Saturday, 30 June 2018

July happenings in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for July 

Sunday 1 Open Gardens, from Church Rooms, 11am to 5pm

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

Tuesday 3 Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 4 Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 5 Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 6 Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Saturday 7 Litter pick on Green from 10am

Saturday 7 Chapel Green School fete, 12 noon to 3pm

Saturday 7 Garden Party at 1 Mill Cottages, 6pm

Sunday 8 Windmill open to public, 2pm to 5pm

Monday 9 Jane Austen talk at Methodist Chapel, 7pm for 7.15pm

Wednesday 11 Luncheon Club outing

Thursday 12 Breckland Flower Club, Village Hall, 2pm 

Thursday 12 Social and Wine Circle, al fresco at 1 Mill Cottages, 7.30pm 

Saturday 14 Village Fete, Village Hall, 12 noon to 4pm, dog show at noon

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

Wednesday 18 Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Wednesday 25 Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

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

Saturday 28 Old Buckenham Airshow

Saturday 28 Charity Cycle Challenge at Gamekeeper, 11am to 8pm

Sunday 29 Old Buckenham Airshow

Friday, 29 June 2018

Another Old Buckenham village newsletter

July edition now available
Pick up a copy now at All Saints or the village shop.

Getting to Old Buckenham

Local road closure

If your friends are coming for the open gardens in Old Buckenham on Sunday 1 July then they need to remember that the B1077 through Attleborough (by the level crossing) will be closed from Saturday evening until Sunday evening. There will be a signed diversion to follow.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Publicity for Old Buckenham garden

Open gardens at the weekend
There was a whole two-page spread in the Eastern Daily Press today, talking about one garden but promoting our forthcoming Open Gardens weekend. This event will be raising funds for the Raise the Roof project to pay for re-thatching the roof of All Saints church.
Make sure you come along on Saturday or Sunday and see what a mixture of interesting gardens are open for you to see.

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Litter picking in Old Buckenham

Come and do your bit
Thank you to all who helped, both young and old, with the tidy up on the village Green in May. The next litter picking session is scheduled for Saturday 7 July, meeting outside the village shop at 10am.
If you have sometimes wondered why there is a need to do such a litter pick, this photo show one reason. For some people the litter bin outside the village shop is obviously too far away from the picnic bench...

Friday, 22 June 2018

Parish Council June minutes

Lengthy discussions
These notes have been written by the blog editor from the draft minutes and so may contain information that is amended at a later date.
The Old Buckenham Parish Council met on Thursday 7 June in the Village Hall. Those present were Phil Little (Chairman), Gemma Frost, Jon Hicks, Adrian Joel, Andy Nichols and Steve Milner along with Andy Emms (Parish Clerk), County Councillor Stephen Askew and four members of the public.
The chairman welcomed Andy Emms to his first meeting since his appointment as Parish Clerk. An apology for absence was received from Ben Devlin.
Minutes of May meeting. The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 3 May were approved subject to amending the first sentence of the final paragraph of minute 18/006 to “The Chairman stated that he was keen for the public to understand that this part of the meeting was not a discussion group and the public were invited to comment on agenda items only”.
Matters arising from these minutes. The Chairman said that, as reported at the last meeting, there was as lot of work required to complete the applications to provide a defibrillator and this would take some time. Adrian Joel said that he had forwarded the completed GDPR forms to the Parish Clerk. The Parish Clerk said that he would review the policies and procedures over the coming months and would bring to the council any of those that needed updating.
Public participation. A parishioner referred to the potential crossing over the B1077 and observed that if one was approved, then consideration would need to be given to providing footpaths that were accessible for people with wheelchairs. He added that the Head of Chapel Green School was an influential person who could be helpful if invited onto the working party. A parishioner said that liaison between the parish council and the village hall management committee had been helpful and she welcomed that another meeting was planned. She added that the Village Fete would be held on Saturday 14 July. Four councillors were helping the preparations and if any others wanted to be involved that would be appreciated.
Highways. The chairman invited County Councillor Stephen Askew to update the council on progress with the investigation into a possible crossing over the B1077. Stephen Askew said that he had been working with the parish council working party looking into options for improvements to help people crossing the B1077 which had been a longstanding issue with increased concern following the decision to build the Chapel Green School. Although progress had been initially slow, a change in governance at Norfolk County Council resulted in an increased highways budget for projects such as this. Together with the working party, he had met on site with George Freeman MP and Tom McCabe, Executive Head of Community and Environment at Norfolk County Council. This had been a positive meeting and he had therefore decided to use some of the personal budget, allocated to him as a county councillor, for use on local projects, to fund a feasibility report into options for a crossing. The report, carried out by county council officers, identified four options. They were doing nothing, a crossing refuge, a zebra crossing or a signalled crossing. The officers recommendation was that a crossing refuge was the best option. However, both he and the working party disagreed with that and Tom McCabe attended another meeting on site at which he agreed to ask officers to look again and report on what was achievable without making a recommendation. The report had been completed and all options were shown to be achievable. Tom McCabe had indicated he would ask officers to work up the parish council’s preferred option which he hoped would then be allocated funding in the county council’s capital programme. Stephen Askew said that both he and the working party members believed the signalled crossing to be the best option. Whatever option the parish council preferred, there would need to be assurances that any approvals required, relating to use of parts of the Green, were in place before final approval for the scheme was given by County Highways. He would also ask George Freeman MP to back the council’s preferred option.
The Chairman said that the report would be circulated to all councillors and made available to the Green Rights holders. He said that this should be a substantive item on the next agenda to enable parishioners to make any comments they wished and Andy Nichols said he would raise it with Green Right representatives at the next meeting of the Green management committee. It was agreed, with 5 voting in favour, none against and one abstention, to identify a signalled crossing as the parish council’s preferred option for the B1077. Also to thank Stephen Askew and the working party for all the work they have undertaken on trying to get improvements for pedestrians crossing the B1077.
Review of committees, working parties and councillor leads. It was decided to appoint the following committee, working parties and lead councillors (the chairman is entitled to attend any working party).
Personnel Committee – Jon Hicks (chair of the committee, Ben Devlin and Gemma Frost.
Play Area Working Party – Ben Devlin, Adrian Joel, Steve Milner, Jon Hicks and Kerry Talbot (resident).
Recreation Area Working Party– Jon Hicks and Andy Nicholls.
Road Safety Working Party – Steve Milner, Gemma Frost, Andy Nichols, Mike Bartlett (resident), Trevor Crooke (resident) and Lucy Womack (resident).
SNAP – Steve Milner
Attleborough Development Partnership – Adrian Joel and substitute to be announced.
Old Buckenham Village Hall – Jon Hicks.
Allotments – Adrian Joel, Phil Little and Gemma Frost.
Chapel Road School stakeholders – Steve Milner.
OBPC Website – Steve Milner and clerk.
Old Buckenham Green Rights – Andy Nichols.
Almshouses Trust – Jon Hicks.
Village Green Management Working Party – Adrian Joel, Andy Nicholls, Sarah Dye (Green Rights), Alison Frank (Green Rights), Terry Cracknell (Lord of Manor), John Fernihough (resident), Parish Clerk (optional) and one vacancy.
Village Green Conservation Working Party – Jon Hicks, Howard Marshall (resident), John Frost (resident) and Delia O’Leary (resident).
Eleemonosynary Trust – Jon Hicks.
Council insurance. It was noted that the council’s insurance covered any event arranged by the parish council and included cover for helpers. Others arranging events on the Green would be expected to arrange their own insurance. A copy of the Ox and Plough’s insurance, which included cover for Two Wheel Tuesday, was available to view at the Ox and Plough.
Annual governance and accountability. The chairman said that in the absence of a parish clerk during the end of the financial year, Adrian Joel, the previous chairman, had undertaken a considerable amount of work, ably supported by his wife Marilyn, to pull together the financial details and make arrangements for finalising the accounts and the auditing. Adrian Joel thanked Chris De Boos for carrying out the internal audit and Donna Oakley for completing the year end accounts and the bank reconciliation.
It was resolved, unanimously, to receive and note the Annual Audit report 2017/18, to approve the annual accounts 2017/18, to approve the Annual Governance Statement 2017/18 and to approve the Annual Accounting Statements 2017/18.
It was also agreed to thank Adrian and Marilyn Joel for their work on the annual governance and accountability procedures and to ask the Parish Clerk to send a bouquet of flowers to Mrs Joel.
Financial matters. The current bank balances were £39134.89 in the current account and £2873.20 in the Premium account. The agreed total payments of £1515 included Ageas Insurance £558.90, preparation of year end accounts £150, undertaking internal audit £35,
Parish Clerk's training £132, Community Action Norfolk membership £50, cutting grass at recreation area £90 and installing bunding on the Green £500.
The sum of £250 had been received from the Ox and Plough for the use of the benches and the designated area for the first six months.
