Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Plays for all ages

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Monday, 30 August 2010

Lots to do in September

Diary dates for September in Old Buckenham

Wednesday 1 Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Wednesday 1 Luncheon Club Coffee Morning, Village Hall, 10am to 12noon

Thursday 2 Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 4 Village Fete, Village Hall, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 5 Wargames club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Monday 6 Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 7 Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Tuesday 7 Allotment Society meeting, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Thursday 9 Breckland Flower and Garden Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 9 Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Friday 10 'One Stop Bus' outside Village Shop, 10am to 12 noon

Friday 10 Netgamers, Village Hall, 7pm to 9pm

Saturday 11 "Moving Attleborough Forward" meeting, Village Hall, 10am

Sunday 12 Harvest Thanksgiving service, Methodist Chapel, 10.45am

Sunday 12 Village Produce Show, Village Hall, 2.30pm

Sunday 12 Askew Agricultural Museum, open 2pm to 5pm

Monday 13 Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Monday 13 Service and harvest produce sale, Methodist Chapel, 7.15pm

Wednesday 15 Request Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 15 Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Monday 20 Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Thursday 23 Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 Luncheon Club outing

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Listen to the deliberations

Next Parish Council meeting

The next Old Buckenham parish council meeting is on Thursday 2 September in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. There was no parish council meeting held in August.
Remember that you can always go along to these meetings as a member of the public and there is an adjournment to allow individuals to raise matters for the council members to consider.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Possible developments

Community meeting
The previous government asked Breckland Council to provide a minimum of 19,100 additional homes before 2026. Of these Breckland have identified Attleborough as a place to accommodate 4,500. In accordance with this strategy, land between the railway and just this side of Bunns Bank has been promoted to provide this growth, a site that would be nearer to Old Buckenham than the existing town of Attleborough.
What effect would such a development, approximately ten times the size of our village, have on the community of Old Buckenham?
The Parish Council have invited Richard Middleton, Chairman of Attleborough Community Team, supported by the Town Council and other relevant bodies, to come to the Village Hall on Saturday 11 September at 10am to inform those in Old Buckenham on possible developments, infrastructure and the progress to date. On completing his talk, he will take questions.
If you are interested in the future of Old Buckenham, please make every effort to attend. Such development, without consideration to our infrastructure, could be disastrous.
One proposal is a new road from Breckland Lodge to Bunns Bank. What effect would this have on through traffic? What provision would be made for education? Much of the proposed development would be closer to Old Buckenham schools than those schools that exist at present in Attleborough. A supermarket is suggested at Bunns Bank, how about our one remaining shop? What proposals are there for public transport, etc? What effect would such development have on local property prices?
This is only the start so come along Saturday 11 September at 10am and have your say. Our parish councillors will also be in attendance.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Recycle your unwanted stuff

Another village garage sale
Now is the time to reserve your pitch. Sort out all your unwanted items and recycle them at the Old Buckenham Village Garage Sale outside your own home on Sunday 17 October from 10am. Or, if you are in an out-of-the-way location, you can pitch up in a place that will catch the passers-by.
To reserve your pitch, which will cost just £6, please phone Liz on 860709 or Carol on 861480. So get sorting out your house, garden and garage now. Money collected from the pitches will help the village Recreation Project. What you make selling your stuff, will go to you.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

All the fun of the fete

Your fete will soon be here
The fete will be held in and around the village hall on Saturday 4 September from 2pm to 5pm with lots of stalls and games. Entertainment includes Morris dancers, Punch and Judy and the DGAS drummers.
There will also be a Gundog display, 'Have a go' dog agility (bring your own dog) and an art display by the WAGs. Pony rides and trampolining will be available together with a petanque demonstration. Ice cream, teas and barbecue food will be on sale.
There is no admission charge so come along for a fun filled afternoon. The Grand Draw and the raffle will be held at 4pm. All proceeds from the Fete will be shared between the Village Hall and the OB2000 Trust.
A funfair will be on the Green nearby.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Sowing the seeds

Allotment progress
It is understood that the Parish Council is nearing an agreement for an allotment site in the village and that a decision is likely at the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 2 September.
The newly-formed Old Buckenham Allotment Society (OBAS) will be having its next meeting on Tuesday 7 September at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. OBAS currently has 17 members and is open to all who have an interest in allotments generally or who wish to secure an allotment plot. The fee to join OBAS is £5. (It is not necessary to be a member of OBAS to obtain an allotment from the Parish Council.)

