Saturday, 31 May 2014

Events in Old Buckenham during June

Diary dates for June

Sunday 1    Wargames Club, Village Hall, 2.30pm to 6pm

Monday 2    Textile collection in Village Hall car park, 8.30am to 9pm

Monday 2    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 3    Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am to 12 noon

Wednesday 4    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 4    Women's Fellowship, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Wednesday 4    OB 2000 Trust open meeting, Church Rooms, 7.30pm

Thursday 5    Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 7     Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 8    Askew Agricultural Museum open, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 8    Old Buckenham Windmill open, 2pm to 5pm

Sunday 8    Chanters Jigge, All Saints Church, 3pm

Monday 9    Whist drive, Church Rooms, 2pm

Wednesday 11    Old Buckenham 2000 Trust AGM, Church Rooms, 8pm

Thursday 12    Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm

Thursday 12    Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.45pm

Saturday 14    Garden Party at Frost's house in Mill Road, 6pm

Monday 16    Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 18    Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 18    Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Saturday 22    Midsummer motorcycle rally at Airfield

Thursday 26    Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Latest Old Buckenham newsletter now available

June issue looks like this
Inside each copy you should find a schedule for the Old Buckenham Produce and Handicraft Show to be held on Sunday 14 September. Read it now so that you can decide what classes you can enter in two months time.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Resolution agreed in Old Buckenham

Supporting organ donation

In May the members of Old Buckenham WI voted on the resolution for discussion at the national AGM. This year the resolution was calling on all members to make their wishes regarding organ donation known and to encourage friends and members of local communities to do likewise. The Old Buckenhan vote was unanimously in favour.
At each monthly meeting the Old Buckenham WI raise some money for ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) mainly through the ’Love Food, Hate Waste’ table where members donate unused items from their store cupboard to be sold. Pat Barr, our representative for ACWW, came from County Office to tell members how their contributions were being used. The ACWW connect and support women and communities worldwide by working in partnership with member societies to offer mutual support. Some 70% of people living in poverty are women and yet women are the key to food and economic security. During 2010 to 2013 effort was dedicated to providing safe clean water and toilets for rural communities throughout the world. In 2014 it is being dedicated to helping family farming which is mainly done by women - in many countries they are the traditional holders of the seeds and they produce the food that feeds the majority of the population.
The next meeting will be in Old Buckenham village hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 26 June when Martin Wynne will be talking on ‘The Blue bit - tales of a policeman’. The evening’s competition will be for a limerick about a policeman (or policewoman?).

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Garden party in Old Buckenham

Evening garden party

John and Barbara Frost are holding their Evening Garden Party at their house in Mill Road on Saturday 14 June from 6pm in aid of All Saints Church. Tickets priced at £5 are available from John and Barbara or from any PCC member. This has proved a very popular event over the past three years – all welcome so come along and enjoy it.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Chanter's Jigge revisit Old Buckenham

Time for Rufty Tufty

Malcolm and Elizabeth Ecclestone have performed together for thirty years. They were founder members and directors of the Norwich Waits, The Radio Dance Band and Manhattan Magic Jazz Duo. They have appeared in films and television and have performed extensively in this country and abroad. Chanter's Jigge brings together the diverse styles of music with which they have entertained countless audiences over the years. Chanter's Jigge was formed in 2012 and the highlight of the first year was the invitation to perform a number of concerts at the Milan International Book Fair. Such was the popularity of their appearances that they have been invited to return.
The instruments that Elizabeth plays include the hurdy gurdy, keyboard, guitar, ukulele, sopranino, descant and treble recorders as well as her voice.
Malcolm plays the bagpipes, small pipes in D, the recorder, curtal, saxophones, whistles, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, chalumeau and he also sings.
The afternoon's entertainment of music and words entitled ‘Rufty Tufty’ will visit the Tudor court of Queen Elizabeth I, march with the Duke of Wellington's soldiers to do battle with Napoleon and later cross a sandy Arabian desert. In Scotland there is a visit a brooding loch with all its changing moods and later a chance to go to an Irish pub and slay the odd dragon on the way.
You can come along and join in the fun by singing the choruses of the well-known folk songs, clapping your hands, stamping your feet or rattling your jewellery to the lively jigs.
Admission is by programme costing £5 (children £2.50, family tickets £15) available by ringing 01953 860845 or at the door on the day of the concert.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Friday evening in Old Buckenham

Players excel in 'My Boy Jack'
Old Buckenham Players set themselves a big challenge when they decided on a play that would mark the centenary of the start of the Great War. 'My Boy Jack' was written by David Haig and tells the story of how the author Rudyard Kipling was desperate that his young son Jack would sign up and take part in the war. Despite having very poor eyesight Jack does end up in the army thanks to his father's influence. Of course Jack then gets sent off to the trenches, leads his men over the top with the predictable result of being listed as missing in action.
Rudyard Kipling was a great patriot but the fight with his own conscience and the rest of the family members over this 'unnecessary' loss of life forms a most emotional second half of this most moving play.
The Players needed to be at their very best to succeed with this production and succeed they did. The blog editor has in the past written reviews of various of the Players' productions and this must rank as one of the best ever. Great acting, wonderful scenery, superb lighting and sound effects, and excellent costumes. It would be unfair to pick out individuals as they all worked together to make this an evening to remember.
If this makes you feel you would like to go along and see it you are now too late as the last night's performance is on at the moment as this item is published. It was not the sort of play where you could take a sly photo from the audience so these illustrations come from the publicity that appeared in the local papers.

Friday afternoon in Old Buckenham

Primary School gets wrapping
Friday 16 May was Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Day so two hundred children at Old Buckenham Primary School joined in a world-wide cooking session that started at 2pm. A life video feed with Jamie demonstrating how to make a 'rainbow salad wrap' was followed by the children in small groups of six all doing their own little bit towards the finished products.

There was lots of grating to do with teachers and parents on hand to help if necessary. Carrots, beetroot, pear, cabbage ended up in a big mixture along with some herbs. A dressing was made with olive oil, vinegar, mustard and yogurt being shaken up together in a sealed jar before being drizzled over the salad.
Everything was then mixed up again and spooned onto individual wraps, one for everyone, folded up and carefully packed so that they could be taken home. Then it was all over, the children went out to play and all the helpers worked to get the school hall back to normal.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Garden walk in Old Buckenham

Breckland Flower and Garden Club
May's meeting was very well attended to watch Judy Barham interpret a walk through her garden. Her first arrangement - on the patio - included white arum lilies in a large pot; a hanging basket came next adorned with red gerberas, pale green lisianthus and tree heather. Passing down the garden to the log pile - a very 'natural' design with antirrhinums, carnations and green 'anastasia' chrysanthemums. On to the vegetable patch and cutting garden where she collected stocks, delphinuims and vibernum opulis (snowball tree) and carefully arranged them in a large basket. From the greenhouse came liatris and pale orange gerberas. After a busy afternoon Judy reached the bottom of her garden where she decorated two chairs with designs containing lilies and an unusual rose called 'cool water'. If your raffle number came up it was difficult to chose which design to take home…
In the arrangement competition for 'down the garden path' the New Hands winner was Alison Vivian, and Old Hands and monthly cup was won by Alison Walker.
Note that the June meeting will be held at Furze House ,Harleston Road, Rushall, Diss, IP21 4RT. Members should please meet at Old Buckenham Village Hall car park ready to leave at 1.30pm (car-sharing.). Further details from Christine on 454528. The monthly competition is for a buttonhole or corsage to worn on the day.
There will be a club outing to Bury St Edmunds of Friday 25 July so remember to notify a committee member if you wish to go. Visitors are always welcome to meetings and outings.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Green parking in Old Buckenham

How to park cars neatly
Old Buckenham Parish Council are seeking solutions to the parking problems on the stretch of road from All Saints Church to the Ox and Plough. At the moment some netting material is placed on the Green that was intended to help get the cars off the narrow road. This has in fact worked but now this material has become ragged in places and has become a bit of an eyesore. The cost of putting the tough matting down, that the grass will grow through, is prohibitive at £8,000.

(just click on the photos to see them more clearly)

Carol Marshall would welcome any sensible suggestions that she can take forward to the next Parish Council meeting on Thursday 5 June. Please contact Carol direct or leave your suggestions via the comment facility below.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Dennis Milner and Old Buckenham

A message from Steve and Lynn Milner

Lynn and myself are very saddened to have to report that our Dad, Dennis, passed away on Monday 5 May. He was a frequent sight on the pathways of Old Buckenham and Stacksford with his faithful companion Archie
He loved Old Buckenham especially the way that the residents adopted him and always made him welcome
He was much loved by his family and will be sorely missed.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

News from Old Buckenham Women's Institute

Busy times for WI

Old Buckenham WI’s April meeting started with a visit from Amanda Cockkburn (reception teacher at the village Primary School) who presented a copy of “A Perfect Murder” by Peter James to each member. This book was a gift and was one of a million given away as part of World Book Night 2014 to spread the love of reading. This is the fourth year in which Amanda has chosen our WI to be the recipients and this gesture is much appreciated by members.
The evening’s speaker was Robert Maidstone who gave an informative and interesting talk on common garden weeds. He illustrated his talk with the aid of slides and gave ideas on how to control the spread of weeds in our gardens. The competition for the prettiest weed was won by Susan Hunter with a specimen of a ”Shining Cranesbill”.
Everyone was pleased with the success at the recent Cator Cup competition in Norwich (fully reported on this blog on Monday 7 April). Pat Shearing and Barbara Frost, who masterminded the staging, re-created the Old Buckenham entry so that those members who were unable to attend the event at the Showground could admire the hard work put in by those members who took part.
Some of the keen Scrabble players were at the recent WI County Competition in Norwich. The Old Buckenham A team came 5th and the B team were placed 8th. There is always fierce competition at this event, especially as some of the WI members from elsewhere in the county are National players.
Old Buckenham WI gives an annual bursary of £150 to a member attending a course at Denman College and the evening concluded with a draw for this award. This year’s winner was Jean Wade who can use the money towards a course any time in 2015.

The next meeting on Thursday 22 May will be to discuss the possible national resolutions. There will be a sales table and the competition will be for the most interesting tea towel.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Latest Old Buckenham Parish Council minutes

Parish Council meeting in May
The following notes are written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is changed at a later date.

Ten members of the public were present as well as all the parish councillors apart from Paul Boggia who had sent his apologies. There was a public recess to allow members of the public to ask questions before the meeting resumed.
Minutes of the April Parish Council meeting. These were signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
Matters arising from the minutes. Steve Milner said that he had spoken to Gerald Norton to try to establish who owned the war memorial. The Parish Council have agreed to pay for future cleaning and maintenance. Adrian Joel asked if Mr Norton had paid over any money that they had in reserve and the Parish Clerk advised the meeting that he had received a cheque from Mr Norton for £518. It was reported that there are problems getting the circulation folder around in time for all councillors to see. It was agreed that the Parish Clerk would scan all letters and send them to parish councillors one week before each meeting. Hard copies of the letters would still go into the circulation folder.
Adoption of accounts. It was proposed by Tim Ing and seconded by Sarah Dye that the annual draft accounts be adopted and sent to the government auditors. This was agreed unanimously.
Annual Governance Statement. The Parish Clerk read out what exactly the governance statement meant in relation to the Annual Return required by auditors. It was proposed by Tim Ing and seconded by John Frost that the Chairman sign the Annual Governance Statement on the Annual Return and this was agreed unanimously.
Grant to Recreation Area. The Parish Clerk said there was approx £4,000 surplus in Parish Council’s funds which could be used to fund projects within the village possibly including the recreation area or, if grants were not available, the flashing speed signs for the school area. Steve Milner asked councillors to think how best the money could be spent for the benefit of the village and come to June meeting with ideas.
Planning applications. Roughlands, Grove Road. Erection of livestock building and associated feed silo (building 1). Alterations to access and provision of passing bay. Derek Smalley said the Parish Council had already rejected these applications but having now received further information the Parish Council should still oppose them for several reasons. Pollution of the river, access and traffic issues as all access roads too narrow for HGVs, insect infestation and smells too near centre of population, noise of animals and site traffic causing disturbance to residents of village. It was proposed by Derek Smalley and seconded by Tim Ing that these comments be made known to Breckland Council, this was agreed with 8 for and 1 abstention (Sarah Dye abstained as she had declared an interest).
47 Fen Street. Two storey extension to rear including demolition of existing conservatory, infill carport to provide additional garage. Proposed by Derek Smalley and seconded by Tim Ing that there were no objections from the parish council, this was agreed with 8 for and 1 abstention.
Planning decisions received from Breckland. Orchard House, Mill Road. Proposed loft conversion with dormers to front and rear. Permission granted.
Chairman’s report. Steve Milner said the Village Hall management had set up a small working party to find a solution to parking in the car park during school term. One possible suggestion was the introduction of a permit system with any revenues generated being put in a car park repair fund. He also reported the road safety campaign would be restarting soon.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel reported that Breckland Council are to continue their Community Grants and Pride in Breckland Awards for the new financial year 2014/15. People looking for a grant should please telephone him on 01953 860663 or email him at Breckland are again funding “Festival on the Farm” at Gressenhall Museum on Saturday 26 July from 10am. Last year the event attracted over 2,000 people and it is possible to save 15% on early bird tickets until Sunday 1 June by booking at
Parish Councillors’ reports. Tom Johnson raised the matter of the village pond by the Gamekeeper pub where it had been reported that a child nearly fell in. He said the Green Right Proprietors needed to look at possibly installing a guard rail as it could be a safety issue. Sarah Dye reminded everyone that the play area would be closed on Sunday 18 May for maintenance work and volunteers would be welcome to help carry out the work. Tim Ing said a bees’ nest had been reported in a tap on the allotments but he had inspected it and found it was only a small nest. Adrian Joel said plot 15 on the allotments had been surrendered and was now available for rent, the previous owner was taking over the half plot previously owned by the High School. Three plots were not cultivated and are in breach of their tenancy agreements. It had been confirmed that one of the plots would be cultivated soon and the Parish Clerk is to write to the other two allotment holders on the matter. John Frost said work on the church tower would start in early June. On Sunday 8 June they would be holding a concert by Chanter’s Jigge in All Saints Church and on Saturday 14 June there will be a garden party for which tickets are still available. Carol Marshall reported that quotes are being obtained for major building work at the Almshouses. Also the whole village garage sales are now scheduled for Sunday 21 September. The fence at the Recreation Area has seven rails down and they will be replaced soon. Derek Smalley reported there is a meeting of Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan in early May which he will attend.
Highways. Areas around the edges of the Green need cutting back to improve the visibility at the junctions of the roads. The question of a 20mph speed limit on the B1077 was also raised. The big gulley in Cake Street, thirty yards on the left past the entrance to Old Buckenham Stud, had still not been dealt with.
The next meeting of Old Buckenham Parish Council will be on Thursday 5 June in Old Buckenham Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