Adrian Joel said that following the resignation of the previous clerk, he had updated the bank account with his own contact details pending the appointment of the new clerk.
The bank signatories are being changed to require any two signatures from the chairman, the vice chairman, Adrian Joel and the Parish Clerk.
New planning applications. Asparagus Field, Cake Street. Dwelling with garage – revised plans (3/PL/2018/0387/F). The council resolved to support the revised application. The chairman said a local resident had queried if any parish councillor was aware of any past discussions with statutory undertakers relating to drainage problems in Cake Street. If so could they let him know so that he could pass details on.
Old Hall Farm Cottage, Cake Street. Extension to existing porch (3/PL/2018/0452/HOU). Resolved, with four voting in favour and two abstentions, to support the application.
River Grove, Banham Road. Single storey extension to existing detached garage (3/PL/2018/0491/HOU). Resolved, with five voting in favour and one abstention, to support the application.
Planning decisions by Breckland Council. Dairy Barn, Cake Street. Internal alterations (3/PL/2018/0151/HOU and 3/PL/2018/0152/LB). Both approved.
Whitehands Farm, Stacksford. Variation of condition 2 of earlier planning approval to allow parking of additional vehicle. Approved.
Barn at Roughland Farm, Stacksford. Permitted Development, change of use of agricultural building to dwelling (3/PL/2018/0017/UC). Prior approval refused.
Chairman’s report. The Chairman said that the 10km run organised by the OB 2000 Trust in April had been a huge success providing enjoyment to over 200 runners and many spectators and raising over £2000 for the Church “Raise the Roof” fund. He thanked the organisers and the helpers, including the scouts, who had done such a fantastic job and he welcomed the intention to make this an annual event.
Referring to the highways item earlier he said that since becoming chairman he had met with County Councillor Stephen Askew and working party members and had been amazed at the amount of work that had been undertaken to get us to this stage. He understood that it had not been possible to share information earlier as it had been important not to raise expectations too early.
District Councillor’s report. Adrian Joel said that, together with Steve Milner, he had attended the hearing on the Breckland Local Plan. They had emphasised that it was not appropriate for there to be a blanket 10% increase in housing allocation for all areas as each had specific circumstances that needed to be taken into account including road infrastructure; historic characteristics, etc. The Inspector had agreed and asked officers to look into identifying specific figures for each community.
Breckland Council’s Cabinet would be holding a meeting in Attleborough on Tuesday 12 June in the Town Hall. This provided an opportunity for the public to ask questions of cabinet members from 9.30am to 10am. Breckland Council would be providing a new interim service in three market towns to provide support to residents when a new national benefits system is rolled out in the district. The interim service will also support people to develop their digital skills to help them make use of online options when contacting the district council in the future. It will be available two half-days a week within Attleborough Library Monday (2pm to 5pm) and Thursday (10am to 2pm). Those making use of the new service will be able to seek advice from Breckland Council's customer services staff as well as making use of the free access to computers which will be needed to submit Universal Credit applications. Universal Credit replaces a number of other existing benefits, such as Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, and Working Tax Credit. Household Enquiry Forms relating to the electoral register would be sent out in July
Village Green Management Committee. Andy Nichols said an update report had been circulated to councillors and the next meeting of the working party would be held the following week. The Green had been cut with conservation areas left uncut.
Play Area. Jon Hicks reported that the grass had been cut, regular checks had been undertaken and there were no maintenance issues. He would provide copies of the reporting sheets to the new clerk.
Recreation Area. Adrian Joel said he would arrange for Mr Barker to carry out grass cutting during the growing season. Part of the fence had been broken and Jon Hicks said he would repair it. Jon Hicks added that the new gate had been provided in the wrong place and could not be used safely. He would liaise with the village hall to arrange for the contractors to move it.
Councillors’ reports. John Hicks said that the village hall management committee had indicated that it did not wish to continue with the parking permit scheme and was seeking discussions with the primary school. Gemma Frost said that the recent litter pick had been very successful and the next one was planned for Saturday 7 July at 10am.. The chairman thanked all the organisers and the volunteers who had helped on the day.
Steve Milner said that he had been contacted through the website by a parent of a pupil who had moved to Old Buckenham school following the closure of Eccles Primary School, regarding the parking situation and related road safety issues. The chairman said that Norfolk County Council had made it clear that schools only accepted responsibility for pupils ‘at the school gate’ and accepted no responsibility for providing parking, etc. However, there were particular and unique issues in our village with four schools in close proximity. Andy Nichols commented that this was a longstanding and difficult issue which couldn’t be dealt with at this meeting. Steve Milner said he would collect relevant data and report to the next meeting.
Parish Councillor vacancies. The chairman said that he hoped discussions he was instigating with potential candidates to fill councillor vacancies would result in applications coming forward to the next meeting.
Fireworks and bonfire on the Green in 2018. The chairman said that as Ben Devlin had been unable to attend this meeting, no update was available and he suggested this should not be an agenda item again until there was something substantive to report. The Parish Clerk reminded councillors that notwithstanding the potential for an event on the Green, the parish council had given approval in principle to the OB2000 Trust holding a firework display on the recreation area, subject to more details being received. Some councillors queried this and the Parish Clerk was asked to circulate the relevant minute.
Proposal for Farmers Market on the Green. Some councillors commented that the potential for this event first circulated on social media and no decision should be made until more details had been sent direct to the parish council, particularly relating to arrangements for vehicle parking and public safety. This highlighted the need to have guidelines in place relating to the use of the Green and how applications for events should be made and processed. Andy Nichols expressed the view that the council’s business should not be undertaken through social media. It was agreed to discuss guidelines for the approval of events on the Green at the next meeting.
Draft Norfolk Access Improvement Plan 2018-2028. The parish clerk said that he had circulated details of this Norfolk County Council consultation on a draft plan for public footpaths and other countryside access issues, to parish councillors. The weblink was detailed on the agenda for this meeting. There was no time to consider a formal council response as the deadline was before the next meeting. Councillors were asked to consider if they wanted to make individual comments themselves.
Agenda items for the next meeting. Subjects identified were the proposal for a signalled crossing on the B1077 (council preferred option), guidelines on use of the Green for events, school parking and Parish Partnership bids.

