to chase the Parish Partnership regarding flooding issues within the village.

Remembrance Day. The Clerk will lay the wreath on behalf of the Parish Council and Ali McWilliam to perform the roll call of the fallen.

Parish Council representatives. Doug Irons has the key to the new flagpole and will look after its use.

Public participation. Nothing from the public.

Items for next agenda. These will include the Precept, playground repairs, Green cutting, Green issues update and footpath from Village Hall to Chapel Green School.

The next Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday 7 December at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall.