Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Old Buckenham events during 2015

Happening during 2015
Here are the dates of some meetings and events in Old Buckenham in 2015. If you know of others then please let the village blog editor know via the comments box and he will include the information in future blog posts.
Why not put the information in your brand new diaries and make sure that you don’t miss them (or arrange other things on the same dates).

Friday 6 February – Film Night in Village Hall

Saturday 21 February - Senior Citizens' Lunch at Village Hall.

Saturday 28 February – Jumble Sale in Church Rooms.

Friday 20 March – Film Night at Village Hall

Saturday 11 April – Liquorice Allsorts Quartet concert in All Saints Church.

Saturday 25 April - WI Centenary Evening in Village Hall.

Saturday 27 June - Upper Octave concert, All Saints Church. 

 Saturday 4 July – Village Fete at Village Hall.

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August – Old Buckenham Airshow.

Wednesday 2 September – Luncheon Club coffee morning, Village Hall.

Sunday 13 September – Produce and Handicraft Show, Village Hall.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October - Military and Vintage Revival, Airfield.

Sunday 8 November – Remembrance service at Airfield.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Old Buckenham events for January

Diary dates for January

Saturday 3     Meeting on Village Plan, Village Hall, 10am

Monday 5     Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 6     Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 7     Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 8     Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 8     Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 8     Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Monday 12     Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Monday 12     Fete planning meeting, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Wednesday 16     Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Monday 19     Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 21     Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 22     Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 29     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 30     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 31     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 2.30pm

Saturday 31     Jack and the Beanstalk, Village Hall, 7.30pm


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Start the year with Old Buckenham newsletter

Ready to read
The January 2015 villge newsletter has been distributed around today and many of you will get a copy put through your letterbox in the next few days. Other copies have been left in All Saints church, the village shop and pubs, the Clinic on the Green and the airfield. Enjoy the read.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Season's greetings from Old Buckenham

Best wishes to all our readers

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Future plans for Old Buckenham

Neighbourhood Plan or not?
All are invited to an informal gathering at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Saturday 3 January commencing at 10am. It will be to discuss if Old Buckenham should, or should not, have a Neighbourhood Plan (NP). At present Attleborough are into a plan, Kenninghall have just commenced and Besthorpe are expected to follow suit. Tim Bornett has carried out considerable research on the matter while Sarah Hornbrook in her working capacity has much to offer in the way of guidance. Both will be at the meeting on Saturday 3 January.
Recently a member of the Attleborough team has stated that he feels that Old Buckenham must have a NP as Breckland Council are struggling to find space in the towns of the district to fulfil all the new homes required by the government. They are possibly going to have to consider moves into rural areas to comply with the requirement. Does this warrant consideration for a NP and would this improve Old Buckenham’s chances of influencing any decisions?
Perhaps at the informal gathering, consideration can be given to various points. Should a person with experience and existing involvement of NPs come and address our community? Should Old Buckenham Parish Council examine in depth the benefits, costs, etc, of having a NP and call a public meeting as a way forward?
Everyone is invited to this “kick off “. Hopefully a drink and biscuits will be an added incentive. No formal minutes will be taken but a volunteer to take notes would be helpful (contact Mike on 01953 860462).

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Old Buckenham's Luncheon Club

Luncheon Club has food and fun
Today was the last meal of 2014 and a chance for a more light-hearted and Christmassy occasion. The box of over-the-top hats came out again, there was special raffle for a Christmas hamper and the main meal was roast chicken with all the trimmings. Before the meal there were the usual games of cards and crib with the chance to just chat while enjoying coffee and mince pies.

The Luncheon Club is for those living on their own and residing within the area covering Banham, New Buckenham, Quidenham, Eccles and Wilby as well as Old Buckenham. Volunteers provide a ‘home-cooked’ meal in Old Buckenham Village Hall every two weeks throughout the year for around 30 to 40 people. Many of those attending do not normally get out much or get a chance to talk with others of their generation.
The Club was set up in 1981. Members pay a nominal fee for their lunches (£3.50 now but 75p when things started 33 years ago). There are also four outings held each year where members are taken out by coach to some interesting location and then have a meal out before returning home.
Anyone in the area living on their own and interested in coming to the Club, or who knows someone who could benefit by coming along, can contact Bridget on 01953 860241.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Old Buckenham's Social and Wine Circle

Enjoyable nights out
Old Buckenham's Social and Wine Circle ended its 2014 series of meetings with a relaxed party-type evening and a fish and chip supper. This was the conclusion to a year of interesting talks on subjects as varied as water towers, the local airfield and Coleman's mustard.
This organisation goes back to the days when it seemed everyone was making homemade wine and beer leading to each village having competitions amongst themselves and surrounding villages. The interest in homemade wine has waned but the club still meets monthly in the Church Rooms in Old Buckenham as a social activity and arranges a series of talks on varied subjects.
The new series of 2015 meetings will start on Thursday 8 January when Peter and Kathy Fleckney will be talking about their visit to the North Island of New Zealand. Other subjects during the year will include the role of a modern day funeral director, the Eaton Park Railway, a visit to a stained glass repair workshop, life in medieval England and a romp through the life of Henry VIII.
There is no formal membership, just £1 to pay each meeting (and probably another £1 on raffle tickets). If you are interested just come along to the Church Rooms around 7.30pm on Thursday 8 January for the talk that begins at 7.45pm. And you can bring some wine or other beverage if you wish...

Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive bingo in Old Buckenham

Numbers lucky for some
There were a couple of dozen people gathered in the Village Hall tonight to try their luck at a few games of bingo. There was a definite festive touch with Father Christmas there to sell you your pack of tickets.
The main innovation was the use of the hall's projection system and some clever software to allow a set of almost automated games to take place. Specially printed sheets were used with every 'card' having its own reference number. The computer picked the random numbers for each game, they were projected onto the big screen while the numbers were read out by a clear disembodied voice at a speed that the audience were happy with. Checking if the call was correct was also done via the computer using the unique number on each card.

Prize money increased throughout the evening with a mere £1 for a line in the first game to a rather larger £52 for a full house in the last game. The evening finished with a large raffle of decent prizes ensuring that many people went home with something worthwhile.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Public's questions to Old Buckenham Parish Council

What the public asked in November
These notes have been written by the blog editor from material supplied by the parish clerk.
 A resident raised the matter of parking outside Barbers Yard and said he last raised this matter in May and now the area is a danger and should be closed. He suggested the Green Right Proprietors and the Parish Council should get together on the matter and sort it out.
Another resident raised the matter of his planning application which was on the meeting’s agenda and said he had spoken to his neighbours who had no concerns on the application. A further resident raised his planning application which also was on the agenda and informed the meeting that it was a resubmission of his previous application with some amendments.
One resident raised the matter of the Green and said that the grass is in a bad way and that the ditch at the bottom of the footpath was last cleaned out about five years ago and needed doing again. Jonathan Kemp informed the resident that the Green was not the responsibility of the Parish Council. John Frost said the Green was, in parts, a nature area and the grass should therefore be left long in those parts.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Old Buckenham Parish Council in December

Latest parish council discussions
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
Seven members of the public were present at the December meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council. Apologies had been received from councillors Steve Milner and Akis Chrisoviledes. In Steve Milner’s absence Jonathan Kemp chaired the meeting.
The meeting was suspended to allow members of the public to speak. A report of the subjects raised will be posted on this blog at 12 noon tomorrow.
Minutes of November Parish Council meeting. With two minor amendments these were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Adrian Joel had arranged a public meeting to discuss the Breckland document Issues and Options earlier in the evening. A presentation was given by Breckland Council and he asked if the Working Party could get together and agree a way forward to put views forward to Breckland by Friday 9 January 2015. The Working Party arranged to meet later in December.
Minutes of Precept Meeting in November. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Chapel Road School. Jonathan Kemp gave details of an update from Steve Milner and said that details of the consultation process will be put on the Old Buckenham Facebook page with a link for people to put forward individual comments. Also he was forming a letter which could be sent to George Freeman MP asking him to write to the landowner John Alston. Adrian Joel raised the matter of the MUGA which had restricted hours for its use and the Parish Council had previously suggested the MUGA be moved to a more central location of the school site so that more use could be made of it. He also asked if the school could be used by village organisations. Tim Ing raised the possibility of a swimming pool. Could this also be used by villagers and wanted to know if this was still part of the development.
Neighbourhood Plan. Adrian Joel said he thought there was a need for a Neighbourhood Plan in Old Buckenham but he did not know the strength of feeling of the residents for such a plan. He said some grants were available, up to £7,000 or £8,000. Various councillors expressed views on the subject including the point that the cost of a Neighbourhood Plan could exceed £20,000. It was agreed to put the matter on January meeting agenda.
Flashing speed signs. Fifty percent funding for the signs was available from NCC and the other 50% is available from Parish Council funds. It was proposed by Adrian Joel and seconded by Sarah Dye to get costs of the different lights that were available, this was agreed unanimously. Adrian Joel also raised the matter of a report drawn up by Norfolk Constabulary about road safety in the village on the B1077 to assist children crossing the road to get to and from school. It suggested a path be installed across the Green from the B1077 to Hargham Road, the cost would be approximately £20,000. The item is to be put on the January agenda.
Norfolk Playing Fields Association. It was proposed by Carol Marshall and seconded by Tim Ing that the Parish Council obtain membership of the Association, this was agreed unanimously. The Parish Clerk is to arrange.
Planning applications. Whitelands Farm, Stacksford. Conversion of barn to holiday accommodation. Agreed (with 7 for, 1 against and 1 abstention) that the Parish Council had no objections
Burghfields, Stacksford. Demolish rear porch and conservatory and erect first floor extension over whole dwelling and remodel. No objections from Parish Council.
Airbase and Old Buckenham Aero Club, Old Buckenham Airfield. Insertion of new caretaker's flat into existing vacant office/workshop space. No objections from Parish Council.
Barns adjacent to Amberley, The Green. Minor material amendment in respect of earlier amended scheme. No objections from Parish Council. Orchard House, Mill Road. Erection of two -storey residential extension. No objections from Parish Council.
Waterworks House, Abbey Road. Extension and associated alterations. The Clerk is to seek an extension to reply as application only received on day of parish council meeting.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. 6 Oaklands. Single-storey front extension, change flat roof over porch and garage to lean-to roof and extensions to front roof slope dormers. Permission granted.
1 Barbers Yard. Change garage to annex. Permission granted.
Chairman’s report. Jonathan Kemp had attended a meeting of the Village Hall Working Party regarding the additional parking at the Village Hall. Various solutions were discussed and costings will soon be available and then a pre-review will be sent to Breckland Council before submission of a planning application. It was asked if the Parish Council could submit the application as this would halve the cost, the Parish Clerk said there would be no problem with this as there was no VAT element involved. Parking fees at the Village Hall had become a point of discussion in the village in terms of timing and the level of fees. The PreSchool Play Group is having trouble finding the fees in full. The Parish Clerk suggested a loan could be made available as a last resort and repayment could be made over the year 2015. The Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan was raised and an overview of the media brief was given to the meeting.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported that he was invited by Cotman Housing Association to open officially the 14 new properties in March Field Way along with Ben Barrett, Chair of Cotman Housing Association, on Friday 28 November. All the properties are now allocated to people with connections to Old Buckenham. He had also attended the Attleborough Development Partnership Seminar as the Old Buckenham District Councillor and he will keep the Parish Council informed of their progress.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson said the Village Hall had discussed the resurfacing of the car park and are now awaiting costings. The next Film Nights are Friday 6 February and Friday 20 March. Christmas Bingo night will be Friday 12 December starting at 7pm. He raised the matter of damage to roadside grass at the new Cotman Housing development. Adrian Joel said the repair work would be carried out in the near future. Paul Boggia raised the matter of the parking at the play area and outside the public house as it needs a lot of attention. He would carry out some repairs to the matting to make it safer. He said that the Attleborough Christmas lights would soon be turned on. Derek Smalley had again reported to SNAP the matter of parking along Abbey Road. Norfolk Constabulary had sent some letters that could be put on people’s cars who were parking inconsiderately. He reported that the Community Car scheme is kept going by voluntary drivers and they are in desperate need of more volunteers to offer their services taking people to hospital and doctor appointments. Anyone who could offer their services could contact the Parish Clerk on 01953 880110. John Frost said All Saints church gets lots of enquiries regarding burial plots from people outside Old Buckenham who are seeking information on the graves there. The Church now has a registry of all the grave plots which is available for anyone to look at in the church. Tim Ing raised the matter of farm vehicles collecting sugar beet and parking their vehicles on the road when they were not very well lit and it could cause an accident. He also said last year John Hicks had donated £250 to Scotties Little Heroes in lieu of any payment for the work he carried out on the play area throughout the year. He asked if it could be repeated this year, item to be put on January agenda.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Clerk reported that a national agreement had been reached on pay for clerks and other local government workers. This resulted in a one-off payment to clerks on his grade of £115 for 2014 (£100 would be paid in January and £15 in April). This figure would not be consolidated into hourly rates. From April 2015 the hourly rate has been increased by a few pence per hour.
Highways. Concerning mud on the road around the village, the Parish Clerk reported this was the responsibility of the farmers to clear this up. Also a letter had been received from a resident regarding school buses not taking the proper route through the village to and from the school. The Parish Clerk to contact Children’s Services at NCC on the matter.
The Green. Tim Ing raised the matter of the duck house on the pond which was still floating upside down. Sarah Dye said it was on the list of work to be carried out by the Green Right Proprietors. Adrian Joel said that some residents may contribute to replacing it with a new one.

The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 8 January in the Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Old Buckenham panto

New Year entertainment
The Old Buckenham Players' panto has been well supported over the years. In January you can go to see Jack and the Beanstalk, a traditional pantomime with all the characters and gags you would expect, in Old Buckenham Village Hall. 
The dates are Thursday 29, Friday 30 and Saturday 31 January with an afternoon matinee on the Saturday. Despite being burdened with rising costs the Players have still managed to maintain the ticket price at £8 for adults and £4 under 16s. More details on the poster below.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Graves at All Saints, Old Buckenham

Help in finding graves in Old Buckenham churchyard

In 1982 a survey of the graves in the churchyard at All Saints was carried out by J Pilgrim and was deposited with the Norfolk Record Office. In 2008 a team of volunteers carried out another in-depth survey covering all burials up to 1991 and cremations to April 2004.
A detailed folder of all this information has been compiled by Virginia Sullivan and is available to view in the church. 

It comprises of two parts. Part one shows the grave yard area around the church, divided and lettered from A – K together with a plot numbers. The plot number then references the name of the person in alphabetical order and where possible inscription comments are given. A separate loose leaf map is available to trace the position of a grave. (This should be returned to the chained reference folder in the church after use.)
Part two is a list of all burials and memorials inside the church and is in the back of the folder under the title of Graves, Plaques and Memorials.
Recent burials (from 1992) and cremations (after 2004) are shown separately on a plan in the vestry.
There are references from the year 1604. One recently discovered grave refers to a Captain Eyles Mounsher who as a Lieutenant in the Navy fought at the battle of Trafalgar.
It is hope that these unique records will assist the many who wish to trace their heritage back to Old Buckenham.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