The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Thursday 5 July, commencing at 7.30pm at the village hall.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Summer Fair in Old Buckenham

Primary School activity
Old Buckenham Primary School are having a summer fair from 3pm to 4.30pm on Friday 29
June.  All members of the local community and invited to come along for an afternoon of games, stalls and refreshments to raise money for school funds. If you would be interested in being part of a tabletop sale for £5 please please contact the School office. It would be lovely if some of you could join in the activities.
The school is also looking for new members for the governing body, preferably outside the school community. If you are a local resident or business and you are interested in education and feel you could help the school develop further, they would love to hear from you. The commitment is to perhaps six meetings a year, plus any extra training you might wish to undertake. They are friendly bunch and are in need of some ‘fresh blood’ to provide a wider range of experience and a more objective viewpoint.

If you are interested in either of these items and need more information, please contact the school on 01953 860380 or

Saturday, 16 June 2018

You have a choice in Old Buckenham

Take your pick
There are two pubs in Old Buckenham and their approach to the flood of football matches on television means you can take your pick about where to go.
One has posted on Facebook that "The Ox and Plough will be showing all World Cup games, some with free food".
Meanwhile from across the Green we have "Message to all partners and other non football-loving people. The Gamekeeper is a Football Free Zone and sanctuary".
Oh, decisions, decisions...

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

New school fete in Old Buckenham

Make a trip to Chapel Green

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Aerobatics over Old Buckenham

Comments from the Airfield manager
Matt Wilkins wishes to pass on this message:
Could you put in an item that last night's (Saturday 9 June) acrobatics north of Attleborough were nothing to do with us. The CAA permitted someone from Cambridgeshire to do a display way after our closing time. In any event we cannot prevent such things, were not consulted and are entirely blameless. We've received a couple of messages including one with copious swearing, entirely inappropriate and which we considered reporting to the Police. 
It's worth reminding people that once an aircraft leaves the ground we have zero control. We ask visitors and members to follow one of the largest patterns in the UK so as to avoid causing annoyance and 99% do. All transgressions are taken up with the pilot. We cannot stop anyone overflying anything anywhere. The law permits an aircraft to fly at 500 ft or more away (or above) any object. Our presence means that a two nautical miles radius around us is on every chart and therefore is likely to reduce air traffic above the area anywhere but our usual pattern.
There are dozens of airfields and even more farm strips. We at the airfield seem to get all the complaints despite going to great lengths to be good neighbours. We're happy to offer what assistance we can in directing people to the right person but would ask not to be sworn at prior to doing so.
We certainly have nothing to do with anything occurring after 8pm and for the most part we are all done well before 6pm. Aside from the Airshow, no aerobatics occur here.