AGM of Old Buckenham Parish Council

Appointments at Parish Council AGM
This took place on Thursday 1 May before the normal monthly Parish Council meeting. Ten members of the public were present as well as all parish councillors apart from Paul Boggia who had sent his apologies.
Election of Chairman. Tim Ing proposed Steve Milner as Chairman, this was agreed unanimously. Tim Ing stood down and Steve Milner accepted the chair.
Election of Vice-chairman. Tim Ing proposed Jonathan Kemp and this was agreed unanimously.
Appointment of working parties. Recreation Area, Jonathan Kemp and Carol Marshall. Planning, Derek Smalley. Play Area, Sarah Dye. Allotments, Adrian Joel. Allotment Liaison Group, John Frost and Adrian Joel.
Policy document reviews. Standing orders, Steve Milner, Tom Johnson, Adrian Joel and James Watling (Parish Clerk). Financial regulations, James Watling. Health and safety policy, Tom Johnson.
Chairman’s annual report. Tim Ing said that the provision of a Neighbourhood Plan was not accepted by a majority of residents following discussion at the Annual Parish Meeting. On the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan, Bunns Bank had been withdrawn from the plan but the council continue to have representation and are working for the good of Old Buckenham. Speedwatch has had a very good start and has carried out a large number of sessions within the village. The Cotman Housing Project has started. The War Memorial will have its future maintenance and cleaning paid for by the Parish Council. The Parish Council have a grant for 50% of the cost of school flashing speed signs and are currently seeking grants for the balance. The Parish Council are involved in the decision processes for Chapel Road School and will continue to give input and keep residents informed.
Parish Clerk’s annual report. The Precept Meeting for the financial year 2014/15 was held in November 2013 and the precept was set at £17,617. This was a small increase on the previous year. The Parish Council awarded grants to local organisations of £3,700. As Responsible Finance Officer the parish clerk is expecting to be putting forward budget proposals for the financial years 2015/16 slightly above the current level of expenditure for recommendation by the Parish Council. There will be changes to how Breckland Council will fund future precepts, the Communities Minister has indicated he may restrict precept increases to 2%. The Parish Council are fully aware of the harsh economic times for a large number of villagers who are on fixed incomes. The Parish Council will therefore ensure strict financial and monetary controls are effective at all times and that all expenditure is within budgetary limits. Expenditure for the year was approx £15,500 net of VAT from a total income of £21,600 (all figures are subject to audit). The Parish Clerk took the opportunity of thanking the Parish Councillors for their hard work and commitment to their responsibilities as Parish Councillors and for the support they have given him over the past year.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Old Buckenham and school parking