AGM of Old Buckenham Women's Institute

 A full and active year
The Annual Meeting on Thursday 27 November  of Old Buckenham WI was the usual mix of social time and business. Susan Hunter, the President, gave a warm welcome to everyone including a new member and the adviser from the Norfolk Federation Office, Sue Ovenden.
The accounts were presented to members by the Treasurer, the Committee for 2015 voted for and the current President, Susan Hunter, was re-elected for another year.
The activities and achievements over the last twelve months were outlined by both the Secretary and the President and these included organising a spring quiz in the Village Hall, running the annual Craft and Produce Show, supporting the village Fete, and this year, buying a replacement radio-controlled clock for the Village Hall. Old Buckenham WI had also competed in WI darts matches, Scrabble competitions and won the County annual quiz. Their monthly meetings had covered a range of topics from humorous to serious, there were monthly walks and Scrabble matches, an annual visit to the Theatre Royal and a summer outing.
After the serious business was finished everyone relaxed with refreshments before taking their places for a game of Beetle which this year was won by the latest member, Joyce Andersen.
The year will finish with an early Christmas lunch when members can enjoy good food and good company. A fitting start to the festive season.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

December events in Old Bucenham

Diary dates for December

Tuesday 2   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 3   Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 3    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 4    Women's Institute Christmas lunch

Thursday 4   
Breckland consultation meeting, Village Hall, 6.30pm
Thursday 4   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 5    Christmas Market, High School, 7pm to 9pm

Sunday 7   Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm     

Monday 8    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Thursday 11    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 11    NB Silver Band carols, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Thursday 11   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Friday 12   Festive Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 14    Christmas Fly In, Old Buckenham Airfield

Monday 15    Monday Mardle Christmas lunch

Wednesday 16    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 17    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 24   Candlelit Carol service, All Saints, 7pm

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Another Old Buckenham newsletter

Last one for 2014
Another four thousand words for you to read and so learn about the goings on in Old Buckenham.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Affordable properties in Old Buckenham

Grand opening for new affordable homes
Fourteen new homes have been completed in Old Buckenham which aim to help keeping the local community together meaning that families won’t have to look at moving away to find a new home. The new houses are a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes for affordable rent which extend an existing housing development owned and managed by Cotman Housing Association.
A grand opening event for the properties was held today, Friday 28 November. It was attended by customers and staff from Cotman Housing Association and local Councillor Adrian Joel, who gave a speech alongside Cotman Chair Bett Barrett.
The first residents of the new homes moved in at the end of October. The expansion of the Old Buckenham site is part of a wider strategy by Cotman Housing Association to support communities in the areas where they operate. The homes have been built on previously disused land owned by Breckland District Council. They’ve been constructed to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and were partially funded through the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme.
Adrian Joel, Breckland Council ward member for Buckenham, had identified the land a number of years ago as suitable for affordable housing and has worked with Cotman and Council officers to help bring about this development. These new affordable homes  are specifically allocated for people living in or with connections to Old Buckenham and its locality.

Introductory speeches  were given outside one of the houses before the ceremonial cutting of a ribbon across the door and the handing over of keys to the new occupants. Then it was time for a look around the site and a chance to see inside one or two of the new properties before going for a buffet lunch at the local Gamekeeper pub.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Old Buckenham Village Hall Cinema

What's on at the pictures?
Three films have been booked to show during the late winter and spring. In addition the screenings are moving to Friday evenings.

So what's going to be on?
Friday 6 February, What we did on our Holiday. A comedy created by Andy Hamilton and starring David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connelly. In a similar vein to the tv programme Outnumbered, it portrays stressed parents and over-clever kids taking the world and life at face value.
Friday 20 March, Mr Turner. Directed by Mike Leigh and with Timothy Spall portraying Britain's great artist JMW Turner through the last 25 years of his life. This was the period when he created many of his most admired paintings.
Friday 24 April, The Imitation Game. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Follows the story of Alan Turing as he battles to crack the Enigma code, while at the same time he has to endure the establishment turning on him due to his homosexuality despite the fact that he led the team that saved thousands of lives by decoding German forces' transmissions.
Programmes will start at 7.30pm as usual and tickets bought in advance tickets will be £4.
So now is the time to put these dates in your 2015 diaries to keep the evenings free.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Lost a kitten in Old Buckenham?

Away from home
A small black kitten, with white rear socks and a white tip to its tail, has been found wandering around by the Almshouses. If you think it might be yours or know who might have lost it then the kitten is now at the Connaught Road Vets in Attleborough and they can be contacted on 01953 454945 for any enquiries.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weekend of Old Buckenham films

Film Festival finale
Tonight brought the first Old Buckenham Film Festival to an end (details were given in the post on Friday 14 November). What made this special was the pre-film Italian meal and the cornettos at the half time break.
The film, a digitally remastered version of Hotel Paradiso, was so appropriate and the audience agreed it was a great evening. Come along to the next film shows, make sure you don't miss out.
The proposed programme for early 2015 is