Resolution time in Old Buckenham

Busy time for WI
Each year resolutions are submitted deemed worthy for the Women's institute to campaign on. Short listed to one or two, these are discussed and voted on by each WI throughout the country at their May meetings.
Two members of Old Buckenham WI had been to an information day and gave a very clear report on this year's resolution on Mental Health Matters. After a great deal of discussion, members decided to vote against the resolution with just two abstentions. It was considered that there was no clear way in which the WI could influence policy due to the nebulousness of the wording of the resolution.
President, Kate Lloyd gave a report on the WI Federation Annual Meeting which she and three members had attended. The speakers were Davina Tanner of Britannia Enterprises, responsible for the Britannia Cafe at Norwich Prison and Tim Bentinck, David Archer from the radio show.
Congratulations were given to the team of Gill Freitag, Barbara Frost, Susan Hunter and Doris Monkhouse who had won the Norfolk annual inter WI quiz held at Hempnall. The downside being that Old Buckenham have to set and host next year's quiz!
On the previous day ten members and three husbands were lucky enough to visit Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant. This Biomass energy facility became operational in April 2017 and burns straw, oil seed rape, miscanthus and woodchip to produce enough electricity to supply 82,000 homes saving 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and producing little or no harmful pollutants. After refreshments and an introduction, everyone donned hard hats, hi-vis vests, goggles and gloves for a tour of the impressive plant. Many thanks go to Barbara Ives for organising this fascinating visit.
The next WI meeting is on Thursday 28 June when Liz Keeble will be talking on 'you are what you think'. Then on Thursday 26 July Jon Read will give a talk on Stainless Steel Tableware with the evening's competition being for a piece of stainless steel.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Vandalism in Old Buckenham

Message from Chapel Green School
The office at Chapel Green School has contacted the blog editor today. Their message was:
"We have unfortunately arrived into school today with vandalism and arson. Police have been informed and we have released the following notice:
Vandalism has occurred at the brand new Chapel Green School site
Pupils and staff are devastated to find a new tree snapped in half and a footpath sign destroyed through arson.
We are sure our local community shares our hurt and disappointment. If anyone has any further information regarding this incident, please contact the police and the school.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Sale at Old Buckenham Methodist Church

Buying and selling
On Saturday 23 June a Table Top Sale will be held from 10am to 12 noon at Old Buckenham Methodist Church in Hargham Road. To book a pitch in advance please phone 01953 861207 or 860599. 
There will be no charge for the pitch, they are just asking for a small donation at the end. Why not take part to make a bit of cash or come and browse for a bargain. 
All are welcome. Teas and coffees will be available.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance will be having a stall at this event

Friday, 1 June 2018

June events in Old Buckenham

Diary dates for June 

Saturday 2   WI coffee morning, 59 Fen Street, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Monday 4   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 5   Coffee and chat, Church Rooms, 10.30am onwards

Wednesday 6   Chapel Friendship Group, Methodist Chapel, 2.30pm

Thursday 7   Parish Council, Village Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 8     Visits from Mobile Library during morning

Sunday 10 Windmill open to public, 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 13 Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 14   Breckland Flower and Garden Club, Village Hall, 2pm 

Thursday 14   Social and Wine Circle, Church Rooms, 7.30pm for 7.45pm

Monday 18   Monday Mardle, Church Rooms, 2.15pm to 4.15pm

Wednesday 20 Songs of Praise, Methodist Chapel, 7.30pm

Saturday 23   Table Top sale, Methodist Chapel, 10am to 12 noon

Saturday 23    Cream teas,  26 Hargham Road, 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 27 Luncheon Club, Village Hall, 10am to 2pm

Thursday 28   Women's Institute, Village Hall, 7.30pm 

Saturday 30   Open gardens throughout village, 11am to 5pm