Report on village meeting
There was a Village Meeting on Wednesday 23 April in the Village Hall to discuss the current situation with the village hall car park. These notes of the meeting have been provided by Steve Milner who hopes that he has not missed anything out and that all the salient points have been covered.
The meeting was opened by Steve Milner who welcomed the 80 to 90 people, in particular Chris Hey, Stephen Askew, and two members of Norfolk Police. It was explained that the aim of the evening was to find a workable solution to the village hall car park usage and not to discuss the relocation of Chapel Road School.
It was clarified that the village hall car park is for village hall use only, there are no agreements that give parents dropping off and collecting school children the right to use the car park.
The car park is often completely unusable at drop off and collection time, the heavy usage has seriously damaged the surface and village hall users are getting trapped in the car park.
The village hall is starting to see booking problems because of the car park blockages and the Village Hall Committee has decided that action needs to be taken. Parents were complaining about the condition of the surface and complaints were being received about the parking of village hall users. Hopes that the new school moving to the adjacent site could offer a solution appeared to be misplaced and therefore a warning was given that the car park was to be closed.
Chris Hey of Norfolk County Council (Children’s Services) said he was aware of residents’ feelings following the recent Annual Parish Meeting. Further discussions are planned for May and the next public consultations will be in June. Local Breckland councillor Stephen Askew has been instrumental in drawing together the interested parties to try and work out a solution. Cars dropping off kids for school is a problem all over the country. The Council have a position that they do not provide parking places for parents - this was a red line and there will be no movement on this without instruction from the County Council management. He believed there are ways that he can help alleviate the problems that Old Buckenham are having. In the long term car usage must reduce and schools are being engaged to work on this. The County Council will not micro-manage this local issue but they will support and help.
A question and answer session raised issues on the Chapel Road School relocation, road safety (the Parish Council have a group working on this), patrol crossings (present numbers do not justify but further counts will be asked for at other crossing points), general road safety and speeding (need to work on signs and to include the school). One important point is that if people witness a road incident or near miss, they must report it. It was suggested that these be reported to the Parish Council. Parents must start to use the crossings before there is any chance of a patrol.
Heated speeches were made about the impending move with what appeared to be significant support. Various ideas were put forward to resolve the car park issue. These included generating a true drop-off system/pick-up system and the parents beginning to ‘hire’ the car park with a view that any money raised would be earmarked for maintenance.
It was decided that a group made up of parents and members of the Village Hall committee would be set up to work through the details. It was pointed out that the Village Hall had some requirements that were cast in stone:
  • all cars parked must have an exit route
  • a number of spaces would be village hall only
  • a number of spaces will be disabled
  • there must be total respect for any car park marshalls
  • parents would be responsible for fee collection and making payment to the village hall
  • the parents would develop a permit system and police the parking
  • any dissention or aggressive behaviour to persons trying to set up and police the parking will not be tolerated.
The village hall management reserve the right to stop working on this issue and revert to a parking ban. Any non-compliance with the points above would result in notice being served that the parking ban will be re-instated.
The committee voted to support this initiative and defer the ban for another two weeks. Volunteers to work on the proposals were identified and agreed to meet within a few days.
The Primary School Head, Paul Andrews, supported actions to generate a drop off system. He also supported an idea for the children to design road safety poster ideas.
The following were the main points needing action:
  • count the numbers of children crossing
  • produce road safety signs and work with the schools to create posters
  • parents are asked to keep writing to council officials over the safety issues
  • incidents or near misses to be reported to Derek Smalley of the Parish Council.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Future events in Old Buckenham

Coming sooner or later

Sunday 8 June - Chanter’s Jigge concert in All Saints Church starting at 3pm.

Saturday 14 June - Garden Party at John and Barbara Frost’s house in Mill Road.

Saturday 5 July - Cream teas at the Oliver's in Hargham Road.

Saturday 5 July - Village Hall Cinema, 12 years a slave.

Friday 18 July - Primary School Fete.

Saturday 19 July – Village fete at Village Hall.

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July – Old Buckenham Airshow.

Sunday 10 August - Garden open at College Farm, 2pm.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August - Garage sale at Karmel.

Saturday 23 August – Hangar dance at Airfield.

Wednesday 10 September – Luncheon Club coffee morning at Village Hall.

Sunday 14 September – Village Produce Show at Village Hall.

Sunday 21 September - Village garage sales

Saturday 27 September - Quiz at Village Hall.

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September – Balloon Festival at Airfield.

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October – Military Revival at Airfield.

Sunday 9 November – Remembrance service at Airfield.

Of course you may know of more events sheduled in our village. Please pass any further information on to the editor via the 'comments' so that he can publicise them for you and include them in future lists.
Similarly if you know that there are errors in this list please tell the editor in the same way and he will make the amendments.