Friday 6 February  What we did on our holiday

Friday 20 March  Mr Turner

Friday 24 April  The imitation game

Friday, 21 November 2014

The future for Old Buckenham

Issues and Options document
There will be a presentation from Breckland Council given by Iain Withington (Planning Team Leader) and Adrian Joel (local District Councillor) on Thursday 4 December at 6.30pm (prior to the Parish Council meeting that starts at 7.30pm)
It will be held in the Memorial Room at Old Buckenham Village Hall.
This document is important and could affect the village.
The Issues and Options stage of the Local Plan sets out the context for the new Breckland Local Plan and offers an opportunity for the Council to seek input and views from a wide range of statutory consultees, interest groups, and residents on the issues and priorities that should be considered when identifying and assessing potential planning options for the new Local Plan.
Key issues include
  • How much housing (market and affordable) will be needed in the future and where it should be built;
  • How much land we need to develop to support new jobs, including jobs in the rural economy and where;
  • Approach to market towns and villages;
  • How to protect and enhance our special habitats, natural and historic landscapes;
  • How to achieve development that contributes towards a high quality life for all.
The Issues and Options document can be found on As stated above there will be a presentation by Breckland Council on Thursday 4 December at 6.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall. A hard copy of the Issues and Options document is available through the Old Buckenham Parish Clerk or the District Councillor (Adrian Joel on 01953 860663).
Alongside the Consultation there will be a call for sites. If there is any land that a resident would like considered for allocation, details are on


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Old Buckenham's festive bingo

Will your numbers come up?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Old Buckenham group prepares for Christmas

Breckland Flower and Garden Club meeting

At the November meeting of Breckland Flower and Garden Club over fifty members and guests enjoyed a workshop with Christine and Joy as tutors. All participants took home their own Advent ring with candles and roses.
In the monthly competition the Advent design winners were Alyson Vivien in the novice class and Sylvia Briggs in the advanced class. The table show for a collection of dried preserved material was won by Christine Hewson.
The fundraising event for Scottie’s Little Soldiers, held at Bunwell village hall, included cakes, flowers, jewellery, tombola and afternoon tea. A sum of £500 was raised for the charity.
Next month will be the Christmas meeting at Old Buckenham village hall on Thursday 11 December. There will be a floral demonstration with the theme “Ready, Steady, Arrange” by four Club members followed by afternoon tea. Also there will be a raffle, sales table, and Christmas squares to win a hamper. The competition will be for a ‘Christmas table arrangement'.
All are welcome to attend (£4 for visitors). Telephone 01953 454528 for further details.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Old Buckenham Women's Institute celebrates

Birthday and passing the baton

In late October Old Buckenham WI were pleased to welcome members and their guests for their 47th Birthday Party. After a “bring and share” supper and a glass of wine, they were entertained by “Hank” with music from the 60s and 70s including the Shadows, Jim Reeves, Cliff Richard and many more. Then there was the traditional glass of sherry and birthday cake to end the evening.
Several of the Old Buckenham members went to Diss on Thursday 6 November to welcome the WI “Baton” at the bus station as part of the WI Centenary celebrations. The baton was launched in Anglesey where the first WI meeting was held in September 1915. At the end of its journey it will have travelled throughout the 69 Federations of England, Wales and the Islands to celebrate the links of friendship within the community that have been made through the WI over the last 100 years. Norfolk Federation chose to take the Baton around the county by public bus as part of their involvement with the Norwich Bus Forum.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Old Buckenham's Film Festival

Three nights of film shows
Over the weekend of Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November Old Buckenham are having a mini film festival, starting with “Chef” on Friday, and the climax on Sunday with Italian food served before the showing of the Oscar winning “Cinema Paradiso” (subtitles).
You can check out trailers on and

The original intention was to show “Calvery” on Saturday 22 February but this would clash with “The Trench”, a play being performed at Old Buckenham Airfield. As it would cost more to cancel than to continue with the hire, the plan is to show Calvery on the Saturday night anyway. If you have tickets for Friday and Sunday, entry will be free, otherwise the charge will be a nominal £2 on the door. (Warning, this is a brilliant film but it has a dark story line and explicit language).

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Public recess session at Old Buckenham Parish Council

November public recess notes
These notes have been written by the blog editor from material supplied by the parish clerk.
One resident raised the matter of his concern over the Chairman not delegating enough and putting too much pressure on his time. He commented on a meeting that he had attended of Norfolk County Council Planning Committee where the planning application for new school was passed. He thought the Parish Council was listened to by NCC at the meeting but the whole presentation was not done in the best way. He referred to a recent planning application for a pig farm in Old Buckenham where the applicant employed a professional who won the application. He thought that if Parish Council had a professional person to put their case on the new school it would have stood a better chance of winning the case. He thanked Steve Milner for all his efforts. Steve Milner replied that he thought the best case was put forward by Parish Council and that the Parish Council could not afford to pay a professional to put forward their case. A resident, who attended the meeting, said that from a purely planning point of view the application was a valid one. The only objection at that time was access and NCC had dealt with it. A resident said that traffic flows to and from the school would cause problems because of traffic coming from Thetford, Attleborough and Diss. Steve Milner said that traffic levels were raised at the meeting but NCC said the increased levels were insignificant. Jonathan Kemp, Derek Smalley and Andrew Joel made comments on this point. Stephen Askew, the local NCC councillor, spoke on the meeting and said the committee had dealt with all issues raised in detail and the application was given full consideration. Jonathan Kemp gave a brief summary of the work of the Working Party* (see notes below) which had held another meeting earlier trying to find a way forward following the approval of the planning application. Adrian Joel suggested a meeting with the Head of Children's Services and also the Director of Transport of NCC rather than the local Highway’s Engineer. A resident also suggested the meeting with both the Director of Transport and the Parish Council. Steve Milner said he would be meeting with the local Highways Engineer next week to discuss road safety issues and other councillors were welcome to attend the meeting. A further resident raised the matter of a planning application before the council for approval. Another resident raised some points of concern over the application as she was directly affected by the application.