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Lots of little boxes

Breckland Flower and Garden Club
Boxes, boxes and more boxes was the theme at August's meeting. Five committee members were each given a box of plant material and a container - all previously unseen - from which to create an arrangement. From a great variety of flowers and foliage five quite different designs, both traditional and modern, were produced.
The monthly competition was for an arrangement in a box. The New Hands class was won by new member Susan Thurlow with Janet Skidmore second. The Old Hands class was won by Shirley Penfold, second was Ursula Jackson and Sylvia Briggs was third.
The table show was for three stems from the border - first prize went to Shirley Penfold's gladioli with Sue Blackett second and Shirley Betts third.
The next month's meeting will take place at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 9 September commencing 2pm when Nick Grounds' demonstration title will be ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ and the competition title ‘A Seascape’. The table show will be for any one flower, fruit or vegetable 'harvested' from the garden.
For further information contact Pat on 01953 457305 or Sally on 01953 788712. Or you can just come along and visit - you will be made most welcome.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Annual coffee morning

Enjoy some fund-raising
The Old Buckenham Luncheon Club are holding their annual Coffee Morning at the Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon on Wednesday 1 September.
This is the Luncheon Club's only funding-raising event of the year so why not put the date in your diary now so that you remember to visit.
The Luncheon Club members would love to see you there.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Photo of Robert Cocks

What the village benefactor looked like

There is a framed and apparently signed photograph of Robert Cocks taken in 1861 hanging in one of the Old Buckenham almshouses.
This image is a photo taken of the framed picture so lacks some detail but gives a good idea of what this prosperous music publisher looked like.

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Saturday, 7 August 2010

Show time is coming

One way to keep youngsters busy during the summer holidays

The Old Buckenham Open Produce and Handicraft Show will be held at the Village Hall, Old Buckenham on Sunday 12 September 2010
Open to the public from 2.30pm. Presentation of prizes at 4pm.
Here is the information on the classes especially for children:

52. A drawing entitled 'Playtime'
53. A painted pebble
54. A poem on 'Weather', 8 lines
55. One gingerbread man
56. One decorated clay flowerpot, about 10cm diameter
57. Monster made from fruit and/or vegetables
58. Miniature garden (in a seed tray)
59. Spacecraft made from Lego
60. Photograph 'A member of my family'

The relevant rules for children entering these classes in the show are:
1. A fee of 20p will be charged for each exhibit. Children's entries are free.
4. Exhibitors shall not enter more than one exhibit in each class.
6. Certificates and a trophy will be awarded for each section. A cup will be given to the overall winner. Adults’ and children's cups to be retained for 1 year. Prizes will be given to overall winners of each section in the children's classes with a ‘best in show’ award for the best children’s exhibit.
8. All exhibits should be brought to the Village Hall on the day of the show between 9.30am and 11am. Judging will begin at 11.15am.
9. All exhibits in the children's, handicraft and art sections must have been completed since the previous produce show.
11. The children's classes will be judged in three sections, ie 7 and under, 8 to 11, and 12 to 15 years.
12. The decisions of the judges will be final.
13. No exhibits should be removed before 4pm. Exhibits not for sale should be removed before 4.15pm, otherwise they will be auctioned.
Children (and their parents, friends, guardians, neighbours, etc) can, of course, enter the other 105 classes in the show.

For a schedule please contact Doris on 01953 860845 or see the full schedule that was posted on Tuesday 6 July.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Windmill news

New windmill chairman
The Old Buckenham Windmill Committee is delighted to announce that a new volunteer has come forward to take over the role of Committee Chairman as a replacement for Murray Curtis. Murray now wishes to retire from this role after co-ordinating the initial interest group set up in 1994 and later being on the local committee responsible for overseeing public open days.
Tom North, who lives near to the windmill, has kindly come forward to take over as Chairman. He is a qualified building surveyor with experience of the management of building structures and is therefore well placed to act as the local coordinator and contact point with the County Council in the planning of future open days. It is hoped that the work in progress to repair the sails and to deal with some rot in the cap can be completed in time for reopening sometime next Spring.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Fete date

Your fete will soon be here
There has been a further meeting of the people organising the Village Fete on Saturday 4 September. There are seventeen stalls booked at present with more anticipated. The Recreation Area will be used for the dog agility event, the petanque arrangements are progressing and the Shetland ponies have been confirmed.
Posters giving details of the fete are being put up around the village.
The date of final planning meeting is Tuesday 24 August in the Memorial Room at the Village hall starting at 7.30pm.