*Chapel Road School Working Party
This group met in early November. It consists of Jonathan Kemp (Chair), Sarah Hornbrook, Adrian Joel, Mike Bartlett and Tim Bornett (who was not able to attend this meeting).
At the meeting there was a discussion on the outcome of planning, a review of the conditions set out in the planning consent, a discussion on the Parish Council’s conditions successes, the elements that now need to be prioritised and a discussion around the education consultation and the decision of the Director of Children’s Services.
Planning permission for the school has been granted and there is no third party right to appeal. The only possible route to query the decision would be the ombudsman but this would focus on the procedural elements and would not change the outcome. Judicial review is an option but an application has to be put in within six weeks and costs can exceed £50,000.
The conditions in planning consent were reviewed. There was a need to set up meetings with the successful contractor at earliest possible stage to form a relationship and ensure the conditions are met.
Of the eight conditions that the Parish Council had asked for, four had been taken into account. For instance it had been agreed that the 30mph speed limit is moved nearer to Attleborough and that construction traffic would not to enter through the village.
In future the focus needs to be on a 20mph speed limit by the schools, installation of crossing refuges, the use of the new road and the availability of the MUGA (multi use games area) for the local community.
Tim Bornett had conducted some research into the education consultation – this will continue to be investigated to see if any influence can be achieved through the Director of Children’s Services.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

November Market in Old Buckenham

Why not pop in for a light lunch?
The annual November Market is nearly here again. Drop into the Church Rooms on Saturday to support this fund-raising event, enjoy a mardle over your homemade soup and see what the stalls have to offer.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Radio Norfolk talks about Old Buckenham

Local cricket and famous matches
The new book about Lionel Robinson and Old Buckenham cricket  (see post on Saturday 8 November) was the subject of a discussion on BBC Radio Norfolk today. It will be available for the next seven days so if you wish to listen to it go to
and you will find it starting about about six minutes into the programme.

Old Buckenham Parish Council in November

Minutes of November Parish Council meeting
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.
All parish councillors, except Tim Ing, attended along with seven members of the public and Stephen Askew (Norfolk County Councillor).
Steve Milner and Carol Marshall both declared an interest in individual planning applications that were to be discussed.
The meeting was suspended to allow members of the public to ask questions. Notes on subjects discussed will be posted on this blog at a later date. The meeting then resumed.
Minutes of October Parish Council meeting. After a small amendment the minutes were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. John Frost said that the missing gates from the play area had been found and should be put back. Steve Milner said the proposed rent increase for the recreation area would be postponed until ownership of the area was established. He also said the Village Hall did not rent the recreation area for boot camp. Carol Marshall stated she could find no other parish council who had to pay rent for a recreation area. Also there was a dispute as to the ownership of the site.
Adoption of Financial Risk Assessment. This was agreed by nine for and one abstention.
Planning applications. 6 Oaklands. Single storey front extension, change flat roof over porch and garage to lean-to roof and extensions to front roof slope dormers. Derek Smalley said these alterations relate to a previous application which Parish Council objected to as the then proposed extension was too big and out of character. The new alterations have reflected those concerns and the new proposed extension is fully acceptable to the Parish Council.
1 Barbers Yard. Change garage to annex. Derek Smalley said it was a garage and always will be a garage and was not in keeping with other properties and would also result in increased traffic levels to the dwelling. Akis Chrisoviledes, Carol Marshall, Sarah Dye and Adrian Joel commented on the application. Derek Smalley then proposed that the application be refused but no seconder could be found so the motion failed. Steve Milner then proposed approving the application subject to “The living accommodation shall be incidental to the use of the main dwelling and shall not be let or occupied at any time as a separate and un-associated unit of accommodation”.
Whitehands Farm, Stacksford. The Parish Clerk is to obtain a time extension and the application will be put on the December agenda.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. 15 Fen Street. Front extension, replacement garage, reformation of existing rear extension. Permission granted.
Downmoor Farm. Single storey residential extension. Permission granted.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner reported that he had attended a recent NALC meeting and had found it an excellent meeting with two main presentations. One was on the Parish and Town Partnership which gives 50% funding to highway projects. He will be meeting with local highway engineer next week to discuss costing and road safety measures. Breckland Council have just released an Issues and Options consultation document relating to their Local Development Plan and urged all councillors to read it when they see it in the circulation folder as there is a lot of pressure on Breckland to allow more development in the district. NALC said a Neighbourhood Plan would not be approved if it goes against the Local Development Plan and he suggested another working party be set up to look at the National Planning Policy Framework and see how they can protect the village against aggressive developers.
District Councillor’s report. In November Breckland Council will be launching their consultation on the Issues and Options document. They are inviting comments on key issues and priorities that should be considered when shaping planning policy over the next 20 years. In addition it provides people with the opportunity to suggest any issues that they feel should be addressed in the document. The document will be found on http:/ There will also be a drop-in session on Thursday 4 December at Attleborough Town Hall between 2pm and 6pm. A hard copy is available through Adrian Joel on 01953 860663. Alongside the consultation there is also a call for sites. If there is any land that residents think should be considered for allocation, details are on The recycling revolution got off to a good start in October with an overall increase in recycling of 10% in the first four weeks. Breckland has also agreed to the route for the Attleborough Link Road. The option selected was option 3 which is from London Road near the Breckland Lodge to Bunns Bank. He raised his concerns about future HGVs going through Old Buckenham on the B1077 and suggested that the Link Road be adopted as the lorry route hierarchy in both directions, the suggestion was well received.
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson attended the Village Hall meeting and they had indicated they still wanted a grant at this year’s Precept meeting. Broadband is now available in Village hall and parish councillors will be able to access it. He also reported he had received complaints from a resident concerning overgrown hedge in Banham Road. Paul Boggia said he would speak to the landowner on the matter. Paul Boggia also raised the matter of the recently reported water leaks in Grove Road, both of which are now repaired. Derek Smalley recently attended a meeting of The Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee. Akis Chrisoviledes had done some work on a Neighbourhood Plan (NP). He had spoken to an expert on the matter who said any NP should be embedded in Breckland’s Development Plan, not wait until a Development Plan is produced. Steve Milner said a Neighbourhood Plan could not be produced before the release of Breckland’s Development Plan as there was insufficient time and also there was the high cost of producing a Neighbourhood Plan. Adrian Joel said the Community Infrastructure Levy was not yet agreed by Breckland due to government constantly changing the rules. John Frost reported that the church tower repairs are now complete.
Parish Clerk’s report. The Parish Clerk had conversations with NCC Highway Department and they reported the depression in Harlingwood Lane was programmed for repair within four to six weeks. The vast majority of potholes in the village have now been repaired. The depression in Hargham Road has been reported to Anglian Water who will carry out repairs. The Public Right of Way leading up to primary school has been inspected and is now free from obstruction. The matter of the pond near Manor House was raised and the pond needs dredging to prevent surface water collecting on the highway. Also some trees near the pond need cutting back to improve visibility for road users.
Highways. The 30mph flashing speed sign outside the Gamekeeper is not working. White give-way lines at Dambrigg are not working. The 30mph sign at the south end of village has been damaged. The Parish Clerk to contact Highways on these matters.
The Green. Steve Milner attended the recent Green Right Proprietors’ meeting where the pond issue was discussed and concerns over possible litigation following an alleged tripping accident. Tree and parking issues were raised and the three donated trees will soon be planted.

The next meetings of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be a Precept Meeting on Wednesday 19 November and a regular monthly Parish Council meeting on Thursday 4 December. Both meetings will be at the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Old Buckenham High School performs "Oliver"

Coming soon
Perhaps this High School play will have you coming back for more. All the details are on the poster, just click on the image to see it at a larger size.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Lionel Robinson and cricket at Old Buckenham

New book on Old Buckenham resident
Thank you to Tom Walshe who has provided all these details.
Old Buckenham’s remembrance of the Fallen, 100 years on from the start of the Great War, coincides with publication of a new book recalling the man who gave the village its fine war memorial along with the cricket ground and racing stud.
‘Lionel Robinson: Cricket at Old Buckenham’ is a biography by Norwich author Stephen Musk who traces the life and times of the Australian stockbroker and recounts how his purchase of the Old Buckenham Hall estate from Prince Frederick Duleep Singh changed the course of village history.

The book reveals in detail for the first time the influence Robinson and his colourful associates had on cricket, horse racing, commerce and politics across the world. It also attempts to unravel Robinson’s complex character, which could swing from kind and generous to autocratic and explosive. And it examines the question of whether Lionel, despite his wealth and patronage, ever really gained acceptance in English society.
The narrative begins in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where Robinson was born – illegitimately it turns out – in 1866. It moves to Australia, where he made his fortune as a wheeler-dealer stockbroker and financier during the mining boom, and then to England when he switched to the London Stock Exchange.
In 1906 he bought Old Buckenham Hall estate, building a vast mansion, two cricket grounds, the stud farm and paddocks. He entertained lavishly and shooting parties on the estate were renowned affairs. He was Lord of the Manor, High Sherriff of Norfolk in 1916, and helped bankroll the famous Triangular Test cricket series in England in 1912. That year, in addition to sponsoring the South African touring team, he brought the Australians to play an England XI at the Lakenham Cricket ground in Norwich and South Africa to play his own team of top cricketers at his new ground at Old Buckenham Hall.
In 1919 the first international cricket match played in England after the Great War was at Old Buckenham where Lionel Robinson’s team entertained the Australian Imperial Forces in a 12-a-side match. And most famously of all, in 1921, the all-conquering Australian Test team travelled to Old Buckenham for a three-day game against an almost full strength England side playing as Lionel Robinson’s XI.

Jack Hobbs batting at the Hall ground in 1921 (Sydney Smith Collection, State Library of New South Wales)
The book traces Lionel’s encounters with some of the greatest cricketers of all time, including Jack Hobbs and Archie MacLaren. The latter organised Robinson’s cricket and lived at Old Buckenham for a decade.
A section is devoted to Lionel’s success as a breeder and owner of racehorses, both in Australia where he and his business partner Bill Clark won prestigious races including the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup, and in England where their victories – such as that in the 1907 Cesarewitch – were often accompanied by big betting coups.
Essentially a cricket book, however, Stephen Musk’s comprehensive work traces the largely forgotten story of cricket at Old Buckenham either side of the Great War, and shows how the haughty and humble aspects of the country house and village game shared a not always cohesive relationship.
Here are snapshots of local characters such as William Groom, aka Squibs, unkindly dubbed “the village idiot” by one visiting toff, but a talented cricketer and wholehearted chap. And Old Buckenham schoolmaster Len Hart who spent so much time on the cricket field that he sometimes adopted a scorebook alias, borrowed from a local vicar, to mask his absences from the classroom.
The book contains more than 50 illustrations, mostly contemporary photographs sourced from both Britain and Australia, many previously unpublished. Some – including the cover shot of Lionel Robinson, a photo of Squibs and others of Archie MacLaren at Old Buckenham – are from a photo album kept by MacLaren’s son, Ian, and loaned by the cricketer’s biographer, Michael Down.
Lionel Robinson died the year following his most famous match and lies buried in Old Buckenham churchyard. The Hall and cricket affairs passed to another enigmatic character – businessman, playboy (and later Member of Parliament) Everard Gates. An account of his (ultimately unsuccessful) struggle to keep the estate and cricket going during the Depression, and the key role played in the latter by Len Hart, is covered in a closing chapter that forms a fascinating adjunct to the grandeur of the Robinson years.

 ‘Lionel Robinson: Cricket at Old Buckenham’, is published by the Association of Cricket Statisticians (ACS) and is available via their website - - at £14.



Friday, 7 November 2014

Great night for Old Buckenham fireworks

Sparkling display in the night sky
The clouds faded away and the wind died down to provide a crisp night for the firework display put on by the Old Buckenham 2000 Trust. Well over three hundred people gathered on the playing field of Old Buckenham High School to enjoy hot soup, burgers and other drinks before watching the professional display of sparkling, crackling and beautifully coloured fireworks.
There were children there of all ages to enjoy the occasion and to hopefully raise more funds for the Trust to make available to village organisations in the future.

Something spectacular in Old Buckenham tonight

Fireworks tonight
Come along to Old Buckenham High School this evening. Tickets are still available on the gate at £7 for adults and £3 for children.
Gates open at 6pm. You can enjoy burgers, hotdogs (meat supplied by Tony Perkins), hot soup and a bar, all before the firework display starts.

Sorry but no sparklers are allowed at this event
Remember the safety of your pets and keep them indoors.

Monday, 3 November 2014

House appears on Old Buckenham Green

Moving building
There was an intriguing sight in the village this morning. What was a house doing on Old Buckenham Green?

Closer examination showed that there were two parts to this house and that they were on wheels.

Both parts had arrived on low loaders and were destined for a house down Crown Road which is rather narrow for large wide loads. So they were being downloaded on the road across the Green before finishing their journey, each towed by a Land Rover for the last couple of hundred of yards, and being installed in the appropriate location.

Fungi on Old Buckenham Green

Back for another year
If you walk around Old Buckenham Green the annual fungi display is underway again. The colourful fly agaric are the most obvious but look carefully and you'll find others.



Saturday, 1 November 2014

Brighter church tower in Old Buckenham

Tower now uncovered
The renovation work on the tower of All Saints Church has now finished and all the covering and scaffolding has come down. All the loose flints have been firmly embedded in with plenty of lime mortar, windows have been replaced and brickwork repaired. So the tower looks quite different, much lighter in colour and with much less flint on view.

These photos, taken in the afternoon's bright sunlight, give an indication of the new look. It will, of course, weather over time and become a bit more like the tower we have been used to looking at for many decades.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

What's on in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for November

Monday 3    Textile collection, Village Hall car park, 8.30pm to 9am

Monday 3    Roadside textile collection from 9am

Monday 3    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 4    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 5    Luncheon Club Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 5    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 6    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 7    Fireworks Spectacular, High School, gates open 6pm

Sunday 9    Remembrance service at Airfield, 11am

Sunday 9    Remembrance wreath laying at war memorial, 2.30pm

Sunday 9    Remembrance service in All Saints Church, 3pm

Monday 10    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Monday 10    Fete planning meeting, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 13    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 13    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Saturday 15    November Market, Church Rooms, 11am to 2pm

Monday 17    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 19    Luncheon Club outing

Wednesday 19    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Friday 21    Village Cinema, Chef, Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm

Friday 21    The Trench, Old Buckenham Airfield, 8pm

Saturday 22    The Trench, Old Buckenham Airfield, 3pm and 8pm

Sunday 23    Cinema Paradiso with meal, Village Hall, from 6pm

Wednesday 26    Oliver!, High School, 7.30pm

Thursday 27    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 28    Christmas Fayre, Primary School, 6pm to 8pm

Friday 28    Oliver!, High School, 7.30pm

Saturday 29    Oliver!, High School, 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Another month in Old Buckenham

November newsletter for you to read
Many villagers will be getting a copy through their letter boxes along with the Six Villages newsletter later this week.
Others can pick up a copy from the village shop, All Saints Church, the two pubs and the Clinic on the Green.
The cover looks like this:

Friday, 24 October 2014

Old Buckenham panto in 2015

Jack and the Beanstalk is coming
Old Buckenham Players have announced the dates for their pantomime early next year.
Put the dates in your new diaries to make sure that you keep the dates free.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Old Buckenham Fireworks Spectacular 2014

Firework display back this year
All the information is on the poster, note the new location. Save money by buying your tickets in advance.